Hi, I have posted a couple of times, mainly when I have been in a blind panic about results etc. but am more of a lurker than a contributor !
I just wanted to say that I find the forum extremely helpful and a really valuable source of information. There is always someone who has experienced or has knowledge of everthing I am concerned about.
I have cirrhosis (alchol related without doubt) but at the moment I feel fairly lucky in terms of quality of life. I have no HE, Ascites or Oedema and have a good appetite and no nausea and manage to do my 10000 steps a day. I havent had a bleed but do have an endoscope on the cards at some point to check for any varices. I also had a bit of jaundice following my last alcohol binge but that resolved within a few days.
I know we aren't supposed to post actual test results but can say that in the last seven week since becoming abstinent and eating healthily, my liver results (GGT, Bilirubin etc) have declined by roughly 70% so roughly a 10% weekly improvent. I am still not in the normal range which shows how bad things were initially but I am now able to see the tunnel, if not the light at the end of it ! I had a Fibroscan done as well as MRI and CT scan. The Fibrosan was extremely bad but it was done very shortly after I gave up the demon drink so would like to think (or hope) that as inflammation subsides, kpa might also be improved at my next check in 6 months time.
I guess the purpose of this post is just to say that the liver is an incredibly forgiving organ and although I know I have a life limiting condition, there is hope that with the right lifestyle choices, some of the damage can be undone.
I posted a couple of weeks ago about employment with cirrhosis as I took the decision to give up work when I was in a really bad place with physical and mental health back in April. On reflection, this was probably hasty and based on embarrasment but I have two interviews booked for next week so it's definitely Onwards and Upwards for the moment.
Thanks for reading my novel and enjoy the rest of your weekend x