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Should I Pack My Fat Pants?

Hi everyone I hope all is well. My question is for those that have been previously diagnosed with end-stage liver disease. Do any of you find that you are actually feeling abit better as time passes? For me, my ascites has completely gone away. I went from getting 6-10 liters every 2-3 weeks removed--- to once a month. And now I haven't been drained for 8 months. I'm not griping, I'm just wondering if that's normal. Tell me about anything that might be unusual with your disease. 😱

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Hi Nonnie, ascites is a symptom of decompensated cirrhosis (when your liver is struggling to even carry out its most essential of functions). If you've been looking after yourself and your liver it can recover a little and return to a compensated state where it is able to cope with some of its 500 different jobs. Rejoice in the fact you are showing better health and make the most of it, sadly once cirrhosis has been this bad your liver isn't going to return to 100% healthy but if it is compensated then its good news. Make the most of the good days.

Katie

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Six and 1/2 years ago i had Ascities and had 8 and 1/2 liters drained from my abdomen. I stopped drinking completely and after one year all my blood results came back to normal levels. Two months ago i had Abdominal Ultrasound and Fibrosure Blood Test. The ultrasound showed all normal sized organs with coarsening of the echotexture of the liver, and the Fibrosure showed F-1 F-2 Fibrosis. My GASTROENTEROLOGISTS said the Fibrosis is the healing scars from the harm to the Liver from drinking alcohol. Abstaining from alcohol reversed it from end stage cirhosis. New studies have shown that you can reverse Liver damage if you address what caused it. I am proof of that.

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Thank you iceman and Katie. I was a heavy drinker since June of 1995. Over the years, alotta good but many many more bad. I completely quit drinking in Jan of 2016. For good this time! No one believed me as I have quit several times in the past. I have never said for good tho'. This time I meant it. I had too much to live for and to celebrate. I was becoming a shadow in my house just looking for a bottle. Anyway in Jan of 2016....I got sober. In June same year...diagnosed with ESLD. Suddenly and out of No where, my health plummeted from the years of torture. I was to believe that (at this level of damage) the only way to live would be if I were transplanted. Y'all don't know how elated I a to know that there may be hope for me. I quit drinking and began eating healthier 5 months before diagnosis. I will continue to pray that I only get better with time. Thank you for your replies. Iceman, where are you with your health now?

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Fine, as stated in my message.

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Your story has truly given me hope

Unlike all of the doctors that I see

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