Hi All, I am new to this site and wanted to share my story, read your story's and hopefully gain some more knowledge. I was diagnosed with decompensated liver disease (Cirrhosis) through years of alcohol abuse back in August 2014. My wife insisted I went to the Docs as I was so yellow with jaundice I could have passed for one of the simpsons. After the initial bloods, ultrasounds I was told that I was very ill and was admitted to hospital - (Billurubin 328, albumin 28, alt 65), Ascites, bleeding from gums, nose, backside, bruises the size of footballs, swelling in my legs and ankles. My wife had noticed 18 months before this came to a head that things were wrong, ie my stomach enlarging for no reason, sleeping pattern changing, personality change, no sex drive but I would not listen. From Aug until Dec I was in and out of hospital, I was having regular drains for the fluid every 2 weeks taking of up to 8 litres each time, fluid was coming out of my feet and ankles they were that swollen, I got SBP and then Sepsis and the docs said they didn;t think I would be leaving the hospital at the end of November. My Ascites was not being controlled by medication as my sodium levels were dropping and I was becoming confused. Since being treated for the SBP and sepsis I have been on regular antibiotics and have turned a corner. In the last 3 months my LFT's are almost back to normal, my ascites is almost under control, there is no longer talk of liver transplant. The only issue that is a constant now is that I have no energy or strength and I can not sleep properly. I have no muscle left in me and am concentrating on a high protein diet, I am seeing the physio people nest week at the hospital. I realise I am lucky to be alive and have been sober since the day I was told by the doctor that there was something seriously wrong with me (8 Months now) but I would just like to have some energy to do a little of what I used to do. Have any of you had a similar road and any words of advice would be most welcome. Thank you Steve
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