Liver Symptoms

Liver Diseases Symptoms, Causes of Liver Problems
The liver is a very important organ that performs a variety of functions in the human body. Being a large organ, the liver can cope with small damages. If the damage is left untreated, it can worsen the condition of the liver and prevent it from functioning. Severe damage to the liver can result in liver failure and death. Some of the conditions that can lead to death from liver disease are alcoholism, liver cancer, cirrhosis, and viral hepatitis.

Liver disease symptoms can be hard to detect initially. For instance, a loss of energy that often is the first sign of liver problems can be confused with a myriad of other problems, including things as simple as a reaction to a seasonal change or a lack of sleep.

There are dozens of diseases that affect the liver. The two most common causes of liver diseases are viral infections and drugs. Though there are different causes of liver diseases, the clinical signs and symptoms are divided in to two categories.

Keeping your liver in healthy condition is very necessary and that can be done by eating a varied nutritional and vegetarian diet. Junk food, alcohol intake, low quality oils, chemicals -in air and we breathe are the main roots for liver maladies.
About 90 percent of patients diagnosed with primary biliary cirrhosis are women over the age of 40. Women living in northern Europe tend to be more susceptible to this disease compared to women in other parts of the world. Women in Japan have the lowest rate of diagnosed cases of this disease.

The liver can get inflamed due to certain conditions, use of alcohol and certain chemicals. The conditions that can cause liver inflammation are Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Autoimmune Hepatitis, and Wilson’s disease. Extensive alcohol use also causes inflammation of the liver. Some drugs and industrial pollutants may affect the liver. Inflammation is characterized by redness, swelling, heat and possible pain in the liver.

Alcoholic liver disease occurs due to an acute or chronic inflammation of the liver due to alcohol abuse. This disease usually occurs after a prolonged use of alcohol. In the United States 10% of men and 3% of women suffer from problems related to alcoholic consumption.

The symptoms of impending liver deterioration cross over into other medical problems as well making early and precise laboratory tests and narrative. The symptoms will likely include nausea, loss of appetite, abdominal pain and tenderness, vomiting, fever and jaundice. Further complicating the issue is that symptoms of cirrhosis are quite often almost identical to those of alcohol hepatitis.

If you only had one choice for picking a natural cure for liver disease it should be Milk Thistle Seed Extract (…fortunately you have more than one choice, so why not use all of them, it will only speed up your healing). There are a few reasons why Milk Thistle Seed Extract (also referred to as “Mte”) is beneficial to the liver and liver regeneration. Firstly, it protects the liver from toxins.

Frequently Asked Questions

    What are the symptoms of liver stones, is there such a thing?
    My husband asked me to post this question, to see if anyone knew anything about the symptoms of liver stones. The word appears on Google listing, but I can’t get any further information about it there. These are supposed to be another kind of “stones”, separate from kidney and gall stones. Would anyone have any information about this? Thanks in advance for your comments.

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      Your husband may be referring to Gallstones or calcification or calcium deposits in the liver. Choledocholithiasis is the presence of a gallstone in the common bile duct. The stone may consist of bile pigments or calcium and cholesterol salts. It may cause obstructive jaundice.
      Cholelithiasis is the presence of one or more calculi (gallstones) in the gallbladder. In developed countries, about 10% of adults and 20% of people > 65 yr have gallstones. Gallstones tend to be asymptomatic. The most common symptom is biliary colic; gallstones do not cause dyspepsia or fatty food intolerance. More serious complications include cholecystitis; biliary tract obstruction (from stones in the bile ducts or choledocholithiasis), sometimes with infection (cholangitis); and gallstone pancreatitis. Diagnosis is usually by ultrasonography. If cholelithiasis causes symptoms or complications, cholecystectomy is necessary.
      Take abdominal ultrasound scan for further investigation in consultation with a gastroenterologist.

    How long after overdose do symptoms of liver damage appear?
    I’m a bit worried that I overdosed on paracetamol around 20 hours ago. I might have taken in over 4 grams. How long do symptoms take to appear? I’ve felt nothing at all, except for a bit of pain around where the liver is positioned, nothing major, just ticks of light pain occasionally. Should I still be worried if nothing happened in 20 hours?

    • ANSWER:
      Typically there are some mild initial symptoms followed by a quiet period of two or three days before the liver begins to fail. Twenty hours is not in any way reassuring. On the other hand, four or five grams is never going to be acutely toxic in an adult of normal size. That dosage restriction is a safety measure against chronic toxicity in long-term daily users. The acutely toxic dose (with a large margin of safety built in) is at least 150 mg/kg body mass.

    Hi, I am curious to know every and all symptoms of liver disease? I know that there are a few types of liver diseases and illnesses that also occur when it comes to your liver. I also would like to know are there different stages liver disease, if so what are they?

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      The external signs include a coated tongue, bad breath, itchy skin, excessive sweating, offensive body odor, dark circles under the eyes, red swollen and itchy eyes, acne rosacea, brownish spots and blemishes on the skin, flushed facial appearance or excessive facial blood vessels.

      Other symptoms include jaundice, (skin, nails and eyes appear yellowish) dark urine, pale stool, bone loss, easy bleeding, itching, small, spider-like blood vessels visible in the skin, enlarged spleen, fluid in the abdominal cavity, chills, pain from the biliary tract or pancreas, and an enlarged gallbladder.

    What are the symptoms of liver damage / disease?
    Can anyone tell me what the symptoms of liver damage or liver disease are?
    The reason I ask is becuz I used to take a lot of Tylenol for gall bladder attacks that I used to get (I suffered gall bladder attacks for years before getting a correct diagnosis from doctors). It got to the point that by the time I had to finally get my gallbladder removed, I would be taking Tylenol or any other pain killers just about daily and up to the maximum dosage allowed. A few family members that hadn’t seen me in a while, told me I looked yellowish. I have never asked for a blood test specifically to test for liver damage, but I recently had routine lab tests done (had 3 tubes of blood drawn) due to the fact that I am pregnant. From what I was told, all blood work came back just fine. Do you think if I would have liver damage, the doctor’s would have detected that in my blood they drew a few days ago at my last prenatal appointment? Like I said, I didn’t ask or even mention to the doctor’s about my liver damage concerns at that prenatal appointment.
    In response to BlueSea, I don’t drink!!

    • ANSWER:
      Your elbow is sore from bending it as you bring your arm to your mouth to drink your alcohol.

      In response to you: Oh, OK.

    what are the symptoms of liver stones?
    If galstones come from the liver then are stored in gallblatter. When gallblatter is removed. What symptoms do you have from liver stones?

    • ANSWER:
      It’s something new. Actually gallstones are formed in gallbladder because bile is stored there and is concentrated. If gb is removed, there won’t be any stagnation, bile will be continuously drained, there won’t be any stone formation. While removing gall bladder, if a stone is left in the common bile duct (cbd), it may grow big and may cause obstructive jaundice. I think the stones in the cbd may be the ones being labelled as liver stones.
      Hope it helps.
      All the best!

    What are the symptoms of a liver and kidneys failing?
    What are the symptoms of a liver and kidneys failing?

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      when my little sisters kidney failed she was tired and ill all the time and had constand water infections and lost lots of weight then one day she collapsed,went unconcious and turned blue. im not sure about liver though x

    What are the symptoms of liver disease?
    What are the symptoms of liver disease? Is a liver disease can be treated i.e. is it possible to treat liver disease? What will happen if left untreated? Is this disease considered on of the biggest diseases like heart disease, kidney disease etc.

    • ANSWER:
      The symptoms of liver disease include:
      >jaundice (yellowing of eyes and skin)
      >severe itching
      >dark urine
      >mental confusion or coma
      >vomiting of blood
      >easy bruising and tendency to bleed
      >gray or clay-colored stools
      >abnormal buildup of fluid in the abdomen.

      Time is of the essence for patients with liver disease because early intervention can often prevent life-threatening complications. Some patients with liver disease are asymptomatic, but their histories may reveal risk factors to justify liver analyte testing.

    What are the symptoms of alcoholic liver disease ?
    How many years of heavy alcohol consumption can someone expect liver disease and what symptoms are a warning sign ??

    • ANSWER:
      There may be no symptoms at all to begin with.
      Some people become extremely tired and may have
      flu like symptoms that can be mistaken for something else.
      The liver is very quiet about damage being done to it,
      until the liver cells start to die off, then the functions they
      do to keep the body well, start to deteriorate…this is
      when most signs and symptoms appear. Usually the
      first sign is high Bilirubin levels, of which a person
      starts to appear yellow skinned and the whites of
      the eyes become yellow, also. Their urine may appear
      darker, also, as it picks up the Bilirubin from the blood.

      To say how long it takes or how much someone could
      drink before a liver problem occurs cannot be pin
      pointed. The reason for this, I will explain.

      The liver takes toxins from our bodies and converts
      them to non toxic forms.
      1) When someone consumes high amounts of alcohol
      in a short time period, it doesn’t give the liver a chance
      to do all the steps needed to convert it. Alcohol, using
      the liver enzymes, is converted first to acetaldehyde,
      then to acetate, then to carbon dioxide and water
      (with other steps in between). When it isn’t converted
      completely, then it becomes toxic to the liver cells and
      can damage them.
      2)When someone consumes alcohol over long time
      periods, it can lead to fatty infiltration of the liver.
      The fat inside the liver can build up and cause
      damage to the liver cells. This is then known
      as Fatty Liver disease.
      3)Just as, some people are more sensitive to
      certain drugs, some are more sensitive to alcohol
      and some even have an allergic reaction to it.
      (that explains why some people drink for years
      with no liver problem and for others, it doesn’t take
      4)Taking alcohol with drugs can cause a severe
      interaction between them and damage the liver

      What happens to cause the alcoholic liver disease
      depends upon the persons sensitivity, the amount
      consumed, how much is consumed and how their
      body handles it.
      Anyone who consumes alcohol in certain amounts,
      should have blood tests taken to be sure of its
      effect on the liver. There are many people, who are
      now waiting for a transplant, that wished they had
      caught it early enough. You see, when the liver
      cells become damaged, the immune system of
      the body responds and causes inflammation inside
      the liver that will cause the liver to enlarge in size.
      If the alcohol is stopped and the inflammation is
      treated, then there is a chance the liver cells can
      heal….if not, the inflammation will continue to
      increase until it becomes a irreversible disease
      known as Cirrhosis of the liver.
      Cirrhosis of the liver is death of the liver cells
      and scar tissue formation inside the liver that
      causes the blockage of blood flow through
      the liver.

      To have warning signs, there are not many.
      However, the signs and symptoms that appear
      when the liver cells are damaged are many.
      You can look at these sites to understand
      some of them:

      People with Cirrhosis have enlarged bellies full of fluid
      (Ascites)that has to be removed frequently. Their muscles
      waste away. The develop mental problems (Encephalopathy)
      where someone else has to handle all their affairs for them.
      They can throw up blood from broken blood vessels where
      they can completely bleed out (Portal hypertension with
      varies). Many things can occur with people who have
      Cirrhosis, where they believe it is a side effect of
      being an alcoholic and can be misdiagnosed as just
      being a drunk.

      I hope this information has been of some help to you.
      Best wishes

    what are early symptoms of liver damage?
    i take a lot of darvocet and im feeling nautious it could be something small but ive been worried about my liver i cant get to the doctors for a few weeks so what are the early symptoms of liver disease?

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    How long does it take for symptoms of liver failure to be present?
    I overdosed on tylonal 3 about a month and a half ago, presently I feel great, I’ve changed my ways and become healthy… I still at risk of liver failure?

    • ANSWER:
      Liver failure from overdosing on tylenol happens acutely, meaning that if it has been a month ago and it did not happen, it will never happen. You are ok.

    what are specific symptoms of Liver or Pancreatic cancer?
    I heard that pain in the abdomen was a big one..
    For liver cancer, would the pain be on the right next to the belly button? a little above? how about for pancreatic cancer? What are some other symptoms of both types of cancers? I’m trying to help a family member who seems to show some of the signs of liver or pancreatic cancer..

    Any help would be really great, thankyou

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    What are the symptoms of a dying liver?
    What are the symptoms of a dying liver?

    • ANSWER:
      The symptoms experienced when a liver is ‘dying’ or liver failure really depend on the disorder, but can include:

      Jaundice (the skin or whites of the eye turn yellow)
      Dark urine
      Appetite loss
      Weight loss
      General malaise
      Bloated abdomen, swollen ankles
      Abdominal pain in the upper right side
      Anaemia, vomiting blood or passing black stools (denoting altered blood)
      Changes in mental state – altered sleep pattern (awake at night), confusion, drowsiness.

    How long can the symptoms of liver damage last?
    I have been feeling Nausea, fatigue, loss of appetite and have been gettin anxious and depressed since last week when i found out i had liver damage
    The doctor told me that it will repair rather quickly because i am only 18 years old, i never new it would make me feel this bad on and off

    • ANSWER:
      If you have liver damage, the symptoms associated with it will never go away. They may not get worse if the damage is under control, but they will always be there. Fortunatly there are medications you can use to help calm the severity of the symptoms.
      What you are talking about seems like post traumatic stress symptoms from the shocking news you had liver damage. the symptoms you are having are probably not even related to your liver, just the stress. I am sure over time, once you accept that you have the liver damage and learn to manage it, the stress and all those symptoms related to it will fade. give yourself time.

    What are the very first symptoms of liver failure?
    In humans, what are the first symptoms.

    • ANSWER:
      Jaundice is usual, because the bilorubin generated by the breakdown of blood cells isn’t metabolised. Skin darkens, and the body bruises easily. A swollen abdomen comes about through fluid retention, too.

    What are the symptoms of a tumor in the liver if you have or may have gynocomastia?
    I have gynomastia, and I go to my doctor frequently to check up on it, but I wonder if I have a tumor in my liver, that he might have not of notice, so what are the symptoms of a tumor in a liver?

    • ANSWER:
      pain jaundice bleeding disorders.

    what are the symptoms of liver damage not caused by alcohol?
    i dont like alcohol i dont drink but i have taken multiple over the counter overdoses , what are the symptoms of organ damage?

    • ANSWER:
      Some liver damage symptoms are non specific. They include fatigue, weakness, loss of appetite and vague abdominal pain.
      More specific and serious symptoms of liver damage/disease are jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of eyes) and easy bruising.

      If you have any of these symptoms, see a doc for blood tests and proper diagnosis.

    cancer of the liver and the final stage of symptoms ?
    hi there, my father in law has just been told he has cancer of the liver and symptoms have come on extremely quickly. He is very yellow in the face and eyes, and vomiting alot, and also sleeping. My partner is trying to prepare himself for the worst but is wondering if any of you have had a loved one with these symptoms and how long before they passed?

    It is a secondary cancer and he has been fighting cancer of the stomach for the past year. They found tumours had grown back in his stomach and was going to send him back to the hospital for an operation. This now isnt going ahead since the liver cancer has been found, im supposing this is because there isnt much they can do ?… thanks xx

    • ANSWER:
      My Dad passed away last year from liver cancer. He got very yellow and could not keep anything down. When they sleep a lot I belive the body is slowly shutting down. There came a point when he would just open his eyes a little and grown when you spoke to him. The same day he passed. I am very sorry for you. Sounds like the end is near to me, but I am no doctor.

    What are the symptoms of liver damage?
    I herd on the news about three days ago there have been 29 cases of liver damage from using the weight loss suplement Hydroxycut and one death. So i used it but i didnt use it like it said. I only used it once a day. But but i want to know the signs of liver damage and what my body would do to let me know somethings wrong. I’m very worried

    • ANSWER:
      It doesn’t hurt it just grows very large and get larger
      you could also get better if you take care of your self and don’t drink

    If 16 paracetalmol tablets of 500mg are taken daily, how long until symptoms of liver damage can be seen?

    Sorry but should have made this clear, i am not planning to do this! Just a question that came up at college!

    • ANSWER:
      It can be within 24 hours to 48 hours.

      Do you understand how painful this can be. It starts of with pale skin leading to sickness and acute pain,then damage is set in and can lead to failure of all the vital organs.

      Why have you asked such a question, I beg you to seek help if you have done this.

    How much alcohol abuse does it take for the onset of liver disease or symptoms of?
    My little brother who is roughly 22 is in college now and called me to get my advice cause he’d been experiencing light abdominal pain. Now I know he drinks a lot cause he’s honest with me and that’s a good thing. From what he tells me he drinks enough to get him drunk 4-5 nights out of the week. He’s not a big guy (5′-7″ and about 180) but enough to get him drunk would be about six or seven beers and maybe a shot or two. The thing is he’s been doing this for about 3 months now (beginning of school year to now.) He says he hasn’t noticed any yellowing of the skin,eyes or any other pain, just a slight discomfort in his abdomen and lower chest. I guess what I’m asking is is liver disease something that develops over a longer period of time or could it develop in a couple months? I’ve already told him that the main thing is to prevent the development of poor habits which will cause him to behave this way beyond his college years, but I just wanna gauge his risk factor at present.
    Also he’s in a frat and I’ve seen this group – it’s about 30 guys who all do the same thing… So it’s hard for me to say stop when his friends are also drinking that much…. What’s funny is that he almost NEVER drinks when he’s home, it’s not an addiction just a HORRIBLE social habit – that’s what bothers me

    • ANSWER:
      My mother drank about a liter of vodka a day for about 15 years, she was pretty ill for the last 10 of them so I would have to say the serious damage took about 5 years, but obviously there must have been some damage before that. She died with no friends, alone and too ill to take care of herself, green from jaundice and using adult diapers at only 45 years old. The details get worse but I am still having trouble dealing with it, she passed in June and I had to sign the DNR. My younger sister is about where your brother is, and as much as it hurts me one thing I learned from my mom and her drunk friends is that they are pretty determined to do what they want, and unless he wants to change his life no rehab or anything else will help. We tried it all with my mom. Just go ahead and say good bye to him now while he still has “good days” because you don’t want to see how awful he will be in a few more years. It is painful to watch a loved one kill themselves, and that is exactly what he is doing. On my mother’s death certificate the cause of death is Septic Shock, all of her organs finally gave up and her body poisened her to death, and the DR said it was 100% from alcohol abuse. Hopefully you can get your parents to slam him into a rehab for AT LEAST a year… any less does no good.

    What are the causes and symptoms of Liver Cysts and Cystic Fibrosis, and what are the treatments for each?
    Does anyone know how these two inherited diseases start, show and can be cured?

    • ANSWER:
      Cystic Fibrosis:
      Causes and Risk Factors of Cystic Fibrosis
      In 1989, researchers found the defective gene (called delta F508) that causes CF. This gene disrupts a protein (called cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator – CFTR) that causes the symptoms of CF.

      CFTR is made inside the cells (lining the glands) in the respiratory passages, and the small intestine, pancreas and sweat glands. CFTR travels to the cell’s surface where it controls the flow of salt (sodium) in and out of the cell. In CF, the CFTR protein is abnormal in a way that prevents it from reaching the cell’s surface. Without this flowing process, salt is trapped inside the cells. The body tries to compensate by overproducing bodily secretions such as water, sweat and mucus. These secretions then build up in the body to cause the symptoms of CF.

      Symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis
      The pattern of development of CF and the severity of its symptoms varies among individuals. The disease is sometimes obvious soon after birth, but some cases of CF, they are not detected for months (in infancy) or years (in childhood).

      In babies and infants, the symptoms of CF are:

      persistent diarrhea

      bulky, foul smelling and greasy stools

      pale stools

      frequent wheezing or pneumonia

      chronic cough with thick mucus

      salty-tasting skin

      poor growth

      blockage of the intestine (called meconium ileus)

      abdominal swelling




      In children, the symptoms include:

      frequent respiratory infections



      difficulty in breathing

      abdominal pain and discomfort


      fast respiration

      flaring of the nostrils

      poor appetite


      poor growth

      a barrel-chested appearance

      CF can also cause other medical problems, such as:

      sinusitis (inflammation of the nasal sinuses)

      nasal polyps (fleshy growths inside the nose)

      clubbing (rounding and enlargement of fingers and toes)

      pneumothorax (rupture of lung tissue and trapping of air between the lung and chest wall)

      coughing up blood

      enlargement of the right side of the heart (called cor pulmonale)

      protrusion of the rectum through the anus (called rectal prolapse)

      liver, pancreatic and gallbladder problems

      delayed puberty

      reproductive abnormalities (especially male sterility) – Over 90 percent of all males with CF are sterile.

      Treatment of Cystic Fibrosis
      Currently, there is no cure for CF, but there are treatments for the symptoms of CF, such as lung and digestive problems, hepatic (liver) and biliary tract (gallbladder) diseases, and infertility.

      Liver Cysts:
      What are the causes of a cyst?

      Cysts can arise through a variety of processes in the body, including:

      “wear and tear” or simple obstructions to the flow of fluid,



      chronic inflammatory conditions,

      genetic (inherited) conditions, and

      defects in developing organs in the embryo.

      Sometimes you can feel a cyst yourself when you feel an abnormal “lump.” For example, cysts of the skin or tissues beneath the skin are usually noticeable. Cysts in the mammary glands (breasts) also may be palpable (meaning that you can feel them when you examine the area with your fingers). Cysts of internal organs such as the kidneys or liver may not produce any symptoms or may not be detected by the affected individual. These cysts often are first discovered by imaging studies (x-ray, ultrasound, computerized tomography or CAT Scan, and magnetic resonance imaging or MRI). Cysts may or may not produce symptoms, depending upon their size and location.

      The treatment for a cyst depends upon the cause of the cyst along with its location. Cysts that are very large and result in symptoms due to their size may be surgically removed. Sometimes the fluid contained within a cyst can be drained, or aspirated, by inserting a needle or catheter into the cyst cavity, resulting in collapse of the cyst. Radiologic imaging may be used for guidance in draining (aspirating) cyst contents if the cyst is not easily accessible.

      If there is any suspicion that a cyst is cancerous, the cyst is generally removed by surgery or a biopsy is taken of the cyst wall (capsule) to rule out malignancy. In certain cases, aspirated fluid from a cyst is examined under a microscope to determine if cancer cells are present in the cyst.

      If a cyst arises as part of a chronic medical condition (for example, in polycystic ovary syndrome or fibrocystic breast disease), treatment is generally directed at the underlying medical condition.

    Being tested for liver problems, do i really have the symptoms?
    i went to see my doctor again yesterday. i have a long list of symptoms but will not bore you with them. the most significant is abdominal pain that has been ongoing, intermittently for almost 6 weeks now. after telling my doctor that my appetite has decreased and i’ve lost a few pounds, he’s sending me for blood tests to check on my liver.

    my question is: is it really logical? i thought it you had liver problems, you had pain in your upper right quadrant – not in the lower abdomen. am i wrong?

    • ANSWER:
      Your liver is a vital organ and it helps the body by feeding food, water etc through it. They are right to test it. The liver should not hurt you anyway in that area. I always thought that to but it actually does not, on the rare occassion it can and if it does to help soothe it put something warm against it, it likes heat….

      I would love to know what other symptoms you are having though. I have had 2 scans done on my liver area now and both have come back normal. Stree and anxiety can also be a BIG factor in your symptoms.

      I wish you well and hope you get it sorted.

    What are symptoms of liver failure/disease/problems?
    I ask because I’ve been taking Tylenol almost daily for pain in my foot and then again nightly (sleep aid form) almost consistently for the last four years and I was just recently told that it could be damaging to the health of my liver.
    I’m 17, by the way.

    • ANSWER:

    What are the symptoms of liver damage, caused by tylenol?
    and is tylenol addicitng?

    • ANSWER:
      <>Tylenol overdose is virtually 100% lethal if untreated. The destruction of the liver is irreversible 48 hours after ingestion of as little as 12g. Symptoms may be absent or may include:
      Not feeling well
      Not able to eat or poor appetite
      Abdominal pain
      Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is not addictive, but should always be used with care.

    what are the symptoms of liver disease?
    and not just like a few, like ALL the symptoms even if theyre mild. :


    • ANSWER:
      Yang Jaundice — Thirst, Palpitations, constipation, urinary problem, abdominal distention as well as yellowing of tongue are the major symptoms of whole body jaundice in which the body color changes to somewhat like fresh tangerine color. According to the oriental medicine, this type of jaundice happens from excessive damp and moist heat.

      Yin Jaundice — Your face, skin and eyes all turn yellow. Severe fever, nausea, poor appetite, lassitude, fatigue, abdominal distention, chest repression, loose stools, hypochondriac pain, cold hands and feet, palpitation, edema and breaking breath are all very common symptoms of Yin Jaundice.

      The most common symptom of liver disease is drop in appetite that will eventually turn into weight loss. Then the situation can be worsened by incorrect metabolism of the carbohydrate, proteins and fat in the body.

      If the secretion of bile pigments is blocked due to the some obstruction like low bile secretion or due to bile duct blockage, the stool of the patient shows the first signs as it becomes pale and lighter in color. Irregular as well as irritable bowel movements are also accompanied with the onset of a disease of liver or gall bladder. The stool is naturally of dark color because of the bile.

      The abdominal part beneath the lower ribs on the right side may become distended because of the hepatomegaly or ascites.

      The terms polydypsia and polyuria mean excessive thirst and excessive and frequent urination, respectively.

      Going by the perspective of oriental medicine there are few other signs or symptoms that indicate the persisting liver problem.

      Problem of skin
      Feeling of Dizziness
      Ticks, Spasms and Tremors
      Sudden Seizures
      Redness and itchiness of eyes
      Short temperedness and constant irritation
      Tension and pain in the back
      Hypochondriac pain
      Loss of flexibility of tendons and ligaments
      Mood Swings

      ~ Hope This Helps!

    Is vomiting blood one of the end-stage symptoms of liver cancer?
    My dad has been doing this all day, and I’m very scared for him. He hasn’t been eating much at all, and is stick-thin. He still takes his morphine medicine.

    I know this is not a question that implies hope, but I need to be prepared for the worst.

    Thank you.

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    What are symptoms of liver damage due to long term alcohol use?

    • ANSWER:
      Four Stages of Alcoholic Liver Disease
      Damage Due to Alcohol – Fatty Liver, Hepatitis, Fibrosis, Cirrhosis
      When alcohol is consumed, it ends up in the liver where it is metabolised. Fat, along with carbon dioxide and water, is one of the end products of this metabolic process. Fatty liver disease, or fatty degeneration, is the storage and accumulation of fat in the liver, and is the first stage of alcoholic liver disease.

      Fatty liver disease does not cause serious damage to liver function, and is reversible by abstaining from heavy drinking, or better still, not drinking at all. If heavy drinking continues, the damage to the liver will get worse.
      Alcoholic Hepatitis
      Continued drinking with a fatty liver can lead to alcoholic hepatitis, the second stage of alcoholic liver disease. This is characterised by inflammation of the liver, the effects of which may be mild, but may also be very serious. Alcoholic hepatitis can come on suddenly, causing the liver to function abnormally with the possibility of liver failure.
      Liver Fibrosis
      Liver fibrosis is the third stage of alcoholic liver disease. As the liver attempts to heal itself, tough fibrous scar tissue is formed to protect liver cells that have been damaged due to heavy alcohol consumption. This scar tissue accumulates in excessive amounts.

      Liver fibrosis is irreversible, but its progression can be halted by stopping drinking. If drinking continues, the fibrosis will worsen and progress to cirrhosis of the liver.
      Liver Cirrhosis
      The fourth and final stage of alcoholic liver disease is liver cirrhosis, which occurs as a result of long term damage to the liver from heavy drinking. Nodules form on the liver along with scar tissue, replacing healthy liver cells. The liver can no longer function properly and may eventually fail. Liver cirrhosis is a serious, irreversible condition, but can be prevented from getting worse by giving up alcohol.

      If drinking continues, the damage will continue to get worse, the liver will fail and death may occur. Liver cirrhosis also increases the risk of liver cancer and reduces life expectancy.

      Drinking sensibly in moderation is the key to enjoying alcohol. Two to three units a day for men (21 units a week), and one to two units a day for women (14 units a week) is a safe guideline. It is wise to have at least two alcohol free days each week.

    What are the symptoms of an unhealthy liver?
    What would I experience in the early stages of liver failure? I’m on my first prohormone cycle and I’m taking all the appropriate cycle support supplements with my ph. I am in my last week and I can honestly say I have not had any ill affects other than browinsh urine which is likely dehydration. I have put on around 6-7 pounds of muscle over my 5 week cycle. And will start pct soon.
    Would a blood test determine my liver health?

    • ANSWER:
      A few signs of a bad liver would be yellowish in the whites of your eyes your skin turning yellowish. Go see a doctor?

    Physical symptoms of having high liver enzymes?
    Last time I had a blood test every thing was fine apart from having slightly high liver enzymes. Apart from showing up on your blood test as being high are there any actual physical symptoms that show from having high liver enzymes?

    • ANSWER:
      No, there is no physical signs that would tip someone off when the liver enzymes are high.

    question here. what are the symptoms of liver cancer?
    I am due to get an ultrasound on thursday next week due to suspicious findings on a CT scan last year and my liver blood tests. so if anyone can tell me what the symptoms of liver cancer that will be good and no I do not drink or have hep.can anyone help me with this question?
    it is not a cyst as my scan did not show that it is worse than that according to the scan
    thanks James i have more then one syptom you discribed. that was very inforative, thank you
    thanks James i have more then one syptom you discribed. that was very inforative, thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Symptoms of liver cancer usually don’t show up till the cancer is a little advanced. Yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes, fluid collection in the abdomen. Most tumors (not all) tend to be very firm and painless, although they can cause pain by affecting the tissue around them.

      that goes for benign tumors, too, so don’t give up!! Hang in there.

    What kind of genetic liver disease can cause the same symptoms as shaken baby syndrom?
    What kind of genetic liver disease can cause abnormal bleeding and bruises? Especially in infants?

    • ANSWER:
      Any liver disease can cause a symptom such as shaken baby syndrome.

      When the liver cells become damaged, the immune system of the body
      responds to this damage and causes inflammation inside the liver,
      which causes the liver to enlarge in size. If the cause cannot be stopped,
      it will proceed to where the liver cells start to die off and form scar
      tissue inside the liver. The scar tissue then blocks the flow of
      blood through the liver on its way back to the heart and also blocks
      the flow of the blood to the other liver cells, so they continue to die off.
      This is known as Cirrhosis of the liver.

      People who have less liver functions can develop, what is known as
      Encephalopathy. This is because the liver isn’t able to convert
      ammonia, which is a product that is produced when our body uses
      protein, into urea so that it will be removed from the body in the urine.
      The ammonia can pass the blood brain barrier and go into the brain.
      It cause confusion, disorientation, sleep pattern changes, and tremors.

      Because the liver cells have died off, then the liver may not be able
      to make clotting factors, efficiently, that help the blood to clot.
      This can cause easy bruising and bleeding.

      Genetic liver diseases:
      Hemachromatosis…where the body tends to hold onto too much iron
      Wilson disease…where the body tends to hold onto too much copper
      Alpha1-antitrypsin deficiency where is the absence of this specific enzyme in the liver
      Glycogen storage disease where there is an inability to properly utilize sugar
      Biliary problems like BILIARY ATRESIA were the bile ducts are absent or injured,
      congentital biliary cysts.
      Phenylketonuria where the baby is born without the ability to properly break down
      this amino acid.
      Crigler Najjar syndrome where the liver cannot process bilirubin
      And other inherited disorders where there is interferance with the way the liver
      produces, processes and stores enzymes, proteins, metals and other substances.

      It is best that the patient be with either a gastroenterologist (deals with the
      entire digestive system or hepatologist (liver specialist).

      I hope this information has been of some help to you. Best wishes

    What are the symptoms of an infected liver in a dog?
    My dog keeps panting a lot and i am worried. She also has fever, chills, and can’t go up the stairs very well. She sometimes does not want anybody even the owner to touch her. She does not eat a lot. Sometimes when my dog is laying on the floor she hols he panting. Instead of panting she holds it in.

    • ANSWER:
      What did the vet say?

      These symptoms could indicate many things. But all require a vet to diagnose. Liver problems are verified by blood tests.

    What are this symptoms of liver failure, and how long does it take?
    A friend has Hepatitis C and couldn’t tolerate the medication. Are there options for treatment besides the Inteferon? Anything natural to help with the fatigue, etc.

    • ANSWER:
      milk thistle. natural, holistic cure. it works, but it also depends on how advanced it is.

    my dad has cirrhosis of the liver, what are the end symptoms how do we know it’s happening?
    My father has cirrhosis of the liver and has been given 6 months to live… Is there something that happens medically that will tell us if it’s go in to be sooner then that?

    • ANSWER:
      Home : Digestive Diseases A-Z List of Topics and Titles : Cirrhosis

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      What is cirrhosis?
      What causes cirrhosis?
      What are the symptoms of cirrhosis?
      What are the complications of cirrhosis?
      How is cirrhosis diagnosed?
      How is the severity of cirrhosis measured?
      How is cirrhosis treated?
      When is a liver transplant indicated for cirrhosis?
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      What is cirrhosis?
      Cirrhosis is a condition in which the liver slowly deteriorates and malfunctions due to chronic injury. Scar tissue replaces healthy liver tissue, partially blocking the flow of blood through the liver. Scarring also impairs the liver’s ability to

      control infections
      remove bacteria and toxins from the blood
      process nutrients, hormones, and drugs
      make proteins that regulate blood clotting
      produce bile to help absorb fats—including cholesterol—and fat-soluble vitamins
      A healthy liver is able to regenerate most of its own cells when they become damaged. With end-stage cirrhosis, the liver can no longer effectively replace damaged cells. A healthy liver is necessary for survival.

      The liver and digestive system.

      Cirrhosis is the twelfth leading cause of death by disease, accounting for 27,000 deaths each year.1 The condition affects men slightly more often than women.

      1 Miniño AM, Heron MP, Murphy SL, Kochanek KD. Deaths: Final data for 2004. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site. Updated October 10, 2007. Accessed January 20, 2008.


      What causes cirrhosis?
      Cirrhosis has various causes. In the United States, heavy alcohol consumption and chronic hepatitis C have been the most common causes of cirrhosis. Obesity is becoming a common cause of cirrhosis, either as the sole cause or in combination with alcohol, hepatitis C, or both. Many people with cirrhosis have more than one cause of liver damage.

      Cirrhosis is not caused by trauma to the liver or other acute, or short-term, causes of damage. Usually years of chronic injury are required to cause cirrhosis.

      Alcohol-related liver disease. Most people who consume alcohol do not suffer damage to the liver. But heavy alcohol use over several years can cause chronic injury to the liver. The amount of alcohol it takes to damage the liver varies greatly from person to person. For women, consuming two to three drinks—including beer and wine—per day and for men, three to four drinks per day, can lead to liver damage and cirrhosis. In the past, alcohol-related cirrhosis led to more deaths than cirrhosis due to any other cause. Deaths caused by obesity-related cirrhosis are increasing.

      Chronic hepatitis C. The hepatitis C virus is a liver infection that is spread by contact with an infected person’s blood. Chronic hepatitis C causes inflammation and damage to the liver over time that can lead to cirrhosis.

      Chronic hepatitis B and D. The hepatitis B virus is a liver infection that is spread by contact with an infected person’s blood, semen, or other body fluid. Hepatitis B, like hepatitis C, causes liver inflammation and injury that can lead to cirrhosis. The hepatitis B vaccine is given to all infants and many adults to prevent the virus. Hepatitis D is another virus that infects the liver and can lead to cirrhosis, but it occurs only in people who already have hepatitis B.

      Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). In NAFLD, fat builds up in the liver and eventually causes cirrhosis. This increasingly common liver disease is associated with obesity, diabetes, protein malnutrition, coronary artery disease, and corticosteroid medications.

      Autoimmune hepatitis. This form of hepatitis is caused by the body’s immune system attacking liver cells and causing inflammation, damage, and eventually cirrhosis. Researchers believe genetic factors may make some people more prone to autoimmune diseases. About 70 percent of those with autoimmune hepatitis are female.

      Diseases that damage or destroy bile ducts. Several different diseases can damage or destroy the ducts that carry bile from the liver, causing bile to back up in the liver and leading to cirrhosis. In adults, the most common condition in this category is primary biliary cirrhosis, a disease in which the bile ducts become inflamed and damaged and, ultimately, disappear. Secondary biliary cirrhosis can happen if the ducts are mistakenly tied off or injured during gallbladder surgery. Primary sclerosing cholangitis is another condition that causes damage and scarring of bile ducts. In infants, damaged bile ducts are commonly caused by Alagille syndrome or biliary atresia, conditions in which the ducts are absent or injured.

      Inherited diseases. Cystic fibrosis, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, hemochromatosis, Wilson disease, galactosemia, and glycogen storage diseases are inherited diseases that interfere with how the l

    What are the symptoms if any of liver lesions and hemaginomas?
    Recently found on CT scan, have also had CT with contrast and nuclear scans – waiting for more tests and possible biopsy. Yet experiencing extreme lower back pain that is at times debilitating.

    • ANSWER:
      In my experience, hepatic hemangiomas are just an incidental finding. But the experts say: Large hepatic hemangiomas do occur, can cause symptoms — pain, nausea, or enlargement of the liver — and even rupture (a rare event) causing severe pain and bleeding into the abdomen that can be an emergency.

      Hemangiomas may cause bleeding or interfere with organ function, depending on their location. Most cavernous hemangiomas do not show symptoms. In rare cases, a cavernous hemangioma may rupture. (The only symptom may be an enlarged liver.)

    If the enzymes in your liver are too high or too low, what would be some symptoms you would feel?
    Okay, so I was just wondering if you had low enyzmes in your liver, or high, what would be some of the symptoms? Also, what symptoms would you experience if your liver is failing? Thanks a head of time :-)

    • ANSWER:
      Well, that happened to me. My enzymes were high and found out I had Hep C. Which I am recovering opiate addict, so I know how that happened. But, you feel sluggish, poor appetite, possible weight loss, achey all over. I am following up with ultrasounds of liver, so on and on….

    what are symptoms of liver damage?
    ive been having sharp abdomenal pain its not sever and it come and goes but im worried ab out my liver cause i take darvocet the pain is mostly on me left side what are all symptoms of sever liver damage i cant get a doctors appointment for two weeks and i dont want to go to the hospital cause its not that bad should i worry?

    • ANSWER:

    Does anyone have any first hand info on liver disease and the symptoms?
    I have hepatitis c , I’m supposed to take interferon but I just wonder how sick I am.

    • ANSWER:
      liver disease sometimes proceeds very slowly and the symptoms might not show up until the end. You will notice, jaundice- yellow skin and eyes.

      Stomach pain..

      Coughing up blood or severe stomach pain is stage 4 of any liver problem. Make sure to take all your medication and don’t skip. You can develop a drug resistant strain.

    What is the symptoms of taking overdosage paracetemol on liver?
    I took 8000mg paracetemol in 24 hours wrongly..Even though passing 7 days after taking it,I had nausea(after meals) and I am feeling so weak.After taking it unconscious,I tried to thrw up but I could not succes.Why I am having this nausea after meals?is it related with liver or stomack?I am feeling so sick.Now 1 weeks passed and I did not go to doctor.Wht I must do?Help me plz!

    • ANSWER:
      If someone takes more than the recommended dose of acetaminophen (Parcetamol), get medical help immediately, even if the person does not have any symptoms. Symptoms of overdose may include:
      * nausea
      * vomiting
      * loss of appetite
      * sweating
      * extreme tiredness
      * unusual bleeding or bruising
      * pain in the upper right part of the stomach
      * yellowing of the skin or eyes
      * flu-like symptoms

    what are the last symptoms before death of liver cancer?
    my Dad had colon cancer which spread to liver, he now has hospice nurses visiting him at home.In the last couple weeks he has began getting bloated around the mid-section .What are some of the final signs?

    • ANSWER:
      I’ve seen this a few hundred times. Symptoms at the end – he will not eat or drink.
      He will lose consciousness – which is good since patients are rarely aware at the end.
      At the very end his breathing will become irregular with long pauses.
      We call this Cheyne-Stokes respiration punctuated by periods of apnea
      - not breathing. Eventually the breathing simply stops and the heart stops soon after.
      Sorry if I am too blunt. You asked. This is how it usually goes.
      By the way – this is not liver cancer since the colon was the primary malignancy.
      This is colon adenocarcinoma with metastatic disease to the liver – very common.
      We lose ~50,000 people a year to this disease in the USA.

    What are the symptoms of someone dying from Liver Failure?
    I have tried to search but nothing very specific has come up, I need to know. Not for my self but some one who is in the hospital.

    • ANSWER:
      End stage liver failure usually manifests itself in these ways:

      Jaundice (yellow skin) – may go away and come back
      Ascites – looks like a really swollen belly
      Nausea and vomiting, fever and fatigue.

      Treatment is liver transplant. Best wishes to you and your loved one in this difficult time.

    What are the symptoms if you have a problem at your liver?
    What kind of sickness you will have or what are you going to feel or look like if you have a liver problem?

    If you have a problem, is there an immediate cure? I dont want to have a liver sickness but how can I prevent and what to avoid?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello…I’ll try to give you the answer. First I would like to point out that the LIVER is one of the most important organs in the body, it is also called ” The main laboratory “, has an incredible self-regenerating mechanisms, the main one is to purify the blood. The most worst diseases, which liver could develop are steatosis,liver cancer and .cirrhosis, most of them are caused by 1) Having Hepatitis C or B ( the first is not curable at all), 2) abusing with alcohol 3)the intake of too much medicines; 4) drinking too much coffee, fried food, etc.
      If you have a liver problem it can be said also by your appearance and other symptoms, as:
      - Losing appetite;
      - Exrtreme feeling of fatigue;
      - The skin usually has a yeallowish colour, as well the eyes
      - The patient is easily irritated and depressed;
      - The feeling of heaviness at the right side of the abdomina;
      - Constipation, dark urine etc.

      The general prophylactic and best approach is the balanced diet. Drink plenty of pure water and natural juices ( especially from carrots), enrich your diet with lots of raw fruits and vegetables. Stay away from everything fried, fat meat, coffee, chocolate, sprinkle soft drinks, white bread,sicy food, too much cheese and milk.

      Milk thistle extract is rich in Silimarin ( a substance that helps the self-detoxification and regeneration of liver tissue). The moderate intake of Lecithin and antioxidant Vitamins are of help too.

      Wish you luck.
      Have a great day!

    Symptoms of liver failure? would that include wieght loss?
    could have suppressed appetite but still have cravings?

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a link to an article about the symptoms of liver failure. Best of Wishes!

    What are the first symptoms of liver damage or failure?

    • ANSWER:
      The first symptoms vary depending on what the cause of the liver damage is. There is not one particular group of “first” symptoms that fit every form of liver disease. You need to know the cause of the liver problems in order to know the symptoms.

    Liver symptoms: help?
    I have a nasty reoccurring bile taste in my mouth—I have swollen area in my side. I have had gallbladder removed. Liver enzymes only slightly elevated so dr does not want to persue that direction. Has anyone had these symptoms before? Thanks.
    Gall bladder was removed a couple years ago because of pain and nausea. It did not help—-and it has gotten progessively worse.

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately a foul taste and abdominal pain could be a large list of conditions/disease/syndromes, or what-have-you. The fact that you gall bladder was removed (knowing why would help) makes me lean towards a possible infection; but you didn’t mention the typical immune response to infection, fever etc. I would advise to get another blood test, hepatic health can change surprisingly rapidly despite what people have told me.

    what are the reasons of a slightly fatty liver and what are the symptoms?
    is it fatal, can it be cured, is it a natural occurance or disease, drug, alcohol, or poison related?

    • ANSWER:
      It is not fatal.

      Some individuals can develop fatty liver. Most people who do not abuse alcohol and have fatty liver are obese. Fatty liver is called steatosis, and fatty liver with liver inflammation is called or steatohepatitis. Steatosis and steatohepatitis can be caused by alcohol and other drugs and can also sometimes occur in patients with diabetes mellitus. Steatohepatitis notcaused by alcohol is sometimes referred to as non-alcoholic steatohepatitis or “NASH.” The factors that determine who will develop fatty liver are not known. Some mildly obese and occasional non-obese patients will develop fatty liver while some who are severely obese will not.
      Patients with fatty liver or steatohepatitis usually present to a physician with unexplained elevations in the serum aminotransferase activities. Serum alkaline phosphatase and gamma-glutamyltranspeptidase activities can also be elevated. The patient is usually 10% or more above his/her ideal body weight.

      The diagnosis is usually suspected after other causes of hepatitis are excluded. A careful drug and alcohol history should be taken and serological testing for HBsAg and antibodies against the hepatitis C virus should be performed. Metabolic diseases should be excluded by a careful family history and appropriate testing if they are suspected. Serum protein electrophoresis and testing for autoantibodies should be performed if autoimmune hepatitis is suspected. Sometimes, patients with fatty liver or steatohepatitis will have elevated serum trigyceride concentrations, however, this is not always the case.

    Yellow skin around my mouth, symptoms of a bad liver?
    So i have been doing some research and some people said that it could be something with the liver. Could it be something with my liver? I mean i have no pain in my stomach region, i eat healthy, and exercise. The whites of my eyes are normal white.. So why would i have weird yellow skin around my mouth? Is there anyway to tell if it is because of my liver?

    • ANSWER:
      dont try diagnose this one yourself it is best to visit your dr

      im sure if it was liver related it would affect more parts and since your eyes are still clear this may not be the case of liver disease
      how long has it been yellow around your mouth
      do you feel well in yourself
      any possible infection around your mouth?
      drink plenty of water and see your dr
      best wishes

    how can you tell if your liver might be bad besides jaundice symptoms?
    ..or your pancrease?…getting checked out soon..but i wonder if anyone has had symptoms before being diagnosed?…other than the jaundice…thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      Besides jaundice, you may have pain around your abdomen. The surest way to determine if you have liver problems is to do a
      blood test where your liver enzymes are measured.

    What symptoms might a person experience in the final stages of cirrhosis of the liver?
    I’m planning a story where a character finds out he has cirrhosis, and it’s in the final stages. How long is someone typically given to live if they are in the latter stages of this disease, and what symptoms might they experience?

    • ANSWER:
      I was diagnosed with cirrhosis when 90% of my liver was already destroyed with scar tissue. I had 10% function left. The doctors still gave me a time frame of 5 years before I would reach total failure. If a person drinks or has hep C on top of the cirrhosis, the progression can be much quicker.

      Later stage symptoms would be fluid retention (ascites), jaundice (yellow skin and whites of eyes, blood clotting problems, internal bleeding if unwanted veins that form burst or leak, encephalopathy that can cause confusion, forgetfulness, memory loss, behavior changes, violence and even hallucinations if severe enough. If left untreated, it can progress to coma. Fatigue is always a problem that increases over time. It is not unusual for someone with cirrhosis that is near failure to sleep 16 hours a day. They also become increasing weak.

      If you look up cirrhosis on Wikipedia, it will give you a lot of details that you could use.

    What are the symptoms and long term effects of liver damage due to taking too many paracetamol tablets?
    I have taken one dose over the recommended amount in the last 24 hours and now feel sick and my mouth is dry. What should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      Depends how much ‘over the limit’ you are. Just a few tablets won’t do much harm, just drink a lot of water and try to wrest. If a fair bit over the limit however then I recommend you going to the hospital. They will have blood tests done and depending on this they may then put you on a drip – Methionine – the cure for Paracetamol.

      If you are suffering badly from any of these symptoms however then definatly go to the hospital as they could be signs of your liver shutting down due to the excess paracetamol.

      - Nausea
      - Loss of appetite
      - Fatigue
      - Diarrhea

      Advanced conditions you SHOULD go to the hospital if you are suffering from -

      - Jaundice
      - Bleeding easily
      - Swollen abdomen
      - Disorientation / Confusion
      - Extremely sleepy.