My father was diagnosed with liver cirrhosis in 2012.. he had a banding to stop the bleeding and has been on a no-meat diet since then..he has not even had eggs and he has been a teetotaller all his life..when he got diagnosed we were not so aware of the disease and he was fine for almost 3 years with some oral medicines and no hospitilsation.. since last year things are not looking too great. He gets disoriented and we have had to rush him to the hospital every 2-3 months. Worst was in February and he stayed in the intensive care unit for almost 4 days. He is a strong man, was a weight lifter when he was young and now he is losing weight, though his apetite is still fine. He is weak and has trouble sleeping at night. His ammonia level is very high, it was 151 last week and we admitted him and he came home on Friday. The results of Friday's test came in yesterday at 153, and the doctor advised him to be admitted again today. He is taking a lactulose every night, he has been on xifaxan for almost a year now. In the hospital, bowel wash helps reduce the ammonial level and disorientation. We have been to multiple doctors and they have provided similar treatment options. I had volunteered for liver transplant but doctor was of the opinion that him being almost 70 years and diabetic, liver transplant is not an option.
Me and my mother have been his primary care giver the last 5 years. We have tried everything and he is only slipping and we are devastated and wondering what else we can do. The doctor refused to give me a timeframe and insisted that I stay positive. Can you please help me understand what happens next and how much time he has left? Also, how is the end like for a cirrhosis patient and is there any other treatment that we are missing. I would really appreciate a response. Thank you
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I joined this group in Aug of 2008.Came to DS today to see if any one has posted anything in any of my groups. This is a live one!Some, it has been three years or more since a post. Sad. The re vamp of the site kept many faithful members locked out.Carry on!