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jazzmanfla (@jazzmanfla)

Cirrhosis of the liver

Digestive Health | Last Active: Nov 22, 2020 | Replies (13)

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Thanks for your reply. I am going to Mayo JAX 11/16 and 11/17 for tests, radiology and transjugular biopsy. While I do not have the more serious symptoms associated with cirrhosis, I DO have occasional slight dizziness and a marked increase in pain right in the middle of the chest in my sternum. I know that my liver is enlarged and perhaps this pain is associated with that. I went from being fat my whole life, to metabolic syndrome, to diabetes, to fatty liver, to NASH and now cirrhosis. In addition to the fear, I have a great deal of guilt and self-castigation about my situation. I feel like the guy who smoked 4 packs of cigarettes for 60 years and gets lung cancer. I have a counselor who keeps telling me that I must not look back and must move forward to further diagnosis and treatment. But I cannot seem to stop thinking like this. I basically feel that this is a self-inflicted wound and that nothing can change that fact. I am 70 years old and live alone. So, I have no support at all. And that doesn't help things. I know that there is nothing you can do about what I have said here. But you asked me and I have laid it out here how I am feeling. Thanks.

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@jazzmanfla, I hope that you will have safe travels, and an informative appointment and tests next week. Do you have far to travel?
Maybe the test results will give you some answers about the occasional pain and dizziness. If this is your first trip to Mayo, I can assure you from my experience at the Rochester Mayo, that you will be getting the best of care. Be sure to take a written list of your questions.

When you get back home and rested, I am interested to hear what you find out from the tests.