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I'm a 21-year-old female who drinks heavily i've just been feeling under the weather lately. most of my symptoms match cirrhosis. is it possible?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander answered

Specializes in Pathology

Yes.: Pigpen mckernan of the grateful dead died of alcoholic cirrhosis when he was only a few years older than you. You may also have alcoholic hepatitis, or a really bad case of fatty liver. You're smart enough to have found healthtap. You won't recover from your compulsive alcohol use without guidance and some form of spirituality. Be tough. Do what you must.

Answered 5/8/2013

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Dr. Mahesh Allam answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Hepatitis: You may have alcohol hepatitis ( liver inflammation) which can lead to cirrhosis. If you quit, the liver can recover. Consider why you drink so much & get some help, may aa. See a doctor and get some blood work. Good luck.

Answered 9/28/2016

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Dr. Michael Borookhim answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Not likely: Cirrhosis is a disease that is the result of long term chronic alcohol use and since you recently started drinking it would not be likely. That does not mean you should continue drinking heavily as there are lots of negative consequences to deal with.

Answered 11/7/2013

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Dr. Joseph Mele answered

Specializes in Plastic Surgery

Anything's Possible: Even at 21 we can overcome our body's ability to compensate. The liver is designed to remove toxins from our blood. Heavy drinkng can injure the liver and cause serious health problems. The good news is your liver has the ability to heal itself when the over indulgence stops. Seek medical help and get checked out before it is too late.

Answered 12/9/2013

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Dr. Karl Spector answered

Specializes in Addiction Medicine

Unlikely: It would be unlikely that you have true cirrhosis at the age of 21 but, of course, it is possible. However, if you are feeling so bad that it mimics cirrhosis, you should get help as soon as possible! this may even mean going to the closest er! it may save your life! good luck!

Answered 9/28/2016

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Dr. Amy Deeken answered

Specializes in Pathology

Suggest evaluation: Cirrhosis is possible in young people. Developing cirrhosis is dependent on how much liver damage has been done, the amount of alcohol used, and the length of time alcohol has been causing damage. In general, women develop cirrhosis in less time than men for the same amount of alcohol use. Please have your symptoms and alcohol use evaluated by a doctor.

Answered 5/8/2013

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Dr. Michael Ein answered

Specializes in Infectious Disease

Unlikely: You're too young to have cirrhosis of the liver yet but you could have alcoholic hepatitis and you're on your way to cirrhosis. From your question you've taken an important first step-recognizing you have a drinking problem. Now its time to ask for help from loved ones, clergy or alcoholics anonymous. Good luck to you.

Answered 5/8/2013

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Dr. Robert Wilson answered

Specializes in Addiction Medicine

CIRRHOSIS: Unlikely at your age although not unheard of. Most likely an alcoholic hepatitis. (inflamed liver) your pcp can do a lab test to diagnose called ggtp. If you cannot moderate your drinking seek treatment.

Answered 6/9/2017

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