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Dad diagnosed with Cirrhosis

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 11, 2010
  • 01:09 PM

Wondered if anyone here has had similar experience to me.

My dad has been diagnosed with Cirrhosis, most likely caused by alcohol abuse. I've never thought of him as an alcoholic but since being diagnosed he is adamant that he will not stop drinking which is driving me mad. My main issue is that I don't trust what he tells me from the doctors, probably because he is embarrassed by admitting to having alcoholic cirrhosis, he keeps talking about infections,etc

He doesn't show all of the symptoms. He has odema in his legs and really bad ascites (I dragged him into A&E because the ascites was affecting his breathing and they drained 12 litres of fluid and estimated there was another 10 in there). He has wasted away and hardly eats anything, like a skeleton with a distended stomach. He has spiderlets and bruises at the slightest thing.

He shows no sign of hepatic encephalopathy or jaundice though. The hospital were very frank about his situation but he doesn't seem able to accept it. They told him his liver has shrunk and shows signs of advanced cirrhotic damage with a poor prognosis which is dire if he wont stop drinking.

What can I do to help someone that doesn't seem able to help themselves? Also can people be in really advanced stages without showing all the classic symptoms (ie jaundice) ?

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