Now you really have me scared. Did you have the Neuropathy for 20 years? If you don't mind me asking, did you have anything else? (were you a drinker, HEP C?, etc.). Do you have Diabetes?
Thanks for replying to me and the welcome.
I am so fearful and terrified right now I don't know what to do (I did go on the anxiety forum and they have been VERY helpful). My anxiety disorder has gotten me in this mess (my drug is food). I have always liked bad foods, but I didn't really let myself go until about 4 years ago when I became Obese. (I was 245, i am now 280). I don't drink (although I did in college, but socially).
The fear is driving me to the straight and narrow. I have not had a bad/large meal in 8 days, and started a workout program this morning. I just hope it isn't too late as I have an 18 mos old daughter that needs me (I had a really bad dream last night regarding my wife and I dying and she having no one)
We do not have Heptologists in Orlando, FL believe it or not (or they are not with United Health Care) and this dr has an excellent reputation.
I did talk to a very good Dr. (Hep, liver transplant specialist, GI) on Med Help named Schiano. He agreed that while the tests are not 100% predictive, he did agree with you regarding the fact that if I start losing weight and Excersise, my liver should be OK and that there isn't significant damage.
He did say though the only way to know for sure is through a biopsy or some Fibrosis test that I prob don't have access to.
It is just frustrating as the GI/Hep protocol for Biopsies are only if the liver enzymes are elevated due to the risks (unless there is major Cirrhosis Symptoms, Varicies, Enceph, Acities, etc).
So here I sit in limbo hoping that the 90% figure is true (only 10% of people with Normal Enzymes have serious damage), but not knowing for sure.
I guess it really doesn't matter as I would probably treat it(Fibrosis/Cirrhosis) with Excersise and not knowing my fate like June17 anyway. But easier said than done.
I guess none of us really know our fate....from 10 year olds to my 90 year old grandmother who is healthier than I.
Dave! Hi! You can't really control what is happening in your liver, but you can control what is hurting your liver, which is your weight and activity level. You mentioned a workout--are you getting help with exercising? I am an American College of Sports Medicine personal trainer,so I might be able to answer some questions and give support. I'm sure we aren't supposed to sell ourselves (so to speak) on a forum, so I'm just saying I might be a support as you work towards being healthy. (I also have autoimmune hepatitis and chron's disease, so I'm not an outsider... ) (and sarcoidosis, just for good measure )
Thank you, Pix, I really appreciate your support. I am REALLY sorry you have all those ailments and I hope that you are able to fight them off a long time.
I am now trying to eat less animal protein (as I have been reading it can increase Ammonia levels) and I am working towards getting healthier based upon having fibrosis or worse.
I am doing a modified weight watchers (26-30pts/day, no animal protein, no refined sugars carbs
Trying to stick to whole wheat/grain carbs with high fiber, fruit and veggies.
Starting a workout of 20min/day on treadmill 3 times per week with Weights the other three days taking one day off. Also, I am giving myself one meal a week to eat what I want for Psych purposes.
7 years ago, I actually lost 45 pounds and got down to 190, 6'4'' and was playing basket ball everyday. but the anxiety took over and over the past 6 years I have gotten up to 280 which is why I am here now.
I am just worried that I am losing weight too fast as I have already lost about 7 pounds in 1 week. I only want to lose 2-3 as I have heard losing it faster can actually scar your liver more.
I am open to any other suggestions.
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I just sw a good Hep dr. at medhelp He thinks my liver will be OK as long as I lose weight and eat well. He doesn't really know for sure as the liver enzyme tests are not 100% predictive, but it is better than high enzymes and also to make you feel better, people with low enzymes like yourself, have a better chance of making it and can live a longer life and can wait longer till transplant (which is why your meld score is so low).
He thinks my symtoms (Neuropathy, twitching, st memory, dry mouth, etc) may be Sdjornes (sp?)Syndrome and suggested I get tested for that and not related to my liver. My diabetes is very low and he doesn't think the neuropathy would be caused by that as my A1C is only 6.3 and Neropathy usually strikes at 8+.
I guess this is how I would react if I had fibrosis/cirrhosis anyway (diet/excercise, etc.). Additionally, some advice (which I am sure you already know and has scared me into dieting). I read a story of a man at the Atlanta Liver Center who weighed 500+ pounds about your age, 57. He went to the hospital after not feeling well for about 5-7 years with Bleeding Varicies and encelopothy (sp?). He had all the horrors, Diabetes, Chol, Triglicerides, BP etc and his meld score was high and they were talking transplant right away. He never drank, no hep, so was diagnosed with Cryogenic Cirrhosis due to NASH.
The reason I am telling you this, and the hope I am trying to hold on to, is that after he went to the Atlanta Clinic and lost like 200 pounds, his Meld score went way down, and he is no longer getting a liver transplant. Additionally, all his other problems went away (diabetes, etc) and now he is just living is life.
I have read SEVERAL stories as this. It seems to me that I suspect (and again I am not a Dr., just do much research) that your cirrhosis is due to something other than NASH/NAFLD as every single story I have read from people who have this, and all the research I have done suggests that Nash/NAFLD almost never exists without diabetes (and Diabetes for many years). Almost never. They are directly related. NALFD causes diabetes and diabetes increases the progressoin from NAFLD to NASH and then to cirrhosis.
If you have been thin your whole life, without diabetes, it may be something else that caused it which, when you figure it out, may help you treat it. The only time cirrhosis exists without diabetes is in cases of alcohol, hep, and other things.
Again, I am not a Dr., but I have been obsessed on the subject and have very high anxiety and have done lots and lots of research trying to figure out what I have.
I hope that helps...
Your workout sounds great, especially the treadmill. How out of breath do you get? Do you have weights "n stuff? Loosing 7 pounds isn't bad, much of that is water at the beginning, anyhow. How can I help? Do you want to keep track of things with me?--weight loss, exercising? Also, as you get more fit, (which isn't the same as loosing weight, by the way...) I can help advance the exercises so you stay challenged.
I think that it is best to focus on positive things rather than lab results and disease signs. When I was first diagnosed with stuff, I would research tons, and just get more and more worried. Then a friend suggested that I do the "patient thing" and let the doctor do the "doctor thing"--that I should concentrate on health (eating well, exercise, taking good care of my mental health), and let the doctor figure out when to get labs and what medication to give.
We here at healing well are all on your side, against the illnesses and fear.
Hang in there!
I like your posts. You could be a wealth of help for us on this forum. Do you know what vitamin is good for stress. I think I need it to get through this next year or two. Also on the exercise side. What exercise is good for that skin that flaps under your arm when I wave. I am totally serious. Thank you
Dave, I just wanted to tell you how terrific I think it is that you are seriously dieting and exercising and determined to lose weight to save your life. You are right--your child needs you! Seven pounds lost in a week is not a lot when you have much to lose. Obese people lose weight rapidly in the beginning and then hit a plateau. In my case, I just have about 10 lbs. to lose, and it's best if I do it @ no more than 2 lbs. a week. It's not a health matter...I just feel better when I'm thin, as I'm only 5 ft. A difference of 5 lbs. is a size on me. But 10 lbs. is much harder to lose that 100, I swear!
There are sooo many health problems that accompany obesity, that it only makes sense to try to get it under control. Are you taking anti-anxiety meds? I know that antidepressants generally cause weight gain...which makes me MORE depressed, so I no longer take them.
I hope you will continue to check in with us. You are an inspiration.
You mentioned in a post that Orlando, FL does NOT have any hepatologists. I wanted to correct this.
Florida Hospital South has a BRILLIANT Liver Transplant Team and United Healthcare does cover them.
Florida Hospital Transplant Center
Suite 542 South Tower
2501 N Orange Ave
Orlando, FL 32804
Phone (407) 303-2474
Toll Free (866) 913-7851
Trushar Patel, MD
Should you ever require their services (and I hope you don’t), your GI or Primary Care doctor would need to send a referral to United Healthcare for approval.
My husband received a lifesaving liver transplant on January 21st, 2009. This after being turned down by Shand’s hospital in Gainesville.