Post Edited (hep93) : 2/25/2010 9:08:02 PM (GMT-7)
Buderflyz, cirrhosis is irreversible scarring of the liver. However, the process can be slowed down and sometimes halted. To this end, you should not drink alcohol at all; eliminate beef from your diet and increase fresh fruits and veggies; drink filtered water and green tea; get enough rest and sleep and decrease stress in your life as much as possible. Basically, be very aware of what you put into your body and avoid toxins as much as possible.
Dr. Melissa Palmer, in her book Hepatitis & Liver Disease, states that a person with cirrhosis is at increased risk for liver cancer and other cancers, ascites and edema, encephalopathy, varices, portal hypertension, and gastropathy. It stands to reason that the greater the scarring, the more risk there is for the above.
I see a hepatologist who oversees my care. She has never mentoned a MELD score (probably because I'm not a transplant candidate), but I was able to calculate it on my own through this link:
Glad you like my siggy! I feel it really describes me perfectly.
Hang in there and take good care of yourself.
Laura, welcome to the forum. Unfortunately, you posted on an old thread. Don't know what's become of Buderflyz--she hasn't posted since March. It would be best if you would start your own thread and introduce yourself to others. We do have quite a few members with AIH. By starting your own thread (just click on New Topic instead of Reply), you will get more answers and won't "fall through the cracks."