Hello! I am happy to have found this support group. I developed liver cirrhosis about a decade ago. Since then, I have been too ill to work, with the government listing me as "Totally and permanently disabled." I have had several health crisis, including coming close to death from ruptured varices. I am stable for now, it seems, but I am very, very weak. I spend many days on end in bed.
What I want is to be strong enough to sit up for most of the day, and to spend maybe 1 hour doing mild activities such as showering or cleaning my home. I am dependent on others and want to reclaim my life.
My doctors say to exercise a little and I will gradually get stronger, but I have tried this for many years and it never works. Pushing myself even slightly causes me to be worse, and is what triggered my ruptured varices. Also, unfortunately, 3 of the 4 most important physicians on my medical team left their practices in the past year. I feel I am very much on my own right now.
My liver is extremely inflamed and I suspect that is why I have so many relapses. I'm hoping to find something -- a food, a supplement, an OTC drug -- that might reduce the inflammation. I also would like to know of supplements that strengthen the liver in general. I take Milk Thistle, but don't notice a difference. If anyone knows of new conventional treatments to try for my problems, I would be very interested. Traveling is difficult for me, but I would try to travel if there were some expert who might help me.
Thank you in advance for suggestions!