KellyAnn, welcome to the forum. I had never heard of liver strep, either. I hope that you are now clear of that. I have hep C (diagnosed in '93), cirrhosis (diagnosed in '07) and have survived liver cancer. Are you seen by a hepatologist? Have you ever had treatment for your hep C? It was offered to me at Mayo, despite my cirrhosis and liver cancer history. You might want to make an appt. with a transplant center for possible evaluation. Nobody can really say how much longer your have to live, as every case is different. However, you can improve the situation you are in by getting enough sleep and rest, eliminating red meat from your diet, and eating lots of fresh fruits and veggies. Drink spring or filtered water and green tea. Lower your stress level. Absolutely no alcohol or drugs that aren't prescribed, of course.
The cramps are possibly caused by lack of potassium. Are you on diuretics?
I suggest you read some older posts here and also the information in the folder at the top of the forum page, Hepatitis Resources, for more information.
It wasn't I who recommended vit. D supplement, Rick, but whoever did--I'm glad it worked for you.
If it's someone you trust to keep your innermost secrets private, and it wouldn't interfere with your friendship. However, I really think it's best to choose someone who can be more objective. Your friend could be a temporary sponsor, though. Go to meetings and listen to others. Take your time in choosing someone whose sobriety you admire. Then ask the person of your choosing if she is available to sponsor you (some already sponsor too many people to take on another.) Make sure the person you select has at least 5 yrs. of sobriety, is active in the program, and is someone you feel comfortable talking with. Sometimes there is a personality conflict and it doesn't work out and you have to find someone else. Just all part of the process.
Best of luck to you!
Hi Kelly and welcome to the forum. I'm sorry for what you are going through and unfortunately I know how you feel. I have hep c with cirrhosis,portal hypertension,leg swelling,red marks everywhere,tired,diabetic,I could go on and on. As for the cramps, (which i get also) they can be very painful, did they check your potassium, magnisium and calcium levels. Any of these if low can cause cramping. Do you drink enough fluid(water) If your dehydrated it can also cause cramping. A simple blood test can give you your answer. If I were you I would see a speacialist a hepatologist and see about a transplanr. Do you have pulmonary hypertension? If not why are you on oxygen?
Please keep us informed and good luck.
My thoughts and prayers are with you,