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How Do You Tell Your Grandkids Grandpa Got Liver Failure From Too Much Liquor
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
Blood tests show it: Liver function tests(lfts) can be checked very easily in any good lab. Your doctor can check it for you if you request. This gives you a good idea about the degree of damage. ...Read more
How can I help my dad who suffered stroke and is diabetic from smoking too much and drinking softdrinks? His doc totally forbids him from these. Help
His decision: Hi. It's difficult to watch people you love engage in self destructive behavior, but you can't stop smoking for him or eat a healthy diet for him. He has to do those things for himself. You can educate and give encouragement and support, but ultimately it's up to him to decide to live healthier. He should also control diabetes and blood pressure tightly. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What can I do if my dad has end-stage liver disease/ liver failure (cirrhosis) how long does he have?
A significant impact: Please ask your pediatrician. Your liver is the detoxifier for your body. Without a proper liver you will have toxins reside in your body for extended periods of time. ...Read more
Beats me: Did a doctor tell you that it was causing damage? If yes, then if you keep drinking, you will do more damage. We have lots more liver than we need, and it takes many years of heavy drinking to cause liver failure, and not all heavy drinkers get liver damage. Assuming you did have liver abnormalities and you are still drinking, then you clearly need some help. Talk to doctor about treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It varies: Most heavy drinkers never have any loss of cardiac function as a result. A boozy weekend will give you a fatty liver but this clears in a few days. A month or two of heavy drinking can unpredictably cause you to get alcoholic hepatitis (even if you sober up) which can kill you. And only about 1 problem drinker in 3 gets cirrhosis and it takes a lot for a long time. Get sober for those you love. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
If someone has liver failure do doctors put them on a long waiting list and let them die? only curious?
It is complicated: It is possible to get a liver transplant. Some people are not candidates for transplant due to other severe illnesses. Transplant surgery is long and complicated and your lungs and heart have to be healthy to withstand it. Also the liver donor must be compatible with the tissues of the person receiving it so even if a liver is available it may not be a match for the person needing it. ...Read more
I'm sick of being sick i will stop all meds i hate my cardiologist so much. I don't care if i die death is better than life. Suicide is the answer..
It sounds like you: have been through a really rough time. I am sorry to hear that you are suffering. If you are having thoughts about killing yourself, get seen at the nearest emergency room now. Have a friend or relative drive you or call 911 for emergency services for transport. You can call the National suicide hotlines 24/7 at 1-800-suicide (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273 – talk (1-800-273-8255) for support. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Really can't say: There is not enough information given to make an assessment....Best to discuss with your doctor..... ...Read more
Complicated: This is a very complex question. Mercury sources include food (certain fish), biologicals (thimerosal), industrial. Blood tests only measure acute exposure, not chronic, which is typically the concern. Other tests - urine, hair, stool - are very difficult to interpret and have strengths/weaknesses depending on the clinical situation. Consult a local pediatric environmental health center. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have stage 111 lung cancer with COPD but can't eat much anymore. Don't want chemo. How fast do you die from losing weight?
Eat: Eat smaller meals throughout the day and try to drink boost or ensure "milkshakes" three times a day. There are medicines to help you as well talk to your oncologist. http://www.lungcanceralliance.org/what-if-i-am-diagnosed/side-effect-management/loss-of-appetite.html ...Read more
I have been told that I have liver failure after a paracetamol overdose how long will it take to kill me? I'm too embarrassed to ask my consultant
Ask for MELD score: Knowing your meld score may address your concern as to how badly damaged your liver may be and how urgently you need further intervention (e.g. Expectation of recovery with conservative treatment or proceed to liver transplantation). Best wishes for your recovery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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