Fatty Liver Reversal

3 Ways To Reverse Negative Effects Of Alcohol On The Liver
Before we go on to understanding the more serious long term effects of alcohol, it is important to first understand the short term effects of what happens to us as we drink alcohol.

As soon as we consume alcohol, approximately 20% of it is absorbed by the blood stream, the remainder being soaked up by the stomach and intestine lining, the alcohol then makes it's way to the liver and is deconstructed into water, CO2 and lipids. Our liver is capable of handling up to 1 pint an hour, this means that when we binge drink, the liver will require water to break down the alcohol. But consuming alcohol also leads us excessively need the toilet, because of this water from other parts of the body is re-routed to the liver. This causes us to become dehydrated, all the while the liver is taking on alcohol, it produces a highly toxic substance referred to as acetaldehyde which is extremely harmful to the liver, stomach and brain. This is why we then suffer the dreaded hangover following the consumption of alcohol.

3 Long Term Effects of Alcohol on the Liver

Fatty Liver Disease: The long term effects of alcohol on the liver are far more sever than just a hangover. Overtime the effects of consuming alcohol will begin to effect how the liver functions. Over consumption of alcohol is the main cause of lots of serious liver diseases. Fats will build up around the liver and lead to fatty liver disease. At this point the only solution is to give up alcohol completely.

Alcoholic Hepatitis: Prolonged periods of consuming alcohol will cause the liver to become inflamed leading to a condition know as alcoholic hepatitis. The mortality rate of this disease is 60%. This disease can develop into cirrhosis or even liver failure.

Cirrhosis of the Liver: This is a complete shut down of all function of the liver. Build up of scar tissue blocks the free flow of essential blood leading to the build up of waste products and harmful toxins which will poison the body from the inside. Perhaps most worrying is that the symptoms of liver cirrhosis will only become apparent during the advanced stages of the disease at which point not much can be done except treating the symptoms.

3 Ways to help reverse the damage and negative effects of alcohol on the liver:

Stop Drinking. The sooner you can become sober for prolonged periods of time the better chance your body will have to repair itself.

Start a Healthy Diet. By losing a few pounds and supplying your body with extra vitamins, you will soon see a great improvement in your overall health. Low-fat diets with lots of whole grains, fruit and vegetables can almost certainly help you lose weight. It's also a great idea to take in extra antioxidants from natural sources, such as Vitamin D-rich foods like acai berries.

Take a Stem Cell Enhancer. Abundantly formed in your bodies bone marrow, adult stem cells are your bodies natural renewal system. As they are released into your system a single stem cell can become millions of new liver cells and help to repair the damaged areas. Studies have shown that a stem cell enhancer will increase the number of circulating stem cells by up to 25-30%.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Once you have Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, is it for life or is there a cure or reversal?

    Does it continue to progress over time eventually causing liver failure?

    • ANSWER:
      There are different stages of Non Alcoholic
      Fatty Liver disease. Some times people can
      have fat around the outside of the liver and
      it does not affect the function of the liver at
      all. Others have fat that builds up in between
      and in the cells of the liver and this causes a
      problem. Some people are placed on a diet,
      and this decreases the fat inside the liver and
      it can reverse and the liver can heal.
      Let me explain this clearer: The extra fat pushes
      on the insides of the cells and places them
      under stress. It is like going into a small room.
      You have plenty of room while you are in their
      yourself. Then others start to come in and as
      they continue to come it...you are backed up
      against the corner of it. Soon you are not able
      to move around, your cannot get nourishment,
      oxygen you need, and you will die unless you
      can get through...which is now almost
      impossible. That is what happens in the
      liver cell. The fat blocks the things the cell
      itself needs to exist and it also pushes the
      nucleus of the cell out of position. The cell
      becomes stressed, it can no longer function
      the way it once did and it can die. What makes
      it even worse on the cell...is when the cells
      are damaged, it signals the immune system
      to respond and that causes inflammation to
      develop in the liver also and even more, faster
      damage can happen then.

      Follow closely anything the doctor may tell
      you to do for your condition. Whether it
      be losing weight or taking medication for
      any inflammation that may develop or whatever
      causes the liver to be this way.
      If the condition can be reversed, he will see
      this on future blood work you may have done.
      Once the liver reaches the point that inflammation has progressed to the point that
      the cells of the liver die off...this can lead
      to an incurable disease known as cirrhosis
      of the liver. It is best to catch this early on
      so it can be reversed before getting to this
      point. Cirrhosis is scar tissue that forms in
      the liver because the cells start to die off.
      This scar tissue can block nourishment and
      oxygen from getting to the healthy cells and
      they can die also.

      So the answer to your question is that sometimes it can be completely reversed and
      other times it may progress onward depending
      on whether it is treated in time.

      Here is a very good link to learn more about
      this disease
      http://www.medicinenet.com/fatty_liver/article.htm


Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Treatment

Treatment of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
Treatment of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease.

When fat is deposited in the liver not due to excessive alcohol use, this condition is known as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. It is rather difficult to distinguish between alcoholic and non-alcoholic fatty liver diseases as both show microvericular and microversicular fatty changes at different stages.

Nature has an answer for this problem in the form of foods, nutrients and herbal remedies and effective use of natural remedies can cure this disease in a few days.

Dull abdominal pain, weight gain, bloating, fatigue, cramping, flatulence, general malaise, blood sugar imbalances, jaundice, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, constipation, loss of appetite, nausea, fever and vomiting are the symptoms of fatty liver disease.

Obesity, starvation, diabetes mellitus, corticosteroids, poisons, Cushing's syndrome and hyperlipidemia are some of the causes of non-alcoholic fatty liver filtration. Microversicular fatty liver is caused by Valporic acid toxicity and high dose of tetracycline during pregnancy. Liver biopsy and blood tests are used as diagnostic techniques.

Alcoholic or non-alcoholic fatty liver, natural treatment is recommended, as it is without side effects and cures this disease quickly. Switching to healthy life style and taking balanced diet are useful in quick recovery. Do your exercises regularly and avoid oily, spicy and fatty foods and tobacco.

Eat salads, meat, boiled or baked vegetables, foods high in fiber and low in calories and saturated fats. Drink fresh fruit juices and plenty of water. Milk thistle, dandelion, licorice and artichoke are very effective in treating non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    question about fatty liver inflammation (non-alcoholic) and its treatment?
    I was told that fatty liver inflammation (non-alcoholic type) is usually prevalent in obese people. However I was recently diagnose with it but I'm actually overweight, not obese. I think the reason I had inflammation was due to the fact that I have high bad cholesterol and triglycerides. I was told fatty liver inflammation is reversible. My question is, would this disease be easier to treat and reverse on an overweight person rather than an obese person?

    • ANSWER:
      The treatment the same wehether your overweight or obese. You need to lose weight. It takes a shorter time frame if your not obese.

  2. QUESTION:
    Question about metfomin?
    Biguanide, a type of oral antihyperglycemic agent, does not increase insulin secretion from the pancreas and thus does not cause hypoglycemia. Since it works by decreasing glucose production by the liver; it decrease intestinal absorption of glucose; and it improves insulin receptor sensitivity in the liver, skeletal muscles, and adipose tissues.

    Now biguanides, or specifically metformin, are a type of the most commonly used medication for type-2 diabetes, a couple of questions have triggered my attention. Knowing that overweight or obesity can lead to many serious complications if left untreated. Can an overweight or obese individual with no type-2 diabetes take this type of medication for the primarily purpose of weight or fat reduction (as many of the mechanism of action do contribute to weight loss)? Other than the adverse effect of the medication, what would to be down-side of doing so? Will non-alcoholic fatty liver disease be a potential complication of this treatment?

    Thanks for answering in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. Actually Metformin has been demonstrated to be useful for such, particularly when metabolism is impaired as it is in treated schizophrenics. The advantage of Metformin is that it is impossible for it to induce hypoglycemia, which most other antidiabetic medications can do.

      It's been shown to nearly halt the overwhelming weight gain associated with use of Zyprexa. It's an older medicatio, and quite safe.

      As for downsides, possible nutritional problems. Really not many. You're rather off label though. The studies that have been done haven't shown any problems, but there's only a couple of small scale ones.

      Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is a pretty unusual complication, sometimes related to certain drugs. Since weight loss tends to antagonize NAFLD, and metformin is used to treat it, I can't think of any reason in particular why it should be a complication.


Can Fatty Liver Be Cured

Can Fatty Liver Be Reversed? Learn the Proper Way
When it comes to the condition of the liver, everybody is concerned. Why? That's because it is one of the organs of the body that has a lot of important functions. So, any malfunction may cause a lot of problems. It is also a sensitive part of the body that if damaged, can be the cause of one's death. Liver fats when left unattended can be very threatening because it hinder or slow down the work of the liver. So, the big question here is, can fatty liver be reversed?

There are different factors that can cause this condition. Some of these are diabetes, obesity, alcoholism, and poor eating habits. Obesity goes with high cholesterol content of the body. This is due to not eating healthy foods. Diabetes is due to high blood sugar level. If the person has high amount of sugar in his blood, it means that he has high cholesterol level as well.
Alcohol is also one of the greatest contributors to having a fatty and unhealthy liver. There are wines that are good for the health for as long as they are taken in moderately. But excessive consumption of alcohol will bring damage to your liver. Poor eating habit means eating unhealthy foods such as the processed foods containing toxins that are harmful to the liver.

To repeat the question, can fatty liver be reversed? Well, yes it can! Provided, that the sufferer will change his or her lifestyle. Just like with the eating habits. Instead of eating processed foods, the person should consume fresh fruits and vegetables. Choose those foods that are rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals for they can help improve the condition of the liver.

A regular exercise will help reduce or lose weight. This is highly recommended for obese patients. Daily moderate exercises can help burn the fats and cholesterol in the body. Drink a lot of water regularly to encourage the elimination of toxins out of the body. Have your diabetes cured by a doctor as early as possible or you may limit yourself from having sweetened or highly concentrated drinks such as sodas.

Though there is no assurance that these tips can completely cure fatty liver, rest assured that they can lessen further damage to the organ. A human body has only one liver so it has to be taken cared with.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    I have a fatty liver, is it possible to cure it without taking medicines?
    I also have a high cholesterol and sgpt level but negative on my hepatitis test, is apple cider vinegar can cure fatty liver?

    • ANSWER:
      I would be very careful now that you have high
      elevated liver enzyme scores. People don't
      realize how fast cures and overdosing on anyone
      thing can actually harm the liver instead of helping it. Most liver patients are told never to
      take any medication without speaking with their
      doctor first about it, this includes herbs,
      over the counter and prescription drugs and
      street drugs. The liver can also be affected
      if you are in contact with certain chemicals,
      or develop a virus, etc. Anything taken as
      an overdose is especially harmful.

      There are two types of fatty livers, one that
      is because of alcohol intake and the other one
      that is not. This article has on here what you
      can do to reverse this problem before it turns
      into something more serious that can never
      be reversed.

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease/DS00577/DSECTION=8

      It is best to stick with good medical sites in
      order to find the information the doctor uses
      and the Mayo clinic is one of them.

      Here is another good site that will show you
      what will happen if the disease progresses and
      more information about what can be done.
      This is a government site:
      http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/nash/

      This site contains the same information as
      those above, except it shows you what a
      normal liver looks like and what a fatty liver
      looks like and is written by a doctor.
      http://www.gihealth.com/newsletter/previous/034.html

      I hope this is of some help to you.

  2. QUESTION:
    Can fatty liver be cured?

    • ANSWER:

  3. QUESTION:
    can fatty liver be cured?

    • ANSWER:
      Have a look here:

  4. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to treat or cure a fatty liver?
    In the past I drank a little too much and now have completely given it up because I am afraid for my health. I recently was told that I have a fatty liver. I wonder what kinds of things I can do in addition to abstaining from alchohol and excercising more in order to make myself more healthy.

    • ANSWER:
      The liver is the organ of the human body with the best regenerative capacity.

      If you stop injuring it (with alcohol and other drugs) it is likely to fix itself.

      The rest of your health should be all encompassing, if possible.

      Stop smoking.

      Stay in the healthy weight range

      Lower cholesterol and control other risk factors for your heart - blood pressure, diabetes ...

      Choose an exercise and diet strategy that you can stick to long term, rather than one that gives you your result and then you give it up straight away.

  5. QUESTION:
    how i know my liver is improving from grade3 fatty liver without tests?
    how i know my liver is improving.can i cure my fatty liver from grade3 to grade1 or grade 0, all websites suggests that fatty liver is reversible.but not even single website told me how much time it takes to reverse. what is the meaning of reverse,why they don't said curable pls tell me in detail

    • ANSWER:
      treatment depends on the underlying cause of it, you will have to talk to your Dr who can help work out a treatment/medication plan for you. Your treatment will be monitored by follow up visits and testing to see if improvement is being made and how much

  6. QUESTION:
    Can fatty liver cause pain? what can be the cure for it?
    For almost four weeks already ive taken my mom 70 yrs. old with diabetes to the doctor weekly for lab tests for her nagging abdominal pain. Her ultrasound showed no stones anywhere but fatty liver. Last weekend she's been given essentiale, nexium and euglodin. Today her FBS result is 6.6. Tom her amylase level result will come out. What do you think is the best cure for fatty liver and if ever to pancreatitis? Moreover, she has nerve pains along the back of her legs and also cramps, too.
    I will surely appreciate your advice. Thank you.

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  7. QUESTION:
    Can a fatty liver cause Cancer?
    My grandfather just got cure from liver cancer via surgery.

    The surgeon stated that he had a 'fatty' liver.

    Is that what may have caused it? He drank a lot of non-diet soda, whole milk, and half and half his entire life.

    thanks!

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  8. QUESTION:
    I don't drink a lot of alcohol,but why my liver is fatty?
    I was taking a lot of antibiotics to cure my urinary truck infection and then once a while I was having nose bleeding, chest pain in my right side and my doctor says that I have fatty liver and I have to stop drinking? I don't drink a lot. I was drinking only 4 to 5 beers once a week(usually at the end of the week)Now I don't drink at all, but still have the pain. How I can cure my liver? Am I going to survive? I’m 45 years old and 175cm high and I weight 75kg. Please help?

    • ANSWER:
      fatty liver can also be caused by taking aspirin while ill with a febrile viral infection, which will give you Reye's syndrome. Fatty liver will clear up on its own eventually as long as you don't keep messing with it.

  9. QUESTION:
    Is there a herbal remedy for Fatty Liver disease?
    I have a very enlarged liver because of Non alcoholic fatty liver disease.I don't drink alcohol but I do take a lot of medications and have for many years.The medications are essential.I know I can't cure my liver but there must be something I could take to help my liver work and last longer.I am a 61 yr. old gal with lots of other health problems.Takeing another med for my liver seems to just add to the work it has to do.Is there something that is good for it and it would apppreciate a little help.I am not overweight and try to stay active but sometimes my abdomen is very sore and bloated to the point that I can't where anything around my middle so I were dresses all the time.Unfortunately my tummy looks like I am 7 months pregnant.I just got this diagnosis from a recent ultra sound which also revealed many large fibroids in my uterus.I can get those taken care of surgically but a liver transplant is something I what to avoid as long as possible.Any sugesstions would be appreciated and I will consult a doctor before trying anything.I just feel I should do a little research on my own..Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      well, your liver is what makes fat for your body. if you have a lazy liver, then instead of moving that fat out of your liver and into your butt or legs, your liver deposits the fat within itself. so, its a lazy liver.

      since this may be your problem, think of your liver like an extra butt. the best way to lose weight from your butt is to excerise, eat healthy, and SLOWLY lose weight. if you lose weight slowly, the weight (or fat) will come off your liver. if you lose weight rapidly, you actually end up making the matter worse as the liver does the opposite of what you want.

      i know that what ive said is bizarre. you need to see a hepatologist (or GI physician if in the U.S.) and have this explained to you in a matter that may make more sense....as i dont know your preferred learning style.

      basically, eat healthy and exercise in order to lose weight. that should help your fatty liver out!

      best wishes.

  10. QUESTION:
    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.

  11. QUESTION:
    I have a mild fatty liver, what should I eat then?
    Is there a medicine that will cure this? Can I eat fatty foods once in a while since I started just doing grilled chicken or fish.

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  12. QUESTION:
    Fatty Liver... not obese and do not drink alcohal at all!? please answer?
    I was told by the doctor my liver has more fat then normal on it. Im 20 years old and am for the most part very healthy. I don't drink at all and im just confused how i could have a fatty liver also did a blood test to see if my liver functioned normally. Everything was perfect. So the doctor just recommend I run 5 days a week and eat right.. then see a doc 6 months later. . My questions are can it be hereditary? Can it be cured? what can cause it? Can my medications?

    Please help im really sick of worrying!

    • ANSWER:
      Based on the info you provided, my first instinct is that it is being caused by your medications, especially if all the other parts were normal.

      I was prescribed effexor xr and the same doctor who was prescribing it started worrying about my cholestrol and triglycerides (which were 230 and like 199 respectively). Well, I changed my diet, got my triglycerides into the normal range, and my cholestrol had increased! The doctor was considering putting me on cholestrol lowering medications at the age of 19.

      A few years later, I stopped effexor xr for various reasons. Within a couple months, my cholestrol had dropped to 189 from a high of 269 (I am onl 24 now!). Well clearly, when one of the side effects is the potential to raise cholestrol and I believe I ate healthier then than now, I am confident it was caused by medication.

      So while you may try to make healthier changes, if you do and the numbers don't change much if at all, it is likely the meds.

  13. QUESTION:
    Fatty Liver... not obese and do not drink alcohal at all!?
    I was told by the doctor my liver has more fat then normal on it. Im 20 years old and am for the most part very healthy. I don't drink at all and im just confused how i could have a fatty liver also did a blood test to see if my liver functioned normally. Everything was perfect. So the doctor just recommend I run 5 days a week and eat right.. then see a doc 6 months later. . My questions are can it be hereditary? Can it be cured? what can cause it? Can my medications?

    Please help im really sick of worrying!

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  14. QUESTION:
    fatty liver? am scared :( ?
    i had throat infection before a month, it went away, but i was getting cough's, tho it was not bothering me. i went to doc, he gave some medicines (including antibiotics). last week suddenly in night i got acute burning pain the upper stomach, i could not bear, i went to hospital and was given pain killers, they took ecg, blood test, x-ray and said it could be gastritis. please note i have never had such troubles earlier. yesterday i went to doc, he asked me to do ultrasound, i did, the report was i have fatty liver:( now i have given liver function test and some cholestrol test. i m frustated. i m not a drunkard., i m not overweight. i m 29 years old. i dont eat much of oily stuffs. is this something i should worry about for lifetime? or this can be cured easily? please share your experiences. am scared to death
    is this going to affect my physical ability?
    no i dint have fever

    • ANSWER:
      u didn tell if u hav fever, as u havn mentioned it, i think u dont hav fever. u know in maleria, people hav fat lever. but d doctors seems to giv u clueless testing, go to some wel known doc, who really cares to look.
      not to worry too much, people hav diseases n they get cured.

  15. QUESTION:
    What can I do about my fatty liver?. c?
    I have just been diagnosed with "non alcoholic fatty liver disease, thoughI have high cholesterol ,the specialist attributed it too me" being half a stone over weight, this makes no sense to me as I know poeple twice as haevey and twice my age, who do not have this condition. He recoomends " diet and exersize., I alraedy do exersize size three times a week, and eat seansably.

    I fear devlponing cirhosses, might someone have any ideas for reasion why I may have this, and how it might be cured?.

    • ANSWER:
      It's caused by high cholesterol, being overweight and having a genetic predisposition. The genetics are why not every overweight person develops a fatty liver.
      You must eat a lower calorie diet with much less fat in it, and do more strenuous exercise. Try to lose at least half a stone. If you're predisposed to liver disease, it can't hurt to lose a little more, maybe a stone.
      It's not fair that some people get it and others don't, but if you don't do all you can now then you will get cirrhosis. So however unlikely it seems, you should change your diet and exercise more.

  16. QUESTION:
    i have a fatty liver case & i can't take any medicines because i have a baby who i have to breastfeed?help me?
    how can i be cure?

    • ANSWER:
      Ι think it is better seeing a doctor in person to answer this kind of questions.

  17. QUESTION:
    I have NAFLD (Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease). What are my chances of getting Cirrhosis?
    I went to the the ER the other day because I have had chronic diarrhea, dizziness, and abdominal pain for more than 3 months now. The Dr. found that I had NAFLD and said that I should be seeing a Dr. for this condition and said that I need MANY tests done to see what is causing it. She also said that I have to be on a vegan diet (I am not overweight) to see if it can reverse the Disease. My questions are: Is there a cure for this & What are the chances of it forming into Cirrhosis?

    • ANSWER:
      You should be seeing either a gastroenterlogist
      or hepatologist now.
      Fatty liver disease can be caused by many
      different things: alcohol consumption, certain
      medications like steriods, weight gain, hereditary conditions,
      diabetes, insulin resistance, high cholesterol/triglyceride levels
      and more.

      The cause needs to be determined.
      There are different stages of this disease....
      Simple fatty liver doesn't usually cause a
      problem and can be easily reversed by
      stopping the cause. Alot of people are very
      thin and can still have this problem.

      The fat pushes on the liver cells and can
      even push the nucleus of the liver cell out of
      place. That is why it has to be treated immediately
      ....so the fat will disappear and not harm the cells.
      The liver is surrounded by a membrane capsule and
      the fat only adds to the pressure inside the liver.
      If the cells of the liver become damaged, it signals
      the immune system of the body to respond to
      this. The immune system then causes inflammation
      to develop inside the liver, also. This will cause the
      liver to enlarge in size. It then goes from simple
      fatty liver to steatohepatitis. Steato means fat,
      hepat means liver and itis means inflammation.
      This becomes more serious...the inflammation adds
      to more pressure inside the liver and the cells can
      more easily start to die off. When the cells die off,
      it becomes a progressive disease known as
      Cirrhosis of the liver. What happens now, it the
      cells die off and form scar tissue inside the liver
      that blocks the flow of blood through the liver on
      its way back to the heart and may also block
      the flow of blood to the other liver cells and they
      will continually die off.

      If the patient follows the doctor instructions and
      is treated for any inflammation that may have
      developed...then it may never go to the point of
      becoming Cirrhosis of the liver.

      Here are some links to help you learn more about
      this, that you can click on:
      http://www.medicinenet.com/fatty_liver/article.htm
      http://www.aafp.org/afp/20060601/1961.html
      http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/fatty-liver.html
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatty_liver

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

  18. QUESTION:
    What can you do to lower uric acid and SGPT?
    I need to lower them to normal levels get an iPad 2 for my birthday next month.

    For SGPT, I've had this problem for a while. My first check-up, it was 185. So I stopped eating much chips and carbonated drinks (I don't drink alcohol) and lowered it to 97. I completely stopped eating chips and drinks other than water, but my last check-up, it jumped up to 115. What caused this?

    As for uric acid, I don't know anything about it, so any other information about it is welcome.

    Bonus question, how to cure a fatty liver?

    Thank you for the responses.

    • ANSWER:
      For SGPT, cut way down on fat in your diet. Same thing with the fatty liver. I'm guessing you are significantly overweight if you are still responding to parents. You don't need an Ipad, you need to get out and exercise more.

      High uric is a sign of gout and needs to be reduced with medication. You can help by cutting down on caffeine. Obesity is also a cause of elevations.

      I'm surprised your doctor hasn't made recommendations. Or maybe has, but you ignore it.

      The hard truth, for all of your conditions, is you need to get out and exercise more and eat less. You also need to eat healthier.

      The links below give more information on uric acid and fatty liver.

  19. QUESTION:
    9 Months of Hell (is it my gallbladder?)?
    I need to know I'm not alone out here; I am a 21 year old female and I believe I need my gallbladder removed.

    Symptoms:
    I cannot eat a thing without throwing up (also heave bile id I don't eat at all), I experience constant searing pain in my right side a little under my rib that only eases occasionally but never goes away (can sometimes feel it in my shoulder blade; can be described as a throbbing, someone pudiarrhoeaeir elbow in or a knife has been stuck in and twisted). I also experience constant cramping, gas and diarrhea.

    Reason to believe:
    I have a family history of this and my hormone levels have recently elevated due to the discovery of my hypothyroid; I take tricyclin and levo-thyroxide.

    I have tried many medications and adjusted my diet (even to B.R.A.T) but nothing helps to even ease the vomiting. There is 100% no chance of pregnancy. I have been seeing doctors for months trying to find out why this is happening but feel I have been getting the runaround. I will try to leave out my dissatification with them but this is progression of my situation:

    October 23rd 2009: I begin vomiting at least once a day. I figured I had the flu.
    Novemeber 18th 2009: I am diagnosed with Bronchitis and banned from work (apparently I am not eligable for EI or anything else so my folks help cover my bills).
    December 25th 2009: Discover my mother, grandmother and grandaunt all had to have their gallbladders removed for the same symptoms. Vomiting and breathing have worsened with addition of muscle pains (visited the ER several times but was sent home.)
    January 21st 2010: Have an Ultrasound (only a fatty liver found). The procedure was excruciatingly painful as they preformed the procedure (I literally tore up the sheet on the bed). From this date I begin experiencing the seering pain in my right side (hasn't left since).
    March 2010: Diagnosed with a bad allergy to dustmites and will begin immunization when I can afford it (to this date have not made enough money to cover my bills/food/rent until I am cured of my other problems.)
    April 6th 2010: I have an Upper Endoscopy with nothing found. Doctor tells me to take Nexium (which my family doctor already told me not to take because it was making a lump in my throat.)
    April 30th 2010: Must return to work (parents can no longer support me.)
    July 20th 2010: After occasional check ups my Doctor finally arranges catscan while informing me my iron levels are very low.
    August 9th 2010: I have my Catscan.
    August 12th: I recieve a phone call from my doctor saying the scan showed Diverticulosis (which is good to know) but doesn't explain the vomiting and pain. My gallbladder was not shown; an appointment is set for the 16th to discuss my results. After researching it, I will be asking my doctor for several tests such as an MRI for my gallbladder.

    Results:
    My symptoms continue. I have lost 40 pounds (with a hypothyroid), my hair is literally going grey from vomiting and I have to take tylenol every 4 hours in order to function. I continue to get low hours at work due to my illness. I have told my doctors at EVERY appointment about how much Tylenol I have to take, and their response is if I am in that much pain I should go to ER, but I have been to the ER several times and they always tell me there's a problem but it's not immediate enough to fix so they send me home. I'm scared that my liver is being seriously damaged and I am constantly having fits of crying. I don't remeber what it's like to NOT be sore.

    I find it surprizing that after research their are tons of other people out there who are treated the same way on this subject. Am I so wrong to believe that my gallbladder is the cause?
    I had my appointment yesterday; my doctor is going to try and arrange a Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) but not an HIDA or MRI. He also said I shouldn't worry about the amount of Tylenol I'm taking because a person can take 3000mg a day and I'm only taking 2500-3000mg a day. The Catscan said it found nothing remarkable but Sigmoid Diverticulosis (which wont be treated). Does this mean my gallbladder is not the issue?

    • ANSWER:

  20. QUESTION:
    high SGOT, SGPT, GAMMA GT and frequent loose motion?
    I am facing problem of
    1. Metabolic syndrom
    2. Fatty liver
    3. Hyper uracemiya as detected by doctor
    On clinical test we found
    1. SGPT - 48.7 (0-40)
    2. SGPT - 98.9 (0-40)
    3 CHOLESTROL 179 ( <200)
    4. HDL - 36 (>40)
    5. LDL - 118.2 (70-100)
    6. TRIGLYCERIDE - 124 (<150)
    7 TOTAL BILIRUBIN - 1.29 (0.3- 1.0)
    8 URIC ACID - 9.4 (3.6- 7.7)
    10. HGB - 16.3 (12.3- 16.4)
    11. RBC- 5.5 (4.6- 6.1)
    12. PLT- 148 (160-390)
    14. WBC - 6.08 (4.2- 9.3)
    15. GLUCOSE FASTING -73.6 (70-110)
    16. TTG- NIGATIVE
    17. HBS Ag- NIGATIVE
    18. ANTI HCV- NIGATIVE
    19.USG FINDING- MILD HEPATOMEALY WITH FATY CHANGES AND MILD SPLENOMEGALY.
    I have digestive problem and frequent lose motion and gas. Too much pain in body and very weakness in body and some time headache also. This problem is from last 1-2 yr. Some time it get cured and some time problem restarts. But from last 4 month the above situation has worsen. The above findings are of last 2 month clinical test report. I am also facing seviour sweating problem from last 5-6 yrs( even after eating food or walking 50 mt sweating starts) and does not getting any strength to do any work. Always likes to lay down on bed.
    Medicine taking as per dr. advice
    a. EVION-400
    b. crestor-5mg
    c. Glyciphase-250 .
    Experts advice is required so that problem can be cured.

    • ANSWER:

  21. QUESTION:
    Pain in tummy, not cramps!?
    I have been to numerous doctors and gastroentrologists had plenty of blood work, ultra sounds, and CT scans done, and they can not find anything wrong with me except that I have a fatty liver, which has no symptoms.

    Here's the issue.. everytime I eat for about the past six months, i get very sick to my stomach after I eat, almost every meal! the best way to describe the pain is "belly rot" it feels like the stomach is literally rotting and it feels terrible. I have drastically altered my diet and lost about 10 pounds in the past three weeks so far, but can't find the cause of all this pain! it seems that it comes from every single type of food. i can eat a salad and feel sick, i can eat a big mac and feel sick, i can eat a sandwhich and feel sick. i am very careful of what i eat now but no matter what i do, it all comes back and makes me sick.
    as for the location of the pain, it is the lower part of my torso, below the bellybutton. in the area where you normally get cramps. and it seems to be located more on the left side, but still in the center. when i get the "belly rot" i get very sweaty, very anxious, i feel like i need to use the bathroom very badly, and this is within 15 minutes of my first bite of food.
    i need to find some kind of answers, some kind of clues, anything that can lead me to finding a cure, because it is only getting worse. and i am going to college in the fall.
    i cant keep living like this.

    please help me, anyone.
    anything, any advice, any at all is soo much appreciated!!!

    • ANSWER:

  22. QUESTION:
    Which yahoo rule did i break to get my answer deleted?
    There was a question about how to get over a hangover: and my reply is underneath: I guess some of people could find it insulting maybe? I just think telling someone not to drink when they want a hangover cure is a bit like if someone asks how to cure a broken leg..."don't break it"

    Is my reply rude?

    "The answer you gave on Yahoo! Answers was reported by the Answers community:

    "HAHAHAHAHA i can't believe how many people are saying things like "prevention is the cure"...thats a fat lot of good after the fact! Ideally- when you go to sleep put a pint of water next to you, try to drink some before you sleep but having it to hand when you wake up is always good. Alka selzter is good, but if youre looking for a drug free cure: you lose water and vitamins when you drink, so you need to replace both. 1 glass orange juice - gentle sugar boost and vit c 1 tablespoon marmite (or something with b vitamins) lots of water/gatorade...ooh or if you have those rehydration sachets for diarrhea treatment theyll help a lot something gentle to eat...chicken soup etc apparently fatty foods just strain the liver more sleep hair of the dog is supposed to be pretty bad for you - and personally i cant face alcohol when hungover!"

    • ANSWER:
      I found no issues with your answer. Therefore appeal the decision.

      The answers team said it is "okay" for one to be conversational in their answers as long as there is an attempt to answer the question asked, which you clearly did.

      I see no problem with your answer,and it is definitely not chatty.

      Appeal it is my advice.

  23. QUESTION:
    hey lucky hope this helps?
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    • ANSWER:
      very informative but what is your question?

  24. QUESTION:
    Do you think that Black Seed Oil can be used as a treatment for HIV/AIDS?
    I AM SORRY THAT THIS IS LONG, BUT PLEASE READ

    I am currently doing research about Black Seeds. It is also known as Black Coriander or Black Caraway seeds. It is know that Black Seeds can cure/treat many medical ailments.

    Well in my Biology class, we were learning about adaptation, and an example is the AIDS virus. When ever this one perosn took the medication, it seemed that somehow the virus would adapt to it. Well since I have heard of Black Seed, and I have done some research, I was wondering if it can treat HIV/AIDS. I know that it may not completley cure it, or that you need to take this for a while to see results, i was just wondering about the possibilities.

    Based on this info, what do you think? Any comments will be accepted. It would help me if you cite your information (if you can).

    -Black seed unquestionably has a positive and stabilizing effect on the human immune system which . Moreover, since diseases are the result of defective immune systems, it is fair to assume that the beneficial effects go beyond skin disorders and allergies. Since the immune system has a direct or indirect effect on all the systems of the body, when you are infected by any disease, the power of the immunity system affects the cure of this disease.

    -Black seed is a safe and effective herb that can be used by almost anyone. No irritations or side effects are caused when the right dose is correctly applied. Its benefits are obtained through consistent use,the effects are medium to long term. Diabetes is useful in the treatment of diabetes mellitus or diabetes caused by an allergy. However it is recommended that the treatment be supervises because Black seed does lower blood sugar levels. Black seed should not be taken by pregnant women if their wombs are sensitive

    -Mahfouz and El-Dakhakhny, prominent Egyptian researchers isolated the active principle nigellone from Black Seed's essential oil in 1959. There are over 100 different chemical components in the seed.

    Nigella and melatin are two ingredients in Black Seed that contribute greatly to its highly diversified powers. These substances work together to provide the digestive benefits that have been revered in Black Seed. They also promote cleansing and assist with overall eliminating action.

    Two of the most volatile oils found in Black seed are nigellone and thymoquinone which were fist discovered in the herb in 1985. Nigellone offers both anti-spasmodic and bronchodilating properties which contribute to Black Seed's potency against respiratory ailments. It also acts as an antihistamine which helps to reduce the negative symptoms of allergy sufferers. Thymoquinone contains excellent anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. It is also a strong anti-oxidant and helps cleanse the body of toxins. Both nigellone and thymoquinone work in conjunction with one another to enhance Black Seed's action against respiratory ailments. It also provides a healthy alternative to the more commonly prescribed cortisone based therapies used by allergy sufferers.

    Black seed provides a rich supply of polyunsaturated fatty acids. These ingredients play a key role in daily health and wellness. They help to regulate the metabolism, carry toxins to the skin's surface for elimination, balance insulin levels, regulate cholesterol, improve body circulation, and promote healthy liver function. A deficiency in polyunsaturated fatty acids can lead to a wide number of health problems including nervous system disorders, uninhibited growths, and skin diseases.

    Black seed contains over 100 valuable nutrients. It is comprised of approximately 21% protein, 38% carbohydrates, and 35% plant fats and oils. The active ingredients of black seed are nigellone, thymoquinone, and fixed oils. Black seed also contains significant proportions of protein, carbohydrates and essential fatty acids. Other ingredients include linoleic acid, oleic acid, calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, magnesium, selenium, vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin B2, niacin, and vitamin C.

    A 1994 study conducted in London by King's College revealed that Black Seed has properties that inhibit certain enzymes, which also inhibit the production of certain prostaglandins. This is more proof that the rich and complex combination of elements found in Black Seed work together for a total effect.

    Black Seed has over 1400 years history of use. Many ancient books and text suggest the following traditional uses for Black Seed. But please note, that these should not be understood as cures or treatments for any disease or illness.
    Now this is only some of the research that I have done. I have not actually done some testing or anything, I am just in High School. Right now, I am in the stage of gathering information.

    • ANSWER:
      What's the active ingredient?
      Can it be synthesized or purified on a large scale?
      What's the target?
      What's the mechanism of action?
      What's the effectiveness compared to current treatments?

      These are the questions that must be answered before it can be used to treat anything.

      There's a reason medicine doesn't just use things like this. Until you know what molecule is doing what you don't know about any possible cross-reactions, toxicity issues, and most importantly you can't quantify everything since the amount of active ingredient isn't controlled.

  25. QUESTION:
    I have had the hypertension for years, it's been under control with prescription medicine.?
    My blood pressure has been most of the time maintained at 130/80, 140/90 by reglarly taking the adalat 30, a kind of drug for hypertension. I heard that hypertension can be cure permanently by following a certain life style, and taking the right kind of nutients such as 1. cocoa, 2.vit E, 3. potassium like fresh banana, tamato, chestnut, 4. fish oil or cod liver oil,5. garlic, 6.avoid fatty meal and take more fish and vegetables and fruits. 7. exercise like biking and maintain a pleasant mood. The hypertension can be cure within three or four months time without having to take those annoysome drugs. Can anybody tell me if this is really possible.

    • ANSWER:
      Some people just naturally have hypertention and will always have to be on meds. Your BP doesn't seem to be all that low even on meds, the ideal BP is around 120/70. I would be more concerned with the diastolic which is the bottom number. This is the force your heart is beating at rest. I'm sure you under a doctors care, but salt intake is extremely important, & avoiding fats and foods high in cholesterol. There are times when hypertention and high cholesterol run hand in hand so I would advise have your LDL and HDL and trigycerides checked too. This is what causes plaque build up in your arteries.
      It may be possible to lower your BP with diet but do not ever stop taking BP meds without consulting your doctor.

  26. QUESTION:
    Easy 10 pts! I need help with this case study pleaseee! thanks!?
    The hospital ethics committee was discussing an important and urgent case. A donor heart had become
    available, but an extremely rare thing had happened. Two heart-transplant candidates in the hospital
    were both matches for the donor heart. One patient was known to the committee as Mr. X, the other as
    Ms. Y.
    For someone with heart failure, Mr. X had been on the transplant waiting list a long time. He had been
    waiting one year and was near death. Ms. Y had just been placed on the list and could be sustained with
    medication for quite some time, possibly until another heart became available. The answer seemed
    obvious-give the heart to Mr. X.
    A number of the members of the committee did not agree with this answer. They argued that time on the
    transplant list should be only one factor considered. They saw a problem in Mr. X's medical record.
    Mr. X was 64 years old and had suffered from a heart condition for years. He had had two angioplasties
    and two bypass operations to correct a blockage of the heart's blood vessels. The problem seen by some
    committee members was that Mr. X still smoked, ate fatty foods, and was very overweight. After each
    procedure, doctors had warned Mr. X that he must change his life-style, and that if he didn't, his condition
    would worsen. He never stopped smoking, however, and never changed his diet. He said it was too hard.
    Research has proven that smoking and high cholesterol are risk factors for heart problems. Blockage of
    the coronary arteries is directly attributed to these two factors. Treatments such as angioplasty (opening
    the blood vessels by passing a tube into the arteries) and bypass surgery (connecting new blood vessels
    that go around the clogged ones) can correct the problem, but they are not a total cure. To avoid further
    problems, patients must control their diet, stop smoking, and alleviate stress. This, of course, is not easy.
    Mr. X appeared not even to try.
    The heart was about to be airlifted to the hospital. The committee had to make their decision very soon.
    Questions
    1. What should the committee do?
    2. How would you vote if you were on the committee?
    3. In some cases, transplant operations are not successful, and a second operation is needed.
    Should someone be allowed two transplant procedures? Three? Why or why not?
    4. In some hospitals, alcoholics are not allowed to receive liver transplants. In other hospitals, they
    are. Those who see alcoholism as a genetically determined condition argue that these people
    cannot help their addiction. Others feel that these people are responsible and should just stop.
    Should hospitals deny transplant livers to alcoholics?
    5. What other factors should go into choosing who should get an organ when two people are
    eligible? List three.

    • ANSWER:
      1. The committee should select Y to receive the heart.

      2. If I were on the committee, I would give it to Y due to the fact that Mr. X will not take good care of his transplanted heart. That is a must with aftercare with any transplant. In the real world of transplants, they would not consider him a good candidate to receive and transplant.

      3. Yes, they should be allowed a second transplant depending on the circumstances. If the person rejects the organ, the transplant people will do everything they can to get another organ immediately to save their life which is the right thing to do. If someone abuses their body and doesn't take their anti rejection meds which keeps them alive and healthy, then no, they should not get a second chance. As long as they are doing what they should and the reason for needing the organ is from no fault of their own, then they should get more chances if they need it. My transplant center gives more than one chance. I talked to a man who was waiting on his 3rd liver transplant due to him having hepatitis C which is a virus that destroys the liver.

      4. Most every transplant hospital does allow alcoholics to try to get a liver transplant, but there are extra requirements for them which make it very difficult. The first thing they require is at least 6 months of proven sobriety which means they have to go into a rehab program or some type of counseling to find out why they drink and how to remain sober for the rest of their life. They must prove to the transplant team that they have changed their lifestyle completely and are committed to staying sober and getting well. It's not easy to do to be sick with liver failure plus deal with addiction on top of it. Once they put in those 6 months, they must pass an evaluation which everyone has to go through if they need one. If accepted, they must agree to have random blood/alcohol testing done any time the transplant people feel like giving them one. They have to do this during the 6 month wait plus all the way up to their transplant time which can be many years for some people. If they ever test positive for alcohol or drugs, they will immediately be removed from the list and disqualified to receive a transplant.

      I think if an alcoholic does all that is required, then yes, they should be able to receive a transplant. But if they do get a transplant and then take up drinking again, they should never ever get a second chance. I have never heard of any transplant hospital refusing to do a transplant on an alcoholic as long as he/she goes through the process which is governed by the nationwide organization that makes all the transplant rules in the nation which is UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing).

      5. Other factors? Willingness to listen and do what the transplant team tells them to do in their health care issues because after care is so important. They must follow directions well because this surgerry will affect them and their health for the rest of their life which will be shortened considerably is they are unwilling to do what their doctors tell them to do.

      Age. There should be a cut off for age. I believe my transplant clinic had an age cut off at 74 but not sure. I don't believe 80 and 90 year olds should be using up the organs when they would benefit younger people much longer and better. They have lived their lives pretty much and organ shortage is a sad reality. I know it's not fair to them, but this is how it should be. Now I don't think they should give all organs to the youngest people. I'm talking about an age cut off only. Anybody under 74 should be equal in receiving donated organs. A 20 year old should not be able to beat out a 40 year old just because they are 20.

      The sickest should get the organs first. In real life, everyone is given a MELD (model for end stage liver disease) score which goes from 6-40 with 40 being the sickest. The score is determined by the results of 4 blood tests that shows how sick the person is and how close they are to total liver failure which means death. The people on the transplant list who have the highest meld score and is a match to the donated liver is called first to receive the transplant. I totally agree with this policy developed by UNOS for the entire nation.

  27. QUESTION:
    Type 2 diabetes - anyone leading what they consider a normal life?
    Here's my tale and my life bears no relationship to the active life I used to have. I live in England uk.
    I am male, 53 yrs old and have been diagnosed as type 2 diabetic since my mid thirties.
    my height is 6ft and my weight is 20 stone.

    As a young man my mother provided an excellent balanced diet and I was extremely athletic and fit as a fiddle. At 18yrs I married, left home, stopped sport and indulged my sweet tooth - my weight ballooned from 11.5 stone to 15 stone at the age 30, eventually reaching 21stone by my mid 30s resulting in my subsequent diagnosis as diabetic. At that time my blood pressure was measured at 159/36 the GP said it was borderline and said possibly "white coat effect" might be responsible.

    I have never drank or smoked at all.

    My work has always been sedentary - desk bound or driving - I have owned and driven my taxi for the last 12 years.

    Originally I was given metformin tablets to be taken 3 times a day after each meal - my weight reduced slightly from circa 20 stone to 18 stone over the first few years during which consultations were handed over to the diabetic sister at the GP practice.

    She put me on a variety of Blood pressure drugs, saying - "prevention better than cure"- I have tried various exercise regimes including gym membership, and made efforts with my diet but only getting to 17 stone as my lowest weight, but for the majority of the time I've fluctuated around the 19stone mark

    My diabetic controls monitored by the practice have remained reasonable - typically blood sugars between 5 and 6.5, cholesterol at 3.2, Blood pressure circa 128/72, but since inclusion of the blood pressure control medication I have continually felt washed out - if you speak to an ME sufferer the experience seems identical.

    I left it for 2 years to see if things might improve because I still ate unsuitable foods and thought that I wasn't giving the drugs a fair chance. If anything the lethargy, dizziness, general stupor got worse with the inevitable eating of more unsuitable foods to feel better with the usual weight increase.

    During an annual consultation I relayed my thoughts to the nurse, particularly about being unable to walk or raise my head for any length of time but because my blood test results were ok I got the impression aything else is superfluous so nothing was done. A year later I spoke with another nurse about it and she said I must make another appointment and insist upon a reduction in medication. 2 weeks later the Diabetic Nurse called me in and in between searching for her holiday tickets (honestly) she took all of 30 secs to withdraw one of the drugs and within 24 hrs the improvement was fantastic.

    I can't remember what the drug was but this episode plus another of my tablets being replaced because of newspaper revelations about it's side effects have left me sceptical of "by the numbers treatment" ever since.

    I've tentatively raised the issue with the senior doctor there, who clearly irritated, replied "well, come off the drugs - but they're keeping you alive" and another at the practice was more direct saying "why don't you lose some weight, then we'll see about taking you off some of the tablets".

    I've included a list of what I'm taking, it's been pretty consistent for about 10yrs.

    During my last assesment my weight had risen to over 21stone, in my opinion I know when and why I eat sugary, fatty foods and a good part of it is dealing with the dreadful effects of these tablets - is there no other way?

    Below is a list of medication.

    on wake up:
    Lercanidipine 10mg

    after breakfast:
    atenolol 50mg
    Competact 15mg/850mg onetablet
    ramopril 10mg

    After evening meal:
    Competact 15mg/850mg onetablet
    aspirin 75mg
    cod liver oil capsule 550mg (not on prescription)

    Before bed:
    simvastatin 40

    • ANSWER:
      The short answer to your main question is that, yes, it is entirely possible to have Type 2 diabetes and lead a normal life. You can even lead a fantastic life. And you can be rich and famous too. Did you know that two of the most famous Type 2 diabetics in the world are Olympic gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave, and the Hollywood actress Halle Berry?

      Medication is supposed to improve your life. If it doesn't, you shouldn't be taking it. And you shouldn't be asking for advice on this on an anonymous forum. You should discuss this with your GP. There are many different meds out there, and each has different side effects. It is a matter of balancing the effect of the medication against the side-effect.

      It could also be the case that what you are feeling is not a side-effect of the meds, but clinical depression. Depression can make people feel awful, listless, tired etc. Again, this is something you need to discuss with your GP.

      You also need to know that your medical conditions are not necessarily weight-related. There are lots of thin, active people who have hypertension or diabetes or both. Being of normal weight did not help them prevent either condition, and losing weight isn't going to help them. You don't know if it will help you either. Although that doesn't need to stop you exercising/eating healthy/losing weight for other reasons. I'm just saying that losing weight is not a panacea. I can offer my own experience in this: diagnosed with hypertension at overweight BMI, told it might possibly go away if I lost weight, gained weight to obese BMI with no change in hypertension, then lost weight to normal BMI with no change in hypertension. Basically my blood pressure stayed the same whether I was normal or obese BMI. Finally, diagnosed with diabetes at normal BMI.

      A final word to your diet. I don't know what you have been told about a diabetic diet but in truth there is no such thing. You can eat anything you want, as long as your blood sugar remains within target afterwards. That's a big 'if'. There are no forbidden foods, it is all about portion control, though you might find you can only tolerate a minuscule portion, e.g. not the entire slice of cake, but two teaspoons.

      A true diabetes-friendly diet is low in carbohydrate, not just sugar. ALL carbohydrate turns to sugar in the blood. But there is no reason why you need to limit fatty foods as fat as no impact on blood sugar. The killer combination is high fat high carb (which I suspect is what you are referring to, e.g. chips, cakes, doughnuts, biscuits) which will spike your blood sugar for hours and hours. But high fat low carb (e.g. bacon, avocadoes, olives, nuts) is all perfectly fine and very healthy from a blood sugar management point of view.


Fat Liver Pain

Sharp stomach pains can be a worrying factor to many of us. Some may be harmless and only transient, while others may be persistent and could be a warning sign of a serious health problem. It is important that we understand what causes sharp stomach pains and when to consult a physician so that our physical well being is not at risk.

Sharp stomach pains can occur in different parts of the abdomen. Since the abdomen houses a large number of organs like the kidneys, spleen, intestines, stomach, liver, gallbladder etc., pain can be originated at one or more of these organs. Sharp stomach pains are not life threatening at all times. However, it is advisable to consult a doctor if acute pain comes with symptoms like fever, bloody stool, breathing difficulties, nausea/vomiting and lasts for several days. Moreover, pregnant mothers, cancer patients, and people who have had a history of abdomen related complications must be extra cautious upon occurrence of sharp stomach pains.

Causes behind sharp stomach pains vary. Indigestion, appendicitis, bowel blockage, collection of secretions in the liver and other organs, inflammation of organs like stomach, the kidneys, intestines and also trauma inflicted on organs via surgical treatment, injuries and radiation therapy can be listed as a few of these causes. In women, additional to menstrual irregularities, diseases in ovaries/uterus can cause sharp stomach pains.

Treatments for acute pain range from medicinal, dietary, to surgical. The medicine used to treat sharp stomach pains are painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs. Other procedures include blood transfusions, endoscopy and injections of intravenous fluids. However, the medicines used for treatment differ according to the cause of stomach pains. In cases like hernia or appendicitis surgical procedures may be required. Physicians, after careful examination of symptoms and the medical history of the patient may recommend one or several of these treatment methods. Care must be taken in treating pregnant mothers for stomach pains. Therefore, it is the patient's responsibility to explain every piece of detail associated with him/herself, which will significantly assist the healing process.

Avoiding sharp stomach pains, is always better than seeking treatments after you have been affected. Simple steps like controlling your dietary patterns results in an improved level of health. Consuming food rich in fiber, like fresh fruit and vegetables helps digestive process. Avoiding spicy/oily food and eating on time prevents peptic ulcers, which is also a common cause of sharp stomach pains. Always consult a doctor when you need to take medication for any type of disease. Unsupervised medicine intake can cause more damage than good to your body. Sharp stomach pains can also be a symptom of such self-inflicted harm. Drinking plenty of water and regular exercise contribute immensely for prevention of sharp stomach pains.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    fat in liver.....pain i think HELP?
    I went to the doctor two weeks ago I was having pains right under my rib cage and my right lower stomach and I peeing real yellow and it had a real strong smell I also had a hard time going to the restroom ( bowel move) I have hard time with gas also I went to go see the doc, he drew blood and sent me to get a sonogram he called be back after two weeks and told me that my blood wrok came back fine kidneys where ok liver function was ok gallbladder was ok but I did show to have fat in my liver but that he didn’t think that was making me hurt he found a uti and gave meds for that the following week I went to the er for the same pains they did x-rays and blood work and they said the same thing everything came back fine I did have blood in my urine but the er doc thought that the fat in my liver wasn’t cause my pain either what can it be?

    I weighed 275 pounds and lost 23 pounds in two months on a diet and exercise did that have to do with it?
    When I go use the restroom it come

    • ANSWER:
      If you are "fat, female and forty" you fit the profile for gall bladder stones. Otherwise, you seem to be in good shape. Your fatty liver could be due to your eating habits. In other words, Goosie, you are getting a bit of a foie gras!

  2. QUESTION:
    I have had incredable pain....doc did CT scan shows a huge liver with fat deposites. what is this?
    My doctor is saying little to nothing about this, but sending me to a big town with a university hospital. I have looked up on internet & says cancer, metabolic problem, or loss of weight too quickly. Any one have insight for me?

    • ANSWER:
      Probably the Number 1 cause of a fatty liver is obesity, but there are other causes, including drinking too much alcohol for too long a time, or by acquiring repeated infestations of toxocara canis, which come only from dogs. If you have a savvy doctor, he can decide which it is in no time.
      Oh, fatty-liver disease is reversable.

  3. QUESTION:
    I had an ultrasound for symptoms of gall bladder pain. The tech said no stones but fat in liver?
    my doctor had me take an ultrasound of my abdomen area to check if I had stones. I had symptoms of gall bladder stones, but no jaundice as of yet

    • ANSWER:
      It's possible to have gallbladder issues without stones, but generally they will right themselves if you get rid of some of the fat around your liver (either through losing some weight or diet changes). But that's only if the fatty liver is causing the issues with the gallbladder.

  4. QUESTION:
    What would cause fat deposits on my liver?
    I have been having pain in my lower abdomen and excessive heartburn. I was passing blood with my stool for awhile, but a gastroscope and CT scan did not find any acute cause. However, the CT scan showed fat deposits on my liver, and my GP and gastro specialist are not answering my questions.

    • ANSWER:
      Fat infiltration inside the liver is known as Fatty liver
      disease.
      It can be caused by: alcohol consumption,
      certain medications like steriods, weight gain,
      mal nourishment, losing weight fast, high cholesterol/
      triglyceride levels, diabetes, insulin resistance,
      and other things.

      Fat in the liver can cause pressure inside the liver.
      When it first forms, it is known as Simple fatty liver.
      However, if it damages the liver cells, it becomes
      STeatohepatitis. When the cells are damaged,
      the immune system of the body responds to this
      and causes inflammation inside the liver. This
      causes the liver to enlarge in size. STeato means
      fat, hepat means liver, and itis means inflammation.

      It is best to follow any instructions your specialist
      gives you. He has to find the cause. If you know
      the cause and stop it; then the liver cells may heal
      and the problem can be reversed. If it isn't stopped
      it can lead to where the liver cells die off and form
      scar tissue inside the liver...this is then a
      disease known as Cirrhosis of the liver.

      The doctors may do an ultrasound to view your gallbladder/
      biliary area also, if that hasn't already been done.

      Passing blood in the stools can come from hemmorhoids.
      (if it is bright red), the higher up in the intestinal track it goes,
      toward the stomach, the darker it will appear. The doctors
      may do a colonoscopy to view your intestines.

      I hope this information is of some help. Best wishes.

  5. QUESTION:
    Spleen, Liver, & Pain?
    Ok - I'm an ex drug addict and I've had my fair share of beers from Age 15 - 18. I have been sober now for 5 years. I have adominal pain. My abdominal area (lower abdomin, left & down from belly button & upper abdomin, right hand side below ribs) are sore to touch. Liver Enzyme are slightly elevated. I had an ultrasound done; showed an Enlarged Spleen & Enlarged Liver w/ Fat. I also suffer from fatigue & tiredness, but yet I have insomnia most nights but when I fall asleep, I don't want to wake up. I've been tested for Hep & HIV for 5 years with all results being negative. I also get a bad twisting, ripping my guts out sharp pain in my abdomin. This pain comes & goes randomly and is unpredictable. It is usually followed by a bowel movement. My doctor thinks it could be Alcoholic Hepatitis with my liver, I'm going for an biopsy in 2 weeks. Could the three things be linked (bladder, liver, & abdominal pain). What does this sound like? Should I be worried? Is this life threatening? THANKS
    Sorry, when I asked about if they are related above, I accidently put down bladder, I meant to say spleen there.

    I have been tested for Hep B & C. I think the doctor also tested me for A because I was living in Mexico for a few years.

    • ANSWER:
      I too am a recovering alcoholic but Thank God my liver is ok.
      The fatty liver is probably causing you the pain you speak of and the pain you have usually followed by a bowel movement could be some intestinal problem.
      Generally speaking,the liver starts to repair it'self of damage due to drinking /drugs but in some cases some of us used past the point of the liver repairing itself and will have problems with the liver for the rest of our lives.
      Go ahead and have the liver biopsy and see what it will tell you and your Dr. and go from there.
      There is treatment for fatty liver and there is diagnosis and treatment for intestinal problems,all of which you can live with and that are not life threatening.
      The fatigue is probably due to the problems with you are having with possibly a fatty liver and the junk that is storing up in your body that might have been filtered out by a healthier liver.
      The insomnia is probably due to the worry you have over your symptoms,thinking about finances,job situation etc.
      If you are sober and if you are a member of AA,you know that you can't control these things and you need to let your higher power take care of those things and shut down the committee meetings in your head.
      I like to sit down and do some writing about what is on my mind and in my heart. After doing so I set it aside then take my hot as I can make it bubble bath.
      In a day or two I pick up and read what I wrote previously and see how things have changed since I did the writing. . . you'd be amazed.
      Even if you do have serious problems with your liver etc,all you can do is what the Dr tells you to do so worrying isn't going to change anything.
      It's OK to be concerned as the unknown does bother us but to fret like you are doing is only going to do to you the things you are going through right now.

      Let Go and Let God

      Good Luck

  6. QUESTION:
    Are fat people immune to pain from body punches and body kicks and legs kicks?
    Like a kick to the tigh,kidney,liver or solar plex?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes.

      But only if you are the blob:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpFzkuYBvJw

  7. QUESTION:
    Suffering from Fat Liver?
    Hi,
    My mom 45years old, suffering from Fat Liver, this was realized after consulting with doctor by doing scanning due to chest pain and uncomfortable with stomach.

    Appreciate valubale suggestion to cure Fat liver.

    Thanks
    Nabeel

    • ANSWER:

  8. QUESTION:
    What can cause liver pain?
    My husband has been having on and off liver pain for about two weeks now. He was drinking a lot of energy drinks (started off with one a day and progressed to three a day in three months) and he also started drinking alcohol more often (about 5-6 oz of vodka every other day for about two weeks). His body was not used to this, as he used to drink alcohol once, maybe twice a year and 1 (maybe 2) energy drink every two weeks. I am worried this can be Hepatitis C, but he hasn't had any other symptoms except the liver pain. Could it be something else? He already stopped drinking both energy drinks and alcohol. He does smoke marijuana (hasn't in two days). PLEASE HELP! I am very worried! Let me know if there is anything else that can be causing this.

    BTW, he's not fat at all, so I doubt it's fatty liver.

    • ANSWER:

  9. QUESTION:
    Minor liver pain while doing fasted cardio?
    Hi, I've been trying to drop my bodyfat % with a strict diet for the last 3.5-weeks. I was recently reading about fasted cardio in the morning, and while some say it works and others don't, I decided to give it a try.

    For reference, I do cardio 6 days a week every morning and lift at night 4-5 days a week. I keep my calories at 1700-2000 depending on if I'm lifting that day (170-200gr pro, clean carbs- oats, brown rice, sweet potatoes, peas, brocolli and maybe one piece of fruit a day, good fats- coconut oil, fish oil, walnuts).

    Anyway, this was my 3rd day trying fasted cardio (not consecutive). My last meal the night before was 6oz of low fat cottage and some celery about an hour before bed (which incidentally is the worst fat I'm consuming right now). About 15-20min into my treadmill jog I got a few minor pains where my liver is. This was when I had ramped up to 7mph for a few minutes (I vary the speed over 35-40min). I dropped back to 5mph and the pain stopped.

    Has this happened to anyone else? I can only assume that my liver glycogen was very low after the initial 15mins of cardio, but I don't know. I'd be great-full if someone smarter than me could tell me their opinion.
    @ redheat

    This WAS fasted cardio. I had only eaten some cottage and celery the previous night before bed. And before the cottage/celery I had 4oz chicken breast, 4oz peas and 2oz brown rice (so only minimal carbs from the peas/rice). Virtually no carbohydrates for the previous 10hrs+.

    • ANSWER:

  10. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know what a "fat liver" refers to? I don't drink so why would I have liver problems?
    I am basically very healthy. This result came up while I was in the hospital awhile back with chest pains.

    • ANSWER:
      Well my bf has a fatty liver and he is not an alcocholic. It is not tied to only that. Fatty liver can happen if you are not taking care about your diet and changing your diet would be the best way to make it better. Do you eat junk food? Did you ever have problems with hight blood sugar? Also if you are in use of any heavy medications this could be a cause too. Now, fatty liver can go along with some other diseases as well so I would suggest to you to see your doctor and find out more about your cause. Oh and let me add that fatty liver isn't causing any threat, but you would have to take care of some details. Also "Liver aid" by CaliVita should be a good prevention and help (make sure that u consult your doctor before taking it just in case).Good luck!

  11. QUESTION:
    What can cause pain in upper back,right shoulder,under right breast,center of chest?
    I had all these symptoms,had an ultrasound to check for gallstones, came back fine but showed fat in liver, but dr. said this would not cause the pains? Now last 2 days, pain is on my upper left side by ribs. any ideas what this could be? AT times I also feel bloated.

    • ANSWER:
      HEART FAILURE.

  12. QUESTION:
    Liver problem pain. I had surgery 3 months ago had my gallbladder stones removed now pain. :( ?
    Alright on the lower part of the liver I can feel pain. I had an operation 3 months ago and had 4 large stones removed the size of olives, I had this for 4 years the pain before it got operated it kept coming and going. But like a few days ago I started to get some pain. I just hope it is not liver stones or something like that. I am a bit of a junk food eater also. I am 5'6 and around 220 pounds. When the doctor did the operation here in Europe he told me that my liver was yellow. Some guys at work told me its because I ate junk food and should eat better and drinking natural juices or something. So yeah I don't want this to be a big problem for me and all. I felt so much better after the operation and all. This pain comes and go but it's not that bad. Also this pain happened the 1st time last week when I had ate some junk food then the next day again when I had like 3 cheese burgers at mcds. Alright since that day I stopped eating anything thats fatting, and started to eat chicken and salad. And on top of it I am still young 28. So what could this be??? I just don't want to be dying or anything like that.

    Thank you for reading.
    :(

    • ANSWER:
      I didn't read through the whole thing I just read the title.
      believe you will not get a good answer here, you have to visit a good doctor.
      but from the gist of it (i scanned quick trhrough the comment)
      A- bad food = bad health
      B- try visiting an acupuncturist you might solve your pain problem..
      good luck =)

  13. QUESTION:
    Why answerers said that fat will not protect against pain from strikes in my previous questions?
    I first asked Are fat people immune to pain from body punches and body kicks and legs kicks?then asked Are fat people immune to pain from body punches and body kicks and legs kicks?Like a kick to the thigh,kidney,liver or solar plex?People answered by saying nt really you can still damage a fat person's with a disagree what about someone like Emmanuel Yarborough if you kick his body or legs it won't do anything you have to aim at his face,groin or knees but no strike to the thighs or body will hurt him.

    Here where my previous question:

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AhAs3vA414vDvM.m0uGdhzfsy6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20110112211943AAOqp8I

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=Amc46oLlXYaBHtt1J7YgU4Dsy6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20110112213318AAGg42U
    @ Frank the Tank is Emmanuel Yarborough a blob??

    • ANSWER:
      From personal experience having a little fat does more good than harm if you aren't interested in cutting for strict weight classes. I prefer to have 10-15 lbs extra, It doesn't really slow me down and takes the edge off torso shots and throws.

      edit: What's with the thumbs down? Look up heavyweight Judo or Full contact Karate fighters, plenty are on the stout side, I am 6'3" and 230-240lbs If 10lbs of that is extra fat it doesn't really affect me, I don't have to cut 50 lbs for each match, and yes it hurts less if you have extra flesh if you have muscle underneath, you cannot see my individual abs and they're still solid.

  14. QUESTION:
    When someone is obese, are their organs in the right location? Would the liver be lower than usual?
    I think I am having pains in the liver (yes, I know it would actually be the capsule and not the liver itself), but it's located lower than I would expect it to be. If you imagine a line going across my belly button, the pain would be just above it on the right side - what I consider well below my ribs. This is throwing me off because from what I know the liver is behind the ribs and just barely below.

    That area is also hard, but then so is my entire abdomen all the way across. And there again, I wouldn't expect the hardness to be so near the surface considering, there is a layer of fat under my skin. I'm confused as can be and need some real input.

    And yes, I have an appointment with the Dr. scheduled, but it isn't for another month and I'm about to lose my mind not knowing.

    • ANSWER:
      even when a person is obese, the organs should stay in roughly the correct location, but the fat can cause complications during surgery by getting in the way.

      also take a look on web MD to ease your mind a bit about the pains. and if they intensify AT ALL, move that appointment up or get to the doctor's office, you don't want a ruptured appendix or anything!

  15. QUESTION:
    What is an effective STRONG pain killer that wont destroy my stomach and liver? (for severe menstrual cramps)?
    i get terrible terrible pain in my right ovary on the first and second day of my period for years. it's always been like that.
    the pain is debilitating. i used to just take 5 or 6 OTC motrins every few hours and curl up in a ball and cry.
    i finally went to the gynecologist (who is young and inexperienced- she was no help. i've made an appointment with a better one, but i have to wait until the 25th to see her)
    she said my internal sonogram "looked fine" (until someone else found dysplasia, but thats not the point) and she gave me a prescription motrin of 800mg recommended every 8 hours

    these are just as obsolete at the OTC motrins, but instead of taking six little pills, i take one big fat one.
    i'm still in pain again within another 4 hours, and even if i take a second, or a third one... the pain will not subside.
    i'm moments away from crying for the first and second day...

    is there a stronger pain killer that wont destroy my tummy and liver over time? cuz i know taking so many motrins in such a short period of time is not healthy.

    • ANSWER:
      go talk to your doctor again... but before you do that.... yes the motrin 800mg is the same as the OTC ones, just taking more.... buuuuut... taking 1200mg at once... (6 little pills) and then saying to taking more after 4 hrs... is way to much motrin to have at such a frequent interval.

      Try heating pads or other non pharmacological stuff.... and when you do take the motrin... take 4 MAX... not 5 or 6... and take it as soon as you feel like your period is coming on... and take it around the clock every 8 hrs.. not on an as needed basis. You are worried about your liver and tummy so stop taking more than the maximum dose of motrin

      EDIT: Also different NSAIDs work better on different people, so you could try Aleve (naproxen) instead of motrin...but follow the directions on the box, or directions by your OB

  16. QUESTION:
    pain around ribs on the right-hand side of the abdomen?
    I have been suffering following symptoms since January:
    *Pain around ribs on the right-hand side of the abdomen
    *Diarrhea or really soft shit
    Of course, I have been seen gastology specialist. I did blood
    test includes for internal organs, Hepatitis, HIV. I did stool test,
    ultrasound for abdomen, CT scan with UV, colonoscopy,
    upper gastrocamera. Only thing they found out from all tests,
    I have mild fat tissue on my liver, but my doctor were not able to find out what is causing my pain and diarrhea.

    **October
    When I touch my ribs on the right-hand side of the abdomen,
    I just found out there are pain today. When I need to go for poo,
    I have to go to bathroom right away because I can not hold.
    I can not enjoy my life now.
    I appreciate your advise. Whom I should ask for help?

    • ANSWER:
      Pain around the ribs lower right hand side could be slipping rib syndrome. Are you doing anything like mowing a lawn or lifting a chair say once a week? Problem is that some time you have probably pulled a muscle and it just starts to heal when you strain it again and it just starts to heal when you strain it again. As for the bowels, any anxiety, like symptoms with no diagnosis can upset the bowels. You get the rib pain you then feel anxious and then you get the diarrhea or really soft stool. Likewise are you eating enough fiber, bulk out the stools?

  17. QUESTION:
    How much aspirin can I take before it begins to cause liver damage?
    I weigh 155 pounds, give or take, with very little fat on me. Any information would be useful, I recently broke my nose, and I am in a lot of pain.
    I'm just wondering at what amount liver damage will begin?
    It is more of a hypothetical question than anything else. I have heard of the dangers of aspirin, and I never take it, I just heard ibuprofen was much more safe for younger people. I have perececet for my nose, as I had surgery on it to have it re-broken, and re-set. Each pull is 5 mg oxycodone and 325 mg aspirin, so I'm wondering how many I can take. Two does make me feel better, but not 100%

    • ANSWER:
      Aspirin relieves pain and inflammation, but also makes platelets less responsive. This causes you to bleed more easily. Aspirin does not effect the liver. If you take too much aspirin, you can cause ulcers in your stomach and also have a bad bleed occur anywhere including your brain. If you have internal bleeding where you broke your nose, you may be making things worse.

      See a doctor for proper evaluation.

  18. QUESTION:
    How can the gallbladder be removed without losing an essential part of the digestive system?
    I've heard that the gallbladder can be removed and, while some people can't eat foods high in fat afterwards without pain and/or vomiting, sometimes it doesn't effect the level of fat intake of a person. But how could a person eat any fat at all if the gallbladder is removed? Does the surgery involve rerouting bile from the liver or is there another substance that breaks down fatty substances?

    • ANSWER:
      What happens normally is that when we are fasting, the gall bladder fills up with bile which comes from the liver. It concentrates the bile by absorbing some of the water from it. When we eat, particularly a fatty meal, the gall bladder empties and releases the stored bile into the small intestine where it helps to digest the fats in the meal. When the gall bladder is removed, there is a continuous flow of bile into the small intestine instead of a large volume after a meal. This does not normally have much of an effect on digestion and in any case it would probably do you good if you don't completely digest the fat in your food.

  19. QUESTION:
    I need a Dr. to interpret my CT Report. I had an ULQ CT done. I have left upper, and lower quadrant pain.?
    I had an ULQ CT done. I have left upper, and lower quadrant pain. H. Pylori Positive.
    this is a brief detail on my report:
    1. diffuse fatty infiltration of the liver, with an area of focal fatty infiltration adjacent to the falciform ligament.
    2. Low attenuation 2.1 cm splenic mass, most likely a simple splenic cyst or a lymphangioma. Clinical correlation recommeded.
    3. Minimal umbilical hernia, containing only fat.
    The liver is of diffusely diminished attenuation consistent with diffuse fatty infiltration. minimal area of focal hypodensity adjacent to the falciform ligament consistent with an area of focal fatty infiltration.
    The Spleen is not enlarged, but demonstrates a hypodense, near water density of +18HU (mass 2.1 cm size) posterosuperiorly in a subcapsular location. There is no asociated calcification or fill in on the delayed images. This is most likely represents a simple splenc cyst or lymphangioma.
    Please hlp what does this all mean?

    • ANSWER:
      It says that you have a fatty liver. There are many causes of fatty liver, the most common being alcoholism and obesity. This condition occurs when the liver is not metabolizing fat effectively. I found a Wikipedia article that lists some of the causes; see the first link. The condition is reversible if the cause can be treated.

      The radiologist feels that he cyst on the spleen is not a concern. "Lymphangioma" is an abnormal collection of lymph vessels that is present from birth, not anything to be concerned about.

      The umbilical hernia is small. Such hernias are not a concern unless there are associated symptoms. Nothing to worry about.

      It is not common for fatty liver to cause pain, except that some people feel a dull LUQ pain. Since you also have lower quadrant pain, further testing may be necessary to find the cause.

      The positive H. pylori is probably meaningless, unless you have an ulcer. About half the population carries it.

      I have found a bunch of links for you if you want more detail.

  20. QUESTION:
    anyone know about liver problems?
    Hi I have been having alot of discomfort in my liver i went to the hospital not knowing where the problem was but it started with me noticing odd behavior such as sleeping all the time ill wake up be up for a couple hours and feel so tired and worn out and weak ill go take a nap and end up sleeping 6 or 7 hours i do drink alcohol but i have only been a steady drinker for the last 6 months i used to drink alot more for years and i quit for years well i was laid off my job and i started drinking again. also i take xanax for post tramatic stress and panic disorder been on that for not quite a year. I went to the ER they did a blood test and came back with liver damage well because i live in south louisiana they assumed it was alcohol told me to quit and sent me on my way thats when i got online they dr pressed around my stomach which has gotten pretty big im a small person but my stomach has gotten kinda big but it isnt fat its hard as a rock when he hit my liver i felt pain. something else odd is a few times i havent drank anything or had any xanax 8 hours and i started seeing double vision. after looking online i find that liver disease can cause damage and these same symptoms yet they never checked for any of that does anyone out there have any ideas as to what the problem could be all they told me was there was damage but not the cause i also have had a very poor diet my whole life and thought it could be that please help i want to stop worrying
    well sorry for his problems i know i need to see someone soon but how soon can you go from damage to circuses i know your enzime levels have nothing to do with how advanced it is people with low levels can be more advanced them people with higher levels all it is is an indication of some type of damage but what im so discussed with is instead of ordering an ultrasound or liver biopsy they let me go with just the fact i need to quit drinking well first of all i think its more related to my diet cause it usually takes years to do damage to liver

    • ANSWER:
      my brother has liver damage and almost died for not good sooner.you need a real doctor.you should do it soon.it is very serve!if you have a family please go see a liver specialize sooo.!

  21. QUESTION:
    Please help me is this kidney pain or diabetes…..
    Ok so I m real thirsty and I drink like ten bottles of water per day and my eyes have no tears they feel so dry so dry that I had to go but something to help keep my eyes moist I m going to the doctor today to get check but I wanted to know what was some the opinions to add some detail

    All this started when I went to go see the doctor for some upper right side pain that I had plus I had dark urine (the color of a water down beer with a metical smell to it) and my bowel movements had change at time I couldn’t go and its was hard when I did they ran blood tests and urine tests plus a sonogram when they called me back they told that everything came back fine their exact word where: your kidneys are fine your gladder is fine your liver show to have fat” which is fatty liver” and that I had a U.T.I so I got checked for hep A.B.C and all came back negative.. the following week I went to the E.R. for the same pain they ran blood work and urine test and some x-rays when the doc walk back in he said “I don’t know” your blood came back fine the x-rays where ok your kidneys and liver look ok we did see so blood in your urine which at the time he reacted as if it was connect to the U.T.I

    Ok so let’s skip to this week I have been having real bad thirst that I can’t control even dough I m drinking a lot and going to the restroom a lot also the my eyes feel so dry like they have to tears when I yawn I have no tears my gas is horrible and it does not feel normal I still have bowel trouble and two days ago I stared to feel a tingling feeling in my right foot and last night I felt pain in the same foot so my question is if I have a kidney problem would have caught it the first to times they check my blood and urine or the x-ray? Could there something wrong we my intestines that would be making so dam thirsty and give me all this problems or could it diabetes? I have a sugar test done at my moms house (she a diabetic) I check it at 3pm and I had ate two hours before that and it was at 101 what does that mean? Any good suggestions on what to ask the doc?

    The big question here is could I be able to feel my kidney hurting in the front of my stomach three inches right of my belly button and one inch up and flank pain in my back like where my lungs are at ? I have been getting blur vision I believe due to deheryration and some heart pain and sometimes when I take in big breathes I pain at the bottom of my lungs Please help I just had a baby girl and I feel like m going to find out something horrible at the doc office and that I going to die and leave her and her mom by then selfs…..

    • ANSWER:
      This does not sound like diabetes. Sounds more like a possible kidney infection. Kidney pain is in the lower back on one side or the other. However, kidney stones can cause pain in the lower abdomen and pelvic regions, and lower as they move. You need to get a complete workup done at your doctors. It could be anything. Make sure you tell your doctor everything, and tell him all of your symptoms.

  22. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to recover from chronic vitamin a toxicity?
    I've read that it takes 200-300 days for the body to remove the excess accumulation of vitamin a in the liver, bloodstream, and fat cells. Is this true? My main symptoms include skin dryness/buildup, minimal hair loss, fatigue, and back pain. I've been off any and all vitamins for 180 days now.

    (I took around 15,000 iu's of retinol for 1 1/2 years)

    • ANSWER:
      well u probably already damaged your kidneys and liver alot from vitamin a, so ull still have the effects of the damage from the toxcity.

  23. QUESTION:
    I have a fatty liver and it hurts!?
    Im 16 almost 17 and im female I weigh 112 pound and im 5'7.

    Ok so I have a fatty liver for some strange reason. I don't drink, smoke, eat a lot of fatty foods or even do drugs and yet my liver is fatty. Ok so last year in October I got horrible chest pains for 2 weeks that left me in tears everyday. I went to the hospital and they said my liver was fatty and it was rubbing up against my chest plate causing abrasions which was causing the pain. They gave me pills the pain subsided but now it's back and the pain is increasing really fast. Whats worse is I hurt the top part of my spine and my right shoulder plate when I fell down the stairs a week ago so im also in pain from that.

    What can I do to stop the chest pains. It hurts so much and is really discomforting. Also how can I get rid of the fat from my liver with out going to the doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      You need to go back to the doctor, you may have even hurt something when you fell, you maybe young but you can still get hurt sometimes, Go see the doc..

  24. QUESTION:
    Please help urinary tract infection vs. fatty liver?
    Please help urinary tract infection vs. fatty liver?
    Please help I went to the doctor I m having pains on my right side of my belly right under the rib cage… the doctor took blood tests and sent me to go get a sonogram…when I was at the sonogram I ask the lady that was doing the sonogram if everything was ok she said very look ok but that it look like I had fat in my liver two days later the doctors nurse called me and told that all the blood work came back fine she said liver is working fine kidney are working fine but you do have a urinary tract infection and she gave me some meds. My problem is that the pain is still there I just started the meds this Tuesday and I m real worry has any one else had the same pain the pian has been there for like three months my weghit was 275 and I have lost 23 pounds in last three months what do ya think? Am just bit freaked out or should I go get a second opion
    started a real simple diet eating oatmeal in the mornings and grilled chicken for lunch and I skip dinner sometimes I would eat dinner

    And I work out six days a week for one to two hours

    • ANSWER:
      My Dear Friend,
      I am prone to U.T.I.'s. Yes it can cause wait gain.What I do is I take over the counter avo pills it stops the pressure or pain as you call it. #2 you then need to go to Dr's. and get a antibiotic. After this is cleared up. #3 start taking two capsules of lysine plus 2 capsules of cranberry pills or start drinking cranberry juice.#4 You can receive this infection through another person,or some get it if there is a cold draft or if you sit on a damp ground and if you where tight pants. Feel better.

  25. QUESTION:
    chest pain by collar bone?
    the pain is right at the bottom of my neck at the end of my collarbone and it goes down about an inch or two in the middle of my chest the pain gets worse when i bend over or use my lett arm it feels like a tight muscle any help would be apprisiated im 27 the only medical problem i have is fat in my liver other than that im healthy i do smoke about a pack a day thanks.

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  26. QUESTION:
    please help urinary tract infection vs. fatty liver?
    Please help I went to the doctor I m having pains on my right side of my belly right under the rib cage… the doctor took blood tests and sent me to go get a sonogram…when I was at the sonogram I ask the lady that was doing the sonogram if everything was ok she said very look ok but that it look like I had fat in my liver two days later the doctors nurse called me and told that all the blood work came back fine she said liver is working fine kidney are working fine but you do have a urinary tract infection and she gave me some meds. My problem is that the pain is still there I just started the meds this Tuesday and I m real worry has any one else had the same pain the pian has been there for like three months my weghit was 275 and I have lost 23 pounds in last three months what do ya think? Am just bit freaked out or should I go get a second opion
    I started a real simple diet eating oatmeal in the mornings and grilled chicken for lunch and I skip dinner sometimes I would eat dinner

    And I work out six days a week for one to two hours

    • ANSWER:
      No you are not freaked out. first the weight loss is important and I would have tolook at your diet to know full facts so please email me. i had this 30 years ago and still on a very low fat diet and take enzymes with all my food else it would not get digested.

      Go on to a low fat diet now, it cannot hurt you, all you miss out is chocolate, biscuits, fried foods, junk food etc and substitute god food, fish boiked and so on. Do this for three weeks and see if you feel better.

      based on your findings I would then go back to the GP and tell him what you were told at the clinic.

      Ask for an ultrasound of the liver. It is non invasive and will tell the truth of if you have it or not.

      Best wishes G

  27. QUESTION:
    how can you live with liver failure?
    let's say someone took about 80 pills of tylenol extra strength, how long do you think that person might have before they die. That person is in intense pain right now but won't go to the hospital. Do you think that person might only have like a day or two to live. By the way, the person is male, 20 years and not fat.

    • ANSWER:
      80 pills is a lot to take. They should definitely go to the hospital and be checked out, especially if they are in intense pain. Depending on how much their body can take will determine how long they live. For instance, alcoholics acuse their bodies for years and some of them can live well into their 80s. At some point, when their body can't take anymore, it will start to shut down. For most people it happens within the day. Just so you know, that person may end up with a psych evaluation when they get to the hospital if they survive because swallowing that many pills intentionally might be considered a suicide attempt by the attending doctor. I hope for their sake that they go immediately to the hospital. Good luck and get well

  28. QUESTION:
    How do you repair a fatty liver caused by Advil?
    I took generic Advil as a teenager, a lot. I would take 6 pills at a time once a day for a headache. I didn't take them every day, but when I had a pain, I would take 6 pills, simply because the bottle read that you shouldn't take more than 6 in a 24 hour period. About two years ago I went to the doctor for a physical and she told me that I have a fatty liver which is worse than a 90 year old man. I have heard many things since then about how to repair my liver such as exercise and diet, but I don't know if they are working. Does anybody know of any other ways to reduce the amount of fat in my liver?

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  29. QUESTION:
    left chestbreast pain?
    it started out as a tight muscle felt like i pulled something about a week ago but now for yesterday and today the pain has went away for the most part now i get pain on the left side of my left brest and at the bottom of it when i move sertain ways so much as even rolling from my back to my right side and i get a sharp pain on the left side of the breast or the bottom of it or both just wondering if anyone knows what could be going on my breast did feel tender but since yesterday the tenderness has went away but there is still pain when i move im 27 year old male i smoke about a pack a day and i have fat in my liver dont know if that matters or not but i have no other health problems that i know of any help would be appriciated thanks.

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  30. QUESTION:
    Liver questions,health issues cause of supplement of diet,please i need an advice!?
    Guys i am training a lot the last year (personal reasons,but i know i made MY DAMN COMEBACK LOL) anyways i have to admit i use creatine for 7 months now ( in chocolate powder) and supplement of diet pills which burn the fat and throw away the water from my system faster ( i know i translated it wrong but i hope u understand) for over a year now!I took both these things from a personal trainer and my Dr.was ok with it,i did a general check up 2 weeks ago and i am 110% healthy but................... during the nights early in the mornings i wake up often with pain in my liver and i have also notice i pee way more now during night time than before!The check up was fine but why the symptoms?I don't wanna quit creatine neither the other pills cause i train like a mad man and they help a lot as you can see!Should i quit for a month so see how it goes?

    Anyone with similar experiences?

    • ANSWER:
      Oh Knight - you do worry me...

      If the creatine in your supplement is around 5% then that's OK - I wouldn't take pure supplements that's for sure - because they are known to cause kidney damage and nothing (and no one ) is worth that!

      I read your question and asked at the gym- it is common to go to the loo more at night and for urine to be..err... stronger and darker. I got told off for asking because they thought I was thinking about it - not good for a woman! LOL - I don't want to end up looking like a body builder!

      The advice was to stop taking it for a week or two and then start again- creatine puts pressure on the kidneys.

      A few months ago you may remember giving me some advice about a healthy diet etc when I was under stress, follow that advice and eat plenty of good food (high protein if you are building muscle).
      Edit
      Found this article for you-
      http://altmedicine.about.com/od/creatine/a/creatine.htm
      Arlanymor is right too.
      Lady D xxx

  31. QUESTION:
    Withrawing from beer: I am weaning off beer and need advice, suggestions, etc. See the details for an exp.?
    I used to drink liquor a long time ago and started on wine and beer a shorter, but long time ago, I switched to whine after that, and now I drink only beer. I used to drink about 10-14 a day and now have gotten down to 8 a day. It's 3.6% light beer. I had to VERY slowly wean off. I have a fat liver and I have pain in my lower right side, I think my stomach lining. I went to the doc a while back and was advised to quit. They did an ultrasound on my liver and there was no cirrhosis, about a year ago. Now I have this pain that feels like irritation down there. Do you have advice I can use or personal experiences with this? Is it dangerous to cut down by one or two a week until there is none? I would LOVE to be alcohol free for the rest of my life and have nothing wrong with me from all the damage I've done. I drank for about 10 years. Until now, I didn't realize that there was anything wrong with it. I want to stop, have no health insurance, so no rehab. I fear withdrawal.

    • ANSWER:
      I hate to say this, but even with no insurance you really need to do this weaning with the help of a doctor b/c of your liver pain and the amount you drink. He can prescribe Librium to help you. Alcohol withdrawal can literally kill you. It needs to be done the right way.

      Although cutting down by one or 2 drinks a week sounds like a reasonable plan. It would take you a little over a month if you cut down to 6 drinks a day for next week, then 4 drinks a day for the following week, then 2 drinks a day, then maybe 1 drink a day, then none. If you're feeling shaky and sick then you might need to go slower than that. Go to AA meetings, it really helps.

      I quit drinking over 6 years ago with the help of AA (it's free) and haven't had a drink since.

  32. QUESTION:
    help me???? is this kidney pain or diabetes
    Please help me is this kidney pain or diabetes…..
    Ok so I m real thirsty and I drink like ten bottles of water per day and my eyes have no tears they feel so dry so dry that I had to go but something to help keep my eyes moist I m going to the doctor today to get check but I wanted to know what was some the opinions to add some detail

    All this started when I went to go see the doctor for some upper right side pain that I had plus I had dark urine (the color of a water down beer with a metical smell to it) and my bowel movements had change at time I couldn’t go and its was hard when I did they ran blood tests and urine tests plus a sonogram when they called me back they told that everything came back fine their exact word where: your kidneys are fine your gladder is fine your liver show to have fat” which is fatty liver” and that I had a U.T.I so I got checked for hep A.B.C and all came back negative.. the following week I went to the E.R. for the same pain they ran blood work and urine test and some x-rays when the doc walk back in he said “I don’t know” your blood came back fine the x-rays where ok your kidneys and liver look ok we did see so blood in your urine which at the time he reacted as if it was connect to the U.T.I

    Ok so let’s skip to this week I have been having real bad thirst that I can’t control even dough I m drinking a lot and going to the restroom a lot also the my eyes feel so dry like they have to tears when I yawn I have no tears my gas is horrible and it does not feel normal I still have bowel trouble and two days ago I stared to feel a tingling feeling in my right foot and last night I felt pain in the same foot so my question is if I have a kidney problem would have caught it the first to times they check my blood and urine or the x-ray? Could there something wrong we my intestines that would be making so dam thirsty and give me all this problems or could it diabetes? I have a sugar test done at my moms house (she a diabetic) I check it at 3pm and I had ate two hours before that and it was at 101 what does that mean? Any good suggestions on what to ask the doc?

    The big question here is could I be able to feel my kidney hurting in the front of my stomach three inches right of my belly button and one inch up and flank pain in my back like where my lungs are at ? I have been getting blur vision I believe due to deheryration and some heart pain and sometimes when I take in big breathes I pain at the bottom of my lungs Please help I just had a baby girl and I feel like m going to find out something horrible at the doc office and that I going to die and leave her and her mom by then selfs…..

    • ANSWER:
      First you have a second opinion. There is test for diabetes called ALC, ask your doctor, this tell you how much sugar is in your blood going back prior three months. The normal average should be 5 or 6. The blood sugar goes up and down. I have diabetes type 2 and sometimes when I checked I have 95, and sometimes it goes to over 200. The fact that your thirsty could sign of diabetes, I hope not. But you take 8 glasses of water no more than that. I think you are drinking too much water. The kidney's pain is not in the front, it's usually in the upper back. Did you tell your doctor when you take a big breath you got pain in the bottom of your lungs. You should see another doctor, but don't be to worry, maybe the worry is causing all those problems plus taking so much water. Nobody die the day before you are supposed to. I fee like that sometimes and most of the time is stress.

  33. QUESTION:
    Why can cause ab pain/distention for 6 months?
    Hello everyone, great support this forum here.
    I have looked around to see some similar cases to mine, but couldn't really find any.

    I don't know where to start, at this point I could cry or scream maybe someone will hear and help me.
    I've got this pain in my stomach for 6months now. I feel neglected at my clinic and they don't seem to pay attention to details. I'm scared and don't know what to think. This is the reason I try to put All my symptoms, maybe it will make more sense if put together.

    Female, 31yo, 5'6" 114-118 lb. Good appetite, eat healthy, fibrous meals, "cheat days" on weekends, daily exercise. Get full feeling easily but I am still hungry.
    No previous digestion problems.
    Ovarian cysts found around 6 months ago, cycle irregular, 5 months btw. current and last.(pcos suspected) Not my current issue.
    No vomiting, nausea rarely and only recently -in the mornings while I am :still" asleep. (not pregnant and not active)
    No diarrhea or constipation.
    Funny feeling in throat sometimes, like something climbing up and then sliding down.
    Headache -never had headache.
    Sometimes I have to pout extra salt on my food, just tastless even when I thin I put enough.
    Pea size ball behind left ear for years, sometimes get bigger, than shrinks back to almost normal, little pain around it.
    Some concentration issues, mood swings.
    Some smaller spider veins on legs, sm. broken vessels (dots) on arms.
    Sometimes my calves cramp in the mornings.

    Pain for 6 months upper abd. kind of sharp, lower around belly is sort of dull and like heavy weights are inside, pressing down and out. Stomach fully distended. When I gain weight, I do not gain on stomach but on thighs, so I know it's not fat. Past few days pain in chest and around breasts.
    Pain: sitting is the worse, laying on couch I do not feel it (and I do get dizzy sometimes), laying on stomach is the best, I feel it when I run and even when I just walking on street.

    H.Pylori test negative, too Nexium for 3 weeks, made it sort of worse, took Doperidone changed nothing. Taken maalox, mylanta but now I know it didn't help. Phazyme used to help a little in the beginning.

    Full ab ultrasound: tech. says somewhat larger liver Dr. says it's normal..There is a "dead area" stripe around navel that has never been scanned, where I have the pain and fullness. (between ovaries and belly button)

    Blood tests few months ago: No diabetes/glucose normal, no cealiac. Dr. says everything is normal, but I don't find it this way:
    Glyco hgb 5.8%; A1c 5.1; MBG 93mg
    Syphillis igG non reactive
    DHEA-Sulfate: 200
    Rubella IgG:reactive; Ab INTR: React
    I only put the ones in here where I found L. or underscore
    RBC 4.20; Hgb 12.6; Hct 37.6; Mch 30.1; Eos % 0.3 Eos # 0.0

    Thank you SO much, and I appreciate any input!

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  34. QUESTION:
    Gall bladder polyp with fatty liver?
    Following a bout of pain and vomiting six months ago an ultrasound scan found a 1.8cm polyp and fatty liver. I have some low grade left sided pain and bouts of slight nausia. I have been on a low fat diet for six months and have lost 2stone but am still overweight. I do fee extremely tired a lot of the time and sometimes get extreme indigestion. I have suffered for some time from acid reflux causing difficulty swallowing. One consultant tells me that 1.8cm is very small and wanted to discharge me the other wants to remove the gallbladder as he says that 1.8cm is very large. I have been given no dietry advise both consultants inform me that this polyps is definately not a stone. Any advise should I have surgury what kind of things can I do to help myself. It worries me that this scan was done six months ago and the polyp may now be bigger and possibley cancerous.

    • ANSWER:
      If a polyp is less than 1cm then usually if not causing any problems it is just scanned every six months. If it is larger than 1cm then it is considered large and the gall bladder will have to be removed. All the symptoms you describe are attributed to gall bladder and not the liver. Please try not to worry and ensure that you get the information you require from the medical team before you make any decisions.

  35. QUESTION:
    Why do I have sharp, ongoing back pain behind my kidneys? :( Ouch!?
    I've had this ongoing sharp/radiating pain in my back...it's right behind my kidneys/right below my ribcage and next to my spinal cord. It's been going on for about 6 months. I also have pain in the front/lower right side of my abdomen-it's a hot feeling that is always there. Both pains get worse after I eat any fatty foods.

    What could this be? :( I now have insurance so my doctor just had me get an ultrasound to find out if I have gallstones. The ultrasound showed normal gallbladder, kidney and liver. As happy as I was to find this out, I'm also frustrated not knowing what's going on. I've been on a very low fat diet for 2 weeks. It has helped a bit, but even the slightest amount of fat triggers the intense back pain and corresponding front pain. My doctor wants me to take anti-acids to rule out ulcers but the location of the pain doesn't seem right for a stomach issue.

    Has anyone had similar issues. I'd GREATLY appreciate any feedback. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Kidney problems from diabetes? Avoid sugar.
      Get the a1c test. it gives your average blood sugar.

  36. QUESTION:
    Liver enzyme (SGOT, SGPT) level extremely high since many months?
    Hi, I am facing a strange a strange health problem since many months. When I wake up in the morning I get a heavy head, weakness, light pain in the stomach and feel like vomiting. Ultrasound showed fatty liver condition and the LFT tests showed SGPT = 109 and SGOT = 46. I have been following the regular exercise and low fat diet regime. Still I see no improvement. Can any one help me. This is now going on since last 4-5 months.
    Hi, I am facing a strange a strange health problem since many months. When I wake up in the morning I get a heavy head, weakness, light pain in the stomach and feel like vomiting. Ultrasound showed fatty liver condition and the LFT tests showed SGPT = 109 and SGOT = 46 even after 4 months. Hepatitis B tests however negative no Hepatitis B.

    I have been following the regular exercise and low fat diet regime. Still I see no improvement. Can any one help me. This is now going on since last 4-5 months.

    • ANSWER:
      flowergirl...if your grandmother took milk thistle, all it did was lower her alt and ast levels which are responsible for the occurance of cancer cells if elevated-it does NOTHING else. hcv is a virus, it is not cured by herbs. your grandmother is still sick. the hcv virons (quasispecies) are still causing damage. milk thistle does not kill hcv.

      now, for the answer to the actual question: your ultrasound showed fatty liver. alt and ast levels are high due to nash. (fatty liver).

      of course, there could be another disease such as hcv as many heppers have this very "dual' issue. we call this disease "bi-directional" of having hcv.

      sometimes however, nash can be hereditary as well.
      keep following the diet, however, since your symptoms have not improved, it would be wise to see the doctor and ask about hcv-everyone has at least one risk factor for this double stranded rna virus that needs the liver to thrive.

      good luck

  37. QUESTION:
    My son's elderly cat has a liver problem?
    She quit eating about a month and a week ago. They took her to the vet who did some blood tests and said that her liver had quit due to fat desposits. He told them to put the cat to sleep. My son went on the internet, found out that this is kind of common for a problem and began to force feed the cat to keep it alive like the info on the net said. It also said that cats if they live long enough (like a month or so) they will begin eating again and be fine. But while the cat now at least puts food in it's mouth, it won't swallow it or eat on it's own yet. He is getting frustrated about it but other wise the cat is looking good, plays and doesn't act like it is in any pain. He is torn about what to do. Anyone else have experiences with this? Any info would be appreciated Please.....
    The cat is 9 years old.
    She was obese when this problem first showed up.

    • ANSWER:
      People have mention age as if it is a factor here. Sorry, but just as some people can get sick and die younger than others, the same in true for animals. As ALM said, this is a common condition in overweight cats that stop eating. The condition can drag on with the cat being force fed and getting some small amount of nutrition. But the amount of nutrition force feeding really gets them is negligible. You said she was obese, so I'll assume she probably weighed more than 15 pounds. Using Science Diet as a guide and basing her weight as a 15 pound cat, assuming your son was feeding her the small size cans of cat food (3oz) he would need to get between 3 and 4 cans into her per day for her to get her daily nutrional requirements. (The bigger size cans, 5.5oz, would be about 2.) It's really difficult to force feed a cat that much.
      If it were me (I can't believe that vet told him to euthanize his kitty!), I would probably get my records including bloodwork from the last vet and go find someone new. You can check yelp.com, they usually have great advice on there. Then go see the new vet, get her bloodwork run again, at least chems if you can't afford everything, and see what her liver values are. Then take it from there. See if things have improved or gotten worse. Talk about options. Ask about 24 hour care. Asking about feeding tube placement. Would he recommend a biopsy? What does he think the underlying cause is? Ask for estimates if money is an issues. But please don't just let your son continue to force feed this cat while she may just be suffering. Find out what is going on with her! Get some diagnostics done!
      The second link I'm including has GREAT information about hepatic lipidosis from a veterinary site. Good luck!

  38. QUESTION:
    glallbladder pain cut out the junk it helps?
    Hi, been having lots of pain over the last few months well in fact for 10 Years on and off. so decided to visit the Doctors and had lots of bloods done and everyone came back fine gallbladder and liver and so on, i have in the last 8 days cut out all fats well nearly all No crisps No maco's No subway's No fry ups which i miss big time and No chips No chinese and so far not had one attack of pain since i cut out the fat so it must be fat in my diet that was the cause, i also feel better to by cutting down much more energy, i still have a upper scan to get done yet, dont fancy that much but told by GP not to worry as if i did have something more than gallbladder problem it would been picked up in the blood test, but i still worry about things like anyone would, but anyone out there who thinks they have a glallbladder problem then try and cut out the rubbish as it sure help me.
    Paul (wales)

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  39. QUESTION:
    Treatment for Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease?
    I am a 52 year old male who has presented with swollen feet, distended belly and abdominal pain last week. Following blood tests for liver function it was established that although albumen production was normal, the enzyme reading was not. An ultrasound scan revealed fatty liver disease. I was disturbed to hear a BBC Radio 4 documentary say that 20% of people with my symptoms do not live beyond a few months.

    I have stopped drinking alcohol and am taking lecithin and milk thistle and I have also radically changed my diet to exclude fat, sugar and nighttime carbohydrates and have been eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.

    Despite this regime being enforced for more than two weeks, the pain continues, the belly is still swollen and I have not lost an ounce of weight.

    Any advice would be hugely appreciated. Thanks in advance for your time and knowledge.

    • ANSWER:
      Ann gave you a lot of good advice. Don't believe that radio thing because it is simply not true. I had cirrhosis and had to get a transplant, but my disease was from an autoimmune problem. Whatever causes the cirrhosis, it still pretty much acts the same for everyone.

      You need to get treatment for your liver problem and find out what is really going on with it. You need more done that just blood tests. I don't know how much fluid you are retaining, but that is what sent me to the hospital where I was eventually diagnosed with cirrhosis the first time. The next step is a CT scan to show if your liver is enlarged or shrunken and the size of your spleen. Depending on what shows up there, a biopsy would be next which is the one definitive test that will tell exactly what is going on.

      The fluid in your belly is probably what is causing you pain and that needs treated one way or another. There's 2 ways to do it and they did both with me. My fluid was so bad that I could hardly breathe anymore so I had to get tapped to drain it out physically. Then they gave me meds (diuretics such as Spironolactone and Lasix) to try to keep it under control. Once I received treatment, the meds were able to control it until I received a transplant. That fluid can be quite miserable when it is pushing on everything inside you and it needs to be removed. You might actually continue to gain weight if left untreated no matter what you eat.

      Stopping the use of alcohol is the most important step you can take with this disease. Find yourself a gastroenterologist or hepatologist to treat you since they know much more than a regular PCP about the problems that come with liver disease. I was surprised at how little some regular doctors know about liver problems.

      You are on the right track with what you are doing, but now you have to take it a step further and find out more about your condition and get the proper treatment for it. Otherwise, you are probably going to be pretty miserable. Good luck to you and get help ASAP because it seems like that fluid of yours is not going to go away on its own which means it will just continue to accumulate. You also run the risk of that fluid getting infected and you never want that to happen because that is life threatening.

  40. QUESTION:
    Stomach / liver problems?
    I've been putting off taking my cholesterol medicine for fear of what it might do to my liver. Last week my doctor called to tell me I had fat depositions on my liver. I'm suppose to make an appointment with him soon. In the mean time, I decided to try to change my diet drastically until I get a chance to see him. (I'm ashamed to say that my usual diet consisted of Croissanwiches, Snickers, pizza, and coffee)

    For breakfast I had oatmeal, mid-morning snack: granola, and for lunch I had a bag of carrot sticks. Salad for dinner. Three days I did this, three days I had major stomach pains by the end of the day along with the runs. I decided I took too much fiber too fast and am trying to ease up with stir fries and salads. Its been a week now and my stomach is still griping me bad all day with much gas. I feel like I permanently messed my digestive system up last week and now I'm afraid to eat. I just keep getting gas, grumblings & pains. Any ideas of what I can do to calm my stomach?

    • ANSWER:
      Alot of the problem may be too many vegetables. Try taking "Beano", it is supposed to help with digestive problems associated with veggies.

  41. QUESTION:
    A low fat diet? what foods can i eat?
    I am a bit sick with my liver. I've ended up in the hospital at least once a week. All they can tell me is my live enzymes are high cus i have a fatty liver. And that i must go on a low fat diet. But i HAVE! and i'm still getting pain all at random times. What foods can i eat on this LOW fat diet. I've cut out all cholesterol and fat and i don't know what else i can have. I stay away from the sweet things and fatty stuff now. Nothing seems to work. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      The diet solution to your problem is to eat food in moderation. Our body still needs fat, carbohydrates, and calories. It's just that other people abuse their body by eating excessive amounts of them. Well, basically you can try eating fresh fruits and vegetables because they are natural. Also, it helps to do some exercises which would helps strengthen your body overall.

  42. QUESTION:
    Possible causes and/or management of re-occurring pain after gallbladder removal?
    I had my gallbladder out a couple years ago thanks to a rather large gallstone making a home for itself within said organ. The surgery helped a lot, but on rare occasions I'll still have bouts of pain. The pain isn't quite the same as it was pre-surgery. It's still roughly the same in intensity, but without that swollen "my liver is abut to explode" sensation. It's in the same region for the most part, though I'm finding that it's a tad less localized... basically, the pain is mostly towards my right side, near the liver area, but I've also been noticing some soreness in the centre and even slightly off to the left side, just below my rib cage. Unlike the gallbladder pain, it never occurs with nausea.

    It only happens a couple of times a month, tops, and the cases of severe pain are even less common (every few months). Thing is, the pain is so intense when it does happen (even the non-severe attacks are still quite painful) that it wouldn't matter even if it was happening only once a year -- I'd rather not have to deal with it at all.

    I don't eat a high fat diet, nor am I overweight (nor was I overweight before the surgery, if that makes a difference). I get plenty of exercise, working out at least a few times a week. I'm having difficultly pin-pointing a pattern to the pain, as it doesn't seem like there is any one food that triggers it. I know that some people have trouble tolerating fatty foods after gallbladder surgery, but like I said, I almost never eat anything high in fat (junk food, fast food, sugary drinks, and so on). The only issues I'vehad with my blood-work was anemia, which was treated with iron almost a year ago, and hasn't been a problem since. Don't take drugs (aside from prescription Effexor, 225mg a day), rarely drink. I do smoke, though I don't see how that could be contributing.

    What are the possible causes here? Any recommendations for easing the pain when it comes? I'm hesitant to take painkillers for it, what with it being in the stomach/liver area, and there's only so much that lying on my left side with a hot water bottle can do.
    If it makes a difference, the pain is mostly a dull, throbbing pain, with occasional stabs of sharp pain as it intensifies. The stabs of pain are less sharp than it was prior to the surgery, however.
    Meant to mention that I had an upper GI series down a while back which showed no stones in the bile ducts, or anything else for that matter.

    • ANSWER:
      I had my gold blotter out and I had to go Sam changes too. The first 2years or so I expires some sharp pains and I have some sour stomach. Also I still have some like gas Avery time I have a meal. Is 7 years now sis then and my buddy is adjusting well know
      I believe you buddy is still adjusting to the changes and you going to be o k

  43. QUESTION:
    High blood pressure and liver enzymes in pregnancy.?
    Two weeks ago I went to the OB for severe abdominal pain. The doctors said it was probably my Gall Bladder and did some blood work. They tested my liver enzymes which were high, however they ended up sending me home anyway on a low fat diet for the gall bladder.

    3 days ago I wasn't feeling well and I called my doctor who had me come in. My blood pressure was high 145/90 and I had a significant amount of swelling. They were concerned about preeclampsia, but I don't have any protiens in my urine. I went back to the doctor today, after having another attack of severe abdominal pain even though I've been following the low fat diet. My blood pressure was still high, so he ordered some blood work. My liver enzymes were elevated again. My doctor still doesn't think I have preeclampsa, and isn't sure why my enzymes are high. (or at least isn't telling me why he thinks my enzymes are high.)

    are there any other conditions that cause elevated blood pressure and liver enzymes during pregnancy without having preeclampsia?
    I am 35 weeks.

    • ANSWER:
      It's preeclampsia. The high BP and swelling should be enough...add the severe abdominal pain (which is the tell-tale sign) and there should be no question.

      Get a 2nd opinion. This can be VERY serious for you and the baby. Take control of the care you are getting and make sure you have the right information to make a decision.

      You didn't say how far along you were. If it's late enough, they will probably want to induce you. If you are less than 37 weeks or so, they may give you bed rest or talk about an early C-section.

      Don't wait. Get an 2nd and 3rd opinion. Good luck to you.

  44. QUESTION:
    Liver POPPING?!?! HELP!!?
    Ok. This might be weird, but does anyone else feel this. Im not that fat more like a bit chubby. But when I feel and push under my right rib cage I feel my liver popping. I've told my parents this and friends but they can't feel it. Only I can feel it pop in and out. I havn't injured it and my family has no history of liver issues (diabetes, tumors, cancer ect). The muscle under my liver has begun to hurt a bit since i've been feeling adn showing my issue to people. I dont think its my liver that hurting b/c im sure I would be incredible pain.

    I feel it popping when im leaning back in my chair and a bit slumped over (then i feel under my cage and push in a bit with my 3 main right hand fingers) and I feel it pop.

    Help..is this normal, has anyone else experienced this???

    Thanks ahead of time :)
    "D"- I havn't had any helath issues what-so-ever. No cancer or disease in my life. Jus the regular sickness. I also believe its nothing major b/c it doesn't actually hurt...ya know??

    • ANSWER:
      Signs and symptoms of liver problems: What to watch for
      Signs and symptoms of liver problems include:

      Discolored skin and eyes that appear yellowish
      Abdominal pain and swelling
      Itchy skin that doesn't seem to go away
      Dark urine color
      Pale stool color
      Bloody or tar-colored stool
      Chronic fatigue
      Nausea
      Loss of appetite

      If you are a bit chubby, you may also need to increase your metabolish rate. go to www.powered.healthywize.com and look for a product called slenderwize it helps. If you really need help regarding balancing your health also try the product Tunguska Blast 32OZ

  45. QUESTION:
    Can I spread liver paste on my bread to eat it as part of my diet while having the flu?
    I've been having this flu for 3 to 4 days now, but now it settled. Last time I "took a dump" was around 13 hours ago. (And I had some minor pain in the guts, but it went away quick enough) I keep getting hungry but all I've eaten in the last 2 days is a few bananas and some toasted bread. I would like to eat some proteins, but I know I can't eat eggs or milk products or anything too solid. So I was thinking, can I eat some liver paste? It doesn't contain any of that yellow fat in it nor does it contain any of that jelly fat. (Yeah, it comes in those tin cans that can be preserved for years until they expire, and we bought it recently)

    So can I spread some on my toasts or should I wait a while longer?

    • ANSWER:
      Liver paste usually has a lot of other spices, flavorings, and additives, and it might be damaging to your stomach. I would try a scrambled egg and toast or something a little more mild and see if you can handle that. I've never heard that you can't eat eggs if your digestive system is upset, as long as you cook it through it should be fine. Also, chicken soup has lots of protein and should feel good to your tortured tummy.

  46. QUESTION:
    liver function tests ?
    My neighbor a liver test at a clinic . and the test came out and it revealed that she didn't have hepatitis. Her alt went to 60 to 74. The nurse said that she don't to be worried about this. But she is really concerned that her alt wanted to be back down to normal. But she has pain that comes and goes. What happens if her alt keeps going up.For a week she has drank glasses of water with a lemon in it. And she has been drinking green tea with antioxidants. Also she has been on a low fat , no sodium, no cholesterol diet. All her tests came out normal except her liver enzyme? How can she bring the alt down back to normal ? Is there a special diet that may help. She never shared needles, never was a drug addict, never had any multiple partners, and she never had a blood transfusion. She had been in the hospital twice for the last two years for two operations at the hospital and out of the hospital she was on pain medication including Tylenol.

    • ANSWER:
      I would not get too worried. It could be from vitamin supplements, herbal supplements, drugs you take for any medical problems, or could be many kinds of infections. If your doctor is concerned, he will do further testing on you...
      From:-
      http://www.drbriffa.com/blog/2008/02/15/why-carbs-can-turn-your-liver-into-foie-gras/

      Intake of fat was not associated with ALT levels
      Intake of protein was not associated with ALT levels
      Total calorie intake was not associated with ALT levels
      Intake of carbohydrate was associated with ALT levels

  47. QUESTION:
    Exercise Pain Question?
    Look I have noticed that when I do a serious workout at the end (After I start sweating alot) I get these pains in the right side of my chest, people say its the liver, but what does this mean? Is it burning fat or should I stop?

    • ANSWER:
      you should lighten up on your exercise.that is a stitch.it means that you need to take a break from exercising and drink some water and sit down for 10-25 minutes.what causes it is the muscles in your body making your heart beat fasterFASTERFASTER!!! until the blood in your body is just going way too fast and your lungs don't have time to get the oxygen through your body fast enough.If you have a lot of artery blockage it could cause a heart attack.so just sit down and relax for a few before resuming your workout.

  48. QUESTION:
    Can my liver be harmed by taking a really complete multi vitamin?
    I had my gallbladder out a few years ago and have never had any problems. I just recently came across information about taking care of the liver after this surgery. News to me, since the surgeon nor any docs ever said anything about it. Any way, I was wondering about taking enzymes supplements to help liver function along with lecithin. I also read that supplements can be harmful. I've been taking women's Irwin Natural Living Green Liquid-gel Multi for quite a while now. I do this because I have IBS and need to supplement as so many good foods cause IBS pain. I take acidophillus with pectin, a fiber supplement and I eat a low fat diet.I don't have many issues with my IBS as a result. Any good info out there about adding enzymes or taking away anything I'm now doing? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Doubt your liver can be damaged by one or two regular multivitamin. Main vitamin that can damage your liver is vitamin A

  49. QUESTION:
    Old Cat bleeding, liver failure?
    Hi all, my cat was recently diagnosed and is now being treated for hyperthyroidism. She is a very old cat (about 16). Tonight she has started passing large sort of 'blood worms' which look like large fat clots when she uses her litter tray. She seems in alot of pain, she can't settle, she's straining in corners and always passing blood, and licking her bottom. I'm aware this is pretty damn serious, and she WILL be going straight to the vet once my father gets home with the car. But I am just wondering what to expect - is this liver failure? The state she is in I'm expecting the worst, and preparing myself to be coming home without her.
    Thankyou in advance for your responses x

    • ANSWER:
      I'm so sorry someone gave such a terrible answer.

      Yes, this probably is liver failure, or some other serious problem related to her age and health problems.

      If she is in pain, it might be time to put her to sleep, as hard as that can be to consider.

      You don't want her to suffer.

      I just recently put down my seventeen year old cat after a fight with cancer.. I miss him dearly, and am actually now tearing up as I write this to you.

      Do ask your father to hurry home, and consider asking someone else closer to you with a car for a ride, and then having him meet you at the vet.

      Best wishes, and I hope you do what's best for your wonderful kitty.

      --- Also, I don't want to give you false hope, but sometimes things are not what they seem. That very cat I spoke of earlier was bleeding from the mouth one day, and I was sure it was the end.. he looked like he was in pain, and wasn't eating. I took him to the vet and it turned out he had just lost a tooth to old age. He lived pain free for a few more months before we put him down because the cancer got him.

      So please, don't just assume she's dying, and leaver her at home. Take her to the vet.

      You might be able to prolong your time with your sweetie a little, and that's an amazing thing.

      However, this sounds a little more serious. Like I said, I would consider that this could be the end, and try to make her as comfortable as possible.

      I'm so sorry for you, and your kitty.

  50. QUESTION:
    Tumor on rat's liver...?
    Okay, so my rat has been very fat lately. I'm sure you've seen all the other questions I've posted about it haha :D
    But I called the vet this morning and found out it may be a tumor on her liver. She said as long as she's eating, digesting, and not acting in pain, she should be fine. BUT I want to know how a tumor on her liver might damage her and how long she'd live??
    Thank you<3
    By the way, she's two years old.
    Andy D-- I *think* it's ON the liver but I'm not positive that the vet was that specific.

    It'd be awesome if she could live 1+ more years (=

    • ANSWER:
      Hey there -
      First, I am sorry to hear about your rat =(. Now is the tumor ON the liver or IN the liver. There is a big difference. If it is on the liver then it is probably benign and will have little effect on your rattie. If it is in her liver you have a much larger problem. Livers are basically the processing center of food, it gets cleaned and unneeded things are removed (urine and feces). If the tumor starts to take over the liver, your rat may develop megacolon which can result in death.
      It really varies rat to rat, but if I had to bet I would say she has 1+ year to live.

      Andy D


Fatty Liver Disease In Cats

How Chlorella Relates to Constipation
What Is Chlorella?

Dubbed as one of the world's most influential organisms over the course of it's three and a half billon year lifespan, chlorella was the first link in the food chain and has continued to be one of the world's "most powerful foods." Chlorella was discovered in early twentieth century Germany, where German scientists were on the forefront of invoking the idea of making food from chlorella into action. The initial interest in the power of chlorella plant lied with it's capabilities to be a reliable food source. In the late-fifties it was discovered that chlorella could not be a reliable source of food due to a low level of digestibility. Researchers then turned their sights on using chlorella as the ultimate promoter of superior health.

Chlorella, packing a combination of sixty percent essential amino acid proteins, has become a popular health supplement, Japan began using chlorella as a food supplement in the mid-eighties following more than three decades of studies involving chlorella cells. In fact, the Japan Chlorella Research Center was founded in 1957 and went on to become largest facility for cultivating chlorella. In 1975, one of Japan's foremost publications on health, Japanese Journal of Nutrition, published the results of study that pointed to the link between a diet including chlorella and a lowered level of blood and liver cholesterol.

With the emergence of the twenty-first century, the United States and Europe begun pointing to the potentially helpful health hints offered up by chlorella plant cells and supplements. Chlorella cells draw their energy from the light of the sun, the cells then begin to demonstrate a characteristic trait that has been dubbed the Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF). The CGF trait divides the chlorella cell and increases it's reproduction value. The Chlorella Growth Factor urges strong growth in children and provokes the repair of tissues that have been damaged. When chlorella is ingested, the body is believed to pick up some of the natural elements of the sun.
Chlorella and Constipation

Amongst it's list of purported health benefits, chlorella's chlorophyll contents from which chlorella draws it's name, which are high in dietary fiber, are influential in preventing constipation. The chlorella plant contains more chlorophyll in just one gram than any other plant in the world. Chlorophyll is the one of the most reliable food sources for cleansing not only the bowel, but the blood and liver, as well. Chlorella has also been proven to help the body emit heavy metals and poisonous substance from it's midst-and these detoxification effects can be paramount in hoisting consistent constipation. Chlorella is a union of green algae composed of a edible outer shell and a inner nucleus filled with fiber. The plant's blood cleaning abilities is an important step of carrying waste away from the body's tissues.

The Japanese medical community has become interested in chlorella for it's solid abilities as a detoxifier. One of nature's resident cleaners, chlorella stimulates and reinvigorates the constipated bowel by prompting the growth of a colon cleaning bacteria known as lactobacillus. Couple lactobacillus with chlorella's resident acting agent, chlorophyll and the bowel has found itself a concoction to lead heavy metals and out of the intestinal tract. Oxy-Powder is a supplement that, like lactobacillus, works as the colon sweeping approach to curtailing constipation. Chlorella aides constipation in four essential ways:

Reinstates regular movement of the bowelsNormalizes bowel scentsDetoxifies the bowelAssist with the repair of damaged bowel tissue

Chlorella's Health Benefits

Chlorella supplements have become a source of biological essentials like vitamins, and chlorophyll. But the so-called "green blood cell" has a lot in the way of capability to knotch on it's belt. Available in the form of powder, tablets, capsules, and granules, chlorella features a wide array of health related benefits. For starters, the chlorella growth factor in chlorella cells and supplements have been linked to an ability to promote metabolism. A nourishing source of chlorophyll, that element of chlorella is cited to be helpful in the healing of wounds. Chlorella contains the power of a combination of anti-oxidants with beta-carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin E. Some of the other chlorella health benefits are:

An increase of control over anemia due to the chlorophyll, iron, folic acid, and vitamin B12 contents of chlorella. Prompting the body's immune systemReducing cholesterol Protects the liver, kidneys, and bronchial systemsImproves skin conditionsCleansing the blood stream, which can be beneficial in preventing the developement of high blood pressure

Chlorella studies have shown the plant's cells are proactive in stimulating T-cells, and largely improving the immune system's ability to ward off the formation of diseases like cancer, hypoglycemia, and bacteria. Chlorella's high concentration of chlorophyll has been cited to eliminate halitosis in a matter of just days. And after reversing constipation, chlorella can improve the stink of heavily accented stools. There has also been some evidence that chlorella features anti-aging agents.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Can anyone help me with Fatty Liver Disease (Cats)?
    Warning: this is long, but if you've been through this, and know anything I could do...please help!

    Last Friday, we took our cat to the animal hospital because he hadn't ate or drank anything in a few days. They said it was fatty liver disease, and they kept him hooked up to IV's. They even put a tube in his throat so we could feed him that way. A few hours after the tube was put in, my cat pulled it out himself. They were going to replace the tube for free, but didn't want to do it right away since he had just been through the surgery. We went to visit him in the hospital the next day, and just by us being there, he ate a little. They kept him in the hospital one more day, then released him without replacing the tube, saying that we'll probably have better luck getting him to eat. When we first brought him home, he ate about half of a cup of dry food which surprised us. Since then, he's been eating very little every day. My question is, what should I do? Force feed him? if so, how? Or should I take him back to the hospital to have the tube put in? We paid 900 bucks for the placement of the tube...would they put another one in for free, since they were going to do that originally? I don't know what to do.

    As far as his personality, when this first happened, he was lifeless...but since we've had him home from the hospital, he does walk around a good bit (slowly but surely) and he purrs louder than ever before. When I wake up in the morning, or walk through the door after work, he makes an effort to get up and rub against my leg. That's why it's so hard for me to figure out what to do. He's trying to act like his normal self, he's just weak.

    • ANSWER:
      I think you need to syringe-feed the cat several times a day until he is 100% eating well on his own.

      You are going to need to get several large needle-less syringes today. Call the vet's office and ask or buy at a medical supply store.

      Buy some Wellness canned cat food, it is high in calories, protein and fat plus easy to blend. Mix in a blender or food processor with an equal or slightly less volume of water. Try to get at least a full 5.5 oz can or more into the cat daily.

      Be forewarned that this is a messy process and it is normal to get as much on the cat as in. Take this into account when figuring how much he ate.

      Once your syringe is full you firmly hold the cat sideways or from behind. Place the tip of the syringe between his molars and ingect about 2ccs of the food mixture. Wait for him to swallow and repeat.

      If you need more info on this I am sure there are cat force-feeding videos out there. I will try to find one for you myself. Check back.

      Update: I just found this one with additional information for wrapping the cat;

  2. QUESTION:
    Fatty Liver in Cats?
    My best friend's cat has fatty liver disease. She lost a lot of weight due to the stress of moving, and ended up with fatty liver.

    The vet sent her home and gave her instructions to force feed the cat a prescription diet.

    She is absolutely frazzled, and thinks it might just be better to put her cat down. Her cat is only three years old, but she thinks her cat is in unbearable pain.

    I've read a bit online, and it appears cats can recover from this pretty quickly.

    Has anyone been through this? Has anyone had a cat pull through fatty liver disease? Any thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver is a serious condition in cats, but is one that they can survive if they recieve the proper nutrition. It can be very hard to force feed a cat through the mouth as cats are typically a big fan. A really good solution is a feeding tube that you can feed the cats through without all of the same hassle. Your friend should go back to her vet and asking about a feeding tube, and see if they can put one in or could refer her to a place that can. Once the cat is eating again on its own the ube can come out and the cats can recover pretty well.

  3. QUESTION:
    How is a cat tested for fatty liver disease/hepatic lipidosis at the vet's?'?
    She's been losing weight fairly rapidly, mostly cause I've changed her diet. And upon recommendation from some other "answers", I'm going to take her to the vet to get it checked out. But specifically how do they test for this? Is it a blood test, and what do they test for? I'd appreciate knowing in advance some of this stuff so that I'll be better prepared to ask questions when the vet sees the cat.

    Any vets out there??

    • ANSWER:
      They would do a blood chemistry panel. There are several values on there related to the liver that they can see if something is going wrong. The liver enzyme SAP is usually up as are. ALT and AST. Bilirubin may also be above normal. There are some other things that it is common to be out of whack in a cat with HL.
      They could also do a bile acid test.
      And they will physically examine her for signs of jaundice. (which you can do yourself) and will palpate her abdomen (liver may be enlarged)
      And taking the history is very important so the vet will talk to you about what has been going on , just how much has she been eating and how does that compare to the amount she ate before, and if you know how much weight she has lost in what time. and will ask if she has been vomiting.

      The definitive diagnostic test is a liver biopsy via fine needle aspirate. That would be taken guided by Ultrasound. The U/s itself would show typical signs of the disease in the liver and could also be helpful to see if there is anything else going on with nearby organs. You can discuss whether that is something that would give enough additional information to be worthwhile. or ask them to go ahead and treat based on a dx from the history, physical exam and blood values.

      If your cat is eating you are way ahead. The biggest difficulty is the cats who have totally stopped eating. then the only way to save them is to put in a feeding tube. (not as drastic as it sounds, but it is a minor surgery.. and you then have to feed them through it. it's a lot better than trying to force feed with an oral syringe though.

      There are a lot of things they can do depending on what is going on with your cat , whether she is anorexic, vomiting, dehydrated etc

      And they might give you a liver support medicine - - For my cat Denamarin was very helpful and his liver was able to heal itself. (He did not quite have HL . I guess it was not quite to that point, but did have liver damage related to pancreatitis and not eating enough. )

      When changing a cat's diet one has to be very careful and not try to starve them into it if they are refusing the new diet . cats WILL refuse to eat to the point of making themselves ill.
      in the main article at http://catinfo.org, Dr. Lisa Pierson, DVM, discusses this in the part about transitioning diet. She mentions among other things how to estimate how many calories a cat needs per day to safely avoid HL when trying to switch diets or lose weight.

      Good luck, I hope things will go well.

  4. QUESTION:
    My cat has fatty liver disease and he was very sick, i just want to help people with their questions about it?
    Hi, my cats name is fatso. He was 4 years and 8 months old. Fatso was a black cat with a very nice face and had long very beautiful hair. He was a very playful and kind cat to be around. He loved to joke around and rub his head against anyone who came close to him. Fatso was always purring and wouldn't hurt a fly because he was way too nice. He would always meow as loud as he could just so he would make sure that you knew he was there. Fatso had recently become very ill on Friday May 29, 2009. We noticed that Fatso had stopped eating quite a bit and has lost some weight even though Fatso, who was normally known for his name, loved to eat. Even though he stopped eating we noticed that his stomach was still getting bigger. He had also become very lethargic and stopped his purring. Fatso wasn't being himself. He seemed to be very thirsty on this Friday during the day, but he wouldn't drink anything because his mouth seemed to be hurting him. We tried to get him some water by squirting from through a syringe (without the needle of course) into his mouth. On that Friday night, fatso had started to throw up this white puffy gloop and it looked very painful for him. He kept trying to stick his tongue out like there was something caught in his throat. Fatso wasn't doing so well so we brought him to the vet on Saturday morning at 7 am. He stayed there in critical condition for 3 days. The vet did a blood sample test, and noticed that his liver enzymes were quite high. Fatso was put on IV and was taken care of for these 3 days. On the second day when we went to see Fatso he seemed to be looking a lot better. Then on Monday, the 3rd day or yesterday, we had a call from the vet saying that Fatso wasn't doing so well and that he would have to be transferred from the vet’s office to an actual animal hospital. So we made a decision and picked up Fatso from the vet and brought him to the animal hospital. When we picked him up the doctor seemed to be right because he seemed to have gone back to the way he was when we first brought him in. At this time Fatso's skin that was exposed above his eyes seemed to be turning yellow and this was because of the enzyme build-up in his liver. This caused his blood to change color which caused the skin to change color. I let him out of his carrying cage while we where waiting in the lobby of this animal hospital (In Guelph Ontario, this place is probably the best place in the world for sick animals and is called Guelph Animal Hospital) and I let him out of his cage. He sat with me for a little while but he wanted to walk around, so I let him. Fatso could barely stand up and fell to the floor twice. We put him up on the bench and he started to fall asleep. Since that time Fatso has had multiple tests and has been diagnosed with fatty liver disease, pancreatitis, and fluid build-up in his stomach (which is the reason why his stomach was getting bigger even though he wasn't eating). After this call we decided that we did not want him to be poked and probed anymore because that is not the way a cat should live. Cats should be able to do everything they are supposed to do not sitting around eating food through a tube in his stomach. So we are going to go and see Fatso today but he is going to be put to sleep. The reason why I am writing this story is so that people who are in need of help and need answers quickly will be able to read Fatso's story and help there Kitten(s) or Cat(s). We will miss you always.

    For Fatso, it is what he would want me to do

    • ANSWER:
      This is a very sad story and I'm very sorry for your loss. It's very sad that Fatso had to suffer so much. At least you tried everything you knew to do. Hang in there as we all know how hard this is and it's OK to cry. I'm just SO sorry for your loss.

      What kind of food has Fatso been eating all these years? I'll bet the lesson here is what WILL happen to a cat being fed dry kibble and canned foods from the grocery stores or WalMart type stores. Commercial dog and cat foods, loaded with corn, wheat, soy, glutens, artificial preservatives like ethoxyquin, artificial colors, lots of toxic crap, will eventually cause major damage in our pets!! These foods cause allergies, kidney disease/failure, UTI's, liver disease/failure.

      The worst part of all of this is that the veterinarians around this world should KNOW this and put a stop to it. Just because the pet food is a mulitbillion dollar industry, DOES NOT MAKE IT OK that they're killing our pets. WE think we're doing the best we can for our pets and these BASTARDS KNOW that what they're putting into pet foods is KILLING our babies that we love with all of our hearts!! THIS IS A CRIME and HAS to be stopped!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. QUESTION:
    fatty liver diesease in cats.?
    My cat has fatty liver disease so i found out i have to force feed her, i went to the store and found a variety of soft smelly canned cat food, vitamin gel, kitten milk and bottle, and a can of sardines. She has been eating little bits about every 3 hours and ive been putting the vit gel up by her nose so it forces her to lick it off... If anyone has suggestions on what i should do ( i already took it to the vet and they did a flush) Also the vitamin gel has high in calories in it but just looked at the ingredients today and it has a high percent of fat?? would the high percent of fat hurt her liver even more???

    • ANSWER:
      No, cats were designed to eat an all-meat diet - that means high protein, and high fat. Some other things that may entice her to eat include chicken baby food (those little jars that are about 89 cents a piece - pure chicken or chicken and gravy, not the "dinners"), shredded human plain cooked or roasted chicken, turkey deli meat, and even human canned tuna. These are all normally forbidden foods, but as the vet has explained to you it's more important that she eats than what she eats, at this point.

  6. QUESTION:
    Feeding tube for cat with advanced fatty liver disease?
    I recently moved to Hawaii and due to their quarantine requirements my brother back on the mainland has been keeping my two cats, one of which was diagnosed with advanced fatty liver disease this weekend. She lost half her body weight by the time she was taken to the vet and she's in bad shape. The vet is keeping her for the weekend to stabilize her and said that she'll need a feeding tube surgically inserted.

    I basically have to make the call to either have her put to sleep this week or go through with the surgery. I want to fight for her but not if it means prolonging a painful death. I would be relying on my brother to nurse her back to health, so I'm hoping someone can share their experiences with feeding tubes. Would the cat require around-the-clock care? Would it even do any good if she already lost that much weight? Do cats typically recover from FLD with the feeding tubes? My cat is only 5 years old and has never been sick before.

    • ANSWER:

  7. QUESTION:
    Can over-innoculation cause fatty liver disease in a cat?
    I took my cat in for her "yearly shots" and she was not the same ffrom the minute I brought her back from the vet. She threw up minutes after I let her out of the carrier, and went poop outside her box within 15 minutes. As the weeks went by she lost her appetite and wittled down to nothing. I did make calls to the vet and he said she may be just going through a phase. She got really bad, and I took her for a second opinion,but it was too late. We tried force feeding but she got so bad we had to put her down. Is there a known cause to fatty liver disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver disease (hepatic lipidosis) is not directly caused by anything except anorexia (not eating), and generally only occurs in cats who are overweight and prone to pancreatitis and other forms of physical and mental stress. Cats, like any other mammal, will burn fat stores when they are short on food (or refusing to eat food, for whatever reason). An overweight cat has an abundance of fat stores that the feline liver is not built to handle, and the massive influx of so much fat being digested clogs the liver, causing hepatic lipidosis.

      Vaccination is very stressful for some cats, it makes them lethargic, sometimes even nauseous and anorexic. Of course this is no reason NOT to vaccinate, but for overweight cats and easily distressed cats, it is something to look out for and react to immediately. Your clinic, if they were on top of things, should have realized that your cat was (probably) overweight, and the fact that she was not eating, regardless of the reason, was a very dangerous situation for her.

      I'm sorry you had to lose your kitty that way =/

  8. QUESTION:
    My cat may have fatty liver disease. Please help with alternative advice! Please!?
    My cat may have fatty liver disease. He hasn't eaten for a little under a week and won't even drink water. I won't get the results of his blood test until this Friday or Saturday, and I hope it isn't too late by then. He is an overweight kitty...always has been. My neighbor was feeding him a lot when he would go outside. I told her to stop but she wouldn't, saying that he would cry and cry until someone fed him. Now I am so worried about him because he vomits up everything, even the anti-vomiting medication the vet gave him. I'm giving him antibiotics for the intestine, but he's still not eating. Do you have any suggestions? Like how to force feed him without getting that implant-tube in his stomach? I can't afford to get that surgery if he does need it. Please give advice!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Dietary care for a cat with liver disease will include high quality protein. Cats with liver problems should not be given shellfish, organ meat, or foods containing fish meal. These contain purines which metabolize to form uric acid, something the cat's damaged liver cannot process.

      I got that from one of the links I have given you below. That said, here is what I learned as a child from an old woman who used to "vet" for people's pets. If you are currently medicating with liquids, it will be similar. If not you will need a couple of supplies.

      First, get as much information as you can on the appropriate diet for your cat. The links I have given you will give you a good idea about the kind of high protein low fat food you can make. There are also a lot of nutritionally complete recipes that you can search for, and some have recipes specifically for kidney issues. Then, get some kitty vitamins, and while these don't have calories, it will make sure she is getting nutrients.

      Next you will need a smallish flexible rubber tube, generally known as an aspirator, or a needle-less syringe. In your blender, blend your 3 oz. protein meat, the vitamin and 1/4 cup water. Add 1 tbs sugar or Karo syrup. Then, add about 1/4 cup more water until it is very liquidy (hold extra until needed). Take about a teaspoon of the liquid and add a pinch of Metamucil and a half a pinch of baking soda and fill up the syringe. Start with about about a teaspoon in the syringe or aspirator. The meat will give her protein, the sugar will give her carbohydrates (and help soothe the tummy), the baking soda will help keep stomach acids at bay, and the Metamucil will give her a non-grain easy to digest fiber. If she will take any food on her own you can give her this a few laps at a time.

      You may want to get some help or get a towel to restrain her, but with her stomach on the floor (do not put her on her back or hold her like a baby), open her mouth (this is usually the really hard part) and squirt a few drops on the back of the tongue if you are not used to using a liquid med on your cat, because you want to make sure she doesn't choke. The back of the tongue should also be enough to make her swallow. Do this as many times as you can until you have gotten as much or all of the liquid as you can. Right now her stomach might be on auto-vomit, so you want to dose out the food in small bits. If she can start keeping the food down, you can use a little less water in the recipe and give her a higher dosage. Hold off on the anti-vomit medication for a while or wait until she has a little sustenance in her tummy.

      Will this work on your cat? I don't know. Will this replace the need for a feeding tube? I don't know. My advice would be to seek out the services of a vet or qualified technician who can do this, but since you asked about force feeding, and that is the information I am giving you.

      I hope it helps.

  9. QUESTION:
    I am looking for a cure for fatty liver disease in my cat .?

    • ANSWER:
      No cure. There is a diet I believe. Take it to a Vet.

  10. QUESTION:
    Anyone heard of Non alcholic fatty liver disease?
    In the beginning of July I had stomach pain and a cat scan that showed moderate liver swelling and elevated AST and ALT levals . The levals did go down over the period of a few months but it has been a few months since I have had it tested. Tomorrow morning I have another liver scan as well as on my gallbladder. I am scared it is gonna be swollen again or my blood tests back up. What could make this happen? My dr said non alcholic fatty liver disease. I am 36 yrs old, weigh 142 and I'm 5'9. my cholesteral leval has been high before though. I very rarely even have a drink with liquor. Maybe all the levals will be down and the swelling down. Just think it's odd and wonder what could be going on?
    5'9 142 lbs. It's not a weight issue.

    • ANSWER:
      Fat inside the liver is known as fat filtration. The fat
      inside the liver puts pressure there. The liver is
      surrounded by a membrane capsule...the fat can
      cause the nucleus of the liver cells to move out of
      position and even damage the liver cells.

      The liver cells are what makes these enzymes. If
      they become damaged, these enzymes leak out
      and go higher in the blood. When the cells are
      damaged, the immune system of the body responds
      to this damage and causes inflammation to also
      develop in the liver. This will cause the liver to
      enlarge in size.

      There are different things that can cause a
      fatty liver: alcohol consumption, medications
      like steriods, diabetes, insulin resistance,
      weight gain, high cholesterol/triglyceride levels,
      pregnancy, hereditary conditions, metabolic
      disorders and others.
      The cause has to be determined. With some
      people who have a weight problem...losing
      weight will make it reverse...; those who have
      an alcohol problem...stopping will help reverse
      it.

      Some people have high cholesterol levels because
      they consume too much cholesterol. Others, this
      can be a hereditary condition that runs in the family
      where the liver makes too much cholesterol.
      Those who have the first, would be best to limit
      the amount of cholesterol foods they take in...
      the ones where it is hereditary, diet doesn't help
      much and they usually need cholesterol lowering
      drugs.

      Simple fatty liver disease can turn to Steatohepatitis.
      This sounds like what you have. Steato means fat,
      hepat means liver and itis means inflammation.
      If this isn't caused by alcohol, then it is known as
      NASH or Non Alcoholic Steatohepatitis.

      It is good to have the liver scan done. The doctor
      can see how much the liver has fat infiltration,
      if there are any growth/tumors in the liver, if the
      biliary ducts have become blocked, if the liver
      has enlarged in size and how well the blood is
      flowing through the liver. However, the very
      best test is a liver biopsy...because they are looking
      directly at the tissue of the liver and not just pictures
      of it.

      I am going to give you some sites to click on to
      learn more about this disease.

      It is very important to follow any directions the
      doctor may give you. If the inflammation in the liver
      continues...it can lead to where the liver cells start
      to die off and form scar tissue inside the liver
      which will block the flow of blood...this is known
      as Cirrhosis.

      http://www.medicinenet.com/fatty_liver/article.htm
      http://www.aafp.org/afp/20060601/1961.html
      http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/fatty-liver.html
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatty_liver
      http://www.gastro.com/Gastro/liverdisease/fatty_liver.aspx

      This definitely doesn't seem to be a weight problem.

      Hope this information is of some help to you.
      Best wishes

  11. QUESTION:
    Emaciated Cat with Liver Issues?
    3 days ago i found a cat in the basement of an abandoned, boarded up house. it is skin and bones and severely jaundice. Vet thinks it was once an overweight cat who now has fatty liver disease since it had no access to food or water for "who knows how long." Blood results were normal except for slight anemia and bilirubin in the 20's which is really off the charts. He was given flea treatment and stool sample showed no worms or parasite and he has no infections of any sort.

    I'm caring for him in my home and give him prescribed under skin lactating ringers (200 day). I feed him small frequent meals and he's a great eater. He eats on his own and always has. After all i've read about fatty liver disease in cats, it seems that most cases are due to an overweight cat who stops eating due to stressful situations vs. no access to food. Other cats with fatty liver disease need tube feeding, but this guy gobbles up food and then falls back to sleep. He's also extremely wobbly most of the time.

    While visiting the vet, he prescribed clavamox as a prevenative to an infection...he does not have infections now. However, after his 3rd dose of clavamox, he doesn't have nearly the appetite that he used to and seems very lethargic (as compared to before clavamox). I also worry that feeding him every hour interrupts his much needed sleep.

    Should i stop the clavamox since he has no infection and should I give him bigger meals and more sleep? He has not vomited since I've met him. I love him. Has anyone dealt with an emaciated and or severely jaundice cat with fatty liver?

    • ANSWER:
      I would continue with the Clavamox, but call the vet and ask if what you're experiencing might be a side effect.

      Fatty liver disease can be hard to deal with, but you've got a survivor on your hands.

      Feeding every hour is a little too much, I would stick to feeding about 4 times a day. Also you can go for healthy, nutritious brands instead of the supermarket stuff, and he'll be putting weight on soon.

      I wouldn‘t really recommend feeding any dry food. Cats are designed to get their water from food. That's the way nature designed them, they have low thirst drive. When fed dry, they won't drink enough to compensate for the lack of moisture. They will only consume about 50% of the water they should be having. This can lead to kidney disease, UTI, crystals, blockage, renal failure and more. Especially since you have a tom, this is crucial. Male cats have a narrower urethra than female cats and are more prone to blockage from the crystals.

      Free feeding also contributes to obesity. And the fact that dry food is over-processed means, that most of it’s little nutrition has been already destroyed, leaving almost no nutrients for your cat. It needs to eat more to meet it’s needs, and in the process consumes more calories from the fillers.

      Btw wetting the dry food will not help. There’s bacteria on the kibble and the water would just allow it to grow.

      The only way to give the cat it's natural hydration is to feed it wet food only.

      But some wet foods are not of a very high quality, either. That goes for most commercial foods. Just like the dry, they are often made with cheap fillers such as corn, wheat, soy, rice etc. These are not a part of cat's natural diet (it’s an obligate carnivore – it eats meat) and they are not designed to digest it. Grain is carbohydrate which the cats can't process and it turns into blood sugar and fat, causing diabetes and obesity. In the wild, where cats only hunt for meat, diabetes and obesity are unheard of. It's us who cause these by feeding a species inappropriate food.

      We usually read labels on our food, but rarely on the food for our cats. Learn to read the label and understand the ingredients. The healthiest food to feed apart from raw feeding is grain-free wet food with no by-product. Some good brands are Wellness CORE, EVO, Merrick, Nature's Variety, Blue Buffalo Wilderness and more. These will give your cat the proper hydration and nutrition it's designed to get and it will be strong and healthy.

      If you switch it's diet, do it gradually, by mixing the current food with the new one over couple of weeks until there's only the new. This will prevent diarrhea and upset stomach.

      You will probably get a lot of different answers, so google feline nutrition or look at the links below, and do the research for yourself. I personally wasn't able to find one reliable source (besides the pet food industry) that would say grain is beneficial for cats or that dry is beneficial for them.

      More on cat nutrition below,

      Good luck!

  12. QUESTION:
    My cat with liver disease - no one will help?
    The vet told me it will probably take 3000+ dollars just to fix her. But, they wont know what the underlying cause is without an ultrasound which is 330 dollars, and I already paid 250 dollars to find out she HAD fatty liver disease. I am living on my own part time and I have bills due soon, Im already behind on cable. My fiance will be sending me 5000 dollars in 3 weeks but I know my kitty wont last 3 weeks. My grandfather wont help me because he still believes that nothing is wrong with her, or if he does, he thinks its pointless to try and save her because she'll just die anyway.

    The vet I was sent to from my original vet said that they DO have the ability to pay in monthly payments but you have to apply for it, which I did and I failed. My grandfather wont even try, he wont even pay solely for her ultra sound to see if it's reversable, whatever she has. I dont feel its right to put her down if theres a possibility to save her and I feel like it might just be putting her down for convience when she might be able to save... Does that make sense???

    What should I do? She wont AT ALL, will barely drink, so I know shes REALLY sick. How long can I wait bfore you think its too late??? Im trying so hard to talk to my friends and friends families to pay for her and have me pay them back later.
    I talked to the vet and I explained all of that, but they wont give me an exception. Shadow is 10 years old. Also, last time I asked my grandfather to borrow money he said "once you left you were no longer my concern, deal with it!" So Im at a dead end. I dont wanan put down my kitty. Please help me.

    • ANSWER:
      Here are a few groups that might be able to help - i know with the economy the charities are really in difficulties too so they might not have any money but since you could pay them back in few weeks they might be able to lend you some.
      In Memory of Magic (IMOM) is dedicated to insuring that no companion animal has to be euthanized simply because their caretaker is financially challenged.
      http://www.imom.org
      IMOM, Inc
      PO Box 282
      Cheltenham, MD 20623
      Phone (866)-230-2164 Fax (301)-599-1852

      United Animal Nations established the LifeLine fund in 1997 to aid companion animals in times of life-threatening emergencies when their caregivers, with low or no incomes, are unable to afford the entire cost of treatment.
      http://uan.org/lifeline/index.html
      United Animal Nations
      P.O. Box 188890
      Sacramento, California 95818
      Telephone: (916) 429 2457 fax: (916) 429 2456
      LifeLine Fund - http://www.uan.org/index.cfm?navid=28

      Help-A-Pet is a nonprofit organization, which provides financial assistance for the medical care of pets whose guardians are unable to afford the expense
      http://www.help-a-pet.org/home..html
      Help-A-Pet
      P. O. Box 244
      Hinsdale, Illinois 60521
      Telephone: (630) 986-9504 fax: (630) 986-9141

      Feline Veterinary Emergency Assistance Programs provides financial assistance for emergency medical care for cats.
      http://www.fveap.org/sys-tmpl/door/
      FVEAP
      1641 Elizabeth Lane
      Yuba City, CA 95993
      Fax: 888-301-4264

      In the mean time you need to do as Ken suggested, get some oral syringes from the vet and start force feeding her a high calorie wet food (for example some of the kitten foods). there is also some high calorie paste you can get from a pet store for sick pets.
      She probably will need a feeding tube put in, it makes it much easier. I agree with Ken on that too, start calling around and asking vets what that surgery would cost and if you are then able to take her home and feed her yourself. maybe that can lower the price some.

      here is a vet's page about the tubes http://www.catinfo.org/?link=feedingtubes

      Also check out the feline assisted feeding group in yahoo groups. they might give you some good advice for trying to get food into her with the syringe while you are trying to raise/ borrow the money for the U/s & getting a tube put in.

  13. QUESTION:
    Cat was diagnosed with fatty liver and is vomiting, what should I do?
    My 4 year old DSH male was diagnosed with Hepatic Lipidosis AKA fatty liver disease two days ago. We had him hospitalized, on IV fluids, being force fed some A/D. He is starting to turn jaundice. He is currently on diazepam in the morning, periactin in the evening with famotidine.

    I brought him home tonight, gave him his pepcid and periactin and was waiting an hour to force feed him some A/D. He just vomited food.. Should I hold off on his 9pm feeding and wait until midnight?

    • ANSWER:
      look it up but your limited to so much if its his time let him go in peace I hope he makes it

      When he starts walking funny and vomiting not eating he's sick and in the stage of dying i'm not saying this to scare you but Ive been through it I had a kitten I was gettin close to die in my arms he wouldnt eat and was vommiting just sit by him and tell him everythings going to be okay pet his head set him on a nice quilt let him go in peace hes in pain

  14. QUESTION:
    Liver disease or what?
    In the beginning of July I had stomach pain and a cat scan that showed moderate liver swelling and elevated AST and ALT levals . The levals did go down over the period of a few months but it has been a few months since I have had it tested. Tomorrow morning I have another liver scan as well as on my gallbladder. I am scared it is gonna be swollen again or my blood tests back up. What could make this happen? My dr said non alcholic fatty liver disease. I am 36 yrs old, weigh 142 and I'm 5'9. my cholesteral leval has been high before though. I very rarely even have a drink with liquor. Maybe all the levals will be down and the swelling down. Just think it's odd and wonder what could be going on?

    • ANSWER:

  15. QUESTION:
    Sitter Neglected 2 Feed, Visit Cats 4 Days In a Row...?
    Last weekend, I entrusted a friend & neighbor with the usual instructions on how, when to feed my cats before taking off for the weekend. I fed them Friday night (wet & dry food, bowls of water).

    I called, emailed, used FaceBook over the weekend & received no replies in any form.

    On Tuesday, I returned to a gang of anxious, thinner cats. Not a single dish had moved from where I left it & there were 5 unopened cans of cat food on the counter...

    I asked my neighbor what happened. She went to work, went away & didn't check on them once. She's been dismissed. New help has been hired.

    My question: considering one of my cats was 38 pounds & he's now 25, should I be happy about the weight loss/concerned? He isn't overdoing it in any way (e.g. sleeping, water intake, overdoing it on food). How long can a large cat go without food?

    The others have lost 2 pounds max. & they're much lighter as well as younger, so I'm not scared there. They look & act fine too.

    I've read about the dreaded fatty liver disease & I pray that this isn't occurring under the surface.

    • ANSWER:

  16. QUESTION:
    Cat lost his appetite when his cat friend died?
    Within the past 5 weeks or so, I have noticed that my cat has been eating very little. He doesn't appear sick, he is actually overweight, which is why it concerns me even more because I'm worried about him developing fatty liver disease.

    There are a number of changes that seemed to trigger the loss of appetite.

    1. His cat friend passed away.

    2. I had been transitioning him slowly to a healthier food than friskies. He wasn't eating the friskies either after his friend died.

    3. I got a new kitten which made him very nervous.

    My cat is still acting a little sad and nervous, but not acting sick. I think his nerves and some depression are to blame. I will take him to the vet if he loses any weight or continues to not eat as much or shows any other symptoms.

    Right now he is eating some, but not too much. I have read that cats don't eat as much of a higher quality food that they would of a low quality food?? I also have read that they will stop eating or eat less when stressed. The kitten is kept in a separate room. He comes out about twice a day to visit. My older cat doesn't appear too stressed by it. At first he hissed, but now he's just acting quiet and observing.

    Any suggestions as to what I can do to help prevent my cat from developing fatty liver disease? He's definitely not at the point for invasive treatment such as feeding tubes. He DOES eat just not much. How can I help him start eating again?

    I have tried wet food, warmed up wet food and two high quality foods. I don't want to go back to Friskies because he wasn't eating that either anymore after his friend died.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Summer... so long as he is eating something he will not develop hepatic lipidosis (fatty liver). Additionally, it is quite common for a cat to eat much less when fed the premium pet food diet respectively.

      Consider offering chicken or turkey baby food as a supplemental treat. Most cats are willing to eat this when they are stressed or not well. It's important to select the baby food that is completely devoid of the ingredients garlic and onions which are used to flavour the foods. Both ingredients cause Heinz Body Anaemia.

      Continue to be patient as he will come around.

      The following articles may be helpful for you to better understand when cats are grieving:
      http://www.messybeast.com/cat-grief.htm
      http://www.petplace.com/cats/your-cat-s-grief/page1.aspx

  17. QUESTION:
    Syringe-feeding a cat?
    My cat is in treatment for liver damage, and I'm having to syringe-feed him until he will eat on his own. He hates it in the worst possible way. He will tolerate about half an ounce at a time, and so he's not getting nearly the amount of food he needs. The vet just said that if he's not eating, there's no more that can be done for him.

    Does anybody have experience with fatty liver/liver damage/liver disease in cats? Or any pointers in how to more effectively syringe-feed my cat? Or anything?? I'm desperate. He's only 3 years old, extremely sweet, and I'm not ready to give up on him.
    Edit: Fortunately, Rygel's very gentle and, even though I've clearly been doing it wrong, he has never tried to bite or scratch me. He just thrashes and tries to escape, and then cries. I've been letting him go when he starts fighting, but I'm going to have to get tough (or get it right) if I want to save his life.

    I had done some research, and I honestly didn't think his condition was that dire. I was completely unprepared to get the news that it was over. I can't accept that.

    Thank you for your answers and help. It's given me hope. :)

    • ANSWER:
      When you are about to feed you cat hold him on you lap and with one hand gently, but firmly hold him in between the scruff and the ears. Pull back.Then lightly press the tip of the syringe onto him lower gum behind the teeth.He will then (hopefully) open his mouth so you can push the food into his throat (again, be very gentle). When cats swallow they lick their nose, so don't let go or try to get him to open his mouth again because he will spit the food out.If he won't swallow gently rub the front of his neck until he does.

  18. QUESTION:
    How much would it cost to place an Esophagostomy tube in my cat?
    He was diagnosed with fatty liver disease, anyone have estimates? Also, can he go right home after placement?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there... prices vary from clinic to clinic as well as regionally. Therefore, you would have a better reflection of this by contacting various clinics in your region to see where the average cost is. Where we reside prices for esophagostomy can vary between 0 - 500 depending on the clinic's overhead, location and if the veterinarian is a specialist.

      Your veterinarian will be able to relay to you if your cat can go home with you immediately after the tube is in place, however some cats do require some observation time.

  19. QUESTION:
    Is there something in my house making my animals sick?
    I have 2 dogs and 3 cats. About 2 years ago, my first cat ended up with fatty liver disease and almost died but a feeding tube was put in and she was okay. 6 months after that, my female dog ended up with a bladder infection, which was treated. 8 months ago, my second cat ended up with liver failure, and was almost nursed back to heath. A month ago, that same cat ended up with another bladder infection. Now both my dogs have bladder infections.

    They always have access to clean water, the litter boxes are cleaned several times a day, and the dogs are let outside to pee several times a day.

    Why are my animals getting so sick all of a sudden? My dogs are only 1.5 & 2.5 years old, and my cats are 5 & 7. It has only started happening since I moved into a new house. Could there be something in the house causing this?

    • ANSWER:
      According to this site: http://www.dogs-and-dog-advice.com/canine-bladder-infection.html ,
      "Many experts believe that contaminated commercial dog food is responsible for UTI in dogs and cats, as well as other dog health problems."

      I would suggest you discuss the matter with your vet. Maybe try changing foods to see if it makes any different.

  20. QUESTION:
    Help me, my cat is dying!?
    Help me, my cat is dying!?
    My cat was just diagnosed with fatty liver disease last week, which we have come to terms with. But for some reason, he cannot keep anything in his stomach. At first he would eat and get sick only sometimes, and could drink water fine. Now no matter what we give him, and even in the smallest amounts...he throws up. The vomit is clear and foamy.

    Now i know when cats are sick with this disease they are apt to get sick, but he still has his appetite like crazy. He has not eaten, and only has kept down about 3 tbsps of water the past 2 weeks. He has lost 10 lbs, but still is walking around, purring, and even gets play full at times.

    His vomit is instant, as soon as it reaches his belly, which is so bazaar. This makes me believe there is something in his stomach the vet has not seen. My vet has been very short with us, and we are finding ourselves having to ask for things like xrays to be done. He has had 1 xray which showed nothing, but Im wondering if an ultrasound would show more....

    • ANSWER:
      There may not be much you can do, but wait until you think his quality of life is going and it is time to euthanize him. There is nothing wrong with following your instincts and getting extra tests. It is inexcusable that your vet would be short with you, especially in this difficult time. I think you should find a new vet and get a second opinion.

  21. QUESTION:
    I am a diabetic, My sugars been running in the lower 400s my kidneys are in stage 2.?
    I am 45. When I was 22 I had servere abdominal pain. I was in the hospital for surgery and after the surgery the doctors told me that my gallbladder and liver had swolen and were grown together so they surgically seperated them , leaving them inside of me. Years have past when about 5 years ago I had my gall bladder removed, the doctors could not do it without poening me up the traditional way and they worked on me for two hours. They told me they had a heckof a time getting it out. I have been having trouble in this area again, I have had diarea for almost two years and they presribed imodium and when I take that I aam stopped up for three tofour days, I bleed from this area like I am having my period. I have a problem eating because when I do it feel like it stops right bellow my ribs it looks like i am about 7 monthes pregnant above my stomach and it is hard.I have been complaing about this to my doctor sincr October,nothing. I have servere muscle spasms in my intestines, as well as my muscles in my upper arms and feet get charlie horses. Finally the doctor did blood work and ordered a cat scan. My bloodwork showed that I had a vitamin e defficiancy, and the cat scan showed fatty liver disease more details at next appt, Thursday.I am scared, Am I gonna die?

    • ANSWER:
      Seems that you have multiple morbidities working against you. The blood sugars of 400 and greater are not good for you. This increases your kidney damage. What was your last A1C? Adhere to your diet or let the doctor know that you have no intention of doing so and ask for better medication control of your diabetes.

      Constipation sucks. So does diarrhea. You don't have to take a whole Immodium. Cut it in half and take only a 2mg dose. Drink plenty of water with it and in the 24 hours following it.

      As a nurse, it sounds as if a lot of your issues are due to a poor diet. A long time of poor dieting. Cramping can be caused by potassium deficiency. Diarrhea and constipation can both be caused by poor diet. Fatty Liver Disease is often a result of a high fat diet with the fat depositing itself around the liver. A fatty liver can take up more space in your abdomen than is intended. This will cause eating food and expansion of the stomach prior to digestion to be uncomfortable. I hiatal hernia may also be present. Ask the doctor about that.

      To answer the question, "Am I going to die?"...yes, you are. We are all born to die. How long you are allowed to walk the face of this earth depends on you and the good Lord.

      Good luck with all your medical problems. If you do not want to die, start taking better care of yourself. Your doctor can only fix so much.

  22. QUESTION:
    Cat food recommendations?
    We recently lost one of our cats, she went into liver failure after a very hard fought battle with fatty liver disease and in the end she started suffering horribly so we had her humanely put to sleep to end her suffering. Unfortunately we find that the food our old vet recommended was an crap food and she was a very finicky eater, when she stopped eating her body couldn't process anymore because of all the garbage in the food we were feeding her. We were feeding a food that did have fillers in it, again one of those vets that recommended crap food, and we thought we knew what he was talking about. When we brought her to the vet that we are staying with now she recommended to us switching foods as we have 3 other cats to worry about now. We live in a smaller town and dont have to many options for quality foods so we went out and bought Innova, because its what we could find at that particular store. They are in switch mode but we still haven't decided if this is the food we are going to keep them on. So I thought maybe If i post the types of foods we can get around here I could get some suggestions. We plan to do a wet food with free feed dry option as the cats that are still with us are not overweight, if it becomes a problem we will limit the amount of dry available. I would love to do a raw diet for them but simply it would be a huge difficulty for us. We have a 1 year old cat, a 4 year old cat and a 14 year old cat, so it would help if what we get would be appropriate for them all, though I understand with a senior cat that maybe a bit more difficult, but he really does okay and checks out very healthy for his age.

    What we have available to us here is:
    Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul
    Innova
    Nutro (grain fillers I believe so its a no if there are)
    TikiCat (wet food)
    Felidae

    If none of these foods are good enough I would be willing to order online, but getting them at the feed store where we get our goat supplies would be more convenient. We just want to do whats right for our cats, its hard knowing we thought we were doing right but could have been doing them so wrong.
    You know what vets reccomend. We were feeding Science Diet. They never got tuna, but were often given wet food of low quality because our old vets told us that didnt matter as much as the dry food. So I assume that had a part in it. We still arent certain if the food alone caused the problems, obviously she stopped eating for a reason. Thats why we had the new vet preform a autopsy, and checkups on all of our other animals, to rule out any environmental causes. We should get all our test results back tomorrow. We just want to do whats right for our pack now. They seem to enjoy the Innova, and even though we are in switching time we notice a lot less smelly litter boxes, and healthier looking cats. Only a few days into the switch. The one thing of course that we are checking with all our animals is depression causing not eating, they have been very sad.
    We plan on feeding mostly canned with the dry as an option if they want it. The big reason for this is our cats are not very big fans of wet food right now, we hope to change that, but we have only found one or two wet food items that they like and I am not comfortable feeding them anymore at all. We are heading back out to the feed store to get them some better brands of wet food, one can at a time to see what they like and find something they enjoy.
    catloverme123:

    I would like to know more about why you recommend this food seeing as it would require me to have to order it online, and why you think it is better than what has already been recommended and discussed. One word doesnt really help too much.

    • ANSWER:
      Innova is an excellent food, good choice. Chicken soup and Felidae are also good choices. I am sorry to hear about your cat. I am curious what you were feeding before if you don't mind sharing? And I am also curious if you fed tuna, since the fatty buildup is often from lack of taurine and happens a lot in cats that eat tuna. The wet food diet would be idea for your cats, with a little dry thrown in. I think you are making some good decisions here, I am sorry that this is how you had to learn about food quality :( Best of luck to you and your pack!

      Ugh, and people don't believe us when we say Science diet is bad. Their appetites will perk up as time goes on, but if they seem to be really enjoying it that is truly excellent. I am glad you made the switch, and I think you will be very happy with the results. You can also switch between the 3 brands (Chicken soup, Felidae, and Innova) to keep variety for your cats since they are all the same quality. This is a very good move you have made tho.

  23. QUESTION:
    How should a cat be treated for the following disease progression:?
    Vomiting
    Jaundice
    Not eating
    (diagnosis of fatty liver and pancreatitis and given antibiotics, feeding tube, pain killers, anti-nausea medicine, IV fluids)
    After 4 days - Fluid in chest/abdomen and low albumin 1.6
    Albumin drops to 1.4 24 hours after plasma transfusion

    • ANSWER:
      I'm not an expert on feline pancreatitis, but this sounds like standard of care. If the ascites is overwhelming, I might want to tap it, which is not a big deal. It's an indirect result of the fatty liver, which causes albumin levels to drop, resulting in fluid leakage into tissues and/or abdomen.

      I'm not sure what the next step would be on the albumin levels, but obviously that's a priority. I'd also be wondering if the WBC has gone down.

  24. QUESTION:
    Cat has Dry Hard Black Stool and is Not Eating?
    Where should I begin...I have a 8yr old long hair cat who 5 years ago went through fatty liver disease (due to a stressful move) and we had to tube feed her...she had fully recovered within a week of the tube being administered with what we hope was minimal liver damage...and every once in a while (a couple times a year now and now getting more frequent) the cat starts craving attention and then we notice the cat struggles to poop and we then notice dry black stool and then the cat becomes weak and whatnot and looses her appetite we monitor her weight and she is usually 12.5 lbs (and no she is not overweight...she is just a big cat) and she usually drops a pound and that is the red flag to bring her to the vet... ultrasounds/xrays of abdomen and blood tests all come back normal and the vet gives her fluids due to dehydration/jandice and the last time they gave us a appetite stimulant to get her eating again...it appears the cat wants to eat but can't get over the hump...we feed her dry food (Nutro Complete Care with hairball control) and due to her long hair we give her hairball control paste once in a while too. Our vet cannot seem to determine what is causing this...each visit adding up to a few hundred dollars for tests and whatnot every time this happens and I am starting to loose faith in them...I have searched the internet...and according to the symptoms these are some of the possibilities to name a few: Gastrointestinal Parasites, Melena, Infection, metabolic disorder, cats diet and constupation
    ... what is my best option to pursue getting the care my cat needs and are there things I can do to prevent these problems if any (diet, try to switch to wet food or whatever) my vet has a good reputation and I don't know where else to go. Is there something I can suggest them to look into?
    Help!

    • ANSWER:
      You could add wet food to her diet, to increase her water intake. There are some kitties whose colons don't operate properly, they get constipated easier. Black stools usually means theres blood in the stool. Is there a referral vet in your area? You may want to consider taking your cat in for an endoscopy. Your vet should be willing to recommend a referral vet or a veterinary school. Either one would be expensive, but they may can tell you exactly what's wrong and how to treat it.

  25. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have a recipe for homemade cat food?
    I have three cats with different nutritional needs.

    Moe has fatty liver disease and needs and has to have protein.

    China just had surgery to remove two large bladder stones and needs less or very little protein.

    Panzy eats everything in sight and gets so fat that I can't keep him trim.

    My biggest concern is them not getting enough of the right things (Taurine and essential vitamins and minerals); I am feeding them all boiled chicken mixed with Albacore tuna in water and I know it can't be good for them over the long haul. The recipe needs to be grain and flour free.

    Help! I want to help my babies stay alive and healthy!

    • ANSWER:
      I personally feed a ground Raw Meat, Bones and Organ based diet to my cats and they are incredibly healthy on it. I HIGHLY recommend it. While scary at first, once I got the hang of it and felt comfortable with it it's a snap to prepare.

      Cats are obligate carnivores after all and must derive ALL their nutrients from meat based sources. They are unable to absorb them from any other source. Despite thousands of years of domestication they remain strictly carnivorous. True and honest meat eaters and that is what they need most. Protein from meat!

      If you are interested in feeding a raw diet some great places to start learning are http://www.catinfo.org/ , http://www.catnutrition.org/ , and http://www.felinefuture.com/nutrition/ .

      If you would like to try raw with your cats and don’t want to get all technical about it but want to try a trusted, time tested and balanced raw diet you can order from http://www.felinespride.com/products/catfood.aspx . I purchased this myself when I first started and my cats loved it!

      Another premade Raw you can try is Natures Varity. I personally have never used this but know many people that do and it’s pretty easy to find http://www.naturesvariety.com/content.lasso?page=1507&-session=naturesvariety:D04EC9250597c11908GJS417647E

      Here's a bunch of websites to help you learn what you need to know.

      http://www.catinfo.org/

      http://www.catnutrition.org/

      http://www.rawfedcats.org/

      http://www.felinespride.com/

      http://www.felinefuture.com/

      http://www.felineinstincts.com/index.htm...

      http://www.raisingcatsnaturally.com/

      http://www.blakkatz.com/index.html

      http://www.holisticat.com/

      http://goldcoastragdolls.com/MyOwnCatFood.htm

      http://www.mypetcarnivore.com/rawfeeding_basics.htm

  26. QUESTION:
    How long can a cat survive without eating?
    My cat, Julius, has FHL (Feline Hepatic Lipidosis), or Fatty Liver disease. Basically, his liver is failing. We took him into our vet, who gave us some pills to give him, and some prescription cat food to eat. So, of course, every night we would wrap him up in a towel, and force the pills down his throat. Normally he would just eat a little bit of food. He will NOT tolerate force feeding. Anyway, he started eating less and less. We took him in to the vet for another check up, and the vet said he had lost another pound. Then we discussed our options. He said we could put a feeding tube in him, but my mom and I both agree that it would simply traumatize Julius (also, he's about 12-13 years old...), and it's too expensive. So, that's not really an option. But the thing is, he's still acting all spunky and stuff! He's lost about half his weight over the past month, and he's a tiny 7 pounds! (approximately...) But, he still meows, cuddles, purrs, begs for attention, responds to it, moves around the house (albeit rather slowly, but not really painfully) and just seems pretty happy! The vet says that as long as he's happy, we shouldn't put him down. Of course, our entire family agrees. But, he doesn't eat! He'll ask for his food, and we'll put it down (we have 2 other cats that adore his "special" food, so we can't leave it down while the other cats are upstairs.) but he just sniffs at it, and sometimes take a bite or two, and walks away. We give him kitty treats, and he'll eat a couple, and we've offered him tuna too! But he just doesn't want to eat. He continues to shrink, but he is still just so dang happy! So, how long can a cat actually survive without eating?

    • ANSWER:

  27. QUESTION:
    Can My Cat Have a Mental Disorder?
    My cat is about 10 years old. She's always been pretty emotional. She's either very, very affectionate to the point she is literally up on your stomach and in your face, to suddenly growling at you and running away. She's also paranoid. The littlest things will scared her. Earlier today for example, she jumped from the couch and got down low and hide behind the couch. There were no noises or sudden movements to scare her off. She's antisocial sometimes and she'll go hide someone where for hours and won't come when we call her, but when we find her, she's all happy to see someone. She has had cases of Fatty Liver Disease and got depressed. She use to be skinny and normal sized until she would get the disease be skinny and be fine but now she's overweight and she's not a hefty eater. She has major dandruff all year around. Some days will be better than others, she'll have not as much but some days it's gross. Brushing her is almost useless because you could sit there for and hour and dandruff will still be there. She also has these moments of randomly running around the house for about 5 minutes and her tail will be twitching. One last thing though is that if she does something wrong, I raise my hand as in to stop her or block her from coming any closer. When I do that she'll shrink down and become very submissive and I don't know why. My family and I got her when she was a kitten from a very nice cat sanctuary type place so it's not like it's any trauma from when she was younger. There was one incident when she was about 3 to 4 years old when my younger cousin who was 7 at the time was reenacting the scene from the Lion King where Simba was raised into the air when he was a cub. He did that with her but there was a fan above him, and it was a good distance away but she got scared and ran off but since then she's been scared of fans. You can hold her in the living room if you under or by a fan without her squirming to get out of your hold and running off. I took psychology last year and it wouldn't make sense for cats to have schizophrenia or a disease like that because they don't have that conscious like we do. So please just give me some advice to what it could be or if I should take her to the vet. Thanks:)

    • ANSWER:
      She sounds very anxious, but what worries me is the coat/dandruff. A poorly kept coat is a major symptoms in a lot of feline diseases like chronic kidney failure which should be tested for every year after the age of 8. Behavioral changes are also a sign of illness. So please take her to a vet for an exam and blood/urine work and ask all your questions then (you might want to write them down). Good luck--I hope it all turns out okay!

  28. QUESTION:
    How much of a decrease in food intake is normal when switching from a low to high quality cat food?
    Recently my cat has lost his appetite. I think it's due to a number of changes in his life:

    1.) He began to eat less right after his cat friend passed away about 6 weeks ago.

    2.) He is an overweight cat who was used to eating Friskies so I gradually transitioned him to a more healthy dry diet. He is not fond of wet food but I offer him that as well.

    3.) We introduced a new kitten about 2 weeks ago which was making him nervous.

    Now, I am debating whether or not I should take him to the vet. Right now he does eat, but not nearly as much as he did before the death of his friend. He even stopped eating his Friskies right after my other cats' death. He is an overweight cat and I'm concerned about him developing fatty liver disease, but I don't think his condition has progressed to the point of force feeding or feeding tubes (standard treatment of fatty liver disease) as he IS eating just not as much.

    How much of a generally healthy cat food like taste of the wild or chicken soup for the cat lover's soul does he need to eat in order to not progress to develop a health issue? In other words, would he only need to eat a small amount to equal the calories contained in Friskies?

    I think his lack of appetite is due to depression over the loss of his cat friend, but I don't really want to medicate him with prozac as I think that will be unhealthy. Do you have any tips for helping him grieve and helping him to regain his former appetite?

    Please be aware, that I WILL take him to the vet if he loses any weight or starts to exhibit other signs of a true medical condition. I am hoping to try some methods at home before medicating him for depression.

    • ANSWER:
      Well if your on healthy cat food, a decrease in food intake is normal. I My cat used to eat foods like purina cat chow,friskies,and purina ONE. She was never satisfied and I would have to constantly refill her bowl. When I switched her to Innova and she only ate about 5 teaspoons of food in one sitting, I mistook it for not liking her food, but in fact, the food has more of what she needs like real meat and less of what she doesn't(corn,wheat,soy which make up the basis of friskies and other low brands). She had to eat so much more on cat chow just to get enough meat to keep herself healthy.

  29. QUESTION:
    Question about Wilson's Disease?
    I'm wanting other people's opinion, especially any medical people. I'm wondering if it would be goofy of me to ask to be tested for Wilson's Disease. I don't think I have the rings they talk about(do you have to?), but below are my symptoms and my parents.

    my symptoms
    anemia
    enlarged liver-seen on cat scan-might be reidels lobe
    mild fatty liver-seen on cat scan
    high ast and alt
    muscle weakness
    tingling in feet and hands
    digestive problems-constipation
    fibromyalgia
    nightvision problems-problems with bright lights
    memory problems
    very itchy legs
    weight gain

    father-parkinsons symptoms,gait,anxiety,constipation-his parkinsons isn't really major shakes even after 10 years of having it.

    mom-severe insomnia,kidney stones,anxiety,constipation,ostioperosis,nightvision problems,memory problems,weight gain,macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma.

    If not Wilson's, what might I get checked for? I've had a hepatitis test and that was negative.
    My liver isn't inflamed, so I don't think that is it. I don't think it's scarred either.

    • ANSWER:
      About 95% of people with Wilsons disease have Kayser-Fleischer rings. You should mention it to your doctor and get an eye exam done ( and your parents since its hereditary and a reccissive disorder so if both your parents suffer from it then you definitely do). If one of you has the rings well then you should get tested if none of you do then its unlikely you have it.

  30. QUESTION:
    Need advice on replacing deceased pet.?
    Three days ago, I had to euthanize my pet cat of 7 years due to fatty liver disease and that he was in pain and had very little chance of recovery. Besides my feelings of denial, guilt, anger, sorrow, depression, and heartbreak, there's a VOID feeling too.

    But now, I would like to get a new cat, just to replace that void. My question is, should I get one that physically looks like my old cat? Or should I get one that looks entirely different? If I get one that looks similar, it would be a painful reminder, but if I get one that looks different, it would hurt knowing that my older cat has been replaced.

    Thanks a lot.

    • ANSWER:
      I am very sorry about your loss. It will always give a void, as they give us so much.

      I would not think in terms of a "replacement". You are giving another cat a forever home. He will always have a place in your heart, but your heart is big enough to make room for another kitty.

      This is one thing that some people do. They go to a shelter and look at the cats that are available for adoption. Sometimes a kitty will give a special look or put out their paw, or do something that will catch your attention. Those people consider that their beloved deceased pet is pulling strings from up high, telling you to select that kitty.

      Whether similar or completely different, it is giving a new home to a kitty, not replacing your loved one.

  31. QUESTION:
    Need help getting sick cat to eat food?
    Symptoms: drinking a lot, not eating, lost 5 pounds suddenly (fat cat), weak/tired, skin started turning yellow.
    Background (you probably don't have to read all of it): We took him to one vet who said he probably had a weak immune system, then we took him to a vet who gave what seems to be a more accurate diagnosis. He said that the cat was dehydrated and that he had stopped eating causing him to develop fatty liver disease where the body uses fat from the obese cat when he stops eating, and the fat builds up around the liver (which was causing his skin to turn yellow). So they hydrated him and told us to force feed him with a syringe which would help reverse the fatty liver disease until he would start eating on his own.
    Currently: We're trying to get him to eat by himself, but he only eats in very tiny portions so we continue to feed him with the syringe. I noticed when the syringe food was in his mouth that he made a weird crunching noise while chewing, but the food is like a very soft formula. Then I tried feeding him some dry and wet cat food and he ate some of it but he still made that crunching/grinding noise. I'm wondering if he has misaligned teeth or a sore tooth or something. Has anyone had any experience like this or have any idea as to what might be going on? I just tried feeding him his favorite dry food and I shook up the bag before pouring it out, and he let out a big meow like he was hungry and wanted to eat, but then he couldn't. I'm gonna see if I can take him to the vet tomorrow to check it out, but in the mean time thanks to those who answer and give their opinions! :)

    • ANSWER:
      Continue frequent syringe feeding in spite of the strange sound. It is important to get plenty of calories into the cat.

      The crunching sound you mention. Do you actually mean crunching such as the sound of something hard ( like a human eating cereal or potato chips) fragmenting or do you mean a strange wet/soft sound. If the later, that sound is the cat gagging, his esophagus closing, and means you have put more food in his mouth than he can swallow.

      If this is the case, introduce only about 1 cc of food per squirt waiting until he swallows before the next. Squirt it between his side teeth, not through the front of his mouth.

      If what you are hearing is a hard/brittle sound the only thing I can think of is some sort of dental malocclusion. Perhaps a tooth came loose and is grinding against another. I think your guess is probably correct.

      When you bring him to the vet tomorrow explain everything that you have here and ask that the vet give him a dental examination.

      Until you can get him there and find out whether it is a dental issue or not, get as much food into him as you can. The equivalent of 6 ounces of canned food (before it is mixed with water) or more if possible.

      Hope he is okay.

  32. QUESTION:
    How can I stimulate my cat's appetite?
    My cat is 10 years old and has just been diagnosed with fatty liver disease. She is currently in her 2nd night at the Vet where she is being hydrated, given antibiotics, and fed her food through a syringe (as she has lost her appetite). She vomited the food she was fed today. I visited her tonight and she was lethargic and just disinterested. Her hydration is better because of fluids being introduced through an IV. Her bowel is also packed with stool and she has not defecated in days.

    The Vet is going to do another blood test tomorrow morning to determine her liver situation but with her failure to eat, it cannot be good. Because I cannot financially pursue this through specialists, I will probably bring her home tomorrow.

    I have asked this question before and need to ask it again.

    What can I do to stimulate her appetite?

    I was given good suggestions yesterday and I appreciate them. But I need to cover all my bases before I bring her home so that I have everything I need to help her when she is here. And so, if there is anyone with a method that worked for you or some suggestion, I will take whatever helpful hints you have to give. I am running out of time. We are running out of time.

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      You may want to try asking your question here: http://felinediabetes.com/FDMB/ Ask in the "Feline Health" section. In general this website is used to discuss feline diabetes, but you can ask about anything cat-related, and you'll get responses from people much more knowledgeable than your average Yahoo user. Just be sure to let them know that your cat does not have diabetes and is not on insulin.

  33. QUESTION:
    Please help my cat, i don't know what to do!?
    ok its a long story but please read it. my cat is 11 years old.

    my cat was throwing up yellow liquid every day for a week and kept making an awful yelping noise before he would vomit. we took him to the vet and they said there were crystals in his kidney that were small enough to be dissolved by a special type of food, which he ate and seemed to like. they also prescribed an antibiotic and an anti vomiting pill for him to take (cerenia?). he seemed better for about a day or two, but then he refused to eat his food and threw up a few times over the course of 4 days and sometimes the vomit was like white foam; other times it was yellow liquid. We took him to the vet after he refused to eat for 4 days. the vet made a chiropractic adjustment on his back (((also made one one week prior, because he had hip/back problems before and his back was sort of swayed near his butt. the vet thought that it may have been pressing on his kidneys and causing a gag reflex. his back was better but he still vomited afterward))) and this time his back seemed better but this did not cure his illness. he prescribed a higher dosage of cerenia (anti vomit/anti nausea), and said to stop giving our cat the antibiotic, which he felt may have been ruining his appetite. also, because our cat was not eating at all for 4 days, he said to feed him wet food through a syringe. we took him home today after he went to the vet yesterday and gave him his second anti-vomit/nausea pill (cerenia) and fed him a few times with the syringe. (((the vet also suggested that the cat may have developed a aversion to the special food for his kidney because he got more sick while eating it, so we tried to give him his old dry food today. he seemed interested in the food and ate a few pieces but mostly just pushed it around the bowl.))) after we gave him the cerenia pill, he sat near the wall in a ball (he'd been doing this since we noticed him getting sick and he also hid in new places; idk if this means anything. throughout all of this, he has seemed more lethargic, tired, and overall weak than we have ever seen him.) and i walked over to see what he was doing. i noticed a few drops of water/drool? were coming out of his mouth. now i'm not sure if he just drank, but i don't think he did. he dripped a few times like a faucet that's barely left on. on sunday hes going back to the vet to have a urinalysis completed because he had blood in his urine in the last examination. i don't know what's going on, and it seems as if the vet is just as perplexed (he basically said it could be any number of things and i remember him saying pancreaitis and other things like if he doesn't eat he will get fatty liver disease.) so i'm just really confused and am looking for anyone who has experienced the same thing or has any suggestions.

    sorry it is so long....but i'm getting desperate now.

    • ANSWER:
      I am not a doctor or anything, but here is what I would do, based on my experience.

      Immediately discontinue cerenia. It sounds like your cat is having a reaction to it. Cerenia is not approved for use in cats and there are some concerns with its use. Besides, the bile is not the problem with the cat - it is a symptom. The cause of the illness should be investigated. A cat who is not feeling well will often hide and sleep excessively.

      Also, your cat must eat! Cats are poor fasters and fatty liver disease is a real possibility for cats who go without eating for a couple of days. Never wait for 4 days. If you must, assist feed the cat. Make a slurry of canned food mixed with water and slowly feed the cat using a syringe. Never squirt directly into the throat, but gently ease it into the side of the mouth and allow the cat to swallow on its own.

      Seek a second opinion from another vet if your cat is not getting better.

  34. QUESTION:
    My cat is acting really skittish?
    He is a 6 year old Neutered Main Coon, very friendly, very loving (the friendliest cat I have ever known of in fact). Loves being around people. He used to be an outdoor cat, but hasn't been for about 4 years or so. We live near a really busy street so I don't let him outside anymore.

    Lately he has been acting really strange, but not all of the time. He will be normal for weeks at a time and then start acting all skittish. He runs really fast from one spot to another. Meows really frantically and in a higher pitched tone than normal. He seems really hyper, and almost paranoid. He seems to get better if I pet him a lot and pay a lot of attention to him. He likes to sit on my lap, and be held and pet often.

    Is my cat just being needy or is something possibly the matter? I hate taking him to the vet because he gets really stressed out from going there (he had fatty liver disease once and it wasn't pretty, he almost died from it).

    Thanks in advance for your input!
    I can't belive they blocked my word. Maine C.o.o.n. It's a breed of cat.

    • ANSWER:
      Cats have much more keen hearing that humans do so it might be that he is hearing something that is beyond the range of your hearing; like a dog whistle for example....

  35. QUESTION:
    My cat is very sick please help!?
    Okay to make this a long story short. My cat is a 12 year old snowshoe. She has Ibd and is taking all kinds of medicine. She is taking metronidazole and Erythromycin. Was doing great. Eating normal, very active and just her own self. Then i decided maybe she doesn't need the medicine anymore, so i called doc and they told me to stop. BAD IDEA! She wasn't eating for almost 2 weeks.Ran out of Erythromycin, but continued to give her the metronidazole. They have not recieved the erythromycin yet so i will be getting it on the mail shortly. I took her to hospital because of her no eating situation today and they gave me metoclopramide syrup and I have continued giving her cycloheptadine to increase her appetite. Doc ran some blood test and found she has fatty liver disease since she is not eating. I was actually pleased however, bc they gave her some wet food called I/D and i was told i would have to force feed her but it turned out she ate it all on her own. I was excited and so happy. Got home gave her a little more and then waited a few hours until i gave her medicine. Then right before i sat her down, she puked all the food. The doc from the other hospital wanted her in a strict diet of only HA (hypoallerginic) dry food but this other doctor said we cannot be picky about her ibd right now, She needs to eat something. I am so overwelmed with this doctor saying one thing and this other doctor saying something else. And we all know taking them to the doc costs alot of money and I am just done. I love my cat. I have spend almost 4,000! on her but my husband and I cannot afford to spend anymore. Please anyone! I am desperate! Anyone with experienced knowledge I would really appreciate your advice. She only vomits right before I give her medicine. She is drinking a little bit of water but not alot. I am afraid she wont want to eat the wet food anymore bc of her puking it today.

    • ANSWER:
      Consider the fact that what you fed her was too much at one time. Start small. This is important in many ways. Try 1/4 of a cup or can every 3-4 hours and gradually increase the amount to every 5-6 hours. A/D diet is usually ideal but stick with the I/D not only because of her IBD but also because she will eat it. However, W/D may be better for her long term.

  36. QUESTION:
    Can't get foster cat to eat... PLEASE HELP! Traumatized?
    Please help! We are fostering a siamese mix and cannot get her to eat! She wouldn't eat the cat food we had, so we went out and got her Eukanuba... she won't eat it. We tried the stinky fancy feast wet food, tuna and even a tiny piece of cheese... won't eat any of it. I tried hand feeding her, but she didn't take to that either. I keep reading about this fatty liver disease that can set in and I'm worried about her. She's a really sweet kitty and I don't want anything to happen to her. We were hoping for this to be a positive experience as we just lost our 17 year old snowshoe one week ago, but this is awful. I've never had a cat that wouldn't eat. She was checked/wormed and had a clean bill of health. Is she traumatized? Please help.

    Thank you!!!
    The vet tech estimated her age between 2 - 4 years of age. She is drinking plenty of water and will purr and play, but just won't eat. She's been with us for 2 days and has yet to #2 in her litterbox. She is in an upstairs bedroom with her food, water, toys and box. She batted at our dog and she barked at her yesterday, but came down and ignored him this morning... Whenever she hears him downstairs she tenses up. He was always really really patient with our other cat. I feel so bad for her :(

    • ANSWER:
      Siamese cats (even mixes) can be very temperamental and finicky.

      That said, I would try some plain meat baby food. My Siamese once refused to eat after she was spayed and the baby food did the trick.

      If she doesn't start eating soon, I would get her back to the vet. Cats are good at hiding disease and a healthy cat won't starve themselves.

  37. QUESTION:
    Is my cat losing weight too fast? I worry about hepatic lipidosis. What are the signs?
    Actually, I haven't been able to weigh her, but when I held her yesterday and today, she didn't seem as heavy as before. I've changed her diet somewhat, and most recently it's been a change from Wellness CORE dry kibble (1/4 cup in AM, then 1/4 cup in PM) to canned Wellness. How much, well, I don't exactly measure it, cause I get it in the huge can, plus I feed the same food to the 7 month old kitten.

    I can't really tell how much she eats cause she nibbles at it, and I don't have the patience/time to stand around and wait to see how much she has eaten (she always leaves some, but I don't know how much, then the kitten comes and gobbles it up...and therefore, don't know how much she ate before the kitten arrived.)

    She seems more active now that I've changed her diet: she plays and chases things. It's a joy to me! But now I'm worried about fatty liver disease cause she's lost weight quicker than I anticipated, and I don't know how I'd be able to tell without going through huge expense.

    Are there any typical behavioral or other signs?
    I'm not sure I'd call her obese...she's a large cat (large boned/large frame...has huge paws, for ex), but I have worried about her wieght. Because of two of these answers, I just weighed her the best I could on my bathroom scale: her weight looks about like it did a few weeks ago when I weighed her at the vet's office. (I happened to have her nearby, so we went in to weigh her).

    Perhaps I worry too much about various/ asundery things: but I just don't want to make any regrettable mistakes with these darling two cats. They are AWESOME!!
    Also, she does not seem lethargic at all :-)
    Next I will try to determine what quantity she is actually eating: I don't have a lot of room here, so it's not easy to put them in separate rooms, but I'll do my best.

    Thank you for all your advice!

    • ANSWER:
      The early signs of hepatic lipidosis are lethargy and unwillingness to eat. Later on you might see yellowing of the skin, gums, and eyes, and drastic changes in personality or behavior.

      It really would be best to have her checked out by a vet, if her appetite is poor and she's losing weight. Please, please do consider it. If you're going to put it off and wait to see how she does on her own, then start weighing her every few days. Feed her separately from the kitten so you know how much she's eating. Try to determine whether she is urinating more or less than usual. All this information will be important for the vet to know if you have to take her in someday. Watch her for dehydration—are her gums tacky or sticky? When you pull at her skin above her shoulder blades, does it snap back down immediately as it should? If she is dehydrated, stops eating, starts vomiting or having diarrhea, is peeing way too much, or loses weight according to your regular measurements, then she needs a doctor.

  38. QUESTION:
    **Sigh** 23 year old with daily chest pains for the past six months...Any ADVICE OR EXPERIENCE would help...?
    Ok im at witts end. Lets strat with this my name is will, im 23 years old, 6 foot 1 currently weigh 285 (was 326 small victory) suffer from hypertension altough its been under control with the help of some medication. I currently take 75mg of metoprolol, 20mg of benicar 10mg of cyclobenzaprine or flexeril. My oddysse all sarted about 7 months ago, one day while at work (im a cable guy) i was out and about doing my normal routine when i started to feel the sense of lightheadedness and dizzy, i stoped and looked at my arms and they were shaking like crazy, i immediately panicked and drove myself to an er. Thats when i was diagnosed with high bp and tachycardia. I was terrified, altough ive been overweight for most of my life im actually pretty active yet over the past year i balloned from 250 to 326 (junk food,stress, etc). I had been feeling a bittired before all this happened but i just tought it was me being fat. My bp on that day was running at 170/95 scary!!!. and my heart rate was at 140bpm scarier!!!. Since then ive been on my meds and my blood pressure has been normalized i run at around 124/70 -130/80, so the meds have worked only problem now is that ive been having DAILY CONSTANT chest pain and pressure. I would say a week after they found out i had high bp and i was on meds they started. FIrst as light little flinches kinda like if someone was poking you with a tack around the left sideand my sternum. The first time it happened i would gently rub it and it would go away but since those days it has simply progressed to the point where its EXTREMELY dibilitating. Ive gone to the er 1 and to the urgent care about 10 times. For the same symptoms, it always feels like someone stuck theyre hand in my chest and started to slowly press on it, sometimes it feels like there a ballon stuck there, it feels like im having a heart attack daily, and for the most part my bp and pulse stay the same (on occasions i have panic attack and my pulse rockets and so does my bp) but for the most part ive tried o stay even keel. Theyve done cardiac enzyme test, event monitors, ekg's, stress test, heart ultrasound, and they all come back fine. Theres times where i really feel the pain with my ekg on and it shows nothing other than an elevated heart rate. Its so debilitating when i know somethings not right yet it seems to the docs that nothing is wrong. They always tell me relax its not your heart yet the pain is STILL there. My primary care doctor has sent me to 2 well know cardiologist and they all come to the same conclusion and exclude any cardiac reasons for my chest pains. Hes sent me to one of the best g.i doctors in my city and have had a endoscopy performed on me and all they found was mild gastritis and no signs of GERD. Ive had a gallbladder ultrasound wich only found a fatty liver. Ive had a abdomen and pelvis cat scan which came back negative. Ive had a chest cat scan which also came back negative. I really dont know what other test can be done, i dont feel normal anymore, i feel like im living yet im not?? like im just going trough life with this unknown burden on my shoulders. I constantlly feel anxiety and mostly due to my pains,(had you met me pre- these pains i was a care free type of guy) now i worry about everything. I honestly dont know what else to do. Im getting a mri on my brain cus my primary care doctor sent me to a neurologist to see if it might be neural related. Im scared that im gonna get a heart attack or stroke but it seems everytime i go to the docs they have a different point of view. What can i do? im going to ask my doc for an mri on my chest, might it be a pinched nerve? ( my work requires me to climb poles up to 25 feet) or a disease? my family history has diabetes and arthritis but no heart problems. both my parents are still alive and healthy. My doctor is really trying and tahts why i havent given up on him and all the times ive gone to the urgent care they tell me the same thing, "follow up with your primary". Has anybody gone trough the same thing? am i going crazy??? only suggestions. thanks and god bless

    • ANSWER:
      are you a doctor, pharmacist I think you are mind fu..k..g yourself there is medicine called nitro relieve chest pains talk to your doctor quit beating yourself up sound like a whipping post

  39. QUESTION:
    Which is better for my to-be 12 week old kitten?
    The little guy is fine, I'm sure he'd like it anyways but what I'm concerned about is all those damn by-products!!! I got him some iams kitten proactive health wet food but that, like the fancy feast kitten (apparently made with real milk which I don't think is too good either) wet food, has meat by-products. I know a lot of people may say there's nothing to worry about but I want to ensure that my kitten is getting enough protein but I read the definition for meat by-products and this is what I found:

    Pet grade meat by-products consist of organs and parts not desired or not fit for human consumption. This can include organs, bones, blood and fatty tissue. It can also include brains, feet, heads, intestines and any other internal parts.

    gross.
    I feel that if meat that I am feeding my cat is not suitable for my consumption, why should I let him eat it. Also, the liver and other organs that filter things in animals bodies- it is possible that, since they do filter out the bad stuff (yet are filled with that bad stuff if you think about it) could cause diseases in my cat.

    so what I want to know is, which is better?
    these are the foods I am currently feeding him:
    Whiskas dry kibble
    Meow Mix market select (wet food, no by-products)
    Fancy Feast tender turkey feast (wet food, kitten, I don't buy the fish kinds because I've had cats choke on visible bones)
    Iams proactive health (wet food, kitten, the ingredients, surprisingly, were similar and almost no different compared to special kitty kitten food!!!)
    If you have any suggestions for wet or dry food please try to give me a detailed list of food and feeding instructions.

    • ANSWER:
      In my opinion all of the foods that you have listed are low-quality commercial brands that uses meat-by-products, meat meals, bone meals (Including 4D livestocks Diseased, Disabled, Dead or Dying livestocks that no longer pass for human consumptions), euthanized dogs and cats from shelters (your kitty may be eating a kitty), rotten grocery meats, roadkills etc just to name a few. Other than that they are usually filled with fillers such as corn, wheat gluten meal, soy, brewer's rice and yeast which are not digestable for cats since they are obligated carnivores and will not tolerate that much grains. A quality cat food should never contain any of these ingredients. Try to stay away from drugstore petfoods such as those that you have listed! They are literally garbage infused with nutrients hoping to make up for what it had lost. Its a marketing scheme of turning human waste into a multibillion dollar business, so don't fall for their clever advertisment!

      I adore my 9 weeks old kitty and I gave him the best that I can find in the market. I feed him Orijens cat and kitten formula for dry (remarkable product with some of the best ingredients I've seen), which is protein dense and grain-free and he loves it. For wet I switch between Wellness, Evo and Natural balance which are all premium quality by-product free, grain-free brands. Some of the other premium quality foods include Merrick, before grain, Innova, solid gold, Naturals variety, California Nature and Chicken soup for the Cat lover's soul (Cheaper with just as great ingredients).. As for dry I heard great things about Wellness Core and Evo.

      Just make sure you always look at the ingredients before buying. I had an experience once where I asked the petstore clerk to introduce me to the best cat food they carry. He recommanded me to the pricey and nicely packaged Royal Canin, which I bluntly bought and realized how bad the ingredients were after feeding it to my cat for some time.

      Some of these foods may be quite pricey but because they are so nutrition dense, your kitty will eat less of it too,so in the long run it kind of evens out. If you love your cat, do whats best for him and spare the garbage! =)

      As for feeding instructions they are usually listed on the packaging. I would say for a 12 weeks old kitty feed him 2-3 times a day wet food and you can choose to free feed the kibbles or just stick with the wet food only. I wouldn't recommend feeding just the kibbles even if it is a good quality one, there's just not enough moisture content. Also, he should be able to have as much food as he want since he's growng. My kitty eat about 3oz of wet food a day and eat as much kibbles as he wants (I did not keep track).

      Here's a couple sites that I use for reference when choosing the kind of food for my kitty.
      http://www.catfoodguide.com/how-to-read-cat-food-labels/
      http://www.petfoodratings.net/cattable.html

      ohh and here is the site for Orijens =) I can't stress how good this stuff if you have to see it for yourself. If your kitty likes fish they also have a 6 fish formula thats equally fab:
      http://www.orijen.ca/orijen/about/

      Good luck!

  40. QUESTION:
    Why would any choose a dog food that lists "Animal Fat" or "Meat By-Product" in the ingredients?
    When an ingredient is listed as "animal fat", the chances are that the animals that are used to make this "animal fat" are of the 4-D varied (dead, diseased, disabled or dying prior to slaughter). There are no regulations against this. They can (and do) use dogs and cats that are euthanized at shelters, restaurant and grocery store refuse (meaning food past it's expiration). It is even well-known that they don't even discard the dog tags, flee collars or bags that the dead dogs are put in. They just grind all that up to. That is disgusting. In other words, some of us are allowing our dogs to be cannibals.

    Then they have ingredients listed as "By-Product" which by definition means that a company is using the discarded remains of an animals carcass that is deemed inappropriate for human consumption which includes, but is not limited to, lungs, spleen, kidneys, brain, livers, blood, bone, partially defatted low temperature fatty tissue, and stomachs and intestines freed of their contents.

    I would like to hear from the people who feed stuff like Science Diet, Royal Canin, Iams, Purina, Pedigree, Kibbles N' Bits and so about why they are ok feeding their dogs these kinds of ingredients?

    Is it just a matter of being cheap? Not caring about your dogs well-being? Not considering your dog important enough? Just laziness?
    Edit: Chez, I didn't give you a thumbs down. I'm just wondering what goes through peoples heads. The proof is right there in front of people yet they still feed their dogs this stuff. On top of that, Taste of the Wild is 10 times better of a food and costs less per bag then Science Diet.
    EDIT: Lauren I feed Taste of the Wild and Orijen. They use no fillers, no by-products, and no corn. I don't feed my dogs the bodies of other dead dogs. That's gross.
    EDIT: Robert, if you notice, it's the commercial brands that meet the bare minimum standards. Corn is indigestible to dogs yet they all use it. The other ingredients are extremely low quality and extremely cheap and then they charge an arm and a leg for them. Research? Really? Look at all there "specially formulated" brands. They are exactly the same as far as ingredients go.
    EDIT: Actually Cat, if a company lists something as "Animal Fat" or "Meat and Bone Meal" or "Animal By-Product" and not with the actual animal listed, they can come from 4-D animals. Rendering plants don't discriminate with what they put into there stuff and that's where the commercial companies get these ingredients because they are cheap.
    EDIT: Very good arguments so far. I love this question. It's like arguing Republican vs. Democrat. The problem I have so far is that the Science Diet, Iams and so on crowd is only saying "my dog is doing good on it". How do you know? Have you ever considered the long term effects? My parents had a Cocker Spaniel and Springer Spaniel die of kidney failure on Science Diet but they seemed fine.
    EDIT: Julie, I really like your response. I was more pointing out the disgusting aspects of commercial foods. I know corn is really bad and so is soy and all the other wheats and fillers in those but I was focusing on the gross.
    EDIT: For Ashleigh, let me change my intitial question for is it laziness and so on, to is it a matter of taking your veterinarians word for it? Is it a matter of not reading the bag? Is it a matter of assuming a big company would cut corners?
    EDIT: Ashleigh. Well said. I gave you a thumbs up. My question is more geared around people that CAN afford the better foods yet for some odd reason they pay for Science Diet. In my opinion, if you can afford Science Diet, Eukanuba, Royal Canin or any of the other expensive commercial brands, then you are just throwing away your money because the ingredient in them are the same as the cheaper commercial brands. It's all corn, soy, animal by-product, animal fat and fillers. Just the expensive brands have good marketing to go along with a bad product.
    EDIT: Schmeemers, I like this comment: "What do you think they'd eat in the wild? The slowest, oldest, sickest or dead animal in the herd."

    My question to you is, do you see a lot of wild dogs eating corn and soy as their main nutrition source because that's what people are getting from those commercial companies.

    • ANSWER:
      Mostly it's that they don't know, or that the risks are understated. Sometimes they're suckered in by a good commercial (if we all went by commercials alone, I'd be feeding my dogs beneful lol... those are good commercials!) or are told by a vet that these foods are healthy.

      Vets are often given a paycheck by these companies too, so some vets will recommend them! Then some vets will recommend stuff like Purina because it's better than Ol' Roy or kibbles & bits... kind of choosing a lesser evil when they know their clients aren't going to afford/want to spend that much for dog food.

      ADD-- the corn and fillers bother me way more than byproducts, at least the byproducts are animal-based. I'd sooner feed something with byproducts than a food with corn or soy. Of course I prefer neither, but don't label organ meat as bad food. Liver is very very healthy and many raw feeders will look specifically for it.

      ADD #2-- for those of you who have dogs who eat that crap and say they're fine... well my Grandpa smoked for 50 years then one day he got lung cancer and died. My other grandpa smoked his whole life and is now 92, no issues. Feeding a low quality food is like smoking... it might hurt you, it might not, but it almost always lowers your lifespan.

      And yes, not all natural/organic/holistic foods are good or nutritionally balanced. Many are, and those are the ones you should be feeding.

      ADD #3-- corn is not undigestible, it is however extremely hard to digest and is a common allergen in dogs.

  41. QUESTION:
    Cat lost his appetite when his cat friend died?
    Within the past 5 weeks or so, I have noticed that my cat has been eating very little. He doesn't appear sick, he is actually overweight, which is why it concerns me even more because I'm worried about him developing fatty liver disease.

    There are a number of changes that seemed to trigger the loss of appetite.

    1. His cat friend passed away.

    2. I had been transitioning him slowly to a healthier food than friskies. He wasn't eating the friskies either after his friend died.

    3. I got a new kitten which made him very nervous.

    My cat is still acting a little sad and nervous, but not acting sick. I think his nerves and some depression are to blame. I will take him to the vet if he loses any weight or continues to not eat as much or shows any other symptoms.

    Right now he is eating some, but not too much. I have read that cats don't eat as much of a higher quality food that they would of a low quality food?? I also have read that they will stop eating or eat less when stressed. The kitten is kept in a separate room. He comes out about twice a day to visit. My older cat doesn't appear too stressed by it. At first he hissed, but now he's just acting quiet and observing.

    Any suggestions as to what I can do to help prevent my cat from developing fatty liver disease? He's definitely not at the point for invasive treatment such as feeding tubes. He DOES eat just not much. How can I help him start eating again?

    I have tried wet food, warmed up wet food and two high quality foods. I don't want to go back to Friskies because he wasn't eating that either anymore after his friend died.

    • ANSWER:
      My guy did the same thing when our other cat died years ago. It was like he was lost without his pal. :(
      Yes, a higher quality food will require your cat to eat less to get the right nutrients. But many cats don't seem to notice this and just plain love to eat. If his appetite is down, you want to keep an eye on it (which you are obviously doing)
      For a temporary fix, you can add a bit of "tuna juice" (the packing water from the tuna) to his food. This is super-smelly, which cats love, and was the one thing that got our guy back to eating. There are also wet food products you can get from your vet that are specifically for an ill cat or a cat not eating. I believe its called science diet ad? It comes in tiny cans. I have not seen a cat turn his or her nose up at that stuff yet.
      You can also try a bit of extra attention when he' eating. Turn it into a really special "just you and him" time, where you give him extra love and attention. That can help, too.
      If nothing else, you might want to reassure yourself that he is not heading for trouble, by getting a blood count to make sure he's not getting the fatty liver disease. Even a decreased food intake over a long period of time can cause this - not just a couple day hunger-strike.
      I'm so sorry for your loss.
      Good luck to you and your kitties!

  42. QUESTION:
    Cat lost his appetite when his cat friend died?
    Within the past 5 weeks or so, I have noticed that my cat has been eating very little. He doesn't appear sick, he is actually overweight, which is why it concerns me even more because I'm worried about him developing fatty liver disease.

    There are a number of changes that seemed to trigger the loss of appetite.

    1. His cat friend passed away.

    2. I had been transitioning him slowly to a healthier food than friskies. He wasn't eating the friskies either after his friend died.

    3. I got a new kitten which made him very nervous.

    My cat is still acting a little sad and nervous, but not acting sick. I think his nerves and some depression are to blame. I will take him to the vet if he loses any weight or continues to not eat as much or shows any other symptoms.

    Right now he is eating some, but not too much. I have read that cats don't eat as much of a higher quality food that they would of a low quality food?? I also have read that they will stop eating or eat less when stressed. The kitten is kept in a separate room. He comes out about twice a day to visit. My older cat doesn't appear too stressed by it. At first he hissed, but now he's just acting quiet and observing.

    Any suggestions as to what I can do to help prevent my cat from developing fatty liver disease? He's definitely not at the point for invasive treatment such as feeding tubes. He DOES eat just not much. How can I help him start eating again?

    I have tried wet food, warmed up wet food and two high quality foods. I don't want to go back to Friskies because he wasn't eating that either anymore after his friend died.

    • ANSWER:
      Give him time, he is depressed b/c he lost his best friend. Was the cat that passed a litter mate? A few years ago, I was caring for my boyfriends sisters two cats, I had to have the mother cat put down b/c she was externally ill and did all I could to care for her. Squeeky the daughter cat eventually got over the depression. I gave her one on one care and plenty of love. She is a fat and happy cat and traveled all the way from California to Georgia with me. As for your new kitten, I have a 8 month old Torbie who like to hiss at the older cat and visa versa. I try and discipline the 8 month old, but figure that she's just playing with the older one. As for the fatty liver disease, I feed my cats what I can afford. I don't buy expensive food. I put down the food 2 handfuls at a time twice a day. I give friskes canned food every other day usually in the evening. Consult your vet and make an appointment, if you fear fatty liver disease.


Symptoms Of A Fatty Liver

How to Detect Fatty Liver Disease Symptoms

Are there fatty liver disease (or FLD) symptoms? What are these symptoms? Indeed, a lot of people have asked and have been asking if there are FLD symptoms and, if yes, what these symptoms are. Whether they know someone who has FLD or they are just curious about FLD and would like to prevent it, people have been wondering about its symptoms. FLD is the accumulation of fat, or triglycerides, in the liver through a process called steatosis. On worst cases, it can lead to liver failure.

Unfortunately, fatty liver disease symptoms are mostly absent in patients. FLD is asymptomatic, which means that symptoms are not noticeable to its patients. Most of the time, it is a disease that is incidentally discovered during a routine physical examination.

What is observed is an increase in the amount of certain liver enzymes in the blood. It is also often observed that the size of the liver has slightly enlarged. In some cases, FLD is uncovered when a doctor is evaluating a patient for other unrelated illnesses. To be certain, physicians can recommend or request for a liver biopsy once a certain amount of fat in the liver id discovered.

On rare cases where symptoms do present themselves, they include pain under the rib cage, mild jaundice (or yellowing of the skin), swelling of the abdomen, intense fatigue, confusion, and fever. There are also other symptoms such as nausea, loss of appetite, and vomiting.

What can be done to treat fatty liver? Patients should control the underlying causes of fatty liver. First, diabetes has to be controlled. Alcohol should also be avoided. Patients should also mind the content of high blood triglycerides that they consume each day. Obesity has to be targeted and weight has to be controlled since being overweight is considered as the most critical factor to fatty liver.

Since there are no fatty liver disease symptoms that are usually detected, it is best to have your routine physical examination regularly and never miss it. The tests can identify early on any disease that might still be treated if detected early.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Fatty liver and its symptoms?
    I have had an abdomen ultrasound and they found fatty infiltration in my liver. Everything else was normal. Just wondering if anyone knows of its symptoms?

    I was a social person going to bars every Friday and Saturday night for a few drinks with some friends. This went on for about 4 years until i started feeling unwell. I've had constant lightheadedness, foggy brain, fatigue feeling for 3 months and have not been able to go back to work or my normal routine. Because of these symptoms i've also developed some anxiety but im sure that the anxiety is caused by my symptoms and not the other way around.

    According to my doctors i have chronic gastritis too and im taking nexium for this. Just wondering if all the symptoms that im feeling fit in to having a "Fatty Liver?".... If so, these symptoms have lasted every day for the last 3 months. Is this normal?

    Your serious thoughts and insight would be appreciated.
    Add note: I've had blood tests done which all turn out to be normal except a slight abnormal ALT liver and ferritin count (which is not decreasing). I have done tests for Hep B & C which was negative. I've seen a neurologist and have done an MRI which was normal.

    I also had an ear infection of some sort when i started feeling ill. This has now healed but i dont know if any effects are still showing.
    **** Thanks for the answers so far. Just letting you know that i am 26 years old and i am not overweight... I would say i was abit overweight before but since i've started feeling unwell i have dropped 8 Kgs to 68....

    • ANSWER:
      The most common causes of accumulation of fat in the liver are alcoholism and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) associated with obesity and diabetes. Drugs may cause fatty liver with or without associated hepatitis. Patients with drug-induced fatty liver may have only a few symptoms, or none. They typically have mild to moderate elevations in blood levels of ALT and AST, and also may develop enlarged livers. In severe cases, drug-induced fatty liver can lead to cirrhosis and liver failure.

      Drugs reported to cause fatty liver include total parenteral nutrition, methotrexate (Rheumatrex), griseofulvin (Grifulvin V), tamoxifen (Nolvadex), steroids, valproate (Depakote), and amiodarone (Cordarone).

      In certain situations, fatty liver alone can be life threatening. For example, Reye's syndrome is a rare liver disease that can cause fatty liver, liver failure, and coma. It is believed to occur in children and teenagers with influenza when they are given aspirin. Another example of serious fatty liver is caused by high doses of intravenous tetracycline or amiodarone. Certain herbs (for example, the Chinese herb Jin Bu Huan, used as a sedative and pain reliever) also can cause serious fatty liver.

      Cirrhosis

      Chronic liver diseases such as hepatitis, fatty liver, or cholestasis can lead to the necrosis (death) of liver cells. Scar tissue forms as part of the healing process that is associated with the dying liver cells, and severe scarring of the liver can lead to cirrhosis.

      The most common example of drug-induced cirrhosis is alcoholic cirrhosis . Examples of drugs that can cause chronic liver diseases and cirrhosis include methotrexate (Rheumatrex), amiodarone (Cordarone), and methyldopa (Aldomet). Please read the article on Cirrhosis for more information.

      Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

      ARTICLE SECTIONS
      Introduction
      Signs and symptoms
      Causes
      Risk factors
      When to seek medical advice
      Screening and diagnosis
      Complications
      Treatment
      Prevention
      Complementary and alternative medicine

      Signs and symptoms
      You may not have signs and symptoms of simple fatty liver (steatosis) or nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). When symptoms do occur, they are usually vague and nonspecific and may include:

      Fatigue
      Malaise
      A dull ache in your upper right abdomen, a possible sign of an enlarged liver
      At a more advanced stage, such as cirrhosis, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease may cause:

      Lack of appetite
      Weight loss
      Nausea
      Small, red spider veins under your skin or easy bruising
      Weakness
      Fatigue
      Yellowing of your skin and eyes and dark, cola-colored urine
      Bleeding from engorged veins in your esophagus or intestines
      Loss of interest in sex
      Fluid in your abdominal cavity (ascites)
      Itching on your hands and feet and eventually on your entire body
      Swelling of your legs and feet from retained fluid (edema)
      Mental confusion, such as forgetfulness or trouble concentrating (encephalopathy)
      Liver failure

  2. QUESTION:
    I have fatty liver and am sleeping way too much...?
    I went to the doctor after having abdomen pain and was told I have fatty liver. This was about a month ago, and I have noticed I am sleeping way more then I ever use to, maybe 50% of the time, if not a little more. Is this a normal symptom of fatty liver or should I be concerned? Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      fatty liver makes you lazy have great tendency to sleep a case that usually persist long till the image get better but upon sticking to the medicine you will feel the difference the drugs is usually ursodiol and actos and glucophage and antioxidant

  3. QUESTION:
    Who gets a fatty liver? Is it the people who is Hep C positive?
    Also what are the symptoms of a fatty liver?

    • ANSWER:
      Alcohol abuse is one of the major causes of fatty liver, but obesity, hepatitis C, diabetes and protein malnutrition are other common causes.
      Fatty liver usually produces no symptoms. In rare cases, it causes jaundice, right-side abdominal pain, abdominal swelling, and fever. Women with pregnancy-related fatty liver may experience nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and abdominal pain. It may also cause a condition known as pre-eclampsia or eclampsia, which is characterized by dangerously high blood pressure, swelling, and seizures
      IT MAY BE SYMPTOLESS TOO.
      OTHER SYMPTOMS ARE:
      Abnormal Metabolism of Fats
      Abnormalities in the level of fats in the blood stream, for example, elevated LDL cholesterol and reduced HDL cholesterol and elevated triglycerides. Arteries blocked with fat, leading to high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes. Build up of fat in other body organs (fatty degeneration of organs). Lumps of fat in the skin (lipomas and other fatty tumours). Excessive weight gain, which may lead to obesity. Inability to lose weight even while dieting. Sluggish metabolism. Protuberant abdomen (pot belly). Cellulite. Fatty liver. Roll of fat around the upper abdomen - (liver roll).

      Digestive Problems
      Indigestion. Reflux. Haemorrhoids. Gall stones and gall bladder disease. Intolerance to fatty foods. Intolerance to alcohol. Nausea and vomiting attacks. Abdominal bloating. Constipation. Irritable bowel syndrome. Pain over the liver - (upper right corner of abdomen & lower right rib cage).

      Blood Sugar Problems
      Craving for sugar. Hypoglycaemia and unstable blood sugar levels. Mature onset diabetes (TypeII) is common in those with a fatty liver.

      Nervous System
      Depression. Mood changes such as anger and irritability. Metaphysically the liver is known as the “seat of anger”. Poor concentration and “foggy brain”. Overheating of the body, especially the face and torso. Recurrent headaches (including migraine) associated with nausea.

      Immune Dysfunction
      Allergies - sinus, hay fever, asthma, dermatitis, hives, etc. Multiple food and chemical sensitivities. Skin rashes and inflammations. Increased risk of autoimmune diseases.
      Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Fibromyalgia. Increase in recurrent viral, bacterial and parasitic infections.

      External Signs
      Coated tongue. Bad breath. Skin rashes. Itchy skin (pruritus). Excessive sweating. Offensive body odour Dark circles under the eyes. Yellow discolouration of the eyes. Red swollen itchy eyes (allergic eyes). Acne rosacea - (red pimples around the nose, cheeks and chin). Brownish spots and blemishes on the skin (liver spots). Red palms and soles which may also be itchy and inflamed. Flushed facial appearance or excessive facial blood vessels (capillaries/ veins).

      Hormonal Imbalance
      Intolerance to hormone replacement therapy or the contraceptive pill (eg. side effects).
      Menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes may be more severe. Premenstrual syndrome may be more severe.

  4. QUESTION:
    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.

  5. QUESTION:
    Fatty Liver Disease (Transplant Questions & Problems)?
    My father has been diagnosed with fatty liver disease. He shows all the symptoms of liver failure. (yellow tinge to eyes, tired, eating less)

    He's in line for a liver transplant, but over the course of three months, he's been trying to eat healthier and better to slow the process down.

    My whole family is in a mess because we're not making a lot of money, and we're afraid of him dying. We don't want him to die because we love him and we want him to get the liver transplant asap.

    Can anybody tell me what we need to know, what we need to know, etc? :

    • ANSWER:

  6. QUESTION:
    What are the primary symptoms of cirrhosis especially if one already has a fatty liver?

    • ANSWER:
      There are different types of fatty liver...
      The kind where the fat surrounds the outside
      of the liver capsule usually doesn't cause
      much problems. However, when the fat is
      inside the liver cells it can. It is like a very
      small room where people crowd in so much
      and the walls start to close in. What happens
      is that the people inside the room cannot get
      out, they can't get nourishment and the oxygen
      start to be low. This is what happens inside
      the cell, the fat can even push the nucleus of
      the cell into another area. This is when the
      cell can become so stressed, that the
      immune system is signaled and inflammation
      develops in the liver causing the liver to
      start to enlarge. Usually, the immune system
      helps but now it is like more people being
      pushed into this tiny space. When this takes
      place, the cells may start to die off.
      If this happens, then scar tissue will start to
      form inside the liver and this will block the
      blood flowing through it and then symptoms
      will appear. The liver is usually a very quiet
      organ when something is wrong. That is
      until the cells start to die off and the cells
      are no longer doing the function they once
      did to keep the body healthy.....this is
      then known as cirrhosis of the liver.
      In cirrhosis, the first symptoms are usually
      tiredness, sometimes nausea, and then
      the whites of the eyes and skin start to appear
      yellow in color. This yellowing is caused because the liver isn't able to change the
      non soluble bilirubin into a soluble form so
      it can be eliminated from the body. Instead
      it goes into the blood and can cause these
      changes and maybe a darkening of the urine.
      As the disease progresses, then you may
      develop fluid in the abdominal area (Ascites),
      mental confusion (Encephalopathy),
      blood backing up into smaller vessels that
      are not used to handling it because it can
      no longer go through the liver (Portal Hypertension) and these smaller vessels can
      have weak spots and balloon out and burst
      open (Varies).
      Some people can cure the problem of
      fatty liver by losing weight or following the
      doctors instructions. It is best if this is
      done before the inflammation starts to
      develop. Inflammation can be treated also.
      Once the cells of the liver die, then it is a
      progressive disease.
      There are three types of fatty liver.
      Simple fatty liver can usually be cured.
      NASH, or non alcoholic fatty liver with
      inflammation can be treated. This usually
      involves weight loss. However, sometime
      it can be hereditary condition.
      Alcoholic fatty liver, by stopping the alcohol
      and before inflammation develops can also
      be treated.
      Cirrhosis of the liver can only be slowed down.

      If you would like to learn more about cirrhosis:
      http://www.medicinenet.com/cirrhosis/article.htm

      If you would like to learn more about the
      different kinds of fatty liver diseases:
      http://www.acg.gi.org/patients/gihealth/fld.asp

      Hope this helps you understand more about
      this disease.
      On these sites they state more symptoms of
      cirrhosis than what I could post here.

  7. QUESTION:
    Can abdominal and liver bloating be caused by a fatty liver?
    My mother's stomach/abdomen gets very, very bloated, usually after she eats. She says that flatulence usually makes the swelling go down.

    Her liver also used to become enlarged and get swollen as well.

    The last time she went to the doctor, I believe she was diagnosed with a fatty liver.

    I know that a symptom of liver cancer is a swollen abdomen and a swollen liver, and of course, I'm hoping that she doesn't have that.

    However, her family does have a history of liver disease on it's side - her mother, my grandmother, died of liver cancer in fact.

    So I'm very, very worried.

    She hasn't been diagnosed with liver cancer - only with the fatty liver.

    She IS old, she IS obese, and she does have a family history of liver disease.

    As of right now, she's on medication. The medicine has stopped her liver from swelling up and hurting, but her stomach and abdomen still swell up and become very, very tight.

    Can a fatty liver cause this? Or is it automatically liver cancer from what I described?

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver disease can advance to
      NASH which is Non alcoholic steatohepatitis
      Steato stands for fat, hepat stands for liver,
      and Itis stands for inflammation.

      Inflammation in the liver develops because
      the cells of the liver have become damaged.
      The immune system of the body responds
      to this and causes this inflammation.

      This inflammation, that causes the liver
      to enlarge in size, can lead to death of the
      liver cells and scar tissue formation inside
      the liver...this is known as Cirrhosis of the
      liver.

      People who develop Cirrhosis of the liver
      start to retain fluid in their abdomen because
      the liver can no longer make a protein known
      as Albumin. This fluid is known as Ascites.
      It can cause fast weight gain. There is a
      procedure to drain this fluid, known as
      paracentesis. I would check about this
      with her gastroenterologist or hepatologist
      that she is with. They can do an exam
      and determine if this is fluid build up or not.

      Fatty liver disease can start from a number
      of different reasons and they are still in
      research to discover others now.
      Diabetes, weight gain, alcohol, insulin resistance,
      medications like steriods, high cholesterol/
      triglyceride levels and more.

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

  8. QUESTION:
    my father was diagnosed with FATTY LIVER?
    my father aged 56,alcoholic from about 25 years (daily alcohol consumption is 300 ml) was suffering from some problem with his liver the symptoms were:
    abdominal pain (non radiating)
    vomit after meal
    lack of appetite
    he got himself checked from a liver expert.
    ultrasound was ok but it showed moderate fatty liver.
    endoscopy was fine with no ulcers n all...
    he is not obese ,not suffering from diabetes ..
    liver function tests were also ok...
    now his condition has improved and he has starting taking meals n dsnt feels vomit sensation....
    i want to know that what diet plan should he follow to cure this problem...
    is this problem fatal..???
    i am worried...
    plz help...
    he has reduces his alcohol consumption to abt one drink a day ,but cant quit it completely....

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, I will try to answer your question as best I can. It's very good that your dad had himself chcked out and that he is making an effort to reduce his drinking. Unfortunately, once liver disease has begun from alcoholism, it is progressive. The good news is that fatty liver disease is the first step in this progression, and it is possible to completely reverse the damage, but he will need to stop drinking entirely. The next step is alcoholic hepatitis, which is more serious, and then cirrhosis, which is life-threatening and is NOT reversible.
      I actually have a bit of personal experience here; I am a recovering alcoholic myself and have been sober for over 2 1/2 years. The reason that I am mentioning this is that I know it IS possible to stop completely. He feels that he cannot; that is part of the disease of alcoholism. He is down to one drink a day, which means that at this moment, he is not significantly physically dependent on alcohol. The problem is, his liver is already damaged. It cannot handle its normal functions the way a healthy liver would. Alcohol is very stressful on the diseased liver. The crazy part of this disease is that he and his family and probably even his doctor probably believe he is not an alcoholic if he can cut way down like that. This is not usually the case. Any alcohol in his system will most likely eventually drive him back to his old habits and beyond. This is why support from a group (such as AA or SMART recovery or others) can be so crucial. Therapy or counselling can help also. This is a genetic and chemical problem and has nothing to do with willpower or morality.
      As for diet, I would suggest a basic healthy diet, low in saturated fats, higher in unsaturated, higher in fiber, moderate in protein, lots of fresh veggies and fruits and whole grains. Milk thistle can be a good supplement for the liver. As always, I am not a doc and he should follow his doctor's recommendations.
      I have a great deal of sympathy for him and for you. Alcoholism sucks, but your dad will hopefully discover that he is not alone and he can live sober one day at a time. It is very hard to quit drinking, and at first it may seem impossible and pointless, but eventually the rewards WILL outweigh this. Best of luck to you both!

  9. QUESTION:
    What is the treatment for a fatty liver??
    I have been having alot of abdominal pain, my liver atl enzymes are up to 131 (my norm is 24). My doctor has ran every test and everything came back negative. I go to a specialist today, but I have read up on fatty liver and it explains alot of the symptoms I have. So i was wondering what the treatment is?
    I don't drink by the way and i just delivered a baby five months ago.

    • ANSWER:
      Treatment involves correcting the condition that caused fatty liver and providing supportive care. In fatty liver caused by alcoholism, the treatment is to give up drinking alcohol and to eat a healthy, well balanced diet. In fatty liver associated with pregnancy, the recommended treatment is to deliver the baby, if the pregnancy is far enough along. Vitamin and mineral supplements along with nutritional support may be useful.

  10. QUESTION:
    What is it like to have fatty liver?
    I think I might have fatty liver as I have most of the symptoms.I have a been a heavy drinker for many years so it doesnt surprise me.
    If you have fatty liver or know someone that does please answer:
    1.How has it affected your health
    2.Did you stop drinking completely or can you cut back
    3.What can you take for it
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Your liver is a unique organ that has numerous functions, a fatty liver is basically a natural occurrence that comes with age. It doesn't mean the functions of your liver are diminishing since we only use a small portion of our liver to provide those functions. Excessive drinking over the years may result in scar tissue forming which could result in your liver enzymes being elevated or what is more commonly called cirrhosis of the liver.

      If your concerned about this you should have a heptic panel performed (a simple blood test) to determine what if any damage is occurring to your liver, the good news is that the liver can repair itself if proper care and diet is exercised.

  11. QUESTION:
    Can "fatty liver" be a symptom of HIV infection?
    Can "fatty liver" be a symptom of HIV infection?

    thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Eating excess calories causes fat to build up in the liver. When the liver does not process and break down fats as it normally should, too much fat will accumulate. People tend to develop fatty liver if they have certain other conditions, such as obesity, diabetes, or high triglycerides. Alcohol abuse, rapid weight loss and malnutrition may also lead to fatty liver. However, some people develop fatty liver even if they have none of these conditions – so everyone should know about it.

  12. QUESTION:
    Liver problems, any ideas?
    I will try to keep this short. For 6 weeks or more I have had pain in my legs that
    gets worse when walking. At night I cannot get comfortable and try laying various
    ways to get to sleep until finally I just fall to sleep. I went to the Dr. and she
    said maybe bursitis, gave me 100 mg of Ultram ER. Which isn't doing anything
    that I can see. I requested bloodwork as I was
    having symptoms of liver problems again (I had fatty liver a few years ago), They
    call the very next day and tell my husband that my liver function test was elevated
    again for some reason. I am scheduled for a liver/abdomanal scan this coming
    Friday. I have gained weight recently and am "swollen" "bloated" which started
    at christmas. I never found out why my liver was fatty back then they never
    diagnosed me and I am afraid that they never will. I hurt in the upper
    abdominal area after I eat and at times I can feel my "liver" which I think
    is enlarged again. It is difficult wearing my normal clothes. I am having
    night sweats waking up feeling like I am in an oven. I had a hysterectomy in the
    late 90's. Also I have had some tarry stools. Does anyone have any suggestions
    where I can go to get some advice or where a good hepatologist is in Virginia?

    Any help will be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      hmmm to be honest im a medical student and all your symptoms are those of a failing liver... as regards to why your liver was fatty well the most common cause is heavy drinking... are you a drinker?? the thing that caught my attention was that you said AT TIMES u feel ur liver... well a liver doesnt enlarge then shrink again in short periods... if it is enlarged it will stay that was until the cauative agent is removed... i dont believe your hysterectomy has anything to deal with your symptoms... tarry stools are a result of poor liver functions... Finally I dont live in Virginia so i cant really help u there...
      Hope you get well soon!!

  13. QUESTION:
    Is it possible I have liver disease?
    I am 50.
    I was a heavy drinker heavy drinker until recently, and have managed to reduce my consumption and binge episodes to once a month or less.
    I am now concerned that I am showing symptoms of liver disease, be it cirrosis, fatty liver, or gallstones.
    The cheif symptoms are:
    1. Constant abdominal distension and feeling bloated although I am a light eater.
    2. Feelings of nausea, especially on rising.
    3.Constant dull pain under right rib cage.
    4.Pale, thin stools, and sometimes explosive dihrea.
    5.Visible veins on my abdomen
    6.Constant itching especially on my neck and feet.
    Today I had a nausea attack and severe bloating in the afternoon (all I had to eat was yogurt in the morning)felt so bad I almost left work.
    I have seen my doctor about this twice, and the liver blood blood urine tests always come back normal.
    He says to lose weight and exercise more. I cant lose weight despite eating very little and I run three times a week.
    I must confess that the weeks leading up to and over XMAS I did over consume alcohol and fatty foods, but not more than I usually do at Xmas.
    Do you think I have a liver problem?
    One friend said to stop alcohol for two months and it would completely heal itself.
    I did that last summer-didnt seem to help.
    If you think I need different tests please indicate so I can ask my doctor for them. I am so concerned about the bloating I want an xray!
    Thanks happy new year!

    • ANSWER:
      All liver patients are told No Alcohol. The symptoms of coming off of alcohol can be mistaken for a liver problem and, in some cases, can be life threatening...should be under a doctors care. He has medications that can lessen these symptoms.

      No one blood test is 100% accurate. Many things can effect the results of these tests and a comparison is done of more than one to be sure. However, in some patients, there is not an abnormal result even it they have liver disease.

      You should be with a gastroenterologist or hepatologist now.
      You definitely need further testing done to determine what exactly is happening with you.

      High Alcohol consumption over time can cause Fatty liver disease. Ultrasound or Ct scan may see this...a liver biopsy would definitely show it.
      Colonoscopy would check the colon...Pill swallow endoscopy would check the small intestines. ERCP(Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography) would check the esophagus, stomach, first part of the intestines and the biliary area and Pancreatic ducts.

      Wish I could be of more help. I hope you find out what is the problem.

      Here are some links you can click on that will give you information on different tests and different things that may be the cause of your problem.
      http://www.gihealth.com/html/education/pamphlets.html
      http://www.gitract.info/

  14. QUESTION:
    Just fatty liver infiltration, or not?
    For the past 6 months I've been experiencing a variety of symptoms such as, nausea, headache, extreme hunger pain, irriability, excessive thirst, with excessive urination the day afterwards. I've gone for multiple blood tests and have been tested for hepatitis, diabetes, pregnancy, tons of things. Only 2 levels came back off...my liver enzymes. At this point, i went for an ultrasound on my liver where it showed I have fatty liver infiltration. My doctor told me not to worry about it. And he confirmed that my other symptoms were unrelated to my fatty liver. He told me I was living a healthy lifestyle and to go about it and get rechecked in 3 months. I dont like this answer. Does anyone know any dieseases or illnesses or anything related to fatty liver infiltration? Or any info at all on illnesses with my symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      it sounds like diabetes to me, but if your levels came back OK then you need to go to a different dr for a 2nd opinion. If you can't get a referral when your symptoms are at their worse, go to the ER and ask for a work up regarding your symptoms - maybe something more can come from that.

  15. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have celiac disease and what have you done for it?
    I have had these symptoms most of my life which are getting worse as I get older. I am male,50.
    *bloating
    *indigestion,heartburn
    *pale stools (sorry)
    *always tired
    *inability to lose weight
    *rash on my neck and groin
    *anxiety and depression
    *slow metabolism-it is linked to hypothyroidism
    *fatty liver symptoms-it is linked to liver problems
    My doctor has run tests and cant find a problem. I dont eat much gluten except for toast and beer, but when I stop these for a few weeks I do feel better. Problem is I love toast and used to live on it when I was poor, and being a guy I have to have my beers! (not a problem drinker)
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      So you know what to do that makes you feel better. You need to go ahead and commit to a gluten free diet and quit eating toast and drinking beer and find out what other things you consume may have gluten. You will start feeling better, have more energy and you will find that there are lots of substitutes for the things you are missing.

      I know, I went gluten free at 50 also and have been much healthier.

      Did you know that there is a flaxseed bread that makes a toast better than what you eat now? Or maybe you would like rice toast, almond toast, millet toast. Lots of possibilities. There is RedBridge beer, Bards Tale, Greens beer all gluten free and if you don't like those, consider the wonderful world of wine.

      So if you want to feel better go ahead and eat gluten free and see how 6 months gluten free does for you.

  16. QUESTION:
    how long does it take to develop cirrhosis from a fatty liver?
    about a month ago i was diagnosed with a fatty liver the doctor told me to just eat healthyer and watch my diest but i kind of not been doing that lat night my leg felt a little warm and the other my lower back felt warm and when i looked up those symptoms it said it might be cirrhosis cpuld i devloped that in a month??
    sorry for all the misspelled words

    • ANSWER:
      Most people with a fatty liver never progresses to being cirrhosis. A lot depends on what is causing the fatty liver. Someone that has one due to alcoholism runs a greater risk of it becoming cirrhosis that if it were from something else such as diet. There are many people that have fatty livers and do not know it. Even thin people can have one. It's not always about being obese. Just do as your doctor tells you and you should be fine. Don't worry about cirrhosis at this time. Get your liver function checked from time to time to keep a check on things. I had cirrhosis and a liver transplant plus I'm a nurse. I never heard of the symptoms you describe as being a sign of cirrhosis. A warm back and leg is not a sign of cirrhosis. I don't know what list you looked at, but that information is wrong.

  17. QUESTION:
    HOW would a person with fatty liver know they progresses to NASH?
    WHAT WOULD the symptoms be? Could the Dr make the diagnosis without the use of expensive tests? Like blood work or something? My friend has no insurance. Very depressing :(

    • ANSWER:
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  18. QUESTION:
    Liver pain, bile taste in mouth?
    I just need some direction. I have had gall bladder removed for these symptoms 2 years ago and it did not help. Now? Its worse. Liver pain (or pain in liver area), nausea when I have bile taste in mouth (comes and goes) dizziness (seen an ear specialist for but came to no conclusion except excess ear fluid). I also am only 36 but my cycle is getting further apart and less in duration. I googled my symptoms "Liver pain and bile taste in mouth" and found tons of Chinese (I think) herbal sites talking about "Qi" which I do not understand. Does anyone have any recommendations? When I had my gallbladder removed, I was diagnosed with fatty liver disease and my liver enzymes were elevated prior to surgery but that's about it. I do not drink but do struggle with weight on and off. Any thoughts or helpful advice would be appreciated. I did begin taking Milk Thistle as I read it helps clean the liver out and I also have an appointment with my physician early next week.
    Just looking to see if anyone has had similar symptoms and ahd have received diagnosis or if anyone knows of a way to get rid of bile taste and liver pain (pain meds do not work).

    • ANSWER:
      Ask your doctor for an upper GI
      Sounds like they might have missed
      a stone in the liver ducts.

  19. QUESTION:
    Ct Scan Shows Fat Sparing in Fatty Liver. Is this normal?
    I had a fatty liver diagnosed with Ultrasound and then CT with Contrast. The report came back with Fat Sparing in a few spots. This was detected in the ultrasound and confirmed with a CT with contrast. I am 29 years old with no symptoms. Just wondering if this is normal in a fatty liver. i have been told that its simply an area of the liver without fat that has fat around it. Its a little confusing.

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah its fine,

  20. QUESTION:
    Reviewing medical reports from a recent illness, I notice references to having a fatty liver. Is this serious?
    I recently was in the hospital with pancreatitis and gall bladder removal. I was in a hospital that was out of state from where I lived so I was able to take copies of my medical reports with me. Because my initial symptoms where similar to a triple A, they performed a Cat-Scan, X-rays, and Sonogram. Upon reviewing the findings I came across multiple references that I had a "fatty liver". Is this serious? What preventive actions should I take to elevate this problem?

    • ANSWER:
      well, it can be serious. diet plays a huge role in fatty deposits on the liver. however, other diseases can play a larger role. you need to rule out hepatitis-especially hepatitis c as this alone can cause fatty liver.

      if your alt and ast levels were in normal limits (however, they probably were due to the issues you've already had).

      regardless, you should be tested for hepatitis c. many folks dont have a clue about the infection until diagnosed. they are also not aware of all the bi-directional diseases of having hcv. (fatty liver, gall bladder and others)

      good luck. cut out the fat. drink water. watch your carbs. (everyone needs a certain amount, ask your doctor how many a day you need).

  21. QUESTION:
    What are the chances that I have fatty liver disease?
    I'm 24, female, and I have been a moderate drinker since i was 18, with the exception of a year and a half where I didn't consume a drop (not intentionally, just lost interest). However, for the last 3 years I have been drinking heavily, the last year of which has been the heaviest - I've been severely depressed, unemployed, reclusive, and got into the habit of consuming anywhere from 0.5litres to half a gallon of vodka almost every day, with the occasional exception of a break of a couple of weeks in between before i would resume the habit.

    I stopped drinking a few weeks ago, due to the fact that i got some great stress-relieving news, everything fell into place and i started to eat healthily again (i only drank as an excuse to eat - used to be anorexic and afterward struggled to deal with my weight gain and normal eating without getting hammered...food was a chaser...weird i know).

    Anyway, I feel fine, i have done substantial research on the subject and i have zero symptoms of anything related to liver problems, I look fine, have lots of energy, no health problems whatsoever, and giving up booze has been a piece of cake 'cause frankly i don't even like it. But, I'm wondering if it's possible that I have done some serious/irreversible damage and don't even know it...or is that unlikely considering my age and the relatively short period of consistent heavy-drinking i did.

    Any help would be appreciated! Thanks
    Oops - should have said I've been drinking heavily for the last 2 years, not 3!

    • ANSWER:
      Time will be the best answer to your question.Yes, your liver can regenerate but what about your kidneys and your brain cells and your skin and veins that are being (been) saturated with alcohol for 2 years? It tastes awful because it is awful for you.Have you ever seen an old drinker?Their skin is older then they are and that is only what you can see.You have done the best and that is to quit drinking.

  22. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of a diseased bird?
    For example: If a bird has Fatty Liver Acids, or any other disease, what are the symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      Firstly if you get fatty liver acids, change their diet, that is one symptom of vit A deficiency, get some milk thistle, grass seeds and dandelion or green leafy vegies and fruit. Vit A def is a problem in smaller caged birds and a calcium bell or shell grit, mostly birds are hardly, the right diet and all this is irrelevant. Second droppings are an indicator, for specifics take them to a lab, no on can tell that, by the time you do they are sick the disease is been there a long time, symptoms are in the birds behaviour not after the fact. Thirdly, get some books, I see you ask a lot of questions, the books that will show you all you need to know are, A guide to series, they have it all, be aware you can go too far and check for problems and never get to enjoy you bird, if it is not broken don't fix it. Fourthly, symptoms are lethargy, white droppings, sometimes black, beak dysfuntion or skewed, yellow tongue, poor feather growth, mimimum dander production, scaly beak surrounds, sneezing, couching ( click sound very slight noise ) etc. This requires reasearch.

  23. QUESTION:
    Fatty Liver on and off for years - ALT Slightly Elevated?
    I was diagnosed with a fatty liver (ultrasound) about 5 or 6 years ago. I had elevated ALT and AST enzymes. I was a bit overweight but not obese (6' 215) - drank on weekends mostly. I lost the weight and went down to 186. All levels returned to normal but I never had another ultrasound. I have never gotten back up to that weight but on occasion I would get to 200 or 205 (maybe twice to be exact) and enzymes would come back slightly elevated (lose weight and they would go back down). This last time, only the ALT came back high .. (80 on a scale of 10-60). I am in the process of losing weight, I am around 205. I have no symptoms. Should I be concerned that this can evenutally lead to NASH and then Cirrohsis? Or can you have slight elevations and fat in the liver from time to time and have it be harmless?

    • ANSWER:
      In general, fatty liver is a completely reversible process. If you abstain from alcohol and lose weight, your liver should regress to its previous state of health (presuming that there is no damage besides the fatty change). The problem, as you seem to be aware, is that the fatty change can lead to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) which can in turn lead to cirrhosis. Most healthy people do not have significant fat accumulations in their livers, nor do they have recurrent elevations of liver enzymes. You should probably go see your physician and ask for a personal evaluation related to your own situation.

  24. QUESTION:
    What can cause liver pain?
    My husband has been having on and off liver pain for about two weeks now. He was drinking a lot of energy drinks (started off with one a day and progressed to three a day in three months) and he also started drinking alcohol more often (about 5-6 oz of vodka every other day for about two weeks). His body was not used to this, as he used to drink alcohol once, maybe twice a year and 1 (maybe 2) energy drink every two weeks. I am worried this can be Hepatitis C, but he hasn't had any other symptoms except the liver pain. Could it be something else? He already stopped drinking both energy drinks and alcohol. He does smoke marijuana (hasn't in two days). PLEASE HELP! I am very worried! Let me know if there is anything else that can be causing this.

    BTW, he's not fat at all, so I doubt it's fatty liver.

    • ANSWER:

  25. QUESTION:
    why have I gone from a fatty liver infiltration last year to a starting of shutting down of ?
    my liver? my liver levels keep rising. and have gone from a bit elevated to more then double the levels in 3 months. wow. I have been and still am eating chocolates, pasts with lots of cheese on it YUM, so why have I gone from a fatty liver last year to a start of shutting down towards liver Failure in a short time? yep the symptoms are for me lighter stools when I go to the toilet, pain of and on in my right abdomen, tiredness most of the time, swollen abdomen, confusion, hick ups, itchiness, drowsiness, and no I do not drink and I have been tested for hepatitis all of them and it was negative. so once again does anyone have any idea why I have gone from a fatty liver to the start of liver failure now? I refuse a transplant.
    Ginny it is a habbit that is killing me like an alcoholic I guess it is adiction. I better start writing out a will

    • ANSWER:
      It's a possibility that your fatty liver has progressed to NASH (non alcoholic steatopathic hepatitis). A lot of people have fatty livers that really go no further than that, but some can develop into NASH. In NASH, fat builds up in the liver and eventually causes scar tissue. Scar tissue then replaces healthy tissue which is cirrhosis. You seem to have a lot of the symptoms that comes with cirrhosis. No one really knows why one person progresses to cirrhosis with a fatty liver while someone else doesn't.

      You must find out what is going on with your liver. Other things can cause those numbers to elevate, so don't automatically assume that you are in liver failure. A biopsy will tell the true story. Since your numbers have elevated so much along with those symptoms, you really should get a biopsy done. There's nothing much to them. I have had 3 and going to get another done in about 2 weeks. Before you even mention the word transplant, find out what is happening.

  26. QUESTION:
    diffuse fatty infiltration of the liver - what is that means.?
    Can someone please tell me in a way I can undestand (english) what is diffuse fatty infiltration of the liver. The CT scanning appears to be normar but with the above info.

    I have two previous CT with - Mosaic attenuation patter - and Mosaic perfusion. At this point I do not know if the scanning people know what they are doing or my health is fine.

    I have severe symptoms of pain on my Left Upper Quadrant Abdomen with mass in my abdomen followed by left upper back bruise (white spot - similar to bite)

    I just need your opinon of what possibilities of problems could that be. - It is over a year of testing with lots of drugs but no soluction.

    Please no website just your opionin.

    I thank you very much

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty infiltration is when the cells of an organ have absorbed fat from outside of it. In a nutshell your liver sucked up fat that surrounded it.

      Mosaic attenuation pattern has to do with what the person reading the CT scan is seeing. It is a pattern of darkness and lightness that resembles a form of art in which tiles are inlayed to form a picture. What they are seeing is the density of your liver varying in density wildly. This could be due to tumor versus healthy tissue versus fatty tissue.

      I have no idea what would cause a white spot on the outside of your body in relation to a mass inside of it though--that sounds a bit odd.

  27. QUESTION:
    How can I improve my liver function?
    I think I may have a sluggish/poorly functioning liver, because I have acne, I am fatigued a lot, I have digestion problems, I don't tolerate fatty foods well, I am very sensitive to caffeine, I get headaches for unexplainable reasons, excessive body odor even though I shower every morning and wear deodorant, which all of those I have read are symptoms of a sluggish liver.

    What can I do to improve my liver function?

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you definitely have a very sluggish, slow liver. Our livers are the work horses of our bodies. I had breast cancer a couple of years ago, and when you take chemotherapy, it damages the liver to a certain extent. My naturopathic doctor told me that People/Me should clean out our Livers 2 (twice) a year. In the spring, so that we are healthy throughout the summer months, and then in the fall in October so we are as healthy as possible before the winter months come. There are many natural supplements at Health food stores & Drug stores. One that is very good is called Liver Flush, and it helps to detoxify the liver while promoting liver Tissue regeneration. There is also a supplement called Milk Thistle & the active ingredient in it is called Silymarin and this supplement also helps to regenerate new Liver cells within a month. When you take these supplements you only need to take them for One Month. This is all the time it takes to regenerate new Liver cells. So try to do this in April and October of each year and you will feel much better. You will have more energy, your acne will get better, you will Not have as many headaches. For your digestion problems, you should buy/get a bottle of Digestive enzymes and take 2 capusules before each meal. It really does help to digest your meals. As we get older our bodies do not make as many enzymes and it is much harder to digest all the food we eat. Salads/leafy greens, fruits and vegetables have tons of natural enzymes, but you did not mention if you eat alot of salads, or fruits or vegetables to get the enzymes naturally.

  28. QUESTION:
    PCOS.. how do I get a diagnosis?
    I have ALL the symptoms, every single one of them. I told my doc that I thought I might have it, he send me for an ultrasound (on the belly) the lady told me that you cant see pcos that way. So he sent me for the the correct ultrasound and the lady who did it said you cant see pcos this way.

    Needless to say I dont think my doc or anyone associated with him knows how to find out if I have it. I am extremely distraught.. I just found out I have Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver another symptom of pcos.

    Also If anyone lives in Arizona and knows a good pcos doc let me know :-)

    • ANSWER:
      To diagnose PCOS, usually doctors start with extensive blood tests. They include:
      ♦ Luteinizing hormone (LH)
      ♦ Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH)
      ♦ Total and Free Testosterone
      ♦ Dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate
      (DHEAS)
      ♦ Prolactin
      ♦ Androstenedione
      ♦ Progesterone
      (20-30 days after the last period)

      Patients with PCOS frequently have a high ratio of LH to FSH
      and elevated levels of testosterone. Originally considered an important marker for PCOS, the ratio of LH to FSH is now considered to be less useful in diagnosing the syndrome but is still of relevance to the overall picture

      Additionally,women with irregular cycles and very high androgen levels should be screened for the possibility of adult-onset adrenal hyperplasia which can sometimes
      mask as PCOS. This is carried out with a blood test for the hormone17-hydroxyprogesterone.

      Other levels may be tested aswell, including fasting glucose &
      insulin. Glucose and insulin tests are used to screen for conditions such as Insulin Resistance (IR) and Type II Diabetes. Many women with PCOS have insulin-based
      problems and research indicates that these problems appear to be at the root of the syndrome. If your fasting levels are normal, you may be asked to take an oral glucose
      challenge, also called an Oral Glucose Tolerance Test. It is possible to have normal fasting levels and still have an
      underlying insulin problem which can be identified with the OGTT. Although other levels may be normal, women with PCOS often have abnormal findings at the 2 hour interval.
      The final test your doctor may order is a lipid panel. High cholesterol and triglycerides are commonly found in tests run to diagnose PCOS.

      As far as the Ultrasound goes, the 2nd imaging you had should have been done with a Transvaginal Ultrasound. Cysts on the ovaries are often seen but, not always. If I were you i would have another Transvaginal Ultrasound done, when you find another doctor.

      Both Endocrinologists & Gynecologists treat PCOS. I would suggest calling the Mayo Clinic of Arizona for a quality doctor referral. For appointments or more information, call the Central Appointment Office at (800) 446-2279 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Hopefully Mayo would work location-wise for you, if not, I am sure they can give you a reputable physician's name for treatment in your area. Here's more info on becoming a patient at the clinic:
      http://www.mayoclinic.org/becomingpat-sct/

      Here's an additional link to Arizona doctors, you might want to check out:
      http://www.herplace.com/about.htm (Tucson, Arizona)

      PCOS find a doctor list on the message board:
      http://www.soulcysters.net/archive/f-47.html

      This site, should give you more info:
      http://www.projectpcos.org/general/leadership.php
      They also list a research coordinator that works directly with physicians on PCOS. She lists an email address for contact purposes. I am sure she can help direct you also:
      She can be reached at sfitzgerald@projectpcos.org

      Hopefully this info helps. So sorry to hear about the poor care you have received thus far. Good luck!

  29. QUESTION:
    Fatty Liver NASH Wilson's Disease?
    I recently had a liver function test and it came back that my liver enzymes were elevated. About 2 years ago I also had a liver function test that said the same thing and an ultrasound that said both my liver and spleen were enlarged. I was both vaccinated and tested for hepatitis and my tests were negative. My current doc said that I may have a fatty liver and that we will recheck liver function in 4 weeks. My question is can Wilson's Disease present as Fatty liver or NASH? I understand that Wilson's is a very rare hereditary disease but I don't want to assume it's merely fatty liver if Wilson's is behind it as that could be fatal. I've also heard that fatigue and depression as well as enlarged spleen are symptoms of Wilson's. Any info would be appreciated.
    Also, I don't drink, at all. I never have. I'm 23 years old.

    • ANSWER:
      Okay, so I doubt you have Wilsons disease. Wilsons and fatty liver (steotosis) present differently. The classic wilsons picture is elevated liver enzymes, psychosis, and low ceruloplasm. Testing for wilsons is really easy - all your doctor has to do is do a blood test, test for serum copper and ceruloplasm. On physical exam, you would exhibit keiser-fleischer rings (bronze colored rings around your eyes) as well as have psych abnormalities. Wilsons disease is a metabolic abnormality where copper is absorbed in excess. Its easy to test for so you can rule that out with a blood test.
      In terms of steatosis - are you overweight by any chance? Even if you don't drink, you can develop a fatty liver as a part of metabolic syndrome if a person is overweight.
      Anyway, how elevated are your enzymes? What are the exact numbers? Have you had your alkaline phosphatase measured as well?

  30. QUESTION:
    Fatty Liver/ NASH/ Wilson's Disease?
    I recently had a liver function test and it came back that my liver enzymes were elevated. About 2 years ago I also had a liver function test that said the same thing and an ultrasound that said both my liver and spleen were enlarged. I was both vaccinated and tested for hepatitis and my tests were negative. My current doc said that I may have a fatty liver and that we will recheck liver function in 4 weeks. My question is can Wilson's Disease present as Fatty liver or NASH? I understand that Wilson's is a very rare hereditary disease but I don't want to assume it's merely fatty liver if Wilson's is behind it as that could be fatal. I've also heard that fatigue and depression as well as enlarged spleen are symptoms of Wilson's. Any info would be appreciated.
    Also, I don't drink, at all. I never have. I'm 23 years old.

    • ANSWER:
      Does anyone in your family have Wilson's? The best thing to do is either call your doctor and ask or wait until your appointment and ask. Sometimes doing research on your own can relieve anxiety and sometimes it can bring about needless worry. No one here can tell you whether or not you have Wilson's, but I'll be thinking about you.

  31. QUESTION:
    fatty liver syndrome/upper respiratory infection?
    One of my 3 cats was recently diagnosed with fatty liver syndrome. After 3 days at the vet's with a feeding tube and antibiotics, she was allowed to come home. While she was there, the vet also diagnosed her with an upper respiratory infection. She is now on 2 types of medications, one for her liver and one for the infection, and she's starting to eat on her own again. She does still seem to have some trouble breathing (not exactly trouble, its just very raspy, mainly just when she gets excited), and she's still very inactive, mostly just lying in the same spot since she came home. The vet said this was normal, but I was wondering if anyone else had any experience with either of these illnesses, and how long it would take for a full recovery, as well as how much time it would take to put some of the weight back on?

    Second part of the question, when my cat was still at the vet's yesterday, one of my other 2 cats starting making a weird sound, it almost sounded like she was coughing up a hairball but she didn't look like she was trying too. I mentioned this to the vet, and she said that its possible that she may have caught the URI, and to watch for watery eyes or a runny nose. Today she is still making the same sound, but on a very regular basis (at least once every hour, and multiple times in a row), but still no other symptoms. Should I do what the vet says and wait for other symptoms, or take her in tomorrow to be looked at?
    She is currently only eating canned food, she hasn't quite got her appetite back for dry food yet. The vet said she'll only need about 1 can of food each day for the first little while, spread out through the day.

    • ANSWER:
      I have no experience with fatty liver disease, but I know it can be tricky so I'm super happy to see you caught it early and your cat is improving. The URI can take 10-14 days to go away. Somewhere in there you'll probably see improvement though. I know they look like they're on death's doorstep sometimes with the URIs but don't worry too much, as long as she's still eating. My cat would spend all day on the bed and didn't want his lap time, etc. If she doesn't normally get canned food you may want to consider supplementing with it. It has more moisture, which is good for a sick kitty. It smells better which sometimes helps get them to eat when they're all congested like that. Plus it has more protein and is more easily digested than dry food. As for how long to gain the weight back, depends a lot on your kitty. It's not wise to put on too much weight too quickly so don't let her go nuts at the food bowl right off the bat. Good luck!

      Oh, as for the others, yes it is very contagious. Some cats readily beat it on their own so that may be what your vet is waiting for. If you see the cats not eating, you may want to put some pressure on your vet. I'm not sure if your vet explained but they can get fatty liver disease when they stop eating.. And they stop eating when they get too congested to smell their food. In the meantime you may want to treat them to some smelly fishy canned cat food to make sure they are all eating. If you see snotty sneezes, yellow/green eye discharge, those are usually signs that there's a secondary bacterial infection happening and antibiotics would be helpful.

  32. QUESTION:
    Treatment for Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease?
    I am a 52 year old male who has presented with swollen feet, distended belly and abdominal pain last week. Following blood tests for liver function it was established that although albumen production was normal, the enzyme reading was not. An ultrasound scan revealed fatty liver disease. I was disturbed to hear a BBC Radio 4 documentary say that 20% of people with my symptoms do not live beyond a few months.

    I have stopped drinking alcohol and am taking lecithin and milk thistle and I have also radically changed my diet to exclude fat, sugar and nighttime carbohydrates and have been eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.

    Despite this regime being enforced for more than two weeks, the pain continues, the belly is still swollen and I have not lost an ounce of weight.

    Any advice would be hugely appreciated. Thanks in advance for your time and knowledge.

    • ANSWER:
      Ann gave you a lot of good advice. Don't believe that radio thing because it is simply not true. I had cirrhosis and had to get a transplant, but my disease was from an autoimmune problem. Whatever causes the cirrhosis, it still pretty much acts the same for everyone.

      You need to get treatment for your liver problem and find out what is really going on with it. You need more done that just blood tests. I don't know how much fluid you are retaining, but that is what sent me to the hospital where I was eventually diagnosed with cirrhosis the first time. The next step is a CT scan to show if your liver is enlarged or shrunken and the size of your spleen. Depending on what shows up there, a biopsy would be next which is the one definitive test that will tell exactly what is going on.

      The fluid in your belly is probably what is causing you pain and that needs treated one way or another. There's 2 ways to do it and they did both with me. My fluid was so bad that I could hardly breathe anymore so I had to get tapped to drain it out physically. Then they gave me meds (diuretics such as Spironolactone and Lasix) to try to keep it under control. Once I received treatment, the meds were able to control it until I received a transplant. That fluid can be quite miserable when it is pushing on everything inside you and it needs to be removed. You might actually continue to gain weight if left untreated no matter what you eat.

      Stopping the use of alcohol is the most important step you can take with this disease. Find yourself a gastroenterologist or hepatologist to treat you since they know much more than a regular PCP about the problems that come with liver disease. I was surprised at how little some regular doctors know about liver problems.

      You are on the right track with what you are doing, but now you have to take it a step further and find out more about your condition and get the proper treatment for it. Otherwise, you are probably going to be pretty miserable. Good luck to you and get help ASAP because it seems like that fluid of yours is not going to go away on its own which means it will just continue to accumulate. You also run the risk of that fluid getting infected and you never want that to happen because that is life threatening.

  33. QUESTION:
    tests reveal i have fatty liver will this be the reason why my tree allergy has got worse?
    for the past 3 years my tree allergy has got so much worse and its now effecting my everyday life im trying to build up my immune system by taking butterbur extract,vitamin c etc and at the moment im keeping an eye out for grazax's latest break through immunity against tree pollen im preying it wont be much longer because this is really disabling,my symptoms are a constant dizziness,headache,fatigue and lack of attention span ive had blood tests and one revealed i have fatty liver my main question is i started heavy drinking 3 year ago my allergy took a turn for the worse at the same time do you think that's the reason it got worse oh and i hit my 30's i just want clarification really!!!
    i know its obvious i just need to see it in writing ha ha thanks guys!!! :-)

    • ANSWER:

  34. QUESTION:
    Fatty Liver (Hepatic Lipidosis) in cockateals?
    My adult teal's Beak looks as if it is coverd in the white "downs dust" teals r famouse for,however today i tryed to rub it off his beak and it wouldnt go, so i looked up on line regarding "teals with white beak apperance and i found this?

    What are the signs of hepatic lipidosis?
    Birds with hepatic lipidosis generally have a sudden loss of appetite, are lethargic, and depressed. Many are overweight and the liver is enlarged due to the additional storage of fat. This results in a distended abdomen and difficulty breathing. They may have diarrhea and abnormal droppings!

    None of the above symptoms apply to my bird, he is good weight with good appitite,normal Breathing & droppings but his beak seems to be coverd in a white dust or something? so if its not

    • ANSWER:
      Make sure he is getting enough calcium, whether it's by vitamin supplements or gnawing on some cuddlebone, which can be picked up at most pet stores. Keep an eye on him, if he starts to act different, of course take him to the vet. Maybe even think about an average multi-vitamin powder to add to his water or seed (water works better.) Also, stay away from sunflower seeds, those are extra fatty. Maybe, MAYBE, once in great while, but not as part of a normal diet.

  35. QUESTION:
    question here. what will happen if you keep filling your body with fatty stuff when you have a fatty ?
    infiltration of the liver? and the levels are climbing up? and you have symptoms of tiredness, pain in the right abdomen, swollen abdomen etc? can anyone tell me what would happen if that person with that kind of liver disease of fatty liver who does not drink or have hep will do if that person keeps eating cheese, milkshakes, chololatets etc? your answers will be appreciated. thanks
    will that person end up with liver faliuer and then death?
    b bardie nope I will refuse a liver transplant, YUCK

    • ANSWER:
      may have a liver transplant?
      see a liver specialist.
      keep a strict diet.

  36. QUESTION:
    Liver cirrhosis and liver cancer?
    My husband has just been informed that he has "slight scarring" on the liver and that his liver is enlarged. I have many questions regarding this, but PLEASE, I am looking for serious-minded answers, not for people telling me that he should stop drinking or other kinds of moralizing; it is hard enough as it is. First: the doctor said "there is slight scarring but no sign of cirrhosis". I don't quite understand this because I though scarring of the liver IS cirrhosis, although it might be at a very early stage in his case. Also, is an enlarged liver the same thing as fatty liver, or could there be other reasons for it being enlarged? Unfortunately, his main health issue is not the liver but advanced heart failure (severe dilated cardiomyopathy) and also COPD. He was told some years ago that he has Hepatitis C but then it was in a dormant state. Could his Hepatitis C have caused the scarring over time even if it has been in a dormant state? Also, when the scarring has started, is it bound continue? His doctor says that his liver is "working", although I'm not sure whether she meant that it is working without any problems or working at a diminished capacity. I have done a lot of reading and it seems to me that he has many of the symptoms associated with acute liver failure: itching and small red lesions scattered over his body, a brief (one day) period of yellow skin and vomiting, periods of flu-like symptoms with fever, loss of appetite, severe sleep disturbances, clay-colored stool, brown urine, and his nails have turned very light. Also, he quit smoking, not because of his own determination but because he lost taste for cigarettes, which apparently is a sign of liver failure. He also bruise and bleed very easily, and he is easily fatigued. Many of these symptoms are of course also associated with heart disease, but it seems that they have become worse in the last couple of months. His bleeding and bruising can of course be caused by the heavy doses of coumadin he is on, but it seems that the bruising has gotten worse too. He is also getting easy confused and is becoming more and more forgetful. He is 60 years old. So, this is what I wonder: Can the heart disease and/or the COPD have caused the liver disease, or affect it negatively? And vice versa, what effect does the liver issue have on the heart disease and the COPD? His doctor wrote in the last report that there is no sign of ascites but he keeps saying that he feels very bloated and to me it seems like fluid, not fat. He often complain of discomfort in his lower right side and get winded very easily (also a sign of the heart disease, of course). How serious is this liver problem? If in fact he does have acute liver failure due to Hepatitis C, what is the outlook? I don't believe liver transplant is an option in his case due to his advanced heart failure and generally poor condition. If it is left untreated and he continues to drink (he has at least 3 beers and usually a couple of shots of hard liquor per day. I am desperately trying to make him stop or seek help, but I am not able to), what is likely to happen? If scar tissue continues to build up in his liver, how dangerous is it and what kind of life expectancy does he have? Is it a matter of decades or years/months before his liver gives in completely? How do people with this kind of disease typically die, slowly by wasting away or suddenly? If it is not acute liver failure, what else could it be? Does the complications of Hepatitis C always come from cirrhosis/scarring caused by it, or can it cause symptoms independently without leading to cirrhosis? And is scarring always a sign of cirrhosis or can there be other reasons for it? If so, how likely is it that the scarring does lead to cirrhosis (unless it is the same disease just at different stages) How great is the risk of developing liver cancer? Is this risk increased because of his generally poor health or is it determined by other factors? Please, please, any information at all would be of great help. I know that all these questions should be directed to his doctor, but my husband refuses to let me meet her, and he himself seems to live in denial and doesn't want to know anything about his disease. This is my reality, and any information you could provide would be gratefully accepted. Thankyou for reading all the way through this long question.

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, I don't know the answers to all of your questions, but here are a few. If his hepatitis is in a dormant state, that is a very good thing. The light scaring might not be cirrhosis yet, but its getting there. It's enlarged because it needs to be because it is not functioning properly. Its not from the hep C from what it sounds like, its from all the drinking. It has nothing to do with anything else. Maybe you should look into helping him with his depression. Yes it will continue and it will only get worse unless he stops drinking. He will slowly get worse overtime and it will lead to cirrhosis and will eventually become cancerous. It all has to do with his drinking (almost all of it) and his overall health. Also, the hep c will most likely become active if his health continues to deteriorate.

      Also, sorry to say this, but they don't give liver transplants to people who abuse their body.

  37. QUESTION:
    Scarring of the liver and cirrhosis?
    My husband has just been informed that he has "slight scarring" on the liver and that his liver is enlarged. I have many questions regarding this, but PLEASE, I am looking for serious-minded answers, not for people telling me that he should stop drinking or other kinds of moralizing; it is hard enough as it is. First: the doctor said "there is slight scarring but no sign of cirrhosis". I don't quite understand this because I though scarring of the liver IS cirrhosis, although it might be at a very early stage in his case. Also, is an enlarged liver the same thing as fatty liver, or could there be other reasons for it being enlarged? Unfortunately, his main health issue is not the liver but advanced heart failure (severe dilated cardiomyopathy) and also COPD. He was told some years ago that he has Hepatitis C but then it was in a dormant state. Could his Hepatitis C have caused the scarring over time even if it has been in a dormant state? Also, when the scarring has started, is it bound continue? His doctor says that his liver is "working", although I'm not sure whether she meant that it is working without any problems or working at a diminished capacity. I have done a lot of reading and it seems to me that he has many of the symptoms associated with acute liver failure: itching and small red lesions scattered over his body, a brief (one day) period of yellow skin and vomiting, periods of flu-like symptoms with fever, loss of appetite, severe sleep disturbances, clay-colored stool, brown urine, and his nails have turned very light. Also, he quit smoking, not because of his own determination but because he lost taste for cigarettes, which apparently is a sign of liver failure. He also bruise and bleed very easily, and he is easily fatigued. Many of these symptoms are of course also associated with heart disease, but it seems that they have become worse in the last couple of months. His bleeding and bruising can of course be caused by the heavy doses of coumadin he is on, but it seems that the bruising has gotten worse too. He is also getting easy confused and is becoming more and more forgetful. He is 60 years old. So, this is what I wonder: Can the heart disease and/or the COPD have caused the liver disease, or affect it negatively? And vice versa, what effect does the liver issue have on the heart disease and the COPD? His doctor wrote in the last report that there is no sign of ascites but he keeps saying that he feels very bloated and to me it seems like fluid, not fat. He often complain of discomfort in his lower right side and get winded very easily (also a sign of the heart disease, of course). How serious is this liver problem? If in fact he does have acute liver failure due to Hepatitis C, what is the outlook? I don't believe liver transplant is an option in his case due to his advanced heart failure and generally poor condition. If it is left untreated and he continues to drink (he has at least 3 beers and usually a couple of shots of hard liquor per day. I am desperately trying to make him stop or seek help, but I am not able to), what is likely to happen? If scar tissue continues to build up in his liver, how dangerous is it and what kind of life expectancy does he have? Is it a matter of decades or years/months before his liver gives in completely? How do people with this kind of disease typically die, slowly by wasting away or suddenly? If it is not acute liver failure, what else could it be? Does the complications of Hepatitis C always come from cirrhosis/scarring caused by it, or can it cause symptoms independently without leading to cirrhosis? And is scarring always a sign of cirrhosis or can there be other reasons for it? If so, how likely is it that the scarring does lead to cirrhosis (unless it is the same disease just at different stages) How great is the risk of developing liver cancer? Is this risk increased because of his generally poor health or is it determined by other factors? Please, please, any information at all would be of great help. I know that all these questions should be directed to his doctor, but my husband refuses to let me meet her, and he himself seems to live in denial and doesn't want to know anything about his disease. This is my reality, and any information you could provide would be gratefully accepted. Thankyou for reading all the way through this long question.

    • ANSWER:
      Lena, an alcoholic is THE most difficult of all patients to help, especially when you want to do so much. ALL that you describe is due to alcohol. At first alcohol causes liver cells to fill with fat and produce an enlarged fatty liver which alone has caused sudden death. In time, as liver cells die, scarring results and can then progress (under the microscope) to produce a smaller scarred liver called alcoholic cirrhosis. The liver then produces inadequate clotting factors which can produce skin and other hemorrhages, as well as leak fluid into the belly (ascites), and change blood circulation to overload and damage an eenlarging heart under strain as well as dilated, thin-walled esophageal veins (varices) which can anytime suddenly rupture as great quantities of blood are coughed up. Hepatitis c also damages the liver and is believed to be a cause of liver cancer. As long as your husband continues to drink alcohol, he will continue to go downhill and die in spite of your efforts. Try the phone book or call Al-Anon, an organization for spouses of alcoholics for much more information on how to deal with your extremely difficult situation. You cannot go it alone and expect and success.

  38. QUESTION:
    Does my parrot have fatty liver disease? I really need help!?
    I have a Meyer's parrot only around 5 years old (gender unknown, just will refer to it as a she). For a long time I noticed she didn't look so great and looked ruffled with puffy feathers all the time. Lately all she has been doing is sleeping, lethargic and much less active. May have gained weight but I'm not sure. Occasionally she has a slight tail pump and once slept on one foot. I also noticed an orange foot sore that went away, but I can't find any beak bruises since Meyer's have black beaks and toenails. Oh and she has a saggy, almost swollen eyelid. Not to mention green urine in poo!

    I think it's time for an avian vet checkup, however, we cannot afford a liver x-ray right now. And I don't know if I should buy aloe detox or other medicines, because I'm too afraid to make a mistake and hurt my parrot further. My parents aren't 100% convinced of any illness because she tries to hide the symptoms.

    My bird eats normally and preens regularly, and has never plucked herself. She is on a half seed/half pellet diet (trying to lessen on the seed) with some fruit and veggies or cereal as treats. My bird is a very picky eater and HATES when we make her exercise but I'll try.

    I would like answers from people who are experienced with birds. I'm very scared. Thank you!
    I forgot to mention shivering, sometimes cold feet.

    Right now she just had a shower. I only flapped her and she was panting...

    • ANSWER:
      Sweetie you need to get your baby to an Avian vet. I do not recommend giving antibiotics when you don't know what is wrong. They may not help but yes they can do harm.

      God I hate it so bad when a child or teenager has to depend on their parent for the money and approval for their pet. I'm not bashing you in any way. I was in your position with my dog when I was a teenager and it ended up dying because of my parents. I don't understand why parents let their kids get these animals and then won't listen to their child and believe them when they say they are sick.

      Do what you have to do to get your baby to the vet and ASAP. Maybe they can work out some kind of payment plan with you. Good luck. I wish you the best.

  39. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of a bad gull bladder?
    I'm having alot of pain right below my right chest, and above the rib cage, I know this is where your liver is, and also your gull bladder. I am diagnosed with having steotosis and fibrosis of the liver, but I think it is the gull bladder that is hurting. I vommit alot and have sharp pains in this area. The doctors can't find anything but a fatty inflamed liver. Could it be my gull bladder?
    Yes! I am having pain around my back right shoulder blade, I figured it was joint problems, or my lungs (I'm a smoker).........

    • ANSWER:
      Symptoms

      About 90% of gallstones provoke no symptoms at all. If problems do develop, the chance of developing pain is about 2% per year for the first 10 years after stone formation. After this, the chance for developing symptoms declines . On average, symptoms take about 8 years to develop. The reason for the decline in incidence after 10 years is not known, although some doctors suggest that "younger," smaller stones may be more likely to cause symptoms than larger, older ones.

      Biliary Pain
      The mildest and most common symptom of gallbladder disease is intermittent pain called biliary colic , which occurs either in the mid- or the right portion of the upper abdomen. A typical attack has several features:

      The primary symptom is typically a steady gripping or gnawing pain in the upper right abdomen near the rib cage, which can be quite severe and can radiate to the upper back. Some patients with biliary colic experience the pain behind the breast bone.
      Nausea or vomiting may occur.
      Changes in position, over-the-counter pain relievers, and passage of gas do not relieve the symptoms.
      Biliary colic typically disappears after 1 to several hours. If it persists beyond this point, acute cholecystitis or more serious conditions may be present.
      The episodes typically occur at the same time of day, but less frequently than once a week. Large or fatty meals can precipitate the pain, but it usually occurs several hours after eating and often awakens the patient during the night.
      Recurrence is common, but attacks can be years apart. In one study, for example, 30% of people who had had 1- 2 attacks experienced no further biliary pain over the next 10 years.
      Digestive complaints such as belching, feeling unduly full after meals, bloating, heartburn (burning feeling behind the breast bone), or regurgitation (acid back-up in the food pipe) are not likely to be caused by gallbladder disease. Conditions that may cause these symptoms include peptic ulcer, gastroesophageal reflux disease, or indigestion of unknown cause. [For more information, see In-Depth Reports #19 Peptic Ulcers and #85 Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease.]

      Symptoms of Gallbladder Inflammation (Acute Cholecystitis)
      Between 1 - 3% of people with symptomatic gallstones develop inflammation in the gallbladder ( acute cholecystitis ), which occurs when stones or sludge obstruct the duct. The symptoms are similar to those of biliary colic but are more persistent and severe. They include the following:

      Pain in the upper right abdomen is severe and constant and can last for days. Pain frequently increases when drawing a breath.
      Pain also may radiate to the back or occur under the shoulder blades, behind the breast bone, or on the left side.
      About a third of patients have fever and chills.
      Nausea and vomiting may occur.
      Anyone who experiences such symptoms should seek medical attention. Infection develops in about 20% of these cases, which increases the danger. Acute cholecystitis can progress to gangrene or perforation of the gallbladder if left untreated. People with diabetes are at particular risk for serious complications.

      Symptoms of Chronic Cholecystitis or Dysfunctional Gallbladders
      Chronic gallbladder disease ( chronic cholecystitis ) is marked by gallstones and low-grade inflammation. In such cases the gallbladder may become scarred and stiff. Symptoms of chronic gallbladder disease include the following:

      Complaints of gas, nausea, and abdominal discomfort after meals are the most common, but they may be vague and indistinguishable from similar complaints in people without gallbladder disease.
      Chronic diarrhea (4 - 10 bowel movements every day for at least 3 months) may be a common symptom of gallbladder dysfunction.
      Symptoms of Stones in the Common Bile Duct (Choledocholithiasis)
      Stones lodged in the common bile duct ( choledocholithiasis ) can cause symptoms that are similar to those produced by stones that lodge in the gallbladder, but they may also cause the following symptoms:

      Jaundice (yellowish skin)
      Dark urine, lighter stools, or both
      Heartbeat may become rapid and blood pressure may drop abruptly
      Fever, chills, nausea and vomiting, and severe pain in the upper right abdomen. These symptoms suggest an infection in the bile duct (called cholangitis).
      As in acute cholecystitis, patients who have these symptoms should seek medical help immediately. They may require emergency treatment.

      Review Date: 5/15/2007
      Reviewed By: Harvey Simon, M.D., Editor-in-Chief, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital.
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  40. QUESTION:
    The temptation to drink anything with alcohol is driving me out of my mind. Advice?
    I am a binge drinker. I don't drink that often - - perhaps a dozen or so times per year. However, when I do, I sometimes overdo it. I haven't had a drink in about a month and a half, and lately the temptation to drink is like having an itch that one cannot scratch without a backscratcher; in this case, the backscratcher is a few glasses of wine, or a few cans of beer, or a few shots from an unopened bottle of vodka. I am obese, and at 280 pounds, I have had symptoms of a fatty liver.

    It's just that whenever i am under any significant emotional stress, the alcohol helps me cope with the issues that come along. I don't take any medications, so this is like a medication to me. After drinking, I usually feel fine for a few weeks, until the craving comes along - - sometimes weeks, sometimes months. I do fear that it may adversely effect my liver and health in the long run, but right now it seems almost inevitable that I am going to drink soon in order to alleviate this emotional discord that is happening inside of me.

    I'm 34 years old, and the first time I drank to excess was when I was 13 years old. I suppose that from the moment I began drinking, it became irresistible. I love the feeling that it gives me, as it frees me from the anxiety that haunts me from time to time. I do not drink everyday, and it does help me relax - - I usually feel "back to normal" after I drink for the next few weeks or months. But right now, I feel anything but normal, because the temptation to drink is making me feel uneasy and anxious.

    • ANSWER:
      Try Alcoholics Anonymous. Look for their nearest office (U.S. or Canada) by clicking the link below:

      http://www.aa.org/lang/en/meeting_finder.cfm?origpage=29

  41. QUESTION:
    How long does my lovebird have?
    I have an old peach-faced lovebird that is between 15 and 17 years old. He has regular vet visits and was diagnosed with liver disease earlier this year. He is on a pellet diet and gets plenty of variety (fruits, pasta, veggies, etc.) he is also on milk thistle and omega fatty acids recommended by my avian vet to help support his liver.

    In the last few months he has declined. He is underweight at approx 43g, he's not preening, he is cold and fluffed up all the time. He does continues to eat and drink and perch however. I have set up his cage as a "geriatric cage" with ladders and flat areas so that it is easier for him to move around.

    To add insult to injury, a few nights ago our gas fireplace was not venting properly and pushed the expelled fumes into our home. My lovebird Kiwi almost died. He fell from the top of the cage and started to throw his head back and wings back (almost like a seizure). After we aired out our home, it took him hours to recover, but he was completely back to normal that night!

    Today I noticed he is having difficulty perching (he keeps falling off) he is not eating much and I haven't seen him drink or poop! I was also mortified to see his cloaca was swollen and red and his keel bone is "crusty" almost like a scab. He has a vet appointment in the morning.

    This is my first experience with a geriatric bird and I don't really know what to expect. My question is, how long does my little guy have and when is it a good time to euthanize? He still seems bright and alert. I don't think he is in any pain, though I am not sure. Also, has anyone had experience with any of the above mentioned symptoms. (liver disease, toxicity, etc.) Thanks in advance for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      I'm so sorry, and I know it doesn't really help. Have you had him all his life? It sounds as if he has been well cared for and loved. I am glad you already have a vet appt., but I don't have any other suggestions other than making sure he doesn't get chilled. It is hard to say when to let go. I can only say that you will know when it is right. It is super hard to think about letting a loved one go unexpectedly, and not much easier to let one go even when expected. I am guessing he will be around a shorter time than a longer time. Best wishes

  42. QUESTION:
    People with hepatitis I need real answers do this symptoms sound like I might have hep ?
    My symptoms are pain right over my liver and three inches more down the pain over my liver is more the feeling of sore than anything the pain three inches down form my liver is something of a of burning and sharp ach which I get the same pain on the opposite side of my stomach…my back ach both side but mainly on my right at the end of my rib cage… I have this real bad thirst that I cant stop no matter what I drink…my urine is dark not like coke color but like dark yellow with a metal smell to it…my legs ach and hurt I feel tingles on both legs and hands my joints hurt my vision is blur and not what it use to be my eyes are so dry that I have no tears all.. I get real shaky in my hands I get a little headache here and there no fever but I m always hot when its cold and cold when it real hot my skin is not yellow or eyes…last but not least is that my bowel movements have change it not what it use to be I its hard to explain but it just was my full of gas that has a horrible smell and my bowel movements are just different there always the same color (brownish reddish) and they look soft so some back bio I m 23 years old 247 pounds not a drug user of any sort

    In the last two months I had seen two different doctors two E.R. visits and G.I specialist
    So the first doctor ran blood and urine test and did a sonogram his results were that my kidneys were fine my liver function was fine my blood count was good and he check for hepatitis a b c and all came back negative but I did have a fatty liver which the sonogram showed and he said that I had a U.T.I the second doctor ran blood and urine test and told be the same next but his time I was check for diabetes and that came back negative no thyroid problems and the U.T.I had clear up at the first E.R. visit they rule out gallbladder stones by doing x-rays and blood work but the he said that I had blood in my urine that’s it. at the second E.R they ran only a urine test and the doc told me that my urine came back fine no blood no protein so Here I m not know what going on and I look at all my symptoms and they said it was hepatitis and I want to know your opinions need links to wed sites or “you need to go see the doctor” answers I want people who have hep to please tell me what they think what were your systems when you first found out

    • ANSWER:
      ummmm...awww i feel soo bad readig that. Okay i havent had hep but my dad did all i can remember is he had blood coming out of his mouth and was always aching all over. I had appedesitis andhad my appendix removed and i had a lot of those symtoms. I would suggest you get a c.a.t scan and my dad told me that he had a large pressure on his head almost and he did have a fever and some doctors are very stupid because it took them 3 days to find my eppendesitis ... I could have diedso if decide to see any doctor make sure they know there stuff. I dont think you have hep my dad thinks you might so definately get sum1good t ocheck it out .Best of luck to you and i hope you feel better.

  43. QUESTION:
    Question about Wilson's Disease?
    I'm wanting other people's opinion, especially any medical people. I'm wondering if it would be goofy of me to ask to be tested for Wilson's Disease. I don't think I have the rings they talk about(do you have to?), but below are my symptoms and my parents.

    my symptoms
    anemia
    enlarged liver-seen on cat scan-might be reidels lobe
    mild fatty liver-seen on cat scan
    high ast and alt
    muscle weakness
    tingling in feet and hands
    digestive problems-constipation
    fibromyalgia
    nightvision problems-problems with bright lights
    memory problems
    very itchy legs
    weight gain

    father-parkinsons symptoms,gait,anxiety,constipation-his parkinsons isn't really major shakes even after 10 years of having it.

    mom-severe insomnia,kidney stones,anxiety,constipation,ostioperosis,nightvision problems,memory problems,weight gain,macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma.

    If not Wilson's, what might I get checked for? I've had a hepatitis test and that was negative.
    My liver isn't inflamed, so I don't think that is it. I don't think it's scarred either.

    • ANSWER:
      About 95% of people with Wilsons disease have Kayser-Fleischer rings. You should mention it to your doctor and get an eye exam done ( and your parents since its hereditary and a reccissive disorder so if both your parents suffer from it then you definitely do). If one of you has the rings well then you should get tested if none of you do then its unlikely you have it.

  44. QUESTION:
    Should I be happy about my results? (hiv related)?
    Hi , I slept with a prostitue 1 month ago. I am going through anxiety period and I just tested HIV negative at the 26th Day.

    I know most people would show antibody within 3-4 weeks.

    my worry is that I just found out i have fatty liver, I am thinking that I am positive and i got fatty liver as a symptom for probably an hiv infection (which I dont know yet though result came negative after 3-4 weeks). I am a thin person and I dont drink alcohol and this makes me more scared of getting fatty liver. I dont have a compromised immune system , no translants or what ever. so should be happy about the negative (3-4 weeks test)?

    Note: I do exercises "occasionally" (Taekwondo) and somehow I consume lot of calories and fat. I have a pot belly and fatty belly (I am thin and I weigh 73kg). If fatty liver was really due to infection , can i get it after 26 days of infection?

    more notes: I ALWAYS use a condom, i never do anal, i am not gay, I never lick or kiss prostitues but I do get oral sex without using a condom on my p.

    Help me to assess my risk.

    thank you
    Also Syphilus came negative.
    Actually addition test was HBeAG RPR which came NEGATIVE!

    • ANSWER:
      get tested for hepatitis A,B and C
      maybe this is why you have fatty liver disease?

  45. QUESTION:
    Please assess my risk (Hiv)?
    Hi , I slept with a prostitue 1 month ago. I am going through anxiety period and I just tested HIV negative at the 26th Day.

    I know most people would show antibody within 3-4 weeks.

    my worry is that I just found out i have fatty liver, I am thinking that I am positive and i got fatty liver as a symptom for probably an hiv infection (which I dont know yet though result came negative after 3-4 weeks). I am a thin person and I dont drink alcohol and this makes me more scared of getting fatty liver. I dont have a compromised immune system , no translants or what ever. so should be happy about the negative (3-4 weeks test)?

    Note: I do exercises "occasionally" (Taekwondo) and somehow I consume lot of calories and fat. I have a pot belly and fatty belly (I am thin and I weigh 73kg). If fatty liver was really due to infection , can i get it after 26 days of infection?

    more notes: I ALWAYS use a condom, i never do anal, i am not gay, I never lick or kiss prostitues but I do get oral sex without using a condom on my p.

    Help me to assess my risk.

    thank you

    Also Syphilus came negative.
    Actually addition test was HBeAG RPR which came NEGATIVE! (I think they are Syphilis and Hepatitis B)

    • ANSWER:

  46. QUESTION:
    Doctors do not know what it is and all the symptoms?
    hello i have these symptoms

    51 yr old women (have three kids)
    Persian
    fatty liver
    kidney problems
    bipolar
    depressed
    overweight
    thyroid problem
    dont excersise frequently
    eat okay
    ovarian pain

    Ruled out: No cancer at least they have not found any
    doctors do not know.

    they say many problems, but they all must have a connection;.

    i feel is that it is one major thing that is causing all of this, what are somethings that these symptoms fall under????????????????

    is there a website where u can type in all my symptoms and look at what possibilities of what i might have??????????

    • ANSWER:
      Some of these are not symptoms, but rather illnesses. They can contribute to any of your problems. I'll take a stab at this. The fatty liver and obesity are related to diet and exercise. Depression may be related to poorly managed bipolar disorder. Obesity could be related to hypothyroidism, poorly controlled bipolar disorder or diet and exercise. They are all working together and in a vicious cycle. The ovarian pain could be caused by cysts, adhesions, pelvic inflammatory disease, or cystitis.

      My suggestions would be to work on the things you can control. Improve your diet and exercise. You would be surprised to find your fatty liver, weight, depression and ovarian pain might improve. Have your doctor review and update your labs to make sure your thyroid levels are therapeutic. Ask if your bipolar meds need to be adjusted. Are you taking them? Most people with bipolar disorder stop taking their meds because the feel better.

      I hope I got them all. I hope you feel better soon!

  47. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with me? Doctors do not know (here are my symptoms)?
    hello i have these symptoms

    51 yr old women (have three kids)
    Persian
    fatty liver
    kidney problems
    bipolar
    depressed
    overweight
    thyroid problem
    dont excersise frequently
    eat okay
    ovarian pain

    Ruled out: No cancer at least they have not found any
    doctors do not know.

    they say many problems, but they all must have a connection;.

    i feel is that it is one major thing that is causing all of this, what are somethings that these symptoms fall under????????????????

    is there a website where u can type in all my symptoms and look at what possibilities of what i might have??????????

    • ANSWER:
      Go to a different doctor. What makes you think you could get a proper diagnosis here?

  48. QUESTION:
    what cause liver pain?
    can the liver hurt the middle of your back?i have alot of symptoms of Pancreatitis but they did a ct scan of the stomach and they say all my organs looks good. i have the upper right side pain agoes to the back can the upper right side have burning feeling? only thing they told me is i have a high hertia and acid relux and fatty liver. the pain goes away but when it comes back it will for about 2 weeks. i tested for hepatitis and came back negative please help

    • ANSWER:
      Liver Pain can be an effect from malnutrition. This is because eating disorders can actually cause liver problems and digestive disorders. Eating disorders like bulimia and anorexia cause malnutrition in the body. Other disorders, like wheat or gluten allergies, coat the intestines and prevent nutrient absorption regardless of how much you eat.

      When the liver does not get what it needs to carry on normal liver functions from the food, it behaves like any other living thing ...it weakens, slows, shrivels or swells and eventually stops working (dies).

      Be honest. Be honest with yourself. Evaluate yourself and your eating habits. Overweight can be a symptom as much as Underweight. Eating Disorders are illnesses. There is nothing wrong with you-as a person, only with your body and the signals it is giving you in your mind and your stomach and your thinking. If you think you MIGHT have a eating disorder, check it out on the internet and talk to your doctor...just as you would if you think you might have diabetes or heart problems. If you are able to suspect you have a problem, you are able to SOLVE any problem.

      So, if you have Liver Pain and are looking for solutions, don't forget to evaluate the possibility of having a eating disorder. Most times, liver problems are caused from other sources. The liver is the organ that takes the hit.

      Love You Liver! If you feel you have pain under your right rib cage, or a full, swelled, stiff feeling on your right side that goes into your back or right shoulder, it very well could be honest liver pain and there is a lot of reasons that might be. Don't forget to look at your eating habits and find someone you trust to help you evaluate yourself. And do the test. Ask for blood test and urine test. Your doctor should know what to order, but if (s)he doesn't, ....look for another doctor.

  49. QUESTION:
    cirrhosis of the liver?
    How does a person know if their fatty liver has gone over to the irreversible liver disease known as cirrhosis? Are there any definite tell tale signs or symptoms? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Please do not wait till you are pushed to the edge and then think of traveling back !

      It is best to stop the factor that caused cirrhosis in the first place ( Alcohol the commonest cause) !

      Follow up with your doctor once a month and do liver function tests and ultra sound every 3 months. The doctor can measure the size of liver by tapping and get to know if the liver is shrinking( a sign of progressing to cirrhosis)

      As per symptoms ..it may be too late by the time you develop them.

      Weight loss, fluctuating appetite and nausea, bleeding easily, anemia hypoproteinemia and weakness are some of the symptoms and signs.

      Please do not wait for these and try to reverse the stage of hepatitis.

      Taking vitamin B complex, lot of anti oxidant foods, decreasing intake of oxidants and as per recent reports taking a lot of Turmeric ( containing Curcumin) and Tomato ( containing Lycopene) may help in reversing and resolving this inflammatory disease.

      Hope you are eager for the cure and not a procrastinator !

  50. QUESTION:
    What kind of dr. should I see for combo GI, brain and cardio problems to get one diagnosis?
    For the last year I've had these symptoms: digestive problems, migraines, numbness/tingling of hands/feet, muscle spasms, severe insomnia, fatigue, blackouts and short-term memory loss. Have had CT scans, brain MRIs, Hydascan, sonograms, blood work, colonoscopy, endoscopy. Diagnosed with b12 deficiency, high cholesterol and triglycerides (can't tolerate statins so it's untreated), benign brain tumor (lipoma), non-alcohol fatty liver, and brain hyperintensities. Taking b12 injections and Cymbalta for neuropathy but it's not helping. I need a new doc who can tell me if all this is related - my doc can't or won't bother. Any suggestions for what kind of specialist I should see? Thanks much - I'm so tired of living like this!

    • ANSWER:
      Hmmm... This one is puzzling.

      First of all - do you have a Primary Care Physician? A PCP is supposed to manage a patients health and make the proper referrals if necessary, and also a PCP is supposed to help tie symptoms together to find the common bond and make a diagnosis. If you do not have a great PCP managing your care, I would suggest finding a new PCP who can better work with you to try to find the common link with all of your symptoms.

      Secondly.... I used the medical terminology for your symptoms that you listed and typed them into search engines in varying groups, and this thing popped up a few times during my searches. I have no idea if it fits all of your symptoms, but since it was the only thing that came up during different groupings of symptom searches, I figured I would pass the links on to you.

      Acute Intermittent Porphyria-
      http://www.merck.com/mmhe/sec12/ch160/ch160c.html
      http://www.porphyriafoundation.com/about_por/types/types01.html

      The symptoms of yours that matched the AIP are the digestive problems, parathesia (tingling/numbness), neuropathy (nerve pain), muscle spasms, somnolence (fatigue and sleeping problems), neurological changes (memory loss, black-outs).

      Another thing that seemed to match was the B12, since this AIP thing seems to cause malabsorption (inability for the stomach/intestines to absorb nutrients), and your fatty liver (it looks as if AIP can affect the liver).

      This is all based on my quick reading of the links I gave you, plus reading the eMedicine article about AIP (link below) which is written using a lot of medical terminology.
      http://www.emedicine.com/med/topic1880.htm

      I don't know if that helps you or not. If not, feel free to let me know and I can do more searches for you.


What Does A Fatty Liver Mean

The Reason Behind Fatty Liver Pain

Fatty liver pain is a result of fatty liver disease, or FLD. FLD is an unhealthy condition of the liver that occurs when too much triglycerides, a kind of fat, accumulate in the liver cells through steatosis, the abnormal retention of lipids within a cell.

The liver itself actually cannot cause pain since it does not have nerve endings, which means that fatty liver pain is somewhat ironic. This is also one of the possible reasons why FLD is asymptomatic, which means it does not produce any symptoms. What causes the pain in that particular area below the right side of the rib cage is the swelling up of the liver that rubs the organs surrounding the liver. On worst cases, if the liver bursts and bleeds, there will also be pain felt.

When patients do report about this kind of pain, what they describe is that it occurs on the upper right side of the stomach. The pain goes all the way to the back on both left side and right side. They also feel that it is better to stand up or to walk in order to ease the pain since sitting down can only make it worse.

What then are the causes of fatty liver and its pain? There are various causes that are behind FLD. Factors include metabolism (or obesity), alcohol, medication, nutrition and hepatitis. Some people with Glycogen Storage Disease, Weber Christian Diseases, Wolfman Disease, and Acute Fatty Liver of Pregnancy can lead to FLD. Excessive alcohol intake (or drinking alcohol more than the recommended limits) can increase toxins, which worsens the condition of the liver. Medication, with the use of drugs such as Methotrexate, Diltiazem, Amiodarone, and Tamoxifen, can also cause FLD. Malnutrition, gastric bypass surgery, Jejunal Diverticulosis with overgrowth of bacteria, and drastic weight loss are other factors that lead to GLD.

Most of the time, when patients have fatty liver pain (or the pain on that particular side of the body), that is when they are alarmed to see the doctor. Nausea, fatigue, and weight loss may be other symptoms but they are often neglected because they are too common.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What does a significantly fatty liver mean?
    I am kind of scared when the nurse told me that. She said the doctor wants me to go on a low fat diet. I do not have hepititis she said . They told me this after I had my ultra sound. What can I do to improve these results. I never have been a big drinker. I did use drugs for a few years. I nead to have my mind at ease.

    • ANSWER:
      I also suffer from this disorder, I'm assuming you had a full blood screen and your LFTs (liver function test) came back irregular. Having a fatty liver means that it has had to process too much fat injested here are some thing you can do to help improve it.
      Lose weight – safely! That usually means losing no more than one or two pounds a week.
      Lower your triglycerides through diet, medication or both
      Avoid alcohol
      Control your diabetes, if you have it
      Eat a balanced, healthy diet
      Increase your physical activity
      Get regular checkups from a doctor who specializes in liver care

  2. QUESTION:
    What does the term fatty infiltrated liver mean on a medical report?
    I saw the term recently on a medical report that I received and it said fatty infiltrated liver. Does anyone know what this means? It is an old medical report of mine but I would like to know what it means as it has never been mentioned to me.

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver (steatosis) is usually related to diabetes and obesity. This is usually not life threatening. Losing weight and controlling you diabetes will help. Fatty liver with "inflammation" may lead to cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) or potentially liver cancer. Go to your doctor and get a LFT (liver function test). The word infiltrated means that fatty cells has developed in the liver. My mother has been diagnosed with this condition for over 15 years and she is doing fine. Still, getting an LFT is a good idea.

  3. QUESTION:
    What does diffuse fatty liver change mean ?
    I have not been well since January. I had an Ultrasound then and it read that I had a fatty liver. To make a long story short, I had a CT with and without contrast done (for kidneys-I have kidney stones) and I ended up having my gallbladder taken out a couple of weeks ago due to large gallstones. Well, I have a copy of my report from the CT scan and it was compared to a previous CT and it read that I have diffuss fatty liver change. What does this mean ? Should I be concerned ? Is this the beginning of Cirrhosis ? Is this something that can end up killing me ? What should I expect next as far as testing is concerned ? I do not drink alcohol nor am I obese. I am going back in four weeks to see my Primary care physician and just wanted some input about this prior to that appointment. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Alcohol is the most common cause. Toxic, metabolic and hypoxic conditions of all types.
      Pathogenesis

      • Liver is the principle organ of fat metabolism and synthesis.
      • Interference with mobilizing triglycerides out of the liver is the usual mechanism.
      • This happens when toxins or agents affect the mitochondrial and microsomal functions resulting in defective oxidation of fatty acids and aberrant mitochondrial function.
      • Factors casuing fatty change do not all act in the same way. ,
      Epidemiology

      • This is a common condition, but it is usually secondary to other diseases; again, alcohol is the most common cause, in the industrial world; however, among children and in the developing countries, malnutrition, especially protein and iron deficiencies, are the most common.
      General Gross Description

      •In severe and diffuse cases, the liver is enlarged, yellow, smooth, firmer than normal and greasy.
      •In partial involvement, a pale or yellow blotchy appearance is often noted.
      General Microscopic Description

      •There are two forms of fatty change : microvesicular and macrovesicular.
      •Microvesicular: Numerous tiny fat vesicles, requires fat stain to be appreciated. Often, one would be surprised as how enormous fat accumulation is without being seen in H&E sections. This is a toxic condition causing hepatocellular failure.
      •Macrovesicular: a few large clear vacuoles in the cytoplasm of hepatocytes, pushing the nucleus aside. Usually, has no effect on the function of the hepatocyte.
      •There is usually no inflammatory reaction to this, unless the fatty cells rupture.
      Clinical Correlation

      •Macrovesicular: Hepatomegaly is the only sign; liver function tests are minimally abnormal, if at all.
      • Examples include: Alcohol - with a combination of macro and microvesicular fatty change, Malnutrition - in particular protein deficiency, starvation, diabetes, obesity , severe infection or burn, Medication and Toxins, Hypoximia.
      •Microvesicular: a different disease; this is a toxic, metabolically abnormal and serious condition; although the patient has mild hepatomegaly, severe liver function test abnormalities to the point of liver failure is common.
      • Pure examples would include: Reye's Synd., fatty liver of pregnancy and tetracyclinet toxicity.
      • The most common cause is alcohol.

  4. QUESTION:
    What does fatty liver mean?
    My hubby recently got a scan back saying he has fatty liver enzymes

    and ideas?
    WOW...thanks lilly...

    • ANSWER:
      It basically means that his liver is swollen and unable to properly metabolize fats, alcohol, drugs or foods in general. Its kind of like it swells up and starts to choke. It is often a sign of too much alcohol and untreated it could eventually lead to cirrhosis. Has he been drinking a lot recently or have a history of chronic alcohol abuse? Is he taking prescription medicines that are known to be particularly hard on the liver? could he be at risk for hepatitis? Does he have a diet that's too high in saturated fats? He should see his doctor. Milk Thistle supplements are also very good for liver function.

  5. QUESTION:
    what does having a very fattly liver mean? I have found out tonight that I have a very fatty liver?
    I do not drink alcohol. Could this be possible that my liver is failing and I have liver desease? Please sincere answers only.

    • ANSWER:
      Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver disease could be what they are talking about, where the liver shows similar scarring to what alcohol abuse produces.

  6. QUESTION:
    does this mean i have fatty liver?
    hi i took a ct scan for my abdomen and i dont know what this mean this is what is say.non -cirrhotic liver morphology.fatty liver.no suspicious liver mass.patent hepatic vessels.no biliary dilatation.ok now what im worried about is why some of the information say no or non and some dont say like when it say non -cirrhotic liver morphology.fatty liver.does that mean i have fatty liver?i know i have to ask my doctor but he is on vegation and i cant wait until he come back so please any answers there?thank you and god bless.

    • ANSWER:
      Non cirrhotic liver= Liver does not have cirrhosis.
      Cirrhosis is a diseased condition of the liver characterized by extensive fibrosis and regenerative nodules.
      Basically "Cirrhosis" means that your liver cells are dying out quickly and those that are still alive are desperately attempting to repopulate your liver with rapid multiplication. Your liver is NON cirrhotic which is good because you don't have to worry about it.

      No suspicious Liver mass= No mass. No tumors, no abscess(cavities containing infected fluids)

      Patent hepatic vessels= Your liver blood vessels are intact and working.

      No biliary dilatation= Bile ducts(pipes) that carry all the garbage(*bile) from your liver which ultimately drains out into the intestines are not dilated (expanded in size). This is good because it indicates that there is nothing obstructing the flow of the garbage. (Something like a drainage pipe from your toilet getting obstructed and making it bigger. In your case its working fine since its not any bigger or "dilated")

      Fatty liver= Liver is not exactly healthy but this is not a threatening condition and reversible if you stop an offending agent.
      The most common cause of fatty liver world wide is excessive drinking (alcohol consumption). So stop drinking too much if you already are. But there are other causes too: recent pregnancy, certain medications or if you have a hepatitis C infection(get yourself tested for this if you are not sure) amongst many others.

      Hope this helps..

      *bile= Although bile is a byproduct of a certain metabolism in the liver, it has its own functions so its not exactly garbage. I just compared it for better understanding.

  7. QUESTION:
    what does liver de genereralised fatty change mean?
    Had an ultra scan done today but dont see my doctor til next week so im curious...

    • ANSWER:
      fatty change of the liver is caused by viruses and alcohol and other extreme stimuli. this happens when the liver doesnt break down the lipids foe metabolism and the hepatic liver cells change into adipocytes. this can be reversed if it is picked up early enough. if not, it can be fatal as the liver cannot perform its function.

  8. QUESTION:
    What does it mean to have a fatty liver?
    is it life threatening?

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver is just what its name suggests: the build-up of fat in the liver cells. Although this is not a normal condition, fat in the liver usually causes no damage by itself. However, on some occasions it can be a sign that other more harmful conditions are at work. Fatty liver may be associated with or may lead to inflammation of the liver. This can cause scarring and hardening of the liver. When scarring becomes extensive, it is called cirrhosis, and this is a very serious condition.
      A physical examination that reveals an enlarged liver without any other symptoms suggests fatty liver. The diagnosis may be confirmed by performing a liver biopsy, in which a long hollow needle is used to obtain a small tissue sample for examination under a microscope.
      The mere presence of excessive fat in the liver is not a serious problem. Treatment aims at eliminating the cause or treating the underlying disorder. Repeated liver injury from toxic substances such as alcohol may eventually progress from fatty liver to cirrhosis.
      CAUSES: Obesity, Diabetes Mellitus, high blood triglycerides, heavy use of alcohol, Vitamin A toxicity, drugs, and possibly other unknown causes.
      Cirrhosis is a potentially life-threatening condition that occurs when scarring damages the liver. This scarring (also called fibrosis) replaces healthy tissue and prevents the liver from working normally. Cirrhosis usually develops after years of liver inflammation.
      In the United States, the major causes of cirrhosis are drinking excessive amounts of alcohol over many years or having certain forms of viral hepatitis (mainly hepatitis B or C). There are several other causes of cirrhosis that are less common and some people have cirrhosis without an obvious cause (cryptogenic cirrhosis).
      As cirrhosis develops, scar tissue surrounds normal liver cells, making the tissue bumpy, or nodular. This nodular liver tissue can block the bile ducts or make them swollen, which can cause bile to back up in the liver and bloodstream.
      Scar tissue also may block blood flow through the liver. Obstruction of blood flow can cause the veins that bring blood to the liver to become larger and may lead to high blood pressure in the veins that flow from the intestines to the liver (portal hypertension).
      CAUSES: Alcoholic liver disease; Chronic Hepatitis B, C, and D; Autoimmune Hepatitis; Inherited diseases; Blocked bile ducts; Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH); Drugs, toxins, and infections.

  9. QUESTION:
    *10 POINTS!!* My Doctor Said I Have Fatty Liver..What Does That Mean?
    I'm soo scared! I'm 5'8 and weigh 185 pounds, today my doctor said I have fatty liver which he determined after an ultrasound on my abdomen. I dont have any other problems determined from my ultrasound and scope but that I have fatty liver..what does that mean, what are the negative effects it will have on my body, and how do I make it go away? please help I'm so scared, thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver means that there is fat inside the
      liver. This fat can cause such pressure on
      the liver cells that it can even push the
      nucleus of the cell out of position.
      There are many things that can cause fatty
      liver...some of them are:
      hereditary conditions, alcohol consumption,
      medications such as steriods,
      high cholesterol/triglyceride levels,
      weight gain, diabetes, insulin resistence and
      they are still researching others.

      It is very important that you follow your
      doctors advice...please don't take this
      lightly. If it may be caused by alcohol, then
      stopping the alcohol can help reverse this...
      if weight gain, losing weight will also help
      reverse it.

      Now, I will explain what will happen if this
      progresses:
      The fat, if it is inside the liver, can cause
      damage to the liver cells. If the cells
      become damaged, our immune system
      of the body will respond to this and cause
      inflammation to develop inside the liver, also.
      If you know that the liver is surrounded by
      a membrane capsule...you can imagine
      what pressure that puts inside the liver.
      Normally, inflammation develops in the
      body to stop the spreading of either a
      bacteria or virus from going to other areas
      of the body... it is usually a help to us;
      but this isn't the case when it develops inside
      the liver.
      When this causes inflammation inside the
      liver...it changes from simple fatty liver to
      either Alcoholic Steatohepatitis or
      NASH, which is Non Alcoholic Steatohepatitis.
      Steato means Fat, Hepat means liver,
      and Itis means inflammation.

      This then becomes a more serious disease.
      It can continues to cause more damage to
      the cells of the liver and can lead to the
      cells of the liver dying off. When the
      cells of the liver die off, scar tissue forms
      inside the liver that can block the flow
      of blood through the liver, on its way back
      to the heart, and also to the other liver cells
      where they will continue to die off..
      This is known as Cirrhosis of the liver, which
      is irreversible and the only cure is a liver
      transplant.

      Only the doctor can tell by film testing and
      possibly a liver biopsy, how much fat is
      in the liver and what you can do about it.
      Most people with fatty liver never progress
      to the last stages I mentioned...but it still
      can take place.

      I'm going to give you links to look at
      that will explain more about this...you just
      have to click on them to go to the pages:
      http://www.medicinenet.com/fatty_liver/article.htm
      http://www.aafp.org/afp/20060601/1961.html
      http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/fatty-liver.html
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatty_liver
      http://www.gastro.com/Gastro/liverdisease/fatty_liver.aspx

      You should be referred to either a
      gastroenterologist or a hepatologist for your
      care.

      Best wishes to you and I hope this information
      has helped you.

  10. QUESTION:
    i was told after an ultrasound last week that I have a FATTY LIVER.. What does it mean and can i reverse it?

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver is also known as NASH, which stands for Non- Alcoholic Steatorrhoeic Hepatosis or Non-Alcoholic-Fatty-Liver-Disease (NAFLD) but don’t be put off by these big terms – they just mean that your liver is being invaded with fat! Fatty liver or NASH, is very common in overweight persons, over the age of 30.

      It contains an excessive amount of fat and the normal healthy liver tissue is partly replaced with areas of unhealthy fats. In such a liver, the liver cells and the spaces in the liver are filled with fat so the liver becomes slightly enlarged and heavier. The liver has a yellow greasy appearance. There may be discomfort over the liver, which is situated in the right upper abdominal area. There may be gallstones composed of cholesterol and bile salts. It is often possible to see the excess fat in the liver in an ultrasound scan of the liver. There may also be elevation of the liver enzymes.

      Can you reverse a fatty liver?
      Yes indeed you can and you will find inspiration in the testimonial from Dr Eanelli. Click here for his inspiring testimonial. Conventional or orthodox medicine has no specific therapy or drug treatment to reverse a fatty liver. Indeed many drugs such as cholesterol lowering drugs can exert toxic effects on the liver cells.

      The article in the Journal Medicine Today encouraged a gradual reduction in weight which has been shown to improve liver function and reverse liver damage. However the authors warn against very rapid weight loss from fad diets or radical surgery which may have a negative impact upon the progression of liver injury. The good news is that gradual weight reduction , with as little as a 5 to 10% loss of initial body weight over 6 months is recommended. In general the treatments discussed in the Medicine Today article were somewhat uninspiring and I am pleased to tell you that in reality there is much that can be done to reverse the condition of fatty liver.

      So, fatty liver can be reversed but this can take some time - years in some cases. If you are overweight & find it very difficult to lose the excess weight it is important to look at all the factors relevant to your present weight & state of health.

  11. QUESTION:
    PLEASE HELP>>>ENLARGED SPLEEN, FATTY LIVER, WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
    Hello, my mom has just told me today (after undergoing lots of testing) that she has been told she has an enlarged spleed, a fatty liver and her liver enzymes are up as well and also some vein or artery that goes from her chest to her neck (thats just where she pointed to) is also enlarged and they are doing more testing as well and bloodwork but I would like to know if anyone has any ideas as to what this could be?? my mother will be 46 in July and she is diabetic(controlled with diet and pills), has hbp(under control), and high cholesterol(under control as well)...Also she is a smoker..please help

    • ANSWER:
      Fat inside the liver causes pressure. It usually
      starts out as Simple Fatty liver. However, if the
      Fat damages the liver cells, the immune system
      of the body will respond to this. It will cause
      inflammation to develop inside the liver. This
      is no longer Simple Fatty liver, it is
      "Steatohepatitis". Steato stands for fat, hepat stands
      for liver, and itis stands for inflammation.
      Inflammation inside the liver will cause the liver
      to enlarge in size.
      If the cause is found and stopped, then the liver
      cells may heal. If it is not stopped, it can proceed
      to where the liver cells start to die off and form scar
      tissue inside the liver. This is then an irreversible
      disease known as Cirrhosis of the liver.

      Many things can cause a fatty liver: alcohol consumption,
      weight gain, losing weight fast, being mal nourished,
      diabetes, insulin resistance, high cholesterol/triglyceride
      levels, and others.

      If the blood cannot flow well through the liver, on its
      way back to the heart...it will back up into the portal
      vein and cause pressure there (Portal hypertension).
      This pressure can force the blood into, yet, smaller
      veins that are not used to handling this amount of
      blood and they can have weak spots and balloon
      outward and break open. These vessels are known
      as varies. If there is any blood in the sputum, vomit,
      or rectal area...this is an emergency. The doctor can
      go in and band these vessels to stop the bleeding.
      The blood can also back up into the Spleen. This
      will cause the spleen to enlarge in size.

      Your mom should be under the care of a
      gastroenterologist or hepatologist.
      Here are some things you may see in the links, you can
      click on, to learn more about this disease:
      Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver cells.
      Cirrhosis is death of the liver cells and scar tissue formation
      ..inside the liver.
      NASH stands for Non Alcoholic causes for Steatohepatitis.
      NAFLD stands for Non Alcoholic causes for Fatty Liver
      ..Disease
      http://www.medicinenet.com/fatty_liver/article.htm
      http://www.aafp.org/afp/20060601/1961.html
      http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/fatty-liver.html
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatty_liver
      http://www.gastro.com/Gastro/liverdisease/fatty_liver.aspx

      Hope this information has been of some help.

  12. QUESTION:
    What does it mean to have a significantly fatty liver?

    • ANSWER:
      It means that your liver is not in good shape and something is causing the beginnings of liver faliure. It could be anything ingested that is toxic. Alcohol plays a big part if one is a big drinker. Many diseases can cause this as well. You need a doctor to give you all the ins and outs of this condition. I hope it's not you. It is not a good conditon to have by any means.

  13. QUESTION:
    Has anyone heard of a fatty liver? what does it mean?

    • ANSWER:
      Our mothers despite their good intentions, were "kitchen assasains." They gave us food they thought was good for us but the reality is the American diet is a toxic mix of mucous creating foods

      Fatty liver is usually caused by gallstones lodging in the liver. The liver begin operating ineficiently and can lead to many major health issues. A lifetime of improper diet, use of antibiotics, vaccines, drugs and alcohol, aspirin, or even fast food and dehydration from not drinking enough clean water could cause fatty liver but a complete change of lifestyle and food choices can turn things around.

      Most every disease that doesn't come from chemical spills, burns, or broken bones starts in the gut. The best way to heal the gut is to give it clean water, proper minerals, and good flora to digest food. When your body can eliminate toxins properly, your body can do its job and reverse the effects of fatty liver.

      75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. 25% of their calories come from sugary drinks. It would not suprise me to discover that sodas and sugary beverage could be the largest threat to a person's health after smoking, alcohol and drug abuse. The water cure is where I would start. Drink 6-8 glasses of distiled water every day with a pinch of unrefined sea salt.
      This will rehydrate your body and the sea salt will give your body the fluids and minerals it needs to get your live, pancreas, gallblader, intestines, and colon to begin eliminating tozins properly. You may be able to back off a little from the sea salt after your body is cleansed but never let your body be without water again. Animals know when to drink but for those with fatty livers, the thirst cue is often so off that it is mistaken for hunger.
      Give your body the fluids it needs to function properly and it will respond.

      Americans eat the wrong kind of foods. If your diet is high in wheat based foods, meat, and dairy then your body is probaly a toxic waste dump. Reduce, eliminate, or fast from eating all of these foods until your liver and gallblader are healed.

      Fruits and Veggies.should be the majority of the food you consume each day. Find a way to eat as much raw food as you can an then add juiced vegetables such as carrot juice, cucumber juice, lemon water, unsweetened juiced fruits, etc...

      I would drink one glass of of juiced fruit or vegetables on top of whatever raw fruits and juices I eat every day to give my body what it needs if I had a fatty liver. I would also drink a shot glass of carrot juice with a tablespoon of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar and a dash of cinnamon every morning to give it good flora to break down food and alkalize the body.

      The wrong kind of oils can plug up a liver. Fast from eating meat until your liver and gallblader are clear and get your good fats from walnuts, almonds, coconut oil, cold pressed virgin olive oil.

      Get 30 minutes of direct sunlight each day. This could be a critical reason for a liver to start breaking down. Your body senses that it should be dying when it is not given enough sunlight. If you want to live, give your body a ray of sunshine and it will give you all of the Vitamin D it needs.

      You can defeat a fatty liver diagnosis. You should prep your body for spontaneous healing by feeing it right and giving it the fluids it needs. Change your lifestyle and you can start today. Along the way, you may decide to do a liver flush, gallblader, flush, parasite cleanse, and lots of other things to help you on your path but get the basics first. I hope the the best of all outcomes for you on your journey to perfect health.

  14. QUESTION:
    Scan and test reveals that I have a FATTY LIVER, pls what does this mean.?

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver (hepatic steatosis) is excessive accumulation of lipid in hepatocytes, the most common liver response to injury.
      Please see the web pages for more details on Fatty liver.

  15. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to do damage to your liver after 4-5 years of drinking?
    I started drinking in college. I started with about 8-10 drinks/week (over 2-3 nights) during the first 2 years, and it went to about 17-20 drinks/week (over 2-3 nights) the second 2 years. Since then i've reduced my drinking to what it was the first 2 years.

    Is it possible to do damage to the liver over such a short time frame? By damage i mean fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis, etc. Would it show up in a blood test?

    • ANSWER:
      It is very possible to have a liver problem
      because of alcohol and not even know you
      have it, because the liver is a very quiet organ
      about damage being done to it until the
      cells of the liver die off from the damage...
      then signs and symptoms may appear.

      There are different " blood" tests that the doctor
      can do to check your liver.
      (1)The liver enzymes (known as the ALT, AST,
      GGT and Alkaline Phosphatase) can give
      the doctor an idea if there may be cell damage.
      (2)The liver functions tests (known as the
      bilirubin, INR, Albumin, Pt, Ptt) can give the
      doctor an idea if the cells are able to do
      the functions they do to keep the body well...
      the liver does over 500 functions, these are
      just to show the few of them.
      (3) The viral testing to be sure that a virus
      hasn't entered the body and gone into the
      liver and is using the liver cells to replicate
      itself.

      If the doctor thinks these tests are high results for some reason...of which there is many
      causes of liver cells damage, including alcohol,
      then he may do a film test like: CT scan or
      Ultrasound. If he sees the liver is enlarged
      in size, caused by the immune system
      responding to the cell damage....then he
      may try to find the cause and have it stopped
      and treat the inflammation, so the cells can
      heal, before it turns to an irreversible disease
      known as Cirrhosis of the liver.

      If someone does drink alcohol...they should
      normally have blood tests done every so often
      to be sure of its effect on the liver.
      Alcohol consumption isn't harmful unless
      you are more sensitive to it or have taken
      it in excess over a period of time. However,
      those who are sensitive to it, it doesn't take
      much to destroy the liver cells.

      I hope this information is of some help to you.
      Here are a few links to click on:
      http://www.amsa.org/resource/natlinit/alcohol.cfm
      http://www.uihealthcare.com/topics/medicaldepartments/pharmacy/alcoholandcold/index.html
      http://www.medicinenet.com/cirrhosis/article.htm

  16. QUESTION:
    Whats does it mean that my CT scan results show "mild fatty liver changes"?
    I had a ct scan done andthe results said this. what does this mean? and what are it's causes? thanks

    • ANSWER:
      It means that there is fat inside your liver.
      This usually starts out as Simple fatty liver that doesn't really
      cause a problem. However, if more fat builds up inside the
      liver, it can cause damage to the liver cells. When the
      liver cells become damaged, the immune system of the
      body will respond to this and cause inflammation inside
      the liver, also. Please remember that the liver is surrounded
      by a tight membrane capsule. However, the fat and
      inflammation will cause the liver to enlarge in size.
      It then changes from simple fatty liver into
      Steatohepatitis (steato means fat, hepat means liver
      and itis means inflammation).

      Different things can cause fat inside the liver:
      alcohol consumption, certain kinds of medications
      (like steriods), hereditary conditions, metabolic
      disorders, weight gain, obesity, fast weight loss,
      malnourishment, diabetes, insulin resistance,
      high cholesterol/triglycerides levels, ...
      some women have this develop in the third
      trimester of pregnancy...and others.

      Once the doctor knows the cause, he will instruct
      you what can be done to reverse the problem.
      If the problem cannot be reversed, it may lead
      to where the liver cells start to die off and form
      scar tissue inside the liver (known as Cirrhosis
      of the liver).

      Here are some links that will better explain more
      about this disease:
      http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/fatty-liver.html
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatty_liver
      http://www.gastro.com/Gastro/liverdisease/fatty_liver.aspx
      http://www.medicinenet.com/fatty_liver/article.htm
      http://www.liverdoctor.com/index.php?page=fatty-liver

      Some terms you may want to understand
      Alcoholic steatohepatitis is alcohol causes of fatty
      liver disease with inflammation.
      NASH is non alcoholic causes of steatohepatitis or
      non alcoholic causes of fatty liver disease with
      inflammation
      NAFLD in non alcoholic causes of fatty liver disease.

      The best doctor to be with now is a gastroenterologist.

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

  17. QUESTION:
    What levels of what blood test prove someone has a fatty liver?
    I have a SGPT level of 38. Does this mean I have a fatty liver or what other blood test results would indicate a fatty liver and what levels would they have to be over?

    • ANSWER:
      This is a normal value.
      You would need an ultrasound or CT scan of the liver to diagnose fatty liver.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liver_function_test

  18. QUESTION:
    Blood Test Suggests I Have a Fatty Liver?
    I have been suffering lately with blurry vision, so my GP took some blood to test for diabetes.
    The results came back as non-diabetic but there is something in my blood to suggest i have a fatty liver.
    What does this mean?
    I'm overweight but i don't drink.

    • ANSWER:
      As you say your a non drinker and not diabetic it can be as a result of metobolic syndrome.

      Sorry that your unwell.

      Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is fatty inflammation of the liver when this is not due to excessive alcohol use. It is related to insulin resistance and the metabolic syndrome, and may respond to treatments originally developed for other insulin resistant states (e.g. diabetes mellitus type 2), such as weight loss, metformin and thiazolidinediones.[1] Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is the most extreme form of NAFLD, which is regarded as a major cause of cryptogenic cirrhosis of the liver.

      NASH was first described in 1980 in a series of patients of the Mayo Clinic.[3] Its relevance and high prevalence were recognized mainly in the 1990s. Some feel that NASH is a diagnosis of exclusion, and that many cases may be in fact be due to other causes

  19. QUESTION:
    What does it mean if the Dr. told me I have a fatty Liver?

    • ANSWER:
      Read about it here: http://www.liverfoundation.org/education/info/fattyliver/

  20. QUESTION:
    does a person with diabetes also have a fatty liver?
    I was prescribed Metformin a few years ago and Lovaza and I read on the bottle of Metformin "do not drink alcoholic beverages when taking this medication" does that mean you can't drink alcoholic beverages when you are taking it or that you can't drink alcoholic beverages at all while on Metformin?
    and what happens if you do?

    • ANSWER:
      not all diabetics have fatty livers. Just those who do not eat natural saturated fats and only eat the synthetic plastic or trans fat fats.

      Metformin acts on the liver to lower the amount of stored glucose. Alcohol is percieved as a poison by the liver. So the liver turns all its forces to getting rid of the poison and forgets about any other thing it is supposed to oversee.

      Initially alcohol raises glucose then it falls. Drunkenness and Hypoglycemia are remarkably similar so a person suffering a Hypo episode is usually tossed in drunk tank rather than taken to hospital to be treated for Hypo event.

      Yes, you can have a drink or two while taking Metformin. But do be sure to eat while drinking! Wine or beer are best, but other beverages are ok as long as they are not the syrupy mixer kinds.

  21. QUESTION:
    What's "Fatty liver"?
    Recently I underwent a scan in whose reports it"s been given "Fatty liver".Does this mean I have a serious problem?

    I am 5"7 ,135 pounds,30 years old male.

    PLease tell me is there some thing wrong.??

    THanks..
    I don't drink or have any bad habits....

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver is nothing but excessive accumulation of the Fat in the Hepatocytes or Liver cells....

      It occurs wen the Liver has got any sort of insult in the form of Alcohol or an Infection or a Hepatotoxic drug...

      Drinking alcohol may not be the only cause of the Fatty liver...

      It can also occur in some physiological conditions like Pregnancy with Hypertension etc...

      Its a warning for the Future serious disease of the Liver like Cirrhosis and an Indication for the past insult to the liver in a known or an Unknown form...

      Please note, that be assured that its a REVERSIBLE STAGE OF DAMAGE to the Liver... Its not irreversible... Depending upon the Cause if the cause is treated than it can be reversed and Cured...

      Make sure u keep up with ur Doctor and keep up his instructions..

      All the Best...

  22. QUESTION:
    my liver is a little echogenic suggesting fatty infiltration no focal abnormality in it what does this mean?

    • ANSWER:

  23. QUESTION:
    is a fatty liver bad?
    what does a fatty liever mean

    • ANSWER:
      When the talk about having a fatty liver...they usually
      mean they have a fatty liver disease.
      Fat inside the liver can cause a great deal of problems.
      If you think about the fact that the liver is surrounded by a
      membrane capsule...knowing that fat is also inside...
      you can imagine the pressure there. The fat can push
      even the nucleus of the liver cell out of place.
      It depends on the cause of the fat in the liver, whether
      or not the disease can be reversed. Some of the causes
      are alcohol consumption, medications like steriods, weight
      gain, diabetes, insulin resistance, high
      cholesterol/triglyceride levels, hereditary conditions and others.

      If the liver cells become damaged, the immune system of
      the body responds to this damage and cause inflammation
      inside the liver also...which adds to the pressure there.
      it then goes from just being simple fatty liver disease to
      Steatohepatitis. STeato means fat, hepat means liver,
      and itis means inflammation.
      If the inflammation continues on, it can lead to where the
      liver cells are not just damaged, they start to die off.
      When the die off, scar tissue forms inside the liver that
      blocks the flow of blood. This then cannot be reversed
      and becomes a progressive disease known as Cirrhosis
      of the liver. There is then, no turning back. The doctor
      can try to slow down this disease, but there is no cure
      for it other than a liver transplant.
      I hope this information has been of some help to you.
      Here is a link to learn more about this, just click on it:
      http://www.medicinenet.com/fatty_liver/article.htm
      http://www.aafp.org/afp/20060601/1961.html
      http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/fatty-liver.html

  24. QUESTION:
    My Dr told me that i have some kind of inflammatory liver process going on.. what does that mean?
    My Dr told me to retake the liver function test since the results came out high. But he left me hanging with this response when I messaged him about my results: "You have some sort of inflammatory liver process going on, do your labs in 1 month". That's all he told me!! .... So.. i'm stumped... what can this indicate that i may have? Cirrhosis? Fatty liver disease?

    I'm feeling really bummed right now... I'm not obese at all, i stopped drinking 4 months ago, (but i was a heavy social drinker before i stopped, i didn't drink everyday off the week just on the weekends), and i do take motrin when a headache comes on which is pretty often, and i don't do any strenuous exercising. Any ideas? Thanks in advance...

    • ANSWER:
      When there is something actively bothering the liver, this can cause liver inflammation. Since your enzymes came out high, this is probably what the doctor means by "some kind of inflammatory liver process going on." They don't know what is causing the inflammation that made the numbers go up, but the doctor knows something is causing it. Inflammation can be caused by many things such as alcohol, meds, bile duct problems, gallbladder problems, etc. I have heard of them going up even when someone exercises a lot.

      Wait and see what the next blood work shows. The doctor wants to see if they remain high. If so, he might want to do some further testing to try and figure out what is going on. No need to be bummed out. It's probably nothing. They might be perfectly normal next time you have them done. Don't think the worst.

  25. QUESTION:
    diffuse fatty infiltration of the liver - what is that means.?
    Can someone please tell me in a way I can undestand (english) what is diffuse fatty infiltration of the liver. The CT scanning appears to be normar but with the above info.

    I have two previous CT with - Mosaic attenuation patter - and Mosaic perfusion. At this point I do not know if the scanning people know what they are doing or my health is fine.

    I have severe symptoms of pain on my Left Upper Quadrant Abdomen with mass in my abdomen followed by left upper back bruise (white spot - similar to bite)

    I just need your opinon of what possibilities of problems could that be. - It is over a year of testing with lots of drugs but no soluction.

    Please no website just your opionin.

    I thank you very much

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty infiltration is when the cells of an organ have absorbed fat from outside of it. In a nutshell your liver sucked up fat that surrounded it.

      Mosaic attenuation pattern has to do with what the person reading the CT scan is seeing. It is a pattern of darkness and lightness that resembles a form of art in which tiles are inlayed to form a picture. What they are seeing is the density of your liver varying in density wildly. This could be due to tumor versus healthy tissue versus fatty tissue.

      I have no idea what would cause a white spot on the outside of your body in relation to a mass inside of it though--that sounds a bit odd.

  26. QUESTION:
    Will an educated doctor tell anyone that alcohol is not a cause of Fatty Liver?
    My sister just recently visited the local medical clinic due to severe pain and bloating on her right side.

    She has consumed a good amount of alcohol daily for last 7 or 8 years. When she slows down she still binge drinks, which can be worse than drinking daily. I think she even hides how much she actually drinks, so she has always been scared that her alcohol consumption has affected her health.

    Well, the doctor examined her and told her that she could feel that her liver is enlarged (which to my understanding must be fatty liver, correct?)

    Anyway, my sister got her lab results back today and they came back negative, which means that her liver is functioning...so...what? Her liver is enlarged, and her lab results are negative... should she not go in for a biopsy? The doctor did not even recommend that. Let's remember this is a medical clinic doctor, so hopefully they graduated from med school...another thing which alarms me is that the doctor even told her that fatty liver is caused only from obesity, and that she has no need to worry because she is not overweight... this is rediculous! How could a doctor tell someone who is potentially a heavy drinker that fatty liver is not caused from alcohol!

    Does anyone have any experiences they can share to help me understand how doctors can be so stupid? Now my sister thinks she is in the clear, and that all she needs to do is cut down her drinking... great!

    I am so upset, because now my sister thinks that she has no need for a second opinion. BTW, she does not have medical insurance, so she does not have a regular doctor.

    • ANSWER:
      First, there are two types of fatty liver disease...
      one is the non alcoholic kind and the other is
      caused by alcohol. The non alcoholic kind
      is caused by weight gain or hereditary reasons.
      However, all liver patients are told not to drink
      alcohol. Alcohol is the number one reason for
      a problem with the liver.

      If her liver is enlarged, she has inflammation
      inside the liver cells. This is not good. If
      the inflammation is treated and the cause is
      eliminated..she has a good chance of
      recovery. If this is not treated and the cause
      cannot be eliminated, then it may advance to
      death of the liver cells and this is then a
      progressive disease that only the doctors can
      try to slow down.
      Lab work is not 100% accurate. Some people
      don't show a problem when there is one.
      It usually takes a series of blood tests to be
      sure of the results. There are different tests
      that the doctors do: the liver enzymes, the
      liver function tests and the viral tests to see
      if the problem is caused by a virus.

      Your sister should be seeing either a
      gastroenterologist or a hepatologist.
      This inflammation can lead to death of the
      liver cells that form scar tissue inside the
      liver that will block the flow of blood through
      the liver...this is known as cirrhosis.
      A liver transplant costs in the range of
      0,000 and up and the drugs to take
      afterwards are quite costly also.
      Cirrhosis of the liver is a horrible disease and
      many who have it because of alcoholic problems, wish they would of known way back
      so they could do something about it before
      they ended up on the transplant list hoping to
      receive a donor liver.

      The best thing for a patient to do now, since
      she has inflammation of the liver, which causes
      an enlargement of the liver...is to only take
      drugs prescribed by her doctor and to tell
      the doctor all drugs she is taking whether it
      be over the counter, cough/cold medications,
      herbs, herbal teas, vitamins, minerals and
      those prescriptions prescribed by other doctors.
      She should not take any medication with alcohol.
      If she has trouble stopping the alcohol, the
      hospital usually has a detox program where
      they give the patient medication to help control
      the symptoms she may have coming off the
      alcohol. If your sister is addicted, she has
      now two hurdles to take care of. Hoping she
      doesn't get cirrhosis and also overcoming
      this addition. She will need support and
      not criticism to do this.

      There are many causes of cirrhosis of the liver
      some being: alcohol consumption, medication
      toxification, mushroom poisoning, chemical
      exposure, biliary obstruction or mal formation,
      fatty liver, viral (virus) like Hep A,B,C,
      and there are others.

      I hope this is of some help to you.
      The doctor usually starts out with a series
      of blood tests and an exam to feel the liver
      by hand...than an ultrasound is usually done
      to confirm the enlargement and check for
      growths, blood flow through the liver, and
      any abnormalities. They usually don't
      do a liver biopsy unless they suspect it
      is cirrhosis of the liver. Cirrhosis of the
      liver is the death of the liver cells that form
      scar tissue inside the liver and blocks the
      flow of blood through the liver. As the cells
      die off, the liver will start to shrink in size and
      become harder in texture.
      Here is a link to learn more about this disease.
      http://www.medicinenet.com/cirrhosis/article.htm

      It never hurts to get a second opinion.

  27. QUESTION:
    a question about fatty liver ?
    my doctor said that i have a fatty liver without hepatitis. what does that mean ?

    • ANSWER:

  28. QUESTION:
    What does a paramedic mean when they refer to a patient's case as a "club soda"?
    A friend of mine passed out in his kitchen the other day, hitting his head against the wall and having to be taken to the hospital in an ambulance. I overheard one of the paramedics telling his dispatch that he thought it was simply a "club soda". I am sure this is some sort of paramedic lingo, but I don't know any paramedics, and an online search came up empty. Turned out my friend had an irregular heartbeat, among his other numerous health conditions, which include a fatty liver and diabetes. If anyone could help me out with this term, I would really appreciate it.

    • ANSWER:
      Club soda actually refers to the unflavored carbonated water. Do you know what commonly goes with club soda? It's WHISKEY.

      The "club soda" term you overheard is actually not a sort of paramedic lingo but rather just among the few "slang language".

      The paramedics who mentioned such term could mean he thought that your friend could have had a "drinking session" which is the cause of his situation as the consequences.

      I hope that your friend is better now.

  29. QUESTION:
    What do these liver scan results mean?
    I went and got an abdomen scan with contrast and these were the results:

    Abdomen:
    1. Slight mottled heterogeneous enhancement of the liver
    parenchyma is nonspecific. This could potentially represent
    hepatitis or possibly ill-defined early fatty infiltration of the
    liver.
    2. No evidence for bowel obstruction, focal fluid collection or
    free air. There is a large amount of fecal stasis in the colon.
    3. No evidence for abdominal adenopathy or mass.
    Pelvis:
    1. No evidence for pelvic adenopathy or mass.
    2. Small amount of free fluid in the left hemipelvis.

    What the heck does any of that mean? haha. Especially #1 under Abdomen

    • ANSWER:
      The scan and the contrast being used shows them that there
      is cell changes in the liver, but they cannot truly determine
      what it is. They are suggesting to the doctor that it may
      be hepatitis.

      Hepatitis is inflammation developing inside the liver because
      the immune system of the body is responding to Liver Cell
      damage.
      OR
      The "EARLY" stage of developing Fatty Liver disease.

      Fatty liver disease can be caused by weight gain, fast
      weight loss, diabetes, insulin resistance, metabolic
      disorders, consuming alcohol, can develop in the
      third trimester of pregnancy, high cholesterol/triglyceride
      levels, certain kinds of medications (like steriods),
      and other things.

      Fat inside the liver doesn't usually cause a problem
      right away. But, if it continues to develop in the liver,
      it can cause pressure inside the liver and damage
      the liver cells. It is then no longer "simple fatty liver"
      it is Steatohepatitis (steato stands for fat, hepat stands
      for liver and itis stands for inflammation)

      Inflammation developing inside the liver would cause the
      liver to enlarge in size. This has not been mentioned here,
      so it may be quite early in this disease and easy to be
      reversed so the liver cells can heal. Stopping the cause
      is important.

      No testing is 100% accurate...they are not sure of these
      results.

      There is no problem with your bowels having anything
      blocking them from moving well, except that they see
      that you have a large amount of feces (stool) in your
      large intestines (which is the colon).

      They do not see any masses like cysts, tumors, or growths
      in your abdominal abdominal area or pelvis.
      They do see a little fluid in the pelvis area, though.

      I hope this information is of some help to you.
      This scan has to be compared to all the other testing you have
      had done and also your past medical history. Only the
      doctor can diagnose you for certain and truly knows what this
      test shows for your individual medical needs. You may want to
      be referred to a gastroenterologist or hepatologist.

      Best wishes.

  30. QUESTION:
    HELP - My daughter's ultrasound of her liver came back. Can someone please let me know what this meany?
    In the summary it states "the liver is echogenic consistent with fatty infiltration or hepatocellular disease."

    Then later in the Impression it says:

    IMPRESSION:
    1. Echogenic liver, rule out fatty infiltration or hepatocellular disease
    2. 1 cm ill defined hypoechoic region in the left lobe of the liver

    Does that mean that it is not fatty liver or hepatocelluar disease?

    - A Worried Mom

    • ANSWER:
      I'm sorry that the language of medicine is making an already worried mom even more worried! I know I can't really ease a mother's worry, but I can at least let you know what in the heck they're talking about here.

      The summary is saying that the liver looked bright like it would if there was fatty liver or hepatocellular disease. Number 1 of the impression is saying that, because of the findings, more tests should be done to make sure that the abnormality is not being caused by something other than the disorders mentioned. In essence, they're saying that, if they found something else with other tests, they could "rule out" fatty liver or hepatocellular disease. Number 2 is saying that there is an area on the left side of the liver that is a little darker than the rest of the liver (we call this "sparing" when the rest of the liver is abnormally bright).

      So, basically, the report is saying that, though the ultrasound points to the mentioned disorders, they can't really tell what the problem is without further tests.

  31. QUESTION:
    Doctor says I have a Fatty filtrated liver?
    I got my test results done on my liver. The doctor said that it's Fatty filtrated? What does this mean, is it serious, and is this why I'm getting tired and sick in the evenings?

    He said he was going to find me a specialist to go to? What exactly are the bad things I'm about to have to look forward to?

    • ANSWER:
      do you drink achohol regularly?

      usually high deposits of fat in and around the liver is a result of steatosis (when abnormal amount of lipids is retained in a cell) due to freaquent alchohol use. It is a form of liver damage. (however, it can be caused from things other then alchohol, such as obesity, or other toxins, but this is the most common one)

      it is best to treat this as early as possible, during the early stages, it is still possible to reverse the damage done to your liver.

  32. QUESTION:
    severe fatty liver. Please help.?
    Hello. My brother recently had an CT scan and they discovered a severe fatty liver. We are very concerned about his condition and really don't know what to do. His ALT and AST are little elevated, and his cholesterol was little elevated. He is not a diabetic, he is not overweight he is totally normal in weight, he doesnt take meds except some tylenol when he gets cold,he doesn't drink or smoke, he doesnt eat fatty food..what he eats most are fruits vegetables, rice, potatoes and pasta..and he is only 24. . I researched online more information but I cant find about the specific form of severe fatty liver. Is it very dangerous? Does severe mean that he has an inflamation or chirhosis? what is the difference between mild moderate and severe and the complications of severe?What can he do to treat or reverse his severe form of fatty liver? I dont think that he should lose weight because he is perfect weight for his height and age. Please help us. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Your brother has fat infiltration of the liver. This can range from
      not being a true problem to becoming very serious.
      I will explain.

      There are different causes of fatty liver and they are still
      discovering more of them as they do more research:
      alcohol consumption, certain medications like steriods,
      weight gain, high cholesterol/triglycerides levels,
      hereditary conditions, metabolic disorders, diabetes
      insulin resistance. There is also evidence that this can
      occur in someone who contacted a virus, like Hepatitis
      C. And there are others reasons, also.

      The liver is surrounded by a tight membrane capsule.
      The addition of fat inside the liver causes pressure to
      the point it can even push the nucleus of the liver
      cell out of position. If the doctor can determine
      the cause and it can be stopped and then it
      can be reversed...then the cells of the liver may
      heal. This is usually known as Simple fatty liver.

      However, if the cause cannot be stopped and
      there is damage to the liver cells, the immune
      system of the body will respond to this damage
      and cause inflammation inside the liver. This
      is then known as Steatohepatitis. STeato
      is fat, hepat is liver, and itis is inflammation.
      This is much more serious...but it still
      can be reversed with treatment.

      If no treatment is given or the cause isn't
      stopped, it can lead to where the liver cells
      start to die off and on top of the inflammation
      inside the liver, scar tissue will also form in
      the liver that blocks the flow of blood through
      the liver on its way back to the heart and also
      to the other liver cells. It is then a progressive
      disease known as Cirrhosis of the liver.

      NASH stands for Non alcohol Steatohepatitis.
      This means there is inflammation inside the
      liver because of cell damage that did not
      come from an alcoholic cause.

      Alcohol Steatohepatitis is inflammation from
      an alcoholic cause.

      NAFLD is Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease.

      Here are some links that will help you understand
      this disease much better, that you can click on.
      http://www.aafp.org/afp/20060601/1961.html
      http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/fatty-liver.html
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatty_liver
      http://www.gastro.com/Gastro/liverdisease/fatty_liver.aspx
      http://www.medicinenet.com/fatty_liver/article.htm

      He should be with a gastroenterologist or hepatologist now.
      The very best test done to determine how far advance in the
      disease he is, is a liver biopsy.

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

  33. QUESTION:
    Hepatology 101: what does it mean if a patient has a coarse ethnocgicty usually correlated with ..?
    mild fatty liver infiltration.
    how would you advise this patient of what the condition means.

    • ANSWER:
      Are you sure it doesn't say "coarse ECHOgenicity?" If so, that would mean that on the ultrasound, the doctor saw areas that were more dense than others, which usually means that there are some fat deposits in the liver (fat has different density than normal liver cells). Fatty liver infiltration is most commonly associated with hitting the booze a little too hard (though there are many other reasons) - usually, one of the first sign of liver damage is something called "fatty change" (which is basically means exactly what the name implies), and what the report describes. The good news is that fatty change is reversible damage, but if the damage continues, then it will result in cirrhosis, or scarring, of the liver tissue. That is permanent.

  34. QUESTION:
    i have a elevated c-reactive protein, what does this mean?
    my doctor has been trying to find out what is wrong with me for 2 years now.she has tested me for a lot of things. and nothing.but i feel like battery acid is being pored down the center of my bones and feel stiff and swollen.i do have a enlarged fatty liver with infiltration.but im guessing that does not mean much ,i dont take any meds for it.does anyone have any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      People who have liver disease can develop
      osteopenia. Usually, they have a dexa scan done to
      determine the density of the bones. They can
      easily be prone to arthritis, also.

      C-reactive protein is a protein that is a high sensitive
      marker for inflammation. It is produced in the liver and
      rises to very high levels withing 4 to 6 hours following
      injurious conditions.

      Fatty liver disease has many causes:
      high cholesterol/triglyceride levels, weight gain or
      rapid weight loss, malnourishment, diabetes,
      insulin resistance, alcohol consumption, metabolic
      disorders, hereditary, and others.

      You have what is known as Steatohepatitis.
      Usually, a fatty liver starts out as Simple fatty liver
      that does not cause a problem. But, as the fat
      build up in the liver (fatty liver infiltrate) it causes
      pressure inside the liver that damages the liver
      cells. The immune system of your body will then
      respond to this damage and cause the liver to
      enlarge in size. (This can be seen on an ultrasound
      scan). This is now no longer simple fatty liver...it
      is Steatohepatitis. Steato stands for fat, hepat stands
      for liver, and itis stands for inflammation.

      You should definitely be seeing a gastroenterologist
      now or a hepatologist. The doctor has to determine
      the cause of the fatty liver and try to have it stopped.
      If it isn't stopped and the inflammation treated, it
      can cause the liver cells to die off and form scar
      tissue inside the liver that can block the flow of
      blood to the liver cells. It becomes a progressive
      irreversible disease then, known as Cirrhosis of the
      liver.

      The elevated C reactive protein can be caused
      by the cirrhosis, arthritis, or any inflammation.

      Links about Fatty liver disease that you can click on:
      http://www.aafp.org/afp/20060601/1961.html
      http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/fatty-liver.html
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatty_liver

      Links about cirrhosis of the liver:
      http://www.medicinenet.com/cirrhosis/article.htm
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cirrhosis/DS00373
      http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/cirrhosis.html

      A link about C-reactive protein:
      http://www.usc.edu/dept/gero/CBPH/biomarker/biomarkers-C-reactive.htm

      Hope this information is of some help to you. Best wishes

  35. QUESTION:
    'Fatty change in liver' what is the cause and what is the remedy?
    I had mild pain around upper right side of stomach, had a sonography done, was told there is 'fatty change in liver'. What does this mean? I used to smoke and drink (though have quit that 2 weeks back) and am a bit overweight. My general physician said no medicine required, only diet control. Could someone help me here. Also, can I start doing basic cardio exercise like walks and jogging? Request someone to assist me with getting this liver problem under control.

    • ANSWER:
      My husband just had an ultrasound and then a liver biopsy, and it showed he had a non-alcoholic fatty liver. His doctor recommended, for now, to use fish oil (a vitamin= easy to find at a store), to lose about 20#, watch what he eats (not much red meat, very little junk food, very little salt, no pop,etc.) and to exercise. If unattended, this can become very serious. DO NOT drink anymore. Maybe a beer/mixed drink here and there, but no more than that. Cardio/walking/jogging are all good! :)

  36. QUESTION:
    High Liver Enzymes?
    Is 112 considered to be elevated liver enzymes and what could they be elevated from? my husband had a blood test that should elevated liver enzymes. the doctor said it could be a fatty liver. what does that mean? and what does that mean for the future of his liver?

    • ANSWER:
      Imagine you are in a room by yourself.
      You have lots of space and can move
      around and function well. Now imagine
      that a number of people enter the room...
      you have less space. Now imagine
      that there are so many people in the room
      that you are backed into a corner and the
      walls start to close in on you. What happens? You are stuck and cannot get
      out. You start to lack oxygen and, if
      you are hungry, you cannot get nourishment.
      Eventually, if there is no way of leaving or
      getting the things you need, you could die.

      This is what happens inside the liver.
      The liver is surrounded by a capsule.
      The fat builds up inside the liver and
      causes pressure on the cells. The fat
      may also be inside the cells. What happens
      is that it can block the cells from getting
      what it needs to function and eventually
      can cause damage. How? When there
      start to be damage in the liver cells, it
      signals our immune system. The
      immune system responds and can cause
      inflammation inside the liver which only
      adds to the problem. It causes the
      liver to start to swell up and can destroy
      even more cells.

      Sometimes, if the problem is caused by
      weight...losing weight will help the cells
      and everything will be fine. If a person
      who has a fatty liver being caused
      from drinking alcohol, by stop drinking
      it and getting treatment...the condition
      can be reversed.

      Here is a link that explains the different
      types of fatty liver disease:
      http://www.medicinenet.com/fatty_liver/article.htm
      This is a link for those who do not drink
      alcohol.

      Sometimes the fat is not inside the liver
      but surrounding it. This may be what
      is known as Simple fatty liver and may
      not do any harm, but would be treated
      with just trying to lose weight.

      It is important that your husband informs
      the doctor of all medication he is taking now. This includes over the counter,
      herbs, herbal teas, vitamins, minerals,
      and prescriptions from other doctors.

      Follow the doctors advice closely.
      Inflammation of the liver can be treated
      and cured, but death of the liver cells can only be slowed down.

      I hope this helps you understand more.

  37. QUESTION:
    The cruelest thing I have ever heard?
    In the production of foie gras, literally meaning, fatty liver, a duck is force fed 2-3 times a day, by having a metal pipe shoved down it's throat, and a mixture of fat and corn pumped into it's stomach. the feeders are careless, and often severly injure and purposefully abuse the ducks during feeding. PETA investigated a foie gras farm, and found hundreds of dead ducks stuffed in bins, that had died from a burst liver. Workers were paid a bonus if they killed under 50 ducks a month. One duck had a a maggot infested wound in it's throat so severe, that water poured out of the hole when it tried to drink. The PETA managed to rescue a mere 15 ducks, two of which had livers so engorged, that they couldn't move, and were literally being eaten alive by rats. The ducks often resort to self mutalation and cannibalism due to stress, their livers being enorged to ten times their normal size.

    Please help these poor, poor creatures, and DO NOT BUT FOIE GRAS. It's honestly the cruelest thing I have heard about in a long time....

    What are your thoughts on this?

    • ANSWER:
      Excuse my French but that's fucking disgusting are they not humane to feel so bad to be doing that, I can't belebe there r ppp who do that I'm glad
      someone like u has the heart to be appauled by this & not stay quiet

  38. QUESTION:
    Doctor says my liver function is "high" what does this mean?
    went for a random Blood test and my liver function came back High.
    I went for second blood test and was sent for an ultrasound after this.
    went back to the Docs and saw some random doc who said to me that she was reading my file and my liver test results before coming to introduce herself and she was expecting to step into the room to see an obese man. I'm medium build exercise on my days off and walk/ cycle to work everyday. she told me Ive got a liver of a man who had recently lost a lot of weight or or an obese man.

    they found some fatty tissue around my liver and told me that if it doesn't go away I can Get very fat, Very fast. is there any way of preventing this? I quite like being thin.

    • ANSWER:
      'Fatty liver' is very common these days. As soon as we begin to put on weight some of the fat is stored in the liver. This used to be thought of as benign, but is now known to be linked to a form of non-alcoholic cirrhosis that can develop in later life. Check your BMI and take it from there.

      http://www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi/bminojs.htm

  39. QUESTION:
    i did a 2hr glucose test (blood) and my result came back at 239. does that mean i have diabetes?
    i have been having headaches for the past two months. i did a CT scan of my brain , spine and sinus . However when i did a 2hr glucose test my results showed a result of 239. I also that did an ltrasound of my abdomen and heart and everything was ok except for a fatty liver . I am a little overweight though and i am 28 years. What i would like to know is _ do i ahve diabetes according to my results of 239

    • ANSWER:
      70-140 is normal, 239 is high, when I found out I have type two diabetes, mine was 640[a thousand and you are dead] I thought I had the flu at the time, I had just turned 70[now 72] now two week average is 115, I take a glimepiride 4mg daily, better to be safe and sure than dead, life don't stop with it, I still have what I want once in a while, but not all I want, have to have discipline. Go to a doctor for a sure test.

  40. QUESTION:
    Fatty Liver - Advice Please?
    After feeling sick and throwing up for a number of weeks my Dr finally did some blood tests. He tested a load of different things and one was my liver. The results came back that I had a fatty liver which maybe why i'm being sick. My Dr said to come back down in 2 or 4 weeks time to have another blood test done. In the mean time i've been put on some tablets to reduce excess stomach acid. He hasn't told me to do any thing in the mean time other than go back in 2 or 4 weeks time for another blood test. I know I'm over weight. Should I be worried and what should i do in the mean time?

    • ANSWER:
      There is different causes of fatty liver disease
      and it depends where the fat is located.
      If the fat is located outside the liver around it's
      capsule, it doesn't cause much of a problem.
      However, most is found inside the liver cells.
      The cause of this can be:
      alcohol consumption, weight problem, or
      even hereditary.
      All liver patients are told not to consume
      alcohol.
      You need to tell the doctor all medications you
      are on; this includes over the counter, herbs
      herbal teas, vitamins, mineral, and prescriptions
      prescribed by other doctors. The reason for
      this is that sometime certain medications can
      cause liver problems and also because all
      medications go through the liver first to be
      broken down before going to the rest of the body.
      If the doctor tells you to lose weight, then follow
      his instructions and maybe asked to see
      a nutritionist.

      It is good that the doctor is taking more blood
      test, cause no one test is 100% accurate, and
      he may be doing this to be certain of what the
      blood tests show before going on further.
      If he suspects a problem, he may order an
      ultrasound to be sure about this.

      Usually a problem of the liver starts out
      as inflammation developing in the liver cells.
      If the inflammation can be reduced with
      treatment from the doctor and the cause is
      removed...the liver cells have a very good
      chance of healing. However, if not treated,
      it can turn into a disease where the liver
      cells die off and then it is progressive.

      I know it is hard to wait for the results of these
      tests. The best thing to do now is to stop
      any alcohol consumption and try to stay as
      well as possible. Wash your hands often
      especially when touching things others have
      touched: money, door knobs, shopping cart
      handles, foods in buffet, etc. If you cannot
      wash your hands, then try using purell or
      another bacteria wipe. You don't want to
      contact anything to make you sicker now and
      force you to take more medications which
      may be hard on your liver or make it difficult
      for your body to heal your liver by giving
      it more to recover from.

      If the fat is inside the liver cells, it is pushing
      on other things normally inside the cell and
      can put the cell under alot of extra stress.
      Fat accumulating there has been known to
      push the nucleus of the cell out of position.
      This fat can also block oxygen and nourishment
      to the cell also, which can cause it damage.

      Sorry, I can't be more of help than this.
      Best wishes to you.

  41. QUESTION:
    Results of Abdominal U/S- What does this mean?
    1. fatty infiltrated liver. Probable hemangioma in the porta hepatis region. Probable fatting sparing in the right lobe inferiorly.
    2. prominent right renal pelvis, likely extrarenal in nature. No stones are seen. no caliectasis.
    3. Linear echogenic focus in the region of the right UVJ. A right ureteral jet is identified at the bladder base.

    History of kidney stones, stent removed 6months ago.

    • ANSWER:

  42. QUESTION:
    I have a severe fatty liver disease (non alcoholic) and my levels are elevated on my liver?
    function tests. sometimes I get a lot of pain in my upper abdomen under the right hand side. In early January I will be going back to the doctors t get another liver function test, and I was told if it has gone up I will be referred to a specialist at a hospital.Now what I want to ask is, if left untreated will this lead to liver failure of my liver? I am worried here. The pain can get very bad sometimes. I do not drink alcohol nor am I obese. If my levels have gone higher what can this mean? can anyone help me please? I am a 39 year old female.
    well derik funny you mentioned back pain cause I am on anti inflamitorys for my back as it can cause a lot of pain when I walk or excersise. so it might be conected as my liver is larger then normal and is putting presure on my back. ouch.
    derrik I looked at the website and it has nothing to do with my condition.

    • ANSWER:

  43. QUESTION:
    been told that my liver has some sort of fatty levels that are not good.?
    upon taking blood test as I take lipotor for high clos. they found I have a high level of some sort of fatty deposit in my liver, upon a c scan it is confrimed. what does this all mean? and sorry for the bad spelling. thanks to anyone who knows what this means. I can not get to see a specialist for two months does I feel scared and don't understand why a specialist will not see me for over two months.

    • ANSWER:
      1) What Is Fatty Liver?

      Fatty liver is the accumulation of fat in liver cells. Simple fatty liver is not a disease, since it does not damage the liver, but is a condition that can be identified by taking a sample of liver tissue (liver biopsy) and examining it under a microscope. Another term often used to describe this condition is fatty infiltration of the liver.

      2) What Causes Fatty Liver?

      Fat accumulates in the liver usually in connection with heavy use of alcohol, extreme weight gain or diabetes mellitus. Fatty liver can also occur with poor diet and certain illnesses, such as tuberculosis, intestinal bypass surgery for obesity, and certain drugs such as corticosteroids.

      3) How Is Fatty Liver Identified?

      Fatty liver is usually suspected in a patient with the diseases or conditions described above. The patient may have an enlarged liver or minor elevation of liver enzyme tests. Several studies show that fatty liver is one of the most common causes of isolated minor elevation of liver enzymes found in routine blood screening.

      To find out for certain whether a patient has fatty liver requires that a sample of liver tissue be obtained (biopsy). Images of the liver obtained by an ultrasound test or by a computed tomography (CT) scan can suggest the presence of a fatty liver. In the ultrasound test, a fatty liver will produce a bright image in a ripple pattern. A CT scan will show a liver that is less dense than normal.

      4) How Does Fat Get Into The Liver?

      It is not certain how fatty liver occurs. A patient has fatty liver when the fat increases the weight of the liver by 5 percent. Possible explanations for fatty liver include the transfer of fat from other parts of the body, or an increase in the extraction of fat presented to the liver from the intestine. Other explanations are that the liver reduces the rate it breaks down and removes fat. Eating fatty food by itself does not produce a fatty liver.

      5) Can Fatty Liver Lead To Other Liver Diseases?

      Simple fatty liver is not associated with any other liver abnormalities such as scarring or inflammation. It is a common finding in patients who are very overweight or have diabetes mellitus.

      Patients who drink too much alcohol for many years may develop alcoholic liver damage that includes fatty liver. Alcoholism could also result in inflammation of the liver (alcoholic hepatitis) and/or scarring (alcoholic cirrhosis). Evidence suggests that while fatty liver is usually present in patients with excessive intake of alcohol, fatty liver does not by itself lead up to the development of alcoholic hepatitis or alcoholic cirrhosis.

      An inflammation of the liver associated with an increase of fat deposits may occur in middle-aged, overweight, and often diabetic patients who do not drink alcohol. This disease, which resembles alcoholic hepatitis, is called nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). This fatty tissue in the liver may break up (steatonecrosis) and the patient may develop cirrhosis (scarring of the liver). Some studies have shown that 20 percent to 40 percent of people who are grossly overweight will develop NASH. However, just because a patient is grossly overweight does not mean he will develop NASH. Some researchers have connected the development of NASH with poor control of diabetes mellitus, rapid weight loss, or in women, the taking of hormones (estrogen).

      Can Fatty Liver Be Treated?

      The treatment of fatty liver is related to the cause. It is important to remember that simple fatty liver does not require treatment, since it does not result in damage to liver cells or clinical disease. Obese patients with fatty liver will have reduction or loss of excess fat in liver cells, as well as in other cells in the body, if substantial weight loss can be achieved. Patients who drink alcohol to excess will also have a loss of fat in the liver when alcohol is discontinued. Good control of diabetes mellitus with diet, drugs, or insulin also decreases the fat content in the liver.

      The main causes of fatty liver include obesity, high dietary intake of saturated fats, excessive alcohol consumption, and diabetes mellitus. Liver damage associated with fatty liver is common in people who drink alcohol excessively (alcoholic steatohepatitis), but also occurs in the absence of excessive alcohol (non-alcoholic steatohepatitis or NASH). Less common causes include pregnancy, some medications (e.g. corticosteroids), and many metabolic and other diseases. or iron overload.

      The typical patient with steatohepatitis is overweight, eats too much (particularly fatty food), drinks too much alcohol, and does not exercise enough. Usually the symptoms are minor (discomfort in the upper abdomen on the right side), or there may be no symptoms. Often the only abnormality is raised liver enzymes ('liver function tests')

  44. QUESTION:
    focal fatty infiltration of liver?
    I recently had an CT scan that showed "Focal Fatty infiltration is noted adjacent to the ffissure for the falciform ligament, and the liver." Can anyone tell me what that means. I have tried to look via the net to find out info about it and it does not tell me anything. My family has a history of liver disease including my father who did have liver disease and my grandfather who had cancer of the liver. My grandmother had some lesions removed from her liver. I was wondering if this is something that I need to be worried about. Or what are some types of treatment for this. I have had numberous abdominal surgeries and have also had an cholecystectomy done.

    • ANSWER:

  45. QUESTION:
    stage 4 liver disease?
    a friend of mine was diagnosed a couple of years ago with cirrhosis of the liver caused by a fatty liver. now she is in stage 4 liver failure. what does this mean?

    • ANSWER:
      It is the "end stage" of liver failure, meaning that a liver transplant may very well be required.

      I'm sorry that happened to your friend. But don't give up hope.

  46. QUESTION:
    Fatty Liver and High Ferritin?
    I have fatty liver. My ALT was slightly elevated recently. 64 scale of 10-60. I had an ultrasound and a CT with contrast that confirmed fatty liver. I had a ton of blood work done and dr. said it was all normal. no Hep A B or C no sign of liver disease besides fatty. The only thing abnormal was my ferritin level. it was like 500 he said. He said over 1000 means Hemochromatosis but he also said he tested me for the gene for this and I do not have it so there is like under a 5% chance of having it. Just wondering if anyone knows what could cause high ferritin. He said it could be any infection. They did mention seeing a lymph node on the CT that was nothing to worry about so he said I could i had an infection. Just curious. he says we can retest in 3-6 months.

    • ANSWER:
      The most common causes of fatty liver are: Alcohol abuse, obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol, and also as a side effect of some medications esp. steroids.
      The best advice is, if you have any of above problems, start working on them, keep follow ups with your DOC.Don't worry Docs, they know how to handel fatty liver. Good luck.

  47. QUESTION:
    post liver transplant: just got call from hospital saying my creatinin level is high. about the kidney,know?
    2 1/2 yr post liver transplant, got a fatty liver transplanted in me, diabetes also from transplant and now on enanoprol or something like that to protect my only kidney left. what does high creatinine levels mean?

    • ANSWER:
      Creatinine is a natural product of muscle metabolism, and normally exits the body in the urine. When kidney function becomes reduced, creatinine accumulates in the blood. The worse the kidney function, the higher the creatinine levels.

      Doctors take advantage of this fact and use the creatinine levels as a quick way to measure kidney function. As a rough guide, a value around 1 (mg/dL) is considered normal, while a value higher than 5 suggests severe kidney function impairment.

      The drug you are referring to is called "enalapril", which is an ACE Inhibitor. It reduces kidney function slightly, but in the process, protect kidneys from long-term damage by diabetes: http://patients.uptodate.com/patients/content/topic.do?topicKey=~9smJFG.GcxbjV#12
      (Look under "Kidney Complications" about half-way down.)

      I already addressed your "fatty liver" conspiracy theory in your other question. As for your "diabetes from transplant" comment, TweetyBird is extremely knowledgeable but I guess she doesn't usually deal with transplant patients.

      No, you cannot "catch" diabetes from a transplanted liver -- diabetes is a disease of low insulin production by your own pancreas, or inability of the rest of your body to utilize insulin.

      However, medications used to prevent rejection (like prednisone) *can* cause diabetes. In fact, it happens frequently enough to be given a name: post-transplant diabetes mellitus (PTDM).

      Similarly, a transplanted liver cannot harm the kidneys (most of us are born with two), but medications used to prevent rejection can. For example, cyclosporine (Neoral) and tacrolimus (Prograf) are two of the most commonly used anti-rejection medications, but they are known to reduce kidney function, especially if high doses are used.

      You might ask why we still use these anti-rejection medications, if they cause problems like diabetes and reduced kidney function. The truth is, we don't have anything better, and without these medications, organ transplantation simply will not be possible.

      However, considering the consequences of NOT receiving a transplant (death for liver failure, dialysis for kidney failure), most transplant recipients I know feel the side effects are acceptable. Obviously, YMMV.

  48. QUESTION:
    what does this medical report mean?
    my mom had a fibrosis in her uterus n left ovary n thus had the 2 organs removed through laproscopic surgery in dec. '08. she goes for regular checkups.
    she had pain in her abdomen on saturday so she did a USG of her whole abdomen.the report shows normal conditions of her gall bladder,C.B.D.,spleen,pancreas,kidneys,ureters,urinary bladder n right ovary.
    but for the liver- its normal in size n shape,no SOL....every thing is normal. but the report says "parenchymal reflectivity is increased."
    the "impression" in the report says "fatty changes in liver." i can't understand what it means? is it a bad sign or shud mom take any precautions?
    shud i give any further details?
    mom isn't overweight neither does she drink.

    • ANSWER:
      parenchymal reflectivity is increased."
      it means there is excess acumulation of fat.fatty changes in the liver can be of 2 types, macro and micro. obviously ur moms liver geting excess fat than it can handle.macrovesicular fatty changes can occur in obesity, alcohol intake .microvesicular changes can occur with drugs,pregnancy, some other rare disorder.so dont worry. tell her to check diet.eat less oily food.avoid any analgesic.check lipid profile.then u can proceed further. it may be only transient, so dont worry

  49. QUESTION:
    What does a blood, cardiac ethanol level 0.15% mean (autposy report)?
    Acetone is 0.013%; Iso-Propanol is 0.005%. Autopsy findings are fatty metamorphosis of liver; hepatomegaly; and cardiomegaly.
    Acetone is 0.013%; Iso-Propanol is 0.005%. Autopsy findings are fatty metamorphosis of liver; hepatomegaly; and cardiomegaly.
    More info: he had hypertension. How does the body shut down in this type of situation (exactly what causes the death)? Thank you all for your responses.

    • ANSWER:
      The alcohol level is high enough that he would have been arrested for DWI if detected but not high enough to kill. An enlarged liver and fatty change are signs of chronic alcohol use but may also be seen with obesity. Chronic alcohol use also affects the heart and can cause alcoholic cardiomyopathy with enlargement of the heart. The presence of acetone and isopropanol is surprising. It might suggest that he had drunk some cleaning fluid.

  50. QUESTION:
    Had sonogram on liver and gallbladder. They said gallbladder looked good. Liver looked enlarged .?
    Looked like fatty liver. My liver enzymes were 90. I little pain after I eat below rib cage in middle of stomach . I also belch a lot it seems. What does this mean?

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a link to explain fatty liver.
      http://www.medicinenet.com/fatty_liver/article.htm

      Fat can build up in between the cells of the liver. When it does this, it can cause the cells to be blocked from nourishment and oxygen they would normally receive from the blood. People who have some types of fatty liver can help the
      liver heal by either stopping the consumption of alcohol or
      by losing weight. One type of fatty liver causes no problem...
      but when the liver starts to enlarge, it may be a condition
      known as Nash, or Nafld. This is more serious because
      inflammation develops and it can lead to the death of the liver cells known as cirrhosis.

      It is best to be sure which kind of fatty liver you have.
      Only your doctor would know this for sure by your blood
      work and other tests he does. He can see on your blood
      work if there is any liver damage by looking at your
      liver enzymes. He can also see how well your liver is
      functioning by looking at the liver function tests.
      The liver enzymes are the ALT, AST, and Alkaline Phosphate.
      The liver function test are the Bilirubin, Albumin, and INR.
      If you want to read more about them, here is a link:
      http://www.labtestsonline.org

      Liver patients are usually told to be careful of certain things
      when they realize they have a liver problem:
      (1) Do not drink alcoholic beverages
      (2) Tell the doctor all medications you are taking, this
      includes over the counter, herbs, herbal teas, and any
      drugs prescribed by other doctors. The reason for
      this is because all medications go through the liver to
      be broken down before going to the rest of the body and
      many drugs on the market can be more harmful to the liver.
      (3) Stay clear of chemicals (example: carbon tetrachloride)
      (4) Wash your hands often and when you cannot use
      Purell or germX. Do not eat out of open salad bars or
      dips that others stick food into like chips, vege. Also be
      sure and wash any fruit or vege from the grocery store.
      Things like shopping cart handles, money, door knobs,
      telephones, etc hold alot of germs. You want to stay
      as healthy as you can so you won't burden the liver when
      it is trying to heal.

      I hope this is of some help to you and that things will be
      fine once you are treated. Please don't try to use a
      liver cleanse now...it may cause your liver more harm.


Spots On Liver

Liver Spots Diagnosis and Treatment
Liver spots are flat brown-black spots that usually occur in sun-exposed areas of the body. Liver spots also known as age spots. Age spots are very common in adults older than age 40, they can affect younger people as well. Although frequently associated with overexposure to sun, they also occur from unknown causes. Liver spots are changes in skin color associated with older skin. The increased pigmentation may be brought on by aging, exposure to sun or other forms of ultraviolet light, or other unknown causes. They are harmless and painless, but they may affect the cosmetic appearance. Occasionally, liver spots may obscure the diagnosis of skin cancers.The spots are usually flat, tan or light brown, oval or irregularly shaped, and always have sharply defined borders.

They range from about 1/8-inch to 1-inch in diameter. The main symptom is a skin lesion that is a painless, flat patch or macule (area of skin color change). Liver spots can be lightened with skin-bleaching products or removed by freezing with liquid nitrogen (cryotherapy). Age spots can be treated with freezing, acids, skin sanding, electric needle and any other methods which causes a superficial destruction of the skin. These methods frequently leave white spots and occasionally scars. Lasers are much more precise and less damaging to the skin because light is used to selectively remove the pigment without damaging the normal surrounding skin.. Other topical treatments include the use of vitamin C products and mandelic acid products.
These may help speed up the process of fading the spots, and the use of mandelic acid or kojic acid can do it with little or no irritation. Avoid sweets, caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, and junk foods. Liquid nitrogen therapy is the quickest way to get rid of age spots. Liquid nitrogen is air that is so cold that it is in liquid form (-321F). The esthetician sprays the liquid nitrogen onto the age spot and this causes the mark to turn white a month or so after treatment. Vitamin C An antioxidant, vitamin C helps tissue repair. Vitamin E Take 1 vitamin E capsule (400 I.U.) daily; at night puncture another capsule and rub the oil on the spots and leave it on overnight. Zinc another mineral supplement to take is zinc. Take 15 mg a day for one to two months.

Liver Spots Treatment and Prevention Tips

1. Use sunglasses to protect the eyes.

2. Apply sunscreen at least a half hour before exposure.

3. Wear protective clothing such as hats, long-sleeved shirts, long skirts, or pants.

4. Sunlight is most intense at midday, so try to avoid exposure during these hours.

5. Use high quality sunscreens, preferably with SPF (sun protection factor) ratings of at least 15.

6. Avoid sweets, caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, and junk foods.

7. Liquid nitrogen therapy is the quickest way to get rid of age spots

8. Zinc another mineral supplement to take is zinc.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is the best cosmetic way to remove age spots(liver spots) from the Face?
    My mom has 3 on here left cheek, and she asked me to ask on here if anyone knows what is the best treatment which does not leave a scar.

    Thanks in Advance.

    • ANSWER:
      I think a laser treatment at a local clinic would do the trick without scarring... but this website provides a few home remedies for age spots that may help:

      http://www.mothernature.com/Library/bookshelf/Books/48/1.cfm

      Here are 2 excerpts from the website:
      1). Get help from hydroquinone. This safe "lightening agent" is found in products such as Porcelana and Esoterica that you can obtain without a prescription. Hydroquinone helps lighten age spots until they become unnoticeable.

      2). The juice of a fresh lemon is acidic enough to safely peel off the upper layer of skin, which will remove or lighten some age spots.

      It will not produce over-night results. It takes about 6-8 weeks. Read website above for more info.

  2. QUESTION:
    Do liver spots on your skin feel different than normal skin?
    I've got 3 light brown spots on my upper leg than look like they might be liver spots but they feel different than my normal skin. They are smoother and are kind of ashy looking. But I am only 20 so I am thinking i am a little young for liver spots... What could it be?

    • ANSWER:
      It could be flat moles or freckles. Liver or age spots usually dont feel differently. Point them out at your next doctors visit just to be sure.

  3. QUESTION:
    Can Liver Spots disqualify you from joining the military?
    I have a few liver spots on my skin. I don't have to take medicine or anything for it because it's fading away now nor did I ever have to take medicine for it. I would like to know if this will disqualify me from joining. 10 points for the person who gives me a good BRIEF answer.

    • ANSWER:
      You asked for a short BRIEF answer: NO

  4. QUESTION:
    Why do I have liver spots and dark circles under my eyes when im only 18 years old?
    I just started getting dark circles under my eyes last year and now I have liver spots. There are small yellow spots on certain parts of my face to. Why? I just turned 18 last month. I'm still very young and I feel old. All my friends tell me I look like im in my 30s to. Its not fair. why did I age so fast and my friends still look young and healthy?

    • ANSWER:
      See your Dr for a check up and blood test - just to make sure there is nothing physically wrong - Anemia and hypothyroid could cause the symptoms you are seeing - If no cause is found - see a dermatologist to see if you are having a reaction or for skin care advice.

  5. QUESTION:
    how do I get rid of liver spots?
    I am an older lady. I have liver spots on my hands. Any suggestions would be helpful.

    • ANSWER:
      skin bleach should work i hope you get better

  6. QUESTION:
    How can I prevent liver spots?
    I notice I have small liver spots on my leg what or how do I stop them. And what causes them?

    • ANSWER:

  7. QUESTION:
    Can you get liver spots from taking steroids?
    I know a friend who is on steroids and I noticed liver spots on his neck im just wondering if this is from steroids or not?

    • ANSWER:
      Liver spots are usually a sign of ageing.
      Steroids can cause acne but not liver spots (which have nothing to do with the liver either).
      Topical steroids are sometimes misused to bleach them, can do harm but no good. Cause thinning of the skin, stretch marks, acne.

  8. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know if laser treatment work on brown spots or liver spots?
    These are the spots that some people get on their face due to heredity. I know that laser treatment can get rid of tattoos, but I was wondering about those age spots.

    • ANSWER:
      yes they can,I had a large dark spot on my cheek and I had a laser treatment on it 3 times and it is gone completely, unfortunately it was very expensive

  9. QUESTION:
    Sunless tanners and liver spots? It 'sticks' more to the spots than to your regular skin which just makes that
    particular situation worse. I am regularly using hydroquinone to lighten them so using sunless tanners is just reversing that process, right? Can you put on the sunless tanner and then remove it only from the spots with a Q-tip or would your skin already have absorbed it before you get the chance to rub it off? Is there some solution such as alcohol that would facilitate this removal? Thanks for your answers.

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  10. QUESTION:
    my dog has what looks like doggy liver spots?
    My dog is 10 yrs old is great healt has amazing great thick, curly (hes a poodle) hair but when you wet him down all you see on his skin is black spots they look like human liver spots just black and there are more than there was over 3 mnths ago does anyone know what this is or if it is just him getting old.

    • ANSWER:
      They are just like age spots in humans. I have a 9 1/2 year old white toy poodle. He has pink skin and the spots show up very well when he is wet. He is also developing more of them rather rapidly.

  11. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of liver spots (AKA Age Spots) on your face?
    I have tried several methods as well as Clinique and Estee Lauder products. They help, but the brown spots don't fade enough for my taste. Any ideas that worked?

    • ANSWER:
      I use Avon Banishing Cream. (And no, I'm not a rep). It took away the liver spots on my hands and neck. It works great--and fast too!

  12. QUESTION:
    What can we do to remove aging/liver spots/dry brown spots from the skin especially the face?
    I have little red specks appearing on my arms and face. What are they? Can i do anything to get rid of them?

    • ANSWER:
      Hydroquinone works to fade age spots. I like Pigment of Your Imagination by Philosophy. You can buy it from amazon.com. No more sun for you!

  13. QUESTION:
    What product can I use that will get rid of age / liver spots off my face?
    I use good qulaity moisturisers etc., but they are now flaking and very itchy. Some I've scratched while I've been sleeping and have scabs on them.
    Come on please fellow Yahooers!
    I need so postitive answers here.
    One persons opinion is not sufficient.

    • ANSWER:
      Based on your description, it seems that you have more than 1 problem here.

      Age spots are like freckles, they don't itch. Sounds like you may be having an allergic reaction to a facial product.

      Please make an appointment with a dermatologist before this leads to scarring. Your doctor will be able to solve your skin problems. Trust me, they work miracles.

  14. QUESTION:
    Worried about and want Treatment for Liver Spots?
    I have recently developed liver spots around my eyes and on my nose. They are dry itchy spots on the inner and outer areas around my eyes. Does anyone know the best way to treat them, and how to avoid irritating them further. I have really become aware of them all of a sudden and want to know if it is normal for them to appear quickly, or if I should worry about them being possibly carcinogenic?

    • ANSWER:
      You could try using a fade cream. Since they're near your eyes it's best to use something gentle. CamoCare C-Spot age/sun spot cream contains natural ingredients like chamomile. Chamomile is a natural bleaching agent. But be careful not to get too close to your eyes.

      There are other ways of treating liver spots - Laser, freezing, chemical peel, and prescription bleaching. Those treatments may be painful and rather expensive.

      It may best to see a dermatologist if you're having concerns about them appearing quickly, itching, etc...Just to be safe.

  15. QUESTION:
    I'm 46 and developing "liver spots", quite a few in the last year, what does this mean?
    I know people get liver spots as they get older, but I seem to be getting them a a fast rate over the last year. They look like freckles on my legs and some on the backs of my hands and arms. I am healthy and active. What are liver spots and is this a sign of my liver not functioning properely?

    • ANSWER:
      Liver spots are also known as solar lentigines. These are flat, gray, brown or black spots. They vary in size and usually appear on the face, hands, shoulders and arms — areas most exposed to the sun. Though liver spots are very common in adults older than age 40, they can affect younger people as well.

      Liver spots develop when the extra melanin becomes "clumped" or is produced in higher concentrations than normal.

      Most often, it takes years of sun exposure for these dark spots to occur — they typically develop very slowly over time. Using commercial tanning lamps and tanning beds can eventually result in the same changes.

      In addition to sun exposure, simply growing older can cause the extra production of melanin and subsequent liver spots. Genetics also plays a role in how susceptible you are to the development of liver spots.

      Liver spot treatments include:

      * Medications.

      Prescription bleaching creams (hydroquinone) used alone or with retinoids (tretinoin) and a mild steroid may gradually fade the spots over several months. Over-the-counter (nonprescription) fade creams that contain glycolic acid or kojic acid may slightly reduce the appearance of the liver spots. Sun protection is strongly advised if you use medication treatments.

      * Laser therapy.

      Laser therapy destroys the extra melanocytes that create the dark pigment without damaging the skin's surface. Treatments with laser typically require several sessions. After treatment, liver spots fade gradually over several weeks or months. Laser therapy has few side effects, but it can be expensive.

      * Freezing (cryotherapy).

      This procedure involves applying liquid nitrogen or another freezing agent to the liver spots to destroy the extra pigment. As the area heals, the skin appears lighter. Freezing is typically used on a single or small grouping of liver spots. Though effective, this procedure poses a slight risk of permanent scarring or discoloration.

      * Dermabrasion.

      This procedure consists of sanding down (planing) the surface layer of your skin with a rapidly rotating brush. This procedure removes the skin surface, and a new layer of skin grows in its place. Redness and temporary scab formation can result from this liver spot treatment.

      * Chemical peel.

      A light or medium chemical peel can gradually fade liver spots, but several treatments are necessary before you notice any results. A chemical peel involves applying an acid, which burns the outer layer of your skin, to the liver spots. As your skin peels, new skin forms to take its place. Sun protection is strongly advised following this treatment.

      Liver spots are not associated with liver disorders.

  16. QUESTION:
    What's a good cream for liver spots on the hands?
    I have a lot of them on both hands! What is something good for them to go away?

    • ANSWER:
      Acid

  17. QUESTION:
    What causes liver spots on your face?
    it seems like i am too young to get them, but i keep seeing little spots appear on my face, not where freckles usually are.... why? i am not even 30 yet!

    • ANSWER:
      Pregnancy or it's hereditary.

  18. QUESTION:
    How do you get rid of liver spots? And why do they appear on face?
    what do they indicate?

    • ANSWER:
      Sometimes good liver tonics help. And definitely consult doctor.

      Try developing some habits to keep your liver in good condition like have some raw turmeric in the morning empty stomach. And these spot problem won't be bothering any more.

      Liver is a very vital part of body. And any problem in the system is indicated by these spots.

  19. QUESTION:
    Could I really be getting liver spots at the age of 29?
    I can see faint "liver spots"? on my hands. My mother is 48 and has more than a few and I'm not sure at what age she started seeing them show up. Is this a heriditary issue? Thanks I'm just curious.

    • ANSWER:
      Liver spots are flat brown-black spots that usually occur in sun-exposed areas of the body. Liver spots, also called age spots, lentigines or lentigos, are sharply defined, rounded, brown or black, flat patches of skin. The epidermis (top surface layer) is expanding with more pigment, developing what looks like a large freckle. One may appear by itself, or as a few clustered together. They are unrelated to the liver or liver function.
      Many people have a hereditary predisposition to them. While liver spots may develop at an early age, even in childhood, they are more common in older people, especially those who have spent too much time in the sun.

  20. QUESTION:
    how to get rid of black spots, or age spots or liver spots on face neck?

    Asian as in Chinese, Indian , Jap?

    • ANSWER:
      My mom had those, and she got this cream thing, from her Asian friends, they say it's very popular with them. The thing is I can't tell you the brand or anything cause it's written with their own language. What I know is, it worked just like those acid peels that you can buy in drug stores. If you follow the instruction on those things, I think it would work... But when my mom used the one her friends gave her, her face looked bad for the first 3 weeks, her skin was peeling, and it looked greasy all the time. But after that her skin was soft and one shade of color.

      Good luck, I hope this helps.

  21. QUESTION:
    What is the best make up to cover liver spots on the face on ageing skin?

    • ANSWER:
      Dermablend foundation best ever

  22. QUESTION:
    my dog started getting what looks like liver spots then turn black?
    4 1/2yr old female lab. up to date on shots. doesn't itch or scratch. She gets what starts as small black dots.The dots turn to a purplish larger area .Then turns black. Turns dry and flaky.Goes away and strart some where else on her. This is something new to me. What is ? Will apple cider vingear help?

    • ANSWER:
      a vet visit would help you more.

  23. QUESTION:
    What are "liver spots" on the skin caused by and what is the remedy?

    • ANSWER:
      Liver spots are a natural aging process of the skin.
      No real remedy except having them removed or using a cream designed to bleach out the area.

  24. QUESTION:
    Spots on liver during lung cancer treatment?
    My grandfather has been batteling lung cancer for a while now on chemo treatments, a few weeks ago a scan showed that the cancer has shrunk 50 percent which is great but the scan also picked up picked up some small spots on the liver which we are now terrifiyed about what could this be?

    • ANSWER:
      The worst case is that it's cancer which has spread. The best case is that it's something benign.
      His doctor may or may not want a biopsy.

      Best of luck.

  25. QUESTION:
    What could the meaning of spots on the liver be?
    During an autopsy enlargement of the liver with spots on the liver were found. As yet, they have not been identified, and the ME stated he had never seen his before.

    • ANSWER:
      spots on the liver means liver damge could of been from drug use or alcohol abuse, disease such as cirrohsis of the liver or even aids, the liver went into acute liver failure.

  26. QUESTION:
    are liver spots common on a fifteen year old girl?
    she has them on her hands only.

    • ANSWER:
      what? i'm sorry i dnt under... o i get it now :) ahhhh, ooooo, nooooo

  27. QUESTION:
    Whats the best way to get rid of Liver Spots?
    I have them on my hands

    • ANSWER:
      There used to be a product called Porcelana, and it claimed that it would get rid of liver spots.

  28. QUESTION:
    I have marks on the back of my leg. Like little brown dots, it looks like liver spots, and i am only a teen?
    Okay, i dont know what to do with my leg, its from ankle upwards to half-way up my leg. Its really ugly, if you are close enough to inspect it.
    I'll describe it properly, its like dots, in my skin and like my whole skin on my leg isn't soft but like a plastic. :( i dont put on much lotion on my leg, i suppose thats the problem, but is there any other way i could over come it?

    • ANSWER:
      it is not liver spots,i think it is a hypersensitivity reaction,,,allergic condition to fungi,,,etc...ovberall ,you need to visite a dermatologist...and it is common with females .

  29. QUESTION:
    Age spots - liver spots?
    I am not an old woman! But recently started to develop those dark spots on the lower part of my cheeks because I hadnt used sunscreen when I work out! (Duh!) Is there really any tried and true way to get rid of them????

    • ANSWER:

  30. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of liver spots on arms?

    • ANSWER:

  31. QUESTION:
    What are the white spots on my liver and spleen?
    When I had my gall bladder removed, the doctor noticed some white spots on my liver and spleen. He took a biopsy of my liver. I am concerned about this. What could these white spots be? I don't have a follow up until May 22nd and would like to know more. Any help is appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      It's not a great idea asking technical med. questions on here. Most symptoms can theoretically have many causes. It would have been best to ask your doc what the possibilities were,he knows much better than anyone else on here. Plus, it will be impossible to find out for sure until the biopsy is complete what may be causing the spots.

  32. QUESTION:
    Do older cats get age (liver) spots on the face?
    What age is considered "old?"

    • ANSWER:
      No liver spots. Old is about 8 yrs.

  33. QUESTION:
    are rabbits good to eat if they have white spots on their liver?
    I heard when you butcher a rabbit and it has white spots on the liver, it is not good to eat. Is this true?

    • ANSWER:
      mad,

      Anyone who knocks rabbit does so without foundation...I think it's awesome!

      I'm not sure, as I've never seen white spots on a rabbit's liver while dressing one...but I would think twice about using the meat. Could be an indication of parasites.

  34. QUESTION:
    What does it mean if I have hypodense spots on my liver?
    I went to the ER last night for abdomen pain. After a CT scan they found 2 hypodense spots on my liver. Although they were probably unrelated to the abdomen pain it was a definite concern for the ER doctor. But I don't know what it means. She said to talk to my doctor about it.

    • ANSWER:
      My advice is to follow this up with your doctor.

  35. QUESTION:
    "Liver Spots on hands,why do they occur?
    As we grow older some brown spots appear on the top of our hands referred to as "liver spots" why do they occur ?...can they be bleached and with which products ?

    • ANSWER:
      I have really fair skin and I used to go to a dermatologist and he would freeze them or zap them and they would go away but now I am much older I just live with it.

      There are over the counter creams that claim to bleach liver spots but they do not work and some of them make the spots worse after you discontinue use. A dermatologist is your best bet.

  36. QUESTION:
    Liver colored spots on my dogs belly, what is this?
    Our 1 year old Rhodesian Ridgeback got spayed two months ago. We noticed liver-colored spots appeared on her belly and chest a couple of weeks later. Nothing has changed personality wise. We are going to take her to the vet so please don't answer by saying "take her to the vet". We just want to have an idea what this could be.

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:

  37. QUESTION:
    Where do liver spots (brownish spots on face, hands, etc.) come from?

    • ANSWER:
      They are the result of prolonged exposure to the sun. This is why you see them so often in the elder and why they are usually on the face and hands, that face and hands have seen a lot of sun.

  38. QUESTION:
    Can brown liver spots go away? What can I do?
    As I am aging brown spots are appearing on my face. Help!

    • ANSWER:
      DRINK MATE IS THE BEST FOR THAT

  39. QUESTION:
    My boyfriend is only 25 and he had a ct scan and they found 3 spots on his liver?
    My boyfriend has had pain on and off for 8 months in his lower abdomen above his pelvis and lower back. He had a ct scan that was clear and had another one 8 months later. They found 3 spots on his liver that were in a row. He has an ultra sound appt that is coming up. Should he be worried about the spots?

    • ANSWER:
      The spots on the ct scan are probably liver cysts. Its fairly common to see these on a ct scan. What did he have the ct scan for? Does he have pain in his abdomen? Occasionally liver cysts can cause pain. If they are causing pain, your doctor will be able to shrink them.

  40. QUESTION:
    Why do humans have liver spots?
    Been pondering on this question for a while, looking forward to an answer.

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      The appearance of liver spots is quite common in men and women over the age of 40. Liver spots develop over time, usually taking years to appear, and, although they have the word "liver" in their name, these dark patches on the skin have nothing to do with the human liver or liver disease. Liver spots may be esthetically unpleasing to some, and it is possible to have them removed by a licensed dermatologist. It is also important to note that the use of a daily moisturizer containing an SPF sunscreen can help to reduce their development.
      What are Liver Spots?
      Liver spots are also referred to as "age spots" or "solar lentigines" and are often found on the skin of the face, arms, legs and shoulders. Liver spots appear on the skin as black or brown spots that are of varying shapes and sizes. The Mayo Clinic reports that liver spots are harmless and usually do not require medical attention.
      The Sun
      Liver spots appear on areas of the skin that have been over-exposed to the ultra-violet radiation of the sun. SparkPeople.com explains that too much sun can damage the skin, causing the body to respond by sending excessive amounts of pigment (melanin) to the damaged areas. Unfortunately, once this type of skin damage occurs it is irreversible. Liver spots do not fade over time; instead, they remain on the skin like a scar.
      Tanning Beds
      According to the BC Cancer Agency, tanning beds can cause just as much damage to the skin as solar rays. Contrary to popular belief, the ultraviolet lights (UV) that are used in tanning beds are no safer than the actual rays of the sun. In fact, tanning beds emit approximately 95 percent UV-A rays, which can penetrate deep into the skin and cause serious skin damage, even cancer. Tanning beds have the potential to cause pre-mature aging of the skin, which means more wrinkles and more liver spots.
      Age
      As skin ages, it becomes thinner and less opaque. This change increases the likelihood of bruises and skin tears. The body begins to produce fewer and fewer "melanocytes," which are the cells that produce pigment. But the U.S. National Library of Medicine reveals that the melanocytes that already exist become bigger and form liver spots. Against pale aging skin, these liver spots can be quite noticeable.
      Genetics
      The Allergan Foundation explains that when it comes to liver spots, some people may be more susceptible than others. In fact, genetics can play a role in determining whether or not a person develops liver spots as they age. Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent the formation of hereditary liver spots

  41. QUESTION:
    Do Bichon Frises get age/liver spots?
    My Bichon is almost 7 years old and I noticed that he has some brown discolored patches on his skin. Are they age/liver spots or something more serious? Do dogs even get age spots?

    He seems healthy, eating fine.
    They're new spots, never had them as a puppy. He doesn't have any lumps/tumors.

    • ANSWER:
      My maltese- poodle has them, they are normak, I call them birth marks. I f you are still worried, give your vet a call.

  42. QUESTION:
    I am 13 and getting liver spots?
    I am 13 years old i am a female and today when i was eating. (10 minutes ago) i noticed im getting spots on my hands. I just got back from mexico and i was out on the sun not a lot but when i was i was out for a while.

    wat causes the liver spots?
    are they permanent?
    can i ever get them off?
    am i getting cancer?

    i ammm freaking outt. helppp please!

    i only have it on my fingers!
    am i gonna get it on my whole HAND!!!?
    CAN i stop them right now before i get moree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i have been back from mexico for like 5 days so im pretty sure its liver spots. i have like one dark on my left hand like the 2nd finger from the left

    and i have another on my middle finger on my right hand. my hand is like brown n then like a line it splits back to tan

    • ANSWER:
      they might not be liver spots. i have little spots on my hands too and they kindef remind me of liverspots. the might just be freckles! some people dont figure out they have freckles until about our age (13-14) its weird. i only have freckles when im out in the sun or hot. dont freak out its ok

  43. QUESTION:
    I have a couple of liver spots on my legs is there anyway to disguise or get rid of them?

    • ANSWER:
      If you want to get rid of sun spots/liver spots read this for ideas:

      http://hubpages.com/hub/How-To-Get-Rid-of-Brown-Spots-On-Your-Face

  44. QUESTION:
    What could cause spots on th liver ?
    My dear friends has Pancreitis , she also has spots on her pancreas and Liver . What may cause these spots ?

    • ANSWER:
      Spots on the liver can be the first sign of liver cancers. So it is best if she gets a biopsy.
      I hope, it is nothing though!

  45. QUESTION:
    how can you prevent liver spots?
    who get liver spots? what do they look like? are they dangerous? i have pale skin and facial freckles on on my cheeks forehead and sprinkled across the nose i aLSO HAVE ROSY CHEEKS AM I AT RISK TO GET THEM IN MY LIFETIME im a 13 year old female and is generally worried about skin diseases:(

    • ANSWER:
      Liver spots appear usually on the back of the hands and sometimes on the face.

      If you are fair skinned, you are more suseptible to getting them. Also if your mother or grandmother has them, you may get them more easily.

      Use sunscreen on your face and the back of your hands. The sunscreen will protect your skin from developing liver spots.

      My sister has some on her face and the back of her hands. She doesn't use sunscreen. I don't have any and I use sunscreen every time I am outside.

      Protecting your skin at an early age is just practical sense.

  46. QUESTION:
    Are liver color spots rare on a dalmatian?
    Because I never seen it in person..I have only seen black spots.

    • ANSWER:
      Nope.
      It's simply a recessive trait, and the majority of Dalmatian breeders care more about health, temperament and standard than something as frivolous as coat colour.
      That's like asking are chocolate labs more rare than black labs. Black and Liver/Chocolate in both breeds are controlled by the same genetics.

      And from what I understand black spots are more desirable in the ring anyways (but I may be mistaken on this)

  47. QUESTION:
    Can I get rid of liver spots?
    prevent them from coming on face again?

    • ANSWER:
      Liver spots is a misnomer, they are infact age and UV induced changes. No treatment is needed in most cases. The cosmetic appearance of your skin may be improved by the use of skin bleaching lotions or creams.

  48. QUESTION:
    Conservatives have alot of liver spots on their faces, why is that?

    • ANSWER:
      what are you 5???There is ACORN,health care, caoand trade ..on and on and this is what you ask.....

  49. QUESTION:
    why do you get liver spots?
    i am 23 week pregant and i am getting liver spots on my chest

    • ANSWER:
      That can be caused by hormonal changes. Do not assume it is liver spots btw. You should ask your doctor to take a look at them as it can be a warning for trouble

  50. QUESTION:
    13 years old and gettting liver spots?
    I am 13 years old i am a female and today when i was eating. (20 minutes ago) i noticed im getting spots on my hands. I just got back from mexico and i was out on the sun not a lot but when i was i was out for a while.

    wat causes the liver spots?
    are they permanent?
    can i ever get them off?
    am i getting cancer?
    i ammm freaking outt. helppp please!
    i only have it on my fingers!
    am i gonna get it on my whole HAND!!!?
    CAN i stop them right now before i get moree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    i have been back from mexico for like 5 days so im pretty sure its liver spots. i have like one dark on my left hand like the 2nd finger from the left

    and i have another on my middle finger on my right hand. my hand is like brown n then like a line it splits back to tan

    • ANSWER:
      Slow down a bit.

      Have you shown these spots to a responsible person. Your mother, father, aunt, uncle,or someone who is responsible for your care?

      If you and/or they are concerned, you need to see a doctor. There are many things that could be causing the spotting on you. Don't jump to conclusions, or you will drive yourself nuts. Contact your family doctor. If he or she doesn't have a clue, they will send you to a dermatologist. I am sure there is a simple answer. You didn't have them before you went to Mexico. You have them now. Should be an easy fix for a good doctor.

      Have a Wonder Filled Day.


Liver Regeneration

Herbs to Help the Liver and Remove Cellulite
Nature can be giving especially when it comes to the various herbs and spices it provides that can help us detoxify the liver and help restore it to a fully functioning organ. These liver helping herbs can even be multipurpose and help the body combat other ailments such as cellulite.

The reason why many of these liver friendly herbs are good at getting rid of cellulite is because they can be both thermogenic and anti- inflammatory. They can help you boost your metabolism allowing you to burn fat and they can reduce inflammation on the cellular level which will in turn affect cellulite in a noticeable manner.

Try using these two liver friendly herbs and spices and find yourself astounded by the results.

Milk Thistle

As far as the liver is concerned, Milk thistle is pretty much the best thing since sliced bread. In fact, it has probably been around a little bit longer than slice bread, being used as a treatment for liver problems for the past two millennia (making sliced bread the best thing since milk thistle).

Pliny of ancient Rome was the first to suggest that milk thistle helps the liver move bile and in 1986 Germanys Commission E approved of the use of the herb for treatment of alcoholic hepatitis, fatty liver, liver cirrhosis and liver poisoning. Milk thistle has also been used to help protect the liver from certain medications that might prove toxic to the organ.

So why is milk thistle all the rage? Researchers like to point to the presence of Silymarin, a powerful antioxidant with the ability to protect cells and inhibit the growth of tumors. Studies have found that this antioxidant may help promote liver cell regeneration and reduce the damage to liver cells due to chronic prescription drug abuse.

Silymarin has also been found to strengthen the livers outer surface which makes it difficult for toxins to enter it. Silymarin also seems to help encourage the reaction between enzymes promoting faster and more proficient regeneration of liver cells allowing for the quicker replacement of the older cells aiding in the detoxification process.

Artichoke extract

The artichoke is said to be milk thistles close cousin, and researchers have found that artichoke extract can also help protect your liver and help in the liver cell regeneration process. Much like milk thistle, the artichoke has been around since the time before sliced bread, seeing use as a medicine and form of liver disease prevention since the Middle Ages.

Today, artichoke juice is a popular liver tonic in France and researchers from Switzerland to Japan have submitted scientific reports about the artichokes ability to break down fat and remove bile. Remember, the better the bile flows through the liver, the easier it is for the organ to remove waste including fat globules.

Milk thistle and artichoke extract have been proven to help the liver detoxify and well as protect it from damage that toxins may cause it. Toxic substances are sometimes temporarily turned into something even more toxic during the detoxification process. Without the help of herbs like milk thistle and artichoke extract, the liver might find itself damaged a bit more every time it neutralizes a toxin. Also, getting rid of cellulite is all about making sure your liver and lymphatic systems are functioning with maximum efficiency.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Is there pain associated with liver regeneration?
    I had carcinoid tumors in my liver and a third of my liver resectioned. I now have a burning sensation under my right rib cage and I am wondering if this could be associated with liver regeneration?...or if not what it might be?

    • ANSWER:

  2. QUESTION:
    which one would have functional recovery through regeneration? brain, liver or heart muscle?
    Three patients in an intensive care unit are examined by a doctor. one patient has brain damage from stroke, another severely damaged from liver a crushing injury in a car accident, and a third had a heart attack that severely damaged his heart muscle. all three patients have stabilized and will survive, but only one have full functional recovery through regeneration. which one and why?

    • ANSWER:
      The patient with a damaged liver will reach full recovery. Liver cells undergo mitosis easily. Neural and cardiac tissue, on the other hand, are amitotic (they do not divide, or regenerate)

  3. QUESTION:
    Is it true that god allows for liver regeneration cause he knows about the drinking questions?

    • ANSWER:
      I think you are on to something there!

  4. QUESTION:
    Liver Regeneration Drugs?
    I'm doing a project on the effect of a drug on the regeneration of planaria

    Anyone know any liver regeneration drugs ?

    • ANSWER:
      there are none

  5. QUESTION:
    Drinking - Liver regeneration?
    Say if one week, I was to binge drink as a 17 year old (under age), how long would it take for my liver to fully regenerate? Weeks? Months? I know it takes repeated binge drinking to cause proper damage but i'm interested, thanks

    • ANSWER:
      People are not very honest with their doctor's so the reason doesn't always come out to what really caused the sclerosiss. Alcoholics drink Aqua Velva and rubbing alcohol with orange juice and stuff like that.

  6. QUESTION:
    My 6 month old pug just had liver shunt surgically repaired. liver is 30% normal size. can it regenerate?
    What is her prognosis? The liver shunt was external. I am hearing varying opinions on the liver regeneration.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, all livers have amazing powers of regeneration, especially in the young.

  7. QUESTION:
    Which one will have a full functional recovery through regeneration and why?
    Three patients were examined in ICU. One had brain damage from a stroke, another had a heart attack that severely damaged his heart muscle, and the third had a severely damaged liver (a gland) from a crushing injury in a car accident. All three patients have stabilized and will survive, but only one will have full functional recovery through regeneration. Which one and why?

    • ANSWER:
      Brain damage from a stroke: the brain cells are damaged and a patient may
      recover most of the function through therapy, but not all.

      The heart muscle, once it is damaged, does not regenerate new cells well, if
      at all. The damage will always remain and this will cause functional problems
      depending on where the damage is located in the heart. They are studying
      the stem cells to see if they can replace some of the damaged tissue.

      The liver, however, can generate new cells. People who have half their
      liver taken for a recipient of a transplant operation...both the part left
      inside the donor and the part inside the recipient will regenerate new
      cells and become a whole liver again, only structured differently.

      So, my choice would be the Liver.

  8. QUESTION:
    is it true that human liver has the power of regeneration?

    • ANSWER:
      So long as at least approximately 10% of the Liver remains, intact, supplied with blood and is as healthy as can be expected under the circumstances, it can grow back. If you don't die first. Though this figure varies depending on the source.

      This is pretty amazing, because the liver is not the homogeneous lump of living tissue that it appears to be. It has a highly complex micro and macro structure.

      Partial hepatectomies usually remove two thirds of the liver, and in about a week the hepatic mass has been restored, though regeneration may not be completed.

      This means that, if circumstances allow, living donors may be used in liver transplantation, is which a portion of the liver (60% in adult-adult transplants, 20% in adult-infant) can be removed and transplanted. If all goes well the livers in both individuals will regenerate into full, healthy organs, though it is very dangerous and the risks are high for both patients.

  9. QUESTION:
    Which culture/religion believes the liver is the focal point (like western culture does with the heart)?
    Considering the hundreds of vital functions and capabilities (including regeneration) of the liver, it does sort of make sense.

    • ANSWER:

  10. QUESTION:
    Which patient will have full functional recovery through regeneration?
    1. A patient that has brain damage from a stroke?
    2. A patient that had a heart attack and severely damaged his heart muscle?
    3. A patient that has a severely damaged liver (a gland) from a crushing injury on a car accident?

    • ANSWER:
      that is a very simple and easy question :) since our heart muscles and neurons, if they are damaged, they do not undergo regeneration or it just simply means that if those two organs are damaged, its an irreversible process. The PATIENT with severely damaged LIVER is the one who's going to survive since our liver will undergo the process of vascularization or regeneration :) PATHOLOGY A hope it helps :)

  11. QUESTION:
    Liver transplant questions for both recipient and live donor.?
    My cousin is 58 and has hepatitis C. Since he has a Cirrhotic liver is it inevitable that he will need a transplant or are there degrees of Cirrhosis? If he needs the transplant I am considering becoming the live donor so that he can have a portion of my liver. The questions that I have are:
    1. what is the rate of regeneration of the liver?
    2. Will either one of us ever regenerate to a whole liver again? 3. What is a general recovery time?
    4. Will I be out of work for a long time? I am a vocal teacher so I don't do anything strenuous for work but I do work out a lot in the gym.
    5. Will my health insurance pick up a portion of this or will his pick up the whole thing?
    6. What else should I be thinking about?

    Well, any insight/experiences would be great to hear. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      This is the Transplant Living site which is
      highly recommended by the Unos site.
      It will answer your questions above and alot
      more.
      Transplant Living Site:
      http://www.transplantliving.org/livingdonation/default.aspx

      United Network of Organ Sharing:
      ( http://www.unos.org/ )

      The liver definitely does regenerate itself.....
      according to our transplant surgeon, it is
      quite remarkable how fast this occurs.

      If you want to know more about the
      Liver itself and more about the transplantation...
      here is a Patient's Guide to Liver Transplant
      http://www.surgery.usc.edu/divisions/hep/patientguide/index.html

      Hepatitis causes inflammation of the liver cells
      inside the liver. The doctors try to treat this
      inflammation so that the liver will heal. This
      can be done, if it is caught early enough.
      However, if it progresses and the doctor
      diagnoses it as Cirrhosis, there isn't much
      they can do accept try to slow the damaged
      from occurring down. Cirrhosis is different
      from Hepatitis (inflammation of the cells), it
      is the "death" of the liver cells. When the
      cells die, scar tissue is formed and this
      scar tissue blocks the other, healthy cells of
      the liver from receiving the nourishment and
      oxygen they need in order to live and they
      die also. It progresses until the whole liver
      is destroyed. The very best doctor for
      a patient to have in this is a Hepatologist.
      The evaluation process to be placed on the
      transplant list, requires many different tests to
      be done. A few of the main things they consider
      when becoming a living donor, is that the donor
      is in top notch shape and has no serious
      medical problems themselves. Also, the blood
      type must match. The risks are very much the
      same for both the donor and the recipent, but
      the donor is usually able to recover alot faster
      because they are healthy as the recipent isn't.
      The risks are also listed on the above sites.
      When the cells of the liver die, the function of
      the liver that it does to help the body live
      healthfully also decreases and symptoms can
      develop quite fast, such as jaundice
      (which is yellowing of the white of the eyes and
      skin) and ascites (which is fluid building up
      in the abdominal area. This fluid can be
      removed by the doctors through a procedure
      known as Paracentesis and give the patient
      some relief) and there are others things that
      the link I post below will tell you.

      If you want to know more what your cousin
      may be facing as far as the Cirrhosis is
      concerned...Here is a good government site to tell you.
      http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/cirrhosis/

      Here is an excellant site for patients with
      Hepatitis C:
      http://www.janis7hepc.com/

      If you like to understand more and want to
      talk with others, I'm a member of a group
      on Yahoo known as "Liver Cirrhosis Support".
      You can become a member, there is no
      charge, and you will be able to ask questions
      there and talk with others who have cirrhosis.
      Just click on Yahoo Groups and then type
      in the name above.

      Wish you and your cousin the best. It is
      wonderful to know someone who is so
      willing to do what they can to help someone
      else. I admire your determination.

  12. QUESTION:
    Did you know The liver is the only internal human organ that can regenerate itself!?
    As little as 25% of the liver can regenerate into a whole liver again. It was once seen as a mythological and mysterious ability that the liver had. Now, there is hard science that explains how it happens.

    Technically, it is not regeneration, but a compensatory growth. The liver doesn’t grow back to original form, but instead it restores original functionality of the liver. A major factor in the process is hepatocytes that go through the full process of mitosis.

    An old Greek myth has scientists wondering if the Greeks knew about the marvelous regeneration the liver is capable of. Titan Prometheus was chained to a rock in the Caucasus where his liver was eaten by an eagle each day. Each night, though, his liver would grow back. It is a wonder how they would know that the liver was able to regenerate, though.

    Source: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/276/5309/60.short
    Star if you didnt know

    • ANSWER:
      cool, i didn't know that, i learned something today. lol.

  13. QUESTION:
    I have problem with liver,?
    Hi my yahoo friends.
    I have a problem with my liver,he is sсlightly damaged,can somebody tell me some council about regeneration of liver,but in the same time,the doctors found that I have and kidney stones....
    Now I must drink only tea and water for discharge of stones,Imagine how much I bear in mind about food.I can't eat meat,dairy products,just severe food......
    Please tell me some diet for regenerating the liver,because I wil die from hunger.......and some council for discharge the stones , I have 6 litle stones ........ Imagine how is dificult for me....Please help...

    • ANSWER:
      Your doctor should have told you what foods to stay away from & to eat to help with your issues. I've had a kidney stone & had to stay away from milk, beer & other foods.

      For your liver, you could try a herbal liver cleanse containing milk thistle among other ingredients & a blood cleanser containing burdock root. *Sustaining pancreatic GLUCAGON{google this} secretions expedites the liver-fat burning process.. and the less fatty the liver, the more regeneration that will take place.

      Keeping glucagon at peak levels requires you to maintain very low blood sugar levels (cut out or way down on simple sugars, fruit & carbohydrates). Glucagon will respond to this & raise your blood sugar level naturally via your own liver's glucose then fat stores. This will improve the health of your liver very quickly enabling it to heal itself.

      ~Best of luck!

  14. QUESTION:
    Does liver totally and entirely 'grow back' after a part of it has been extracted, e.g. after a transplant?
    Liver is known as an organ with fantastic regeneration capacity. However, I've heard many opinions among doctors (I'm a medical student). Some say that if you 'cut off' a part of this organ (for example, when you need to donate it in a transplant), the missing part will 'grow back' after a period of time. Others, on the other hand, explain that the liver doesn't literarry 'grow back', and the remaining part of the organ takes the functions of the missing one. What do you think?

    • ANSWER:
      the liver absolutely totally regenerates back to its normal shape and this has been demonstrated in postmortem dissection in people who had denoted part of their liver it totally grows back

  15. QUESTION:
    How much depth do I need in anatomy for nursing?
    For example is learning the location, basic structure and functions of the liver enough or do I need to learn really in depth stuff about regeneration, how chemicals are synthesised or precise locations and names of all the supplying arteries and veins? I just want to give myself a bit of a head start before I start my course but don't want to spend ages trying to learn unnecessary stuff!

    • ANSWER:
      You need to know it all.... all cranial nerves and their functions... I mean you need to know it all. I can't even begin to tell you. Go to your library or college bookstore and look up anatomy and physiology books. Those classes kicked my butt!

  16. QUESTION:
    which patiet will make a full recovery in this scenario and why?
    Three patients in an intensive care ward are examined by the resident doctor One patient has brain damage from a stroke, another had a heart attack that severely damaged his heart muscle, and the third has a severely damaged liver from a crushing injury in a car accident. All three patients have stabilized and will survive, but only one will have full functional recovery through regeneration. In 100 - 200 words, explain which patient that will be and why. Why won't the other two patients have a full functional recovery ?

    • ANSWER:
      The one with brain damage will not make a full recovery - brain cells cannot regenerate.

      The one with a damaged heart will not make a full recovery - even if he/she gets a heart transplant, the surrounding muscles will still be weakened.

      The one with a damaged liver will make a full recovery - the liver has an amazing ability to regrow, I recommend you find out about liver transplants from a live donor. Plus, if all else fails, the patient can have a liver transplant.

      And yes, do your own homework!

  17. QUESTION:
    Three patients from an intensive care unit are examined by the resident doctor.?
    One patient has brain damage from a stroke, another had a heart attack that severely damaged his heart muscle, and the third has a severely damaged liver from a crushing injury in a car accident. All three patients have stabilized and will survive, but only one will have full functional recovery through regeneration. Which one and Why?

    • ANSWER:
      the liver it is the only organ that can regenerate itself when the heart has damage the damaged areas become scar tissue the brain does not regenerate but will use other places in itself for functioning when damage has occurred

  18. QUESTION:
    is liver cirrhosis completely curable?
    my dad has liver cirrhosis due to alcohol intake. the doctor has said that a small part of the liver is damaged. i want to know if cirrhosis of liver is completely curable? i have found a lot of sites that say that cirrhosis is not curable but preventable from worsening. if my dad completely stops alcohol intake then is he free from any danger. is it possible that the cirrhosis stops from spreading further? also is it possible that by partial hepatectomy of the diseased part and then subsequent natural regeneration of that part, the cirrhosis is curable?

    • ANSWER:
      The most important decision your father can make is to stop drinking forever. The websites were correct in saying that cirrhosis is not curable and that steps can be taken to prevent it from worsening or slow down the progression.

      Since your father only has a small part of his liver that is damaged, then I would be optimistic that he can stop the progression if he stops drinking completely and takes care of himself. If the damage is not severe, then the outcome could be good with treatment. If he continues to drink, then he will eventually need a transplant which is very hard to get for an alcoholic.

      I really don't think that a partial hepatectomy will be an be an option for your father. They don't generally do them for alcoholism. Insurances and doctors requires that the person not drink alcohol before they would approve any type of surgery. An alcoholic that wants a transplant is required to have at least 6 months of proven sobriety before they will even consider them for a transplant.

      I hope this is a wake up call for your father to realize what alcohol is doing to his health and his life. It's a serious disease since you can't live without a liver. Transplant is the only cure of cirrhosis, but people can live with the disease with proper medical treatment if it is not too advanced. Everything will depend on how advanced his disease is at this point and whether or not he continues to drink. Good luck and wish him the best.

  19. QUESTION:
    Which of these Patients Will Regain Function ?
    Three patients in an intensive care ward are examined by the resident doctor One patient has brain damage from a stroke, another had a heart attack that severely damaged his heart muscle, and the third has a severely damaged liver from a crushing injury in a car accident. All three patients have stabilized and will survive, but only one will have full functional recovery through regeneration. In 100 - 200 words, explain which patient that will be and why. Why won't the other two patients have a full functional recovery ?

    • ANSWER:
      I would say the severely damaged liver from a
      crushing injury in a car accident.
      The body tries its best to maintain homestasis.
      Any blood loss can be replaced by transfusion.
      The white blood cells would help prevent or fight
      off any infections that may develop from the
      wound and would help remove debree from the
      site of injury. Also, medications can be given
      to add to this help (antibiotics).
      The liver regenerates new cells. In living liver donors,
      they take up to 60% of the donor liver to transplant
      into a recipient patient. Both the part left in the
      donor and the part the recipient receives, will
      generate new cells until they both become a whole
      liver again, only structured differently. It may take
      a few months for this to take place.

      All of these depend on how much damage was
      actually caused and whether it involves the whole
      organ or brain. Also, how much function the brain
      and organ has, and whether the patient has
      other medical conditions, diseases, injuries, etc.
      Looking at blood clotting and vital signs are also
      needed.

      Patients who have had a stroke are more likely to have
      another one. It really depends on what part of the
      brain is involved, the amount of function the patient
      will be able to regain.
      Heart cells do not regenerate well...
      once the heart muscle is damaged, it remains that way.
      There is research being done with stem cells for the
      possibility of trying to generate new heart cells from
      skeleton stem cells.

      This is just my personal opinion.

  20. QUESTION:
    Can cats get hepatitis?
    Our calico Maine Coon is 7 and is having serious liver problems. She is jaundiced and has gone from 15 down to 9lbs in a short time. The vet says it might be a tumor, or a cancer but no way to tell with out $$$$ tests (1-2K for an ultrasound and no way to tell if it would show anything). Anyway, they put her on a med that improves liver cell regeneration and a special diet. If it is a tumor/cancer, I know she is done for.

    • ANSWER:
      Hepatitis just means inflammation of the liver, so yes, cats do get it. But as your vet has probably explained already, there are lots of other causes for liver disease, such as infection, tumours, lipidosis, damming up of bile etc. Certainly such a rapid loss of weight would tend to be a poor prognostic indicator. Often the blood test will give you an idea of the severity of the disease, although that won't always tell you the cause. On the upside, cats can be really ill with some liver conditions and make it through ok with treatment. Tumours of the liver don't generally hold a very good prognosis :( The only way to tell for sure is to do an ultrasound and biopsy. Sorry, can't be more helpful. Good luck!

  21. QUESTION:
    theres 3 patients. which one will have full functional recovery through regeneration?
    -brain damage from a stroke
    -heart attack that severely damaged his heart muscle
    -severely liver (a gland) from a car accident

    • ANSWER:
      Heart for sure. In the past few years, Medicine has made progress in this field.

      My mother would still be alive today if only this advancement was discovered.

      My Uncle who just died yesterday; benefited from this progress in Medicine.

  22. QUESTION:
    Which of these patients will have full functional recovery through regeneration...?
    3 patients in an intensive care unit are examined by the resident doctor... one patient has brain damage from a stroke, another had a heart attack and severely damaged his heart muscle, and the third has a severely damaged liver from a crushing injury in a car accident. All three have stabilized and survived, but only one will have full functional recovery through generation. which one and why?

    • ANSWER:
      The liver can regenerate if even as much as 10 percent of functioning liver is left. I have seen them surgically amputate the entire right lobe of the liver, which is about 70% of it.

      The heart patient will survive and may have some functional life left, albeit with the damage there. There have been some studies and clinical trials recently where stem cells are micro-injected into the damaged heart muscle, with encouraging results.

      The head injured patient will not get significantly better.

  23. QUESTION:
    futuristic,would you rather be doctored through biologic genetic/dna/stem cell regeneration , or with bionic?
    if given a choice, would you take a mechanical liver, kidney, lung, etc, or opt to regenerate the organ with your own stem cells?
    hi Carol, growing some piece or part or whole 'something' would have a time-line much the same as a fetus developing once the process was started... even getting a joint replacement took nearly a year, and it it is steel. of some sort.
    I could have regrown enough bone during that span .. a functional liver has been grown and it took only a few months.. skin is grown in a matter of weeks.. retnas grown in days.. intestin tisue in just weeks..
    hi Questions... thanks for these sites! what a trip.. huh?!!? in my life i never thought such things would be possible, much less debatable or choices or options, did you?
    Some stocks i trade now and then are stem cell company's , some are bio company's, some are pharmacy's and some are laboratory's, and i see them all on similar paths of science and medicines and treatments that are opening fields of research and study and explorations unheard of 15 - 20 years ago except in science fiction or star trek maybe..
    I agree with you, tomorrow will be fused with new methodology, new science, new approaches to things like Cancers, or diabetes, or any number of other deceases we now poison patents with chemotherapy's that kill as often as heal.
    bio and cellular and RNA, DNA, and a number of factors combined will revolutionize what we now think of as high science, replacing major industry's that no longer meet health or survival standards as results of what is about to antiquate moder
    ..by the way, Questions, that person in that youtube..?.. is a guy.. more so than not, i think...he has an adams apple,,

    • ANSWER:
      Howdy OLD DOG!!! Great Question. One star from me!!

      I think in the near future, we will use both. I think a computer chip the size of a blood cell will be injected into our blood streams and it will release or tell the body to release the cells necessary to create cure. The computer implanted or injected into our blood stream will aide our own healing systems by magnifying our own brain power to predict illness and cure ourselves.

      The computer chip won't exactly make us bionic but will likely be a gentle reminder that something needs regeneration and will stimulate whatever mechanism in our body that can do that. I think Genetics and bionic type computer technology will work in tandem and soon there will not be much distinction between the two.

      I think this is what Kurzweil calls "Singularity".

      I think I posted this youtube on another posting of mine but here it is again. It will lead you to other links from very great minds in technology and science.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7v9EAIdynEU&feature=feedlik

      My question would be: "How many people would be willing to allow a computer chip blood cell be implanted into our blood stream to mingle and adapt our DNA?" I would volunteer today even if it meant a shorter life due to a failed experiment. I truly believe this is a wonderful scientific advancement and is our next stage of human development.

      I think it will be the most successful development in human evolution since people discovered fire. Sure fire burns houses down and is used in war but where would we be without harnessing the power of fire and electricity??? It is inevitable that we will advance with the good and bad implications alike but the good will definitely out weigh the bad.

      Nearly an hour after posting this I found this youtube about "Transhumanism". I like what is said here inspite of the fact that you can't tell if the speaker is a male or a female. I don't think gender really matters here but it may be disconcerting to some people.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2qKq4T89RM&feature=fvsr

      OLD DOG!

      I LOVE thinking about this and just watched this amazing video from Dr. Michio Kaku: Life in 2030. It is a university lecture. Too absolutely fabulous about the future of health and technology/genetics. Really something to think about.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=219YybX66MY&feature=related

  24. QUESTION:
    I need help with a Biology question covering cell functions. Thanks tons!!?
    At one point, you were just an undifferentiated, single cell. You are now madeof many cells; some of these cells function as liver cells, some as muscle cells, some as red blood cells, while others play different roles.

    What name is given to the process that is responsible for this?

    1) cleavage
    2) cellular differentiation
    3) regeneration
    4) carcinogenesis
    5) morphology

    Which one is correct?? Thanks TONS!!

    • ANSWER:
      cellular differentiation

  25. QUESTION:
    Spiritually Speaking: Divine revelation to Hellenistic Pagans?
    Okay, we all know how Abrahamic faiths keep on stating God taught them things that weren't discovered by science until thousands of years later. We also know that most of them are terribly indirect and take a lot of interpretation to actually try to even remotely fit in a verse with any physical phenomena.

    However! I do believe that there is one absolutely direct divine revelation of the physiology of humanoids in Hellenistic Paganism! The story of the titan Prometheus stealing fire from the gods of Olympus resulted in him being chained to a mountain and having his liver pecked out by an eagle continuously... AS THE LIVER GREW BACK!

    Tell me something, if that isn't divine revelation, how did the greeks develop techniques to observe the regeneration of the liver over 2000 years before science figured out the liver is the ONLY regenerating organ???

    Hellenistic Pagans: 1
    Atheists: 0
    Abrahamic faith: 0

    • ANSWER:
      The Seventh-day Adventist Church strongly believes that Jesus is God (John 1:1-3,14). He is the MESSIAH. He is the Savior.

      Isaiah 7:14 prophesied the Virgin Birth of Christ our Savior. Indeed he is the Messiah. He will return with power in glory at the end of time as he has promised(Acts 1:9-11).

      This is a fact, not fiction. Beware of false teachers that tell you otherwise. Beware of those who deny the deity of Christ. Jesus died on the Cross for the Sins of the World(John 3:16). Jesus is God(John 1:1-3). He was one with God the Father in the Creation of the World (Genesis 1:1).

      Special note to all Jews, Atheists and Agnostics:

      According to the 19th century Scholar Henry Liddon, Jesus fulfilled to the letter no fewer than 332 Old Testament Prophecies. 29 Messianic Prophecies were fulfilled in the final 24 hours of his life alone.

      Note Fulfilled Prophecy by Christ: Tanakh/Hebrew Scripture/New Testament

      His pre-existence------Micah 5:2, John 1:1,14
      Born of the seed of a woman--Genesis 3:15; Matthew 1:18
      Born of the Seed of Abraham--Genesis 12:3; Matthew 1:1-16
      All Nations blessed by Abraham's seed--Genesis 12:3; Matthew 8:5,10
      God would provide himself a Lamb as an offering--Genesis 22:8; John 1:29: From the tribe of Judah---------Genesis 49:10; Matthew 1:1-3
      Heir to the throne of David----Isaiah 9:6-7; Matthew 1:1
      Called "the Mighty God, The everlasting Father" Isaiah 9:6; Matt 1:23
      Born in Bethelehem---Micah 5:2; Matthew 2:1
      Born of a Virgin--Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18
      His name called Immanuel, "God with us" Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23
      Declared to be the Son of God--Psalm 2:7; Matthew 3:17
      His messenger before him in the spirit of Elijah--Malachi 4:5,6; Luke 1:17
      Preceded by a messenger to prepare His way---Malachi 3:1; Matthew 11:7-11
      Messenger crying "Prepare ye the way of the Lord" Isaiah 40:3; Matthew 3:3
      Would be a Prophet of the Children of Israel--Deuteronomy 18:15; Matthew 2:15
      Called out of Egypt--Hosea 11:1; Matthew 2:15
      Slaughter of the children--Jeremiah 31:15; Matthew 2:18
      Would be a Nazarene--Judges 13:5; Amos 2:11; Lamentations 4:7; Matthew 2:23
      Brought light to Zabulon and Napthalim, Galilee of the Gentiles--Isaiah 9:1-2; Matthew 4:15
      Presented with gifts--Psalm 72:10; Matthew 2:1,11
      Rejected by His own--Isaiah 53:3, Matthew 21:42; Mark 8:31, 12:10; Luke 9:22; 17:25
      He is the stone which the builders rejected which became the Headstone--Psalm 118:22-23; Isaiah 28:16, Matthew 21:42; 1 Peter 2:7
      He is Lord of the Sabbath day--March 2:27
      A stone of stumbling to Israel--Isaiah 8:14-15; 1 Peter 2:8
      He entered Jerusalem as a King riding on an *** Zechariah 9:9; Matthew 21:5
      Betrayed by a friend--Psalms 41:9; John 13:21
      Sold for 30 pieces of silver--Zechariah 11:12; Matthew 27:9-10
      The 30 pieces of silver given for the Potter's field--Zechariah 11:12; Matthew 27:9-10
      The 30 pieces of silver thrown in the Temple--Zechariah 11:13; Matthew 27:5
      Forsaken by his Disciples--Zechariah 13:7; Matthew 26:56
      Accused by false witnesses--Psalm 35:11, Matthew 26:60
      Silent to accusations--Isaiah 53:7; Matthew 27:14
      Wounded for our Sins--Isaiah 53:5; John 6:51
      He bore the Sins of many--Isaiah 53:10-12; Mark 10:45
      Messiah not killed for himself--Daniel 9:26; matthew 20:28
      Gentiles flock to Him--Isaiah 55:5; 60:3, 65:1; Malachi 1:11; 1 samuel 22:44-45; Psalm 2:7-8; Matthew 27:35
      His body was pierced--Zechariah 12:10; Psalm 22:16; John 20:25,27
      Thirsty during execution--Psalm 22:16; John 19:28
      Given Vinegar and Gall for thirst--Psalm 69:21; Matthew 27:34
      Soldiers gambled for his garment--Psalm 22:18; Matthew 27:35
      People mocked, "He trusted in God, let Him deliver Him!" Psalm 22:7-8; Matthew 27:43
      People sat there looking at Him--Psalm 22:17; Matthew 27:36
      Cried, "My God, my God why hast thou forsaken me?" Psalm 22:1; Matthew 27:46
      Darkness over the land--Amos 8:9; Matthew 27:45
      No Bones broken--Psalm 34:20, Numbers 9:12; John 19:33-36
      Side pierced--Zechariah 12:10; John 19:34
      Buried with the rich--Isaiah 53:9, Matthew 27:57,60
      Resurrected from the dead--Psalm 16:10-11; 49:15; Mark 16:6
      Priest after the order of Melchizedek--Psalm 110:4, Hebrews 5:5-6; 6:20; 7:15-17
      Ascended to the right hand of God--Psalm 68:18; Luke 24:51
      LORD said unto Him, "Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool--Psalm 110:1, Matthew 22:44; Mark 12:36; 16:19; Luke 20:42-43; Acts 2:34-35; Hebrews 1:13
      His coming glory---Malachi 3:2-3, Luke 3:17

      Jesus Christ without a doubt fulfilled all the Messianic Prophecies. He is Lord. He is sovereign. He is God. He intercedes for us in the Heavenly Sanctuary. He is coming back for His Chuch as He has promised (John 14:1-3).

      Have faith dear friends in God. The Holy Bible is our only guide.

  26. QUESTION:
    I need help with a multiple choice. 'Which one term includes the others?'?
    1: Which one term includes the others?
    jellyfish

    coral

    flatworm

    invertebrate

    segmented worm

    2: Which one term includes the others?
    tapeworm

    parasite

    liver fluke

    hookworm

    pork-worm

    3: Which one term includes the others?
    echinodermata

    starfish

    sea cucumber

    sea urchin

    sand dollar

    4: Which one term includes the others?
    starfish

    brittle star

    sand dollar

    radially symmetric

    sea lillies

    5: Which one term includes the others?
    budding

    regeneration

    fission

    reproduction

    sexual

    6: Which one term includes the others?
    locomotion

    pesudopods

    water-vascular system

    cillia

    tube feet

    7: Which one term includes the others?
    shell

    shelter of coral

    exoskeleton

    cuttlebone

    support system

    8: Which one term includes the others?
    leeches

    tape worm

    segmented worms

    earthworms

    sand worms
    This is an important quiz and i'm scared of not getting a good grade because i don't know anything that i'm already supposed to know. *cries* actually, i have a video for the quiz that i'm supposed to watch before i take it but it is malfunctioning.

    • ANSWER:
      invertebrate, parasite, echinodermata, radially symetric, reproduction, locomotion, exsoskleton, segmented worms

  27. QUESTION:
    Help in Anatomy Study guide question?
    Three patients in an intensive care unit are examined by the resident doctor. One patient has brain damage from a stroke, another had a heart attack that severely damaged his heart muscle, and the third has a severely damaged liver from a crushing injury in a car accident. All these patients have stabilized and will survive, but only one will have full functional recovery through regeneration. Which one and why?

    Couldn't figure this one out! Much help needed tjanks'

    • ANSWER:
      I think its heart attack.. Because I have seen many people to recover from heart attack...

  28. QUESTION:
    can someone please help with these questions?
    Regeneration occurs when scar tissue is replaced by functional tissue. Where are we least likely to see effective Regeneration?:
    A) Skin
    B) Liver
    C) Frontal Lobe
    D) Femur

    Which one of the following is NOT true about the cell membrane:
    A) it consists of two lipid layers
    B) it regulates the entry and exit of cell materials
    C) it allows water soluble molecules to pass through easily
    D) it contains proteins for specialized functions

    Which of the following is NOT true of epithelial tissue:
    A) it rests on a basement membrane
    B) it covers all free body surfaces and lines the hollow cavities of organs
    C) it has a good blood supply within it and is very vascular
    D) it forms continuous cellular sheets

    • ANSWER:
      1. This one I can debate a few ways, but I would argue C.
      The generally taught view is that you don't get a lot of new neurons forming during adult life. You may get new connections, but high levels of proliferation isn't really seen in brain tissue, unless you are dealing with a tumor. Since replacement by functional tissue would require the growth and development of the new tissue, I would argue that the frontal lobe is least likely to exhibit regeneration. I wouldn't bet my life on it though-- i can argue the other three options as well. :P

      2. C. The cell membrane is a phospholipid bilayer (A) studded with proteinaceous channels (D) for solute transport (B). The non-polar "heads" of the bilayer can interact with water soluble molecules, but the water soluble molecules have problems working through the hydrophobic core of the membrane, formed by the two sets of phospholipid tails. For this reason C is wrong. Water soluble molecules can't pass through that easily.

      3. Hmmm...
      I had to check on this one, but it seems that C is your answer. A, B, and D are true. C was a bit tricky, because all tissues need some kind of vascular perfusion. The site at http://faculty.stcc.edu/AandP/AP/AP1pages/Units1to4/epitissmol/epitheli.htm points out that you would run into trouble if epithelial tissue were highly vascularized. I'm not sure that I buy their argument, but as "very vascular" is subjective, C has to be your answer.

  29. QUESTION:
    I need HELP PLEASE Serious answers only. ASAP?
    I need serious answers only to these best answer wins 10 points.

    Which of the following tissues are avascular?
    * adipose tissue
    * areolar connective tissue
    * epithelial tissue
    * skeletal muscle tissue

    Which of the following is NOT and example of body tissue that repairs its self by regeneration?

    * Bone
    * Skin
    * Muscle
    * Liver

    Which of the following is NOT a type of cartilage?

    * Plastic cartilage
    *Elastic Cartilage
    * Hyaline Cartilage
    * Fibro Cartilage

    How are phospholipid molecules arranged within the phospholipid bi-layer of plasma membrane?

    * Phospholipid molecules are arranged randomly

    * The polar lipid tails are oriented towards the ECF and the ICF because they are hydrophobic

    *The polar phosphate heads are oriented towards teh ECF and the ICF because they are hydrophilic

    * The non-polar lipid tails are oriented toward the ECF and the ICF because they are hydrophobic.

    • ANSWER:
      If your teacher asked these questions I would say some if not all are trick questions.
      First question. None are avascular. Even fat tissue has a network of tiny blood vessels.
      Second question. All four examples are capable of some level of regeneration. For example children can regenerate finger tips that have muscle, bone and skin and the liver is also capable of regenerating. You just cannot regenerate a whole bicep or a whole liver.
      Third question. It would seem obvious that plastic cartilage would not be a type of cartilage, but cartilage medically is defined as a matrix substance cementing other substances and plastics are used medically in this capacity as a replacement for cartilage.
      Finally
      Lipids are amphiphilic molecules since they consist of polar head groups and non-polar fatty acid tails. The bilayer is composed of two layers of lipids arranged so that their hydrocarbon tails face one another to form an oily core held together by the hydrophobic effect, while their charged heads face the aqueous solutions on either side of the membrane.
      So this seems to rule out all four responses.

  30. QUESTION:
    Anatomy question study guide help?
    Three patients in an intensive care unit are examined by the resident doctor. One patient has brain damage from a stroke, another had a heart attack that severely damaged his heart muscle, and the third has a severely damaged liver from a crushing injury in a car accident. All these patients have stabilized and will survive, but only one will have full functional recovery through regeneration. Which one and why?

    Couldn't figure this one out! Much help needed tjanks'

    • ANSWER:

  31. QUESTION:
    Help with anatomy homework?
    Three patients in an intensive care unit are examined by the resident doctor. One patient has brain damage from a stroke, another had a heart attack that severely damaged his heart muscle, and the third has a severely damaged liver from a crushing injury in a car accident. All these patients have stabilized and will survive, but only one will have full functional recovery through regeneration. Which one and why?

    Couldn't figure this one out! Much help needed tjanks'

    • ANSWER:
      The liver will regenerate. The brain and heart will not. Google it.

      .

  32. QUESTION:
    here is the situation: answer pls?
    Three patients in an intensive care unit are examined by a doctor. one patient has brain damage from stroke, another severely damaged from liver a crushing injury in a car accident, and a third had a heart attack that severely damaged his heart muscle. all three patients have stabilized and will survive, but only one have full functional recovery through regeneration. which one and why?

    • ANSWER:
      Patient two. The liver is able to regenerate itself.

  33. QUESTION:
    FRENCH HELP! PLEASE!?
    Can someone please translate the following to french?? please not one of those online translator!
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~...
    Adult stem cells are currently used for the medical treatment of:

    • Anemias
    • Cancers (multiple types)
    • Child Leukemias
    • Cornea Regeneration
    • Crohn´s Disease
    • Diabetes, Type I
    • Heart Disease, Acute & Chronic
    • Krabbe Leukodystrophy
    • Liver Cirrhosis
    • Lupus
    • Lymphomas
    • Myelomas
    • Multiple Sclerosis
    • Paralysis
    • Osteopetrosis
    • Parkinson´s Disease
    • Rheumatoid Arthritis
    • Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Syndrome
    • Sickle Cell Anemia
    • Spinal Cord Injury
    • Stroke
    • Systemic Vasculitis
    • and more

    Based on the “The Ten Great Myths in the Debate Over Stem Cell Research” by Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. http://www.ncbcenter.org/10Myths.pdf

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~...

    THANKS A BUNCH!

    • ANSWER:
      Les cellules souches adultes sont actuellement utilisés pour le traitement médical de:

      • Anémies
      • Cancers (plusieurs types)
      • enfant Leukemias
      • Cornea Regeneration
      • Maladie de Crohn
      • Le diabète de type I
      • maladie cardiaque, aiguë et chronique
      • Krabbe Leucodystrophie
      • cirrhose du foie
      • Lupus
      • Lymphomes
      • myélomes
      • Sclérose en plaques
      • Paralysie
      • Osteopetrosis
      • Maladie de Parkinson
      • Polyarthrite rhumatoïde
      • le syndrome d'immunodéficience combiné sévère
      • Sickle Cell Anemia
      • Spinal Cord Injury
      • Course
      • Vascularite systémique
      • et plus

      Sur la base des "Dix grands mythes dans le débat sur la recherche sur les cellules souches" par Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. http://www.ncbcenter.org/10Myths.pdf

      Hope i helped!

  34. QUESTION:
    help!!!!!!!?
    1: Which one term includes the others?
    jellyfish
    coral
    flatworm
    invertebrate
    segmented worm

    2: Which one term includes the others?
    tapeworm
    parasite
    liver fluke
    hookworm
    pork-worm

    3: Which one term includes the others?
    echinodermata
    starfish
    sea cucumber
    sea urchin
    sand dollar

    4: Which one term includes the others?
    starfish
    brittle star
    sand dollar
    radially symmetric
    sea lillies

    5: Which one term includes the others?
    budding
    regeneration
    fission
    reproduction
    sexual

    6: Which one term includes the others?
    locomotion
    pesudopods
    water-vascular system
    cillia
    tube feet

    7: Which one term includes the others?
    shell
    shelter of coral
    exoskeleton
    cuttlebone
    support system

    8: Which one term includes the others?
    leeches
    tape worm
    segmented worms
    earthworms
    sand worms

    9: Which one term includes the others?
    oysters
    mollusks
    clams
    snails
    mussels

    10: Which one term includes the others?
    clams
    oysters
    mussels
    bivalves
    scallops

    11: Which one term includes the others?
    spiders
    centipedes
    arthropods
    millipedes
    scorpions

    • ANSWER:
      1- Invertibrate. 2- Parasite. 3-Echinodermata.
      4- Radially symetric 5- Reproduction. 6- Locomotion 7-Exoskeleton 8- Segmented worms. 9- Snails 10- Bivalves
      11- Arthropods.

  35. QUESTION:
    What is the best brand of multi-vitamin?
    I want something that's natural and absorbs the most thoroughly.

    I also like to take other vitamins along with my multi so that I can be supplemented with more of what I need. I was hoping to get the best brand and regimen for that. I usually take supplements for cell regeneration, mood elevating supplements, healthy skin, hair, nails, eyes, memory and cognitive functions IE Omega 3s, cod liver oil, vitamin a, vitamin e, st johns wart, 5htp and etc.

    If you have any suggestions on any additional supplements i'd be happy to hear them!

    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Heather,

      I think there are a few things that you may want to consider when it comes to taking supplements.

      First, supplements are supposed to supplement your diet, meaning that you should first try to get the nutrients from your diet because due to the complexity of foods, nutrients in a pill just do not work nearly as well. Research has consistency shown this. For example, antioxidants have been proven to be extremely beneficial when they come in the form of fruits and other foods, but when they were in the form of pills, research has shown that they body just can't make much use of it.

      Second, excess intakes of vitamins and minerals can be just as harmful as inadequate intakes. Therefore, you must make sure that the supplements contain more of what you're getting less of from your diet, and less or none of what you're already getting enough of from your diet. Otherwise, you may end up having inadequate intakes for some vitamins and minerals, and excessive intake for others, providing a lose-lose situation, so to say. So when you're looking for the best multivitamin pill, it is heavily dependent on your diet.

      Third, excess of a single vitamin in a pill may also affect absorption of other vitamins and minerals. Indication of your body not being able to absorb the vitamins/minerals is bright yellow urine. Foods can be heavily fortified or enriched these days, so it is important to read nutrition labels. For example, one serving of many breakfast cereals can contain as much vitamin and minerals as a daily vitamin and mineral pill, and therefore it may not be necessary to still take a vitamin and mineral pill on days when you'll have a bowl of cereal.

      Additional suggestions that I have on multivitamins is to make sure that the supplement is designed for your sex (your body will be more capable of absorbing the vitamins this way), comes in a opaque or dark/black bottle, and has a printed expiration date.

      I hope this helps!

      -Alvin

  36. QUESTION:
    What is the best brand of vitamin and multi-vitamin?
    I want something that's natural and absorbs the most thoroughly.

    I also like to take other vitamins along with my multi so that I can be supplemented with more of what I need. I was hoping to get the best brand and regimen for that. I usually take supplements for cell regeneration, mood elevating supplements, healthy skin, hair, nails, eyes, memory and cognitive functions IE Omega 3s, cod liver oil, vitamin a, vitamin e, st johns wart, 5htp and etc.

    If you have any suggestions on any additional supplements i'd be happy to hear them!

    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Truth be told, any answer given here will just be personal opinion (I can give you my opinion if you'd like). There are many higher quality companies out there that are readily available and well priced... just make sure the company has a good rating with either the GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) or USP (U.S. Pharmacopoeia), as those are the main quality assurance organizations (USP is for the U.S., GMP is for the U.S. and worldwide).

      Also, there are only a few vitamins that are automatically removed from your system if your body can't use them, specifically Vitamin C and the B Vitamins, which are water-soluble. The other Vitamins (A, D, E, and K) are fat soluble and can build up in your system over time because they are NOT flushed from your system.
      Taking the extra Omega 3 (good for skin and cardiovascular), St. John's Wort, and/or 5-HTP (both good for mood) would be fine to add to the multi, but I would skip the Cod Liver Oil (because of added Vitamin A and D content) as well as the separate Vitamins A and E because those could be too much of those nutrients and could build up. It's best to read labels and make sure you're not getting too much of any given nutrient.
      Biotin and/or Silica would be good for skin, hair, and nails, plus Fish Oil and/or Acetyl L-Carnitine would be good for memory/brain health.
      Feel free to E-mail me if you have other products you're looking at. Good luck and I hope I helped!

  37. QUESTION:
    Dog behavior when close to death?
    My 8 year old West Highland Terrier was diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver back in April and was given 6 months to live. So far he's responded well to his meds and with routine fluid draining, has lived a life similar to how he was before his symptoms came up. We've been hopeful for some small amount of regeneration so that he might make it to ten years old.

    Recently, however, he's become very needy and "cuddly" in the evenings, wanting to be held and wanting his people close to him, acting uncomfortable without us close by.

    Is this a reaction to his discomfort, some kind of acknowledgment of his sickness, or is this a behavior that dogs go through as they come closer to death? At this point all I want is for him to have the best possible life he can with whatever time is left, and a behavioral change indicates to me that something is different and possibly wrong. He has regular vet visits, so I'll of course consult his doctor, but has anyone with a sick dog seen this behavior?

    • ANSWER:
      I've not experience this before. Whatever it is just, as I know you will because you sound like a very responsible owner, give him what he wants.You won't regret the extra time you spend with him when heaven forbid his this to leave this world comes. You have my sympathy. Your dog is lucky to have such a good owner.

  38. QUESTION:
    help me please!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
    1: Which one term includes the others?
    jellyfish
    coral
    flatworm
    invertebrate
    segmented worm

    2: Which one term includes the others?
    tapeworm
    parasite
    liver fluke
    hookworm
    pork-worm

    3: Which one term includes the others?
    echinodermata
    starfish
    sea cucumber
    sea urchin
    sand dollar

    4: Which one term includes the others?
    starfish
    brittle star
    sand dollar
    radially symmetric
    sea lillies

    5: Which one term includes the others?
    budding
    regeneration
    fission
    reproduction
    sexual

    6: Which one term includes the others?
    locomotion
    pesudopods
    water-vascular system
    cillia
    tube feet

    7: Which one term includes the others?
    shell
    shelter of coral
    exoskeleton
    cuttlebone
    support system

    8: Which one term includes the others?
    leeches
    tape worm
    segmented worms
    earthworms
    sand worms

    9: Which one term includes the others?
    oysters
    mollusks
    clams
    snails
    mussels

    10: Which one term includes the others?
    clams
    oysters
    mussels
    bivalves
    scallops

    11: Which one term includes the others?
    spiders
    centipedes
    arthropods
    millipedes
    scorpions

    • ANSWER:
      1. invertebrate
      2. parasite
      3. Echinodermata
      4. radially symmetric
      5, reproduction
      6. locomotion
      7. support system
      8. segmented worms
      9. mollusks
      10. bivalves
      11.arthropods

  39. QUESTION:
    Which Patient Will Regain Function ?
    Three patients in an intensive care ward are examined by the resident doctor One patient has brain damage from a stroke, another had a heart attack that severely damaged his heart muscle, and the third has a severely damaged liver from a crushing injury in a car accident. All three patients have stabilized and will survive, but only one will have full functional recovery through regeneration. In 100 - 200 words, explain which patient that will be and why. Why won't the other two patients have a full functional recovery ?

    BEST ANSWER GETS 10 POINTS ?

    • ANSWER:
      The patient with liver damage would be able to make a full functional recovery. The liver has stable cells which can heal the liver when needed. Brain damage is irreversible so the patient who suffered a stroke will have permanent brain damage. Lastly, The patient with the heart attack has also suffered irreversible damage to his heart. Cardiac myocytes are permanent cells and cannot regenerate themselves once damaged.

  40. QUESTION:
    i need help with some biology?
    1.) Which one term includes the others?
    jellyfish
    coral
    flatworm
    invertebrate
    segmented worm

    2.) Which one term includes the others?
    tapeworm
    parasite
    liver fluke
    hookworm
    pork-worm

    3.) Which one term includes the others?
    echinodermata
    starfish
    sea cucumber
    sea urchin
    sand dollar

    4.) Which one term includes the others?
    starfish
    brittle star
    sand dollar
    radially symmetric
    sea lillies

    5.) Which one term includes the others?
    budding
    regeneration
    fission
    reproduction
    sexual

    6.) Which one term includes the others?
    locomotion
    pesudopods
    water-vascular system
    cillia
    tube feet

    7.) Which one term includes the others?
    shell
    shelter of coral
    exoskeleton
    cuttlebone
    support system

    8.) Which one term includes the others?
    leeches
    tape worm
    segmented worms
    earthworms
    sand worms

    9.) Which one term includes the others?
    oysters
    mollusks
    clams
    snails
    mussels

    10.) Which one term includes the others?
    clams
    oysters
    mussels
    bivalves
    scallops

    11.) Which one term includes the others?
    spiders
    centipedes
    arthropods
    millipedes
    scorpions

    • ANSWER:
      1) Invertebrate
      2) Parasite
      3) Echinodermata
      4) Radially symmetric
      5) I'm pretty sure this one's Reproduction, it at least seems to fit the best.
      6) Locomotion
      7) Support System
      8) Segmented Worms
      9) Mollusks
      10) Bivalves
      11) Arthropods


Fatty Liver Picture

Fatty Liver Home Treatment
Fatty liver home treatment.

Are you uncomfortable with abdominal pain, bloating, cramping and general feeling of ill-health? It is likely that you are suffering from fatty liver disease caused by accumulation of fat in the liver cells, leading to inflammation and scarring of liver.

Don't bother as this disease is curable with natural remedies in a few days. Food, nutrient and herbal medicines got from Nature are used as home treatment for fatty liver

Blood sugar imbalance, flatulence, weight gain, fatigue, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, loss of appetite, constipation, jaundice, nausea, fever and vomiting are the other symptoms of fatty liver disease.

Causes

Diabetes mellitus, obesity, alcohol, starvation, corticosteroids, poisons and Cushing's syndrome and hyperlipidemia are the causes of fatty liver disease. Microversicular fatty liver is caused by Valporic acid and high dose of tetracycline during pregnancy

Blood tests and liver biopsy are helpful in confirming the attack of this disease .Home treatment for fatty liver is better than any other treatment because it is quick and without side effect

Best treatment

Healthy way of life and balanced diet will be of immense help in regenerating the liver cells. Do your workouts regularly and avoid alcohol, tobacco and oily, spicy and fatty foods. Take salads, boiled or baked vegetables, and food high in fibber and low in calories and saturated fats to strengthen your immune system. Drink plenty of water and fresh fruit juices and use the concoction of milk thistle, artichoke, licorice and dandelion to clean and rebuild the liver.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How to stop weight from spinning out of control?
    It finally hit me when I was told by my doctor, at the age of 21, that I have a fatty liver. At 5'4 and 170 lbs, my BMI tells me I am borderline obese! I am so unhappy with myself I no longer show any pictures on the internet. I have to do something! What is the best method to start losing weight today? My ultimate goal is to lose 40 lbs.

    • ANSWER:
      First make a food diary, every time you put fork to mouth record it and every time you sip a drink record it. Keep record of amounts, when you ate or drink and what you were feeling at the time. After 3 days count the calories and fat for each day, there are many food to calorie counters online.

      Losing weight is simple mathematics, if you put more in then you expend then you will end up with assess. Once you have counted your calories and fat decide how much you wish to lose per week. A good rule of thumb is to keep it anywhere from 1/2 lb to 2 lbs a week. Any higher and you will more then likely end up back where you were before and then some. Take it from someone who has been there.

      Some easy ways to cut calories:

      Cut out sugary sodas. If you drink soda switch to diet or even better water.

      Try to drink at least 8 eight ounce glasses of water a day. Water helps keep you full and keeps your liver fully functional.

      Do not deprive yourself of things you really love, but don't overindulge have a little. This one is basically saying don't punish yourself. But eating 3 chocolate chip cookies a day is overindulgence, even everyday isn't that hot. Try once a week, and for something decadent once a month.

      Fast food rarely has good choices and when they do it's too tempting to order a grease burger. How many times have you decided to order a salad only to change your mind a split second later?

      Do not skip breakfast. Breakfast means exactly what the word says "break" the "fast". Your body is programmed to eat every couple of hours and, of course, you don't eat when your sleeping; breakfast jump-starts the metabolism.

      Exercise. Seems like a chore eh? I never have time, etc. Soo many excuses we all have. The fact is exercise is something we have to make time for. You have to eat and drink its voluntary, exercise needs to be that way too. Start off small, recommended 30 minutes 3 times a week to maintain weight, and 30 minutes more then 3 times a week to lose weight. To get into habit try doing it 5 minutes a day....just take a walk around the block etc. Increase the next week to 15 minutes...you get the idea. Exercise has to be a habit formed.

      A side note...I am being a hypocrite here, I should follow my own advise but easier said then done! So many of us have this issue, its a mind over matter thing. good luck!

  2. QUESTION:
    How would you feel if your friend was like this?
    I have been best friend with this girl for a really long time. I love her like a sister but, she can't go anywhere without having a drink. Everywhere we go, she insists on having something off their drink menu. So needless to say i usually end up always being the designated driver. About a year ago she was diagnosed with fatty liver disease. The doctor gave her a list of things to avoid and alcohol is on the very top of the list. She always says "oh one or two isn't going to kill me". Truth is she doesn't know how to pace herself. She always manages to get so drunk every time she goes out.
    This last month we went to a concert and 3 bands were playing. There was a tequila booth there (of course she noticed that first off) At one point in time she had 2 mixed drinks in her hand and so drunk she spilled more on herself and the girl behind her when she didn't realize she had the drinks in her hand and she was cheering. The girl was mad a heck, and i was totally embarrassed.
    She is generally a shy girl when she is around guys. NOT when she is drunk. Every male young or old married or single she was either smacking or pinching their a$$es. I was afraid someones wife or girlfriend would come kick her a$$.
    She said she was going to go to the bathroom. She was gone for about 20 minutes so i went looking for her to make sure she was alright. She was off down the hall making out with some random guy (who btw was old, fat, and very ugly). When i walked up to her to tell her, ok, its time we got back to the show she said ohhhh sorry, i forgot about the concert. She also swapped her cell phone number with every "cute guy" (so she says) that flirted with her drunken self. Two weeks later she kept getting random disturbing picture messages from men she had no clue who they were.

    I am honestly worried more about her safety and health then anything else. I just wish she would stop and think about it. I would be terribly embarrassed if all of my friends had pictures from parties and i was the drunk fool puking and making a mockery of myself.
    What would you do or say to her? I don't want to sound like her mother, but on the other hand sometimes i wish she would just listen to me.

    • ANSWER:
      First, talk to her. Tell her you love her and she's already sick because of her alcoholism and you don't want to see her at an open casket. Offer to help her become sober and avoid bars when with her. If you feel necessary, you could recommend AA meetings or rehabilitation centers. Warn her that you don't want to stand around, helplessly watching her drink herself to death, and that might mean walking away from her friendship.

  3. QUESTION:
    Question about my horse's color?
    Shazam is sorrel. Well...he is more of a liver-colored sorrel since he is not getting sun bleached from being outside all the time.

    Anyways, he has these random single white hairs scattered around his body. There are lots of them, but you don't notice it unless you really look. Like at first glance you wouldn't notice them. But they are mostly on his butt/sides...not on his neck at all.

    Is this just some weird color thing? He is only 13 years old...so it doesn't seem like it would be old man hairs....

    Oh, and also, sometimes he gets a couple of birdcatcher spots. He has NONE right now...but they used to pop up here and there all the time. But they are like....lurking in the shadows somewhere...

    Anyways I am just curious if there is any kind of classification for his coloring or not.

    Here he is if it helps at all....http://i697.photobucket.com/albums/vv337/xhellox123x/6_3_10262.jpg
    ^^He looks like a total fatty in that picture 'cause of the angle, but I swear he is not very fat :p
    LOL laluna....I have him on like 5 handfuls of senior twice a day plus hay, and some grass at night :p He IS on a diet!!!! lol!
    Lyla - Yes that is a bend on his right flank - that is there all the time. Never leaves. Birdcatcher spots have come and gone the past couple summers, but he has none right now.

    • ANSWER:
      I see what looks like a bend or spot on his hind end...does he have any? My horse has both bird catcher spots (one decent sized one on his neck that never leaves, and random ones that pop up and leave), and bend or spots (3 are there year round, the rest show up in summer), so i asked a question about it, and found out they're related. either bird catcher is out of bend or bend or is out of bird catcher-so if you have one, it's possible to have both. is your horse registered? could you look and see if he has either? it all comes down to him just being a sorrel, but you can see if he has either in his breeding and that would explain it.

  4. QUESTION:
    I got my CT Scan Results, can anyone help interpret this?
    I finally was able to get a CT scan as a follow up for a liposarcoma that I had in 2000. Here is the radiology report:

    CT chest, abdomen and pelvis
    Findings: Lungs are clear. Scattered thin walled lucent cysts in the lung bilaterally. No pleural or pericardial fluid or mediastinal abnormality.
    The liver is prominent and mildly fatty with caudal edge of the liver extending below the lower pole of the right kidney and transverse dimension of the liver from right to left measuring about 28 cm. Several scattered small hypo densities are noted in the liver which are too small to characterize including one on image #160 in the left lobe and one in the posterior right lobe on image #158 and another at age image#155 and also image #150. These are probably preexisting benign lesions or cysts.
    The spleen, pancreas, adrenal glands and kidneys are unremarkable.
    There is no intraabdominal mass or evidence of recurrent fatty tumor. Normal appendix. There is a small enhancing nodule in the right fundus of the uterus consistent with a fibroid. No pelvic mass or cyst. No ascites.
    -------------------

    I don't understand something... How can someone look at a picture and know right away that something is a cyst?
    My problem with this is because I was misdiagnosed for 7 years before they finally removed the tumor that ended up being a liposarcoma. I know that liposarcomas like to go to the lungs, so the fact that there are "cysts" there really bugs me...
    Any opinion would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      A contrast enhanced CT scan is quite good at telling the difference between a fluid filled item, a solid item that has the equivalent density and blood flow as fat, and a solid item that has lots of blood flow.

      One of the simplest ways to tell the difference between the characteristics of various findings on a CT scan is to compare them to tissue or material of a known character. If, for example, a mass is found inside the abdomen, and it has about the same density or gray shade as the fat under the skin, then it's probably a fatty mass. If it's a brighter gray and looks more like the shade of the abdominal muscles, then it has a lot more blood flow and tissue density than fat... it's more like muscle.

      This is a very simplistic explanation, but it's the first thing one notices about an unknown mass on a CT scan.

      A more sophisticated way to make the determination is to actually read the "Hounsfield units" measurement at that given position. HU measures the density of an object based on how much it stops the x-rays used in the CT scanner. The result is obtained with nothing more than a couple of "point and click" choices on the computer.

      Often, when CT scans are done, we actually get TWO or MORE scans in rapid succession. Sometimes we get one set of images, inject the contrast, and then get another set of images, and then sometimes we wait and get even more sets of images! These serial imagings are useful to detect the variation of blood flow in different tissues. Certain types of tumors have characteristic patterns of enhancement with IV contrast over time.

      However, liposarcoma isn't one of them. You probably had a single CT series obtained with IV contrast, and probably oral contrast as well.

      A large portion of radiology expertise is really familiarity and pattern recognition. Having seen metastatic sarcoma to the lung, the radiologist just knows what it looks like. Cysts have a different appearance.

      Cysts are generally fluid filled sacs with a wall that is made of living tissue. The living tissue has blood flow and shows up with enhancment on the CT scan. The fluid inside has a density basically equivalent to water and has no enhancement. If the radiologist saw something like that, they'd call it a cyst.

      Radiologists are generally scared to "under-read". If the radiologist is aware that you had a history of liposarcoma (and the report suggests that they ARE), they know that you have a risk of metastatic recurrences that could occur at the original site, in the lung or even in bone. They'd LOOK for that. If they saw anything that was questionable, they'd put the onus of responsibility back on the surgeon to make a genuine determination.

      They'd use terminology such as "masses observed in the lung cannot be fully characterized, biopsy recommended", or "lesions of unknown significance found in the lung fields, clinical correlation required." These would be signals to the surgeon that the radiologist is not willing to be responsible for non-intervention.

      In your case, the fact that the radiologist is being clear in their CT diagnosis is very reassuring.

      Sarcomas are best characterized in terms of "grade". They will be referred to as "high grade" or "low grade" depending on the microscopic evaluation. This helps predict their behavior over time. Sarcomas tend to recur at the original site because it's often difficult to get the whole thing. Less commonly, they crop up in distant sites, but when they do, it's often because they are high grade, aggressive cancers.

      You appear to have been cancer free for over 7 years. You're doing really well! Congratulations on kicking butt on some bad disease. :)

      Edit:

      I was going to refer you to a recent liposarcoma question I answered for some further info, but...

      IT WAS YOUR QUESTION! :D

      I guess this is the internet equivalent of "continuity of care" !

  5. QUESTION:
    Gaucher's Disease?
    I need some picture of Gaucher's Disease.p
    Gaucher disease is an inherited metabolic disorder in which harmful quantities of a fatty substance called glucocerebroside accumulate in the spleen, liver, lungs, bone marrow, and sometimes in the brain. There are three types of Gaucher disease. The first category, called type 1, is by far the most common. Patients in this group usually bruise easily and experience fatigue due to anemia and low blood platelets. They also have an enlarged liver and spleen, skeletal disorders, and, in some instances, lung and kidney impairment. There are no signs of brain involvement. Symptoms can appear at any age. In type 2 Gaucher disease, liver and spleen enlargement are apparent by 3 months of age. Patients have extensive and progressive brain damage and usually die by 2 years of age. In the third category, called type 3, liver and spleen enlargement is variable, and signs of brain involvement such as seizures gradually become apparent. All Gaucher patients exhibit a deficiency of an enzyme called glucocerebrosidase that is involved in the breakdown and recycling of glucocerebroside. The buildup of this fatty material within cells prevents the cells and organs from functioning properly. Gaucher disease is one of several lipid storage diseases.

    • ANSWER:
      I found some pictures by using these sites. I hope that was helpful.

  6. QUESTION:
    Why are such strict warning labels required on tobacco products and so little else?
    Yes, banning smoking in public places improves the experience for everyone (except the smoker)

    But why are warning labels so fierce for cigarettes? WARNING: YOU WILL GET CANCER AND DIE A PAINFUL DEATH ONE DAY is basically the gist of it. And now they're adding gory pictures? Why so harsh?

    What about adding warning labels to beer? WARNING: ALCOHOL IS A DANGEROUS DRUG THAT DESTROYS YOUR LIVER AND MAKES YOU DO HORRIBLE THINGS

    What about cars? WARNING: HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS DIE EVERY YEAR IN AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENTS. Add some gore for fun too

    Fatty foods? DONUTS ARE EXTREMELY UNHEALTHY AND WILL DESTROY YOUR TEETH AND GIVE YOU DIABETES

    Note: I am not a smoker. I just think their rights are being violated
    They could just as easily focus on the addictive nature of cigarettes, but they choose to focus on health effects, so I think that being addictive is besides the point

    • ANSWER:
      Smoking is very addictive. There are very few smokers out there that you an say are just social smokers. If you smoke, you generally smoke all the time which does not happen with alcohol. I have a huge family and all of us drink beer or have some drinks at a wedding or at a bar from time to time. None of us drink everyday or even every week. None of us are alcoholics. There are many people just like us and out of the overall population, not many are alcoholics. I'm just suggesting this could be the reason alcohol is not focused on so much like smoking is because not so many abuse it. I do agree that both are bad when used in excess. Alcohol is even more dangerous to the public in the fact that innocent people are killed every day by drunk drivers. Smoking does not cause someone to drive erratically and kill innocent people.

      I believe the cigarette companies would put that labeling on whether or not the government forced them to do it. Smokers don't pay attention to it. I know because I was a smoker for over 20 years. I quit 7 years ago. No one loved to smoke more than me. Those labels protect the cigarette companies from millions of lawsuits from the families of dead smokers. You know how a jury would rule. They would give millions to each family that lost a loved one without that labeling on the pack. I might add that I lost my brother to lung cancer a little over a year ago from smoking. I wish he would have paid attention to that label but the addiction was too strong for him to quit. He tried many times and failed.

  7. QUESTION:
    Which is better to feed your dog?
    You have your choice of two dog foods.

    Both dog foods meet the AAFCO nutrional guideline standards for maintenance - meaning it provides adequate nutrition for your dog to survive eating it all by itself.

    Both foods are roughly the same price

    Food #1 contains:

    Meat and/or poultry by-products:

    The non-rendered, clean parts, other than meat, derived from slaughtered mammals. It includes, but is not limited to, lungs, spleen, kidneys, brain, livers, blood, bone, partially defatted low temperature fatty tissue, and stomachs and intestines freed of their contents. It does not include hair, horns, teeth and hoofs. For poultry it DOES include, feet, beaks, and some feathers."

    grain fillers, like wheat flour, corn gluten, brewers rice, etc.

    Food #2 contains a combination of 2-4 of the following:

    actual chicken, turkey, duck, beef, venison, salmon MEAT

    and ZERO meat by products

    and ZERO grain fillers

    Again, both foods roughly the same price.

    Follow up question: if I were to show you hundreds of pictures of show dogs that ate only Food #1 - would that change your opinion?

    • ANSWER:
      Definitely food #2...and it would not change my opinion to see show dogs that ate only food #1. I don't care what other dogs eat. By-products gross me out. People wouldn't feed by-products to their kids, and to many (myself included) our pets are our kids, so no way am I feeding them by-products.