Alcohol Liver Cirrhosis Treatment – My Story
Now this comes with a big caveat here as this is my experience and you should really discuss with your medical professional as much as possible or an organization such as the Liver Trust here in the UK who can guide you.
If you are not in the UK as many of you won’t be I am sure they will guide appropriately. If they don’t let me know and I’ll take them out of my will 🙂
This article is really to provide you a sense of what I got with Alcohol Liver Cirrhosis Treatment. I have written a few steps and thoughts which may get you to take action or provide both.
It did however inspire me to drive this blog to get more choice of alcohol free options out there which at times is dismal. There is hope but I’ll also be real.
Ignore the prejudice
This may seem like an odd thing to start with but I have to say it’s one of the barriers to people going for help about their liver. This is true of people who don’t drink either but they suddenly get a serious liver issue and people don’t always know why.
I know people who had an urgent transplant who have never touched a drop.
The other thing key is you don’t have to be a massive 24-hour drinker, I wasn’t but people will presume you are. If you are by the way that is fine I am not here to add to the judgment.
You will however get the odd look by certain medical professionals and yet the majority were and are brilliant. So let’s put a couple of reactions out there :
- My GP ( doctor) admitted me straight away and all the options were on the table. No bias, just medical help and still makes every effort now.
- One doctor in the accident and emergency was dismissive while the other made up for it. As I had no alcohol in my system at all they were confused and put me through every test going. Whereas the doctor lifted up my shirt to look for scratching as itching is a symptom and then just walked out the room. The other suggested some doctors drink more than me.
- Overall I felt really looked after.
- The liver ward was first class, I can’t say anymore than specialists who knew their stuff inside and out.
- Friends were mainly brilliant but some people gossip, especially work colleagues. I took the view that if they were talking about me they were leaving others alone!
Now is this Alcohol Liver Cirrhosis Treatment? I believe it is because prejudice is a block to treatment so get that sorted first or ignore it. Liver disease can come in all forms and sometimes you might hardly drink anything, I certainly was not typical.
Stop the alcohol
For you to at least be in with a chance you need to quit with immediate effect no if or buts. That includes the odd sherry or beer. It’s a no no. It is one of the reasons I am passionate about 0.0% options as I have to stay well clear. Not 0.5 or 0.10 just 0.0%.
If your liver is at the stage where you are needing Alcohol Liver Cirrhosis Treatment then you have a clear choice. I was only drinking wine socially but it had to stop.
There are a few people who suggest one won’t matter. I can’t tell you how much it does.
From the moment I was told you have 48 hours to live I had given up, no ifs and no buts. The consultation was clear about that and you will need to as well.
One of the key aspects of my treatment was watching my jaundice lower its count and my color change to something resembling normal. This is how you start to look when your liver is failing.
I was very yellow but as time went on it began to fade and that is when I was discharged to out patients. Jaundice is a clear symptom of how your liver is adjusting.
The eyes are key.
One of the awful signs of liver disease is your stomach and a key part of Alcohol Liver Cirrhosis Treatment. It was only one of the earliest symptoms they checked out. Basically my stomach was expanding and I don’t mean in a bad way food or beer wise.
Firstly I did not eat much nor did I drink beer but my belly button did not half look odd. Keep an eye on it.
So my stomach filled with fluid which they drained straight away then I had a camera out down my throat to check my stomach. Now that was an awful thought for me but you have the option to get medicated and I was away with the fairies! Now one of the complications is that you can develop veins in the stomach which, if they start to bleed, can kill you quickly.
So part of your treatment will be to really make sure your stomach does not have ascites. Luckily for me my stomach was damaged but not critical so I am still on acid suppressor to help with that and probably will be for the rest of my life. This is a crucial part of any treatment so don’t overlook it. Look out also for swelling in your ankles. They will treat excess fluid and it’s very important they do as mine had become infected.
One of the best things I was given in hospital was a dietitian which at the time I thought was odd but what I had not realized was that I was so ill that I had come malnutritioned.
When you have liver disease you really need to watch your diet for example to reduce your salt. This can really help with your recovery in terms of far you can go.
The other thing this made sure of is that my digestive system was working properly and the consultant was very hot on this. Basically if you are not digesting and excreting your food properly it can poison your system and head to the brain and make you very confused.
The medicine they give you helps avoid this and it can be a lifesaver.
So you can have a future
So this was my experience and I had some drips which helped my blood system cope and a lot of it for hours on end but at the end of the day the treatment really does depend on your commitment.Food and alcohol plays an important role and the drugs they give you will help support this. I think I dodged a bullet.
You have to manage your energy levels and of course exercise is key but fingers crossed whatever caused my liver to go suddenly into meltdown has stabilized.
I have certainly taken lots of stress out of my life. Alcohol however is a no no.
So if you think you may be changing color and your stomach is expanding. Get help urgently, forget the prejudice as it could save your life. I have many medical professionals to thank for mine.
Remember it may just be a glass of wine not a bucket that brought you here! My treatment is my personal journey and yours of course maybe different. Get help is the common thread.
Please comment below and do shout if you need guidance on where to go to get help. I will always respond.