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Sorry for becoming too brief ...I am having inability to sleep at night ..Not diagnosed with cirrhosis yet but pretty much sure of having it .I have normal blood and usg
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Why do you believe you have cirrhosis? Which blood tests are normal? What is USG I am not familiar with that term. Do you mean abdominal ultrasound? If you have a normal ultrasound I can’t see any reason you would believe you have cirrhosis. What has your doctor said?

There are many causes of difficulty sleeping. Not associated with liver disease.

Sleep problems associated with cirrhosis are usually called sleep reversal where a person suffering with hepatic encephalopathy they cant sleep at night and end up sleeping all day.

Sleep issues from cirrhosis would be an indication of Hepatic Encephalopathy which is in end stage cirrhosis it is not usually a first symptom. There would be abnormal lab test results for someone with advanced liver disease along with other symptoms before developing HE.

Cirrhosis in general depending on the cause normally takes many years of continuous damage before cirrhosis occurs.

I have had cirrhosis for 11 years now. I was diagnosed in January 2008 with liver biopsy. The cause of my cirrhosis was being infected with hepatitis c for 30 years.
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USG IS ULTRASONOGRAPHY same as ultrasound.I drank alcohol for 3 years  but bot everyday
For most people it takes decades of heavy drinking to cause cirrhosis.
Today I had an upper GI endoscopy .It found several bleeding wounds ..I asked my doctor  whether it is an ulcer or varices...He told that it is a simple ulcer....
Stomach ulcers are almost always caused by one of the following: an infection with the bacterium Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) long-term use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen.

Prolonged stress, can have an effect on stomach acid production. While this alone can cause ulcers in some cases, most of the time the bacterial infection or use of anti-inflammatory drugs in the stomach is required.
Antibiotics are the new cure for ulcers; therapy is 1-2 weeks of one or two antibiotics and a medicine that will reduce the acid in the stomach. This treatment is a dramatic medical advance because eliminating H. pylori with antibiotics means that there is a greater than 90% chance that the ulcer can be cured for good.
I don"t want to get any medicine in prescription as of now.I will look for alternative treatment.I  had fatty liver one year back ,it was detected in ultrasound  ,by that time i decided to cut saturated. Fat  ,refined grains from my diet..I took a whole lot of  husky grains with a tons of vegetables .I have not eaten a single piece of sweetmeat anytime I swear..not even sweet fruits ..after i year i again had an usg.It was all clear no fatty liver...
Your choice of course but if the cause of your ulcers is the most probable cause H. pylori bacteria the only way to eliminate this from your stomach is with antibiotics and an acid reducing medicine like Prilosec. Your doctor likely took a sample during you upper endoscopy to check if H. pylori bacteria is present in your stomach.

If H. pyloric is not present then a treatment with an acid reducer like Prilosec is still beneficial as it allows the ulcers to heal.

My suggestion is to follow your doctors advice if you want to be cured in order to prevent the health problems associated with having stomach ulcers.

Congrats on your improvement with your fatty liver disease. The number one thing to help with fatty liver s weight loss and avoiding fatty foods. Fruit is an important part of a healthy diet and many fruits contain natural occurring sugars. Sweet fruits don’t cause fat of course excessive consumption can cause weight gain which does contribute to fatty liver but fruits even sweet ones like watermelon are part of a healthy diet. Basically all things in moderation. Your dietician can advise you on best healthy eating to maintain healthy weight to avoid a reoccurance of fatty liver disease.
Do you know about RUT Test ?My doctor wrote in prescription about upper GI Endoscopy  along with RUT Test .Is it performed along with endoscopy?
Found this:
“Rapid urease test (RUT) is the most commonly used biopsy-based method to diagnose Helicobacter pylori (Hp) infection”

Sounds like they are checking to see if your ulcers are caused by H. pylori bacteria which is a good plan since Mose ulcers are caused by H. pylori
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I have had all the symptomes RUQ PAIN with swelling in feets edema ......but sometimes it goes for no reason ...I had an abdominal ultrasound which does not revealed anything wrong ..I asked the radiologist to specifically check for any abnormality in the liver ..but he told everything is normal.I then had a cbc and LFT which revealed 0.05mg/dl increase in bilirubin with 20plus high ALP THEN NORMAL.What should i do next ?should I ask my gastro to have fibroscan?
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Upper right quadrant pain is not a symptom of cirrhosis. The liver has no nerve endings to feel pain. I have no pain in the URQ and have had cirrhosis for 11 years.

I think you should stop trying to diagnose yourself and see your doctor to diagnose your symptoms and to interpret your test results. Have you had any medical training? Doctors go to medical school for at least 6 years and longer studying medicine. They are trained to determine these things.

I very much doubt you have cirrhosis.
I think  I used to take a lot of coffee that might gave insomania to me ....more than 6 cups a day..I will try to reduce my coffee intake ....also i  have a job in which one has to sit for a prolonged period of time in the same position ....that might had given me edema .but for RUQ PAIN I DONT KNOW ...MIGHT BE SOMETHING OTHER THAN CIRRHOSIS
I think you should see your doctor to get a proper diagnosis and stop guessing.
The list of potential causes of right upper quadrant pain is lengthy:

Appendicitis
Cholangitis (bile duct inflammation)
Diverticulitis
Fecal impaction (hardened stool that can't be eliminated)
Gallbladder cancer
Hepatitis
Gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining)
Hepatitis (liver inflammation)
Hiatal hernia
Injury
Intestinal obstruction
Kidney cancer
Kidney infection
Kidney stones
Liver abscess (pus-filled pocket in the liver)
Liver cancer
Liver hemangioma
Pancreatic cancer
Pancreatitis (pancreas inflammation)
Peptic ulcer
Pericarditis (inflammation of the tissue around the heart)
Pleurisy (inflammation of the membrane surrounding your lungs)
Pneumonia
Pulmonary infarction (loss of blood flow to the lungs)
Pyloric stenosis (in infants)
Shingles
Stomach cancer
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There are many causes of edema:

“Edema occurs when tiny blood vessels in your body (capillaries) leak fluid. The fluid builds up in surrounding tissues, leading to swelling.

Mild cases of edema may result from:

Sitting or staying in one position for too long
Eating too much salty food
Having premenstrual signs and symptoms
Being pregnant
Edema can also be a side effect of some medications, including:

High blood pressure medications
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
Steroid drugs
Estrogens
Certain diabetes medications called thiazolidinediones
In some cases, however, edema may be a sign of a more serious underlying medical condition. Several diseases and conditions may cause edema, including:

Congestive heart failure. If you have congestive heart failure, one or both of your heart's lower chambers lose their ability to pump blood effectively. As a result, blood can back up in your legs, ankles and feet, causing edema. Congestive heart failure can also cause swelling in your abdomen. Sometimes, this condition can cause fluid to accumulate in your lungs (pulmonary edema), which can lead to shortness of breath.

Cirrhosis. Fluid may accumulate in your abdominal cavity (ascites) and in your legs as a result of liver damage (cirrhosis).

Kidney disease. When you have kidney disease, extra fluid and sodium in your circulation may cause edema. The edema associated with kidney disease usually occurs in your legs and around your eyes.
Kidney damage. Damage to the tiny, filtering blood vessels in your kidneys can result in nephrotic syndrome. In nephrotic syndrome, declining levels of protein (albumin) in your blood can lead to fluid accumulation and edema.

Weakness or damage to veins in your legs. If you have chronic venous insufficiency, the one-way valves in your leg veins are weakened or damaged, which allows blood to pool in your leg veins and causes swelling. Sudden onset of swelling in one leg accompanied by pain in your calf muscle can be due to a blood clot (deep vein thrombosis, or DVT) in one of your leg veins. If this occurs, seek medical help immediately.

Inadequate lymphatic system. Your body's lymphatic system helps clear excess fluid from tissues. If this system is damaged — for example, by cancer surgery — the lymph nodes and lymph vessels draining an area may not work correctly, and edema can occur.
Severe, long-term protein deficiency. An extreme lack (deficiency), of protein in your diet over a long period of time can lead to fluid accumulation and edema.”
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What is erosive gastritis ?I have  recently underwent endoscopy which states multiple long strips of erosion seen in antrum
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Hbsag HCV non reactive .It means i had been tested negative for Hepatitis virus?
Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) is a blood test ordered to determine if someone is infected with the hepatitis B virus. If it is found, along with specific antibodies, it means the person has a hepatitis B infection.


The test for hepatitis C virus is the HCV RNA by PCR test it is a separate test from the HBsAg which is a test for hepatitis B antibodies.

A not infected result on the HCV RNA by PCR test would most often reported as “NOT DETECTED” but different land use different terminology.

For the HBsAg test normal results are negative or nonreactive, meaning that no hepatitis B surface antigen was found. If your test is positive or reactive, it may mean you are actively infected with HBV.

But if you want to know about hepatitis B you should ask in that forum.


Or an even better idea is ask your own doctor. You would already have all your answers by now and the answers would have been provided by a medical professional as opposed to a patient in an online support group with no medical training.
Gastritis is a general term for a group of conditions with one thing in common: inflammation of the lining of the stomach. The inflammation of gastritis is most often the result of infection with the same bacterium that causes most stomach ulcers. Regular use of certain pain relievers and drinking too much alcohol also can contribute to gastritis.

Gastritis may occur suddenly (acute gastritis), or appear slowly over time (chronic gastritis). In some cases, gastritis can lead to ulcers and an increased risk of stomach cancer. For most people, however, gastritis isn't serious and improves quickly with treatment.

Symptoms
The signs and symptoms of gastritis include:
Gnawing or burning ache or pain (indigestion) in your upper abdomen that may become either worse or better with eating
Nausea
Vomiting
A feeling of fullness in your upper abdomen after eating
Gastritis doesn't always cause signs and symptoms.

Causes
Gastritis is an inflammation of the stomach lining. Weaknesses or injury to the mucus-lined barrier that protects your stomach wall allows your digestive juices to damage and inflame your stomach lining. A number of diseases and conditions can increase your risk of gastritis, including Crohn's disease and sarcoidosis, a condition in which collections of inflammatory cells grow in the body.

Risk factors
Factors that increase your risk of gastritis include:

Bacterial infection. Although infection with Helicobacter pylori is among the most common worldwide human infections, only some people with the infection develop gastritis or other upper gastrointestinal disorders. Doctors believe vulnerability to the bacterium could be inherited or could be caused by lifestyle choices, such as smoking and diet.

Regular use of pain relievers. Common pain relievers — such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) and naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox) — can cause both acute gastritis and chronic gastritis. Using these pain relievers regularly or taking too much of these drugs may reduce a key substance that helps preserve the protective lining of your stomach.

Older age. Older adults have an increased risk of gastritis because the stomach lining tends to thin with age and because older adults are more likely to have H. pylori infection or autoimmune disorders than younger people are.

Excessive alcohol use. Alcohol can irritate and erode your stomach lining, which makes your stomach more vulnerable to digestive juices. Excessive alcohol use is more likely to cause acute gastritis.

Stress. Severe stress due to major surgery, injury, burns or severe infections can cause acute gastritis.
Your own body attacking cells in your stomach. Called autoimmune gastritis, this type of gastritis occurs when your body attacks the cells that make up your stomach lining. This reaction can wear away at your stomach's protective barrier.

Autoimmune gastritis is more common in people with other autoimmune disorders, including Hashimoto's disease and type 1 diabetes. Autoimmune gastritis can also be associated with vitamin B-12 deficiency.

Other diseases and conditions. Gastritis may be associated with other medical conditions, including HIV/AIDS, Crohn's disease and parasitic infections.

Complications
Left untreated, gastritis may lead to stomach ulcers and stomach bleeding. Rarely, some forms of chronic gastritis may increase your risk of stomach cancer, especially if you have extensive thinning of the stomach lining and changes in the lining's cells.

Tell your doctor if your signs and symptoms aren't improving despite treatment for gastritis.

Prevention
Preventing H. pylori infection

It's not clear how H. pylori spreads, but there's some evidence that it could be transmitted from person to person or through contaminated food and water. You can take steps to protect yourself from infections, such as H. pylori, by frequently washing your hands with soap and water and by eating foods that have been cooked completely.
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Erosive gastritis is a type of gastritis (inflamed stomach lining) that causes the wearing away of the stomach lining. Erosive gastritis can cause bleeding, erosions, or ulcers. Erosive gastritis may be acute or chronic.

See your doctor get treated with the antibiotics and acid reducing medicines.

Stomach bleeding is a very serious symptom which can cause death.
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