End stage liver disease

drinking with the end stage liver disease
what is to be expected how long he will last - 100.0%
what will his end be like? - 0.0%

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Date Joined Nov 2009
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   Posted 11/17/2009 3:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I have my ex living with me and he has end stage liver disease. He was in the hospital for while and had no where else to go, so I figured he didn't have much time left and would care for him. Some days are good and other days he is very moody. Takes his meds but I think he has started drinking. He is very jaundice and his stomach is enlarged and his feet are very swollen. He has not lied to me about the drinking, he basically has given up. My question to anyone that is going through the same thing and is drinking, just how long will he last keeping up his old habit?

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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 11/17/2009 3:31 PM (GMT -6)   
hello mbd, i wish i knew the answer to that question, from what i have experienced and read, every person is different. it all depends on how much liver damage is done and whether or not he continues to drink. we have had a bit of a discussion lately over this question, if you read back some posts, you might find some answers.
you will find this forum really helpfull welcome.

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Date Joined Jul 2005
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   Posted 11/17/2009 3:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Mbd, welcome.  This is a question that is asked repeatedly, but to which we have no answer.   Every liver patient is different.  Some last a long time, even drinking.  Others go downhill overnight.  One thing is certain:  Drinking is the worst thing that a liver patient can do.  It will definitely hasten is demise.
You say you're not sure if he is drinking again, but then you say he has not lied about it.  So is he drinking or not?  If not, he might be eligible for a liver transplant.  If he is, then he wouldn't be eligible until he has 6 mos. of documented sobriety.
For more information, read some of the older posts, as Allie suggested, and also read the information in the Hepatitis Resources folder at the top of the forum.
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