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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 10/11/2008 9:14 AM (GMT -7)   
I took my friend to the hospital (charity) 3 weeks ago.  They are releasing her today.  They did a biopsy of her liver wednesday.  She still has ascites really bad and her bilirubin is now 17 down from 25.5.  They didn't tell her much except that she has to go to the clinic once a month to check her liver.  She doesn't even know what stage she is in.  Can you usually tell from the symptoms?

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Date Joined Jul 2005
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   Posted 10/11/2008 10:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, April.  I'm sorry to hear about your friend and I know you are concerned.  I have bumped up 2 of our educational liver disease threads for you and others who may be new and have questions.  They are right below yours on the main page.  I hope this helps.

"But that was yesterday, and I was a different person then."
Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 10/11/2008 10:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi April and welcome to the forum. As the disease progresses the symptoms get worse. The doctors ususally prescribe medications to control the symptoms until the person is sick enough for a liver transplant. Your friend is probably on a no or low salt diet. That will help control the ascites. My husband was diagnosed over two years ago. His main problems are encephalopathy and ascites. We have been controlling the encephalopathy with lactulose and the ascites with lasix. He is stage 4 grade 3. Stage 4 means cirrhosis. The grading has to do with the amount of inflammation in the liver. So far his symptoms have been minimal compared to a lot of others that are dealing with this disease. You can't really tell from the symptoms how long it will be before a person has before they will need a transplant since the disease is so different in everyone. Some people control the symptoms for a long time, while others start going down hill right away.
If you read some of the older posts they can be very helpful.
I'm sorry that your friend is going through this. I will include her in my prayers.
There is always hope!

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