"There's a myth that anyone who has a liver problem has brought it on themselves" This quote is from a Crohn's disease patient living with a blocked portal vein hoping for a liver transplant (Independent 31st Oct 2010)

Friday, 6 May 2011

Life expectancy

Saw my GP today.

Asked for his advice on the different diagnosis and treatment plans on the table.

The 'do no treatment but watch for and deal with future symptoms and side effects of worsening liver damage' option versus the 'make an educated guess as to the cause and treat the liver inflammation with lifelong medication plus follow up checks to monitor any effect' option.

His advice was add to the mix your age, your current state of health, your personal circumstances and your family situation and ask 'which of these options gives me the best life expectancy'.

Choose that.

Obvious really.

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