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portal hypertension with myriad of problems

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  • Posted By: notmyselfanymore
  • July 1, 2009
  • 09:03 PM

I have been tested and treated for mental health issues including bipolar disorder and ADHD, and depression for the past two and half years. I continue to get worse. I am tired all the time, confused, unable to work or keep my house straight, or do anything I enjoy hardly. I was once a high-fuctioning person, then one day I began to feel depressed and lost. In December of 2008, I began to feel an uncomfortable lump in my upper left abdomen. In April of 2009, an ultrasound revealed i had a swollen spleen. A CT scan revealed venous pressure in the liver, called portal hypertension. I have an appointment with a hepatologist soon. The oddity is that I have no other signs of liver damage, no cirrhosis or hepatits. I do not drink or abuse drugs. The effects though are really weighing me down. I cannot think straight. I cannot wake up in the mornings. I want to sleep all day. I cannot function properly and it is driving me insane and I cannot imagine what it is doing to my family. Has anyone ever been through any of this and what can I do to counter these effects? Is there anything? Is there a solution?

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  • Maybe you have autoimmune hepatitis. I've been diagnosed with this. It could explain the portal hypertension and your weakness/ tiredness. Go to an hepatologist.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 25, 2010
    • 09:24 PM
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  • I have been tested and treated for mental health issues including bipolar disorder and ADHD, and depression for the past two and half years. I continue to get worse. I am tired all the time, confused, unable to work or keep my house straight, or do anything I enjoy hardly. I was once a high-fuctioning person, then one day I began to feel depressed and lost. In December of 2008, I began to feel an uncomfortable lump in my upper left abdomen. In April of 2009, an ultrasound revealed i had a swollen spleen. A CT scan revealed venous pressure in the liver, called portal hypertension. I have an appointment with a hepatologist soon. The oddity is that I have no other signs of liver damage, no cirrhosis or hepatits. I do not drink or abuse drugs. The effects though are really weighing me down. I cannot think straight. I cannot wake up in the mornings. I want to sleep all day. I cannot function properly and it is driving me insane and I cannot imagine what it is doing to my family. Has anyone ever been through any of this and what can I do to counter these effects? Is there anything? Is there a solution?When you have portal hypertension the blood flow through the spleen/liver is backed up. THe spleen/liver "cleans" toxins from your blood. With the backed up blood flow, amonia can build up in your system (from eating protien.) This causes something called enceophalopothy, confusion, inability to think clearly. An inverted sleep cyle is also assoicated with this condiiton, causing you to sleep during the day & be awake at night. My husband had his spleen removed. This ended the enceophalopy, but does not cure this disease. You need to be seeing a really good gastroenterologist.hope this helps.
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  • When you have portal hypertension the blood flow through the spleen/liver is backed up. THe spleen/liver "cleans" toxins from your blood. With the backed up blood flow, amonia can build up in your system (from eating protien.) This causes something called enceophalopothy, confusion, inability to think clearly. An inverted sleep cyle is also assoicated with this condiiton, causing you to sleep during the day & be awake at night. My husband had his spleen removed. This ended the enceophalopy, but does not cure this disease. You need to be seeing a really good gastroenterologist.hope this helps.Can hypertension be induced by enlarged spleen problems? My friend has blood problem and I know that few years ago he had spleen problem. To be precise he had enlarged spleen. He was drinking back then but he has stopped when he was diagnosed by this condition.
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