What can you do.
Stop drinking and see a doctor.
In general cirrhosis takes many years to develop. Early cirrhosis seldom has any symptoms. Once cirrhosis become more advanced symptoms will begin to develop as the liver fails.
What Are the Symptoms of Cirrhosis of the Liver?
The symptoms of cirrhosis of the liver vary with the stage of the illness. In the beginning stages, there may not be any symptoms. As the disease worsens, symptoms may include:
Loss of appetite
Lack of energy (fatigue), which may be debilitating
Weight loss or sudden weight gain
Yellowing of skin or the whites of eyes (jaundice)
Fluid retention (edema) and swelling in the ankles, legs, and abdomen (often an early sign)
A brownish or orange tint to the urine
Light colored stools
Confusion, disorientation, personality changes
Blood in the stool
This can all be prevented by stopping drinking to excess.
Your life, your choice
Just to add a person can live many years with advanced liver disease especially if they stop the root cause of their liver disease.
I have been living with liver cirrhosis from hep c for 8 years now and live a normal life.
Hi, Lynn has given you excellent advise, I was also diagnosed with the beginning of cirrhosis in 2008. I changed a lot after that. From what I have been told we can live a long life if we take care of ourselves.
Thank you Lynn, best answer. I appreciate, Dee
Guess we were both diagnosed early cirrhosis in 2008. I got the news in January 08
Yes, Lynn, I had the biopsy in December, now that I think of it. I think Howie found out around the same time.
Your answers are so good!
If you could explain your drinking habits, we may be able to tell you if its likely. You may have something else wrong, it actually pretty difficult to get Cirrhosis by Alcohol alone.
If you are diagnosed with cirrhosis, there are various models: