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Liver Disease Awareness 1 by rabid-riolu Liver Disease Awareness 1 by rabid-riolu
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Dedicated to those whose lives have been affected by or lost to liver disease. Please show your support.

May my mother, aunt, and uncle all rest in peace, whose lives were all cut tragically short by liver diseases.

The liver is a vital organ, yet it receives little press. Think of your association and knowledge of the liver. The truth is that few of us know much about it beyond that it filters alcohol. That's terrible, as the liver is necessary to survival, and it is remarkably the only internal organ that can regenerate itself.

Facts about the liver:
:bulletred: After the skin, the liver is the largest organ. It is also the largest gland. It is located below the right rib cage in the upper right-side of the abdomen, above the pancreas and small intestine.

:bulletorange: The liver is involved in nearly every physiological process in the body, and it performs over 500 chemical functions.

:bulletyellow: A healthy individual can lose up to 75% of his or her liver, and the remaining portions will regenerate into a whole new liver again. (This is impossible in people with severe liver disease, explained later.)

:bulletgreen: Everything we drink, eat, breathe, and absorb through the skin is purified and refined by the liver.

:bulletblue: The liver has three main functions: it helps in digestion, generates proteins, and cleanses the body of toxins.

:bulletpurple: All of the blood that has passed through the small intestines must flow through the portal vein of the liver, thus nearly all the nutrients one consumes must travel through the gauntlet of the liver before reaching the heart for generalized distribution. (Basically, the liver determines what is prohibited and permitted to be distributed throughout the body by acting as a “border control station”.)

:bulletpink: Within this organ, there is a connection of bile ducts, which help break down fats. The liver also utilizes this bile to clear bilirubin (a substance from the separation of hemoglobin in dead red blood cells) from the blood.

Facts about liver disease:
:bulletred: 4 to 5 million Americans are chronically infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV), which can destroy livers without obvious symptoms.

:bulletorange: 1.0 million people have HIV. 250,000 of these individuals also have HBV, and 50,000 have HCV. Liver disease is now the most common cause of death in Americans with HIV infections.

:bulletyellow: Primary liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma) is one of the deadliest types of cancer, and also has the fastest rising cancer incidence in the United States. Tragically, less than 10% of such patients survive.

:bulletgreen: 27,500 Americans died of chronic liver disease and cirrhosis in 2005 (the most recent year for which there are statistics).

:bulletblue: 15,750 Americans are on the waiting list for a liver transplant as of March 2009. However, liver transplantation costs between $200,000 to $300,000, with the annual cost of drugs and follow-up medical appoints afterward from $12,000 to $20,000.

For more information, contact...

:bulletpurple: The American Liver Foundation: www.liverfoundation.org
:bulletpink: Hepatitis Foundation International: www.hepfi.org
:bulletred: United Network for Organ Sharing: www.unos.org
:bulletorange: National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse: www.digestive.niddk.nih.gov
:bulletyellow: Wilson Disease Association:
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Blackestwhite Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
Heart

Me - Hcv warrior.
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Darkergoddess Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
i love this...i have liver disease and there is just not enough awareness
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BTR88tuxedoblack Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Student General Artist
i have auto-immune cirrhosis and vomited blood at age 23. I am not a drinker, i have it from Celiacs disease.

Good to see awareness of this
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Darkergoddess Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Dont mind me for asking but was it a varacees or however they spell it that make you throw up blood? I had that as well lost almost five pints of blood. they did not think I would live. I am sorry that you have liver disease, I got hep c from a blood transfusion at birth and am currently waiting for a new liver.
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BTR88tuxedoblack Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Student General Artist
I am very sorry to hear about your condition. Yeah it was osophageal varices that rupture because the portal hypertension causes too much pressure in them. A varice(s) tends to be a substitute vein your body makes to move blood back and forth from the spleen. When your liver has Cirrhosis, as you probably know the liver is pretty much scarred and doesn't take blood, causing pressure to return it back to the spleen.

I have Cirrhosis and an enlarged spleen. I get them banded every 3 months. What happened was there was a 6 month period of no banding, they got to a danger zone in pressure and I vomited blood. The second bleed 2 years later was due to doctor error. They biopsied a polyp to check it once and because my platelets are low I bled and vomited blood.

That's absolutely dreadful to think you contracted Hep C from a blood transfusion. I am really sorry to hear that. My was initially 'Idiopathic' portal hypertension and then my liver became very cirrhotic and it was changed to Cirrhotic portal hypertension. I had a blood transfusion to treat my massive loss of blood.

Can I ask - do you get bleeding gums, bruising and yellow skin? I have a very large spleen and sometimes I bruise and bleed easily. You sound very brave to be waiting on the liver transplant list. I was put on this scale and I'm on a knife edge. My liver still functions and I just missed out on needing a transplant. If I get decompensated stage 4 cirrhosis I will need a transplant. My doctor believes I have sub-clinical hepatitis (undiagnosable train of liver inflammation) that almost killed me and then disappeared somehow. It was enough to have me hospitalized for months.
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Darkergoddess Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
Like you I have the banding done every three months in my throat. I also get bruises and bleeding gums and I dont stop bleeding a small paper cut bleeds for hours. A week or so ago they found an aneurism on my hepatic artery and half the liver team wants to operate and the other half want to wait and fix it when i get a new liver. If it gets any bigger they will have no choice but to go in. I took the meds for hep c but was a non responder and at this point im too sick to try again. Maybe after the transplant. I am sorry you have to go through all of that. :(I sleep alot and never have energy anymore. I throw up constantly even with my stomach meds. I hope that we can keep talking, its nice to meet another person who understands.
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BTR88tuxedoblack Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Student General Artist
I'd like to keep talking as well. :) I'm lucky in a sense I've been yellow in pallor but it did go away. My enlarged spleen is incredibly painful, do you have one and if so, how do you deal with it?

Do you find your throat is narrowing from the bandings? I find I can't eat not only for a week after, but when I try to swallow something I practically choke.I'm used to that staple feeling in my chest from the variceal banding but as you know it gets harder and harder each time you have it (I've had 25 surgeries now I think).

What happens with an aneurism? I am so terribly sorry to hear that. I honestly don't think enough is done to help liver patients. As you well know, it governs everything in the body, skin colour, metabolism, energy, even your mental state. I am being tested for hepatic encephalopathy because I've been a been vague and confused lately.

Did you end up getting Celiacs disease from your Cirrhosis? I did, I wonder if going gluten free might help. It's a long shot but for some reason my Cirrhosis has become stable since I went off it in December 2010. My doctors think its the sub-clinical Hepatitis in combination with an auto-immune deficiency.

Please keep me posted on how you are going, this is something very close to my heart.
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Darkergoddess Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
with an aneurism it could burst at any time and kill me. So basically I am not allowed to move around much. I was actually just diagnosed with encephalopathy in the brain, apparently there are diff types. I still take lactolose, but im on a new med as well. as far as I know i dont have celiacs disease and yes my spleen and liver hurt all of the time. i dont take pain pill and am only allow so much tylenol a day.
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BTR88tuxedoblack Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Be careful with Tylenol, its been known to cause further scarring. I am sure you know what you are doing though. I feel so sorry for you, I'm sure you hear that a lot and it doesn't help.

Do you have Ascites? And oh yes my liver and spleen hurt too. It feels like someone is dragging their nails through my liver and my spleen gets really short, sharp pains.

I was on Propanolol but was taken off it.
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Darkergoddess Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
Im on propanolol as well and yes I get very bad ascites and have to have the liquid drawn all the time. With the tylenol I only take it when I have no other choice. Please dont feel sorry for me, I dont feel sorry for myself. Everything happens for a reason even if you dont always understand. Oh, ok you should try taking face or hand cream, mixing it with pepper or cyan pepper and rub it on the ears that hurt. it gets wicked hot but it helps. Are you on water pills? Oh, do you take lactolose? If not you should ask your doctor about it for your confusion.
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