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I'm 33 and was diagnosed with cirrhosis and end stage liver disease in March 2016.

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 7, 2017
  • 08:28 PM

I had all the signs and symptoms of end stage liver failure including renal failure, extreme swollen abdomen, swelling so bad in my legs and feet I couldn't walk. Losing memory and thought process because of the toxins my liver wasn't processing. They said my only hope was a liver transplant but I had no insurance and I probably didn't have that long. The gave me blood transfusions, pulled liters of fluid from my abdomen, and put me on a lot of "fluid" pills to remove excess fluid. They said there was nothing else the could do kept me on the fluid pills and the meds to keep the toxins off my brain and sent me home and suggested I try getting on disability. It took months but I slowly got better. By the time I saw the disability doctor I looked fine and was denied so could not get on the list for a liver transplant. I still don't have insurance so can't afford to follow up with the liver specialist I saw in the hospital. I don't know what any of this means. They told me I was dying and now I seem ok but I thought once you were in end stage liver failure that was it. I don't know what to do any advice would be helpful. I don't know what to do.

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  • Did you also change your lifestyle? If caught early enough it is possible to slow the progression and the liver can even begin to heal itself...
    "Reversing the problem
    Until recently, it was thought that a liver with cirrhosis could not be healed. This is usually the case because most diseases that cause scarring of your liver (fibrosis) are long-term and difficult to ‘cure’.However, recent research has shown that it may be possible to heal scarring and even cirrhosis where the liver disease causing this damage is able to be successfully treated.

    The treatment of Hepatitis B and C, as already mentioned, gives hope for the development of new drugs to combat scarring of the liver. More research, however, needs to be done before any
    new treatments become widely available.
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  • I hope that you are still doing well.
    MilesD 0 Replies Flag this Response
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