I have followed the posts for a few months but never actually posted. I don't have a specific questions I just wanted to share some of our experiences. My mother was diagnosed with cirrhosis last August after many many years of test and nobody being able to come up with an answer. She continually had low blood platelets was constantly prone to infections, rushed into hospital on a regular basis for many years without any answers being provided. Many tests were carried out for cancer and many other things but to no avail. As a last resort her own GP referred her to the Liver Specialist. On our first appointment he advised he had looked over all the tests and all the scans etc and was able to diagnose instantly from what he saw. My mums is not alcohol related they reckon it is from her diabetes and medication for rheumatoid arthritis. In December she was also diagnosed with a tumour on her liver. Things are not good and have progressively went down hill in the last 6 months. Some days we cannot wake her it is like she is unconscious, she also has periods that she cannot walk. My mum shakes constantly so much so that she very rarely is able to feed herself, bath or dress. The hardest part for us as a family to deal with is the psychosis which happens fairly regularly she hallucinates, she gets angry and in general is she is like a different person. Her and my dad have been together for over 50 years and it breaks my heart for my father. Anyway there is nothing that can be done for my mum as things are too far gone but I have read on this forum and heard from many different people including the doctors that if you keep yourself healthy, cut out salt and watch your health generally it doesn't have to all be bad news. The one thing I would like to stress on is bowel movement it is extremely important that this is monitored. My mother has to take 3 lots of lactulose and 2 senokot tablets every day as if she doesn't go to the toilet she is off the scale. My mum has now gone into long term palliative care as we were unable to cope at home. It is heart breaking for us all as she is only 71.