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I,ve been drinking a lot of beer for over a year. now I can,t eat and I itch all over. what does that mean do you think i have scarring of the liver
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Doctor: Kayfarooq, Board Certified Physician replied 8 years ago
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loss of appetite and itching are among the symptoms of alcoholic cirrhosis,but in advance liver disease there are many other symptoms like.abdominal pain,fatigue,fever,fluid retention in the abdomen,jaundice,confusion,agitation,vomiting containing blood,black colored stool...moreover alcoholic cirrhosis occurs years after excessive drinking,usually not after a year.but even if you are concerned about it i would recommend an abdominal ultrasound to see your liver,so that it can be ruled out
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
do you think I have cirrohois. i don,t have any of those other symtomns. do they have to do a liver biopsy because i refuse to have that done. can they give me medication to make me better
Customer reply replied 8 years ago
do you think I have cirrohois. i don,t have any of those other symtomns. do they have to do a liver biopsy because i refuse to have that done. can they give me medication to make me better do you think i have scarring of the liver. will they be able to help me
Customer reply replied 8 years ago
do you think I have cirrohois. i don,t have any of those other symtomns. do they have to do a liver biopsy because i refuse to have that done. can they give me medication to make me better do you think i have scarring of the liver. will they be able to help mecould anything else besides cirrohsis cause the itching and lack of apetite
Doctor: Kayfarooq, Board Certified Physician replied 8 years ago
no you donot need a biopsy at the moment,you need an ultrasound first to see any changes in your liver,if they find any changes in the liver ,biopsy is the next step,i donot think you have a cirrhosis at the moment,chances of its occurrence after 1 year of drinking are rare,but it can occur if you continue taking excessive alcohol for years.yes you can consult your doctor to prescribe treatment for itching and poor appetite.
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
if they find changes in the liver and i don,t have a biopsy what will happen
Doctor: Kayfarooq, Board Certified Physician replied 8 years ago
the diagnosis of liver cirrhosis can be confirmed on liver biopsy.in cases where a person has all the symptoms of cirrhosis that i have mentioned,liver biopsy is usually not done.but in cases where there are changes in the liver but donot have all the symptoms liver biopsy can rule out cirrhosis
it is possible that you might not need liver biopsy,as i have told you already that chances of cirrhosis after one year of exceesive drinking is rare
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
you are saying that since i don,t have most of the symtomns of cirrohsis i probably won,t need a biopsy
Doctor: Kayfarooq, Board Certified Physician replied 8 years ago
i mean this
but you must consult a your doctor,for itching and appetite problem
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
you are saying that since i don,t have most of the symtomns of cirrohsis i probably won,t need a biopsy will the ultrasound show if i have cirrohosis
Doctor: Kayfarooq, Board Certified Physician replied 8 years ago
ultrasound can show cirrhosis
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
if i have cirrohsis which you said was rare to have after drinking excessively for over a year. what if i refuse to have the biopsy. will they still be able to treat me and if i stop drinking that will help right
Doctor: Kayfarooq, Board Certified Physician replied 8 years ago
a patient has right to refuse if he doesnot want to undergo a procedure,and a doctor cannot refuse to treat a patient on this basis,and yes stop drinking will help a lot
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
you mean the doctor can make me have it done
Customer reply replied 8 years ago
you mean the doctor can make me have it done could my condition be a result of inflammation of the liver
Customer reply replied 8 years ago
you mean the doctor can make me have it done could my condition be a result of inflammation of the liver would that cause itching and loss of apetite
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