Alcoholic hepatitis and cirrhosis symptoms

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Jc2cy
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   Posted 5/27/2012 11:36 PM (GMT -6)   
First, let me say that I have read through your forum, and I have developed a deep respect for what you are all going through. My problem does not appear to be as serious in nature as many of the topics Posted here, but I would like to request some guidance concerning my issues.

I am 21 years old, and I have been drinking heavily the past 9 months. Before this period of time, I would sometimes drink heavily for different periods of time since 18. Starting last February, I began experiencing nosebleeds (especially during or after drinking). I stopped and the nosebleeds eventually slowed to a rare occurrence. However, I turned 21 and started drinking semiregularly again. about a couple weeks later, I experienced one. Then a week later, I had a pint in a restaurant, and the next day I experienced another bleed while working.

I have since stopped drinking and the nosebleeds have stopped completely. The bleeds seem to be normal in length, no excessive bleeding. I went to the doctor a couple months ago, but failed to mention alcohol consumption. I haven't found much information regarding nosebleeds and cirrhosis on this forum. That is the only symptom I have really noticed. Should I go back in to the doc and get blood work done? Reading about liver disease and cirrhosis has got me scared. I have had no serious prior health conditions. If this is something I should be worried about I would like to find out sooner than later.

hep93
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   Posted 5/28/2012 12:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Jc, and welcome to the forum. Since these bleeding episodes seem to occur when you've been drinking, I think your body is telling you not to drink. Yes, you should call your doctor and make an appt. ASAP--for your own peace of mind, if nothing else. Be sure to mention the nosebleeds and that they seem to be associated with drinking. This could possibly be from clotting issues, which often happen with liver disease. You need to have blood work done, to include a liver panel. It's doubtful that you have cirrhosis since you don't have a long drinking history. But it does seem like something is going on. I think you should abstain from drinking alcohol until liver disease is diagnosed or ruled out. Even if everything seems fine, you would be wise to minimize your drinking so you don't have to be faced with cirrhosis and worse in the future.

Hugs,
Connie
hep93
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"But that was yesterday, and I was a different person then."

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daddygirl
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   Posted 5/30/2012 8:48 PM (GMT -6)   
my dad is very sick they think it is his liver he is very swollen in his abd and they pulled some fluid to test but not anymore because his B/P is running low now they said his ammonia level is high and started him on a med for that..Is this ok that they are leaving so much fluid on him it seems to be about 20-25lbs of fluid..

MamaLama
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   Posted 5/30/2012 9:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi daddygirl, Welcome to the forum.

It is best to start your own thread. So copy or repost your information in NEW TOPIC and tell us about yourself and your dad. How long has he been sick. What is he diagnosis? Is he actively drinking alcohol? If he is, he needs to stop.

Let us know how we can help you.
MamaLama
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MamaLama
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   Posted 5/30/2012 9:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi jc2cy,

Welcome to the forum.

It is good that you have learned that frequent nosebleeds can be related to various chronic illnesses.

Liver disease is more of a chronic thing in that it comes on over the years. You are already aware that alcohol consumption can be the culprit.

As you are a young person, you need to look at other lifestyle choices also. Many of the recreational drugs are inhaled or snorted and can cause irritations in the nose that may cause nosebleeds as well. I don't bring this up to be prissy about young people and recreatonal drugs ,but to warn you about a way to contract Hep C, from which so many of our members suffer. It does not take IV drug use to spread Hep C. Straw to blood can swap blood from those infected to those not innfected if the nose lining is irritated and straws are shared.

Hep C is forever, it is epidemic and the cure is difficult and does not always work. It takes a year of a chemotherapy like treatment that has lots of the same side effects as a cancer treatment....flu like symptoms, nausea, etc.

Combined with alcoholism, Hep C can lead to liver cancer. It is best to make healty lifestyle choices, even when it is not cool to do so.

I encourage you to abstain from drinking or to drink responsibly...most here can't drink one or two drinks...they don't see alcohol as a beverage, rather it becomes a destination.

Good luck. If you have specific questions, our members can try to help you.

Best,
Mama Lama
MamaLama
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Jc2cy
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   Posted 6/1/2012 9:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Mama lama,

Thanks for the reply. I use smokeless tobacco (which I know I need to quit completely sooner than later), but I have never used any other recreational drugs including marijuana. I have been offered plenty of times, but I have never had a desire to. Thanks to this forum, I am now aware of the causes and complications of hepatitis C. With this information, hopefully I will be able to prevent it. I have been vaccinated for A and B I believe.

I have scheduled an appointment with my normal doctor. What do you think about my nose bleeds? From my research, I thought symptoms did not tend to show until cirrhosis occurred. Is it possible for fatty liver or acute alcoholic hepatitis to cause the nosebleeds (hopefully neither). In addition, should I be following a strict diet in the meantime right now? I am a little overweight but not far at all over the average for my body type. I am still nosebleed free since abstaining from alcohol. Thanks.

Post Edited (Jc2cy) : 6/1/2012 10:33:44 PM (GMT-6)


hep93
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   Posted 6/1/2012 9:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Daddygirl, and welcome to the forum. Sometimes they are not able to get all the fluid at one time. It can be in pockets or difficult to access. When being tapped for fluid, he should also get albumen. It does sound like they did not want to tap more fluid as it could cause his BP to decrease more. Low BP can be as dangerous as elevated BP.

Please do start a new thread (click on New Topic instead of Reply) to introduce yourself to others and tell us of your situation. In this way, you will get more replies and not "fall through the cracks" posting on someone else's thread.

Hugs,
Connie
hep93
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"But that was yesterday, and I was a different person then."

Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Liver transplant recipient, Oct. 27, 2011, at Mayo Hospital, Jacksonville, FL
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