Hey guys. I was diagnosed with Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver in 2014 and didn't give it the respect it deserved. By 2017, I was in the hospital again and diagnosed with end-stage cirrhosis. I made a radical lifestyle change on MANY levels. If you would have asked me a year ago if I could live this type of lifestyle, I would have said absolutely not.
I've never had a biopsy (my doctor didn't want to give me one because I had bleeding esophageal varices when I was in the hospital) but I was told I was in 4th stage. I've never been jaundiced, have ascites issues when I eat poorly but have always been able to manage it with my healthy diet now. When I questioned my doctor about a transplant, he said I wasn't sick enough. So am I really 4th stage? Obviously I have varices but they only started bleeding when I was smoking. I quit smoking immediately and have been smoke-free since October of last year. The only thing I've been struggling with is my hair thinning. Not sure if that is related to cirrhosis or thyroid.
When I went into the hospital with ascites in 2017, I was terribly swollen but my body was able to process it after a couple days in the hospital. I've been no where near that ever since. The most I ever have is because I accidentally ate something I shouldn't have and a day or two later it works itself out. If anyone is interested in the lifestyle changes I made, I started a blog about it a few months ago at midliferevelations.com. I'm not selling anything, just sharing my experiences and happy to help any of my fellow cirrhosis sufferers to the best of my ability. I'm no expert, just a normal person who has done a ton of research and I'm still very much learning.