Friend in Hospital, internal bleeding, liver problems, what is wrong?

My friend is in the hospital in critical condition for the past three days. He has a damaged liver and is bleeding internally. They performed an endoscopy and there is no esophageal tear, and they are doing a blood scan today. Here is his brief history

He is a 28 yr old white male, He was in the Army and hurt his knee, they were giving him different types of pain pills and they counter-acted each other and damaged his stomach and liver. After he was discharged he has been divorced and battling and alcohol problem and attending regular AA meetings. (my guess is he was drinking again and was not supposed to be). The he was hospitalized he called me earlier in the day and told me his blood pressure was very high and he needed to rest every ten minutes and that he was going home to do so, His mother came home to find him frantic around the house and hallucinating about green paint all over the walls and he was jaundiced, so she immediately brought him to the emergency room. He had severe blood loss and the doctors cannot find where he is bleeding yet, he keeps needing to recieve blood.

I know this is a liver problem, but my question is, whatever it is, can it be fixed?????? He has been my best friend for 15 years and I'm worried sick about him.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    It sounds like your friend has cirrhosis from alcohol abuse. Internal bleeding is a common complication of cirrhosis. Everyone that has cirrhosis runs a high risk of internal bleeding due to unwanted veins that form called varices.

    With cirrhosis, blood flow through the main portal vein leading to the liver slows down. Blood from the intestines and spleen backs up into blood vessels in the stomach and esophagus. These unwanted blood vessels become enlarged because they are not meant to carry this much blood. The enlarged blood vessels, called varices, have thin walls and carry high pressure. They can leak and even burst which can be a serious internal bleeding problem that needs immediate medical attention.

    There is a procedure called banding that can be done to get rid of these unwanted veins. It's a simple procedure in which they do an endoscopy to find these veins, and then they tie what looks like little rubber bands around them. In a few days, the varice will just die and fall off along with the rubber band. Then it is all digested just like food through the stomach. This is done as an outpatient procedure.

    I had cirrhosis and had this banding done to me a number of times. My doctors insisted I get checked every 3 months at first to get mine banded if needed. This was done through endoscopy. After they got the initial ones banded, then my exams went to every 6 months until I received a liver transplant. Doing this takes away the risk of any internal bleeding very much. It's better to do it this way instead of suddenly hemorrhaging internally.

    Sometimes it's tricky to find out where the bleeding can be coming from. I'm not saying this is the problem with your friend, but suggesting it could be. As far as your friend hallucinating, that could be from the loss of blood. But cirrhosis also can cause a person to hallucinate when they get something called encephalopathy. With cirrhosis, the body is not able to get rid of ammonia like it should. This can cause a build up of ammonia which can cause a person to be confused, hallucinate, or even become violent and just not themselves. Lactulose helps get rid of ammonia. Anyone with cirrhosis usually has to take this medication for high ammonia. It needs treated when it happens because if left untreated, it can lead to coma.

    Yes, your friend can be treated for his bleeding and survive. They will have to find the source and fix it. Yes, it can be fixed once they find it. People with cirrhosis usually go through multiple hospital visits with various problems that present themselves as the disease progresses. In the early stages of cirrhosis, if the person stops drinking, they can get well again even though the liver damage will be permanent. A person can function quite well as long as the liver is not damaged too much. If the disease progresses to the later stage, then nothing will stop its progression and only a liver transplant will save your life. Hope this helps you some.

    Source(s): I had cirrhosis and a liver transplant.
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    6 years ago

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  • Amy M
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    1 decade ago

    It almost sounds like cirrhosis of the liver but you probably already know that. My dad died of that but he drank all his life and died when he was in his 50's. He just didnt have enough liver left for it to heal. But your friend probably does. I think even if you have 10-15% of good liver left you can survive and it can heal itself. But, I dont know why your friend is bleeding internally. That could be something else. I dont know. Hope fully he is not coughing up blood. That could be bad. It could possibly be cancer. But then again I am not a doctor. I really hope everything turns out ok.

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  • 4 years ago

    It's likely you're eating too fast. Try holding a conversation while having a meal so you're certainly not gulping down more than you need to feel full.

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  • 3 years ago

    Include one to two alcohol refreshments daily instead of more

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