I am sorry that your drinking problem caused significant damage
to your liver. Yours is an advanced stage of liver disease with
and also what is called "Portal Hypertension" which is the
reason for build of fluid in the belly and also legs.
You need to have a complete blood examination including blood count,
coagulation studies, kidney
and complete liver tests .
We have to make sure that you are not anemic from blood loss which
can happen with ruptured veins in the esophagus
and stomach. This is
very serious. You can also go into a "Coma" (Hepatic Coma ) which could
I am sure by now , you have stopped drinking any alcohol.
You need to see a gastroenterologist who can perform the necessary tests
and put you on a treatment program. This would include dietary measures,
restricting proteins and salt intake. You may require "water pills " or diuretics
to make you lose fluid build up, you may need drug to prevent you from
going into coma (Encephalopathy
) and medications to prevent bleeding from
(Enlarged veins) by the use of some Beta Blocker
drug. You may need
to look for these veins and if there is active bleeding they may have
to place clips or do banding procedure to stop the bleeding. There are other
procedures that can be done to control fluid build up with the use of "Shunts" etc.
You really need to sit down with your doctor and discuss all these.
This is a serious problem and I urge you to take care as soon as possible.
I wish you the very best.