Posted by: Worried wife | 2008/06/15

Liver complications

In March my husband was diagnosed with a swolen fatty liver. he wasn't a heavy drinker but stopped immediately. An ultrasound showed the fatty liver, gas and it seemed otherwise well. Six weeks later most of the swelling was gone. Since then he has suffered from severe constipation and upper body pains. he also suffers from IBS and bought Lp299v which eased the constipation.
On wednesday the doctor diagnosed a hardened liver - cirrhosis.
Now what worries me :- his sister, a teetolaller, also suffers from fatty liver, his mother and the other sister had porforria (sp).
Isn't there some connection between the fatty liver and porforria?
(I do realise we need intensive tests to be done)
Please advise any pain relief and brief diet recommendations. Thanks.

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Patients who suffers from liver disease, i.e. cirrhosis, can develop porphyria. Please note that Porphyria can not cause liver disease. Liver cirrhosis is a chronic disease with a poor prognosis. Unfortunately, I can not comment unless, I have seen all your husband's test results.

Your husband should not take any products containing paracetamol for pain relief, i.e. Synap Forte and Panados etc, as these medication gets broken down in the liver. I recommend that he takes opiad type tablets, like codiene/pethadene, for pain relief.

He should follow a low fat diet.

Kind regards

Dr Anrich Burger

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