Alcoholic Hepatitis?? Maybe Cirrhosis?? Please Help!

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   Posted 10/25/2016 8:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I think my brother could have cirrhosis, maybe alcoholic hepatitis, but I'm not completely sure. He refuses to go to the doctor and drinks excessively every day. Our relationship is tarnished and I live out of state so I haven't seen him in a while and can only go off what my dad says. My dad tends to live in his own state of denial and sometimes downplays things. For instance my dad will say my brother isn't yellow, but my aunt who saw my brother just a few weeks ago said he was very yellow.

I try to do research constantly to brace myself on what's to happen, but I can't seem to find any answers. There seem to be a lot of people here with a lot of experience, so I'm hoping to hear from you all. These are the symptoms my brother has that I KNOW to be true:

Jaundice for 3 months
Spaced out (but could be because he's intoxicated)
Rapid weight loss
Very little appetite
Alcohol tolerance has lessened
Bloody noses that wouldn't stop easily (although my dad said he hasn't noticed this in several months)
Sleeps A LOT (complains of not being able to sleep at night and sleeps a lot during the day)
Very weak, rarely moves from the couch

A couple years ago my brother did develop ascites, but that seems to have gone down. Or at least to the point that it's not as noticeable.

Given these symptoms, can someone live for several years like this? I hear of alcoholics being immortal--where people and doctors expect them to die, but they just keep on living. I just want to know what a realistic timeline might be. I know a doc would be the only one to give an actual answer, but what have you all seen happen at this point if someone presents these symptoms and then continues to drink excessively??

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   Posted 10/26/2016 10:07 AM (GMT -6)   
hi grayskies,
welcome to our forum. so sorry about your brother. Your brother needs to see a dr. the symptoms you describe are from advanced cirrhosis. an evaluation now, could save his life. his bleeding can get out of control, as his body slows the production of platelets. If hes bleeding from the nose or mouth, that cant be stopped, get him emergency care.

Your dad or someone close, needs to make him aware hes on a very slippery slope. It is intervention time. I could go through a long list of things that can go very wrong, but only a dr can stabilize him at this point. You have done some research, so you know hes at risk for liver cancer, and maybe transplantation.

Now comes the hard part. he has to STOP DRINKING. he has to do his part, or some drs will be reluctant to spend the time and money.. As far as how long he can last, without medical help is different for everyone. But its going to get worse.

if your brother needs a transplant, he will have to show the willingness to do his part. by stopping drinking. he will need documented rehab foe at least 6 months. livers are in high demand, so drs will not list you, if they think, you will not take care of THEIR LIVER.

I myself am recovering from cirrhosis, caused by drugs and alcohol. I had hep c, with a drinking problem. i wouldn't see a dr for liver problems, but blood tests for unrelated issues showed i had a very inflamed liver. A few months later i quit drinking because my legs swelled up like bowling pins. my twin had the same problems, but he couldn't stop drinking. he has liver cancer and end stage cirrhosis now. he is holding on, trying to get the 6 months of sobriety before, his dr will send him for transplant evaluation.

i know how difficult it is waiting and praying, for your loved ones to respond. ask any questions, and god bless

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Date Joined Mar 2016
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   Posted 1/2/2017 6:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello PPM guy! how are you doing? remember me? I'm doing much better thank God....still have a couple of bumps to get over but still sober....14 months for me

ppm guy
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   Posted 1/2/2017 7:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi mhump,
Yes I remember your situation. I salute you for your sobriety.. what are the bumps you need to deal with??

You can use your old thread from earlier this year.. I will know it's you..
That way some others may respond to you..look forward to hearing from you.
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