Portal vein

Posted by Lisa @techi, Sep 21, 2017

I want to know if anyone had shunt put on their veins in the Liver? I had a TIP procedure and the radiologist said l had 5 extra veins. I went to the Mayo clinic and the doctor was concerned about one of the veins and then he told me they didn’t do the procedure correctly. So l am going back to have another procedure but what l was reading is the doctor should see you often to make sure everything is alright with the stunts. My gastroenterologist retired and you would think l would be referred to another so after l came back to the Mayo Clinic l had to tell my doctor all the doctors l need tosee. I wonder who should get the pay. So now he decid. to send me to a liver clinic instead of a cardiologist should l be concerned? I haven’t told him about going to the Mayo Clinic until l get all the results back because so far all that they said was my diagnoses wasn’t. Even the neurologist l saw was surprised. That was God all the way. So l just wanted to know if their is shuts not put in correctly what do they do? The radiologist l had said l don’t have cirrhosis but the symptoms of cirrhosis. When l went to the Mayo Clinic they said the same. When l had my brain injury they said it was autoimmune encephalitis. I really don’t know what l have and l really think no one else does. So l guess l am a problem they can’t figure out only the Lord knows and he showing man you need me.

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That sounds awful, @techi! I moved your message to this discussion, as it concerns the portal vein, and also so that other members get notified, and may be able to share more insight.

Here’s some information from Mayo Clinic about TIPS (Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt); I’ve also copied some details, below:
“Your doctor might recommend a procedure called transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) to place a shunt. The shunt is a small tube that is placed between the portal vein and the hepatic vein, which carries blood from your liver to your heart. The shunt reduces pressure in the portal vein and often stops bleeding from esophageal varices.
But TIPS can cause serious complications, including liver failure and mental confusion, which can develop when toxins that the liver normally would filter are passed through the shunt directly into the bloodstream. TIPS is mainly used when all other treatments have failed or as a temporary measure in people awaiting a liver transplant.” https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/esophageal-varices/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20351544

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@techi

I had a TIP 2yrs ago and when looking was the Mayo Clinic like was told it was done correctly. So let am supposed to come back to the Mayo Clinic and have it done a second time. I asked my general practice doctor to refer me to a liver doctor which leads really feel he’s a great doctor. He told me he would do the procedure himself since he seems it wasn’t done correctly. I really don’t know how long feel about that since it was done at the same hospital and let only had one appointment with him. So let really don’t know what to do? Then also l have been telling so many doctors office a symptoms of not being able to walk. I went with my husband to get a sandwich for lunch. He looked at me and ask me if left was alright. I said yes. Then let tried to eat but let couldn’t well that something usual everyone does that. When we got home last tried to get out the car, but let couldn’t. I had to ask him to help me. I couldn’t stand up and let was walking side to side. Then he got me to the house and took me to the bedroom. I asked him to get me a package that was delivered to the house. I tried to open it and let couldn’t my hands were shaking and let couldn’t pick it up to bring it closers so long could try again. I failed so long had him bring it closers and let used my teeth to open it up. So let did but let couldn’t get the items out. So let just gave up. Then let thought leaders better go to sleep so long tried to pickup my covers and my hands were shaking so much l just said forget it. I went to sleep and then when looking woke up everything was normal again. This has happened before several times but it hasn’t happened for months. I tell the doctors and they run test and everything comes back normal. Has this ever happened to anybody? Please let me know nobody else knows.

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@techi, I experienced esophageal varices when I had end stage liver disease. The symptoms are passing a tarry stool. I was hospitalized and closely monitored until I had the procedure. I later learned that it could have been fatal. The varices were treated using rubber bands to tie off the bleeding veins. These are not your symptoms and I wanted to add to what @kanaazpereira had shared in the link to esophageal varices. Only your doctor will know.

Lisa, I was at Mayo Rochester when this happened. My liver doctor did not perform the procedure. But he was definitely the one in the command post.. They have people who perform procedures like this on a regular basis. I know that you are frightened about having surgery, but I do encourage you to get this treated. If you were my mom or my sister, I would take you there myself.
Rosemary

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@kanaazpereira

That sounds awful, @techi! I moved your message to this discussion, as it concerns the portal vein, and also so that other members get notified, and may be able to share more insight.

Here’s some information from Mayo Clinic about TIPS (Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt); I’ve also copied some details, below:
“Your doctor might recommend a procedure called transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) to place a shunt. The shunt is a small tube that is placed between the portal vein and the hepatic vein, which carries blood from your liver to your heart. The shunt reduces pressure in the portal vein and often stops bleeding from esophageal varices.
But TIPS can cause serious complications, including liver failure and mental confusion, which can develop when toxins that the liver normally would filter are passed through the shunt directly into the bloodstream. TIPS is mainly used when all other treatments have failed or as a temporary measure in people awaiting a liver transplant.” https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/esophageal-varices/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20351544

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I didn’t even know about liver failure as my doctor hasn’t told me that but I know when they do shunts it means they are considering you might need that but I was only told I had elevated ammonia level and I am non-cirrohsis but you are not always told everything. And I had test to see if I had hover, dementia, was I psychotic, spinal tap and so on. But then the internal medicine doctor saw that I was supposed to have a ultrasound of my stomach before the procedure she was surprised it wasn’t done. So they did it at the Mayo Clinic because she insisted I had it done there and that’s when they told me it was done right and if everything was okay I wasn’t to come back but now I was referred to the gastroenterlogist/hepatologist and when they found out it wasn’t done correctly they wanted me to have it done here. And the hepatologist I seen here he wants to do it but I don’t see any patient reviews and I was sent to the same hospital which I just don’t feel comfortable having it done here. He’s a very fine young doctor and he might know what he’s doing but I wanted done correctly. And I don’t know if you will have trouble with the shunts and that’s why you have to have a transplant or at least they have to put you on a list in case if it does but I guess I will find out. I have my appointment after Christmas so b I don’t know if they would even have time to do a procedure because that’s around a holiday but I will definitely read the information you gave me. I need to be knowledgeable when I see the doctors.

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@techi

I had a TIP 2yrs ago and when looking was the Mayo Clinic like was told it was done correctly. So let am supposed to come back to the Mayo Clinic and have it done a second time. I asked my general practice doctor to refer me to a liver doctor which leads really feel he’s a great doctor. He told me he would do the procedure himself since he seems it wasn’t done correctly. I really don’t know how long feel about that since it was done at the same hospital and let only had one appointment with him. So let really don’t know what to do? Then also l have been telling so many doctors office a symptoms of not being able to walk. I went with my husband to get a sandwich for lunch. He looked at me and ask me if left was alright. I said yes. Then let tried to eat but let couldn’t well that something usual everyone does that. When we got home last tried to get out the car, but let couldn’t. I had to ask him to help me. I couldn’t stand up and let was walking side to side. Then he got me to the house and took me to the bedroom. I asked him to get me a package that was delivered to the house. I tried to open it and let couldn’t my hands were shaking and let couldn’t pick it up to bring it closers so long could try again. I failed so long had him bring it closers and let used my teeth to open it up. So let did but let couldn’t get the items out. So let just gave up. Then let thought leaders better go to sleep so long tried to pickup my covers and my hands were shaking so much l just said forget it. I went to sleep and then when looking woke up everything was normal again. This has happened before several times but it hasn’t happened for months. I tell the doctors and they run test and everything comes back normal. Has this ever happened to anybody? Please let me know nobody else knows.

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Rosemary the new doctor I had talked about it wanted to me to have it done here and he reassured me he would do it. I try to look up patient reviews and he didn’t have any and to me that does not good for me. I heard here and I don’t know if it’s all states but if a doctor has been sued or license has been taken away in one state he can go to another state and it doesn’t follow him so he can practice again. And I also know if a state doesn’t require it to be on his file it doesn’t have too. Sounds crazy so that why sometimes you won’t get that information no matter how you search. So if I had let him do it I would have still came back to the Mayo Clinic to make sure it was done correctly so I decided not to let it be done here. And the doctor at the Mayo Clinic wanted me there since October but I have to wait until my husband could take off again. And yes I am getting bloated more but these doctors don’t want to get involved or don’t know what to do since I have been to the Mayo Clinic.

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@techi

I had a TIP 2yrs ago and when looking was the Mayo Clinic like was told it was done correctly. So let am supposed to come back to the Mayo Clinic and have it done a second time. I asked my general practice doctor to refer me to a liver doctor which leads really feel he’s a great doctor. He told me he would do the procedure himself since he seems it wasn’t done correctly. I really don’t know how long feel about that since it was done at the same hospital and let only had one appointment with him. So let really don’t know what to do? Then also l have been telling so many doctors office a symptoms of not being able to walk. I went with my husband to get a sandwich for lunch. He looked at me and ask me if left was alright. I said yes. Then let tried to eat but let couldn’t well that something usual everyone does that. When we got home last tried to get out the car, but let couldn’t. I had to ask him to help me. I couldn’t stand up and let was walking side to side. Then he got me to the house and took me to the bedroom. I asked him to get me a package that was delivered to the house. I tried to open it and let couldn’t my hands were shaking and let couldn’t pick it up to bring it closers so long could try again. I failed so long had him bring it closers and let used my teeth to open it up. So let did but let couldn’t get the items out. So let just gave up. Then let thought leaders better go to sleep so long tried to pickup my covers and my hands were shaking so much l just said forget it. I went to sleep and then when looking woke up everything was normal again. This has happened before several times but it hasn’t happened for months. I tell the doctors and they run test and everything comes back normal. Has this ever happened to anybody? Please let me know nobody else knows.

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Also Rosemary I meant to tell you one time when I was given a muscle relaxer I was allergic to I went into cardiac arrest and I wasn’t coherent I remember a nurse come in and ask me if I wanted a blood transfusion and I was never told why I needed one. And then I remember they ask me if I wanted to sign a DNR again not told why. And then one time when I wasn’t doing well and they didn’t know what was going on my daughter said they wanted to put me in a nursing home. So God was with me through this whole ordeal and I pray everything will be taken care of when I go to the Mayo Clinic. So all what was going on seems like it was my liver and now the doctors are covering up. But to hear stories like your is a blessing because it keeps me in the know and what questions to ask when I see the doctors because this is all something new. Thank you

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@kanaazpereira

That sounds awful, @techi! I moved your message to this discussion, as it concerns the portal vein, and also so that other members get notified, and may be able to share more insight.

Here’s some information from Mayo Clinic about TIPS (Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt); I’ve also copied some details, below:
“Your doctor might recommend a procedure called transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) to place a shunt. The shunt is a small tube that is placed between the portal vein and the hepatic vein, which carries blood from your liver to your heart. The shunt reduces pressure in the portal vein and often stops bleeding from esophageal varices.
But TIPS can cause serious complications, including liver failure and mental confusion, which can develop when toxins that the liver normally would filter are passed through the shunt directly into the bloodstream. TIPS is mainly used when all other treatments have failed or as a temporary measure in people awaiting a liver transplant.” https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/esophageal-varices/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20351544

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@techi Lisa, have they definitely ruled out liver, and if so why? I went almost a year and a half, going to three doctors — my PCP, who is an internist, a hematologist, and a neurologist (my PCP thought I was having a neurological problem). They never considered liver because I was not jaundiced, my AST and ALT were not too bad, and I was not a drinker — one glass of wine with dinner was my limit. The PCP I went to prior to that, after my first HE episode called me on the phone and said she thought I had Alzheimer’s! It was the neurologist who finally put 2 and 2 together and said he thought it could be a liver problem. I was in the hospital for an HE episode and they did an ammonia test. It was high so afterwards my PCP sent me for a CT and that confirmed cirrhosis. Some of what you say sound as if you could be having mild HE episodes. I had some minor ones and some that were more serious. Prior to my diagnosis I had one episode that was very severe. I was basically catatonic and just staring into space. My husband called one of our friends who is a doctor and he came over and said to get me to the hospital. Since I was extremely resistant to that he had to call an ambulance to take me. I guess if I had gotten worse I could have gone into a coma.
Prior to having an HE episode I had many other symptoms — low platelets, shaking hands, I was always cold, trouble sleeping, i had developed diabetes and no one else in my family ever had diabetes. Thank God it was finally diagnosed and I was given medications — first lactulose and then xifaxan — to control the HE episodes, and eventually had a transplant. Life is great now, I feel wonderful and no more of the problems that had been caused by cirrhosis. I am so thankful that it was finally diagnosed. Knowing what I know now I will never leave it to my local medical resources, I will head right to Boston if I don’t get a diagnosis up here. I’m glad you are going to Mayo, hopefully they will be able to unravel your symptoms and figure out what exactly is causing your symptoms.
JK

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@techi

I had a TIP 2yrs ago and when looking was the Mayo Clinic like was told it was done correctly. So let am supposed to come back to the Mayo Clinic and have it done a second time. I asked my general practice doctor to refer me to a liver doctor which leads really feel he’s a great doctor. He told me he would do the procedure himself since he seems it wasn’t done correctly. I really don’t know how long feel about that since it was done at the same hospital and let only had one appointment with him. So let really don’t know what to do? Then also l have been telling so many doctors office a symptoms of not being able to walk. I went with my husband to get a sandwich for lunch. He looked at me and ask me if left was alright. I said yes. Then let tried to eat but let couldn’t well that something usual everyone does that. When we got home last tried to get out the car, but let couldn’t. I had to ask him to help me. I couldn’t stand up and let was walking side to side. Then he got me to the house and took me to the bedroom. I asked him to get me a package that was delivered to the house. I tried to open it and let couldn’t my hands were shaking and let couldn’t pick it up to bring it closers so long could try again. I failed so long had him bring it closers and let used my teeth to open it up. So let did but let couldn’t get the items out. So let just gave up. Then let thought leaders better go to sleep so long tried to pickup my covers and my hands were shaking so much l just said forget it. I went to sleep and then when looking woke up everything was normal again. This has happened before several times but it hasn’t happened for months. I tell the doctors and they run test and everything comes back normal. Has this ever happened to anybody? Please let me know nobody else knows.

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@techi, Lisa, I believe that you are justified in your fear and concerns because your past experience has been so confusing.

I do not believe that it is uncommon for patients to be asked to update their legal papers at the time of a procedure – any procedure. Remember that sometimes patients choices may have changed since original documents have been filed. This can become real important as our conditions change.

Lisa, all of us have unique bodies, and our conditions are unique, too. Please do not assume that you have what I or @contentedandwell have had. Since both of us have been through difficult health issues, we can understand your fears and discomfort. We share because we really do care about you. (JK, I hope it is okay that I included you)

I hope that you find a doctor that you can trust. I agree with you that prayer and trust in God is primary. I am going to pray for you and for the doctors who will be treating you, and the kind nurses who will take care of you.

I am sending you a virtual hug:-)
Rosemary

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@kanaazpereira

That sounds awful, @techi! I moved your message to this discussion, as it concerns the portal vein, and also so that other members get notified, and may be able to share more insight.

Here’s some information from Mayo Clinic about TIPS (Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt); I’ve also copied some details, below:
“Your doctor might recommend a procedure called transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) to place a shunt. The shunt is a small tube that is placed between the portal vein and the hepatic vein, which carries blood from your liver to your heart. The shunt reduces pressure in the portal vein and often stops bleeding from esophageal varices.
But TIPS can cause serious complications, including liver failure and mental confusion, which can develop when toxins that the liver normally would filter are passed through the shunt directly into the bloodstream. TIPS is mainly used when all other treatments have failed or as a temporary measure in people awaiting a liver transplant.” https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/esophageal-varices/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20351544

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@contentandwell, Thank you for sharing your experience. It is amazing to me when I read how different all of our experiences are! Thank goodness for brilliant doctors who are finally able to unravel these episodes and provide necessary treatment.
I am thrilled for you that you were able finally be correctly diagnosed and treated. That had to be a frightening thing for you and your loved ones to experience.
Rosemary

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@kanaazpereira

That sounds awful, @techi! I moved your message to this discussion, as it concerns the portal vein, and also so that other members get notified, and may be able to share more insight.

Here’s some information from Mayo Clinic about TIPS (Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt); I’ve also copied some details, below:
“Your doctor might recommend a procedure called transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) to place a shunt. The shunt is a small tube that is placed between the portal vein and the hepatic vein, which carries blood from your liver to your heart. The shunt reduces pressure in the portal vein and often stops bleeding from esophageal varices.
But TIPS can cause serious complications, including liver failure and mental confusion, which can develop when toxins that the liver normally would filter are passed through the shunt directly into the bloodstream. TIPS is mainly used when all other treatments have failed or as a temporary measure in people awaiting a liver transplant.” https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/esophageal-varices/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20351544

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What you said sounds so much like I am going through but they say mine is non-cirrhosis and my general practice doctor didn’t do.nothing. And I was unconscious several times. Then your right they think it’s psychotic and after my first time I had encephalitis they put me antidepressants for years. And I was falling after that but it got worst. And I had even fell in front of the doctors office still it was me. Then when I fell out and I was admitted to another hospital they said I had autoimmune encephalitis and my ammonia levels were at 90. Then they said I had ms, Parkinson disease, seizures and bipolar and schizophrenia. When I went to the rehab the doctor knew I wasn’t psychotic so he put ?. Then I saw the neurologist and gasterentologist and both said the were going to rerun all the test. I thought the neurologist would understand because he also had a disability. When he saw it didn’t have seizures he diagnosed me with conversion disorder and he wanted me to see a psychologist or psychiatrist and after seeing one for years. I didn’t want to see either one but I had to or I would go to a mental hospital. I went to two psychologist and both said theirs nothing wrong with you, your not psychotic you want answered. One told me they did the same thing to his father and if he didn’t take him away from these doctors his father would be dead. He told me to go and get help. Then when my gasterentologist saw that my ammonia levels went down but still was above the normal limits he knew something was wrong. And he showed me my x-ray and showed me the extra vein in my liver he couldn’t believe this because he never seen this in a human. He told me he seen these in medical school and he wasn’t a young doctor. So he didn’t know what was to be done so he said he has to talk to his colleagues. It took so long for him to get back to me so I did think I had cirrhosis and only thing I could see was death. Then he came back and did the biopsy so that’s when he said it wasn’t cirrhosis. I was going to go to John Hopkins but I needed a referral but my general practice doctor didn’t want to give it to me. He told me you have been to so many doctors and they ran all these test and everything was alright. Finally after me keeping on him he said he was going to send the referral. But he told me it’s hard to get in so you might not get in. I had already had the approval from them they just needed the referral. So everything that I needed questions about my health answered or understood the symptoms I would always look at the Mayo Clinic website. When I called them I was told I didn’t need a referral and in 2weeks they called me about setting up an appointment. I couldn’t believe this but I was taking the lactulose also. My ammonia levels went down but sometimes I would still pass out and sometimes couldn’t walk. And if I fell sometimes I would try to get up but couldn’t so sometimes I would have to slide on my back using my hands and feet. And still would have trouble getting up because I was tired trying to get to the edge of the bed. A day I would have to go to sleep and I would feel alright again. I don’t know if that has happened to you. Then when I had the procedure they said l had 5 extra vein so I was under anesthesia for 5hrs. Then I found out later they should have kept me overnight at least to make sure everything was OK. And you would have thought they would have did it because I was allergic th of so many medicine. My daughter said l was talking crazy and I onetime opened the door in the room she and my grandchildren were in and I wanted to kill my grandson. I remember going in the street in my addition and I was barely foot. Then I Guess My DAUGHTER CALLED 911 BEFORE I Knew It email, the police and a mental worker came and took me into the hospital. And I was crying don’t take me. They knew I was having an allergic reaction. When I asked my doctor how did I had something wrong with my liver and I told him we don’t have any history of that he told me it was medications. I don’t know if that’s the same for you. But also everything I was going through was also symptoms of autoimmune encephalitis. And a lady who had that problem everything she wrote about and been through it was exactly what I was going through. And also what was so crazy is we came from the same state so the places she talked about where she was like knew exactly where it was. So I just couldn’t believe it. So I don’t know if the symptoms or diagnoses can effect the other parts of your body. But when I trying to find out about encephalitis I had to get the information from the UK. So I don’t kno a if they are going to tell me about a transplant or not but I know they are going to do the procedure and it’s a blessing nothing has gotten worst since they wanted me there since October. And what symptoms did you have for them to make the decision to do a transplant. I also know that the neurologist at the Mayo Clinic wasn’t happy that what she thought l had I didn’t. She had sent me to 2 psychiatrist and I guess she didn’t get the answer she thought she knew because she had me scheduled to see a third one. But after the vascular doctor said it wasn’t done right and that he thinks that was causing me to act psychotic she had to change my diagnoses but of course she had to put what she though but she also put misdiagnosis, allergic reaction and my liver diagnoses that they suspected because now I am seeing the gastroentologist/hepatologist. Doctors hate to be wrong because they are worried about being sued. But thank God for doctors who are honest and except that they could be wrong. It’s all about learning only God knows. So I am getting ready to go to Minnesota even though it might be snowing but I have to get this resolved. And I heard if you have a transplant you have to stay near that hospital for at least a month. I guess that’s what you had to do. And after you had the transplant did you have to take a lot of men’s to eliminate rejection of the liver. Because I know that might be a problem for me. So I am praying everything works out for the good and it will be and easy transition because I know you probably have a lot of fear that something can go wrong. That’s just normal. Did you go to John Hopkins? Well it sounds like you are doing well and it’s very successful. And also hearing Rosemary story it helps to be relieved of things that can go wrong. And how long did it take for them to make the decision you needed a transplant to when you actually received one. And are you still being watch closely or have you pass that stage. But least I am not the only one that was told they had a mental illness or dementia.

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@kanaazpereira

That sounds awful, @techi! I moved your message to this discussion, as it concerns the portal vein, and also so that other members get notified, and may be able to share more insight.

Here’s some information from Mayo Clinic about TIPS (Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt); I’ve also copied some details, below:
“Your doctor might recommend a procedure called transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) to place a shunt. The shunt is a small tube that is placed between the portal vein and the hepatic vein, which carries blood from your liver to your heart. The shunt reduces pressure in the portal vein and often stops bleeding from esophageal varices.
But TIPS can cause serious complications, including liver failure and mental confusion, which can develop when toxins that the liver normally would filter are passed through the shunt directly into the bloodstream. TIPS is mainly used when all other treatments have failed or as a temporary measure in people awaiting a liver transplant.” https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/esophageal-varices/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20351544

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@rosemarya Thank you Rosemary, It really was frightening to basically be delirious and have no idea why. Even now when I think about it I get tears in my eyes at how much that effected my life despite it not being that frequent. The bad episodes were pretty rare but the lesser episodes probably occurred every couple of weeks. My whole family was perplexed. We were just happy to know that no other doctors, other than my original PCP, thought it was Alzheimer’s. I was constantly afraid to go anywhere but thankfully an episode never really started when I was not at home, unless you consider the bad stomach pains that preceded most episodes. If my stomach got upset I would head home, just in case. Sometimes it would be a false alarm, as I would say to my husband, “sometimes a stomach ache is just a stomach ache”. When I realize how many symptoms I had that are indicative of cirrhosis and that it was not recognized for so long, I just shake my head. I may have mentioned before, the last time I saw my PCP I brought him a list of symptoms that are indicative of cirrhosis. He claims to have had other patients with cirrhosis but he sure did not recognize mine despite my symptoms. I think he did try, and I think he actually researched beyond office hours, but when he said to me that he was relying on what previous doctors had said I felt like groaning. Shouldn’t he have started from scratch since no one had yet to figure out what my problem was?
JK

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@kanaazpereira

That sounds awful, @techi! I moved your message to this discussion, as it concerns the portal vein, and also so that other members get notified, and may be able to share more insight.

Here’s some information from Mayo Clinic about TIPS (Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt); I’ve also copied some details, below:
“Your doctor might recommend a procedure called transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) to place a shunt. The shunt is a small tube that is placed between the portal vein and the hepatic vein, which carries blood from your liver to your heart. The shunt reduces pressure in the portal vein and often stops bleeding from esophageal varices.
But TIPS can cause serious complications, including liver failure and mental confusion, which can develop when toxins that the liver normally would filter are passed through the shunt directly into the bloodstream. TIPS is mainly used when all other treatments have failed or as a temporary measure in people awaiting a liver transplant.” https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/esophageal-varices/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20351544

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@techi Hi Lisa. I presume your message was directed to me If you put the @ sign, followed by the online name of the person (like tech1 or contentandwell) that person will know in their email that there is a message that is to them, and it leaves no doubt to whom your message is directed.

You have sure been through the wringer. I hope things will get resolved for you soon, not knowing is the worst part I think. It was actually a relief for me to find out that I had a cirrhosis! Not a great diagnosis, but cirrhosis is not necessarily a death sentence. I was depressed for a short time, my physician referred to as “justifiable depression”, but then moved on and lived my normal life, trying to not let this dominate my thoughts, which is by far the best way to approach a diagnosis such as this. I think it helps you physically too. It helps nothing if you wallow in self-pity. You sound very hopeful, which is great.

If your health is decent then you can be listed as a transplant candidate. When they discovered I had cirrhosis I had to go for all kinds of tests to determine my health in all areas, even a dermatologist to examine my skin. When all of that is done, if you do not have any medical conditions that would contraindicate a transplant, your MELD score will be calculated and you will be listed as a candidate. I was listed at MELD 11 but when it was discovered that I had malignant lesions my MELD went up to 18. The lesions were burned off by ablation. My MELD continually went up over the next year until it put me in a position where I was a top candidate and my transplant happened. From the time I was listed (after all of the tests) to transplant it was about 14 months. Of course that varies a lot depending on what your MELD is when you are listed, the area where you live or are listed, and how you progress with the medications.

I was told immediately at Mass General that I might want to dual list because hospitals in the Boston area tend to transplant at higher MELD scores since so many people come to Boston for medical care. I seriously considered that. At MGH they thought I would not be transplanted until my MELD was in the 30s. When I spoke to people at Mayo they felt I might get transplanted with a MELD as low as 28, probably because my blood type is B which often gets transplanted more quickly than blood type O. I was at 28 and giving very serious consideration to where I should dual list, Mayo being my first choice, and I got the call from MGH that they had a liver for me! What a blessed day that was.

Since transplant I have had an almost miraculous recovery. At times the immunosuppresants are a pain in the butt but I’m alive and it’s worth that and more. I am grateful for every day. I also used to wonder why since my cirrhosis was not caused by alcohol I could not drink a glass of wine with dinner still, but my son, who is a very non-medical persons but also very rational, suggested that this new liver is fighting to survive in me and alcohol just would give it another battle since alcohol is not good for anyone’s liver, and that I don’t want to put more stress on this new liver. I thought that was a very good explanation. I have no idea if it’s right or not but it sounds logical to me. I don’t know anything about my donor, male or female or age, so I refer to it as Hank which is somewhat gender neutral. 😉

Stay positive, Lisa, and keep us posted on how things are going. I sure hope you get a diagnosis soon. I wish I could reach through the computer and give you a comforting hug but you will have to settle for a virtual hug.

Hugs, JK

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That sounds awful, @techi! I moved your message to this discussion, as it concerns the portal vein, and also so that other members get notified, and may be able to share more insight.

Here’s some information from Mayo Clinic about TIPS (Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt); I’ve also copied some details, below:
“Your doctor might recommend a procedure called transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) to place a shunt. The shunt is a small tube that is placed between the portal vein and the hepatic vein, which carries blood from your liver to your heart. The shunt reduces pressure in the portal vein and often stops bleeding from esophageal varices.
But TIPS can cause serious complications, including liver failure and mental confusion, which can develop when toxins that the liver normally would filter are passed through the shunt directly into the bloodstream. TIPS is mainly used when all other treatments have failed or as a temporary measure in people awaiting a liver transplant.” https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/esophageal-varices/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20351544

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@contentandwell I get the way to write a reply now. Thank You. I was depressed because l lost my job because I had a disability and I worked for the secretary of state. I was very upset about that because l had 5 children and I didn’t know how we were going to make it but God blessed and everything was alright. Then I went to college and I wanted to begin working and helping others with disabilities. I couldn’t remember my memory was affected after my TBI so when I took my test l couldn’t remember the material. Then that when everything began to happen in tore my all because my doctor wouldn’t listen to me then it was my should and then I had back surgery and then I had foot drop so I had surgery on that and now the liver. So I have been through a lot and the doctors couldn’t understand what I was going through. When l went to the hospital because of falling or dizziness the psychiatrist would always come because they t b ought l wanted to commit suicide. Then in Jan when l fell and they said I hallicuated again the psychiatrist came in because once again they thought l wanted to commit suicide. They never told me the results of my test. When l was discharged my husband and thought it was kinda of weird when l was discharged they didn’t tell me anything. Then 2 days later the er doctor called me and said I had a urinary infection. I worked in er for 8yrs and I knew everything they did was not right at all. So I prayed one day at my church for God to give me my memory back and he answered prayer. So when I would research and told my doctor the information I found he didn’t like that. I knew to much about my brain injury and then my liver. When l looked on the computer about my new diagnoses he would erase the old ones. One day when l saw him and l would always put my allergies in the computer his medical assistant didn’t have it kept up. When I would go to different doctors that weren’t with that hospital he would tell me sometimes it would take 6-9 months before he would get my chart so I had to always have it with me to give to him. Just WOULD Look On The COMPUTER And sometimes it wasn’t upto date. When l would look at my lab results he would order sometimes it will be there and sometimes it wasn’t. Since l came back from the Mayo Clinic I haven’t seen him nor have I told him I went there. And when l went to the Mayo Clinic I told them not to send him any of my records. Right now l am in the process of finding a doctor but I want to finish with what’s going on right now. I really don’t feel like looking right now. It almost near my time to go to the Mayo Clinic. And I pray I get a doctor who will listen and want to help. I really wish I can go back to my state I was born in. NY because they are up to date with technology and medical diseases. So it’s great now because my memory is great and I couldn’t write or even spell. So now I am getting ready to write a book and I want to for fill what God wants for me to do. And help others I was thinking about shad rack , mesh shack and dabindgo and how they were in the firey furnace and they were suppose to die but they said they saw 4 in the fiery furnace and the 4th was the Lord. And that means no matter what you are going through he is always there. And for me he was an answer to my prayer because l had so many challenges but now it all coming to life and mostly everything on my chart is not true. And I am trying to see how you can get those false diagnoses off your chart because it follows you and when you want to get a job or take in children it has on it that you have a mental problem. And also when they said I was depressed they fail to realize a person who can’t get out there house or drive anyone would be depressed. But I am looking forward for all God has for me and now I can drive. So I will be going back to school and do all the things l use to. And now l am looking forward to taking care of my new grandson who will be due in February if I will be able to do. So that’s why I didn’t know how long if I need a transplant or how long it will be because everything you and Rosemary sounds like that what I have. And I guess since one of my shunts the blood is not flowing I guess they will either redo the shunts. Isn’t that right and I guess they will tell me the rest.

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