My mom has been drinking for 30 or so years. She has really gone downhill the past year, especially this week. The family has noticed she is very confused, pale and cannot walk very well. (being sober) She is also complaining about leg cramps. She is not sleeping. She cannot get to sleep. She is up all night. She did bleed from the rectum but not lately. She is very bloated in her face and neck.
The family is concerned if she is near the end. I know it is a terrible thing to ask and I know we will never be prepared but what do you think?
The past year she has been drinking heavily.
We lost our father to cancer and thank God he went very quickly in his sleep and was not in pain for long. Now, my mother is in pain and we just don't know what to do.
She refuses to go to the hospital because everytime she went she said they just keep poking her and taking blood and then sent her home
I wish I could tell you more but further testing is needed. A blood test would reveal a lot about her condition. At that point only a qualified MD that has access to her medical files could make an attempt to answer your question.
With her history of drinking it is very possible that she could have liver disease by now and perhaps just is not ready to do anything about it. She should be informed though that the diagnosis of cirrhosis is not a death sentance. In many cases such as my own cirrhotic patients can live for many years depending on the life style they choose lead. Please know that this is just an example of what a simple blood test could help indicate and not by any means a suggestion that this is the problem she has.
Medical treatment is needed immediately. I wish the best for you and your family.
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