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   Posted 9/1/2016 10:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I have jaundice due to alcohol hepatitis. My liver is swollen/inflamed which is pushing agains the bile ducts which has lead to jaundice in my eyes, face, and urine. The doc said I am on the path to cirrhosis but I'm not there yet. Thankfully I have caught it in time.

Will the jaundice go away (I have stopped drinking and will not again). If so, how long does it usually take if in deed it clears up.

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   Posted 9/1/2016 4:11 PM (GMT -6)   

Welcome to the Hep forum...and congratulations for listening to your body...stopping drinking is HUGE and important for so many reasons. The liver is amazing and can actually renew itself UNLESS CIRRHOSIS HAS SET IN. Those who go down this path and do not stop often face a grim decline with worse and worse symptoms. I will send a note to a couple of our success stories and hope they will pop in and let you know there can be good days ahead. The path back can take time and relapses, if they happen, will set you back again more quickly that you can imagine.

If, if, should every have serious liver disease, they will want you to demonstrate your commitment to sobriety. If you are in a program, or go to AA, be sure to have the doc or moderator help you keep a calendar or diary of your participation, and keep track of that calendar. My partner was in bad shape with life long alcohol abuse AND had Hep C. He got in a bad way and we almost lost him...especially since the powers would not let him on a transplant list until he was sober 6 months of documented sobriety...what a time that was. But he is many years post TP, post Hep C, and post liver cancer, and post open heart surgery...

And his life is much improved and many years longer than we expected.

Congrats, keep up the good work.

Mama Lama
MamaLama, Forum moderator - Hepatitis
Partner received liver transplant (May 1, 2011) FL
Hep C 1a Treatment - Sovaldi/Olysio (March - May 2014)
Undetected since week 4. Undetected 12 weeks post treatment.

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   Posted 9/7/2016 10:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi ChristiRB,

Welcome to the Forum. Mamalama has given you a good welcome, but I wanted to chime in too.

My husband was dx with cirrhosis due to alcohol in the fall of 2010. He was very jaundiced when he was diagnosed. Eyes and skin very yellow.

Over the last 6 years he has done very well with his sobriety. It has not been an easy road, and he has had set backs. Right now he is in a really good place with his recovery. He has attended a chemical dependency program with our health care provider and AA.

His GI doc told him that the jaundice is one of the slowest liver illness symptoms to resolve. And depending on liver damage, it may never go completely away. My husband's jaundice slowly improved with every blood test, and took about 18 months to get to a near normal range. There it hovered for several years. In the last year his bilirubin levels are finally in the high normal range.

As MamaLama wrote, your liver can recover as long as cirrohsis has set in. The liver is a remarkable organ that can heal itself, again, as long as there is no cirrohsis. The most important thing you can do for your health is to STOP DRINKING. Completely.

Take care, come back and ask questions! We are here to share our experiences and support you.


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   Posted 9/9/2016 12:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Christi, Sorry to see you dealing with liver disease. Admitting your a alcoholic is a step in the right direction. It's a step. To gain a mile you'll have to go through serious change. More than words typed via a keyboard. No. I'm not being dramatic. What I say is fact based on years in this forum. Addicts typically lose hope very easily. Again I speak from my own experience. Note: Each of us are different (We dont respond the same to warnings or life in general.)
Where is your threshold of pain? I've seen people I admired and still respect although long past away. My admiration comes from respect. This forum gave me hope and nothing more. I took the good with the bad and hoped someone would understand. Nothing Worthwhile comes without grief. Challenges are before you. Correct what you can or will. My greatest advice is "Dont give up". No technical jargon matters. Search all you wish but depression is what you'll find. based on people that are numbers. Not a human reflection based in reality (We are subject to change). You'll see medical journals/essays that don't take the human factor into account. That factor is the few that strive daily to overcome addiction. "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger". Make that a daily mantra.


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   Posted 10/9/2016 2:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello ChristiRB,
Sorry for what you are dealing..I'm also having jaundice right now...did your labs / bilirubin getting better?

@healthynow..hello and can you tell me about the prognosis of the much time needed for the bilirubin to come to the normal range?'s been more than 3 months suffering from it..yellow eyes and yellow/orange skin...

And thank you to all the lovely people who are doing a marvelous job and helping others

God bless you
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