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Sorry to bother if my symptoms are rapid loosing weight and fatigue . Sorry my question is how much is rapid weight loss with cirhosis?
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Cirrhosis often has no signs or symptoms until liver damage is extensive. When signs and symptoms do occur, they may include:

Easily bleeding or bruising
Loss of appetite
Swelling in your legs, feet or ankles (edema)
Weight loss
Itchy skin
Yellow discoloration in the skin and eyes (jaundice)
Fluid accumulation in your abdomen (ascites)
Spiderlike blood vessels on your skin
Redness in the palms of the hands
For women, absent or loss of periods not related to menopause
For men, loss of sex drive, breast enlargement (gynecomastia) or testicular atrophy
Confusion, drowsiness and slurred speech (hepatic encephalopathy)
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Potential causes of unexplained weight loss include:

Addison's disease (adrenal insufficiency)
Amyloidosis (buildup of abnormal proteins in your organs)
Celiac disease
Changes in diet or appetite
Changes in sense of smell
Changes in sense of taste
COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) exacerbation — worsening of symptoms
Crohn's disease (a type of inflammatory bowel disease)
Dental problems
Depression (major depressive disorder)
Heart failure
Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)
Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)
Parkinson's disease
Peptic ulcer
Substance abuse (alcohol, cocaine, other)
Ulcerative colitis

Causes shown here are commonly associated with this symptom. Work with your doctor or other health care professional for an accurate diagnosis.
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Cirrhosis can decades to develop depending on the cause. Is there a reason you suspect you have liver cirrhosis?
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Honestly ive been so down about this. Had the same proble 2 years ago im an alcohlic the kind that gets off work after a kong day and drinks 6 pack. Im 31 . 2 years ago my doc said my liver enzyme where high and was getting diabities 2 so at that point i lost a lot of weight quit drinking and came back 3 months later and everything was back to normal ( test results) no more diabities blood was normal. So like an idiot when back to my old habits now forward i went back cause i had blood on my stool . Got an colonoscopy  top and buttom came bavk clean. But my blood came back enzymes high again and diabities back again . So now im not saying i quit drinking but i cut down say 85 percent of alcohol. But im loosing a lot of weight fast. Got an ultrasound done today. Sorry my writtting is horrible.
So the blood in your stool was it bright red or black and tar like?

Bright red smears on stool are generally from rectal bleeding like from hemorrhoids or an anal tear. Bleeding from cirrhosis is usually much higher in your intestinal tract and would be black and tar like. But of course that is best determined by your doctor.

On my upper endoscopy I was found to have esophageal varices some years ago that had to be banded but I haven’t had a reoccurrence since then. I was diagnosed with cirrhosis back in January 2008 which was caused by my 30 years of infection with hepatitis C.

My hepatitis C was cured in 2015 but I still have liver cirrhosis.
Having liver enzymes elevated only says that your liver is currently under attack by something it is not related to the amount of liver injury you may or may not have. My liver enzymes have been normal since I was cured of hepatitis C but I still have liver cirrhosis.
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Speaking to your original question about rapid weight loss in cirrhosis. The symptom of rapid weight loss would be associated with end stages of cirrhosis would be when the body begins consuming itself and basically begins to shut down near death. This weight loss is a symptom of muscle waisting. The  patients appearance at this point would likely be very jaundiced (very yellow skin and eyes) with pronounced ascites where the abdomen is heavily swollen pregnant looking  and muscle wasting with the limbs and face looking very gaunt. Such a patient has been suffering from very advanced cirrhosis for a long period of time and is likely in the hospital or under hospice care.

In general it takes many years to decades of alcoholism to progress to complete liver failure from cirrhosis. You have lots of time to prevent a death from liver failure. I understand it is hard but I hope you can find the Healy and strength you need to be able to quit drinking and save your own life.

Suddenly unexplained weight loss has many possible explanations but I’m betting that the cause is not liver disease. Being tired a lot is a vague symptom and could also be many things.

I was diagnosed with cirrhosis in Jan 2008. I had no noticeable symptoms until 2012. Were it not for testing like liver biopsy and some blood tests I would have no idea I have cirrhosis. My only noticeable symptom of cirrhosis is lower leg swelling called edema. I also bruise easily which that symptom could also be caused by many other conditions.

My only blood test that is outside of normal range is my platelet count which can be a symptom of cirrhosis. Other than my edema I don’t really have much in the way of symptoms.

Best of luck
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I want to say thank you from the buttom of my heart for ur response. Im at work right now and you made my day and in tears. I apreaciate you. Best of luck to you as well.
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