I was dx with Cirrhosis aged 24 in Jan 2006, secondary to Hemochromatosis, all investigations were as a result of having Heart Failure, as a result I also have Pituitary disease (Growth Hormone Deficient - Cirrhosis is rendering treatment, useless), Type 1 Diabetes, early neuropathies & Atrophic Pancreas, Sarcoidosis induced Pulmonary Fibrosis/Lung Disease, Portal Hypertension (Spleen 22cm at dx, now at least 25 cm as spleen doesn't fit superoinferiorly in Ultrasound), Cognitive Impairment, various joint issues, MELD 13, UKELD 56 (at last clinic appointment 10 weeks ago) etc, etc
I'm writing this as last week I had to go to the toilet after every meal, no diarrhoea as constipated most of the time, however I felt my stomach was swelling but it eased off every time. Anyway, over the last couple of months I've been weighing myself using the local GPs and Pharmacies integrated scales/heart rate monitors, I'm sure you know the one and over the last 6 weeks I've put on 17.6 pounds or 8 kilos.
Now I've never put anything like this on in my life as I've always been skinny, possibly due to the GH deficiency co-exist with Liver Disease and as far as I'm aware, Liver Disease is associated with weight loss that is until Ascites occurs at end stage.
Does anyone agree that this is likely to be Ascites? I never even thought it could, be despite the weight gain, I thought it may be Pancreatic Insufficiency due to the Atrophic Pancreas.
Any comments would be welcomed?