So glad I found this site and hoping you guys can provide me with some information. I will apologize in advance that this may be a long post, but I want to provide as much information as I can.
I am a 46 year old man, not a binge drinker, but have had 1-3 drinks a day for many years to relax. Last year I began vomiting blood and having bloody diarrhea. Went to the hospital for a week and was told I had Cirrhosis and Portal Hypertension. Managed pretty well over the past year, cut back on drinking. No. Didn't quit completely.
2 months ago started to feel very bad. Pain in my right side that traveled around to my back. Very sore legs, no appetite and lost about 30 pounds, diarrhea 10-15 times a day. Shortly after began with the bloody diarrhea and vomiting blood. About 7 times before I got to the hospital. In the hospital for another week getting fluids and tests. Again confirmed the cirrhosis (no stage discussed.) Follow-up app with GI Doctor he told me I was in the beginning stages of cirrhosis and of course, to cut out drinking all together.
Since my hospital stay my symptoms seem to have gotten worse. I've lost a lot of muscle mass - esp in my arms. Legs and ankles swollen, legs and arms very sore to move, pain in side still there and now in my back right shoulder, diarrhea with little blood, can't keep any food down and only eating once a day, tired all the time. CT scan showed bad case (?) of Ascites, so add those meds to my regiment. Also now have serious leg cramps especially in the morning.
So I guess my question is should I be worried that the now presence of the bloating, leg pain, Ascites means I've gone to the next level / stage? Any advice, insight would be greatly appreciated.
Thank in advance for your time and good luck to all of you!