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Mon Oct 20, 2008 11:36 pmSemi-Experienced "Sous Chef" Poster
wow what an eye opener, my Dr. told me that I had a fatty liver, but he didnt seem serious about it, as I had developed planter factitious and was taking a lot of advil for the pain, which is how I ended up w/ fatty liver. How do I become more proactive in this?
Color Guard Mom
Tue Oct 21, 2008 12:58 amFood.com Groupie
Hi! First I want to say that being diagnosed with fatty liver does not mean you have or will get NASH. So, that's good news.
Drugs can play a big role in liver function. Tylenol or anything with acetomiaphin (sorry I'm sure I spelled that wrong) can cause lots of damage if abused.
To be proactive in this would be to eat a healthy diet, exercise 30 minutes a day and do an aerobic activity 3 times a week. Get your liver enzymes numbers down to a healthy range and do regular blood tests to help you monitor it. Try to avoid any medications unless you really need them - it's so common now days to abuse medications in ways of taking for small aches and pains and taking more than recommended on the bottle.
To put it short and sweet - if the doctor said lose weight and exercise - then lose weight and exercise. You'll feel better physically, mentally and emotionally afterwards.
Thu Nov 13, 2008 11:32 pmNewbie "Fry Cook" Poster
Thank you very much. The info you provided (particularly diet info) was extremely helpful. I was diagnosed with fatty liver about 3 months ago. I am overweight but it is likely my condition is made worse by the meds I've been taking for 25 years. I have been off work for 4 months with extreme fatigue and general malaise. My doctor did not suggest that I visit a dietician nor did she make any suggestions regarding diet. I'm having trouble losing weight. I love to cook and hate to exercise!! I just recently realized that the only person that can fix this liver problem is ME (I've been waiting to see a hepatologist for 3 months and will likely not see him soon!!). Thanks again.
Color Guard Mom
Fri Nov 14, 2008 10:38 amFood.com Groupie
Wow - 3 month wait is a while. I hear that is the way it is in many areas though.
I'm glad we here at Zaar have been able to help you out. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. I get notifications (as does every poster to this thread) when someone posts here. I'm not an expert, but haved lived with NASH for over 3 years now and am hopefully healing. We'll find that out next year when I get another biopsy done.
Take care of your self(ves) and remember - exercise and eat healthy.
BTW, I hate exercising too - every day I have to push myself to do it, but it's a choice I have to make - it's life or death when you get down to it. I choose to live, so I'm willing to make the sacrifices I have to make in the food department and am willing to exercise since that's what I have to do. I actually enjoy it at times - I find it most enjoyable when I walk with a friend. I also enjoy the gym more when I go with a friend. We are able to challenge and push each other - competition can sometimes be a great things.
Sat Nov 22, 2008 10:27 pmNewbie "Fry Cook" Poster
I had a benign adenoma removed from my liver in Sept and finally met with the liver doc this past week. He told me I had Stage 2 liver disease - NASH along with mild scarring. I was disappointed in the appt since the dr did not talk about diet or foods that are good for the liver. I've done alot of internet research to know what I should be eating. It's scary to know there's mild scarring. I was hoping for Stage 1, which I knew from eating right and exercising could be turned around. Now I'm damaged for life. They gave me stats such as if you drop weight and exercise there is a 70% chance that it'll not get any worse. It was just hard to hear from the doc that I had NASH and right now there is not a cure for it.
Color Guard Mom
Sat Nov 22, 2008 10:33 pmFood.com Groupie
Congrats on the results though - Stage 2 is definitely better than 3 and much greater results than 4. According to the specialist I had when I first diagnosed, he had patients in his study that started with stage 2 and after 1 year the biopsies showed stage 1. So, there's hope.
Healthy eating and exercise will hopefully at least stabilize the NASH. That's the hope we have re: my stage 3. I need to get back to eating healthier again - with liver friendly foods. I do for the most part, but I there are times that I get tired of the good for you foods and want some bad for you things.
Again - congrats on the news -- Stage 2 is not bad and the prognosis is good! Just do what you need to do, take care of yourself. Lose the weight, exercise and continue to do so the rest of your life and you will feel better and be healthier.
Sun Nov 23, 2008 12:18 amNewbie "Fry Cook" Poster
Wow - that is encouraging. Thanks for sharing. My doc didn't share such info with me - that a 2 went to a 1. I could hope to get rid of the fatty liver but the scarring will be there forever and will hopefully not get worse. I have been exercising five days a week 45 to 60 mins, for the last month. With that and really watching what I'm eating, I've lost 12.50 lbs since I had surgery. I'm also seeing a doc on Mon to get meds for high cholesterol. It is a lifetime commitment - so far it's not been that hard, but my motivation has been to try to get my liver healthier. I had to go back to basics and try and remember how many servings of vegs and fruits, etc. we are supposed to be eating. I've gotten away from that and now I'm paying the price.
Color Guard Mom
Sun Nov 23, 2008 12:59 amFood.com Groupie
You have a super attitude and that will definitely help. My whole motivation when I lost the weight (and continuing) is to get a healthier liver and be healthier - period. That way, if my significant scarring (mine is stage 3 / 4 according to the last biopsy) leads to cirrhosis I will be healthy enough to go through a transplant. I pray that is not ever necessary, but its best to be prepared (healthwise and emotionally) than not.
Keep up the good work. Like you said - it's a life time decision. I've had family accuse me of being obscessed with my liver disease - I say I have to be, to a point - as living healthy and avoiding things I shouldn't be eating, taking or doing is going to lead to a longer life. I have to remind myself sometimes that this is a life time disease - I may feel good now and my liver tests may be normal and my symptoms may no longer be present - but the disease is still there. Hopefully the liver is healing and the stages are reversing.
I read some good news online tonight. There's been a study done at UCSD (San Diego) of a RSK inhibitor drug that actually prevents the formation of more scar tissue and helps the liver (and other organs) rid itself of the existing scar tissue. Maybe in a few more years it'll be available for us. It's great to see the advances being made in the study and treatment of the liver.
Tue Nov 25, 2008 1:00 pmNewbie "Fry Cook" Poster
That is good news. Where did you find that information?
I too feel obsessive about the whole thing, however that sort of wears off when I'm searching the house at midnight looking for something to eat. I had two cupcakes last night - bad, bad. I'm better today though.
Color Guard Mom
Tue Nov 25, 2008 1:23 pmFood.com Groupie
As far as eating in the middle of the night. I've never really had that problem, and especially haven't seen having witnessed my mother go through end stage cirrhosis and then attending her funeral. I am blessed that the Lord allowed me to spend time with her during her last few months, and also blessed that it made me wake up to what could happen to me. She had to have blood transfusions weekly, at a minimum - sometimes it was twice a week. Her body was not creating blood and she was also losing it through bleeding in her digestive tract. She had to have her throat cauterized several times through upper endoscopies. She also had several of the other endoscopies done to try to control bleeding and polyps. She became jaundiced and she also had episodes of confusion due to toxins in her blood. She felt like she was going crazy because she would be rational at one moment and then confused the next few. She got to the point where she couldn't even take care of her own bodily needs and towards the end - her functions were involuntary.
I remember growing up every time she failed in a diet, she would always eat what she wanted to after wards and say, "At least I'll die happy". She lapsed into a coma for 2 days before dying. I know the moment she died she was happy - because she got to see our Lord face to face. That brings me comfort. I just don't want to go through anything she went through.
Enough doom and gloom. Just wanted to share why I never was tempted ---- I was terrified. My sister, unfortunately, does not have the same fear. She has been told she has fatty liver, yet she continues to take tons of medications, drink alcohol and eat what she wants. We all learn and react differently to life's lessons.
Keep up the good work. Continue being open to the lessons -- it takes a while to get into the full swing of a life style changing diet and exercise program. I was fortunate to have a nutritionist and specialist assist me my first year - that was a fantastic support system (and accountability) for me. If your insurance will pay for a nutritionist, I highly recommend it.
Wed Dec 03, 2008 5:32 amNewbie "Fry Cook" Poster
I have been suffering from hepatitis C for 20 years. Blood test once a month was a nightmare for me and I have done a lot of efforts and tried to use various methods, but the results is poor.
I know herbal supplement “YHK” from my friends and the only ten-day intakes made me feel better. The results from hospital proved my feeling. GPT (ALT) has been reduced in a normal range and GOT（AST）has also been reduced so much.
I often visited their site www.liver-health.info, which contents lots of info about liver disease, such as NASH, hepatitis c, fatty liver, liver cirrhosis, liver cancer.
Fri Jan 16, 2009 12:44 pmFood.com Groupie
Great thread. I was diagnosed with NASH around the end of 2007.
Color Guard Mom
Tue Jan 20, 2009 7:26 pmFood.com Groupie
More and more info is becoming available to those with liver disease - usually the best source for this is your doctor and the Liver Association - but lots can be found through support groups and online.
Fri Feb 06, 2009 2:00 amNewbie "Fry Cook" Poster
Color guard mom I was wondering if you could also send me the links and such. I was actually diagnosed 3 years ago and my dr. said as long as i watched what I eat it would be ok.
Well now this last month I have been feeling achy on my right side and I notice my energy is lower, and I have gained alot of weight this last 5 months.
I hope I am not too late......
I am hoping to get started slowly in eating liver friendly and find away to get out move.
Thank you so much.
ooops...... guess I was not very clear I have NASH they thought it was just fatty liver till they did the biopsy and discovered it was NASH and he did not say anything about stages to me the Dr. just told me that he did not see scarring but he seen fibroyds and it was fatty.
I am sure however since I have not been doing anything about it I am now most likely a 2 or 3 stage just by guessing from me now having aches.
They did the biopsy when they took my gallbladder out.
I dont have insurance or I would go get another biopsy done, but I just have to assume its gotten alot worse and I better hurry and get moving and hope it can still be reversed somehow.
Color Guard Mom, I just want to say thank you so much for your support you have given everyone, I know for me it just feels like someone is there for us all who has and is going through what we are all going through... Thank you.
Fri Feb 06, 2009 8:42 amNewbie "Fry Cook" Poster
Just curious, I never used to have a weight problem. Did I get "fluffy" (my step-daughter's name for overweight) and that caused the NASH or did the liver start storing fat thus leading to my becoming "fluffy?" There is no family history of liver problems. I did have a hysterectomy and ovaries removed and that seems like when I suddently gained weight. Joan
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