Patient Comments: Ascites - Symptoms


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Comment from: Nick M, 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: November 17

My lady has about 5-6 quarts of fluid taken each week. She's under 40 years old, and nobody really knows what started her ascites. She did not really drink until after all this fear of life was given to her. It was 8 years ago, and they said she had 2 years to live. We think it was from an antibiotic, as she has a high allergic reaction to a lot of medicines, especially antibiotics. But still, to this day, they all keep blaming it on alcohol. This is a very high stress-related problem to not only her, but me too.

Comment from: Sligogirl, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 17

I have severely swollen abdomen from ascites. It was fairly normal just 5 months ago. Now it is huge all day and all night. It is putting pressure on my lungs and I cannot breathe as well. I have to walk to the store 10 minutes each way, but it is much more difficult now. I sweat like 200 people would. It is ridiculous. The doctor said my liver is trying to get rid of toxins. Then I get weak, light-headed, nauseous, and my insides feel like an earthquake... all shaky. I cannot get to a specialist soon enough.

Comment from: Rosie, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: December 06

My brother through drink is suffering from ascites. He is on 2 weekly drains and blood transfusions. At the last drain they did not drain it all out, left my brother bloated and one week later he is begging the hospital for another drain. I wonder if this is the next stage. He averages 4 liters a week.

Comment from: Nikkita, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 07

My symptom of ascites is swollen left side around the waist after eating.

Comment from: D.M., 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 03

My ascites was the result of stage 4 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. It came on over a two week period until I looked about 7 months pregnant. It was the last symptom leading to my diagnosis. A tube attached to a drainage bag was inserted into my abdomen. I wore the bag for 4 months, emptying it twice a day. In the first month alone we hit 22 liters as the lymphatic fluid was rampant. It took a couple of rounds of chemotherapy before there started to be a decrease in its accumulation and by the end of treatment I went back to normal. I have had no re-occurrence of either the ascites or the lymphoma, and live life to the fullest.

Comment from: Paul E, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 29

Over the last 3 years, since being diagnosed with 'end stage' liver disease and cirrhosis I've lived on everything super healthy; I don’t smoke or drink, etc. My blood results have all normalized, including ALT, AST, S gamma and all the others. I still have ascites and very badly so. I would love any comments and or suggestions.

Comment from: RussB, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 28

Besides the stomach bloat and pain I have had problems with vomiting. I have a bad heart and other problems so it took my doctor a while to figure out why I could not keep food down. At the initial 6 months of the ascites I was puking up almost everything I ate about every other day. I lost 55 pounds which was nice but any more wasn't. In the beginning, the treatment was draining the fluid. They took out 3 liters and I felt so much better. Now I am on two water pills and it helps a lot. If I miss a day of medications like today, I will lose my dinner again.

Comment from: Bennie, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: May 10

Six quarts of fluid from ascites were pulled from my stomach and the doctor said I had hepatitis A. I’m just trying to understand it.


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