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Please someone in lighten me on the liver failure what are signs of stage 4 liver failure I'm scared to death of losing my sister please someone tell me she is sleeping a lot not wanting to eat or take her pain medication nothing her voice is so weak I'm so afraid

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    Perhaps you should get a doctor to see her, especially if she wont take her medication, and is weak
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    I can't tell you the symptoms of each liver stage disease, but you can Google them.

    However, I can tell you of my experience. I had almost liver failure, I was jaundiced, I had to be detoxed in hospital when I was admitted for a stroke.

    18 months later, I'm still here, and from the outside, you wouldn't be able to detect anything.

    You have to get her help to stop drinking, not eating is usually a sign of continued drinking. Sleeping a lot is normal with a weak liver, you become tired quite easily.

    The liver is quite resillient and can be pulled back from the brink, if given a chance. I'm not sure about pain killers, as the liver doesn't have nerves and therefore doesn't issue pain warnings. She should be taking thiamine, vitamin b strong and lactulose at the very least.

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    Hi, Monique, I understand your concern, been there with my OH 7 years ago. You need to get your sister medical attention somehow. It can be treated. OH is fine now. Hope the same for your sister. H
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    Hello Monique. You have to see the doctor and have tests done most certainly. There could be other reasons: sister suffers from fatigue syndrome and was extremely tired when it was at its worst and this had nothing to do with liver failure since she hardly drinks! Do go visit. Best of luck from Robin
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    Hi Monique

    What symptoms you're describing sound possibly like a failing liver.  My wife is currently  in hospital after falling and breaking  her hip.  Blood testes revealed failing liver and kidneys.  And very tired.  Damage done due to excessive drinking.  If  you haven't got your sister to hospital yet do so.  At least arrange some blood tests (always assuming your sister is willing with either).  I do not know where you are in the World but in the UK providing you have a doctor's support, you could have her sectioned.  This means if she has not the mental capacity to decide for herself you can have a doctor do it.  This sounds harsh I know but as a last resort it may just be the only way.  Had I known exactly what my wife was drinking I may well have gone down that route - because I love her.

    I wish only good things for your sister and you.

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      Thank you my sister drank daily non stop she is not doing so well losing so much weight not eating on 16 different medications its just so much I take care of her and her children its so hard I'm in united States doctors are OK here but not great hope all gets better with your wife
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      I'm afraid that I have to totally disagree with that, on two accounts. I am the one in my relationship that almost had liver failure. But, your doctor cannot just section you with your partner's consent. You have to present a danger to the community or to yourself, and drinking yourself to death doesn't come under the latter, i.e. you would have to be suicidal or show tendencies.

      When I was in hospital for my stoke, over my near two month period, I tried to escape at least six times, despite the fact that I couldn't walk and each time the consultant came along, asked me, my name, DOB, my address, where was I, the UK Prime Minister and the US President, all of which I could respond to immediately. They could do nothing to prevent me leaving, as I proved I was cognitive and lucid. Luckily for me, I listened to reason and they managed to talk me back into getting back into bed.

      My point being, you can't just lock people in a mental insitution because they are drinking enough to kill themselves. And certainly, if my wife had tried to get me sectioned, she would no longer be my wife and you have to understand that, that if relatives tried to get you put in a loony bin, then they will probably never forgive you.

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