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Diagnosis finally!

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
Reducing stress
Exercising, particularly walking
Skin Care
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.
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    It is a releif when we get a diagnosis then we can adjust our lifesyles to fit.Look after yourself, emoticon we are all here for you xxxx emoticon
    2145 days ago
  • CAROLYN0107
    It's good when a diagnosis is made, even if it is not one that we like. It looks like you have a good idea of your diagnosis.
    2146 days ago
    It may not be what you want to hear but at least you know. You are well on your way to a healthier you. Keep up the good work and you will succeed in your goals and be able to live with the diagnosis you were given. Remain positive. Each day is a blessing. We are here if you need us. Hugs to my SP friend.

    2166 days ago
    My heart goes out to you. You can find that healthier you with the doctor's help and your hard work! I believe in you and know you can make any and all the needed changes.
    2166 days ago
    While it may not be what you wanted to hear atleast now you know. But it sounds as though you are doing the right things.Good luck.
    2166 days ago
    sounds like you are doing all the right things. wish you luck on working your plan.
    2167 days ago
    Don't accept your diagnoses. I was diagnosed with a liver disease in 2003. They gave me 6 months to live. I didn't accept it and looked into natural health. I beat it and I am still going strong. You can too!
    "Knowledge is the Power, Make it Happen!"
    2167 days ago
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