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Can Excess Beer Drinking Cause Cirrhosis Of The Liver
Varies by person: It depends on genetic susceptibility, nutritional status, other diseases. I have a good idea. Let's not find out. ...Read more
This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more
Doc said diffuse fatty liver, but not enough to cause enlargment. 6 mo follow up. No cirrhosis. I don't drink, underweight. Is it reversible? 27 yo
Can having two episodes (one year apart)of extremely heavy drinking (the point of throwing up)+ a couple drinks every few months cause liver cirrhosis?
No: Most folks including me had a few throw-up adventures as we were learning our limits. Glad you recovered. It wasn't really that much fun, was it? Be glad for good health and enjoy the wonderful gift of life with an unclouded brain. ...Read more
Not universal: Not all patients who drink heavily develop alcoholic liver disease. However, the doctor can undoubtedly warn the patient who already has any form of alcoholic liver disease that continued alcohol use virtually guarantees that the disease will persist and likely worsen. Although many variables come into play, I believe a rough estimate of a chronic, heavy drinker getting cirrhosis is 30-40%. ...Read more
No: Am aware of no known association. Unless you are putting rum into the coke, that is........ ...Read more
Don't drink alcohol: The best prevention from alcohol induced liver damage that can lead to cirrhosis is NOT to drink alcohol, even socially. Drinking "socially" to you might mean something different to someone else regarding the amount of alcohol intake per week. In general, if you have been diagnosed with chronic liver disease and fibrosis or scarring of your liver, abstinence from alcohol will be the key. ...Read more
My aunt has cirrhosis of the liver and is in her final stange, but she continues to drink vodka, how can I help her? How much longer will she live?
Not long: On the outside - under a year and I believe that is for people who have stopped drinking. It may be very painful too and there is simply nothing I can find to say that is hopeful. Hospice is the thought I have and their experience with palliative care will be a big help to make the last months as good as possible. If you can, try to enjoy your time together and let a pro deal w/ the hard stuff. ...Read more
Yes: Yes, if you drink a lot on weekends. "binge drinkers" can get cirrhosis. ...Read more
I have Cirrhosis of the liver and last night I went out. I don't drink but the bartender accidentally put in liquor. I didn't know. Am I okay scared?
One drink: Is unlikely to make your cirrhosis worse. Follow up with your doctor as you routinely do and let him know the mistake. All the best. ...Read more
What is the prognosis for cirrhosis of the liver if the patient stops drinking and stops taking lipitor (atorvastatin)?
Cirrhosis: Stopping alcohol is essential for those who want to maintain their health. Drinking and stopping Lipitor (atorvastatin) will continue to deteriorate. Lipitor (atorvastatin) is not to be taken if you have active liver disease. The prognosis depends on how much alcohol was used for how long, and how much damage was done to the liver. ...Read more
Can cirrhosis of the liver affect someone's lungs? My mother in law, has affected liver and kidneys from drinking but now her breathing is affected?
Yes: In the late stages of liver failure, hepatopulmonary syndrome is to be expected. Lung vessels dilate too much to be well-oxygenated. The heart may also be failing making her short of breath, or an enlarged liver or fluid in the abdomen may be compressing the lungs from below. I'm sorry about your mom and I hope that you are a comfort to her now. Best wishes. ...Read more
Stage 4 cirrhosis of the liver my stepmother lives with me and is in stage 4 cirrhosis of the liver. She was a heavy drinker (no longer drinking) and a prescription drug abuser. I take Xanax for anxiety. She has told me that her doctor said it was okay if
You give her yours?: Don't believe it. No ethical or competent physician would ever tell anyone to take someone else's medication. People with histories of alcohol are at very high risk of abusing benzos, and especially xanax, (alprazolam) which has a very high abuse potential. If a doctor wants to prescribe anti-anxiety agents for her, there are far safer ones for her, and she needs to get her own medication from her own md. ...Read more
My husband has had stage lV liver cirrhosis over 15 years from HepC. Will he die from this? Does not drink. Never did.
I have a non-alcoholic fatty liver. I am not a drinker and rarely do so, however I would like to enjoy a social drink a few times a year. Will I get cirrhosis from doing so? Will I get it eventually?
Biopsy shows liver fibrois bridging cirrhosis. How long until progress to cirrhosis if drinking one shot of vodka every other day. Months or years?
What are you asking?: Please forgive my frankness. And listen to yourself. Are you trying to kill yourself? Or are you playing chicken with your liver? Surely you are not unable to live without vodka? If it fills some emotional need, there are other med that can give you a similar good feeling that won't make your awful disease speed up? With total sobriety your liver may heal. Dying from cirrhosis is horrible. ...Read more
When havin cirrhosis fatty liver, l jus learn about, I drink mayb 1 sometime twice or non a month. Should l stop drinkin period?
Long history of very heavy drinking. Ultrasound 16 Mnth ago showed fatty liver all else norm. Been abstinent 5 months. Is cirrhosis unlikely? Thanks.
Yes, unlikely: An ultrasound can generally distinguish between fatty liver and the presence of denser tissue, like fibrosis and scarring (which are found in cirrhosis). If you stopped drinking, it should return to normal, and congratulations! Your doctor can follow up, generally with blood tests (or maybe another ultrasound) to determine whether things have gotten back to normal. Keep staying away from alcohol ...Read more
Is fatty liver the first step nearing cirrhosis? Would it be like fatty liver hep c then cirrhosis? ? If you drink heavy every day for 10 year?
Liver disease: Hepatitis C is a specific virus which is implicated in liver disease. Liver disease can be caused by a variety of factors, including diet, medication, alcohol, genetics, and infection (e.g. Hep C). Fatty liver disease can be potentially reversed if you are able to treat. Cirrhosis is thought to be irreversible. Cirrhosis often starts with fatty liver disease. Seek help for heavy drinking. ...Read more
Yes: Soy milk is a good protein source, but the issue with cirrhosis is to limit protein, usually to no more than 40 grams/day. Your doctor should arrange for you to speak to a nutritionist who can give you more information on how much in the way of meat, fish, dairy and soy protein is safe for you. The severity of the cirrhosis and any history of increased ammonia problems will also impact this. ...Read more
Husband had acute liver failure, septic a year ago has cirrhosis. And still drinking alcohol. What's the risk of acute failure again? How soon?
Very serious!: Cirrhosis is a very serious condition, whether acute or chronic. The danger of chronic cirrhosis is the liver will become "fatty" and will not function properly. The liver filters the blood of toxins and medications, as well as break down fats and proteins, and is also responsible for blood clotting. When someone with acute cirrhosis continues to drink alcohol, the liver will be destroyed. ...Read more
Husband has liver fibrosis bridging cirrhosis but stopped drinking. Takes lactulose and stopped drinking three months ago. Will disesase get better?
Hoping so!: I'm going to assume that alcohol is the sole cause, and that he's been checked for hemochromatosis, Wilson's, and hepatitis B and C. If he does choose to stop drinking, having a loving and forgiving wife will be the most wonderful support he can have. Cirrhosis does regress some on achieving sobriety. Hopefully his mind is still basically okay. Wishing you both the best. ...Read more
Cirrhosis for years and now the last biopsy Shows mild hepatic steatosis (no drink OH and I weight 130)so does this mean I have two liver diseases?
Steatosis: Not necessarily, means you have a fattty liver which can be seen in cirrhosis ...Read more
My sister just got diagnosed with liver cirrhosis from years of drinking and abusing prescription medication. Does it ALWAYS lead to liver cancer?
What's healthy diet & life style other than drink and meat consider.& routine exercise, enough sleep, lack of worry for potential liver cirrhosis?
See veins on stomach could it be due to having 5 kids? Had fatty liver 2 yrs ago elev enzymes 1 yr & now normal a yr. Could It b cirrhosis no drinking
5 kids at 35 is a DEFINITE reasons for the veins you see and the fatty liver was probably from your weight??? (You did not include this in your question) The fatty liver alone can result in abnormal Liver Function tests!
These are (as you apparently note) reversible and DO NOT REPRESENT CIRRHOSIS which is SCARRING and is NOT reversible.
Hope this helps!
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