NAFLD--hereditary in my family, tied to Hep C in some, worried about relative

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   Posted 11/28/2006 8:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I haven't posted here in a while but I am really worried about my relative, on my dads side who, like me has diabetes/fatty liver and severe sleep apnea/GERD and I'm so very worried because he wakes up at night on the floor, gasping for breath every night and they haven't taken it very seriously and connected the dots between the GERD and the possiblity of really bad liver damage/cirrhosis.  My grandmother (his aunt), died in her sixties by drowning in her own blood due to ruptured esophageal varices due to cirrhosis that she didn't know she had.  She too was diabetic.  Also, my father has the same problem, though they are treating his GERD and diabetes better so he is doing better.  I have it, but don't have the GERD part but I'm not as old as they are, though I do have diabetes, but I'm very careful about my diet. 
I told him that I was very very concerned about him waking up in the middle of the night gasping and not being on medication for the GERD and never having had an endoscope to check for damage or much done about the liver.  Am I wrong or is this serious?  This is what killed my grandmother.  I was not aware of a hereditary form of this disorder, whatever it is, but it has resulted in liver cancer in two of my other relatives on my dads side, I found out, that had also contracted hep c, and both died untreated, not knowing what was wrong till the autopsy. 
Does anyone have any info on severe forms of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease?  Is the gasping a sign that he could have some esophageal varices problems?  I'm concerned and want to educate them so that they can get help.  I'm not sure what to suggest even.  I know they have him on a CPAP machine but it doesn't work all the time.  He is not on prilosec or anything like that.
Thanks in advance for any help you can give me.
I am a hep c survivor with the same NAFLD  type syndrome, and autoimmune disease and hashis caused by hep c, though I've been PCR neg for 13 years and just recently still negative.  I'm having some lymph node problems now related to the autoimmune disease, so I may have traded in one problem for another, but at least I'm doing good so far and even on immunosuppressants I'm still pcr negative, so that should be a pretty strong indication that in some people, the virus can be pretty well cured, if I dare say it.
I hope everyone here is doing well and I wish you all comfort and healing and blessings and peace and relief from pain and illness. 

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--Kara, one of the "givers of pain and delight", aka woman of Sigma Draconis VI, "Spock's Brain" episode 56 season 3 of Star Trek--I'm not a trekkie but this one was funny!

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Date Joined Dec 2005
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   Posted 11/30/2006 5:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Marji,
I can only imagine how worried you must be. Unfortunately I can;t help you with any information but jsut let you know someone here cares and is thinking of you and your family. I read some good doet advice in another post of yours.
Take care and I hope someone is able to assist you with some information.

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