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Hepc, cirohsis, portal hypertension, hepatic enceyclp. End stage liver disease, ascietes n edema...How much time left as doc says no treatment?

Hepc, cirohsis, portal hypertension, hepatic enceyclp. End stage liver disease, ascietes n edema...How much time left as doc says no treatment?

Cirrhosis ; survival: The most common model that is used to estimate survival and severity is called meld score. That depends on your renal function, bilirubin (a liver function test) and also inr (how thin is your liver). You can ask your provider to do this calculation for you. ...Read more

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Liver (Definition)

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


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Would I know I had liver disease through other symptoms before ascites set in? Doc listened to lungs, said sounded good but I do have umbilic hernia.

Would I know I had liver disease through other symptoms before ascites set in? Doc listened to lungs, said sounded good but I do have umbilic hernia.

No: One would not expect liver disease in a 21 year old. The major causes of liver disease, not cancerous is from alcoholic cirrhosis and from Hep B or C. Unbilical hernias on the otherhand are common place. Ascites if found would suggest a long standing situation of cirrhosis with end stage liver disease ...Read more

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Decompensated adv liver disease with ascites, some confustion, fatigue, loss of apetite, drowsiness, sleepiness, breath is fowl, etc how long to live?

Hepatic encephalopat: It sounds like hepatic encephalopathy, it is difficult to predict with out having some labs. Survival and mortality is predicted by a a formula known as meld score. ...Read more

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Milk thistle is used for liver-damage treatment. How could side effect be liver damage?

Milk thistle is used for liver-damage treatment. How could side effect be liver damage?

No reputable: Medical practitioner recommends milk thistle for someone with liver disease. Don't believe everything you hear. ...Read more

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Hepc n liver cirohsis...Would milk thistle help...Due to other medical problems allopathy treatment not possible...Pl advice?

Hepc n liver cirohsis...Would milk thistle help...Due to other medical problems allopathy treatment not possible...Pl advice?

Mlkthistle=Silymarin: Milk thistle seed extract / silymarin is a natural product with antoxidant/ antifibrotic activity which may decrease hepatic injury & scarring. Unfortunately, 14 studies found that while liver enzymes improved with silymarin, no clear evidence of reduced mortality, improved liver tissue on biopsy, or markers of liver function in patients with liver disease. It does devr hcv replication. No harm. ...Read more

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Can we use L-carnitine or vitamin E or selenium or milk thistle as a treatment for idiopathic chronic liver hepatitis of unknown origin?

Can we use L-carnitine or vitamin E or selenium or milk thistle as a treatment for idiopathic chronic liver hepatitis of unknown origin?

Yes, also...: All of those are perfectly safe & reasonable to try, but I would make sure the e is natural with mixed tocopherols, as the evidence suggests that synthetic vit e is toxic! selenium often helps with viral infections, as does vit. C. Consider seeing a homeopath & acupuncturist, since conventional medicine has little to offer in this situation. See a holistic doc: http://www. Abihm. Org/search-doctors. ...Read more

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Is it effective to use milk thistle in treating liver problems?

Is it effective to use milk thistle in treating liver problems?

Possibly: There have been studies demonstrating benefit of milk thistle in a variety of liver problems, possibly in part due to increasing the concentration of glutathione in the liver. Glutathione is used to neutralize toxins. ...Read more

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I take milk thistle and sam-e. Does help the liver?

I take milk thistle and sam-e. Does help the liver?

No: If you have a fatty liver or liver disease stop eating fatty food, stop eating fried food, stop drinking alcohol, stop taking pain pills and lower your cholesterol. Those type of actions help the liver. Discuss the different medications you take with your doctor to make sure they are not causing any interactions that can harm the liver. ...Read more

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Is milk thistle effective for helping with fatty liver?

Doubtful: According to nih, "previous laboratory studies suggested that milk thistle may benefit the liver by protecting & promoting the growth of liver cells, fighting oxidation (a chemical process that can damage cells), & inhibiting inflammation. However, results from small clinical trials of milk thistle for liver diseases have been mixed, & two rigorously designed studies found no benefit.". ...Read more

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With non-alcoholic fatty liver is milk thistle and vitamin e+ exercise effective and if so what dosage?

With non-alcoholic fatty liver is milk thistle and vitamin e+ exercise effective and if so what dosage?

Unknown: As to whether they are effective. There are studies on both sides of this issue, and the majority of studies have not shown efficacy of either medication in preventing the progression or promoting the improvement of liver inflammation. This is particularly true with vitamin E, where all studies have shown lack of efficacy. A few studies of milk thistle have shown small improvements, but most not. ...Read more

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Can milk thistle reverse fatty liver? If ct shows mild fatty liver a year ago but us shows no fat now does it mean it's better or is us not accurate

Can milk thistle reverse fatty liver? If ct shows mild fatty liver a year ago but us shows no fat now does it mean it's better or is us not accurate

Ultrasound is better: US is more sensitive than CT in detecting fatty liver. Reports indicate that the seed extract of milk thistle, Sylimarin, has antiinflammatory effects and is also reported to improve non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (a form of fatty liver). As a natural products, risk of allergy is higher and large controlled trials are lacking so safety is less known. It also may dangerously interact with some meds ...Read more

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Was recently diagnosed with Sarcoidosis. Liver/spleen enlarged, alk levels 253. Any suggestions? Milk thistle/black seed oil been taking what can I do

Was recently diagnosed with Sarcoidosis. Liver/spleen enlarged, alk levels 253. Any suggestions? Milk thistle/black seed oil been taking what can I do

Sarcoidosis: 42 F of unknown ethnicity and past medical Hx: Was recently diagnosed with Sarcoidosis. Liver/spleen enlarged, alk levels 253. Any suggestions? Milk thistle/black seed oil been taking what can I do. ANS: Yes you need to see someone who is an expert in Sarcoid to get the best and most current treatment for this. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosis and got fatty liver. My ALT (SGPT) is 92, Lipid & Glucose e okay! Which is quiet high level. What will I do now? Dr prescribed these medicines: Viusid, Epaset, Milk Thistle & Urcodil 300mg. Are these medicine okay?

I have been diagnosis and got fatty liver. My ALT (SGPT) is 92, Lipid & Glucose e okay! Which is quiet high level. What will I do now? Dr prescribed these medicines: Viusid, Epaset, Milk Thistle & Urcodil 300mg. Are these medicine okay?

Get 2nd opinion: Milk thistle won't help. The main support for Viusid is an article from an obscure group in Cuba. Epaset is an irrational mix of nutrients. You need to have hepatitis C and Wilson's ruled out, and hit the gym really hard if you want to save your health. I see you also take hormone therapy of some sort. You need a relationship with an authentic, scientific physician. Your liver wants exercise. ...Read more

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Which is better for liver care himalaya liver care or milk thistle?

Milk thistle, but...: There's some actual science supporting milk thistle for hepatitis c (gastroenterology nov 2008). The other product lists chicory, tamarisk, yarrow and caper bush. I searched the nih database back to 1996 and found exactly nothing. Don't rely no a supplement except as part of a comprehensive plan of care for yourself. ...Read more

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Does pharma thistle gold (#1 milk thistle extract work repairing the liver?

Does pharma thistle gold (#1 milk thistle extract work repairing the liver?

Sorry, but no...: The results of a recent large scale study looking at just this question sadly answered no--milk thistle did not live up to its health food store hyped benefits nor justify its high cost. If you have liver damage, see your doctor for appropriate assistance and treatment please. ...Read more

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My husband has fatty liver and I heard that milk thistle is for the liver can it really help?

My husband has fatty liver and I heard that milk thistle is for the liver can it really help?

Unlikely: The role of milk thistle in fatty lived disease is limited. In hepatitis C one study showed that high intravenous doses may slow progression, but is not a cure. I do not recommend milk thistle to my patients. It is safe and if someone is ademant about taking it I don't necessarily discourage it. A large ongoing study may clarify the role of milk thistle in the near future. ...Read more

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Will taking milk thistle & fish oil at the same time affect me? Have fatty liver 26 male

Yes but. . .: Any thing you take will affect you. Question is whether effect is good or bad. Dietary supplements such as milk thistle & fish oil are not regulated by government. As such, there may be some contaminants in there that can be bad for you. That's because there's no regulation that manufacturers prove effectiveness or safety prior to marketing. However, milk thistle is said to be good for liver. ...Read more

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I take famotidine everyday for GERD. I read studies that show over time it can hurt the liver. Is this safe to take with milk thistle? Thanks.

I take famotidine everyday for GERD. I read studies that show over time it can hurt the liver. Is this safe to take with milk thistle? Thanks.

Not good long term: Best if you limit sugars, exercise and try apple cider vinegar 1 tbsp twice daily (mixed with 8 oz water) 1 hr before meals. Ok to use milk thistle but I would take a week off every few weeks ...Read more

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Does milk thistle really help the liver? I take around 650mg acetaminophen almost daily and I was told milk thistle would help prevent any toxicity

Does milk thistle really help the liver? I take around 650mg acetaminophen almost daily and I was told milk thistle would help prevent any toxicity

Milk thistle: Milk thistle is an herbal extract that is reputed to ameliorate liver injury or disease; it can help, just be sure you get a high quality product; avoid alcohol most importantly; take anti-oxidants, also; ...Read more

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Is there any evidence milk thistle can help promote liver well being and maybe reduce isolated ALT raise of unknown origin? (no hep, ebv, meds etc)

Is there any evidence milk thistle can help promote liver well being and maybe reduce isolated ALT raise of unknown origin? (no hep, ebv, meds etc)

It's really weak: Milk thistle competes with other molecules at the drug detox centers in the liver, and has shown minimal benefit in a couple of studies; it failed miserably as a treatment for some other common liver problems. I trust you have been checked for hemochromatosis, myopathy, wilson's and autoimmune hepatitis. I'd urge you to stay very physically fit and skip the milk thistle. ...Read more

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I am 24 years old with unknown cause of elevated liver enzymes for more than 6 months with negative ultrasound can I use milk thistle as a liver tonic?

Yes: However, it is unlikely to benefit you; most studies show no value. Health doesn't come from taking pills. You need to discover the cause. I trust you've been tested for hepatitis b and c, hemochromatosis, wilson's, autoimmune hepatitis, and antitrypsin deficiency. Elite athletes tend to run high transaminases & that's healthy. If you're sedentary, think about a new focus on fitness instead. ...Read more

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Can castor oil packs on the liver and milk thistle hav adverse side effects? I tried both a month ago and ever since been having pain in my liver area

Can castor oil packs on the liver and milk thistle hav adverse side effects? I tried both a month ago and ever since been having pain in my liver area

Probably not: Milk thistle (silybum) is an herbal supplement that contains silymarin, a flavenoid compound that is said to reduce liver inflammation - but this effect is not well defined. Side effects include occasional stomach upset and diarrhea. Allergic reactions can occur. Neither silybum nor castor oil should cause abdominal pain for a month. You may want to get this pain checked out by your doctor. ...Read more

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Is milk thistle good for your liver?

IV form possibly: Taking it orally had some anecdotal evidence, but they did a big review of multiple studies about it and found no benefit. The ingredient in milk thistle, silymarin, is being tested supposedly via administration through IV route. Here's a link to the study review: http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/12427501. ...Read more

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I heard about milk thistle and how it cleanses your liver from impurities?

I heard about milk thistle and how it cleanses your liver from impurities?

Milk Thistle: Milk Thistle does not cleanse your liver from impurities. There are a few studies from Europe which are not of great quality, which show slight improvements with cirrhosis and chronic liver disease. More studies need to be done to recommend it. Good luck. ...Read more

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Does milk thistle stop you getting liver damage?

Milk Thistle: The only way to stop damaging your liver is to remove the issue that is causing the damage.

Milk thistle is used world wide to assist the liver to recover when one stops damaging the liver. ...Read more

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I have a ftty liver, galblader removd & I take milk thistle, I have lost 10 pounds since taking milkthisle, is it normal 2 b losin weight by taking it?

I have a ftty liver, galblader removd & I take milk thistle, I have lost 10 pounds since taking milkthisle, is it normal 2 b losin weight by taking it?

No: Perhaps you are eating less or healthier since the gallbladder removed? You ale likely to tolerate fatty greasy foods once the gallbladder is gone Perhaps also you feel better now so maybe you are exercising more? ...Read more

Dr. Jay Yepuri
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