Sunday, June 17, 2012
I finally have a diagnosis ~ Primary Billiary Cirrosis.
What is primary biliary cirrhosis?
Primary biliary cirrhosis, or PBC, is a chronic, or long-term, disease of the liver that slowly destroys the medium-sized bile ducts within the liver. Bile is a digestive liquid that is made in the liver. It travels through the bile ducts to the small intestine, where it helps digest fats and fatty vitamins.
What lifestyle changes may be helpful for PBC patients?
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle will help patients feel better and may relieve or prevent some of the secondary symptoms of PBC. Your doctor may recommend:
A reduced sodium diet
Drinking ample water
Taking calcium and Vitamin D supplements
Avoiding or reducing the consumption of alcohol
Exercising, particularly walking
Regular dental examinations
Artificial tears for dry eyes
The list of lifestyle changes that are helpful are all steps that are taken in the process of living healthy which means that I am already doing or striving to do them. Exercise is really the hardest part and what I really need to work on now.
The medication to help has less side effects and is easier on the system than other medications. I have times when I do not have energy. The site used is posted below.