Fatty Liver Biopsy

Information on Hepatomegaly
Hepatomegaly (an enlarged liver) indicates potentially reversible primary or secondary liver disease. This sign may stem from diverse pathophysiologic mechanisms, including dilated hepatic sinusoids (in heart failure), persistently high venous pressure leading to liver congestion (in chronic constrictive pericarditis), dysfunction and engorgement of hepatocytes (in hepatitis), fatty infiltration of parenchymal cells causing fibrous tissue (in cirrhosis), distention of liver cells with glycogen (in diabetes), and infiltration of amyloid (in amyloidosis).

The lower edge of the liver normally comes just to the lower edge of the ribs (costal margin) on the right side. In its normal state, the edge of the liver is thin and firm, and it cannot be palpated (felt with the finger tips) below the edge of the costal margin. An enlarged liver usually causes no signs or symptoms. If the liver enlarges quickly, it may be tender to the touch.

Thirty-five patients were seen over a period of 50 years. The signs and symptoms of organ distress caused by hepatomegaly occurred in the lungs, kidneys, gastrointestinal tract (GI), the inferior vena cava (IVC), and the liver. A scoring scale reflecting organ compromise was developed, the scores ranging from 0 (0 compromise) to 10 (all 5 systems showing evidence of impairment). Scores were derived for 32 of 35 patients; 13 were 4 weeks old or under (neonates) when first seen, and 19 were aged 1-12 months (infants).
A positron emission tomography scan showed intense abnormal uptake in the liver and less specific uptake in the inframammary and bone marrow areas. A bone marrow showed reactive features with negative cytogenetics, making a myeloproliferative disorder unlikely. Two percutaneous liver biopsies and a mini-laparotomy with wedge biopsy and portal node biopsy were performed. The liver biopsies excluded lymphoma but all showed necrotizing granulomas with infiltration of eosinophils.

Causes

Causes of hepatomegaly may include:
Alcohol use
Congestive heart failure
Glycogen storage disease
Hemolytic-uremic syndrome (HUS)
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis

Treatment

Hepatomegaly can be cured. Treatment depends on the cause of hepatomegaly. For example, abstaining from alcohol treats hepatomegaly caused by alcohol abuse. In all cases, regardless of the cause, appropriate medication can be taken to treat the underlying cause. Thanks to growing trust in herbal treatments survival rates have improved over the years. Herbal formulations to treat various types of liver problems have proven to be safe and very effective without any side effects.

The lower edge of the liver normally comes just to the lower edge of the ribs (costal margin) on the right side. In its normal state, the edge of the liver is thin and firm, and it cannot be palpated (felt with the finger tips) below the edge of the costal margin. If the liver becomes enlarged enough that it can be palpated below the costal margin, the patient may have hepatomegaly. The diagnosis must be confirmed by an imaging study of the liver. The liver is involved in many bodily functions, and is affected by a variety of conditions, many of which result in hepatomegaly.

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Enlarged liver as a symptom. This list is incomplete and various other drugs or substances may cause your symptoms. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    I need information on treatment of fatty liver?
    I an a female caucasion 56 years old. I had a biopsy of my liver and I was found to have a fatty liver. I want to know what treatments are recomonded

    • ANSWER:
      the best i can do is send you this link.

  2. QUESTION:
    Why do I have fatty live disease and is this a necessary procedure?
    I came to the hospital last week with uncontrollable vomiting, the found that my gallbladder is inflamed and I have fatty liver disease. I’m skinny and I don’t eat a whole bunch of fatty foods, why do I have fatty liver disease?
    They also said my liver enzymes are high and the want to test for hepatitis, auto immune diseases, and they want to do a liver biopsy.
    Are they just trying to get money from me by doing unnecessary procedures?
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, all these tests are routinely done to find out what is happening to your liver. The liver biopsy will be the definitive test that will show them the most. Hepatitis and the autoimmune disease testing will be nothing more than bloodwork. You want to find out what is going on so that you can correct it before permanent damage is done to your liver. This is very important when it comes to liver disease.

      I have had 3 liver biopsies done and another one due next month. Mine were painless and took very little time. One time I was waiting for them to do it and they told me they were done. Other times all I felt is some pressure and a little discomfort. So don’t worry about getting one done because it will be over before you know it.

  3. QUESTION:
    Do I really need a liver biopsy?
    I am a 35 year old male, overweight (5’10″ and 280lbs). About 6 months ago, blood tests showed elevated liver enzymes. I was told to follow up with a liver specialist. 6 months went by (procrastination), another blood test was taken, and my enzyme numbers were even higher (sorry I don’t have specifics).

    I had an ultrasound done, which showed no lesions, and the diagnosis was “fatty liver”. My liver doctor wants me to get a biopsy, since all blood tests for specific diseases have come back negative.

    My question is: is this necessary at this point? In my research, it seems the result of the biopsy only affects treatment (which is usually weight loss) in a small percentage of cases. Others recommend a period of gradual weight loss for 3 months, followed by the enzyme tests again, to see if they have gone down, and only then to have a biopsy performed if they haven’t.

    My main concern is the 1 in 10,000 mortality rate for liver biopsy. Good odds, yes. Great odds? No. What are the risks of skipping the biopsy, starting a weight loss program, and checking back in in 3 months?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi lugubrious,

      Biopsy is both the “gold standard” for diagnosis of liver diseases and yet still highly controversial.

      I did a Google search for “role of liver biopsy” and came up with many articles discussing the pros and cons.

      http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%22role+of+liver+biopsy%22&btnG=Google+Search&aq=f&oq=

      Like you said, you pretty much know that the very first thing you need to do is change your eating and exercise habits and lose weight. Being obese alone can cause elevated liver enzymes. It sounds like you are strongly leaning toward putting it off and I think you would find scientists who would support that decision.

      Please check out my other answer about fatty liver, with more information about diet and treatment, here:

      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AgBYc7MaQcF0_LkPd5EEgKvty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20090104031733AAqozea&show=7#profile-info-oAyfPk2oaa

      I hope that helps some!

      Good luck!

  4. QUESTION:
    Does a liver biopsy hurt? I have 2 questions.?
    Ok. I have two questions. The most urgent one is does a liver biopsy hurt? I am supposed to have one on June 15th. My next question is do you know anyone who has had a liver transplant because of fatty liver? I was told several months ago that I had fatty liver and that my liver enzymes are very high indicating damage. 3 months ago, I was checked to see if I still had hep C(I was diagnosed about 3 years back). They told me that I didnt have Hep C anymore . The liver doctor I have been going to just told me that my lab results from 2 weeks ago were bad. He has then put me on Simvistatin(for high LDL) and scheduled a biopsy. I am so nervous and scared about it. Could anyone out there help me or give me some advice? I would appreciate it.

    • ANSWER:
      I think I can help you here. No, a liver biopsy does not hurt. I’ve had 3 of them and never had a problem with pain. There is some pressure when they go in to get the specimen, but it’s not really pain. One time they did one to me and I actually did not know they did it. I was waiting to feel something, and they told me they were done. They will numb the area first. You are going to get through it just fine. The anticipation of waiting to get it done is worse than the biopsy itself.

      Now, you asked about a fatty liver. Sometimes a fatty liver can progress to something called NASH (non alcoholic steatopathic hepatitis) which can lead to cirrhosis. No one knows why this happens to some people with fatty livers while others never have a problem with it progressing. It’s a mystery. If I remember my statistics right, I think that about 15% of people having cirrhosis are due to NASH, but I’m not sure on that. Don’t automatically assume you have NASH and even if you do, don’t think you are going to die from liver failure. I have talked to a number of people with NASH and many have had it for quite a number of years that it stabilizes and does not progress to total failure. And yes, there are some that have to get transplants. You are doing the best thing you can do which is get a biopsy. That is the definitive test that will tell them the condition of your liver.

      Now about the hep C. I don’t know a whole lot about it, but it is my understanding that it does not go away and you have it for life. Now, the viral load can be so low that it is undetectable, but that can change throughout your life. It can come back. So I’m thinking that if you do have liver damage, that the hep C could be playing a part in this on top of the fatty liver.

      I had cirrhosis and a liver transplant in 2006. I was shocked to find out I had liver failure caused by my autoimmune system attacking the bile ducts (called primary biliary cirrhosis) that damaged my liver. When diagnosed, the doctor just told me I would need a transplant and nothing else would keep me alive. No matter what causes cirrhosis (alcoholism, NASH, my disease, hep A, B, or C, etc.) the disease pretty much acts the same with everyone no matter what the reason is for having it.

      Once you get the results of your biopsy, if you have any questions, you can email me. If I can answer any questions for you, I will.

  5. QUESTION:
    How long for Liver Biopsy Results? (Do they always take so long!?!?)?
    I had a liver biopsy on Feb 17th. The discharge paper they gave to me said that my primary doctor would call me within 7 days with the results. Today since I got no call from anyone I called the hospital back (The Cleveland Clinic) and asked if they knew anything. The receptionist said that she would ask the nurse and call me back shortly. I never got a call back!

    I am sure if the results were normal they would call me back and just say I was okay, because that would take a lab only seconds to see that in my liver sample. If the lab wasn’t done testing, couldn’t she have just called me back and said that? And if it is not good news (fatty liver or Cirrhosis) it isn’t like in 2 weeks it is going to change, so it isn’t like they need to get me in right away. Someone I talked to said something about if it was bad they would call me right away.

    If they found something, is it possible they needed more time to do more tests on the sample they took?

    I know there is an old adage of “no news is good news”, but in this case with the extent of the test that was done, don’t you think they would want me to know if it came back normal?

    (The reason I had this done was because my platelet count is high, I am always tired and a CT scan found fat in my liver.)

    • ANSWER:
      Sometimes, doctors underestimate the time it takes to get these back. 7 days is the norm but sometimes, unusual tissue samples can take pathologists longer to figure out what this tissue consists of. The nurse could have spent a lot of time searching for the lab results, even calling the lab and by the time someone called her back as to why the report was not completed (if they called her back), it might have been time for the clinic to close for the day. There are numerous situations that might have occurred which could delay your results. Waiting is hard but that is your only choice right now. And, since you have called them, I would guess that they will be calling you as soon as the report shows up on your biopsy. Give them some more time.

  6. QUESTION:
    seeking a nutritionist to treat my fatty liver that has mild inflammation?
    according to an ultrasound and blood tests, my doctor believes I have fatty liver with mild inflammation. I also have high bad cholesterol and triglycerides so the only treatment possible is to lose weight ,eat healthy, and exercise which I have been doing. I was once 190 but now 175lbs over the course of a month and a half from my lifestyle change. However, I feel that my gastroentereologists are giving me mixed information which is angering me mostly due to the fact that I think they don’t really know much about fatty liver with inflammation since it’s new. I believe by eating right I can treat and heal my liver and can avoid doing unnecessary procedures like a liver biopsy. How effective are nutritionists? Do you think they are of much help in terms of lowering my cholesterol/triglycerides and reversing my fatty liver with inflammation?
    It turns out that my condition is prevalent within my own ethnicity (asians) I figured seeking an asian nutritionist who has had experience treating ppl with my condition would be beneficial since they would understand our physiology much better than say someone who was non-asian and probably only seen people with this conition who are extremely obese
    lee – was your liver inflammed as well? A liver can have fat in it but if its inflammed from the fat that’s a different story. My liver ended up having A LOT of fat in it so I’m working on reducing it.

    • ANSWER:
      I had a little bit of fat in my liver about 6 years ago. The doctor just told me to lose some weight and that the body normally burns fat in the liver first. It’s a pretty common condition and I’d be surprised if your doctors didn’t understand it more. It has nothing to do with being fat, it’s just a freak thing that happens. I wouldn’t see a nutritionist. I would just exercise and eat healthy (don’t starve yourself) and get tested every once in a while. I also had the biopsy. It was no big deal. Your abs hurt for a couple days. Good luck.

  7. QUESTION:
    what can I expect from a Liver Biopsy?
    I am 23 y/o, male. during the last 4 years my blood test liver function are always coming up and down from high to right above the normal. one year ago I got a liver ultra sound that didn’t show anything abnormal. However, the most recent results are still coming above the normal range. A week ago I saw a gastroenterologist that told me that my cholesterol was not high enough to suspect a fatty liver, and that by the ultrasound it wasn’t cirrhosis. During the conversation he said in low voice like thinking to himself “it could be immune liver disease”. This Monday I will get a liver biopsy. Now my question is: do you think this is serious? what could this be? what should I expect? BTW blood test shows no Hepetitis.

    • ANSWER:
      The procedure will be done either with CT scan or Ultrasound guidance. The doctor will look at the liver to find a safe area away from large blood vessels.

      He will use a local anesthetic to numb the area on your right side between 2 of the right lower ribs. After the skin has been numbed, he will insert a needle through your side into the liver, and take some pictures to confirm the location. Finally, he will take a sample by using a biopsy needle to capture a sample. This may be repeated 2-3 times to get a good sample. The Biopsy needle will be re-inserted through the localizing needle so you are really only “stuck” once.

      After the needles are removed, pressure will be held on the site several minutes to control bleeding, and you will be watched 1-2 hours to make sure the bleeding remains controlled.

      The Biopsy itself isn’t very painful, because of the local anesthetic, but you may feel like you have been kicked in the ribs for several days after.

      The whole procedure should only take around 15 minutes because you are having a “generic” biopsy, any part of the liver will do, he does not need to sample a specific lesion or mass.

  8. QUESTION:
    i have a bad liver and i was just diagnosed with a fatty liver on top of hep c?
    i have fatty liver on top of hep c and i was just wondering my doctor told me i have to loose at least 30 lb’s becuase i have fat tissue on top of my liver, and i had a liver biopsy done and it showed that i have fibrosis on my liver, now i i have lost 15 lb’s so far, and i want to know because when i found all this stuff out from my doctor, i asked my father if he could finf out from his doctor if he is a match to me and he said yes. I found out online that you can get a live donor to donate a part of their liver to you, and my dad said if he was a match he would donate part of his liver to me is this possible?

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  9. QUESTION:
    How will pregnancy affect my fatty liver?
    I was diagnosed with a fatty liver in 2007 after gallbladder surgery revealed an enlarged liver. A biopsy determined it to be fatty liver. I have never drank, nor do i have any contributing medical conditions. I have my enzymes tested every 6 months and so far, so good. My question is, i am about 4 weeks pregnant and cannot find any information on fatty liver BEFORE pregnancy, just during. Am i at risk for liver complications because of my preexisting condition.

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  10. QUESTION:
    What if your liver only functioned at 22%?
    If there are any professionals out there will you please tell me what would happen to a person if their liver was only functioning at 22%. What would their health be like and some symptoms, please. Is it true that you need to have a liver biopsy to find out how bad fatty liver disease is and at what % the liver is functioning at? This is important and urgent. Thank you in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      A fatty liver is only one of the reasons the liver may have problems…there are many more causes. Fatty liver can become a problem when the fat is in the liver cells or
      between the liver cells. It puts pressure on the liver cells and can block nourishment and oxygen that the cells need and they can start to be in distress. Sometimes, a person who loses weight will help relieve
      this pressure. However, if it is not relieved,
      the immune system will step in and cause
      inflammation inside the liver. When this occurs, it can lead to the liver cells not being able to do the functions they once did and it can also cause the cells themselves to die off. The dead cells form scar tissue inside of the liver and also block the flow of what the cells, that are left, need and it continues from there.
      I am stating this because there is a difference between liver damage and liver function. Usually, when damage occurs to the cells, it isn’t until the function of the liver goes down that it shows symptoms in the body.
      The liver has many functions, over 500 of them.
      The doctor can tell by certain blood tests done, how the liver is handling some of these functions. When the functions deteriate it can cause symptoms like the whites of the eyes and skin turning yellow because the liver cannot convert bilirubin into a soluble form anymore. It can cause a patient to bleed easily since the liver cannot make the factors that help the blood to clot well. It can cause fluid to build up inside the body cause the protein that the liver used to be able to make is decreased and it is what holds the fluids inside the vessels. It can cause the patient to be unable to think clearly because toxins that the liver once handled, get into the blood and go pass the blood brain barrier and into the brain.
      A liver biopsy is the very best test for telling how the liver is. Seeing a specific specimen with their own eyes is much better than viewing films of the liver. They can see how much damage there is and also how far advanced the disease may be. It also gives them the idea of how better to treat the patient.

      I’m going to give you some links to help you better understand about fatty liver disease and also cirrhosis. These are easy to read and may answer more questions you might have: http://www.medicinenet.com/fatty_liver/article.htm

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cirrhosis/DS00373

      If a patient only has 78% of their liver function left, it would be best for someone in the family to see about an advance directive being made up or a power of attorney. This way they can talk directly to the patient’s doctor or handle the patient affairs when they are unable to do so.
      The privacy laws now are strict, even when
      it is family asking these questions.

      I hope this information is of help to you.

  11. QUESTION:
    Is Grade 3 fatty liver cureble and comes to normal position?
    i am 36 years old my waight 73 my hight 5feet 5 inchs recently i have done an ultrasound which shows Grade 3 fatty liver,my blood test( LFT) shows SGOT 58,SGPT 72 ,i am taking 2 or three drinks a day since 5 year (not every day)and eat too much chicken,red chillys and red meat. but now i stop all these things completly my doctor says nothing to worry it is cureble in 3 to 6 months. but my question is :can my liver comes from grade 3 to grade 0 or grade 1,how I know my liver going to imprve.How i know i am not getting chirosis(i dont want biopsy) is it true liver can treat itself completly within 3 months.In aur locality high level iron in drinking water, is good for liver?,can i drink and eat chicken once in week, i am afraid too much and in depression please help

    • ANSWER:
      it is possible for the liver to repair itself, but:NO MORE alcohol!Drink clean water, without iron(maybe get water from the store, or bring water from another town).Too much iron is bad for the liver.Eat well, yes, eat meat, eat chilly or anything you like.No drinking.Don’t feel depressed,you will get better, give it 6months!Go for a walk, ride a bicycle, relax.

  12. QUESTION:
    what causes a “fatty liver”?
    my friend shes in her fiftys she drinks a lot of alcohol manly strong spirits,shes just had a biopsy she said she had too many red blood cells and the results have shown she has a “fatty liver”shes told me the doctors have told her this is nothing to do with her drinking!im not to sure tho?any one had simular?thanks for answers

    • ANSWER:
      Alcoholics frequently have fatty livers, but she is going to kill her liver if she continues to drink. No doctor in his/her right mind would ever ignore the drinking aspect when it comes to liver disease. Apparently, she is having some symptoms of a problem since they ordered a biopsy of the liver for her. They don’t do that unless they suspect a serious problem. Believe me, it has everything to do with drinking. She just doesn’t want to admit that to you because she wants to continue to drink without anyone bugging her about it. I will add that it is an extremely difficult process to get a liver transplant for an alcoholic. In the U.S. they require at least 6 months of proven sobriety before they will even consider giving you an evaluation for one.

      If an alcoholic stops drinking in the early stages of disease, then they can actually stop the progression of the disease (cirrhosis) and live out their life like a normal person. But if they ignore any warning signs and continue to drink, they will get past the point of no return which means they will need a liver transplant if they want to stay alive. Continued alcohol use just makes the disease progress much faster. Those red blood cells your friend is talking about is a sign of liver damage, so we know she already has a damaged liver. Many alcoholics are in denial and do not want others to know about their condition. They won’t even face it themselves.

      The graveyards have many people in them that were alcoholics that refused to stop drinking and would never admit they had a problem until it was too late. Your friend will join that group if she has liver damage and continues to drink. Sorry to be so blunt, but this is the way it is. I might add that in the U.S. an alocholic must have at least 6 months of proven sobriety before they will even consider giving you an evaluation for a liver transplant. It’s a very difficult process for any alcoholic to receive a transplant.

      If for some reason I have missed the mark here, and your friend is telling you the absolute truth, my answer would still be the same for her prognosis. Any fatty liver that leads to liver damage is called NASH (non alcoholic steatheopathic hepatitis) and it leads to cirrhosis also. You would never want to drink with this condition. No matter what causes cirrhosis, it is still cirrhosis and acts the same for everyone. Mine was caused by a biliary autoimmune disease, but it’s all the same thing happening to the liver. Drinking will only make it much worse and progress it much faster to total failure. So that means your friend has every reason to NOT ever drink again. Also, tell your friend that cirrhosis is not an easy way to die. You just don’t lie down and sleep away. It is quite miserable to say the least.

  13. 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.

  14. QUESTION:
    liver disease question any nurses or people onhere have this or know.?
    my sister has liver disease came back as fatty liver per doctor and numbers are high so she needs a liver biopsy. wont have it, wants to do milk thistle diet change and other natural stuff for 1 month then test again. If her numbers were like in a deadly stage the doctor would say go to the hosp immed instead of come to his office wouldnt he. (shes afraid she will bleed out during a biopsy as she doesnt clot well) nurses?

    • ANSWER:
      I was going to tell you that waiting and taking the test again would be fine, but when you told me her blood doesn’t clot well, that stopped me.

      Why doesn’t her blood clot well? Unless she has another reason for blood clotting problems, that is a sign of liver disease or liver failure. Milk Thistle is not going to help her with a serious liver problem. It has some qualities that can help a liver, but it’s not effective when there is a more serious problem. I took it for years and it did nothing for me.

      There is really no deadly number with liver enzymes. If they are high, then they must find out why. She could have a condition called NASH. This is when a fatty liver will progress to being cirrhosis. They don’t know why this happens to some people.

      She should get a biopsy done to see what is going on. If she has a blood clotting problem, then she will need that checked before she gets the biopsy. They can give her something that will cause the blood to clot like it should and therefore, there is no risk of her “bleeding out.” Without a biopsy, they are not going to be able to find out what is happening to her liver. If she has a serious liver problem, it’s best to find out ASAP so she can get treatment. Ignoring the problem is not going to make it go away. It will only get worse.

  15. QUESTION:
    could you have liver damage and not know it?
    i know i have a fatty liver im not sure what the cause is ive had blood work done and all my enzymes are normal and i had an ultra sound done and they found no damage to my liver other than its fatty we dont know what the cause is yet i still have to get a liver biopsy but i do take a lto of medication is it possible to have liver damage and it not be detected?

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  16. QUESTION:
    has anyone had elevated liver function tests after having Mirena inserted?
    I have always had slightly elevated ALT and AST test results but after having Mirena put in in May, my doctor I saw on June 6 said I needed to see a gastro doctor because they were more elevated. The gasto doctor now wants to do a liver biopsy. All hepatitis’s have been ruled out and I still have a fatty liver. In researching Mirena, it is contraindicated for people with liver disease which might include metabolic disorders. I have metabolic syndrome and pre-diabetes. I am wondering if anyone else has shown elevated liver function tests after using Mirena.

    • ANSWER:
      I had elevated liver function tests aswell, but in the end i was fine.

  17. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with my husband’s liver? Please help.?
    My husband was diagnosed with a bit of a fatty liver over a month ago. He’s had blood tests, but it showed nothing else. He’s had stomach problems since he was a mid-teen (he’s now 27). These have gotten worse in the past 9 mo. (severe cramping & diarrhea 3-5/day). He had a liver biopsy done over a wk. ago; he had severe right shoulder pain after, then w/pain meds. he was fine. 3 days later, he had severe side/stomach pain- a CAT scan and X-rays found nothing. His dr. now says he wants to see him to discuss the biopsy. My experience is that dr.’s will usu’lly tell you over the phone if nothing is wrong. But since he wants to see him, I’m worried to death. What kinds of things could be wrong? (He’s also been having pain again today). He doesn’t drink or smoke.

    • ANSWER:
      The biopsy should just confirm that he has Fatty Liver Disease. While there are no cures for this, and no surgeries to fix this, the only oprion prescribed by doctors is a healthy lifestyle change: diet and exercise. Not treating Fatty Liver Disease can result in cirrhosis, liver failure, and death.
      From what I have seen, the best option is diet and exercise. Check it out here:

      http://dietplanforfattyliver.com/

      http://www.squidoo.com/fatty-liver-solution

      Hope that helps!

  18. QUESTION:
    question’s about fatty liver disease?
    i have nafld can a doc tell if it has inflammation Components with it by and ultrasound or do you need a biopsy?

    • ANSWER:

  19. QUESTION:
    Are liver biopsies safe?
    I was told my enzemes were up and I have a fatty liver.

    • ANSWER:
      There are risks with a biopsy being done, just
      like any other procedures that are invasive.
      After the procedure, you will be told to stay
      still for long while after to prevent bleeding.
      Here is a link that explains biopsies and half
      way down the page, there is a video with
      a gentlemen receiving a biopsy.
      They usually use spring loaded needle that
      goes in and out very fast. It doesn’t take long
      at all. (This is a hepatitis viral site…but it is
      the same for any liver patient)
      You can click on this link to go to the page:

      http://janis7hepc.com/All%20about%20Liver%20Biopsies.htm

      Some people have fat infiltration in the liver.
      It can be caused by: alcohol consumption,
      certain kinds of medications like steriods,
      weight gain, diabetes, insulin resistance,
      high cholesterol/triglyceride levels,
      metabolic disorders, hereditary conditions
      and others.

      When fat is in the liver, it can cause pressure,
      since the liver is surrounded by a membrane
      capsule. Stopping the cause by losing weight,
      changing medications, stopping alcohol
      consumption…can reverse the problem.
      The doctor will tell you what can be done.
      This is usually when it is Simple fatty liver.

      If the cells of the liver become damaged by
      the increased fat in the liver, them the immune
      system of the body will respond to this damage
      and cause inflammation to develop inside the
      liver. Which will cause the liver to enlarge in
      size. This has then progressed to
      Steatohepatitis. Steato means fat, hepat means
      liver, and itis means inflammation.
      This can still be reversed so the liver cells can
      heal, by following doctors order, depending
      on the cause.

      It is only when the liver cells die off, that it no
      longer can be reversed. The cells die and
      form scar tissue inside the liver that block
      the flow of blood…this is known as Cirrhosis
      of the liver…it is progressive.

      Here are a few links to learn more about this:

      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

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

  20. QUESTION:
    Can a doctor tell if a person has cancer by MRI/CT scan? or does a biopsy have to be done?
    Is it possible that if the lymphnode is possitive for cancer, it can spread because of exposure to air? Also his liver has a spot on it and fatty tissue around it, does this have any connection?… He went for results, but I learned nothing but he needs a biopsy. Do you think theres something hes not telling me?

    • ANSWER:
      well basically a mri/ct scan will tell you if there is a mass. When the doc sees the mass he will order a biopsy to see if it is a cancerous mass-that is normal procedure, so no i do not think he is lying to you-you both will have to wait till the results come back from the biopsy to see whats going on?

  21. QUESTION:
    Liver problems after hepatitis preventive injection?
    in 1994 [age 12] when i was about to enter middle school, i was required to get a shot for hepatitis to be allowed in. to prevent hep. i have never had it. although within a year after getting that shot i was diagnosed with a fatty liver.my liver enzymes were sky high and i had a biopsy. no one could ever tell me why i had that. my liver never got better. has anyone ever heard of this happening or have had it happen to them? my liver is still enlarged and messed up. i have other health issues now but somehow dr’s like to say that it has to be these conditions when i did not have them at that age.

    • ANSWER:
      There’s a vaccine for hepatitis B and Hepatitis A. If it was only one shot then it was A. If it was a series of three shots then it was B.

      Your fatty liver (steatohepatitis) is likely not due to the vaccine (but I don’t have enough info to absolutely sure). There are many conditions that cause a fatty liver and most are not infectious.

      The most common cause is due to alcohol (or other liver toxin ingestion like tyleonol). If it is not due to alcohol then it is called nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

      The major risk factors for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), central obesity, type 2 diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, and metabolic syndrome are common in western societies. NAFLD is the most common liver disorder in Western industrialized countries, affecting 20 to 40 percent of the general population. Estimates of current prevalence range from 5 to 30 percent in the Asia-Pacific region, depending on the population studied

  22. QUESTION:
    Liver test High ALT(SGPT)?
    This test has been fluctuating for awhile. The high was a 62 and then down to 46 . I was tested for Celiac that is not it. I am on Atenolol, Diovan, Allopurinol, and Prilosec. Now I had another test and it came back at 82. I had an ultrasound and there were no masses or anything like fatty liver. Now I’m getting set up for a biopsy. I started working out again hoping that would make a difference but all it did was make it go up.

    • ANSWER:
      You should be with either a gastroenterologist or
      hepatologist now.
      Some drugs are very hard on the liver and as you
      can see by this list of drugs that can be…you are
      on some of them:
      Allopurinol and Atenolol

      http://janis7hepc.com/drugs_that_cause_liver_damage.htm

      You can see on this RX list site, under the heading of side
      effects/drug interactions (click on area on left hand side of page) and then look at the gastrointestinal portion on the page that comes up..that Prilosec can cause elevation of liver enzymes:

      http://www.rxlist.com/prilosec-drug.htm

      With Diovan…there is a chance of elevation:
      Also see the heading of side effects/drug interactions, look
      here at liver function tests:

      http://www.rxlist.com/diovan-drug.htm

      The doctor has to weigh the pros and cons of the
      medications you are prescribed and he has to also
      take into account if they may cause an elevation of the
      liver enzymes while you are on them.

      Also, you stated you have been working out…this can
      also effect the results of the blood tests, if you work
      out right before they are done. It can also cause
      a rise in blood tests: exercising before having the test
      done, an intramuscular injection, or having a muscle injury.

      These may be a couple things you might want to ask
      your doctor about and tell him about the exercise.

      Problems with the liver can occur from a number of
      different things:
      alcohol consumption, medication toxification,
      chemical exposure, fatty liver disease,
      biliary obstruction/malformation/infection,
      viral infections (like Hepatitis A,B,C),
      parasite infections, hereditary conditions
      where the body holds onto too much copper
      or iron, metabolic disorders where the liver
      lacks a certain enzyme or cannot process
      glucose efficiently, cardiac/vascular problems,
      auto immune disease like biliary cirrhosis or
      sclerosing cholangitis, mushroom poisoning,
      and others.

      When the liver cells become damaged,
      the immune system of the body responds to
      this and causes inflammation to develop
      inside the liver…this will cause the liver to enlarge
      in size and can be seen on an ultrasound.
      Usually, a biopsy is not done…unless they
      see the inflammation in the liver.

      If the cause can be found and stopped and
      the inflammation is treated…then the liver
      cells may heal.
      Medications that are prescribed, should not
      be stopped, unless approved of by the doctor
      who prescribed them.

      Here is another link that may be
      beneficial to you about liver biopsies..
      this show a movie on how the biopsy
      is done directly on the patient…it
      is about half way down the page:

      http://janis7hepc.com/All%20about%20Liver%20Biopsies.htm

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

  23. QUESTION:
    this is a response from a yahoo post I just saw not too long ago on liver enzymes and conditions?
    This is due to what I read on a yahoo post that I saw not too long ago…I too have been diagnosed with this “steatohepatitis” which is fatty liver with a little bit of inflammation but not from alcohol but from high fat foods that I used to consume. What made me post this is if anyone knows that this “steatohepatitis” is reversible? I’m not obese but once overweight but now through changing my habits I am exercising more, eating better and lost weight (now ideal weight) I do have to retake a blood test in feb. but I’d like to try an avoid doing a biopsy. Can anyone tell me if my liver enzymes would go back to normal (rid of inflammation) simply because I am in my ideal weight and I eat right? Is this easier to treat on overweight people rather than the morbidly obese or obese?
    To the last response:
    1. No beef or pork (chicken and fish only)
    2. NO late night eating, I used to eat potato chips, cookies, soda LATE at night. I completely quit all of that
    3. I ate less carbs but it doesn’t mean I cut it out completely
    4. I made sure I ate breakfast, lunch, and dinner and made sure I didn’t overeat.
    5. I consumed a lot of vegetables, fiber (fiber one cereal and fiber bars) and fruit
    6. I did cardio 40 minutes for like 5-6 days a week

    When I took that blood test with elevated liver enzymes I was 190lbs. with HIGH cholesterol an triglycerides For some strange reason this lifestyle has dropped my weight to 173 in the course of 2 months. I’m not starving myself I’m still full after I eat, I just consume a lot of veggies, fruits, and fiber over meat and potato chips.
    6. I don’t want a biopsy either, I hope my liver will heal and go back to normal. No thank you to cirrhosis and this “steatohepatitis”

    • ANSWER:
      The less excess weight, the better period. I don’t know there is a definitive answer to if NASH (non-alcoholic steatohepatitis) is reversible, but by dropping weight, you’ve done the major work of treating it at the least. No alcohol is also probably smart as your liver’s been stressed. Outside of that, I think just bide your time, making sure to practice good nutrition, avoid smoking, alcohol, and any unnecessary drugs. Exercise would be good as well. Hopefully your blood work will make the biopsy unnecessary; if not, they do have treatments that look promising.

      http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/nash/

      Good luck.

  24. QUESTION:
    what exactly does the fibrosis stage of 1-2/4 mean.?
    I just dont know exacty what the 1 means or the 2/4. This is my friends liver biopsy. He has chronic hep c. The inflammation is mild, the fibrosis stage is 1-2/4 (does this mean treatment) and steatosis is present , mixed micro and macrovesicual type, 30% of parenchyma (fatty liver). But I really need to translate what the 1-2/4 is exactly saying. Please help. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I conclude that your friend is between Stages 1 and 2, out of the 4 possible stages–the 4th being cirrhosis. Cirrhosis is a consequence of chronic liver disease characterized by replacement of liver tissue by fibrotic scar tissue as well as regenerative nodules, leading to progressive loss of liver function. In advanced stages of cirrhosis, the condition is irreversible and the only option would be a liver transplant.
      To help clarify, I found this on the web:
      Histological (biopsy) diagnosis classifies the severity of fibrosis into five stages, S0 to S4. Note: The letter S simply stands for stage.

      S0 means no fibrosis. S4 is cirrhosis. In between,
      S1 is a mild fibrosis only seen at the portal area.
      S2 is a moderate stage of fibrosis, between portal areas, but without the destruction of the lobular structure.
      S3 is severe fibrosis. At this stage, there is fibrostic bridging between portal areas and between portal areas and center veins.
      At S4, in addition to S3′s changes, there are pseudo-lobules formed and this stage is the final stage, cirrhosis.

      In cellular pathology, STEATOSIS is a condition which is a marker of sublethal cellular injury. It is also known as fatty change. It is characterised by the presence of abnormally large quantities of fat within a cell. Steatosis may affect the cells of a variety of tissues and organs. It reflects an impairment of the normal process of constant synthesis and breakdown of triglyceride fat. It may occur in the liver as a result of a variety of stresses, including hepatitis C and exposure to poisons such as ethanol (alcohol) and in obesity. The fat accumulates in vesicles that displace the cytoplasm. When the vesicles are sufficiently large that they distort the nucleus, the condition is known as MACROVESICULAR STEATOSIS. Otherwise the condition is known as MICROvesicular steatosis.

      “The need for liver biopsy in HCV infection should be predicated on the type of information that is being sought for an individual patient. The presence or absence of cirrhosis is clinically relevant in many cases where THERAPY WITH ANTIVIRALS is being considered. All other features being constant, the PRESENCE of bridging fibrosis or cirrhosis markedly REDUCES the expected response rate to antiviral therapy.” Furthermore, Hepatitis C leads to chronic liver infection in 90% of its victims, and can develop cirrhosis or liver cancer after 20 years of being infected with the virus. It causes up to 10,000 deaths yearly in the U.S., and is the No.1 reason for liver transplantation.

  25. QUESTION:
    Anyone ever heard of this happening to a liver patient?
    My husband’s liver is damaged..although we don’t know the extent because he doesn’t want to have a biopsy performed. He is a heavy drinker and won’t slow down. I’ve asked a of questions about liver failure already but here is something really interesting about my husband’s case:

    He was diagnosed with fatty liver back in December but since he was an active drinker, the doc suspected the damage could be pretty bad. Anyway…I’ll leave out all the details…but over time, since December, the skin surface around the area where his liver and pancreas are, is covered with bloody lesions that continually scab over and then bleed again. It is as if they cannot heal. Skin biopsies and tests have come back negative. I personally believe that the skin is literally responding to the toxins that have built up in his liver and pancreas and the skin is reacting. But I’ve haven’t been able to find anyone else out there who has heard of this.

    Any thoughts?

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      People who have liver cell damaged, the functions
      that the liver cells usually does start to deteriorate.
      One of the functions of the liver is to make clotting
      factors. If the liver cannot make this, the liver
      patient will bleed and bruise very easily. Just a
      minor bump can cause what looks like a major
      bruise just under the layer of skin. If the patient
      is itchy and they scratch, they may also develop
      this problem.
      Some people have spider veins. These look like
      tiny little veins in the shape of a spider. When you
      press on them, the will blanche and then become
      red again when released and the blood flows
      through them. (known as spider angiomas)

      Fat inside the liver can come from alcohol consumption.
      This puts pressure inside the liver that can damage the
      liver cells. When the cells become damaged, the immune
      system of the body responds to this damage and cause
      inflammation inside the liver which will cause the liver
      to enlarge in size. If the alcohol is not stopped and
      the inflammation isn’t treated…it can lead to where the
      liver cells die off and form scar tissue inside the liver
      that blocks the flow of blood…this is then known as
      Cirrhosis of the liver and it cannot be reversed, only slowed
      down in advancement by following doctor treatment.

      Here are some links that may be of help to you, 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.free-articles-zone.com/article/104226/Angioma%20Treatment%20Tips

  26. QUESTION:
    hi, I just recently had a bone marrow biopsy and waiting for results, what I would like to know is that I have
    low white cell count, and red cells are low but big, almost twice in size, I have been going to one hospital to another, so I am dealing with 3 hospitals and about 10 different docs…..can anyone shed some light on the the bigger red cells and bonne marrow and what it all is going towards or looking for…thank you…confused too many cooks in the pot..p.s. also have a tumour near ovary waiting to be operated and was told I have a non viral hepititis, fatty liver..
    I have not been very clear as to what I wanted to be answered , so I am to blame….I really only wanted to know….why my red cells are huge but not enough…. thanks you next time I will know to keep it short and to the point…..

    • ANSWER:
      Your case does not sound simple. There seem to be multiple medical problems.

      My best advice is to stick to the advice of your doctors who,Iam sure is doing their best.

      10 BRAINS ARE BETTER THAN ONE.

  27. QUESTION:
    A 44-year-old male with early Type 2 diabetes mellitus is found to have a markedly increased serum ferritin…?
    A 44-year-old male with early Type 2 diabetes mellitus is found to have a markedly increased serum ferritin concentration. He is overweight and has smoked cigarettes for 20 years. He undergoes a liver biopsy and the microscopic appearance of the liver shows blue cytoplasmic inclusions with Perls stain. Based on the information you have been given, what is the main advice would you give this patient?

    A.He needs insulin injections
    B.His siblings are at high risk of developing the same condition
    C.He will most likely develop acute inflammation of the liver
    D.Obesity may have contributed to the condition and he should lose weight
    E.He is likely to develop congestive heart failure from this condition

    If you know can you explain why as well please? I don’t know much about this, but I think the blue inclusions would be iron? This could be haemochromatosis, I found links between cirrhosis and haemochromatosis and diabetes, and something about fatty liver disease as well. But can’t think what the answer would be.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      This is quite the nasty question! I think the answer is (E), but I know others may not agree. This is clearly Haemochromatosis. Perls stain is for Iron, and Type II diabetes is linked to the disease (pancreatic deposition of Iron) which presents in men in their 30′s-50′s and elevated Ferritin is a marker for the disease (albeit not a good one since it is an acute phase protein and TSATs are better). It is autosomal recessive. I am assuming that this is a Single Best Answer question.

      Firstly (A) is rubbish… if he is controlled, then he doesn’t need insulin injection.

      (B) is a dodgy answer… his siblings have at least 25% chance of developing the conditions since this man’s parents must have at least been carriers. If one of his parents had the disease, then the siblings have an increased chance. However, some people never actually present with symptoms even though they have both recessive genes. This applies especially to females, who are protected by menstual bleed. After menopause they then have a period of about 30 years or so when the Iron gathers, but that may not be long enough for them to present. In summary, whilst (B) may be true, it is not the BEST answer.

      (C) is not the answer… Hepatitis does occur in Haemochromotosis, but it isn’t common or likely at this stage. He is more likely to develop cirrhosis.

      (D) is also true. However it is not the mainstay of treatment and will not benefit him as much as other treatments. Obesity tends to exacerbate liver disease but is not a key feature of the disease, thus not the best answer.

      (E) refers to Cardiomyopathy associated with Haemochromotosis. This is due to Iron deposition in the Heart. I don’t know how common it is, but is commonly taught as a feature/symptom of Haemochromotosis and is thus the best answer of the options.

      I hope this helps.

  28. QUESTION:
    I’m scared I have got cirrhosis?
    I’m only 25, and have been a heavy drinker for several years now. About 8 years ago I started drinking heavily, 6 pints or more each night in the pub. I was diagnosed with depression aboout 5 years ago and so didn’t drink at all when I was on anti-depressants for 9 months or so. Since I came off antidepressants I have been drinking heavily again, at one stage about 2 bottles of red wine each night, and sometimes drinking all day at weekends (up to ten cans of lager). I am now terrified I have cirrhosis, I have no symptoms other than that I am tired all the time, and more worryingly I have red palms of the hands and feet, also some minor jaundice in my eyes, but not so bad that anyones commented on it. I am seeing the doctor on Friday on an unrelated manner but wonder if I should mention it to her. I am scared of hospitals and dont want to be sent for a liver biopsy. I am quite prepared to stop drinking from today, but I am worried that the damage may now already be done and irreversible. I’m too young to die, its seems that everything that could have gone wrong in my life has gone wrong and now this looks like it could be the final nail in the coffin. I totally regret the way I have been drinking over the last few years and if I could turn the clock back I would. :’( Do I have cirrhosis or could the damage have not gone that far yet? Everywhere I’ve looked, red palms (palmar erythema) is associated with cirrhosis and not any of the preceeding conditions (fatty liver, hepatitis). Dear God help me
    Forgot to say, a couple of years ago my liver was noticabley enlarged (fatty liver?) I am now concerned because my drinking has only reduced slightly, but I can no longer feel my liver at all which makes me think its shrunk due to cirrhosis

    • ANSWER:
      If you continue to drink, I guarantee that liver failure is going to kill you and it’s not an easy way to go. I hate being so blunt, but you are playing with fire here and need to know the truth. Everytime you drink alcohol it is poison to your liver. Remember that everytime you take a drink.

      You could have cirrhosis, but from what you tell me, it would indicate the early stage of the disease. You should at least get some labwork that would determine whether or not there is a serious problem. There are 4 stages of cirrhosis. In the early stage, when the source of the problem is taken away such as alcohol, people can get better. If they ignore the warning signs and continue to drink, the disease will progress to the later stages at which time only a transplant will keep them alive. You never want to reach that stage.

      Let this be your wake up call. Tell your doctor. Get the bloodwork done and stop drinking forever. I think you can get well again if you stop drinking NOW. You are very young and have your entire life ahead of you. Don’t make it a short one. Good luck and wish you the best.

  29. QUESTION:
    26 Old Male : Why am I always ill?
    I am a 26 year old male whom for the past 3 years seems to be constantly ill. In the past 6 months I have had pnumonia, then viral meninigits, a number of stomach bugs and flue like symptoms.

    I have been diagnosed with a fatty liver in the past year but have had the high enzyme count for 5 years. I should be having a liver biopsy done soon but is there any other things that could cause my diminished immune system? I eat healthy, exercise, don’t take vitamins tablets and cant find any reason why i’m ill a lot any ideas?
    enviroment is ok i guess, i do travel around 2 hours on public transport (trains) to and from work
    I drink plenty, have had no diets at all, eat plenty of fruit and veg and I only drink still flavoured water or squash never fizzy drinks.
    Forgot to add I don’t drink alchohol at all, haven’t done so for 8 years

    • ANSWER:
      Simple fatty liver, no problem – the outlook is good.
      Caused by alcoholic excess, diabetes, obesity – cut out or severely restrict alcohol, control diabetes, reduce weight
      But it can also be caused by high lipid levels in the blood, or can develop following a crash diet.
      You are having a tought time for a young man, your doctor will know much more than we can guess at.
      As for your immune system, stress, lack of exercise to boost the circulation and smoking can affect it.
      You say you are eating fruit, vegetables, wholegrains (healthy), do you drink lots of water and fruit juice?
      No-one knows why non alcoholic steatohepatitis (inflamed fatty liver) develops, can be a complication of the above listed causes. There is no specific treatment – the usual limit alcohol, eat a low fat diet.

  30. QUESTION:
    I was just told that I have metabolic syndrome and I am insulin resistant.?
    I am not diabetic but am worried that I could become diabetic in the future. My liver functions are also high and I have recently had a biopsy and was diagnosed with fatty liver. I am on medformin and I am hoping that it helps me lose weight in the process of controling my insulin. Anyone else out there going through same thing? Any body pains along with this condition also?

    • ANSWER:
      Hey Sweetie,
      I am a working Mom at a Navy Hospital, and I have a daughter in her 2nd year of college. Several of my daughter’s friends have this same thing. You can beat this! Take it one step at a time. Don’t try to do all of these changes in one day.
      People with the metabolic syndrome do have an increased risk of coronary heart disease and other diseases related to plaque buildups in artery walls, like a stroke and type 2 diabetes. The metabolic syndrome has increased a lot in the United States lately. I think there is an estimated 50 million Americans that have it, and this number is growing.
      Your liver is working overtime, trying to filter out the junk food you are taking in. The liver produces enough natural cholesterol for your body already. Adding to that, is causing a huge build up. It’s no wonder you don’t feel well. Your body is working overtime.
      This is because most of our foods are processed with refined sugars. It is a quick and easy way to prepare food, and the sugar in it is addicting. Therefore, making you come back, and this adds to increased sales. You actually get addicted to the sweet taste and crave it. This generation has been brought up on McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Hardee’s and Burger King. All of that processed food, leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to health. Also, any time you eat starchy foods, like fries, rice, bread – your body turns that starch into sugar – sending more sugar throughout your body. If we all had a sugar meter on our heads, it would probably stay in High Alert for most people. We live on caffeine and sugar in order to keep up with our busy schedules. Work, college, children, etc.
      The best way to “move” that sugar, is to walk at least 3 times per week. You don’t have to run, you don’t even have to walk fast. Just a nice stroll, (without stopping to shop) through the mall will do it. If you don’t get this under control, then yes it is possible to be diabetic in the future. Walking is the key.
      Change your diet to limiting fast food restaurants,and switch to diet coke with Splenda. The taste is remarkable, and I got used to it by the end of my first can. Opt for more vegetables and less meat in your diet. Switch your milk to 1%, because dairy products tend to make blood sugar higher for some reason. Eat whole wheat bread, the White Wheat bread taste better than regular white bread. Try using “Splenda” instead – it taste the very same as sugar. If you want ice cream, Edy’s No Sugar Added brand is delicious.
      It’s going to take a life style change for this adjustment, but I can promise you – you’ll live longer and feel better because of it. Most people can overcome this and not have to take the medicine the rest of their life.
      My husband is diabetic and I’ve had no problems adjusting to his diet whatsoever.
      Hope this helps…

  31. QUESTION:
    Can liver cancer or a small tumor cause tenderness of a mass near the liver area?
    Ultrasound showed a 16mm tumor (yet to be determined if it is malignant or benign, taking CT next week) as well as other smaller lesions in the liver. Feel more tired than usual, but regain energy after napping. Certain loss of appetite, and can feel mild upper right abdominal pain. Can feel a mass underneath rib cage, the liver area, when pressing down on it, extreme tenderness and pain.

    Doctor only mentioned tumor during ultrasound and immediately scheduled me for a CT and biopsy. Does that rule out fatty infiltration and other liver diseases? Does that mean I have cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      It means they found a mass and several smaller lesions and they don’t know what type of cancer or something else without a biopsy.

      As it is liver cancer is frequently a secondary cancer (i.e. it spreads from somewhere else) they are also doing a CT scan to see if there are any masses anywhere else.

  32. QUESTION:
    Citrate and fatty acids?
    A farmer discovers his cattle on his new range are dying. It is found that the plants are producing 16-chloropalmitic acid. Liver biopsies also show that the sick cattle have highly elevated levels of citrate compared to healthy cattle. What metabolic pathway is being affected and at what step?

    • ANSWER:
      krebs cycle

  33. QUESTION:
    doc’s dont know whats wrong?
    i have had pain under my right rib cage for about 21/2 years now and the docs don’t know what is wrong. i have had mri’s ct’s hidascan’s bloodwork biopsy on liver, and they told me that i have a fatty liver. now i have numbness under my ribs. the army wants me to choose deployment or med board, and still i have pain and no answers. i need help bad.

    • ANSWER:
      If you have a fatty liver, the only cure for it is to lose weight by diet and exercise. No surgeries or medication’s can cure it. Seek out your doctor for advice, here are some resources:

      http://www.squidoo.com/fatty-liver-solution

      http://fattyliverdietplan.com

      http://fattyliverdisease.blogspot.com

      I hope this helps, good luck!

  34. QUESTION:
    Live function question?
    4 yrs ago my liver enzimes came back alittle elevated. My doctor test me for hep A,B,&C came back negative. He then reccomended me to a liver specialist, and did a ultra sound, normal,still my liver ALT test results where coming back still elevated alittle, did a biopsy to see if I had a fatty liver and it came back normal. He told me to come back in 6 mos to have a liver test done and this time everything was normal. Im 30 now and I have been drinking beer since Ive been 17 maybe 3x a week average some nights heavier than others. All of these test took place a couple years ago, it had me very worried to say the least but when my last test came back ok I felt I was fine. Ive been drinking for the last 2 yrs and now I find myself feeling tired alot esp after drinking, some ab pains, headaches, could it be my liver even after all my test came back normal just 2yrs ago? Can the liver be damaged in just 2 yrs? Sorry for long post had to add alot of detail.

    • ANSWER:
      I can’t believe how everyone seems to think that there is automatically a serious problem here. It depends on how much this person is drinking those 3x/week…if you’re having 6+ drinks 3x/wk, then there is a reason for concern.

      Have you been taking Tylenol or other pain medication? Taken in combination w/ alcohol, Tylenol is a really potent liver toxin.

      A biopsy to test for a fatty liver at 30??? Your doc should be able to just do a simple test: lie on your back on an exam table while he/she applies a little pressure on the liver. If you have a fatty liver, your jugular vein in your neck will protrude from blood emptying from the fatty liver into the vena cava….something seems fishy here….

  35. QUESTION:
    My cat has just been diagnosed with lymphopa?
    My cat is almost 11 yrs old and has just been diagnosed with lymphoma. He had stopped eating and was taken to the vet who took bloodwork, initially put him on antibiotics because he had a high wbc count and bilirubin level but nothing else remarkable. We took him back this past week for f/u and repeat bloodwork and xray…..x-ray showed an enlarged liver and bloodwork now showed elevated liver enzymes as well as high wbc and bilirubin. We took him to the emergency hospital who admitted him, put him on IV fluids and did an ultrasound. They called to say it appears to be lymphoma but would need to do a needle biopsy to confirm the diagnosis. We elected to just bring him home yesterday and to keep him as comfortable as possible. Now I am having second thoughts about not having the biopsy done, what if they are wrong and he dies from say fatty liver disease which is treatable. Anyone with insight or feedback on this, would be appreciated.
    Thank you very muc

    • ANSWER:
      I wouldn’t spend to much time deciding what to do because you could risk the little kitties life.
      Go to this website.

      http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?cls=1&cat=1376&articleid=219

      It has a lot of good info on the disease.

  36. QUESTION:
    Male breast cancer – high ALT AST values?
    We recently discovered a lump in my husbands breast. We have had a mammogram, in which the radiologist looked at it and ordered an ultrasound. Those came back with him requesting “Additional imaging” and “abnormal cell growth” Our doctor said its time to see a surgeon and dismiss further imaging. We see a surgeon on Wed. (I assume then they will take a look and decide rather or not they should remove or biopsy)

    Here is the kicker. Within the last two months, he has also been diagnosed with type II diabetes. AND he’s had what our doctors called a “fatty liver” . Diagnosed with that 3 years ago. HOWEVER, his cholesterol is good. Both his good and bad. His ALT and AST levels (liver function) has gradually went up over the last three years. He HAS had a liver CT scan that showed “NORMAL”. I was reading that cirrhosis of the liver could cause elevated ALT and AST levels. And also have read that cirrhosis is not always detected in CT scans.

    I’m wondering if this coudl all be related?
    I’ve read that cirrhosis of the liver can be a factor for male breast cancer.
    He’s recently lost 13 lbs in the last three weeks. However, he has changed his diet for diabetes too. So its hard to say rather or not that is from diet or something more serious.

    I know I’m probably jumping the gun here. I’m just concerned and worried. And the mammogram and ultrasound took him almost 2 weeks to get in for. Then another week for results. Another week to see a surgeon. I imagine another week for surgery and another week for results! UGH!!!!!!!

    Its getting more difficult to stay calm and collected here. We have four small children.
    I too was actually saddened by the “WOMANS breast health center” here in our town. When he went to have his mammogram, we were walking toward the entrance, and a sweet lil’ old lady (volunteer) gently grabbed my husbands arm, and told him ” I’m sorry sir, there are no men allowed back there” This not only saddened me, but emabaressed my husband because there were men there waiting for their wives, or partners in the waiting room. And of course they all looked up and knew that he was the one having the mammogram. My husband made light of the situation, however was clearly embaressed! He really had to pull his ‘man card’ and suck it up that day! Its sad that breast cancer is not recognized in both men and woman. I realize it happens 99% of the time, more in woman. But there is still that 1-2% of men who have it. They really should recognize those men too!

    • ANSWER:
      I can’t give you any medical advice unfortunately as I am not qualified to say so.. However.. I do know people are shocked when men get Breast cancer as the majority of women think only women get it.. obviously it’s rarer in men but I wanted to take part in a breast cancer fun run last year and was told I couldn’t because I was a man… I was saddened and outraged by this and it just shows you how ill informed some people are.

      All I can say to you is I wish your husband a speedy recovery and that everything gets sorted for both of you.

      Good luck

  37. QUESTION:
    Gastritis……h. pylori bacteria bacteria/infection?
    It all started 5 months ago, my mother was always tired and could not eat a single thing….went to the doctor, found out she has gastritis. The lining in her stomach is gone and the bacteria is still present. She cannot eat a thing as she gets extremely fatigued after eating whatever it may be. If she does eat, she gets very swollen from her stomach, then the pressure pushes up on her heart and she begins to have an anxiety attack. She has lost 40 lbs in a short while. She is always tired, she has no strength.

    About a month and a half ago she was placed on PrevPac (14 days of medication). She began taking it but got very ill to the point where she had to stay off the medication. Just recently about 2 weeks ago the doctor told her to just take 2 in the morning and 2 at night of the amoxillan, which she is doing but she still feels fatigued, has anxiety, her heart races during the day and wakes her up in the middle of the night. She still cannot eat anything except for a small amount of vegetables, fruit or a small bowl of soup.

    We have tried alternative remedies as well but nothing seems to work. She has been drinking cabbage juice for a while as that is supposed to slowly heal her stomach as helping the lining of the stomach come back. She is drinking coconut water too. We have tried Pepto-Bismol as well. We are even going to try Manuka Honey, we are still waiting for it to arrive from New Zealand.

    I guess I would like to know if anyone knows of any other types of medications she could possibly take. She does have fatty liver disease so any type of medication will do harm to her liver. I think she should get a second opinion even though they already did an endoscopy and took a biopsy of her stomach.

    My family and I are very worried because we are helpless to her. Nothing we do seems to help. She is tired as well.

    • ANSWER:
      I had the same issue, having the swelling and pressure along with weight loss. Although I tested negative for h.pylori (big name for the bacteria that causes ulcers.) I was put on prescription Prilosec to treat it. It went away in about a month. The manuka honey is also a great idea. That stuff has so many uses!

  38. QUESTION:
    Whats happening with me?!?
    Hello am a 25 years old male with a long story, at July i started having this itchy redness on my chest I first ignored it for some time but it did not go away I went to the doc he gave me a cream and pills for the itching I finished my medications and still it was still there! later on at November something started I had a cold and was watching tv when suddenly i felt very sleepy and I could not walk in a straight line! later that night i started having numbness in my hands and legs & feeling my heart is skipping a beat! I went to the ER they said am having these symptoms becuz I use the computer a lot since am a graphic designer! Bullshit I know they had me do a diabetes test and it came back normal. my symptoms began to become worser every night I wake up 2 – 3 times with little finger and ring finger numb! (in both hands) and the rash turned into little bumps and 2 to 3 moles turned red I also had trouble walking and focusing I went to a neurologist who asked for MRI for the brain and for the cervical spine and they both came back normal so my neurologis gave me relaxing pills and said it was all stress!! I went to an ENT doctor who said that I had infections both in my ears and nose gave antibiotics and spray I finished my medications and felt a little better i could walk again! the problem of course did not stop it went to my digestive system I had bad acid refluxes and stomach pain I went to the doctor who preformed a gastroenterology and found that I had an inflamed esophagus and infection in my stomach and tearing in my diaphragm plus urinary tract infection! I am on 4 medications for that now stomach pain is gone but I barely fart and have solid stools! I did a stool test which came back normal. Later on i started having pain in my left kidney I did two ultra sounds which revealed 7mm kidney stone and during the second ultra sound it showed that i had a fatty liver! i also had some pain in my middle rip cage bone when I inhale i did a chest xray which came back also normal. I went to two demonologists who also gave me creams and pills for my rash but i did not go away as well the first one told me that my moles were infected gave me antibiotics as well did not do anything to me ofcourse i went back for a check up and he said my rash is better when it was the same the second doctor told me i have nothing to be afraid of my moles are normal! I also had 4 cbc tests one showed my WBC was 5900 and then 10400 and then 11400 and then 8500 ! everything else was normal! I also checked my b12 and Potassium and creatine also normal! I also had a thyroid gland test which also came back normal! I did 2 ECGs for my heart which came back also normal ! am losing weight in a very weird way and I have no appetite to eat my rash is still there and has spread to my back and if touch my skin it turns to a big patch of redness and i can see little purple veins on my chest my fingers still get numb at night (sometimes my legs 2) plus muscle twitching all over one night i woke up with whole body numb and getting gos pumps all over. I have drumming sensations and ringing in my ears at night I have no fever at all! its very frustrating to the point that it made me cry! its effecting my whole life! I dont know what to do please help me with you suggestions! I am going to have my kidney stone removed tom. and am going to ignore what my demonologists said and have a skin biopsy of these moles!

    • ANSWER:
      I really feel for you, that all sounds like a complete nightmare.

      I’ve had a lifelong fight with my own health – the reason they couldn’t find anything wrong was because I was getting so many different and varying symptoms that nothing made sense. Once we found one problem the others unravelled one by one.

      All I can say to you is keep pursuing this with your doctor and as many other doctors as you possibly can. The minute you give up, so will they.

      Good luck with everything.

  39. QUESTION:
    Could doc be wrong about my husband NOT having ascites?
    Okay…so my husband has liver disease…although we don’t yet know how far it has progressed. He was diagnosed with fatty liver after an ultrasound and blood work but no biopsies have been done yet.

    He drinks heavily and since that diagnosis, for months ago, appears to have gained a lot of weight mainly on his stomach. His stomach is very hard and round and he often has shortness of breath. To me, it seemed like typical ascites….however….a few days ago our doc checked him while my husband laid on his back and side. The doc thumped his stomach in several places and checked to see of any fluid “moved” or shifted during different positions. Our doc said this didn’t appear to be ascites.

    So, my question is: Could our doc be wrong about this NOT being ascites? Is this an easy thing to diagnose manually, as our doc did, so to speak?

    I know my husband and have never seen him gain weight quite like this..and the shortness of breath mystery still lingers for him.

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:

  40. QUESTION:
    What is your opinion: ultrasound findings of Diffuse Hepatocellular Disease?
    I went to a gastroenterologist back in Oct of 2010 because of pain and bloating that I was having in my upper abdomen and a 12 year history of almost daily diarrhea. I had a colonoscopy in about 1992 and again in about 2004 (all different doctors through the years because of changing of insurances) and both colonoscopies were negative for disease, even the couple dozen biopsies the one gastro dr took in 2004.

    The gastro dr I saw this last Oct ’10 ordered an ultrasound of my abdomen and a liver function test (blood test). The dr told me that the report said that I have a “very very fatty liver” and “everything else looks good”. He said because of my age (female, 51 yr old), that I should have a colonoscopy. I’ve been putting it off because I don’t like this dr. And he said that because of my pain and fatty liver, I should get a hepatitis test, so I did and came back normal.

    I got to thinking about how important it probably is for me to get a colonoscopy done but because I don’t like this gastro dr, I am going to go to a different one. (Yes I know I should have taken care of this last October) So I called his office last week and asked for a copy of my ultrasound report so I would have that in hand when I go to see a different gastro dr. I got the report in the mail the other day and was shocked to see that it says “Impression: 1. Increased echogenicity of the liver consistent with diffuse hepatocellular disease and raising the possibility of fatty infiltration. 2. Otherwise unremarkable ultrasound examination of the abdomen.”

    That dr never discussed “diffuse hepatocellular disease”. He only said I have a fatty liver. By the way, I had other blood tests done at the same time that my regular dr had ordered and the lab sent ALL of the blood test results to the gastro dr AND my PCP. I saw the gastro dr first and he told me that ALL of my tests were all normal, when they clearly are not. Here are my blood test results:

    RDW 15.4 (11.5-14.5 %)
    Monocytes 0.7 (0.11-0.59 thou/uL) (I have not been sick)
    Carbon Dioxide 33 (22-30 mmol/L)
    AST 52 (14-36 U/L)
    ALT 63 (7-56 U/L)
    And my GFR-MDRD is 70 (Greater than 90 mL/min/1.73 m2)
    (I read that a score of 70 means that I have mild kidney damage)
    These results were normal but at the high end of normal:
    WBC was 9.1 (4.8-10.8)
    Sodium 145 (137-145 mmol/L)
    Glucose 100 (70-110 mg/dL) (this was after a 13 hour fast)
    Cholesterol was good at 159 but the other lipid results were not good.

    I read that Diffuse Hepatocellular Disease is either caused by infection or cancer. So since my blood test for Hepatitis was normal… does this mean the possibility for cancer is raised? What do you think of all this? As mentioned in another yahoo answers post I made last year, I did have an ANA test done in about 2004 and it showed 1:80 Speckled Pattern.
    I drink alcohol maybe 1 to 3 times a year at the most. When I do drink, I usually don’t even drink half of a bottle of beer or half a glass of a margarita (Mexican Restaurant). My husband always finishes it for me LOL. I did get flat out drunk one time when I was a teenager but that’s the only time I can ever remember getting drunk.

    I do take about 6 prescriptions daily for a bad heart valve, allergies, asthma, etc. I do not take street drugs although I experimented with drugs as a teenager (mostly marijuana) and I have never used intravenous drugs.
    I am approx. 100 pounds overweight, most of it gained in the last 12 years. Before that, almost my whole life I was extremely thin….. I am 5′ 8″ and 251 pounds with a medium build.
    abijann, are you saying that Diffuse Hepatocellular Disease can also just be a simple case of Fatty Liver? I thought it only means infection or cancer…

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver disease can be caused by different
      reasons:
      weight gain, fast weight loss, obesity,
      malnourishment, diabetes, insulin resistance,
      certain types of drugs (like steriods),
      high cholesterol/triglyceride levels,
      alcohol consumption, chemical exposure and
      others.

      Fat inside the liver usually starts out as being
      “simple fatty liver” that doesn’t cause a problem.
      However, if the fat continues to build up inside
      the liver, the fat causes pressure inside the
      liver and causes liver cell damage.
      The immune system of the body may respond
      to this damage and cause inflammation to
      develop inside the liver. This is then known
      as Steatohepatitis. Steato stands for fat,
      hepat stands for liver, and itis stands for
      inflammation. It is much more serious, then.
      [Hepato means liver, and cellular means the
      liver cells]
      The inflammation inside the liver caused
      by the fat build up can lead to the liver
      enlarging in size. This is best seen on
      an ultrasound or Ct scan.

      Fatty liver is just one of the causes of liver
      cell damage; some other are alcohol
      consumption, medication toxification,
      chemical exposure, mushroom poisoning,
      biliary problem, metabolic disease,
      hereditary conditions, viral or parasite
      infections, cysts/growth/tumors/cancer,
      and many others.

      If there is inflammation inside the liver,
      if the cause isn’t found and stopped…
      it can lead to where the liver cells die off and
      form scar tissue inside the liver…this then becomes
      an irreversible, progressive disease known as
      Cirrhosis of the liver.

      I believe you need to find a doctor who you are
      comfortable with and can trust and follow whatever
      advice he give you…he may place you on a special
      diet; if this is the true cause. It would be best to
      be referred to a dietitian who will take into account
      all your medical conditions. Your liver enzymes:
      the ALT and AST are slightly high. However, they
      also check the liver function tests and liver viral
      tests and also the liver cancer test…before making
      a diagnosis.

      Here are some links to click on to learn more about
      fatty liver 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 to understand while reading:
      NASH is non alcoholic causes of steatohepatitis (which
      I mentioned above)
      NAFLD is non alcohol causes of fatty liver disease
      Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver because of any
      number of reasons.
      Hepatitis with a letter after it (like Hepatitis A,B,C) is
      a virus that enters the body and uses the liver cells
      to replicate itself
      Cirrhosis is Death of the liver cells and scar tissue
      formation inside the liver.

      The ANA test is usually done to determine if you have
      an autoimmune disease. That means that you immune
      system may be attacking your own living cells. Each
      cells has its own marker that the immune system
      recognizes as being us….most of the time, they don’t
      know why the immune system turns on its own patient.
      Here is some information from this site that explains
      your results a little better:

      http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=2232

      Quoting from this site; something to think about and ask
      your doctor:
      “ANAs are present in approximately 5% of the normal population,
      usually in low titers (low levels). These persons have no disease.
      Titers of lower than 1:80 are less likely to be significant.
      Even higher titers are insignificant with aging over age 60 years.
      Ultimately, the ANA result must be interpreted in the specific
      context of the symptoms and other test results for the patient.
      It may or may not be significant in an individual.

      All liver patients are told, No alcohol. To be sure each
      and every doctor knows what medications you are taking
      (as medications goes through the liver first, to be broken
      down, before going to the rest of the body).
      When stating medications, this includes over the counter,
      herbs, vitamins, minerals, supplements, etc…besides
      your prescribed ones. Medications have to be watched
      closely for the dosage if there is liver cells damage.
      The liver cells are what does the function of the liver.

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

  41. QUESTION:
    help i donno what this is!?
    hello am 25 years old male I am a smoker and stopped drinking alcohol since the start of 2010 been suffering weird things lately, symptoms began with itchy redness on chest that wont go away even with creams , that was in July 2010, later in November i started experiencing numbness in hand fingers and legs while sleeping, itchy red eyes, drumming sensation in my left ear (only when i try to sleep) pain in my leg bones, urinary tract infection,high heart pulse, difficultly balancing myself while walking, moles turned red (i have so many of those) I had night sweats for a couple of days no swollen lymph nodes. I also had a high fever for couple of days as well, acid reflux with changes in bowel movement, i also suffered from loss of appetite for a while also a cough with green septum, fatigue, Oral thrush and weight loss & waking up many times at night. some of these symptoms subsided but some are still there, what i am suffering from now is weight loss, oral thrush, drumming sensation in my left ear, itchy red eyes, constipation, itchy rash with blusters on chest, numbness sometimes in my hand fingers at night, slight bone pains, I had many tests done these tests were:

    CBC x 5
    The first one was normal WBC 5000
    Second test showed elevated WBC 10400.
    Third test showed also elevated WBC 11400.
    Fourth Test Showed Normal results WBC was 8000
    Fifth test showed also normal results WBC was 7000

    —————————————————————————–

    3 abdominal ultra sounds
    First one showed normal results except a 7mm left kidney stone
    Second one showed enlarged liver due to fatty infiltration and the kidney stone
    After having the stone removed the ultra sound showed normal results.

    ——————————————————————————-

    Brain and cervical spine MRI

    All normal no abnormalities.

    ——————————————————————————–
    2 chest xrays

    first one was normal
    second showed the bronchovascular lungs land markings are increased associated with peribronchial walls thickening

    —————————————————————————————

    Chest CT Chest CT

    all normal except for : collapse consolidation is seen at the inferior segment.

    —————————————————————————————

    One Mole Biopsy

    Showed irritated compound nevus and the immunostaining revealed that less than 1% of the nevus cells are positive which is consistent with the benign nature of the lesion .

    ————————————————————————————

    Urine Analysis x2

    first one showed mucus with wbc count 30 and rbc 5

    second one showed normal results wbc was 2 and rbc was 2-3 (ghost) with few mucus.

    ——————————————————————————–

    Thyroid stimulating hormone

    was normal

    ——————————————————————————–

    Stool Analysis

    was normal

    ——————————————————————————

    Glucose, Fasting serum

    was normal

    —————————————————————————

    Esophago-gastro-duodenoscopy

    Small hiatus hernia
    peptic esophagitis (GERD, grade a)
    Chronic gastritis with antral erosions

    ————————————————————————–

    Heart Electrocardiography x3

    were normal

    ————————————————————————-
    heart echo

    was normal

    ———————————————————————–

    Uric Acid serum

    normal

    ———————————————————————–

    CRP high sensitivity serum

    was 12.07 MG/L

    ———————————————————————

    Electrolytes serum ( sodium, potassium, chloride)

    all normal

    ——————————————————————–

    Urea & creatinine serum

    normal

    ——————————————————————

    b12 serum

    was 257.5
    —————————————————————–

    Protein, Bilirubin, alkaline phosphatase, aspartate aminotransferase, alanine aminotransferase, blod urea nitrogen

    were all normal

    I have been treated for my abnormal results but i sill feel generally unwell with my rash, oral thrush, weight loss, red eyes are still there please help me tell me what should i do next!! I am dying to find an answer and get back to my life as it was!

    • ANSWER:
      There are so many symptoms, but some of them sound like shingles.

      http://www.medicinenet.com/shingles/article.htm

  42. QUESTION:
    electrical heart malfunction. what tests, scans?
    we [me and my husband] went to my HMO so i could see the head of cardiology, Dr X. very peculiar man. started out nice and funny. he asked me about my heart history so i told him:
    =unpredictable angina which began when i was 23
    =1998 hole in atrial wall via bubble echo
    =year of TIAs and visual distortions as thyroid Rx was not at right dose; diagnosed by Johns Hopkins [not non-painful migraines]
    =3 heart attacks since thyroid removed in 1997 due to cancer, first one was 2 months after surgery when thyroid Rx not working
    =other HMO branch, in hospital overnight to investigate weird heart beats associated with TIAs–flat line 6 times and heart fibrillates itself to start up, thereby churning up blood which goes through the atrial hole in the heart all lumpy, causing the TIAs and visual distortions. when the heart stops, i cannot breathe in or out
    =2005 CHF diagnosed, put on Digoxin and Spironlactone [can finally sleep lying down flat and pee 12lbs water overnight on first digoxin dose]. heart is reasonably OK till 2008 when it periodically goes wacko again, palpitations, fluttering, missing beats, extra beats, no beats, aching.
    =bad oedema 2009: face hands and legs and feet and ankles…
    =lungs fill up at night with fluid and i cough a weird cough for the past 3 years
    =[plus I have two swollen spleens [instead of just one] and my liver is swollen at 25cm with 4 masses which HMO says are fatty, Europe says are not. and i have new thyroid tissue regrowth as of 2008 which aches, feels like the cancer did in 1997 and makes fluttery feelings in the blood vessel in my neck base down to my chest, then to my heart. and he knows i am a diabetic 1.5 LADA, with gastroparesis stomach nerve damage, and have lymphoblastic leukaemia since bone/marrow biopsy 2006]

    so he tells me: ”forget about your heart history, i can’t access your other records. a heart ultrasound here was fine last year, as well as a nuclear treadmill test. there was no sign of a hole.” he also says ”tests last year had your liver at 18cm, i can’t pay attention to a May MRI from Europe that says it’s 25cm.” [even though i told him i had the 2009 MRI with me] um hellooo ???? forget my heart history? i ask him if a hole can heal, twice, he will not reply.

    he gets a bit uppity, feels the swollen liver and spleens, hears something in my lungs. tries to tell me the stomach reflux is making my lungs fill up, except i get reflux maybe once every 10 days and take a Losec that stops it in about 20 minutes, and yet the lung fill up happens EVERY night; he does not get the logic of this statement. I take Cilroton for the gastroparesis [European Rx not available in the USA] as I was taken off Reglan as it gave me terrible side effects and nerve damage after taking it for a over a year.

    then asks me if i exercise, i say “i can’t, as i get out of breath and gasping for air just walking from car port to the apt”. so he says, ”OK if you can’t walk i want to see you on a treadmill right now!” like some kind of challenge. makes me do a treadmill test, mostly, i intuitively feel, so he can say f-you there is nothing wrong, his coup on top of last year’s tests, like go away and stop bothering everyone here.

    except i can barely do it, gasping, dizzier [dizzy before i began, and all the time], high BP, i can’t keep my feet at the front of treadmill, i’m hanging on, my feet keep drifting back so i am getting more and more stretched out and almost horizontal while struggling to walk and stay upright; they keep telling me to keep my eyes open, and then the tech doing the machine says, ”come here, come here, look at this!” so Dr. X goes over to the machine with the heartbeats graph and the big print out, goes absolutely purple as a beet and has to admit that there is some kind of ”electrical malfunction of the heart”.

    he wants me to have a cardiac cauterization in the groin test, but i cannot do iodine in the dye, highly allergic to it.
    is there another kind of heart test to show the inner workings of the heart, possible clogged arteries/veins, valves that aren’t working, etc etc and whatever ”electrical malfunction” they are looking for? something that is less invasive and less dangerous with their past propensity to mess up any internal procedure, both in Hawaii and California??? some kind of scan, an MRI, MRA or whatever, colour doppler? anything other than them thrashing about in my veins and heart with catheters?

    • ANSWER:
      CT scan uses an x-ray beam that slices through you like a knife carving a spiral ham.
      Radiologists are the doctors that specialize in reading images of the body and therefore know which test is best for showing anatomy according to the reason for the exam. Very experienced CT and MRI technologists will also know from working with Radiologists.
      MRI ( magnetic resonance imaging) uses a magnetic field with radio frequencies introduced into it.
      When your body is placed inside the magnetic field, the molecules of water in your body (hydrogen molecules) will start to spin like a kid’s top when he spins it. The top will begin to wobble as it slows down.
      Your hydrogen molecules will start to wobble just like the top does at a certain rate of speed; the stronger the magnetic field, the faster they will wobble and the weaker the magnetic field, the slower they will wobble; it depends on the strength of the magnetic field.
      Then a radio frequency is introduced into the magnetic field at the same rate of speed at which the “tops wobble” causing the wobbling tops and radio frequency to sing out together sharing the same signal frequency. That signal is used by the MRI computer to produce the image.

      An MRI that focuses on the heart or blood vessels can assess: The size and thickness of walls in your heart’s chambers.The extent of damage caused by heart attack or heart disease. The buildup of plaques and blockages in your blood vessels. Structural problems in you aorta, such as aneurysms or dissections.
      An MRI typically lasts about an hour. You must hold very still because movement can blur the resulting images. In some cases, contrast agents are injected into your veins to enhance the appearance of certain tissues or blood vessels in the images.

      Take care as always!

  43. QUESTION:
    How do I get a diagnosis? I am desperate.?
    I’m so desperate, I’m asking an internet forum.
    I have been sick for six months. This illness continues to get more painful and more debilitating. I have seen multiple doctors, to no avail. Is there ANYONE out there with advice? My doctors are seeming to get sick of me. My life is non-existent. I can’t leave my house. I can’t function. I am constantly in pain, all over my body.

    I am a 20 year old female. I have had digestive symptoms for months.
    I have frequent bowel movements (7+ times per day), most of which are diarrhea or extremely loose. Anti-diarrheal medications do not work; the only thing that “works” to solidify my stool is Vicodin, but this constipates me, which doesn’t help either.
    My stool contains a great deal of undigested food – vegetables (lettuce, tomato, etc), meat, grain (rice cereal, etc.).
    I have severe abdominal distension.
    I have sharp pains throughout my abdomen constantly.
    My stool is usually extremely fatty, foamy, and foul-smelling.
    Nearly every bowel movement is painful.
    I am nauseous daily. I never know if I will be able to keep down food. Accompanying food with milk seems to ease the nausea.
    My weight fluctuates extremely. My typical weight is 140 (I am 5’11″) and it drops down to 125 and back up within a week or two.
    This is accompanied by many other symptoms – joint pain, extreme fatigue, chest pain, heart palpitations, inability to control body temperature (alternating quickly between sweating and shaking with cold chills), muscle weakness, hand tremors, hypoglycemia, low blood pressure, blurred/distorted vision, memory loss, confusion, frequent urination, near-daily low-grade fevers, constant headache.

    I have seen an internist, a gastroenterologist, and a gynecologist.
    In May, I went in for surgery to remove a ruptured ovarian cyst, at which point they also noticed appendicitis and removed my appendix. The biopsy of my appendix returned somewhat normal, except they had found multiple stones and stool within the appendix, but said it seemed normal.

    During a follow-up gynecologic exam, my doctor did an ultrasound due to my abdominal distension, and saw that my large intestine was in between my uterus and my bladder.

    I have since had a colonoscopy, an endoscopy, a great deal of bloodwork (vitamin levels, ANA, CSR, RA,H.pylori, liver and kidney panels, CBC) an EKG, and a stool study to test for bacteria and parasites.

    All of these tests have come back clean/negative.

    What do I do next? My doctors are literally guessing. I’m currently taking meclizine, in the off chance that I may have an inner ear infection that they can’t see? The medicine is not helping.
    They have not given me any more medicine.
    I am completely lost, and constantly miserable. Any advice would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      I’m sorry to hear all that you are going through. I don’t know if your gastroenterologist or other docs checked you out for this (doesn’t sound like they did) but I’d have a GES (gastric emptying scan) done to rule out Gastroparesis. Most of the symptoms you’ve listed are the same ones I deal with and I was diagnosed with Gastroparesis. Also, have your hormone levels checked too. If your estrogen levels are off it can cause some of the symptoms too. A possibility with your bowels is that you probably have IBS-D (irritable bowel syndrome – diarrhea dominant). I’d ask your gastroenterologist about that. I hope this info helps.

      Praying you get a diagnosis soon and feel much better soon.


Alcohol Liver Pain

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Can a fatty liver from drinking too much alcohol cause some slight pain?
    I have some pain in my liver area not much but it’s discomforting, I do have an alcohol problem but haven’t had drink in 3 days can it be fatty liver or something worse?
    I am going cold turkey no more booze for me I don’t want to damage my liver even more if it is damaged right now.

    • ANSWER:
      The best thing to do, right now, is to go to the doctors and
      ask that liver enzymes and liver function blood tests be done to
      check your liver. The doctor can tell from these tests how bad
      your liver cells have become damaged and how well the liver
      cells are still able to do the necessary functions to keep the
      body well. He can also tell if this is a liver or biliary problem
      depending on which blood tests are high.

      Alcohol can damage the liver in different ways. The liver
      takes toxins from the blood and converts them to non toxic
      forms that the body can easily dispose of.
      Over consuming alcohol in a short time period doesn’t
      allow the liver time to convert the alcohol to acetaldehyde,
      acetate, and then to carbon dioxide and water. Not
      converted completely can cause it to be toxic to the liver
      cells. Consuming alcohol over long times periods can
      lead to a fat build up inside the liver. This usually starts
      out as simple fatty liver and as it continues to build up,
      it leads to Steatohepatitis. Steato is fat, hepat is liver,
      and itis is inflammation. This inflammation inside the
      liver causes the liver to enlarge in size. Another way
      it can cause damage is if the person is more sensitive to
      alcohol than others are or are allergic to it…they are
      more prone to liver disease than others are, if this is
      the case. One more way is to take alcohol with
      medications which can cause an interaction that will
      immediately damage the liver cells.

      If the inflammation has develop in the liver because of
      the alcohol itself, or fat build up in the liver…and it causes
      the liver to enlarge in size…then it can lead to where the
      liver cells die off and form scar tissue inside the liver
      that can block the flow of blood. This is then an
      irreversible, progressive disease known as Cirrhosis of
      the liver.

      Stopping alcohol is the best to do. Finding out how much
      the liver is damaged from this is necessary if you want to
      be sure it hasn’t reached the point of the liver cells dying.
      It depends on how much liver cell damage there is, how
      long it will take you to completely recover from it…as
      long as the liver cells haven’t reach the point of dying off.
      Stopping the alcohol, even if it has passed this point will
      slow down, considerably, cirrhosis advancing.

      You should be under doctor care when coming off the alcohol.
      The side effects of doing so can be reduced by the medications
      the doctor can provide. He can also monitor you to be sure
      that your body is able to adjust and handle what is taking place.
      It can be dangerous if this isn’t done.

      Best wishes to you. It is hard to come off the alcohol and you
      seemed strong willed enough to do it.
      I hope this information has been of help to you.

  2. QUESTION:
    Chronic Liver pain when drinking alcohol?
    I’ve had liver pain for the last year or so when I drink. I drink maybe 1 every week or 2. But I can take in a lot. I’ve been doing this for like 10 years. Every blood test i’ve done has said that by all accounts my liver is fine. What could this be? Is there something else I could do?

    I want to get to the bottom of this….

    • ANSWER:

  3. QUESTION:
    Alcohol and liver pain?
    I have been drinking habitually since I was around 21 (I am 27 today). I did drink before that but not habitually. By habitually, I mean 3-4 times a month but I would binge (8-10 beers on each occassion). I don’t consider myself an raging alcoholic nor do I consider myself a moderate drinker. Now the last few times (the day after) I drank I noticed a slight dull pain where my liver resides. Now I fear that this pain is probably related to liver damage (hopefully not cirrhosis). I still have a little discomfort from since the last time I drank. I am now motivated to stop this bad habit. If I stop drinking now, or at least reduce my level of intake to say 2-3 drinks on one occassion , would I likely (my liver that is) be ok? I went and had a metabolic blood test to check my liver and kidneys but haven’t received a call back yet. Realistically, what do you guys think? Also, if I heard the liver is very resilient. Could any damage that has been done be reversed?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, the liver is pretty resilient. You need to go to the health food store and get a good liver detox if it is okay with your Doctor. Please take care of yourself. the body can do amazing things but only for so long.I am glad you had the work up done. I work with a chiropractor and we see lots of issues. We use a Low Level Light that promotes healthy cell growth. (Erchonia) Maybe there is a Brimhall certified chiropractor near you that can help… Get into an ionic cellular foot bath- do several sessions to get the junk out of you. Drink half your weight in ounces of filtered water daily. Flush, flush, flush. You will feel soooo much better, I promise.

  4. QUESTION:
    alcohol and liver pain?
    I have been drinking habitually since I was around 21 (I am 27 today). I did drink before that but not habitually. By habitually, I mean 3-4 times a month but I would binge (8-10 beers on each occassion). I don’t consider myself an raging alcoholic nor do I consider myself a moderate drinker. Now the last few times (the day after) I drank I noticed a slight dull pain where my liver resides. Now I fear that this pain is probably related to liver damage (hopefully not cirrhosis). I still have a little discomfort from since the last time I drank. I am now motivated to stop this bad habit. If I stop drinking now, or at least reduce my level of intake to say 2-3 drinks on one occassion , would I likely (my liver that is) be ok? I went and had a metabolic blood test to check my liver and kidneys but haven’t received a call back yet. Realistically, what do you guys think? Also, if I heard the liver is very resilient. Could any damage that has been done be reversed?
    btw, otherwise I eat a healthy diet, am 160lbs at 5′ll (healthy weight) and exercise 3-4 days a week

    • ANSWER:
      There are many causes of liver pain or tenderness so I am unable to say with any certainty that alcohol is causing yours. Generally speaking, liver damage takes years of alcohol abuse. And the pain may not even be originating from your liver. This may be something else entirely. Have you considered that?

      Yes, the liver is resilient… to a point… and is able to regenerate itself under certain circumstances. However, cirrhotic damage is permanent.

      I say wait for the labs to come back and review the results with your physician. Based on the labs, your doctor will discuss the next step. And if you’re truly concerned, don’t stop at alcohol reduction — omit alcohol entirely.

  5. QUESTION:
    Liver pain and alcohol?
    I am a moderate social drinker. But this last thursday I went out and got wasted. I rarely do this as I have a busy schedule and care about my health. However the area (lower right side) slightly has been aching since then. It’s obvious that one night of binge drinking cause it. Now, if you damage your liver will you feel liver pain? Could it be anything else (gallbladder?) Or is it just a liver that is a little sore after a night of heavy drinking. Should I be concerned and see a doctor or just wait and see if the minor aching goes away?

    • ANSWER:
      One night of binge drinking should not affect your liver that way.It could be vitamin related ( to many for your body to break down)or any number of other things from gallbladder to appendix.If the pain becomes severe see a doctor right away as a ruptured appendix is nothing to play with.

  6. QUESTION:
    Extreme pain from liver while drinking alcohol, why?
    I had a few vodka+lemonades, a few alcopops and some pear cider, and by the end of the night i was in tears because my liver was hurting so much. I was diagnosed with gilberts syndrome a while back, but I don’t think that has anything to do with it?. Never experienced anything like that before so Im just curious as to why it could of been hurting so much….
    Also, – I’m 17 – Don’t usually ever drink alcohol…

    • ANSWER:
      Yes Gilberts can cause you this kind of pain due to the fact that it makes you intolerant of alcholic beverages. Also fatty foods and other seasonings. I take it that you are not a habitual drinker and were just celebrating the New Year. In future be aware of the problem a little more. Giberts is not a life threatening thing, but it does have a habit of punishing you for doing things it does not like. It will probably actually help you keep away from the “bad habits” a lot of us develop.

  7. QUESTION:
    Do you get liver pains when you drink alcohol?
    I get a discomforting feeling in my upper right abdomen when I have had a few drinks

    • ANSWER:
      It is possible… BUT.. liver pains and liver problems almost always result from a person who has been a persistant drinker over many years…. It sounds like you have a problem of GAS and not liver pains.

  8. QUESTION:
    When I drink liquor ( twice a month) I get liver pain and have trouble breathing and severe pain for about ten?
    minutes. Why does this happen? and Does that automatically mean I cannot tolerate alcohol? or have something wrong with my liver? Any advice will help thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Some people have reactions to drugs.
      Alcohol is considered a drug. Where some
      people drink alcohol all their lives and never
      have any problem with the liver…to some,
      it only takes drinking a few times…if they
      are sensitive to it…to cause effects.

      I would suggest that you have blood work
      done at your doctor office. With the blood
      test, the doctors can tell, by the liver
      enzymes, if the cells of the liver are damaged.
      With liver function blood testing, he can
      tell how well the cells of the liver are
      functioning. Considering you have been
      having this difficulty…it is best to check
      to see the results…to be sure your liver
      is okay. That is the only way to be sure
      of the condition of your liver or to catch
      it early on to be treated before it can
      turn into something more serious, like
      Cirrhosis of the liver.

      Simple blood testing will ease your mind.

      I hope this information has been of help
      to you. It does sound like you are
      having a reaction to the alcohol, like
      other people have reactions to drugs
      they are allergic to or causes symptoms from.

  9. QUESTION:
    Mixing alcohol and common pain relievers (Tylenol) can result in liver damage.?
    I really need help for thi question… thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is metabolized by your liver. Taking large doses of acetaminophen can lead to liver damage. Ditto alcohol -it’s also processed by the liver and can damage it. So, it follows that the combination is bad news.

      People who drink moderate amounts of alcohol (that is, 2 or 3 drinks for a male) on a daily basis who also take Tylenol on a daily basis have a much higher risk of liver damage.

  10. QUESTION:
    my liver hurts when i take pain pills or drink alcohol. What is wrong with me?

    • ANSWER:
      ? Cirrhosis
      ?Hepatitis A or B
      Your liver is the bloods purifier medications and alchohal are impurities and make your liver work extra hard
      excessive drinking leads to liver failure

  11. QUESTION:
    Can drinking to much alcohol cause a stinging pain when urinating?
    I drink maybe about 6-8 pub measures worth of home made alcohol probably about 40-45% on an allmost nightly bacis and a couple pints of Ale 5%. could this have damaged my kidney/liver and so cause me pain when pissin, i have a stinging burning sensation each time i piss, Its not an STI i know that i just want to know if it is the alcohol causing it

    • ANSWER:
      it sure is sounds like you have a urine infection bets thing to do is drink as much water as u can you need to flush ur kidneys threw if a was you mate ad be laying off the drink for about a week hot water with lemon is the best thing to detoxify yourself when the pain stops just drink plenty H2O in the day time if ur drinking on a night time hope ya get sorted out..

  12. QUESTION:
    Lower right abdomen/back pain…alcohol?
    After an absolutely insane weekend of much drinking/little sleep, I’m feeling a dull, aching pain on the right side of my body (about belly button level, except more on the back then the front). I drank a lot friday and didn’t sleep at all except for 2 very short naps Saturday before drinking again saturday night. Obviously I slept well Saturday!

    Noticed the pain Sunday, not severe at all, just a very dull pain not really made worse by movement/touching or anything. Slept well Sunday night but it wasn’t any better Monday…

    I’m a 20 year old male… Could it be appendicitis? From what I know, alcohol wouldn’t bring that on, and I’d be surprised if alcohol isn’t to blame after my wild weekend… From what I’ve been able to find liver pain is higher and more on the front then the lower back right pain I am feeling… Kidney? Like I said, the pain isn’t bad at all…. Just there ever so slightly.

    Additionally, I know drinking is bad… I’m in college though, so it happens sometimes… :-) Definitely don’t plan on missing the sleep like I did this weekend though ever again!

    This one is stumping me!?! Anyone have any idea???

    • ANSWER:
      dude, been there done that

      yea its probably you liver screaming “stop!, help me!”

      probably nothing serious unless it is painful enough for you to want to get it checked out.

      key point*
      you got to sleep man. when you stay up all night your body does not properly break down and exit all of the alcohol. So pretty much your liver/pancreas was experiencing poisening for an entire 48hours. Binge drinking will take its toll on you, the key is in moderation but I doubt you like the word “moderation”.

  13. QUESTION:
    Liver aching pain day after drinking. What could be causing it?
    Hi. I’m an 18 year old university student suffering from a small problem. Whenever I drink alcohol, the day after I experience a small aching pain on my right side by my rib cage (Around the liver region). I usually only drink once every few weeks and only drink around 15 units. Im pretty tall and heavily built and I was wondering what could be causing this aching pain?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Js…

      There is no way anyone here can help you in determining the discomfort you’re having. It could be hundreds of things causing it, some serious. Don’t take chances.
      My son had a similar pain last month. Before going to the doctor, I searched all through medical websites and literally there are hundreds of thousands of people with stomach ailments and temporary relief suggestions. Even when you see the doctor, he’s playing the guessing game, you see. Luckily, my old fashioned remedy worked for him. What I’m saying is, I did what I thought was best just to relieve the pain and discomfort, prior him going to the doctor. The good thing is that when he awoke, his pain had banished. Your pain and discomfort may be a minimal and not so serious thing, but just to be safe, see a doctor…soon. You will be relieved in just knowing you did the right thing. Knowledge is having peace in your mind.

      Best2u
      :))

  14. QUESTION:
    What can I take to relieve pain if I have liver damage?
    I just got my blood workup results letter from my doctor, it says that my liver function tests were significantly elevated. It also says to avoid alcohol (I don’t drink anyway), tylenol, advil, aspirin and other anti-inflammatory medicines. What can I take to relieve pain?

    • ANSWER:
      Narcotics in a reduced amount. Call your doctor and ask what specifically you can take for pain and see if you can get a prescription for that medication. Different medications are metabolized in different parts of the body; liver and kidneys, mostly. Your doc can help find a medication that is eliminated in your kidneys, rather than liver.
      You might also want to try different forms of treatment depending on what kind of pain you are having; acupuncture, TENS unit, steroid injections, massage, physical therapy, Reiki, among others. Since you weren’t specific about where your pain is, it’s hard to say what will help you.

  15. QUESTION:
    Im having pain were my liver is located. i believe it to be from the combination of alcohol and acetaminophen?

    • ANSWER:
      liver tissues itself cann’t cause pain.what cause pain there is either:gall bladder or the liver capsule because of enlarged liver,,and maybe you miss the location of pain,,visceral pain always radiate or refered to another site,but both {gall bladder or the liver capsule because of enlarged liver} are because of serious problems,sooo i sugest you visit your doctor soon.

  16. QUESTION:
    Can your liver hurt after you’ve been drinking alcohol?
    I’m not sure if its just in your head kind of thing or can you feel pain in your liver or start to hurt after you drink a lot of alcohol?

    • ANSWER:
      If you drink too much you are overworking your liver (which can only dissipate alcohol or metabolize or oxidize it to acetic acid at the rate of one standard drink per hour) and if you keep doing that on a regular basis you will end up with cirrhosis of the liver.

  17. QUESTION:
    This morning i had a pain in my liver?
    The pain in my (what i suspect is) liver. I had this pain before about 3 times in total, for no reason i could think of. The pain felt like …. when your bladder is full, get gets uncomfortable and painful. it feels like that, and its hard to carry on my normal activities. This pain came back today, but the night before i had had allot of vodka do drink, so i think it is linked to this, but the other times , there was no alcohol. What could explain the pain i had without the alcohol, food, exercise etc, that could cause it

    • ANSWER:
      might be the liver but don’t think so. If it is your liver, u will have other signs like fever, chills, nd allot more. Now in th another hand your kidneys will response in what u r saying. either way i would seek medical attention just to rule anything of. U could be developing something that can be control now. and not be control later.
      your choice I wish u luck

  18. QUESTION:
    Slight liver pain after the new year weekend. Should I be worried?
    Hi everyone! I’m an occasional alcohol drinker. I normally only drink few times a month. Maybe 2 glasses of wine. Just enough to even get buzzed. Occasionally, on special occasions- I would drink more. This past week I must have drank way too much and I had this dull pain in my liver. Does it mean my liver got damaged?? Should I be concerned/worried about this????

    • ANSWER:
      try a detox and lay off the drink for a while, the liver is quick at recovering…as long as yr not an alcoholic.

  19. QUESTION:
    MY FIANCE LACKS AN ENZYME IN HIS LIVER TO PROCESS ALCOHOL. WHAT IS THIS DISORDER CALLED?
    Ok… So my fiance has some kind of liver disorder that causes him to not be able to drink alcohol. He was told he lacks an enzyme in his liver to process the alcohol. He will get very sick if he consumes any alcohol at all. (throws up blood, severe pains, etc). what is this disorder called and what are the causes? also, is it genetic and are there any treatments ?

    • ANSWER:
      LIkely alcohol dehydrogenase deficiency. It does have a genetic component and is very common is Asian populations. The treatment is to avoid alcohol.

  20. QUESTION:
    Is Listerine mouthwash dangerous to weak liver?
    I recently started using Listerine for about 2 weeks. And I believe it may be causing my liver to hurt.. I believe the alcohol is being absorbed through the tissues and gum in my mouth, and also breathing in the stuff, as well as swallowing a tiny bit while swishing it around may have contributed to my liver pain.. I know Listerine has alcohol in it. Could this be the reason why I’m hurting?

    • ANSWER:
      Well….if you are swallowing it then YES it will hurt your insides because it is designed to be swished round the mouth then spat out.

      Lay off of the mouthwash for a week and see if you have any improvement…if so , stay off of it because it could just be a minor allergic reaction or something.

      Talk to your Doctor

  21. QUESTION:
    Liver pain/Migraines/Fatigue?
    Hi there. I am 27 and have been having chronic fatigue since I was 22. It comes in all forms- from memory problems to alcohol intolerance, swollen glands and throbbing pain on right side under ribcage. Worst of all I get debilitating migraines on the right hand side above my ear.

    FIRST- I have had an MRI and I am fine, please no “go to ER” suggestions.

    SECOND- this is something that most doctors have been stumped with, I have spent thousands on mainstream medicine trying to “diagnose” and no one has an answer. I have had every blood test, liver enzymes, thyroid test,..etc.

    THIRD- the only thing that I have found temporary success in this is exercise and deep tissue massages on the right side of my back, beside my shoulderblade.

    I am looking for someone with experience in eastern medicine/herbology/holistic medicine to help me pinpoint what could be the underlying cause, or suggest an effective treatment.

    Thanks!!!

    • ANSWER:
      I’m so sorry you are suffering.

      I think the organ you need to focus upon is your liver. Even though you have had liver enzyme tests, they may not fully show up function or non function.

      The throbbing pain on the right side under your ribcage, would indicate to me an inflammed liver. The fact that you get relief from deep tissue massages on the right side of your back, beside your shoulderblade would once again indicate a congested liver, especially if you also get pain under the inferior angle of the right shoulderblade. Migraines are often also liver related, as can be fatigue.

      I would suggest a course of the herb Milk Thistle, and more importantly a course of the Homeopathic Remedy Chelidonium Majus preferably in the 6c potency and dissolved under the tongue twice daily.

      The milk thistle will gently detox your liver and restore functioning, and the Chelidonium will act curatively upon any congestion, inflammation or blockages, and bring back proper functioning.

      There is also a Homeopathic Remedy called Cholesterinum, which is excellent for helping the bile ducts to function properly, but firstly I would try the Chelidonium and the Milk Thistle.

      I hope you can get the Chelidonium in your country. Perhaps you could buy it on line from a Homeopathic Pharmacy. Chelidonium 6c is what you need to ask for, and the milk thistle herb needs to be of the best possible quality.

      Mainstream medicine is good for many conditions. But for mysterious disfunctioning of bodily systems, alternative medicine frequently cures where ordinary medicine fails.

      I hope so much it works for you.

  22. QUESTION:
    Causes of purpura and liver pain?
    I have pain over my liver (upper right abdomen under the ribs). Its a constant dull pain and I sometimes get stabbing and burning pains there as well as in the side and round the back. I have lost a lot of weight, had about 4 weeks of vomiting almost every day, also get a burning pain in the centre of the abdomen under the ribs. About 8 weeks ago I developed a fairly large bruise/rash on my lower right side abdomen. It is a kind of dull grey/purple colour and gets red and spreads across my stomach sometimes. My doctor referred to this as purpura but so far does not know what has caused this.

    Other symptoms – Fatigue, light headed/faint, pins and needles/tingling in my arms and legs, stiff neck, flu like symptoms, mental changes, nausea

    The doctor took some blood tests to check if my blood was clotting and everything seems ‘normal’. She then said she would refer me to a gastroenterologist and asked me a few questions relating to hepatitis. Is it possible that hepatitis could cause these symptoms? Ive had them for 2 years now and liver function tests etc all seem normal.

    I should also add that the pain is worse after drinking any alcohol and I get a fever the day after drinking even 1 or 2 bottles of beer. im not a heavy drinker and very rarely drink any more, although I did drink a lot at weekends when I was younger.
    Should add that I have had an endoscopy (which found gastritis) and I have also had a barium meal and follow through which was normal and ruled out bowel diseases. (ulcerative colitis, crohns etc). I have also had an ultrasound which was normal (abdomen and pelvis).

    • ANSWER:
      Can be ulcerative colitis, ask your doctor

  23. QUESTION:
    How long do i have to wait after taking pain medication to drink alcohol?
    cuz i know its extremely bad for my liver.

    • ANSWER:
      I wouldn’t take a pain pill and drink during the same day. That is a very dangerous mix. If you really want to drink on a certain day it would be best to not take it for that day. Mixing both can be deadly in the short term and mess up your liver in the long term.

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

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

  26. QUESTION:
    HELP ME! Pain meds, alcohol and kidneyy?
    OK So a week ago I had alcohol poisoning really really bad. Got hospitalized and put on IV. And then I was sick for 3 days. This was friday. I recovered back on like wednesday. On thursday I had slight wisdom tooth pain (my left lower wisdom tooth has been growin in for months and never hurt before) By thursday night the pain was unbearable. and I went to see a doctor and she referred me to a dentist and gave me Tylenol 3 painkiller. which took the edge off at first but never really took away the pain. On friday i met the dentist and he scheduled the extraction for monday. I asked him for stronger painkiller and he prescribed me Percocent (5mg/325). Friday evening I took 1st pecocet….no help in pain AT ALL. so i took 2 tylenol 3 too as i was in intense pain. I got loopy but the pain was gone. By night the pain was back so i took another perc and 1 more tyleno. went to bed. This morning i got up and pain was back so one more perc and 2 more tylenols. Then a perc 4 hours later. And now im in intense pain again…..About to take one more perc.
    What i want to know how damaging is this all for my liver….first the alcohol poisiong from a week ago and then all of this….The pain is killing me tooo :( I called the doc he said just alternate between perc and ty. But im scared my liver is goign to be bustedddd. Someone help me out
    Sorry i meant LIVER int he title not the kidney. that’s how much pain im in..cant even think stright lol
    Also I haent been dirnking a lot of water. Should I BE? Would water dilute the pain med tho?

    • ANSWER:
      It’s not good to combine pain meds the way you have been. Your better off using one or the other for a day and not both together because it could be dangerous.

  27. QUESTION:
    Pain in my right side when I drink alcohol?
    I went out for my brothers bday the other night and got pretty tore up. I had about 8-9 mixed drinks. Now for the past two days I have had pain in my right side, above my waist, but below my ribs, its more towards the back than it is the stomach. Is the liver there? I dont drink often, so this is a worry to me.

    • ANSWER:
      Alright, Chad is wrong. (3rd responder.) Your gall bladder is on the right side, right under your ribs. Stepdad just had his taken out.

      Your liver is also on the right side.

      If it keeps bothering you, go to the dr. It could get worse. However, if it goes away, don’t worry too much about it. Just make sure to keep notes of how it feels right now in case it happens again.

  28. QUESTION:
    Will alcohol fatty liver heal?
    I drink about a 750ml bottle of vodka everynight, have for about 3 years now. It really doesn’t even get me drunk anymore. i developed a pain on my right side under the rib cage. After reading up it looks like it may be fatty liver. If I quit drinking can I recover & how long? i used to bodybuild, thinking of going back to that as my addiction. At least I’ll have one less chin then.

    • ANSWER:
      I’ve heard that it takes a long time to heal. If you quit drinking, I’m sure your liver might have a chance at repairing itself (a bodily function it’s supposed to do). I’ve also heard that it wont heal, but it doesn’t make sense to me why it wouldn’t if your body is supposed to restore your liver. It’s a vital organ. Alcoholics who only destroy their liver, have a high chance of it repairing itself. Then again, I am no doctor, I would probably visit one just to have a professional answer.

  29. QUESTION:
    Took an Excedrin for back pain at 11AM. Is it okay to drink alcohol tonight (8PM onwards)?
    Took one pill at eleven. Might take another if the pain persists. Will this be too much for my liver? I don’t drink very much alcohol, but its a very important party and I would like to have a bit of booze.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, they not to mix alcohol and pain relievers because of “loopiness” and possible liver damage but you would be fine even if you took the pill with alcohol, just don’t take like 20 pills and drink a six pack at once otherwise there could some damaging side effects

  30. QUESTION:
    Stomach Pain from ALcohol – help?
    After drinking excessively, I get this pain in my lower abdominal side. Its on both sides, but more on my right. Its more painful after vomiting from alcohol.

    I’m about 5’3 and about 100 lbs. I drink a lot more than my friends who are heavier than me.
    It’s like whenever I twist my waist, it’s painful. It usually lasts 2 days.

    Is this nothing to worry about like I’m just taking in too much alcohol for my size or my liver’s just reacting to the alcohol? Or can this be a serious health problem, for nobody else I know feels this symptom?
    I don’t vomit often at all.
    And, I dunno, I guess I just wanna get drunk, ha.

    • ANSWER:
      Im not sure about the whole go see a doc thing, but I get the same pains if I get drunk a few days in a row. I believe it is liver damage. I have minor liver damage and the doc just tells me to eat better (although that might be my cholesterol) and keep drinking under 6 drinks a week.

      I would suggest doing the same…. If you want to pay a doc a bunch to tell you the same feel free, but I would stay 100% sober for 3 days and see if it fades/goes away. If this is the case you are probably in the same boat as me.

  31. QUESTION:
    my dad had really bad back pain / is his liver okay ?
    My dad always had a bad liver since he was young
    He goes to the bathroom a lot / USED to drink a lot of alcohol

    I read somewhere that back pain is a sign of liver disease
    Yesterday my dad came home from work and he had severe back pain (whole back was uncomfortable) I asked him if his stomach hurt and he said it was fine..

    note * his job involves a lot of moving *

    The same thing happened 2 months ago and after a few days he was fine. The incident 2 months ago was worse..he couldn’t move his back at all b/c of the pain. Does this pain have anything to do with his liver? Im starting to get really worried about him..

    The pain is kind of on/off – if it was a severe problem with his liver .. would the pain be constant?? Please give me any feed back, Thankyou!

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds to me like garden variety back pain. Lower back is most common. After some rest the symptoms subside. If it were liver problems, he would be discolored and getting worse. Relax!

  32. 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.

  33. QUESTION:
    can you feel your liver healing from alcohol?
    im 18 and i have been drinking alot since 15 or 16 thats like 12 beers every week or maybe a little more and i stopped drinking 2 weeks ago and now i feel something on my right side of my upper stomich behind my rib cage what could this be its not pain or anything but i feel something and do you think that i was drinking alot or no? its like where my liver is
    no 12 beers at once lol

    • ANSWER:
      no, you can’t feel your liver in that way. i doubt you would have damaged it enough for it to be ‘healing’ now anyway, unless you had a pre-existing medical condition. it might be psychosomatic, in that you think ‘man i must be doing some good for my liver!’ so you think you can feel the ‘goodness’. if it’s pain, see a doctor.

  34. QUESTION:
    My back and side on the lower right side hurts when I drink alcohol?
    I do drink to much and yes I HAVE an appointment with a doctor to deal with this.But the nerd in me wants to know what these physical effects are that i’m feeling. It encourages me not to drink as much.
    It is my back on the right side and the pain goes all the way around my sides.
    I dont drink everyday all day but I do drink to much for my own good. Is this kidney pain liver pain or both?
    Appreciate the honest,respectul answers thanks

    • ANSWER:
      It might be your liver?

      Good luck with your doctor!

  35. QUESTION:
    Which nausea medication is easier on the liver?
    I’m going through alcohol withdrawals and the worst symptom is nausea. I stopped because my liver is in pain, so I’m wondering which nausea medication I can take that won’t over-work my liver while it’s rebuilding. Thanks for your time.

    • ANSWER:

  36. QUESTION:
    if my liver is in trouble would i be having gallbladder pain and distress?
    i’m going to the dr. but in the meantime i’d like to know if one affects the other…as far as drinking alcohol ,i know that can be a factor, i drink 2 wine coolers a day but can that make a difference? thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      The liver is usually a very quiet organ, if there is even damage
      done to it. It seems to start out as being tired and possibly
      having flu like symptoms…depending on the cause of the damage.
      However, if the cells of the liver become damaged, the immune
      system of the body will respond to this and cause inflammation
      inside the liver to develop. This inflammation can cause the liver
      to enlarge in size even though it is surrounded by a tight membrane
      capsule. This can cause discomfort and sometimes pain in some
      patients.

      There is gallbladder problems that can lead to liver damage.
      If the gallbladder has stones in it and one moves into the bile
      ducts…it can block the flow of bile coming from the liver and
      cause it to back up into the liver and damage the cells. Also,
      an infection can occur in the ducts and this backing up can
      also happen.

      If there is damage to the liver cells, any alcohol can increase
      that damage. The liver normally takes alcohol and converts it,
      using the liver enzymes, first to acetaldehyde, then to acetate,
      and then into carbon dioxide and water. The liver cells are what
      does these functions for the liver…therefore, if the cells are damaged,
      this may not be done efficiently. It may only get converted to the
      acetaldehyde stage….both the alcohol and acetaldehyde staying
      that way and not being converted farther, will cause damage to
      more cells.

      There is blood testing, that the doctor can do, to give him an idea if
      the liver is having a problem. The liver enzymes tests will show if
      the cells have been damaged, the liver functions tests will show if
      the cells are able to perform the necessary functions to keep the
      body well, and the liver viral testing will show if a virus has entered
      the body and is using the liver cells to replicate itself.

      If inflammation has started to develop inside the liver, that would
      cause the liver to enlarge in size…this can be seen on an ultrasound
      or Ct scan.

      If the cause of the damage to the cells can be removed and the
      inflammation is treated, then the liver cells may heal and it could
      be reversed. However, if the liver cells start to die off and form
      scar tissue inside the liver…there is no turning back…it is a
      progressive disease known as Cirrhosis of the liver.

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

  37. QUESTION:
    Liver and Splein pain? or just regular back pain?
    I was diagnosed with mono 3 weeks ago, but I was feeling sick long before that (Let it be known that I played a number of lacrosse games and maybe drank with what was almost certainly mono). About a week after being diagnosed, I felt perfectly fine a week after and I drank around 6 beers on a friday, then 8 on a saturday (I weigh 170 and have decent tolerance, so I wasn’t drunk on either occasion). I drank about 6 on monday during the day and about 8 the day after., then I drank probably around 20 beers over two nights the next weekend. Then this thursday I had 12 beers. I may be leaving a day out, I’m not sure. I usually don’t drink this much, it’s been graduation stuff. Also, in the last month I’ve been smoking on average 4 cigarettes a day. I don’t need people telling me drinking is bad period. I understand it was probably stupid drinking after mono, however.

    Enough background, onto the question, I’ve been having some back pain on the left and right sides of my body. The right side is generally higher and closer to where the liver would be, right below the rib cage, while the left is more lower back pain. It alternates mostly and for large portions of the day it goes away completely. I am trying to figure out if this is regular back pain or serious liver and spleen issues that were caused by mono compounded by binge alcohol drinking. I feel completely fine outside of the back pain. I get an occasional lower right front abdomen as well. The pain is dull and does not really interfere with anything I do. It’s more of an annoyance than anything, but it scares me somewhat. I’m sure many people have done exactly what I have done, without even knowing they had mono, so I’m really doubtful this is liver and spleen pain.

    I am also somewhat of a hypochondriac, and when I think about these symptoms, they tend to get a little worse.
    There’s seriously no way I have diabetes, I’m fairly physically active, lacrosse season ended about a month ago, and I’m 5’10. I show no other symptoms of Diabetes and have literally none of the risk factors.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to talk to a doctor or a specialist.

  38. QUESTION:
    My liver hurts the day after i drink hard alcohol, Why?
    It’s a sharp stabbing abdominal pain under my right ribcage.
    My friends always drink more than me and they never complain about this…

    • ANSWER:
      Go to a Dr. they will can run blood tests that will check your liver. I believe that if the ALT and AST levels are high that means that there might be something wrong with your liver. The same thing was happening to me. And I did not even drink often.(maybe when I was younger :) ).Some peoples organs are just not as strong as others? Also simple things like Tylenol could cause an increase so don’t take anything like that before your blood test. I was told I had a fatty liver. (Doesn’t mean your fat) It is just your liver is not working as a healthy liver. So I have had to cut down on trans fats.. and not drink (sorry ! ) I am okay with that though.. Also, I have been told that Milk Thistle and Niacin help detoxify your liver. Although, since I occasionally still feel the pain I am bothering my Dr. to give me a sonogram if that area.. because somehow it seems they tell you what you have just based off of blood tests and seems to act like I exaggerate my pain. But it is excrutiating when it has happened. Good luck.. and take care of your body because only you know what you really feel.

  39. QUESTION:
    Lower abdominal pain after drinking alcohol?
    After drinking excessively, I get this pain in my lower abdominal side. Its on both sides, but more on my right. Its more painful after vomiting from alcohol.

    I’m about 5’3 and about 100 lbs. I drink a lot more than my friends who are heavier than me.
    It’s like whenever I twist my waist, it’s painful. It usually lasts 2 days.

    Is this nothing to worry about like I’m just taking in too much alcohol for my size or my liver’s just reacting to the alcohol? Or can this be a serious health problem, for nobody else I know feels this symptom?

    • ANSWER:
      inflamed kidneys caused by diabetes and/or alcohol, avoid sugar.
      check your blood sugar.
      save your kidneys.

  40. QUESTION:
    non-alcohol liver cirrosis?
    how do you curb the pain

    • ANSWER:
      All liver patients are told not to take any medications that
      are not, first, approved by the doctor or prescribed by them.
      The reason for this is because all oral medications go to the
      liver first, to be broken down, before going to the rest of the
      body. The liver cells are what does all the functions, that
      the liver does as a whole, to keep the body well. When they
      become damaged or start to die off, these functions continue
      to deteroriate…therefore, the doctors have to weigh the pros
      and cons of what medications to use. They will adjust the
      medication in dosage; change the medications completely; or
      even stop the medications based on how much the liver
      cells are damaged.

      It really depends on what is causing the problem when it occurs,
      what the doctor can do.
      At first a patient may feel a tightness in the upper right hand
      quadrant of the abdomen because of inflammation of the liver…
      which has caused the liver to enlarge in size. Some doctors
      may, but not always, prescribe Prednisone to help the problem.
      This is not a pain medication but a steriod known to reduce
      inflammation.

      If a patient develops fluid build up in the abdominal area,
      known as Ascites (this condition can make it hard to eat and
      breathe because of the pressure of the fluid on the stomach
      and pushing up against the diaphragm)…the doctor can do
      a procedure known as a paracentesis that will give the patient
      instant relief.

      If a patient develops fluid in other area (edema). The doctor
      may start a patient on an lower sodium diet and prescribe
      diuretics. Cirrhosis patients tend to hold more sodium inside
      the body. However, this has to be watched closely on blood
      tests because sodium is one of the electrolytes that keep the
      heart beating in rhythm. The fluid in the legs: they recommend
      elevating the legs…but do not massage them.

      If a patient start to experience confusion and forgetfulness,
      disorientation, sleep pattern changes, tremor of the hand.
      This may be a condition known as Encephalopathy.
      The doctor may start the patient on a drug like Lactulose
      or Xifaxan which will remove the toxin of ammonia from
      the body to help this condition.

      Those who have cirrhosis, the liver doesn’t make clotting
      factors well anymore. Therefore, these patients tend to bruise
      and bleed very easily. They should not scratch the spider like
      veins that may show up on the chest,neck, shoulder and other
      areas of the body. It is best to move anything they may bump
      into, slip on, and keep a nightlight on at night so they can see
      where they walk. If bleeding occurs, provide pressure to the
      area with a clean, sterile gauze pad and wait a little while
      before removing it.

      Any blood in the sputum, vomit, or rectal area is an
      emergency situation. The blood no longer flows well through
      the liver…it backs up into the portal vein (causing high pressure
      there) and also smaller vessels that may have weak spots and
      break open (known as varies). It also backs up into the spleen
      so that it enlarges, also. The doctor can go in an band these
      vessels to stop the bleeding. [This condition is known as
      Portal Hypertension with varies}

      For pain, the doctor has to make a determination on what pain
      medication to use depending on the cause of the pain. This should
      be discussed with the doctor ahead of time. Ask about what to
      use for when a patient has a cold, headaches, flu, or to help
      the symptoms of pain because of the disease they have.

      Itching because of this disease, the doctor may prescribe a drug
      known as Ursodiol which will help the bile flow better and help
      prevent so much bilirubin going into the blood…this may relieve
      some of the itching.

      I hope this information has been of some help to you.
      It is difficult to help a patient stay out of discomfort and pain.
      Best wishes to you.

  41. QUESTION:
    Ive been getting a dull pain on my right side below my chest. could this be my liver?? really concerned?
    saw a doctor for this a year ago. he suspected an ulcer, did an endoscopy and didnt find anything. its a pretty strong pain and im not sure whats causing it- diet?? stress?? i dont drink alcohol. im 25 yrs old, been having this problem over a year.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like your liver is toxic. One thing you can right away is a liver flush. It produces amazing results. Here is a link to the liver flush.

      http://www.drclark.net/en/cleanses_cleanups/liver_cleanses.php

      It won’t cost very much – just for epsom salts, olive oil, grapefruit juice and L-Ornathine capsules. People of all ages can try this for superb results. It will save you from Gall bladder surgery! And you’ll be shocked at how many stones come out!!! And they come from the gall bladder and the liver. So the cholesterol balls are clogging your liver so that it can’t do it’s job. When I did it the first time, I regained my energy from my 20′s instantly! Good luck!
      P.S. – doctors don’t know about this – they make more money from surgeries, so they won’t tell you about it

  42. QUESTION:
    If alcohol and tobacco are legal, then why not legalize marijuana too?
    Alcohol consumption can lead to liver damage and alcohol poisoning.

    Tobacco consumption can lead to various cancers.

    But no one has ever died from marijuana use. It’s not nearly as harmful as alcohol, tobacco, or hard drugs like cocaine and heroin. Not to mention marijuana actually had medicinal value in alleviating pain for various illnesses.

    So if alcohol and tobacco are okay, then why not make marijuana legal?
    Tobacco contains nicotine which makes it highly addictive. Marijuana does not and is not addictive. So tobacco is actually a lot worse.

    • ANSWER:
      Excellent question. I have never heard a good answer–there is no reason to criminalize marijuana.

  43. QUESTION:
    liver damage from alcohol???
    I have been getting black out drunk for the last 4-5 years about 3 times a week and i now have pain where my liver is. I just felt this today after getting blackout drunk last night. It hurts more when i eat food. Can i die in the next couple days or do i just need a good nights sleep? I decided not to drink anymore im quitting right away. I hope i will be ok but im not too sure? By the way im only 20 years old almost 21. I have no yellow skin or anything but it does hurt where my liver is but i heard your liver can’t hurt or feel pain.

    • ANSWER:

  44. QUESTION:
    I quit drinking and I have severe pain in my liver, please help?
    Im not kidding when I say I used to drink a half a case a day. 15 beers was the norm. Now I quit. I went thru the withdrawl and got thru the night sweats with xanax. I am no longer on alcohol thank GOD. but I keep having severe pain in my liver.

    I am 30. I drank for a solid 5 years before I realized it destroyed me. I am sober. Why is my liver still hurting???

    • ANSWER:
      You should go to the hospital and I mean go now!! Drinking and prescription drug abuse are strongly connected to liver problems including cancer. If you are having pain you need to call 911 and got see a doc otherwise the pain you have now may develop into something a lot worse and possibly deadly. My grandfather was a heavy drinker and after he quit he passed away from Liver Cancer. I would hate to see someone else die from those mistakes. Please Please Please call 911 and go see a doctor.

  45. QUESTION:
    Pain after drinking alcohol – Male 33 years?
    Pain after drinking alcohol – male 33 yrs?
    For the last few months I have been getting pain in my upper right quadrant after drinking alcohol. I have been a heavy drinker since my university days, I’m now 33, and at one point would probably have been consuming up to 100 units per week.

    In January of this year I decided that my drinking had to stop as I realised that I was abusing drink and using it as a tool to mask depression, anxiety and general unhappiness. Around the same time as I decided to tackle my mental issues I started getting these pains on the right hand side of my abdomen (coincidence?) around the bottom of the ribs.

    I visited my doctor and explained the situation and he referred me for some liver function tests (2 months ago) and subsequently an abdominal ultrasound (3 weeks ago). Both the liver function tests and the abdominal ultrasound appear to indicate that there is absolutely nothing physically wrong with my liver, gallbladder or kidneys. No inflammation, signs of fatty liver, signs of it not processing toxins properly etc…I have seen three different doctors at my local surgery regarding this and all say that there is nothing physically wrong with me. I have also been physically examined and again nothing would indicate any liver problems.

    I have naturally cut drinking down to an absolute minimum and didn’t drink at all for around 2 months whilst I was undergoing tests etc. I feel so much better mentally and physically since changing my habits and have also been taking up a lot more regular exercise: running, swimming, pilates and squash which are naturally helping to increase my sense of well-being.

    However on the rare occasions that I have had an alcoholic drink, since being told that I’m fine, I get the pain back. All it takes is one glass of wine or pint of beer/cider and the following day I will have this inner pinching type of pain under towards the bottom of my rib cage, right hand side that heads up towards the navel area.

    Can anyone share any similar stories, diagnosis or suggest a line of enquiry I should take with my doctor? Things I am thinking about include:

    • allergy to alcohol or yeast/hops/grapes(?!?)
    • irritable bowel syndrome (I think the pain would be lower down however)
    • gout/high levels of uric acid – can you test for this?
    • psychological – am I creating the pain through worry?

    I just want to get on with the rest of my life. I feel I have taken some huge steps and have a much more positive outlook but all the time things hangs around it keeps niggling at my brain and my worry is that my symptoms all seem to indicate liver problems but tests prove otherwise.

    Thanks for taking the time to read – any advice warmly received!

    • ANSWER:

  46. QUESTION:
    Pain after drinking alcohol – male 33 yrs?
    For the last few months I have been getting pain in my upper right quadrant after drinking alcohol. I have been a heavy drinker since my university days, I’m now 33, and at one point would probably have been consuming up to 100 units per week.

    In January of this year I decided that my drinking had to stop as I realised that I was abusing drink and using it as a tool to mask depression, anxiety and general unhappiness. Around the same time as I decided to tackle my mental issues I started getting these pains on the right hand side of my abdomen (coincidence?) around the bottom of the ribs.

    I visited my doctor and explained the situation and he referred me for some liver function tests (2 months ago) and subsequently an abdominal ultrasound (3 weeks ago). Both the liver function tests and the abdominal ultrasound appear to indicate that there is absolutely nothing physically wrong with my liver, gallbladder or kidneys. No inflammation, signs of fatty liver, signs of it not processing toxins properly etc…I have seen three different doctors at my local surgery regarding this and all say that there is nothing physically wrong with me. I have also been physically examined and again nothing would indicate any liver problems.

    I have naturally cut drinking down to an absolute minimum and didn’t drink at all for around 2 months whilst I was undergoing tests etc. I feel so much better mentally and physically since changing my habits and have also been taking up a lot more regular exercise: running, swimming, pilates and squash which are naturally helping to increase my sense of well-being.

    However on the rare occasions that I have had an alcoholic drink, since being told that I’m fine, I get the pain back. All it takes is one glass of wine or pint of beer/cider and the following day I will have this inner pinching type of pain under towards the bottom of my rib cage, right hand side that heads up towards the navel area.

    Can anyone share any similar stories, diagnosis or suggest a line of enquiry I should take with my doctor? Things I am thinking about include:

    • allergy to alcohol or yeast/hops/grapes(?!?)
    • irritable bowel syndrome (I think the pain would be lower down however)
    • gout/high levels of uric acid – can you test for this?
    • psychological – am I creating the pain through worry?

    I just want to get on with the rest of my life. I feel I have taken some huge steps and have a much more positive outlook but all the time things hangs around it keeps niggling at my brain and my worry is that my symptoms all seem to indicate liver problems but tests prove otherwise.

    Thanks for taking the time to read – any advice warmly received!

    • ANSWER:
      Another case that leaves the doctors scratching their heads? I suspect you have a weird case of gout where the tiny urate crystals exist in your upper abdomen. To confirm this, go for a blood test for and see if your blood uric acid level is above the range. And then run your own urine test for uric acid, here is how…

      1. Get a transparent plastic cup or mineral water bottle
      2. As soon as you wake up in the moring, collect the first round of urine into the bottle.
      3. Cover the bottle and keep it in cold dry place far away from the reach kids
      4. After a few hours, observe (pay close attention) if there is any crystal like substances deposits at the bottom of the bottle.
      5. If you see some small white particles in the fluid, then it means you are having hyperuricemia.
      6. If no sediments observed, then leave it there for another 1 or 2 days and check it again.

      Good luck!

  47. QUESTION:
    What does pain (pricks) in the liver area mean?
    20 year ago i was treated from hepatitis A anmd I am no alcohol drinker anymore

    • ANSWER:
      I have heard it means you are not taking in enough water. But I would not swear to that in open court!

  48. QUESTION:
    back and side pain after alcohol?
    My partner started off taking strong pain killers/anti inflamatries for a bad back. This led to bouts of constipation and other pains in stomach, sides and back. He has had many blood tests, inconclusive, and is currently waiting to have a camera down his throat. One thing we have noticed after testing, with different alcohols is that after only a small amount of any type, the pain in back and sides is far worse the next day and for up to 2 days. Last night he was even sick after 1 glass sweet red wine. We wonder if he has an ulcer or even kidney or liver problems. He is hardly eating and has lost loads of weight. Some foods make him feel ill such as oily or spicy food. This has been going on for over 6 months and is a constant daily problem as the pain is always there in some degree.

    • ANSWER:
      Gall bladder and appendix issues can cause that. Maybe ulcers too but your comment on oily and greasy foods says gall bladder. Pain killers can damage the liver, and of course alcohol, but if he is taking those they probably already checked his liver. They should probably do a scope through his bowels too. It sounds like the alcohol is compromising his kidneys… does he drink enough water? He may also have diverticulitis. That could cause his constipation, pain, and reaction to certain foods.

  49. QUESTION:
    What could right side abdominal pain mean?
    Its right by where the liver should be. The pain started a while back but went away, then came back with a vengence after playing basketball. I m a binge drinker, drink alot at parties but i didnt drink any alcohol for more than a month now. Does anyone know what this pain is? It feels deep and pain comes depending on the position im in

    • ANSWER:

  50. QUESTION:
    Damaged liver with Acetaminophen and alcohol. need advice.?
    8 days ago i ate 6 tylenol 500 mg and the next day had six drinks. i had soreness in my liver by the end of the night on the tylenol 500 mg. i am 19 years old and have used drugs recreationally which have caused the same pain-tightness-bloatedness in my right abdominal area (painkillers- acetaminophen, cocaine, ecstasy), though it did not last more than 24 hours. i have now had pain in my liver for about 8 days and it seems to have gotten higher in my stomach, and stronger in the past two or three days. i have played intense basketball (i won but felt as if and used adhd medication (provigil)since hurting it. i am trying to see a doctor, but cant get an appointment for a few days, and would like to avoid the ER (pain in the ass) if possible. No noticable fever or jaundice. ive been drinking lots of water, – the first few days of pain (5) no matter how much water i drank my urine was dark (within the normal dark range though). should i go to the ER now, or can i wait a couple days?

    • ANSWER:
      contact a medical office right away.


Non Alcoholic Cirrhosis Of The Liver

Liver Disease: Dangerous And Possibly Deadly There are dozens of diseases that affect the liver. The two most common causes of liver diseases are viral infections and drugs. Though there are different causes of liver diseases, the clinical signs and symptoms are divided in to two categories.
Due to liver cell damage
Due to obstruction to bile flow

Signs and symptoms due to liver cell damage:

In liver cell damage there is defective synthesis of proteins and defective detoxification. The signs and symptoms include
Jaundice
Dark urine
Vague abdominal pain
Loss of appetite
Fever occasionally
Bleeding
Fluid collection – Late manifestation
Brain, lung and kidney dysfunction in the final stages

Signs and symptoms due to obstruction to bile flow:

In bile flow obstruction there is defective excretion from the liver and defective absorption of fat and fat soluble vitamins from the intestines. The signs and symptoms include
Jaundice
Itching
Bleeding
Pale stools
Dark urine
Vitamin A,D,E and K deficiency

Common Liver Diseases:

Viral hepatitis:
Among the different viruses that affect the liver, the most significant ones are the hepatitis viruses. The types of hepatitis viruses affecting the liver are Hepatitis A, B, C, D and E. Of these, the Hepatitis B infection is the most dangerous. Hepatitis B virus infection is acquired by sexual contact and by blood transfusion. It damages the liver cells and causes minimal bile flow obstruction. There are a few drugs which can control the disease to a certain extent, including lamivudine and interferon. The complications of a hepatitis B infection include cirrhosis and liver cancer. There are however, vaccines available to prevent Hepatitis B and A infections.

Drug induced hepatitis:
Some drugs can cause liver damage either in the normal doses or in higher than normal doses. These drugs can cause liver cell damage or bile flow obstruction, depending on the medication. Some of the common drugs implicated in liver damage are
Anti TB drugs like INH, rifampicin and pyrizinamide
Antibiotics like erythromycin
Anesthetic drugs like halothane
Anti pyretics like paracetamol ( in high doses)

Cirrhosis:
Cirrhosis is condition characterized by irreversible damage to liver cells. The cells are destroyed and are replaced by non-functioning nodules. Some of the causes of cirrhosis are chronic alcohol intake, hepatitis B and C infection, hemochromatosis, Wilson’s disease and alpha 1 anti trypsin deficiency. Cirrhosis later leads to cancer liver.

Liver Cancer:
Cancer liver is fatal condition affecting the liver. There are different types of liver cancer. The most common one being the HCC or the hepatocellular carcinoma. HCC is a final complication of cirrhosis.

Some of the other diseases affecting liver are
Tuberculosis
Connective tissue disorders
Blood malignancies
Malaria

Evaluation of patients with liver disease should be directed at
(1) Establishing the etiologic diagnosis
(2) Estimating the disease severity (grading)
(3) Establishing the disease stage (staging).
Diagnosis should focus on the category of liver disease, such as hepatocellular versus bile flow obstruction injury, as well as on the specific etiologic diagnosis. Grading refers to assessing the severity or activity of disease – active or inactive, and mild, moderate, or severe. Staging refers to estimating the place in the course of the natural history of the disease, whether acute or chronic; early or late; pre-cirrhotic, cirrhotic, or end-stage.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is the outcome after being diadnosed with non alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver?
    After having a routine MRI some abnormalities showed up which led to further testing and a liver biopsy. It appears that at sometime in the past I had auto immune hepatitis that went undiagnosed. I really didn’t have any symptoms other then fatigue but then I was always fatigued for other reasons. As of right now even with the cirrohsis my liver function is normal but my liver enzymes are elevated but not high enough for treatment. I realize the hepatitis could flare up again which would call for aggressive treatment to prevent any further scaring of my liver. I have read all kinds of information on these diseases both very disturbing and some encouraging but I would just like to know if anyone who reads this has been diagnosed with this or knows someone who has and what has been the outcome.

    • ANSWER:
      I have an autoimmune disease in which my autoimmune system attacks the bile ducts in my liver. This is called primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC). I am curious to know how the doctors came to the conclusion that you have a problem with your autoimmune system to the point that it has caused cirrhosis. If this is true, then this autoimmune problem has been going on for a very long time to damage your liver to the point of it being cirrhotic. I had no symptoms with my disease until my liver was already 90% destroyed with cirrhosis. I suddenly started to swell up with fluid and had no idea anything was wrong prior to that. It was a shock to me that my liver had so much cirrhosis that I would need a transplant. I had no idea anything was going on inside of me.

      That autoimmune hepatitis is probably still flaring up each and every day since it just doesn’t stop and go away. It takes many years to destroy a liver. There is really nothing much they can do as far as treating it. Sometimes they will give medication to help it, but it really doesn’t stop the disease from progressing, especially when its from your autoimmune system. When symptoms from the cirrhosis appear, they can give medications to control them and lab work is done routinely to ward off problems early. I used to have to get an endoscope done every 3-6 months to get banding done to any varices that form to lower the risk of bleeding problems. Basically, they just let the disease take its course since there is no cure other than a transplant.

      Even when my liver was 90% destroyed, my liver enzymes were just slightly above normal. My transplant doctor told me this can happen with some people, that the enzymes can almost normalize even though the disease is far advanced.

      You said you had a biopsy done. It should show the amount of damage done and how much cirrhosis (scarring) your liver has in it. Figuring out the cause of it when it is not so obvious like alcoholism, can be difficult to diagnose. That’s why I asked how they determined yours was from an autoimmune problem. I didn’t know the real cause of mine until after my transplant. The biopsy also should show whether or not there is active inflammation going on. The elevated enzymes can be an indication that there could be continued inflammation.

      The good thing is that you are still asymptomatic which means your liver is still compensating. It can stay this way for a long time. When I started to swell with fluid, that was my first sign of it starting to decompensate. Even then, I took diuretics that controlled the fluid retention quite well for several years. Once I was diagnosed with cirrhosis, I believe I went and got evaluated for transplant and was placed on the list a year later. I waited 18 months for my transplant and am doing well today. My autoimmune disease still wants to attack my new liver. I do take a medication that works well in keeping my enzymes in normal range which means there most likely will not be any damage as long as they remain that way.

      If you want to ask me anything else, just email me. I will be happy to help you if I can.

  2. QUESTION:
    Cirrhosis of the liver level four?
    My grandmother has non alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver they said it is level four could anyone explain this to me?

    • ANSWER:
      First, cirrhosis isn’t a form of cancer. Cirrhosis is a consequence of chronic liver disease where the healthy liver tissue is gradually replaced by scar tissue. This leads to a progressive loss of liver function. The most common causes of cirrhosis are alcoholism (most common), hepatitis (B and C), or fatty liver disease. There are several other causes as well. Sometimes there is no known cause; these cases are termed cryptogenic. Your grandmother has cirrhosis due to something other than alcoholism. Since the doctor used the term non-alcoholic, he may be referring to Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). In this condition, fat builds up in the liver and eventually causes scar tissue. NASH is associated with diabetes, malnutrition, obesity, heart disease, and treatment with certain drugs.

      Cirrhosis is not reversible. Doctors focus instead on preventing its further spread. Stage 4 indicates severe cirrhosis.

      To learn more, look at the links below.

  3. 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.

  4. QUESTION:
    Doyou think this alcoholic liver damage is cirrhosis or otherwise non-repairable?
    The ALT yesterday was 160, now 140.

    Bilirubin – yesterday was within normal range (15 I think) today is 46.

    Bsically the person concerned drank chronically – went from 5-6 cans a day for 4 years to a bottle of vodka a day (70cl size) for the last two years.

    The person stopped drinking yesterday afternoon and has no intention of starting again. The first test was done 2 hrs after the last drink.

    The second test was done this morning.

    The person has no symptoms.

    Do you think it is beyond repair?

    • ANSWER:
      Liver Cell Damage follows the same course, no matter what the cause is:

      The liver cells become damaged. The immune system of the body
      will respond to this damage and cause inflammation to develop inside
      the liver. If the cause of the damage is stopped, then there is a chance
      that the liver cells can heal and the problem could be reversed.

      The liver is a soft and smooth organ. If you have seen beef liver that
      people cook, than you have an idea what it looks like. When it
      enlarges in size (the liver is surrounded by a tight membrane capsule)
      from the inflammation, it takes on a spongy texture.

      What can happen to the liver from alcohol Consumption?

      Keep in mind that the liver cells do all the functions of the liver
      to keep the body well. One of those functions is to remove toxins
      from the body and convert them to a non toxic form that the body
      can easily dispose of.

      When someone overconsumes alcohol in a short time period,
      it doesn’t give the liver cells enough time to make enzymes to help
      it convert the alcohol to acetaldehyde to acetate to CO2 and water.
      Left unconverted completely, it can be toxic to the liver cells themselves.

      When a person consumes alcohol over long time periods, fat can
      start to build up inside the liver. This fat causes pressure there and
      can also damage the liver cells. Inflammation will then appear and
      it is called (Steatohepatitis…steato means fat, hepat means liver,
      itis means inflammation.

      Some people are more sensitive to alcohol than others are and
      some are even allergic to it. This means it is an individual basis
      on whether a patient will develop liver disease and what amount
      of alcohol would cause this.

      Taking medications with alcohol, can cause such an interaction
      that the liver cells are damaged immediately.

      If the cause is removed, then it is possible the liver cells will heal
      and reverse the problem. However, if it is not, it can lead to where
      the liver cells die off and form scar tissue. This scar tissue cannot
      be removed from the liver..it does block the flow of blood to the
      functioning liver cells and also will end up blocking the flow of
      blood thru the liver on its way back to the heart. This is what
      is known as the progressive, irreversible disease of Cirrhosis of
      the liver. The liver is basically dying inside the patient. It starts
      to shrink in size and takes on a hard texture. The functions that
      the liver cells once did, start to deteriorate and signs and symptoms
      will appear. The first one is usually Jaundice (the yellowing of the
      whites of the eyes and skin …can be seen best in outdoor lighting)

      ……………………………………………………….
      The ALT is the enzyme that is most specific to the liver itself…
      the other ones are made in other organs, also. No blood test
      is 100% accurate, though. Different things can affect the results
      of these tests, like having an intramuscular injection, muscle injury,
      or even exercising before the test was done. It takes the whole
      picture of all the Liver Enzymes blood tests, the Liver function
      blood tests, the Liver viral blood tests, the film tests (like a
      liver ultrasound or CT scan) and the main highest recommended
      tests (The Liver Biopsy) to be sure that it is definitely a liver problem,
      how far advance in the disease a patient is, and whether or not it
      has reached the stage of Cirrhosis, which is irreversible and a
      progressive disease.

      The liver biopsy is where they take a sample of the actual tissue
      of the liver, which is far better than just looking at film (pictures)
      of it…it tells the doctor alot more than any other test.

      Only the doctors with these tests results can give you an
      “educated guess” how far advanced a patient is and
      also how long they will live without a transplantation being done.

      Patients should be monitored closely coming off alcohol to be sure
      the body is able to withstand the reactions of doing this. Doctors have
      meds to give to help with the side effects and be sure the patient will
      come through it all okay. Many will refer the patient to a hospital
      outpatient detox program.

      The higher ALT levels and the Bilirubin levels is a warning sign.
      Most blood tests give the doctors an “idea “of a problem occurring…
      it takes more than that to be sure. .Your blood chemistry is changing
      all the time…considering this test was done just after consuming alcohol
      would have a direct effect on the tests results. The Bilirubin has to reach
      a certain level in the blood before Jaundice appears. If this is up to 4.6
      than that is really high and your urine should start to appear darker in
      color as the Kidneys filter the bilirubin out of the blood. And, yes, that is
      definitely not good sign.

      Best wishes

  5. QUESTION:
    questions about ALT/AST levels and fatty liver (non-alcoholic)?
    I had a blood test recently which showed elevated levels of ALT (132) I also have high cholesterol and triglycerides. I had an ultrasound done and some further blood tests (for hepatitis and auto-immune diseases) and came out negative. The ultrasound however does show a fatty liver. My gastroenterologist says that fatty liver DOES raise ALT / AST levels but my primary physician (cardiologist) says a fatty liver does NOT raise ALT/AST since there is fat on the liver to begin with. He just says my liver has a high turn-over rate with an inconclusive cause. I don’t want to end up getting Cirrhosis. Who should I believe? What is the right answer?
    fatty liver CAUSES cirrhosis over time

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry hun, you must be worried. I am a little confused you say your primary physician (cardiologist) ? Do you mean your gp or cardiologist? Anyway neither of them are a specialist in this area. A gastroenterologist specializes in this area, so he knows best, and
      I would listen to him concerning my liver. The first thing that crosses their mind is always alcohol, the same as when you have lung problems, they assume that you smoke. I don’t know that you can get cirrhosis from a fatty liver?? But definetly listen to your gastroenterologist and do not blame yourself for your body make up. To say inconclusive cause is negligence, do not settle for that. Perhaps it is because of fatty liver, also alcohol and some meds can also do it, but DO NOT settle for the inconclusive cause.

  6. QUESTION:
    can cirrhosis of the liver be avoided/prevented from this condition?
    i have a mild inflammation of the liver due to fatty liver (non-alcoholic type, NOT obese but overweight) I’ve been losing weight and eating right to try to burn the fat off my liver. Question is: I know this condition is chronic (but is said to be reversible) and CAN lead to cirrhosis, but say I change my lifestyle completely and keep a healthy body, can I prevent myself from ever getting cirrhosis in my entire life? They say fatty liver with inflammation can be reversible, does that mean I can get rid of the inflammation through healthy lifestyle choices?

    • ANSWER:
      yes, change your lifestyle, and it can repair, good luck x

  7. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know the signs of when the liver is at its last points of failing?
    My dad got diagnosed with non alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver. He has nasuea, vomiting, ascites (accumulation of fluid in his body), and lots of bloating, and loss of apetite. Basically those are all the symptoms of cirrhosis. Hes my best friend and I never want to lose him. Im keeping a close eye on him constantly. But now Hes been throwing up more than usual, he gets a strong cough at night, and this morning he woke up saying he sees white lights in his vision. Does this mean his liver is getting worse or those are just the symptoms all cirrhosis patients go through?
    He doesnt have his next drs appointment till next week. Also, if anyone knows about how to get on the liver transplant faster than usual- please let me know. His MELD score is a 15 or 16 i believe.
    Thank You.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, those are typical signs of cirrhosis, but his doctor should be answering this question as to how severe his disease is right now. I had cirrhosis and a liver transplant. I never saw any white lights or a change in my vision and have never really heard that as being related to cirrhosis. He could have other medical issues going on at the same time as his cirrhosis such as the coughing at night. I never had that problem with my cirrhosis either.

      When it gets near to the end, the patient is usually very weak and extremely tired. It’s not unusual to sleep 16 hours a day and get so weak, they can no longer function to take care of themselves. They will be yellow (jaundiced), will bruise very easily, and need to be watched for internal bleeding. Their condition just worsens until they fall into a coma and then it will be over soon. Sometimes, it’s the side effects of cirrhosis that can take them out such as an infection in the abdominal fluid or a massive internal bleed. All can be life threatening.

      The only way to get a transplant quicker is to get sicker which puts a person to the top of list that goes by their lab work. There is just no getting around it. The MELD score determines who gets to go. I know I was having fluid retention problems and they increased my Lasix to help control it. They told me that due to the high dose I was on, my creatnine level would probably also go up. Creatnine is one of the lab tests that is part of the meld score. It did go up as they said. It put me at a 15 and that’s when I got my transplant.

      Every center is different as to what numbers are going for transplant at any given time. It varies day to day. It depends on so many things such as how many organs are being donated to what region you are in. It was pretty common for my center to do transplants at 15, but another center may not be able to give them until the score reaches mid 20′s or so. If you go to the UNOS website who controls all the transplants, I believe you can look up your center and find out all the details of the numbers.

      I hope your father has already been listed and is waiting now. If not, the next step for him will be the evaluation process to determine whether or not he could be a candidate for transplant. He must go through all the steps and there are no short cuts. Good luck to him and I wish him the best.

  8. QUESTION:
    How to help someone who is in a tailspin and getting ready to hit rock bottom?
    My dad is having some problems and I frankly don’t know what to do.

    In February he was diagnosed with non-alcoholic liver cirrhosis which I believe (with the depression he is experiencing) has affected his time management skills and organizational skills. He also has severe stomach pain (don’t know if its from the liver cirrhosis) that affects his ability to work.

    Because of these issues his business is failing, the credit cards are maxed out (with no way to pay them off and with my mom having no knowledge of these credit cards), and my mom is constantly nagging him to close the business, get with the program, stop being lazy, get another job so she can go shopping, oh my g

    • ANSWER:

  9. QUESTION:
    Non-alcoholic beers?
    Do these types of beers cause cirrhosis of the liver and other bodily damage, like regular alcoholic beverages? And can someone get drunk off non-alcoholic beers? Oh, and lastly, if it’s non-alcoholic, why does one have to be 21 to purchase a bottle/can?

    • ANSWER:
      Non-alcoholic beers are the same as regular beers. The only difference is that non-alcoholic beers have less alcohol in them that regular beers do. They can still cause liver damage if you drink enough of them, and you can certainly get drunk off of them if you are to drink enough of them. You would probably have to drink twice as many non-alcoholic beers as you would regular beers, but it all depends on what percent of alcohol is in both beers.

  10. QUESTION:
    been diagnosed with non-alcoholic steatohepatitis but the degree of severity differed in 2 gastroenterologist?
    Through ultrasound tests and because my ALT/AST were elevated a little I have been diagnosed with non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (fatty liver disease). One doctor said I have a severe NASH condition while another doctor said it wasn’t that bad and with proper dietary and weight change it’s reversible. Is it true? Anyone that used to have NASH but don’t anymore? What’s the best way to get rid of it? I know this can lead to cirrhosis if I let it get worse, but is there a way to get rid of it? Which doctor should I trust?
    i was told the only treatment is losing weight and eating right

    • ANSWER:
      So what did the first doc recommend? Nothing at all? The advice given by the second doc seems right.

  11. QUESTION:
    Cirrhosis and Gall-Bladder Surgery?
    My friend is in the early stages of cirrhosis (non-alcoholic) and is having surgery to remove her gall bladder because of painfull gall stones. The surgery is so risky that she was told she has a 50-50% chance of making it through.
    Is there anyone who has gone through this surgery with cirrhosis and/or knows someone who has? Was the outcome of the surgery favorable?

    It is believed her cirrhosis was caused by having had hepititis as a young adult. She first was diagnosed with fatty liver, progressed to NASH (non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (non contagious)) and then early stages of cirrhosis.
    Can you list some of these herbs that you claim can dissolve the stones? Can you guarantee they will dissolve them? If she postpones surgery and her cirrhosis becomes worse the surgery is even more dangerous so they say, “the sooner the better.”
    Some herbs, I’m sure can be harmful to the liver and although surgery isn’t always the best option, it seems to be the best one at this time.

    • ANSWER:
      Tell your friend to get a new doctor. 99% of ALL gallbladder operations are unnecessary. The very best thing is for your friend to see a Certified Nutritional Therapist that understands QRA testing. Do you really think not having a gallbladder is what nature intended? There are herbs that can shrink the gall stones and then herbs that will open the throat of the gallbladder to allow the smaller stones made from the first herb to pass.

      The liver is not a piece of rubber! It can be detoxed and will repair if given the right nutrients.

      The liver is responsible for making bile and if the wrong oils are consumed, the liver will make bad bile. Doctors do NOT understand how the body works or they would not take the gallbladders out and would take the time to help their patient(s) to repair the liver and make the patient healthy. Once you remove the gallbladder, they can’t put it back.

      It only takes a few weeks to get the gallbladder working better and there is a protocol for making the liver and gallbladder healthy again.

      The protocol does not require drugs and their are no side effects to good nutrition. If it doesn’t work, there is always the surgery option, but if you do the surgery first, there is no other options available.

      Gallbladder surgeries are becoming epidemic in the medical field. This is due to these low fat, high carb diets and bad oils being consumed. You will be very surprised at how you can change this situation with some good advice.

      good luck to you

  12. QUESTION:
    Life expectancy with stage 4 cirrhosis of the liver?
    non-alcoholic, diabetic, heart disease, colon cancer (remission), diverticulitis, high blood pressure and hypothyroidisum

    • ANSWER:
      You need more details in order to answer this question with even a good guess. What is the reason for cirrhosis? Hep C? If yes, then the progression could be quicker to total liver failure.

      If this person is experiencing lots of fluid retention that needs tapped often, encephalopathy (confusion due to high ammonia levels), jaundice, internal bleeding and bruises easily, then their liver is near total failure and death could occur anywhere from a few months to a year. Remember this is just an estimate for someone who has all these symptoms.

  13. QUESTION:
    How long can it take to go from stage 5 cirrhosis to stage 6?
    My mother in law just informed that she has stage 5 cirrhosis of the liver this is non alcoholic, and she does not have hepatitis, just fatty liver. They said at stage 6 she would need consultation to be put on a transplant list. I actually have a few ?s about this. 1.) How long does it typically take to reach stage 6 2.) whats the typical lifespan of someone who has stage 6 cirrhosis? 3.) what are the chances that she would get a transplant given her medical history, she had breast cancer in 2004, triple bypass surgery in 2005, is diabetic, not insulin depede pendant and has nuropathy from her diabetes. She is also on many medications. 4.) why in the heck have they not cut down on her meds since her liver cannot process it all? I only know some of what she is on, aspirin for her heart, Oxycontin, oxycotin. Like I said this only only the few meds that I know she is on she takes roughly guessing around 10-15 different medicines prescribed by her dr.

    • ANSWER:
      This is a little confusing…so I’m going to start by explaining a few
      things:
      Fatty liver has different causes: alcohol consumption (not applicable)
      obesity, weight gain, diabetes, high cholesterol/triglyceride levels,
      fast weight loss, and others.
      Hepatitis is inflammation inside the liver
      Cirrhosis is death of the liver cells and scar tissue formation inside
      the liver.

      Fatty liver usually starts out as “simple fatty liver”. As the fat builds
      up inside the liver, it can cause damage to the liver cells. The
      immune system of the body responds to this damage and causes
      inflammation to develop inside the liver (hepatitis). This is then
      known as Steatohepatitis (steato stands for fat, hepat stands for
      liver, and itis stands for inflammation).

      If the cause cannot be stopped, then this can proceed to where
      scar tissue forms inside the liver that will block, eventually, the
      flow of blood through the liver…this is then known as Cirrhosis of
      the liver. IT is a progressive, irreversible disease.

      When Hepatitis is stated and it has a letter after it (then it is
      talking about the viral type of Hepatitis…Like Hep A,B,C,etc.)

      The doctors, through film testing and maybe a liver biopsy, are
      the only ones who know how far advance this disease really is.
      People can progress slow or fast based on their other medical
      conditions, age, response to treatment, etc.
      They take into determination all her medical problems, her
      blood test and biopsy test to determine how long she may live
      without having a transplant. If she is on the transplant list,
      she will be given a MELD score. The Meld score runs from
      6 to 40. Those closest to a 6 are the healthiest and may even
      go off the list. Those who are going up the ladder closer to
      the 40 are sicker and more in need of a transplant.
      Here is a MELD score calculator to give you an estimate of
      where she would be placed if she was already on the list.
      You will need the blood lab results of the Bilirubin, INR,
      and Creatinine for this calculator to give you this estimate.:

      http://www.unos.org/resources/MeldPeldCalculator.asp?index=98

      Only the Transplant team of doctors can determine if she will be
      able to withstand the long hours of surgery. Because of her other
      medical conditions…this may not be the case I wish I could tell
      you for sure, but I cannot.

      All her doctors should know “all” the medications she is on.
      It doesn’t hurt to ask about whether her dosage is correct.
      Doctors have to weigh the pros and cons of using certain drugs.

      She should have an advance directive or power of attorney
      form made to have someone handle her affairs for her and to be
      able to speak with the doctors directly on her behalf.

      http://www.caringinfo.org/stateaddownload

      http://www.caringinfo.org/index.cfm?

      Best wishes. Hope this information is of some help

  14. QUESTION:
    How Much Fructose and Sugar Can I eat?
    I read this from Answers. I want to avoid getting the following:

    “On top of containing a large number of calories, the sugars and high fructose corn syrup can slow the speed at which the liver digests and converts your in-take into energy. If you live a generally sedentary lifestyle and consume a lot of sugary products you will be at risk for non-alcoholic fatty liver, which could then progress to NASH (non-alcoholic steatohepatitis) or even cirrhosis and liver failure down the line. Approximately 2%-5% of under 18′s are affected by this in America at the moment, with most not even knowing.”

    Q: Can I have a couple of grams or so?

    • ANSWER:
      The killer sugar is table sugar (sucrose). Fructose is not a problem and that is the most common sugar in fruit. If you want 146 reasons why sugar (sucrose) is ruining your health you can find them in http://www.rheumatic.org/sugar.htm .

  15. QUESTION:
    Signs of impending death for end stage Cirrhosis of the liver?
    My father ( a lifetime alcoholic) was diagnosed with end stage cirrhosis of the liver about 1 year ago. He has need repeated hospitalizations due complications. We currently have him in a care center due to his quick decline in health.
    About 1 month ago his was hospitalized again due to the build up of amino in the brain. And I went to visit him this week and notice he has gone from being verbal responsive(being able to speak and answer questions) to completely non verbal. And I am wonder if this is a symptom of the cirrhosis or not?

    On a side note it is a sad way for a person to choice to go. He was at one time a while spoken and educated man with a Ph.D in Education and Psychology. And now he has the mentally faculties young child or early adolescent on good day.

    Additional Details

    As a family we are not at this time looking into a liver transplant. This may sound cruel but my father choose to drink in heavy excess and to destroy his own liver.Myself and other members of our family believe to place him on a transplant list would be wrong because there maybe another person on the list in more need.
    My father is 57

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry but his is the terminal stage and he is gradually going in to prehepatic coma(As per your data).
      All options are just palliative as he is not fit for transplant.
      May GOD help you all.

  16. QUESTION:
    sign of impending death from end stage Cirrhosis of the liver.?
    My father ( a lifetime alcoholic) was diagnosed with end stage cirrhosis of the liver about 1 year ago. He has need repeated hospitalizations due complications. We currently have him in a care center due to his quick decline in health.
    About 1 month ago his was hospitalized again due to the build up of amino in the brain. And I went to visit him this week and notice he has gone from being verbal responsive(being able to speak and answer questions) to completely non verbal. And I am wonder if this is a symptom of the cirrhosis or not?

    On a side note it is a sad way for a person to choice to go. He was at one time a while spoken and educated man with a Ph.D in Education and Psychology. And now he has the mentally faculties young child or early adolescent on good day.
    This is my second time posting this question. I noticed it posted in the wrong section.
    We are not at this time looking into a liver transplant. This may sound cruel but my father choose to drink in heavy excess and to destroy his own liver.Myself and other member of our family believe to place him on a transplant list would be wrong because there maybe another person on the list more in need.

    • ANSWER:
      End stages of Cirrhosis of the liver can cause different things:

      1) Portal Hypertension with Varies….
      When the liver cells die off, it forms scar tissue inside the liver that
      blocks the flow of blood to the functioning liver cells and also
      prevents the flow of blood through the liver itself, on its way back
      to the heart. This is why the liver cells continue to die off. It
      also causes the blood to back up into the portal vein and
      other smaller vessels (that have weak spots) that are not
      used to handling the pressure and blood amounts. These vessels
      are known as Varies and can break open and bleed.
      The liver is no longer able to make clotting factors to help the
      blood to clot…therefore, Cirrhosis patients tend to bruise and
      bleed very easily. “Any” blood in the sputum, vomit, or
      rectal area is an emergency. The doctors can go in &
      band these vessels to stop the bleeding.

      2) Ascites….
      This is the build up of fluid in the abdominal area. It is caused
      because the liver can no longer make a protein, known as
      Albumin, that holds fluid inside our vessels. This fluid now
      leaks out and collects in this area. The doctor can remove
      this fluid (if a patient has difficulty breathing or eatting) to
      relieve the pressure against the stomach, diaphragm, etc.
      The procedure is known as paracentesis.
      However, this fluid will have to be removed on a regular
      basis because the protein is still not made.

      3) Encephalopathy…
      This is what you are talking about. The patient becomes easily
      confused, disoriented, has sleep pattern changes, and tremors.
      It is caused by ammonia that the liver cannot convert to urea,
      which the body can easily dispose of. The ammonia stays
      in the blood and goes pass the blood brain barrier and into
      the brain to cause the problems mentioned. The doctor can
      give the patient medications: like Lactulose and Xifaxan to
      try to help this. If the patient isn’t taking this medication…
      the condition will continue to get worse and he may go into
      a coma. Some doctors will try to limit the amount of proteins
      taken in foods…but, others won’t do this because proteins
      are needed to help heal the body and make cells. You can
      discuss this with your doctor.
      Proteins byproduct is ammonia and is converted to urea.

      4) Edema (swelling of the feet and legs and other area)..
      this is caused because Cirrhosis patients tend to hold onto
      sodium in their bodies. The doctor usually will start the
      patient on a lower sodium diet and diuretics to help this.
      This has to be watched closely because sodium is one
      of the electrolytes that keeps the heart beating in rhythm.
      The doctor must tell the patient how much sodium he is
      allowed in his diet per day AND ALSO how much fluids.

      5) The muscles do start to waste away in this Disease.

      Only the doctor can give you an educated ‘guess’ how long
      he might have to live if he doesn’t have a liver transplant.
      Most patients have to be detoxed from alcohol for a period
      of 6 months prior to being “evaluated” for placement on the
      transplant list. Doctors usually refer their patients to a
      Transplant Center for this to take place.
      Once is is placed on the transplant list, he will receive a
      MELD score which will give him an idea of his sickness and
      how far advanced he is. The MELD score runs from 6 to
      40. Those who are closer to a 6 are the healthiest on the list,
      have few symptoms, and may even go off the list if they get
      better. As you go up the ladder toward the 40, he is sicker..
      has more symptoms…and in more need of a transplant.
      Those at the top are the ones who need the transplant the
      most and may only have days or weeks to live without having
      a transplant.

      Here are some links to learn about this disease and
      about transplantation. I hope this is of some help to you.
      Best wishes…You can click on these links.
      Cirrhosis:

      http://www.medicinenet.com/cirrhosis/article.htm

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cirrhosis/DS00373

      http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/cirrhosis.html

      Transplantation

      http://www.surgery.usc.edu/divisions/hep/patientguide/index.html

      http://www.transplantliving.org/

      http://www.ustransplant.org

      Advance directive:
      It is important for him to have an advance directive or power of
      attorney form filled out and signed:

      http://www.caringinfo.org/stateaddownload

      http://www.caringinfo.org/index.cfm?

      Meld Score and calculator (if you can get a copy of his lab work):

      http://www.unos.org/SharedContentDocuments/MELD_PELD(1).pdf

      http://www.unos.org/resources/MeldPeldCalculator.asp?index=98

  17. QUESTION:
    MarkS – re Xanax & Alcohol – answer to do with cirrhosis of the liver …..?
    Hi – yesterday I asked about the effects of latge dose Xanax (8mg/day – prescribed)…. which I have a tolerance to – and having an alcoholic drink – when I am almost a total non-drinker (1 or 2 drinks a YEAR).
    MarkS replied (in part)…”You really need to consider detox from Xanax which can readily cause cirrhosis of the liver under normal conditions, but you are way beyond that.”

    Can MarkS – or someone – clarify this? Cos it reads to me, that I probably have cirrhosis already, just due to the Xanax. I know on an abdo CT scan for something unrelated, it was noted my liver was uniformally hypoechoic (?) ….but no reason or queried explanation was given, and no follow up happened re this. (I was having a barium swallow for an intestinal issue and the focus was on that)

    But yeah – this answer from MarkS…..can someone tell me how they interperet it or MarkS – do you mean you would guess I already have cirrhosis?

    Thanks :-(
    Several years (at least 10) before the report with the liver comment & no, no tumour etc following)…an incidental finding of a lump in my liver came about when I had an U/S for something else. They thought it was a fatty lump but more tests said no. Then they thought ‘haemangioma’ but nuclear tagged dye said no. Then they began to worry and thought cancer – I had a biopsy of this lump (about 4cm oval) with a pathologist with m/scope there in the room. His first initial look appeared to him to be simply a mass of liver tissue – like a mole or other mass of tissue – and benign. About 5 years later the lump had reduced in size. I never found out what it was, the cause & I don’t know if it is even still there. I have odd things in my body, like 8 wisdom teeth, a tortuous bowel, a harmatomous(sp) polyp like a Peultz Jeager – when I do not have that condition (polyp from transverse colon & sent to the US for final diagnosis – it was so weird. I feel like a freak ‘put together’ all wrong.

    • ANSWER:
      Uniformally – Always the same, consistent, unvaried in texture, colour, or design

      Ultrasound terms:

      * Hyperechoic – more echogenic (brighter) than normal
      * Hypoechoic – less echogenic (darker) than normal
      * Isoechoic – the same echogenicity as another tissue

      In laymans term, your liver is the same dark colour all over. :)

      The liver can be darker than the spleen which is normal. Depends what the whole report said. If it says mass or lesion after hypoechoic then there is something wrong. Cirrhosis of the liver shows up as a presence of nodules and fibrosis. As your report hasn’t stated this, this doesn’t sound like cirrhosis. In my opinion your liver sounds normal but check with your doctor just in case.

      2 drinks a year is not a problem and although you will see it stated xanax is not one of the drugs to cause liver damage, almost all prescription drugs are a slow grade poison that interrupts or alters the bodies natural chemical processes. All poisons need to be detoxed in the liver. Liver enzyme tests can also show up abnormalities.

      Liver functions test:

      http://www.bcguidelines.ca/gpac/pdf/liver.pdf

  18. QUESTION:
    Christians, who’s more worthy of getting a liver transplant?
    A non-drinking, liver cancer-ridden atheist who has no fear of dying, even though he’s sure there’s nothing after death??

    ….or a cirrhosis-ridden alcoholic Christian who has legitimately sworn on God not to drink anymore and to follow the path of the Lord…??
    Scuba….don’t dodge the question…or are you afraid???
    Dodgers….dodgers….dodgers……

    • ANSWER:
      Whichever one was higher up on the UNOS list.

      EDIT: Parabola, LOL…the person asking this is not a Christian; he’s an Atheist.

  19. QUESTION:
    Help, my mom won’t stop drinking…?
    My mom has been drinking for as long as I can remember. She gets drunk. Then the next morning she starts to drink again as soon as she wakes up. It usually lasts a week. I don’t live with her anymore because honestly I don’t want my daughters to see that.

    She works for my sister’s husband selling water softens. She is the best in the country and she makes about ten thousand dollars a month. Then she takes that money and goes MIA.

    The last couple of years it has gotten real bad. This is happening more and more often, and this time, it has been a 15 days. She missed my daughter’s fifth birthday, thanks giving, and her own birthday. I am getting really scared.

    I studied alcoholism in a history class, a drug class, and I wrote 4 research papers on the physical and mental long term effects of binge drinking. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant. When a person drinks non-stop for a long time, like my mom, their brain tries to counter act the depression by over stimulating it. When the alcohol is suddenly taken away (when she decides to stop, or runs out of money) the central nervous system becomes over stimulated.

    The withdrawals from alcohol are called delirium-tremens. It is more deadly then heroin withdrawals. It starts with a really bad hang over. Any person’s hang over is withdrawals from the drug (Alcohol is a drug), that’s why drinking a small amount of alcohol helps the symptoms so much.

    After, or during that stage, the person begins to shake. They can’t stop their hands, head and other extremities from shaking. Kinda like boxers who have been hit in the head too many times.

    The next step is tingling sensations. It is described as spiders crawling on your skin, and can progress to the feeling of snake bites. These sensations make the next stage even more frightening, hallucinations (delirium). These hallucinations are almost always terrifying.

    Once a person reaches the delirium stage, they need to go to the hospital so that a doctor can give them a barbiturate. Barbiturates work because they are and alternative depressant drug, but the doctor is able to regulate this drug better then alcohol and slowly wean the patient off. It the alcoholic dose not receive medical attention, the final stage is grand-mal seizures (tremens). This is often followed by death. Every time a person survives these withdrawals, the symptoms become more and more sever every time.

    There are many other ways alcohol can kill you. In the short term, car accidents, falling, etc. ( those thing have happen to my mom) Long term, a person can get a fatty liver that leads to cirrhosis of the liver and death. If they don’t die from it, they will probably loss their mind. Binge drinking has detestation effects on a person’s short term memory, problem solving ability, emotions, and personality. Basically, in the long run, it’s like taking a sledgehammer to the forehead and permanently damaging your cerebral cortex (the part of your brain that makes you who your are).

    Most people don’t know about delirium-tremens, or these other horrible consequences. I certainly didn’t know when I was younger. Looking back, I saw some of these terrible symptoms in my mom. Her personality has changed and she repeats the same sentence a lot. The most terrifying, though, is that I have seen her shake, and heard her scream for seemingly no reason when she is coming down from a binge. She blacks out for days when this happens. She wakes up with no almost no memory of this happening, and acts like every thing is fine, but I know she realizes what she did. How can she deny loosing a week on the calendar?

    When I’m done writing I’m going to go to her apartment. She might not let me in, but I will get in anyway. Honestly, it has taken me this long to check on her because I am really afraid I will see her dead. I love my mom.

    My mom had my sister take her to the hospital last time this happened. They admitted her into the psyc ward. My mom didn’t like that very much. They couldn’t hold, for some reason and let her go. Now she is avoiding my sister and I.

    My sister called the cops on her and told them she was suicidal. They couldn’t do anything because my mom wouldn’t admit it. Also, she was in her a apartment, so they couldn’t take her in for public intoxication. What a f*cked up country. The police can arrest a pot smoker who is not hurting themselves or anyone else. But they can’t help my mom who is killing herself, and might try to drive and kill some innocent person.

    I really don’t know what to do anymore.

    Please, if anyone out there has an idea of a way to get her help against her own will. If I don’t find a way she might die. If she survives this time, it will happen again. She won’t stop until she dead.

    • ANSWER:
      You are in a difficult situation with difficult answers. You are a good researcher, I can only disagree with one small thing you said. When someone has liver disease, ammonia builds up in the blood, this is what causes the “loss of mind” you mention. But the ammonia build up is treatable with lactulose. Without the build up of ammonia, there is no development of confusion. There is Wernicke Encephalopathy that develops in people with chronic alcohol abuse. It is different than the effects of ammonia in cirrhosis. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/794583-overview

      You know a lot about the health and physiological consequences of abusing alcohol. Now you should point your research in a different direction. Look into family dynamics in alcoholism,http://family.jrank.org/pages/246/Children-Alcoholics.html http://organizedwisdom.com/Alcoholism_and_Family_Dynamics Look into co-dependency and enabling. Here is a pace to start. http://alcoholism.about.com/od/coda/Codependency_Resources.htm Look up AA (alcoholics anonymous) in your area. Look up Drug and alcohol treatment and intervention in your area. http://www.intervention.com/ You grew up with this and have a learned pattern of behavior built around reacting to your mom’s drinking and protecting her from herself. If you keep doing the same thing, she will keep doing the same thing. Change your reactions, she won’t be able to do the same thing. You have leverage. Gonna sound very harsh. She has money to drink on, she has her apartment, she cannot be taken in for pubic drunkenness BECAUSE she has a job from your brother-in-law. Could she keep a job with anyone else? Who would hire her? “Mom, if you go to treatment, when you get back your job is here waiting for you, we will pay the rent on the apartment it will be here for you. As long as you stay sober, you have a job. If you won’t go to treatment, the job is gone as of right now, you are fired for drinking at work. We won’t pay the rent, you cannot move in with us, you can get what you want out of the apartment and put it in a shopping cart, we are not helping you hurt yourself, we will help you get well.” Don’t do that without the help of a professional though….you need the treatment set up, you need to be determined, you need a professional to back you up. This is the only way I know of to get help for someone who doesn’t want it.

  20. QUESTION:
    How can I handle the multiple health problems in my family?
    I’m in my fifties, a time of life when many people are dealing with aging parents and health problems. But it seems as if our family is getting hit with more than our fair share and it’s really hard to deal with all this. My mother is dying from cirrhosis of the liver and my dad is exhausted from taking care of her. She has complications that make it worse than normal. I go up to see them almost every week but they live 130 miles away, I can’t be up there all the time. My sister is also an alcoholic so although she lives a lot closer, she’s pretty useless as far as helping Dad take care of Mom. My husband’s family is in even worse shape. His father is battling cancer and doesn’t expect to live much longer. Worst of all, his brother, who is in his mid-fifties, has just been diagnosed with Frontaltemporal dementia — a devastating disease that is extremely difficult to live with. There is no treatment, no cure, no hope. He was married just 4 years ago and his poor wife is trying to deal with all this. They live several states away, so we can’t be there to help her.

    At this point, I just don’t know where to turn. I guess I just need someone to talk to — this is all so hard and SO SAD. I used to be a nurse so people naturally turn to me for help and I don’t mind, but there’s nothing I can do from such long distances. I’ve been trying to get my dad to take a break — I’d stay with Mom for a few days to let him get away — but he just won’t. I’m worried that he will collapse and then Mom will end up in a nursing home — not because non of us kids would take her in, but because we CAN’T. She’s in a wheelchair and non of us have bathrooms big enough to get the chair into, besides, we all have stairs. So I encourage Dad to take it easy and to get help, I ask Mom not to make too many demands on him (but she does anyway) and I hope for the best. Dealing with my husband’s family is even harder. It’s just a lot to handle… I feel so bad for all of them!

    • ANSWER:
      You need to breath deeply, find your inner type A and use the phone a LOT.

      Many of the health care agencys can be very good and provide social workers as well as home health care. You have to be verilant, in constant contact with them and your parents doctors.

      You also have to be aware that you count. Saving your self is important,

      You could potentially loose your family home and job in keeping them well and alive, and in the end what will you have, how will you survive.

      Do not underestimate the costs all around.

      and it says i mispelled 6 things, guess what, its a great example of letting little things go!

      lol

      keep perspective. a dead luvrats cant help anyone. neither can one living under a bridge or broken by health. you care.

      ps bsing the help and doctors helps a LOT

  21. QUESTION:
    Help, my mom won’t stop drinking…?
    My mom has been drinking for as long as I can remember. She gets drunk. Then the next morning she starts to drink again as soon as she wakes up. It usually lasts a week. I don’t live with her anymore because honestly I don’t want my daughters to see that.

    She works for my sister’s husband selling water softens. She is the best in the country and she makes about ten thousand dollars a month. Then she takes that money and goes MIA.

    The last couple of years it has gotten real bad. This is happening more and more often, and this time, it has been a 15 days. She missed my daughter’s fifth birthday, thanks giving, and her own birthday. I am getting really scared.

    I studied alcoholism in a history class, a drug class, and I wrote 4 research papers on the physical and mental long term effects of binge drinking. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant. When a person drinks non-stop for a long time, like my mom, their brain tries to counter act the depression by over stimulating it. When the alcohol is suddenly taken away (when she decides to stop, or runs out of money) the central nervous system becomes over stimulated.

    The withdrawals from alcohol are called delirium-tremens. It is more deadly then heroin withdrawals. It starts with a really bad hang over. Any person’s hang over is withdrawals from the drug (Alcohol is a drug), that’s why drinking a small amount of alcohol helps the symptoms so much.

    After, or during that stage, the person begins to shake. They can’t stop their hands, head and other extremities from shaking. Kinda like boxers who have been hit in the head too many times.

    The next step is tingling sensations. It is described as spiders crawling on your skin, and can progress to the feeling of snake bites. These sensations make the next stage even more frightening, hallucinations (delirium). These hallucinations are almost always terrifying.

    Once a person reaches the delirium stage, they need to go to the hospital so that a doctor can give them a barbiturate. Barbiturates work because they are and alternative depressant drug, but the doctor is able to regulate this drug better then alcohol and slowly wean the patient off. It the alcoholic dose not receive medical attention, the final stage is grand-mal seizures (tremens). This is often followed by death. Every time a person survives these withdrawals, the symptoms become more and more sever every time.

    There are many other ways alcohol can kill you. In the short term, car accidents, falling, etc. ( those thing have happen to my mom) Long term, a person can get a fatty liver that leads to cirrhosis of the liver and death. If they don’t die from it, they will probably loss their mind. Binge drinking has detestation effects on a person’s short term memory, problem solving ability, emotions, and personality. Basically, in the long run, it’s like taking a sledgehammer to the forehead and permanently damaging your cerebral cortex (the part of your brain that makes you who your are).

    Most people don’t know about delirium-tremens, or these other horrible consequences. I certainly didn’t know when I was younger. Looking back, I saw some of these terrible symptoms in my mom. Her personality has changed and she repeats the same sentence a lot. The most terrifying, though, is that I have seen her shake, and heard her scream for seemingly no reason when she is coming down from a binge. She blacks out for days when this happens. She wakes up with no almost no memory of this happening, and acts like every thing is fine, but I know she realizes what she did. How can she deny loosing a week on the calendar?

    When I’m done writing I’m going to go to her apartment. She might not let me in, but I will get in anyway. Honestly, it has taken me this long to check on her because I am really afraid I will see her dead. I love my mom.

    My mom had my sister take her to the hospital last time this happened. They admitted her into the psyc ward. My mom didn’t like that very much. They couldn’t hold, for some reason and let her go. Now she is avoiding my sister and I.

    My sister called the cops on her and told them she was suicidal. They couldn’t do anything because my mom wouldn’t admit it. Also, she was in her a apartment, so they couldn’t take her in for public intoxication. What a f*cked up country. The police can arrest a pot smoker who is not hurting themselves or anyone else. But they can’t help my mom who is killing herself, and might try to drive and kill some innocent person.

    I really don’t know what to do anymore.

    Please, if anyone out there has an idea of a way to get her help against her own will. If I don’t find a way she might die. If she survives this time, it will happen again. She won’t stop until she dead.

    • ANSWER:
      i know exactly how you feel! my mom was a very big drinker all throughout my child hood, to the point i was taking care of my younger siblings. She would drink all day, half the night, then when she would wake up if she even went to sleep would wake up and drink again. My mom couldnt even keep a job. I had tried calling the cops, NOTHING! It actually took something HUGE for my mom to change. The day before easter on March 22, 2008 she stood up from the bed and fell forward. Being drunk she didnt have the reaction to catch herself. She hit head first making a whiplash motion and snapped the disc between C5 and C6 invertabrae. When the disc shattered bone marrow went into her spinal cord and damanged it. She is now a partial quadriplegic. She is able to move her neck, shoulders, and elbows. So i advise you to get help ASAP! There is actually a law that you and your sister can put her into a rehab even though she is over 18. Look into rehab centers around her place and see about them taking your mom. The SRS can help as well, just call them up and tell them your situation and how you and your sister feel as if she is endangering her own life. If you can give them enough information they will be forced to investigate and put her in a rehab facility, but only if you can prove its for her own good.

  22. QUESTION:
    Help, my mom won’t stop drinking…?
    My mom has been drinking for as long as I can remember. She gets drunk. Then the next morning she starts to drink again as soon as she wakes up. It usually lasts a week. I don’t live with her anymore because honestly I don’t want my daughters to see that.

    She works for my sister’s husband selling water softens. She is the best in the country and she makes about ten thousand dollars a month. Then she takes that money and goes MIA.

    The last couple of years it has gotten real bad. This is happening more and more often, and this time, it has been a 15 days. She missed my daughter’s fifth birthday, thanks giving, and her own birthday. I am getting really scared.

    I studied alcoholism in a history class, a drug class, and I wrote 4 research papers on the physical and mental long term effects of binge drinking. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant. When a person drinks non-stop for a long time, like my mom, their brain tries to counter act the depression by over stimulating it. When the alcohol is suddenly taken away (when she decides to stop, or runs out of money) the central nervous system becomes over stimulated.

    The withdrawals from alcohol are called delirium-tremens. It is more deadly then heroin withdrawals. It starts with a really bad hang over. Any person’s hang over is withdrawals from the drug (Alcohol is a drug), that’s why drinking a small amount of alcohol helps the symptoms so much.

    After, or during that stage, the person begins to shake. They can’t stop their hands, head and other extremities from shaking. Kinda like boxers who have been hit in the head too many times.

    The next step is tingling sensations. It is described as spiders crawling on your skin, and can progress to the feeling of snake bites. These sensations make the next stage even more frightening, hallucinations (delirium). These hallucinations are almost always terrifying.

    Once a person reaches the delirium stage, they need to go to the hospital so that a doctor can give them a barbiturate. Barbiturates work because they are and alternative depressant drug, but the doctor is able to regulate this drug better then alcohol and slowly wean the patient off. It the alcoholic dose not receive medical attention, the final stage is grand-mal seizures (tremens). This is often followed by death. Every time a person survives these withdrawals, the symptoms become more and more sever every time.

    There are many other ways alcohol can kill you. In the short term, car accidents, falling, etc. ( those thing have happen to my mom) Long term, a person can get a fatty liver that leads to cirrhosis of the liver and death. If they don’t die from it, they will probably loss their mind. Binge drinking has detestation effects on a person’s short term memory, problem solving ability, emotions, and personality. Basically, in the long run, it’s like taking a sledgehammer to the forehead and permanently damaging your cerebral cortex (the part of your brain that makes you who your are).

    Most people don’t know about delirium-tremens, or these other horrible consequences. I certainly didn’t know when I was younger. Looking back, I saw some of these terrible symptoms in my mom. Her personality has changed and she repeats the same sentence a lot. The most terrifying, though, is that I have seen her shake, and heard her scream for seemingly no reason when she is coming down from a binge. She blacks out for days when this happens. She wakes up with no almost no memory of this happening, and acts like every thing is fine, but I know she realizes what she did. How can she deny loosing a week on the calendar?

    When I’m done writing I’m going to go to her apartment. She might not let me in, but I will get in anyway. Honestly, it has taken me this long to check on her because I am really afraid I will see her dead. I love my mom.

    My mom had my sister take her to the hospital last time this happened. They admitted her into the psyc ward. My mom didn’t like that very much. They couldn’t hold, for some reason and let her go. Now she is avoiding my sister and I.

    My sister called the cops on her and told them she was suicidal. They couldn’t do anything because my mom wouldn’t admit it. Also, she was in her a apartment, so they couldn’t take her in for public intoxication. What a f*cked up country. The police can arrest a pot smoker who is not hurting themselves or anyone else. But they can’t help my mom who is killing herself, and might try to drive and kill some innocent person.

    I really don’t know what to do anymore.

    Please, if anyone out there has an idea of a way to get her help against her own will. If I don’t find a way she might die. If she survives this time, it will happen again. She won’t stop until she dead.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, my sister is in your mother’s position. There is nothing you can do about it, even if you beg and plead, and get on your knees, and cry they don’t listen. You can talk to them about the advantages of not drinking, and not spending money on drugs, but they go ahead and do it anyway, they don’t stop. They are addicted. Just learn from what they have done, and remember what your life is without the drug. This is a fucked up country, but that doesn’t mean you have to live up to it. Pot smokers do hurt themselves, by inhibiting their ambition. Do people need pot? Then why are they buying it?

  23. QUESTION:
    Help, my mom won’t stop drinking…?
    My mom has been drinking for as long as I can remember. She gets drunk. Then the next morning she starts to drink again as soon as she wakes up. It usually lasts a week. I don’t live with her anymore because honestly I don’t want my daughters to see that.

    She works for my sister’s husband selling water softens. She is the best in the country and she makes about ten thousand dollars a month. Then she takes that money and goes MIA.

    The last couple of years it has gotten real bad. This is happening more and more often, and this time, it has been a 15 days. She missed my daughter’s fifth birthday, thanks giving, and her own birthday. I am getting really scared.

    I studied alcoholism in a history class, a drug class, and I wrote 4 research papers on the physical and mental long term effects of binge drinking. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant. When a person drinks non-stop for a long time, like my mom, their brain tries to counter act the depression by over stimulating it. When the alcohol is suddenly taken away (when she decides to stop, or runs out of money) the central nervous system becomes over stimulated.

    The withdrawals from alcohol are called delirium-tremens. It is more deadly then heroin withdrawals. It starts with a really bad hang over. Any person’s hang over is withdrawals from the drug (Alcohol is a drug), that’s why drinking a small amount of alcohol helps the symptoms so much.

    After, or during that stage, the person begins to shake. They can’t stop their hands, head and other extremities from shaking. Kinda like boxers who have been hit in the head too many times.

    The next step is tingling sensations. It is described as spiders crawling on your skin, and can progress to the feeling of snake bites. These sensations make the next stage even more frightening, hallucinations (delirium). These hallucinations are almost always terrifying.

    Once a person reaches the delirium stage, they need to go to the hospital so that a doctor can give them a barbiturate. Barbiturates work because they are and alternative depressant drug, but the doctor is able to regulate this drug better then alcohol and slowly wean the patient off. It the alcoholic dose not receive medical attention, the final stage is grand-mal seizures (tremens). This is often followed by death. Every time a person survives these withdrawals, the symptoms become more and more sever every time.

    There are many other ways alcohol can kill you. In the short term, car accidents, falling, etc. ( those thing have happen to my mom) Long term, a person can get a fatty liver that leads to cirrhosis of the liver and death. If they don’t die from it, they will probably loss their mind. Binge drinking has detestation effects on a person’s short term memory, problem solving ability, emotions, and personality. Basically, in the long run, it’s like taking a sledgehammer to the forehead and permanently damaging your cerebral cortex (the part of your brain that makes you who your are).

    Most people don’t know about delirium-tremens, or these other horrible consequences. I certainly didn’t know when I was younger. Looking back, I saw some of these terrible symptoms in my mom. Her personality has changed and she repeats the same sentence a lot. The most terrifying, though, is that I have seen her shake, and heard her scream for seemingly no reason when she is coming down from a binge. She blacks out for days when this happens. She wakes up with no almost no memory of this happening, and acts like every thing is fine, but I know she realizes what she did. How can she deny loosing a week on the calendar?

    When I’m done writing I’m going to go to her apartment. She might not let me in, but I will get in anyway. Honestly, it has taken me this long to check on her because I am really afraid I will see her dead. I love my mom.

    My mom had my sister take her to the hospital last time this happened. They admitted her into the psyc ward. My mom didn’t like that very much. They couldn’t hold, for some reason and let her go. Now she is avoiding my sister and I.

    My sister called the cops on her and told them she was suicidal. They couldn’t do anything because my mom wouldn’t admit it. Also, she was in her a apartment, so they couldn’t take her in for public intoxication. What a f*cked up country. The police can arrest a pot smoker who is not hurting themselves or anyone else. But they can’t help my mom who is killing herself, and might try to drive and kill some innocent person.

    I really don’t know what to do anymore.

    Please, if anyone out there has an idea of a way to get her help against her own will. If I don’t find a way she might die. If she survives this time, it will happen again. She won’t stop until she dead.

    • ANSWER:
      Wow, I’m really sorry for her.

      Personally I would try to introduce her to marijuana smoking in order to get her to stop from drinking. I don’t really know what else to say because I know that people who drink a lot won’t even consider what other people say.

      You could also let her be how she wants, I know it is hard but she is another human being and she probably went through a lot as a result in drinking and as a human being she has the right to live her life how she wants (even though alcohol took over her mind). We all die at some point, she might have found her own strange happiness.

      Take care and please do not be upset about her.


What Are The Symptoms Of Liver Disease

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    WHAT ARE ALL THE SYMPTOMS OF LIVER DISEASE ?
    Hi, I am curious to know every and all symptoms of liver disease? I know that there are a few types of liver diseases and illnesses that also occur when it comes to your liver. I also would like to know are there different stages liver disease, if so what are they?

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

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

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

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

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

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

    thanks.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      ~ Hope This Helps!

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

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

      In response to you: Oh, OK.

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

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

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

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

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

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

      http://www.medicinenet.com/cirrhosis/article.htm

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cirrhosis/DS00373

      http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/cirrhosis.html

      http://www.uihealthcare.com/topics/medicaldepartments/internalmedicine/liverdisease/index.html

      http://www.texasliver.com/en/cms/139/

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

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

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

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

  7. QUESTION:
    What is the symptoms of liver disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Some symptoms can be jaundice, digestion and appetite problems, light coloration of stools, distention and bloating, excessive thirst and frequent urination, and skin problems. Among many others. But liver disease is a general term for any disorder of the liver, and many liver disease symptoms can actually turn out to be something else.

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

    • ANSWER:

  9. QUESTION:
    Symptoms of liver disease in girl teenagers?
    hi, what are the symptoms of liver disease in girls (14 years old)? (105 lb, 5 foot, girl). i have frequent thirst and urination, skin cuts/ dryness for a while, headaches, one dark colored urine, itchiness of my eyes, not always hungry, back pain, and i do take a lot of tylenol because of foot pain (doctor told me to), – (4 extra strength pills a day, 2 at night, 2 in the morning). i dont want a lecture on this, i just need to know if i may have liver disease? i did have high liver enzymes in about november. should i see a doctor? or how can i talk to my mom about this? THANKS

    • ANSWER:
      It looks like you’re already familiar with the symptoms of liver disease – and unfortunately, you seem to be describing a classic case. Other things CAN cause these symptoms though, like diabetes, so the only way to know for sure is to have it checked by a doctor.

      Try increasing your water intake in the meantime – dehydration can cause some of the symptoms you’re describing too, including itchiness and dark colored urine. Make sure you get 6 glasses a day at least.

      4 ES pills of Tylenol per day isn’t a lot – I’d be surprised if that caused liver failure, but just to be safe, I’d stop the tylenol and switch to small doses of advil. There can be other things that cause liver failure other than liver disease itself, such as Hepatitis. Hepatitis A can be found in food, Hep B and C generally come from sexual activity or if one of your parents had it.

      The best way to talk to your mom is just say “look, I know I had elevated liver enzymes in November, and now am having these symptoms…… I really don’t feel good and want to have it checked by a doctor”. You haven’t done anything wrong – you were taking a “safe” dose of recommended Tylenol, and shouldn’t be afraid to talk to your parents.

  10. QUESTION:
    what are the symptoms of liver disease’s??

    my step father is a heavy drinker and he has been rushed into hospital twice in the last month. i think he and my mother are hiding tings from me, as they think i dont know how much he drinks but i know. he is complaining of really bad back ache and cant hardly walk the hospital have done all the test’s on him today so they waiting on results. is bad back ache one of the signs?

    • ANSWER:
      Excessive alcohol use can result in serious physical and mental problems. Chronic excessive use that involves a compulsion to drink, increased tolerance, and withdrawal symptoms is called alcohol dependence or, alternatively, alcoholism.
      Symptoms of Alcoholic liver disease:
      * Loss of appetite
      * Nausea
      * Jaundice
      * Abdominal pain and tenderness
      * Fever
      * Ascites (fluid collection in the abdomen)
      * Unintentional weight gain (because of fluid collection)
      * Mental confusion
      * Excessive thirst
      * Dry mouth
      * Fatigue
      Additional symptoms that may be associated with this disease:
      * Vomiting blood or material that looks like coffee grounds
      * Bloody or dark black or tarry bowel movements (melena)
      * Abnormally dark or light skin
      * Redness on feet or hands
      * Paleness
      * Light-headedness or fainting, especially with upright posture
      * Rapid heart rate (tachycardia) when rising to standing position
      * Slow, sluggish, lethargic movement
      * Breast development in males
      * Impaired ability to concentrate
      * Agitation
      * Fluctuating mood
      * Difficulty paying attention (attention deficit)
      * Impaired judgment
      * Confusion (encephalopathy)
      # Altered level of consciousness
      # Impaired short- or long-term memory
      # Hallucinations
      Symptoms vary with the severity of the disease and are usually worse after a recent period of heavy drinking.

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

    • ANSWER:

  12. QUESTION:
    what are the symptoms of polycystic liver disease?
    i am 21M

    • ANSWER:

  13. QUESTION:
    what are the symptoms of the end stage of liver disease?
    My mother has been drinking for 40 years. She has really gone downhill the past few months. Something strange happened. I went to visit and at first she did not recognize me. Then, after a few minutes, she did. Then,today I called her and she asked when I was going to visit. I was just there yesterday. What does this mean? Is she in her last stages of cirrhosis of the liver? Please only serious answers, this is a very serious question. thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Your mother most likely is confused due to high ammonia levels. This can lead to a condition known as encephalopathy. It causes behavior changes, forgetfulness, and confusion. In the more severe cases, it can lead to hallucinations and coma. Anyone with end stage liver disease can be treated for this with medication. The most commonly used drug is Lactulose which is used for constipation. Loose bowel movements is what gets rid of the excess ammonia that the liver can no longer filter due to poor function. If the ammonia levels are super high, the patient can get admitted to the hospital for more aggressive emergency treatment to bring it down to a safe level.

      I think you need to educate yourself on cirrhosis on Wikipedia and learn all the details of what to expect with your mom in the future. I’m sorry you have to go through this, but this is the sad reality of long term alcoholism. If she does have end stage cirrhosis, then a transplant might be able to save her life. She would be denied one if she is drinking. She would need to have a total lifestyle change before they would begin to consider her. The first requirement is 6 months of detox. It might be something she could work towards for herself is she is really committed to getting better.

  14. QUESTION:
    what are the symptoms of stage two liver disease?

    • ANSWER:
      jaundice and swelling in the abdoman

  15. QUESTION:
    Can Ibuprofen cause liver disease?
    I’m 16 and I get terrible migraines. I usually take about 3 or 4 ibuprofen to hopefully make me rest for an hour or longer and make it tolerable when I get up. And I don’t take them every four hours. Just whenever I feel it’s becoming overwhelming, especially at school, I just pop about three of them. Nothing else my mom seems to buy (Tyenol, Aleve, etc.) and what I was prescribed didn’t seem to work either. Ibuprofen seems to be the only thing to do it for me. But once about two years ago I took like 11 in 5 hours while at school. and my boyfriend always tells me about my liver and junk be he never takes medicine for anything so I’m like, I’m careful and just kind of blow him off. I’ve been getting random bruises on my legs and ChaCha sent me many answers why and one of them being liver disease. So I thought about what my boyfriend said and I looked up the symptoms of liver disease and some of them have been things that have been happening to me lately. Just real curious, I know it can affect your liver but can it actually give you liver disease? Especially at my age?

    • ANSWER:
      you took 11 pills in 5 hours?? gosh.. that’s dangerous. if the others pain killer (tyenol, aleve) is not working, you should complain that to your doctor. instead of increasing your medication (pain killer) dose, you can take other medication or practice/change lifestyle to prevent migraine. there are also medicine out there such sumatriptan for migraine.

      how much mg is the ibuprofen for each pill that you took? be careful and don’t take exceeding the daily dose (except under doctor supervise)

      and yes. overdose ibuprofen can cause toxicity to the liver. no matter what age. overdose will still effect the liver. (for children/elderly/gastritis patient- the dose will be revised/reduce) toxicity to the liver = affect the liver function = liver disease.

  16. QUESTION:
    Explain the causes of Mr. X’s abnormal liver function test results. Explain some of Mr. X’s symptoms ………?
    Mr. X has been admitted to the accident and emergency department. He has been involved in a motorbike accident, is unconscious and has leg injuries which will require surgery.
    Witnesses at the scene of the accident told ambulance staff that he did not appear to have proper control of his motorbike and drove headlong into the path of an upcoming vehicle.
    Before Mr. X can undergo surgery for his crushed leg his blood needs to be tested to see if he has any underlying conditions which need to be taken into account before surgery commences. He also shows signs of internal haemorrhaging and may also require treatment for blood loss.
    The blood results have now been returned from the laboratory emergency services and it now transpires that Mr. X has raised blood alcohol levels and was drunk at the time of the accident.
    His hospital medical records have been traced and reveal that Mr. X has been receiving ongoing medical care for liver disease due to alcoholism.
    He has been attending monthly clinics to monitor his liver function.
    Before Mr. X can receive blood products for transfusion they need to be screened. Mr. X will show specific symptoms of liver disease.

    Explain the causes of Mr. X’s abnormal liver function test results. Explain some of Mr. X’s symptoms of liver disease (such as jaundice and prolonged clotting time). What advice will doctors give Mr. X to improve his prognosis?

    • ANSWER:
      read this, see if it helps:-

      http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0CXH/is_3_27/ai_n6357652/

  17. QUESTION:
    Liver Disease and your imput…?
    My mom died 10 years ago due to several different health problems, it all started off with bad blood, she had one thing wrong with the next, liver, kidney, you name it. She suffered for 19 years, and I was told I have alot of her symptoms, kidney disease, thyroid, and now liver damage. I am so tired of one doctor to the next, it seems they are never sure what I have definatly.
    My question is I was recently told that my liver looked bad, but not for sure that it is damaged as of yet, I go for more test in a few days. DOES drinking make it worse? Am I suppose to totally stop all together, and besides medication through the years and drinking, is there any other way that I got this? What is your advise on whether you think drinking is going to make it worse or not, and is there something I can do to keep me healthier like does excerise even help or taking vitamians, cause I am SO tired of finding horrible doctors that never know whats going on anymore!

    • ANSWER:
      There are some hereditary liver diseases. Sounds like you need to thouroughly understand which one yours is. Drinking DEFINETLY should be off your ‘to do’ list. It always will make liver disease worse, no matter the cause.
      Be careful of vitamins too, some of those are harmful
      Is there any way you can bring someone with you to your docs appt.? Sometimes, having someone there with you will help you later understand all they said. Also, if that’s not possible, write down all your questions first, and bring the list with you. Some questions I would ask:
      1)specific diagnosis (then you can look it up later for more info)
      2)drugs and OTC to avoid (so you don’t cause more damage)
      3)Any thing more can be done to help (any studies, experimental drugs, anything new going on to treat this?)
      4)Any other opinions? (search for the latest info on your diagnosis)
      Good luck, I hope you get to the bottom of this and feel better soon. Be proactive in your health, information will help you understand what you can do for yourself!

  18. QUESTION:
    Can liver cirrhosis be a hereditary disease? what are the main symptoms of the liver cirrhosis?

    • ANSWER:
      NO. Cirrhosis of Liver is not a hereditary disease.

      Cirrhosis is a condition that causes irreversible scarring of the liver. As scar tissue replaces normal tissue, blood flow through your liver is affected. This makes it increasingly difficult for your liver to carry out essential functions, such as detoxifying harmful substances, purifying your blood and manufacturing vital nutrients.

      A healthy liver performs hundreds of vital functions, including processing most of the nutrients absorbed from your intestine, removing drugs, alcohol and other harmful substances from your bloodstream, and manufacturing bile — the greenish fluid stored in your gallbladder that helps digest fats. The liver also produces cholesterol, substances to help your blood clot and certain other proteins.

      You may not have signs and SYMPTOMS of cirrhosis in the early stages of the disease. But as more scar tissue replaces healthy tissue and liver function declines, you may experience some of the following:

      * 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)-

  19. QUESTION:
    My poodle/Jackrussel had an ALT of 2700+ ,no other sypmtoms of liver disease..what can this mean???
    Wednsday nite she vomited twice & then hid in the back closet,very un-like her.By morning she was lethargic,but not feverish or showing any other symptoms of disease.
    She spent 36 hrs on an i/v at vets,had blood tests ,put on antibiotics ,Alt went to 2400.She’s home now,acting pretty much “normal”.On special liver disease food,SAMe, & I got 250 cc’s of fluids in subq this AM,but she wouldn’t let me do 2nd dose tonight.
    Anyone have any idea what’s happening with her?Vets say they are stumpted & never saw such a high ALT reading.All other numbers on blood work are normal,no diarreah,liver normal size.Has had normal BM’s today.She’s an indoor dog,never off-leash outdoors.Poisoning would be hard ,no trauma…HELP!! Don’t want to lose her !

    • ANSWER:
      I am a vet in texas. The liver is a very complex organ.
      OK, the first thing we need to know is: Is she spayed? How old is she? Is she obese? pot bellied? Does she get table food? is she still vomitting? is she eating or drinking? Is she on any medications or supplements? (herbal/natural/prescribed or otherwise that were begun before the incident (not what was prescribe by your vet for this illness)) regularly? Does she ever stumble around or act drunk after eating? Does she have a history of seizures? Are you sure it was ALT (alanine aminotransferase) and not ALP (alkaline phosphatase)?
      ALT is kinda the ‘panic enzyme’ of the liver. When the liver is hurt, it tends to spike up, but then go down. It sounds like your vet is doing a great job of managing an acute (sudden) hepatic (liver) insult (damage). As long as she continues to improve, I would recommend occasional checks of her ALT to make sure they go down (the values should decrease by half every 3 days). Many things can cause liver damage- something she ate, pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancrease, which is right next to the liver can really make the liver mad and also causes vomitting). If her ALT comes down to normal and she is feeling normal, then you really shouldn’t panic too much. If she ISN’T feeling good, then you do need to get more aggressive. A bile acids or ammonia test can tell the vet how well the liver is working, a liver ultrasound to help rule out liver cancer, possibly a liver biopsy.
      DO NOT start her on any supplement without talking to your vet first. Make sure you return for all your rechecks. If things don’t seem to be going the right way, it is always OK to ask for a referral to a specialist.

  20. QUESTION:
    Is IBS a symptom of liver damage / disease?
    I just read something that shocked me as I was recently diagnosed as having IBS by a gastroenterologist. I read that IBS is one of the common signs of liver damage. Anyone know if this is true? Here’s the webpage link where I read it at and since reading that I’ve done a few more searches about it and read the same thing on a few other webpages as well. http://www.buzzle.com/articles/liver-damage-symptoms.html
    I’m worried as I had my gallbladder out in 2004 and was already worried about liver damage because when I was having gallbladder pains, which I didn’t know the pains were due to gallbladder issue, I used to take alot of acetaminophen to manage the pain as it took several years, 6 in fact, and several visits to different doctors to get a correct diagnosis. Anyone know if this is true about IBS being a symptom of liver damage and if it is true, what can I do, like what do I say to be sure my doctor does the test to find out if I do indeed have liver damage? I’m really worried now :(

    • ANSWER:
      Never heard of it. There have been hundreds of posts on here about IBS ( I have it) and liver damage has never been mentioned. It is not on any of the medical sites regarding IBS either. ( Not in the UK anyway).

  21. QUESTION:
    My Father has a liver disease from alcohol and wont go to a dr. how do i know anything?
    Ok my dad has pretty much every single sigh and symptom of alcoholic liver disease. he is getting really weak and is confined to his bed a few days a week. He has not been to a dr in a very very long time and refuses to go. he says all the time its almost his time now and he is not going to go to a dr. to find anything out. how do i know the severity of this issue. i know this is really nasty to mention but i am going to give some of the signs and symptoms i know of from what he has told us all.

    jello textured bloody stool
    chest pains
    not able to get out of bed for 1 sometimes 2 days at a time
    vomiting blood
    severe vulgar shakes after he vomits
    high blood pressure
    light yellow skin
    cant eat
    cant sleep
    severe throbbing pains in his abdomin approx. where the liver is at
    going to the bathroom every 20 minutes to shit out more blood
    he looks like he is losing weight but at the same time he looks like he is bloated as well.

    how am i suppose to know how bad he is if he wont go to a dr. i hope someone out there can give me some kind of info on this. i know he is really bad and i just want to know if anyone knows if this is the last stage or how long he might have to live or anyhting at this point in time will help me a lot
    me my 2 sisters and my grandmother aka his mom have all tried everything we can to get him to go and he will not go. so its up to god now. its just really hard and its a struggle right now cuz he wont go and check with a dr on any of it

    • ANSWER:
      That definitely sounds very traumatic! Your dad does not sound good at all, and appears to be in the later stages of ESLD (end stage liver disease). The blood in your lower body and GI tract is pumped through the liver on the way back to the heart. In alcoholic cirrhosis, or any hepatic disease, normal tissues are destroyed and this causes the blood to back up in the system. When it backs up, the vessels become big and fragile and easily rupture. These frequently occur in the esophagus (varices), stomach, and rectum. This is where the blood in his vomit and stool is coming from, and the major source of his pain. Given the amount of blood that he may be losing, he would be expected to be very weak. Depending on the seriousness of his condition, there are some treatments, like banding, that can be done. God bless.

  22. 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:

  23. QUESTION:
    my cat has an unknown disease…help!?
    lucy, my scottish fold, has been sick for almost two months now. classic symptoms of liver disease, but the medicine i give her three times a day isn’t doing its job. i’m afraid we will have to put her down. this cat is my baby..she sleeps on my pillow every night. she eats 3-4 times a day (high protein food) but has lost over 50% of her body weight. her rbcs are very low, and only go up a few tenths of a point each week. she acts like she’s not even sick. it would kill me to put her down. any ideas on what it could be? or how to make her better? :(

    • ANSWER:
      dunno.. i have never had a cat.. .plus i am allergic!

  24. QUESTION:
    how long does it take to get addicted to alcohol?
    if some one starts using alcohol (7 cans in a day), a few days a week so they have break from pain there having which over the counter pain killers aren`t helping, are they going to get addicted to alcohol? Will they get liver disease? how long will it take for liver disease? what are the symptoms of liver disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Alcohol addiction is not as clearly understood, not everyone becomes addicted, much of society uses alcohol in a sensible and safe way. Alcohol can also be abused without addiction. Hovever 7 cans of srong beer/lager may be as much as 21 units/day or 147 units a week, anything above 21-28 units a week may result in liver damage.

  25. QUESTION:
    end stage liver failure..poss. time frame?
    I know its all in God’s hands yet I’d like an idea of what to expect. After searching the web I have not been able to find enough info.
    My dad I BELIEVE is in end stage liver failure based on his symptoms. I finally got him to go to dr this past wed. but we have to wait 2 weeks for blood results to know for sure we he stands. Anyway he’s an alcoholic with hep c..was diagnosed many years ago w/ cirrohsis. A yr ago he was told only about 2-5% of liver was working(hope I have #’s right) His health has been failing at a rapid pace within the past month, he has pain in abd where liver is, is extremely tired sleeping 15 hrs a day, feet swelling, horrible lower leg cramps and pins/needle feeling in them and hands. HE can barely walk now and has thousands of spider veins on chest, upper back, shoulders, neck and face. No obvious yellowing or ascites. He also is having sporadic sharp pains under left rib/chest and sharp pain in creases of legs by groin. I’ve tried to find stories of ppl that are similar so i know what to expect or look for..I’m so afraid he will slip into a coma before he can see hema dr on july 27th…I NEED SOMEONE TO BE BLUNTLY HONEST WITH ME, only if you have had any kind of experience with someone dying from liver failure, I don’t need someone guessing. So please tell me if based on past experiences, is he close to dying, and if so is it soon or will he make it to see dr on 7/27….Telling him to stop drinking will not work he is at the point that he needs it to function, he shakes so bad, he knows he caused this but now he is scared along with us. Thanks so much in advance if you are able to give me real knowledge on how long he got. i don’t need web links telling me the symptoms of liver disease, I know all that. Basically if you are a DR or lost someone to this disease…Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      I’m sorry that your dad is so sick. I had cirrhosis from an autoimmune disease and had to get a transplant. I’m also a nurse. The blood work is going to tell you that his liver is quite bad, but it’s not going to give you an answer to your question. Since he does not have fluid retention and jaundice, it’s nearly impossible to say how long he will last. Those two symptoms are usually always present at the end, especially the fluid retention. He might stay the way he is now for months, or he could go much quicker if he continues to drink. Anyone that gives you an answer would be guessing, even any doctor who examines him and knows his case. There is no telling exactly how long it could be.

      I know he is very near the end, but it could go on for months, weeks, or he could suddenly get worse and be tomorrow. They usually get so weak they can no longer stand or care for themselves. They often go into a coma. When that happens, it’s just usually a matter of a few days unless they are being tube fed and have IV fluids. It’s not uncommon for them to die of infection when the abdominal fluid can become infected, but your dad has no ascites right now. I would say it is too late for him to stop drinking and try to get a transplant. He is beyond that point now. The symptoms he is having is both from his liver disease along with his alcoholism. Each has their own problems. You got your percentages right about his liver function. I got my transplant when I had 10% function left. I have heard of people still getting along at 5%, but probably not doing too well. As you know, 2% is really serious and the body is just not going to last all that long with so low of function. I don’t know how long, but I doubt it would be more than a few months at best keeping in mind that this is just a guess on my part from my experiences with this disease. He just has so much against him to make his disease progress quicker than most. He is an alcoholic who continues to drink plus has hep C on top of it. Together they make a lethal combination.

  26. QUESTION:
    Missing the Symptoms?????
    Missing the symptoms of liver disease just confirms my suspicions about the ruse of modern medicine.

    Some people are more equal than other people and receiving antibiotics, etc. The rest of us can go to h***

    I`ve been suffering with symptoms strongly indicating meningitis in consequence of a bad dog bite. My throat is tightened. My mouth burns and there is an ongoing chest infction.

    As I was never given a tetanus booster in consequence of the dog bite and inasmuch as antibiotics were not administered and when they were orally as opposed to by intervenus, there is every suspicion that what`s going on is life-threatening.

    But as it`s now become a `political` issue I`ll never get treated and it`ll probably take another 10 years to apply to the courts for the right to receive intravenus antibiotics with the poss removal of infected finger bone.

    • ANSWER:
      Why do you think you have meningitis from a dog bite? No doctor is going to ignore a life-threatening illness and the symptoms you describe don’t sound anything like meningitis, which is not a chest infection.

  27. QUESTION:
    Do I have a liver problem?
    I quit drinking alcohol on Feb 25th. Although I was expecting to go through some kind of withdrawls, I am doing pretty well and haven’t had that ‘Oh I have to have a drink’. Pretty good considering I drank everyday, probably a minimum of 5 beers for several years. My concern is that I am extremely exhausted. I am not a napper, but I come home for lunch and sleep anywhere from 20 min to 2 hours. I didn’t use to do that when I was drinking. I also, started to itch on the bottom part of both my legs in the same areas. The itching was new to me and it started before I quit drinking. What I have just mentioned above are things that I am finding as symptoms of liver disease. Am I just going through a healing process, since I quit drinking, or does it sound like I already have some sort of liver disease? Yes, I know I just need to go to the doctor to get tested, but I was wondering if anyone else has gone through the same experience, when they quit drinking.
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I was a heavy daily drinker for 15 years. When I quit 5 years ago, I already had liver disease with cirrhosis, which had caused psoriasis (dry itchy skin patches) on my shins and elbows. After a few months, it started clearing up. I don’t have the itchy skin any more.

      The exhausted in the afternon thing is because our bodies make sugar from the alcohol, and now your body doesn’t get the sugar boost it is used to. I found orange juice, chocolate, or ice cream in the afternoon helped substitute for the lost sugar boost. It still took awhile before I didn’t want a nap in the afternoon.

      Congrats on your sobriety, hang in there!

  28. QUESTION:
    What are ALL the symptoms of kidney disease?
    And yes I tried looking on google… I haven’t found a great site:(

    I am 13 years old
    2 weeks ago I went to the doctors because I thought I had a bladder infection
    ~I don’t
    But…
    The doctors said They did see a lot of bacteria and blood in my urine (no its not my period)
    So they put me on antibiotics for only 3 days
    But…
    I got my symptoms back again :(
    The docs also are testing me for liver disease, kidney disease, and diabetes.
    They said if the symptoms come back, I have to go in for further testing.
    I am really scared but I just wanted to know if this sounds like kidney disease…

    Here are my symptoms…

    frequent urination,
    urgent urination,
    wetting problems, (peeing myself without any control)
    pain in back and sides,
    trouble concentrating,
    blood in pee,
    little pee,
    burning sensation while peeing,
    dull achy feeling in lower stomach.

    and yeah… I was just wondering if these are the symptoms
    THANKS!

    • ANSWER:

      http://www.webmd.com/

      I’m sorry, but ya kinda sounds like it. :/

  29. QUESTION:
    liver disease, what are the chances of survival?
    recently ive been feeling under the weather & i went toe the docters & apparently my symptoms could qualify as liver disease. i had a blood test and am now awaiting the results, but ive been reading on wikipedia about it & im displaying alot of the external symptoms. im only 22, i drink but only as much as anyone else my age & this has got me pretty shaken up & im wondering how serious is liver disease, id imagine its fatal, what the the chances of getting through it and what will i have to do if that is the diagnosis? thanks
    as far as im aware thers no history of this in my family, my gran died of liver cancer tho

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there are survival rates with liver disease. If you do have it I would suggest a liver cleanse to start with, I am going to start one as soon as I get the stuff to do it with. I would definitely try not to worry along with medication if I had it I would do nature pathic also. Hope this helps.

  30. 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

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

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

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

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

  32. QUESTION:
    Liver disease and Hepatitis C questions..?
    Recently, my dad has become jaundiced and his belly distended. This all happened within about.. 2 weeks maximum. He’s an alcoholic and has been for years. However, he also recently got a really bad cut while he was “beach combing,” trying to pull out a metal lobster trap that was stuck in the sand after washing up on a beach shore. The cut was really pretty bad and infected-looking and hasn’t even fully healed yet. His symptoms started to show about.. 2 weeks after he got this cut.
    I immediately attributed his symptoms to liver problems due to his drinking problem. However, I was just doing some research and it seems as though Hepatitis C is characterized by liver disease and jaundice, among other things, and that alcohol consumption (not to mention excessive alcohol consumption) can cause a rapid deterioration of Hepatitis C.

    I know he needs to see a doctor, but for some reason he’s having a hard time getting himself in to see a doctor. I think it may be because he doesn’t want to face what’s going on with himself. I’m going to try and convince him to go, but I just want to ask a few questions to help me out with my facts:

    1) Is it possible that he acquired Hep C after getting the cut, and that his jaundice and distended stomach is due to rapid Hep C deterioration because of his alcoholism?
    2) It’s only been about 1 month since he got the cut. Is it too soon for Hep C to be showing symptoms, excessive alcohol consumption or not?
    3) Is liver disease curable? How?

    Thank you for any answers in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Most advanced liver disease is not curable and the jaundice that is now present gives this indication. Your father needs to go to the nearest ER so they can give him the correct medications to make him more comfortable. He could be dying right before your eyes. Forget about the Hep C, the jaundice and belly distension are serious symptoms that need immediate medical attention. It is a sign his liver is shutting down which can soon lead to death.

  33. QUESTION:
    liver disease.?
    What are the symptoms of liver failure in dogs?

    • ANSWER:
      not eating, not drinking, vomiting, distended abdomen, jaundice, blood tests from your vet confirming that your dog has liver disease.

  34. QUESTION:
    What is the life expectancy and suspected liver disease is this?
    My mother has been a heavy drinker for as long as I can remember. I am 21 years old, and have seen it all growing up.

    My mother has lost most of her friends to drinking and has only recently started showing sings/symptoms of liver failure.

    She was admitted to hospital after vommiting blood, and yellow liquid. This has been going on for about 4 months and has become quite frequent.

    She can’t keep food down, and is bloated at times, mainly stomach hands and feet.

    There are no real signs of jaundice, (only sometimes) but always has every other symptom of chirrossis.

    She is confused, and has been admitted for almost 2 months now (probably for detox reasons) but every test result done, shows very high, (red zone- or high risk) and the levels arnt improving… I feel like she isn’t being 100 percent honest and I told her to stay in hospital until they do a biopsy…

    I don’t see her much, so I’m not filled in on info, can I ask the doc? To me this sounds like liver scaring (chirossis) or however u spell it…

    Thoughts, advice, opinions?

    Thank you

    P.s advice on The standard process of medical treatment with these symptoms would be handy. I can’t think of anything else, and to what I’m told it sounds like they are quite concerned about her liver, but I think my mum is going thru denial and is sort of clouding some truth… I’ve tried talking but she keeps repeating herself.

    They have her on all these meds but I don’t know I can’t get any answers from her… Could she be resisting propper treatment? What else could it be?

    One major concern is the fact she told me the doctor mentioned that if she drank for another 2-3 weeks she would only have 2-5 years left to live, however, I fear they have told her this is the life expectancy… As it hard to determine that figure with only an extra 2 weeks drinking… ???

    Help please, I need to relay this info to family an 4 younger siblings. I’ve already told them its serious… There all looking upto there oldest brother…

    • ANSWER:
      When the liver cells become damaged (alcohol is one of over 50 reasons
      for this), the immune system of the patients body will respond to this
      and cause inflammation to develop inside the liver.
      This will cause the liver to enlarge in size and takes on a spongy
      texture.
      If the cause of the liver cell damage could of been stopped and
      the inflammation treated, then the liver cells may have healed
      and the problem could of been reversed.

      However, if this cannot be done (depending on the cause) it
      leads to where the liver cells die off and form scar tissue
      inside the liver. The liver will then, start to shrink in size
      and takes on a harder texture…it is basically an organ dying
      inside a living patient. The scar tissue that forms inside the
      liver cannot be removed. This scar tissue will start to block
      the flow of blood (oxygen and nourishment) from getting
      to the functioning liver cells and they continue to die off.
      (even the ones the liver cells regenerate). It will eventually,
      start to develop so much scar tissue in the liver that it
      blocks the flow of blood going through the liver on its way
      back to the heart. When this takes place, the blood backs
      up into the portal vein in the liver and coming to the liver and
      also backs up into the smaller vessels not used to handling
      this amount of blood, known as varies. These varies have
      weak spots that can balloon outward and break open.
      [this is dangerous for a couple of reasons: in this disease
      (KNOWN AS CIRRHOSIS of the liver), the liver cannot make
      clotting factors anymore to help the blood to clot…so these
      patients bleed and bruise very easily…therefore, they may
      not stop bleeding or bleed internally easily.
      Any blood that appears in the sputum, vomit, or rectal
      area is a dire Emergency…the doctors can try to go in and
      band these vessels to stop the bleeding. Varies are normally
      found in the esophagus, belly button area, and rectal area.
      The blood backing up will also cause the Spleen to enlarge in
      size.
      These conditions are known as Portal Hypertension with varies
      and Spenomegaly.

      As this disease progresses, A patient may become disoriented,
      confused, have sleep pattern changes, and hand tremors.
      This is a condition Known as Encephalopathy…because
      ammonia (a toxin) is going into the brain. Doctor may start
      a patient on Lactulose or Xifaxan to help this.

      Ascites is the build up of fluid inside the abdominal area.
      Because the liver can no longer make a protein well, known
      as Albumin. This fluid build up can be removed by a
      procedure known as paracentesis.

      Jaundice is usually the first sign of true problems with the liver.
      (yellowing of the whites of the eyes and skin)…however, it doesn’t
      always appear early on in some people…some may not have this
      until they are advanced in the disease. The urine would become
      darker in color, also, as the kidneys filter the Bilirubin from the blood.

      Your mother needs to appoint someone in the family by signing
      an advance directive or a power of attorney form…giving someone,
      in the family the right to speak to her doctors directly, speak on
      her behalf (if in surgery or under the influence of strong medications,etc),
      and later on in the disease…to handle all her financial and medical affairs.
      The HIPAA laws about privacy has made it even extremely hard on families
      also, to get info and do this.

      Your mother will have blood testing done which will give the doctor an idea
      of how well the liver cells are functioning and how badly they may be damaged.
      An Ultrasound or Ct scan will show how the blood is flowing through the liver,
      the structure of the liver, growths in the liver, and if it is enlarges, etc.
      The liver biopsy is the best test because of looking directly at the liver tissue…
      to decide how far advanced she may be in the disease.

      Here are some links to help you understand this much better:
      Cirrhosis

      http://www.medicinenet.com/cirrhosis/article.htm

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cirrhosis/DS00373

      http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/cirrhosis.html

      Transplantation

      http://www.surgery.usc.edu/divisions/hep/patientguide/index.html

      http://www.transplantliving.org/

      Advance directive

      http://www.caringinfo.org/stateaddownload

      http://www.caringinfo.org/index.cfm?

      I hope they find that your mother hasn’t reach the point of
      Cirrhosis. She may be able to reverse this problem by stopping
      the alcohol consumption, if caught early on.
      Most transplant centers have a rule that a patient has to be
      detoxed from alcohol for a period of six months
      (under doctors care) to be referred to them for the Evaluation
      Process for placement on the transplant list.

      Best wishes..Hope this info has helped you some.

  35. QUESTION:
    If I had a problem with my liver, any kind of disease or whatever, what symptoms would I have how would I feel
    I had blood work done about 2 months ago. Doctor told me liver was normal & so was everything else he checked for too (thyroid etc.) but I still get frequent symptoms of headaches, feeling lethargic & nausea. I told him about the headaches and he suggested I try a night mouth gaurd to see if that helps get rid of them. I tried one of the store kinds that you heat in boiling water for a minute or 2 then mold it to fit one’s mouth but it didn’t work, I still get the frequent headaches, have a bad headache right now :( and I still get the fatigue and nausea too. I noticed these symptoms all started when my digestive issues started and at the same time I was having gallbladder issues. I didn’t know it, but at the time I started to get all my symptoms my gallbladder had become blocked with gallstones & was causing severe sharp pains frequently esp after eating fried foods. My gb was removed but I still get the headaches, lethargy & nausea. Could these be due to having a liver problem?

    • ANSWER:
      I would not have thought so. People with Liver problems in most cases tend to loose a fair amount of weight/and their eye-balls/skin can turn a yellowy colour. I have Thyroid problems and will be on medication for the duration, but do not have your type of systems. My best advice is ask your doctor for a more thorough examination and perhaps a Bar-em Meal X Ray may show something. Best of Luck

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

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

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

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

      In babies and infants, the symptoms of CF are:

      persistent diarrhea

      bulky, foul smelling and greasy stools

      pale stools

      frequent wheezing or pneumonia

      chronic cough with thick mucus

      salty-tasting skin

      poor growth

      blockage of the intestine (called meconium ileus)

      abdominal swelling

      gassiness

      vomiting

      dehydration

      In children, the symptoms include:

      frequent respiratory infections

      fever

      cough

      difficulty in breathing

      abdominal pain and discomfort

      gassiness

      fast respiration

      flaring of the nostrils

      poor appetite

      malnutrition

      poor growth

      a barrel-chested appearance

      CF can also cause other medical problems, such as:

      sinusitis (inflammation of the nasal sinuses)

      nasal polyps (fleshy growths inside the nose)

      clubbing (rounding and enlargement of fingers and toes)

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

      coughing up blood

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

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

      liver, pancreatic and gallbladder problems

      delayed puberty

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

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

      Liver Cysts:
      What are the causes of a cyst?

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

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

      infections,

      tumors,

      chronic inflammatory conditions,

      genetic (inherited) conditions, and

      defects in developing organs in the embryo.

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

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

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

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

  37. 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.

  38. QUESTION:
    How serious is canine liver disease?
    I am a 23 year old struggling student and I have a 4 year old Shih Tzu. I took him to the vet yesterday because he was very sick. The vet told me he needed to keep my dog over night to preform tests on him. I called the vet this morning and found out my dog has liver disease and mentioned something about hepatitis (obviously a canine form of it). My vet was not very imformative and just told me I had to start my dog on medication and take him in for a biopsy. He told me that it could be terminal. I have been trying to search Google on this subject, but all I get are symptoms and how to diagnos it. I just want to know how serious this is. Have you had a pet with the same problem? What was the out come. Was it costly to treat?

    • ANSWER:
      Treatment of Liver Disease

      In many cases of liver disease, specific treatment is unavailable. Treatment is mainly supportive and symptomatic, such as administering subcutaneous (SQ) or intravenous (IV) fluids to prevent dehydration, providing adequate nutrition, and giving medications to control vomiting.

      Medications

      The type of medications given depend on the cause and extent of the liver damage. The liver is one of the main organs that breaks down medications. If the liver is not functioning correctly, medications often need to be given at lower doses since they remain in the body for a longer period of time. This includes those medications the pet may have been taking prior to the liver disease.

      Corticosteroids are used in certain cases of liver disease, such as chronic hepatitis, to decrease inflammation and scarring. They also stimulate the appetite and promote an overall feeling of well-being. High doses of corticosteroids can actually cause liver disease; do not give corticosteroids to a pet with liver disease except under the direct supervision of your veterinarian.

      Antibiotics are used in cases of infection or if the patient is at risk of a secondary infection.

      Penicillamine and zinc acetate are used in the treatment of copper storage disease to reduce the amount of copper in the liver.

      Medications may be indicated to help decrease nausea or vomiting caused by the liver disease, or to prevent ulcers in the stomach or small intestine. Examples of these medications include sucralfate and cimetidine.

      Ascites is treated with a diuretic such as furosemide (Lasix). Left untreated, ascites will cause difficulty breathing as it puts pressure on the diaphragm.

      Dehydration and changes in electrolytes need to be prevented with the use of IV or SQ fluids and electrolyte supplements such as potassium.

      Diet and supplements

      For many liver diseases, diets may need to be altered to maintain proper nutrition and caloric intake. Specific diets may be recommended depending on the diagnosis. Some animals may have reduced appetites or refuse to eat. In these cases, the pet may need to be force-fed with a syringe or a feeding tube will need to be placed.

      Dogs with copper storage disease need to be placed on a special diet low in copper.

      A daily vitamin and mineral supplement is often advised for pets with liver disease to help prevent deficiencies. If copper storage disease is diagnosed, this supplement should not contain any copper.

      Supplemental vitamin K may be necessary to help control bleeding disorders, since a diseased liver produces and stores less of this vitamin which is necessary for the liver to produce clotting factors.

      Vitamin E is given as an anti-oxidant to remove free radicals and prevent further oxidative injury to the liver. A water-soluble form of vitamin E is preferable, since the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins may be decreased in some forms of liver disease.

      A newer therapy for the treatment of liver disease is S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe). Normally produced by the liver, SAMe is necessary for many functions of liver cells. It is available as a dietary supplement.

      Summary

      Some types of liver disease are not curable, but with supportive care, the patient may still be able to live a comfortable, though shortened, life.

      Hope i could help!!!

  39. QUESTION:
    PLEASE HELP ME. What are signs of liver disease and stomach bleeding? AM I GUNNA DIE?
    August 20th, 9 p.m i took 9 advil pm sleeping pills and i took 14 extra strength tylenol.

    Im not tired Im not drowsy Im not in pain. But I have extremely dry mouth and throat. shaking and kinda unbalanced. will automatically lean if i stand straight. I DO NOT Want to get detox and go to the hospital. I havent even slept. And i cannot sleep. my stomach is tense and my heart is beating really fast abnormally. extremely hard and fast. but symtoms are: stomach is tense, heart beats fast, shaking, unbalancing, cant sleep, every 5 min, it feels like theres butterflies in my stomach, and arms and legs are burning and twitches when i sleep.

    and after 9 advil pm, 14 xtra strength tylenol,
    WHY DIDNT I GO UNCONCIOUS? WHY DIDNT I FALL ALSLEEP?

    WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF STOMACH BLEEDING AND LIVER DISEASE AND WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO ME AND WILL I HAVE EXTERNAL DAMAGE?

    THANK YOU SO MUCH.

    • ANSWER:
      They didn’t make you fall asleep because the only “sleeping” medication in tylenol PM is a mild antihistamine, the equivalent of taking a benadryl. However, the combination of high doses of advil and tylenol is likely causing liver damage. The antihistamine is what gave you such a wicked dry mouth.

      After the first 72 hours (or so, depending on how much was taken and the person’s metabolism) symptoms of an acetaminophen overdose disappear, leaving the person to believe that they’re fine, but this is when the acute “poisoning” wears off and the real liver damage begins.

      If you don’t go to the hospital soon, you’re risking death, and not a nice sleepy one.

      Flat out. A very prolonged, painful death. My sister died in this way, and it was the most awful thing I’ve ever seen.

      The external effects- you will swell up horribly (google ascites), turn the color of old bananas (jaundice) and basically be a nightmare to look at. Platelets stop clotting and every needle mark and IV spot oozes, you start vomiting blood. Eventually your liver either fails completely (liver transplant/death) or you recover. But recovery on your own is far less likely than serious illness.

      I’m not saying any of this to be mean or cruel, I’m saying it to warn you. If this is what you did, go to a hospital. They’re not going to pump your stomach or “detox” you as it’s been far too long since you took the pills. They’ll likely give you an IV and blood tests to check your liver function.

      I’ve been there and I know how you’re feeling but believe me…this ain’t the way to fix it. Life barrels on like a runaway train, even if we try to get off at an early stop.

  40. QUESTION:
    Liver disease? What’s wrong with me?
    2 weeks ago I went off my food and lost 1/2 a stone (I weighed 8stone before). I kept feeling dizzy and sick, and this turned into headaches and feeling like I was about to faint. I was tired all the time and would sleep 10 hours at night and 2 in the day, (I usually sleep about 8 hours). I got diarrhoea, and then about 2 days after got crippling back pain to the point where I can hardly walk and it hasn’t gone any better now. I think its inside my back though, like kidney area?

    Anyway I googled my symptoms and it came up with liver disease and these are the symptoms:

    I’ve crossed the ones I have:

    Jaundis
    Headache x
    Problem of skin x
    Allergy
    Feeling of Dizziness x
    Tinnitus
    Ticks, Spasms and Tremors
    Sudden Seizures
    Stroke
    Redness and itchiness of eyes x
    Short temperedness and constant irritation x
    Tension and pain in the back x
    Hypochondriac pain x
    Loss of flexibility of tendons and ligaments
    Depression x
    Mood Swings x
    Light colouration of stool x
    Bloating x
    Weight loss x
    Appetite loss x
    Nausea x

    That’s most of them. Can you tell me could I have liver disease? What causes it? And if not what do you think it is?

    • ANSWER:
      You should get medical attention for any pain like that.
      Because you mentioned the lightness of the stool color…
      it could be gallstones. The pain would be more to the
      front of the body and may go up into the shoulder area.

      The bile flows from the liver to the gallbladder, through
      tube like structures, known as ducts. When we eat,
      the food moves from our esophagus to the stomach and
      over to the first part of the intestines, known as the
      duodenum. Hormones signal the gallbladder to contract
      and the bile moves back into the bile ducts and down
      to the intestines to emulsify and digest the fats we
      eat. Anything that blocks the flow of this bile can cause
      pain. A stone, that has developed in the gallbladder
      could move out into these ducts; a growth could of
      developed in the ducts, infection can also happen,
      or the ducts could be malformed and became
      twisted and strictured in nature. An ultrasound or
      CT scan would show if it was a problem in this area.
      The spleen makes a substance from our dead red
      blood cells, known as bilirubin. The liver takes this
      bilirubin and converts it into a soluble form to flow
      with the bile. Bilirubin is a greenish, yellowish
      substance that colors other things. If it doesn’t
      reach the intestines, with the bile, it will cause
      the lightening of the stools to the point that they
      appear almost a whitish gray color and they may
      also float upon the toilet water (since the fat is
      not emulsified properly).

      If the pain is in the back area and moves toward
      the back right side from the spinal column over…
      then this could be a kidney stone. The pain would
      be excrutiating. The pain would start once the stone
      left the kidney and it moved into the tubing leading
      to the bladder. It is very important that you get
      help with the pain. The doctor will do testing to
      see where the stone is at and if it is moving or
      have become fastened in the tubes. Most time
      patients can pass these stones…but sometimes
      they can become stuck and can end up damaging
      the kidney.

      Simple blood testing from the doctor could tell
      you so much more.
      The liver enzymes and liver function blood tests
      would indicate a liver problem.
      The creatinine and Bun could indicate a renal
      problem.
      The white blood cells and differential could indicate
      an infection.
      An ultrasound or Ct scan could evaluate all of this
      to see where the problem is.

      I hope this is of help to you. If the pain
      continues, I would think about going to the
      emergency room…if you cannot get ahold of
      your doctors office.

  41. QUESTION:
    My boyfriend has liver disease caused by Hep C & chronic alcoholism – What can I expect? (symptoms, etc)?
    He was told about 3 years ago that he had hep C, chirrosis and he is a chronic alcoholic. Dr told him to quit or he would die. He has tried and failed several times ( I know he’s not trying hard enough…. ) . I just want to know what to expect. He is tired all the time, has headaches, and is depressed – Is this part of it? Also I have heard that mood swings are common to this, is that true? I posted a similar question earlier but felt I needed to clarify…. I appriciate any info I can get! Thanks!
    I appriciate the replies but I am looking for real answers not opinions on the relationship….. we have been together for many years, it’s not something simple to walk away from…..

    • ANSWER:
      Hepatitis C is the inflammation of the liver cells
      caused by a virus. Cirrhosis is death of the
      liver cells. His disease can be brought on by
      the Hep C or his drinking problem. Trying to
      quit drinking on his own is extremely difficult.
      He needs to go into a detox program at a
      hospital in order to do this. The symptoms
      he has from trying to stop drinking may be
      too much to handle…they can give him drugs
      to lessen these symptoms and help him get
      through it much better. The symptoms that you
      stated are normal. You have to realize that
      he is now facing death straight on and he has
      to make decisions on what he can do now.
      Depression is normal now, because of having
      to live with all these hurdles to go over to
      save his life. Waking up everyday knowing
      that you may die is very hard.
      Liver patients are usually in shock when they
      first hear they have a terrible disease like this.
      The first reaction is unbelief…then it moves
      where they try to do something to help
      themselves, if it is possible…it leads from
      there to either coming to terms with the
      disease and trying to fight it or just giving up.
      They need alot of support and understanding
      at this time. They get mad and they feel
      helpless and they feel like someone cheated
      them or played a dirty trick on them or they
      feel like saying “why me”. Others people drink and they don’t have this. Cirrhosis can be caused by many different things.

      Your boyfriend doesn’t have a rosey future and
      he knows that. He also knows that if he wants
      to spend time with the people he loves he has
      to do it now. I’m going to explain a few things
      to you. Once there is death of the liver
      cells it forms scar tissue in the liver…this blocks
      the other normal healthy cells from receiving
      nourishment and oxygen and causes them to
      die also. This is a progressing disease and
      the only real option he has now, if he has
      cirrhosis, is being evaluated and placed on the
      transplant list for an organ. But, first he has
      to overcome his addiction of alcohol which
      he needs to get care in order to do. A
      person has to be free of alcohol for at least
      six months before he can be placed on the
      list for transplantation.

      There are symptoms that may start to develop
      with this disease that he may or may not
      show signs of. Some of them are listed in
      this short article.

      http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003895.htm

      If he wants to stay with his loved ones longer,
      than he needs to stop drinking now. He is
      causing his liver much more damage faster
      and it will lead to a much much earlier death.

      Having others around him who truly care about
      him, will make whatever course he decides on
      alot easier on him. You cannot make decisions
      for him, but you can be there to support him
      with all he does. Best Wishes

  42. QUESTION:
    Can i hear from women who’ve had Cholestasis/liver disease in pregnancy or know a lot about it?
    Crap, i’m freaking myself out now reading up on this stuff on the internet. I wanted to hear from other women who actually had it or know tons about it. How bad is it, what symptoms you had, what ended up happening, etc? I’m 25 wks pregnant. Have itchy hands and feet, that get worse at night, I have a pain (for like a month now) right in the area of my liver on my front and back that they originally figured was just growing pains. I just had horrible episodes with gastric pain like never before that put me in the hospital. I am currently being treated for a UTI, and have had a couple more in the course of this pregnancy. And all of those things are listed as symptoms or related symptoms to this liver problem. I have a doc appt tomorrow and will ask for the blood test but wanted to hear from other women about it.

    • ANSWER:
      My friend had it and other than a few of the symptoms she did test positive. She had her baby a month early by induction because it was starting to threaten the baby’s life. It can cause still birth and if you do have it, you have to be monitored very closely.

  43. QUESTION:
    is something wrong with my liver? am i gonna die?
    idk what is going on i just don’t feel well at all lately. like i am really tired all the time, even though i sleep plenty. i have a headache like all the time and i have circles under my eyes. i have severe depression and i can’t concentrate and i am irritable.
    I was recovering from anorexia and i need to see the doctor every few months. recently i have lost a lil weight unintentionally due to sports and he said my pulse and blood pressure were low and he felt my liver and said it was slightly enlarged. then he had a blood test done on me for hypoglycemia cuz i hav been feeling very hungry like right after i eat and stuff and it came back negative and my blood levels were normal except for estrogen which was low.
    but lately i am feeling even worse and im afraid this means im gonna die. i checked here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liver_disease and i have some of the symptoms of a diseased liver. so does this mean im dying. im only 16 and i dont want to die. what should i do?
    i said my blood tests came back normal so the doctor didnt do anything. but i still feel like im dying so idk.
    oh and i made some comment about how i couldnt be forced to see a doctor when im 18 and the doctor was like that is if you live to be 18.

    • ANSWER:
      Caaaalm down! *huggles*
      It otay! You won’t die, I’m sure. Don’t think that way, even if you might have a liver disease. At least you went to a doctor. I’m sure he would tell you and your parents something if you had a disease! Don’t worry! calm down, everything will be okay.
      You can’t win, if you keep telling yourself you’ll die!!
      I’m sorry, I’m not so sure what to tell you! My sister was 16 when the doctor said she had a tumor (NOT trying to scare you!!!) and she had an enlarged liver. DON’T worry! My family has all sorts of health problems. =/
      But, I really don’t think this is my place to tell what the medical situation is, although I wanna be a doctor.
      If you feel pain, then keep asking your mom to take you to the doctor, especially if you start losing ALOT of wieght!

      (Hopefully, there are good answers on here. =/)
      I’m REALLY sorry for the bad answer!

      Edit: What kind of doctor would say that? O.o
      Hmm….

  44. QUESTION:
    Liver Fluke. Please hurry!?
    I’m doing a biology project and I have some questions. How many species of liver fluke are there? What are the symptoms/diseases you get if there is one inside of you?

    I need the answers a.s.a.p.

    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Fasciola hepatica, also known as the common liver fluke or sheep liver fluke, is a parasitic flatworm of the class Trematoda, phylum Platyhelminthes that infects liver of a various mammals, including man. The disease caused by the fluke is called fascioliasis (also known as fasciolosis). F. hepatica is world-wide distributed and causes great economic losses in sheep and cattle.

      Life cycle
      In order to complete its life cycle, F. hepatica requires an aquatic snail as an intermediate host such as Galba truncatula, in which the parasite can reproduce asexually. From the snail, minute cercariae emerge and swim through pools of water in pasture, and encyst as metacercariae on near-by vegetation. From here, the metacercariae are ingested by the ruminant, or in some cases, by humans eating un-cooked foods such as water-cress. Contact with low pH in the stomach causes the early immature juvenile to begin the process of excystment. In the duodenum, the parasite breaks free of the metacercariae and burrows through the intestinal lining into the peritoneal cavity. The newly excysted juvenile does not feed at this stage, but once it finds the liver parenchyma after a period of days, feeding will start. This immature stage in the liver tissue is the pathogenic stage, causing anaemia and clinical signs sometimes observed in infected animals. The parasite browses on liver tissue for a period of up to 5-6 weeks and eventually finds its way to the bile duct where it matures into an adult and begins to produce eggs. Up to 25,000 eggs per day per fluke can be produced, and in a light infection, up to 500,000 eggs per day can be deposited onto pasture by a single sheep.

      [edit] Disease biology

      Egg of F. hepaticaIn the United Kingdom, Fasciola hepatica is a frequent cause of disease in ruminants – this is most common between March and December. Cattle and sheep are infected when they consume the infectious stage of the parasite from low-lying, marshy pasture. The effects of liver fluke are referred to as fascioliasis, and include anaemia, weight loss and sub-mandibular oedema. Diarrhea is only an occasional consequence of liver fluke. Liver fluke is diagnosed by yellow-brown eggs in the faeces. They are not distinguishable from the eggs of Fascioloides magna, although the eggs of F. magna are very rarely passed in sheep, goats or cattle.

      A serious consequence of the liver damage caused by fascioliasis is that latent Clostridium novyi spores can be activated by the low oxygen conditions in the damaged tracts the parasite forms in the liver – this can lead to “black disease”, caused by Clostridium novyi type B or immune-mediated haemolytic anaemia (IMHA) leading to haemoglobinuria caused by Clostridium novyi type D.

      Treatment

      Slide showing its internal organsThe drug of choice in the treatment of fasciolosis is triclabendazole, a member of the benzimidazole family of anthelmintics. The drug works by preventing the polymerisation of the molecule tubulin into the cytoskeletal structures, microtubules. However, resistance of F. hepatica to triclabendazole has already been recorded in Australia[1] and Ireland.[

  45. QUESTION:
    I don’t know what to do about our sick dog?
    We have a 10 year old pure bred, Jack Russell.
    She’s been sick before (about when she was 6-7), she had a Pyometra before, and I think she had her cervix taken out as a consequence, in order to protect her from developing it again.
    She now, a few months ago, vomited up some sort of phlegm/mucus, with blood. And my mum took her to the vet, she explained it didn’t look good, and that she only had a few days to live. She’s still alive today.
    Not on the best circumstances though. She’s still coughing occasionally. and while she hasn’t coughed up any blood, I’m still worried. She also had a swolen abdomen, I’ve looked it up on the internet, and it seems to be this, something called ascites > http://www.ehow.com/about_5415062_ascites-dogs.html … Anyways, apparently it has a cause of something, according to them, liver and heart disease are suggestions. She looks as though she has symptoms of both.
    For heart disease: http://www.vetmedin.com.au/Consumer/heartDisease/What_are_the_signs/index.jsp < from this website, she shows these symptoms. Lack of energy/depression, Laboured breathing, coughing, weakness,bloated abdomen (ascites), fainting (I'm not sure, my mum says she's fallen over a couple of times, like her front legs just fall from beneath her).
    She also, has symptoms, from liver disease, intermittent gastrointestinal upsets, progressive depression or lethargy, ascites (swollen belly), pale grey face, orange urine, increased water consumption.
    While these things are serious, my parents seem to tell me whenever I say take her to the vet... They say they can't afford any operations. My mum is scared they'll put her down. But, now that I've researched this stuff, I feel so sad when I look at her. I miss her being a happy dog, and now she is all mopey. I don't want her to die. Is there any way to get my parents to change their mind, and help her?
    Link for liver disease symptoms is here: http://canineliverdiseasefoundation.org/?cat=4

    • ANSWER:
      First off, with pyometras the uterus and ovaries are removed, not the cevix. Secondly, it sounds like it could be either heart disease and/or liver disease. Technically, These can be treated with medications and fluid therapy. Your dog needs radiographs or bloodwork. Not surgeries. Your dog probably wouldnt be stable enough for a surgery anyway. Plus just because a vet recommends a treatment doesnt mean you have to do it. If they recommend you to euthanize, you dont have to do it. You are the one that decides what happens to your dog. Not the vet. The Vet will tell you all the options you have and the best recommended treatments and the costs. and from there you make the decisions. So i suggest to get her to vet so you can at least know whats wrong with her.

  46. QUESTION:
    Liver disease that is heredity?
    I am curious about a certain disease that affects the liver is very likely heredity and one of it’s symptoms is dark urine.

    Could anyone tell me what this disease is and maybe a site to explain it.
    Risks / Treatments / etc…

    Thanks
    Also the patient has no alcoholism history and lives in a part of the world that isn’t underdeveloped (so good sanitary conditions)

    • ANSWER:
      There are different liver diseases that can be hereditary:
      *** Hemochromatosis (abnormal iron accumulation ) bronze colored skin
      ***Wilson’s disease (abnormal copper accumulation levels), brown rings around cornea.
      *** Alpha1-antitrypsin deficiency which is the absence of this specific enzyme in the liver, http://www.medicinenet.com/alpha_1_antitrypsin_deficiency/article.htm
      ***Galctosemia is a rare genetic disorder that hampers the body’s ability to process the sugar galactose. Fructuse intolerance
      ***Polyphyria
      ***Urea cycle defects (ornithine carbomoyltransferase deficiency)
      ***Glycogen storage disease where there is an inability to properly utilize sugar. Usually glycogen storage diseasee type IV

      These can be found on Medicinenet.com….just type in the name
      of each one

      http://www.medicinenet.com

  47. QUESTION:
    liver disease question?
    my uncle recently went to the doctor and apparently (according to my mom) he was told that his liver was starting to fail. my uncle is 56 years old. he has been a drinker since at least 20 and a heavy drinker in his 40′s. he was diagnosed with diabetes probably 5 years ago. he doesn’t really monitor what he eats. his blood sugars are usually on the high side. in addition to his diabetes medication he takes medicine to control his high blood pressure. my mom only speaks spanish and i’m wondering if maybe from spanish to english ‘liver starting to fail’…maybe i’m getting something lost in the translation and that’s not exactly what is going on. i have tried to ask her exactly what the doctor told him and she just says the doctor told him that he needs to start taking better care of himself because his liver is starting to fail him. only in spanish. and then she says that he doesn’t want to talk about it and that is why he is keeping more to himself. so, i don’t know what it could be. does this happen to a lot of people with type 2 diabetes? he probably weights 190 tops and is about 5’9″. i wouldn’t consider him overweight, but he does have that larger midsection. in the past year he has lost some weight, but i don’t know how much. maybe 20 lbs??? could this be cirrhosis? or what do you guys think? i have been trying to read up on liver disease but i only find definitions and symptoms. i just want to learn more about what the doctor may have meant. please, help me if you can.

    • ANSWER:
      I think you’re in for a lot of frustration if you can’t arrange to get some firsthand information both from your uncle as well as from his doctor or, if you want to take it to the next level, a liver expert.

      It gets more complicated because a lot of different things can start happening with someone in your uncle’s shoes. The diabetes makes the effects of the alcoholism worse and vice versa, and increases risk of heart disease, stroke, and so on; he may have felt a bit ashamed of his drinking for a long time; over time, with the addition of another serious health problem, depression is likely and may worsen over time due to the alcohol and the diabetes, all of which can make a patient resist taking care of himself properly. He is very likely to deny all of this (nonsense!), see discussions about it as judgmental and a challenge to his dignity and autonomy, and start framing these issues in an adversarial way.

      So you’re looking at an uphill battle. Don’t let hearsay reports or language barriers make things worse. Don’t argue with your mother or with your uncle. Be calm, reasonable and candid. Always check inside yourself to see that where you’re coming from is sincere caring and compassion, and let it show. Talk with your uncle’s doctor(s) yourself, if he’ll consent to it, or go with him. Then ask the doctor what you can do.

      Good luck.

  48. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of gaucher’s disease?
    gaucher’s disease is a genetic disorder that effects the harmful quantities of a fatty substance called glucocerebroside that accumulate in the spleen, liver, lungs, bone marrow, and sometimes in the brain

    • ANSWER:
      The signs and symptoms of Gaucher disease vary widely among affected individuals. The major features of this disorder include enlargement of the liver and spleen (hepatosplenomegaly), a low number of red blood cells (anemia), easy bruising caused by a decrease in blood platelets (thrombocytopenia), and bone disease. Gaucher disease can also affect the heart and lungs.

      The subtypes of Gaucher disease are grouped by their signs and symptoms. Type 1 is called non-neuronopathic Gaucher disease because the nervous system is usually not affected. The features of this disorder range from mild to severe and may appear early in life or in adulthood.

      Types 2 and 3 Gaucher disease are known as neuronopathic forms of the disorder because they are characterized by problems that affect the nervous system. In addition to the signs and symptoms described above, these conditions can cause seizures and brain damage. Type 2 Gaucher disease usually causes severe medical problems beginning in infancy. Type 3 Gaucher disease also affects the nervous system, but tends to progress more slowly than type 2.

      Gaucher-like disease chiefly affects the heart, but may also cause bone disease and mild enlargement of the spleen.

  49. QUESTION:
    Am I pregnant or is it liver disease or something else?
    I might be pregnant but I’m not sure. I was supposed to go to the doctor by my soon to be mother in law but she has just strung me along for two months. So I have been having some pregnancy symptoms but 4 tests came up negative. I missed my period three months in a row then on the forth month I had a very abnormal period… My breasts started getting sore a week or so before my last period. I have dry mouth all the time and I can pee up to 3 times in an hour. I wake up in the middle if the night feeling like I drank a gallon of water yet at the same time havnet drank any thing in days. My stomach has gotten bigger I thought i might have been bloated or it was because I wAs constipated for a while, but now I’m going more than I used to. I also didn’t think I was pregnant at first because my stomach started getting bigger at two months and i have firm spots on both sides of my stomach and the top. For the past couple weeks even right now it almost feels like movement but I also think it could be gas because It’s on both sides. I don’t know what to think I’m trying to protect my stomach from even getting the slightest bump but I’m also doing things a pregnant person shouldn’t do and I wanna know if I’m nuts. Also I started getting really bad hip and back pain that lasted through my whole third month then just stoped. My brother has a liver disease and has a lot of symptoms like i do, hes also mentally challenged and thinks hes pregnant. I really have no clue what’s going on any input would be great.
    It’s not in my head. It might be diabetes 1 but I doubt that would cause some of the symptoms. And I know liver disease causes yellow skin but my brother didn’t have that, but I don’t live with him. Also there is a bump on each side of my stomach one is higher than the other. I didn’t want to write this lengthy short story on this but maybe I should. I’ve also been getting this feeling every once in a while starting last weekend like part of my stomach deflated or some thing or my organs shifted or settled. I don’t know how to describe it. I’m also getting almost cramps but different and almost like a ripping pain on the inside but not on my last period or w/e which I usually get bad cramps in my back but that time I had sharp pain under my stomach. I can’t tell if my boobs got bigger because they’re already a dd. My ancles have been swelling and in a lot of pain for the past month. Also my stomach looks like I gained 25lbs in the past 4 months but it’s JUST in my stomach and I only ga

    • ANSWER:
      Tina, as your pregnancy tests are all negative, you are not pregnant. None of your findings connect with liver disease. Something else is always possible. One possibility is a large, growing cyst of the ovary. The only sensible thing to do is to head to a health clinic or your doctor for a physical exam, including a pelvic exam and/or a possible belly ultrasound or x-ray. Please do so this week.

  50. QUESTION:
    Cirrohsis,Liver disease from alcohol…?
    What are the symptoms of an alcoholic who has Cirrosis? (sp?) Liver disease from alcoholism?

    • ANSWER:
      symptoms:

      nausea, fatigue, anorexia, weight loss, ascities( there is accumulation of water in your abdominal wall), varicosties(inflammation of small viens especially in your lower extremeties), and spider angioma


Fatty Liver And Diabetes

The Right Diet For Diabetic And Gout Patients
Diabetes is one of the main health problems not only in the country but also in the world. And it is not something that can be ignored both in financially and health wise. When left on its own, diabetes can spell a helluva of complications, from heart disease to liver problems.

It is perhaps the disease that causes the most number of complications in the body. Money wise, it is not cheap to have diabetes. In fact in studies conducted, 1/10 of the spendings of United States in Healthcare goes to Diabetes and its complications.

Because it is expensive and difficult to treat diabetes when it is already in its complications stage, patients are advised to nip the problem in the bud as soon as they can. If they can prevent diabetes from occurring with a few lifestyle changes especially in eating habits, all the better. This need for change spurned the creation of various kinds of diets that are designed to help diabetic patients and would be diabetics cope with the problem.

Although it was primarily conceptualized for people with heart problem, Atkins Diet is also being used as an alternative diet for people with diabetes. In fact, many diabetic patients have actually testified to its effectiveness. Atkins diet is primarily a low carbohydrate diet that aims to cut pounds by forbidding people under the program to eat carbohydrate-rich food.

These include rice, potatoes, bread and pasta. According to Dr. Robert Atkins, who created the diet for patients with heart problem in his clinic, the diet can also benefit diabetic patients because the decrease in caloric intake can reduce fats in the body; thereby reducing the risk for Type 2 diabetes.
The diet, however, is only effective with people who have a Type 2 diabetes or those whose diabetes is brought on by lifestyle of the person and his or her eating habits. It cannot do much for people who are already born with a problem in insulin secretion. These are the people with Type 1 diabetes. They depend solely on regular injections of insulin.

Still, there are critics that say that Atkins diet is not effective and in fact can lead to further complications. According to experts, the metabolism involved in the burning of fats instead of carbohydrates can cause problems and complications. Also, the intake of animal fat which diet does not restrict can increase cholesterol to dangerous levels; resulting in diabetes and even heart disease.

Gout is a type of rheumatoid arthritis. A lot of pain will be felt in the joints making the person less flexible.

This problem is often referred to as the “disease of kings” since it only affected members of royalty. Studies have shown this has now affected a lot of rich folk especially those who are obese.

Studies reveal that there are over 3.5 million Americans who have this problem which often occur after the age of 50. This is perhaps because of eating too much and the lack of physical activity.

People who eat a lot of beef, calamari, caviar, pork and poultry will begin to experience this problem because of the accumulation of uric acid in the bloodstream. Studies reveal this happens more often to those that are obese.

There is no known cure for doubt. In fact, there is no known cure for more than the 100 different types of arthritis. The best doctors can do is give medication that can be purchased over the counter or prescribe one if it is very severe to be able to alleviate the pain.

The most effective way to fight gout is to change one’s eating habits. This means cutting down on meat, poultry and certain sea foods and changing this with fruits, green vegetables, brown rice, cereals and bread. This is because these things contain vitamins and minerals which are needed to maintain a balance in the body.

Instead of consuming dairy products that are rich in fat, this should be replaced with those that are non fat. The individual should also drink plenty of water since this is known to ease the symptoms of gout and help the kidneys eliminate the surplus amount of uric acid in the system.

A dietitian can make a plan so the person can keep track of the food being consumed daily. It is also advisable for those who are obese to exercise to be able to lose weight since there is a high chance that someone overweight will also be diagnosed with this disease.

Both diseases can happen to anyone regardless of gender and sex. Taking the proper steps now by eating right and exercising can prevent this from happening.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    diabetes fatty liver swollen ankles chest pain?
    hi my husband has just been diagnosed with type2 diabetes, he has also been told his blood isnt clotting properly which could be fatty liver, he doesnt drink hasnt for almost 20 years,his ankles are really swollen and he is complaining his chest feels tight as if he has a chest infection, does anyone know anything about any of these problems does it sound like they are all related,he hasnt been started on any meds yet as he has had more blood tests for the blood clot problem I am just worried he hasnt told the doc everything and I can go in with him on monday when he goes back, any help appreciated, thank so much…..

    • ANSWER:
      Make sure he tells the doctor about his chest He could be already stating to have the heart issues that come along with diabetes. I dont see why you could not go in, he is your husband and it is going to be up to you to help him stay on a diet and take his meds. Good luck

  2. QUESTION:
    i have fatty liver and diabetes,i am overweight,i also am anemic….serious or not?
    they told me my liver enzymes are high>…?

    • ANSWER:
      as a 17.5 year veteran RN, who also is overweight/anemic, I can tell you it IS dangerous….the overweight status you can of course allay to a certain extent with excersise/diet which [diet] I’m sure you’re already on being a diabetic…you can supplement your iron intake with vitamins, spinach, liver & several other foods….your liver enzymes need to be monitored carefully by your md….& it is important that you are being seen regularly by an md, because your problems are multifaceted….compliance is a must for you if you want to have any quality of life…trust me.

  3. 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.

  4. QUESTION:
    Can my liver get so big and explode?
    Hi I got fatty liver, and diabetes…and I was wondering can my liver get really big and explode….my doctor say all I got is fatty liver and the rest is ok beside my diabetes, tho she also say my liver is really big and that I cant drink too much medicine, only my daily ones… still if I am sit for too long my right side ribs hurts alot…what you I do? can it explode?

    • ANSWER:
      No, your liver will not explode. You need to eat a healthy diet and avoid anything that affects the liver in a negative way such as meds that have bad side effects on the liver and alcohol. The liver will never burst from being too enlarged. It just doesn’t happen. I had cirrhosis and a liver transplant. At first my liver was greatly enlarged, but as the disease progressed, the liver started to die so it went in the opposite direction as it failed more. It got very small and kind of shrivels up as it dies.

      A fatty liver can lead to a condition called NASH (non alcoholic steatohepatitis) which then can progress to cirrhosis. It’s a very long process that doesn’t happen that often, but it does in some people. Since your liver is very enlarged, it may be headed in that direction. You should see a liver specialist if you haven’t gone to one already. Go to a gastroenterologist or a hepatologist.

  5. QUESTION:
    Anyone with diabetes been told they have fatty liver disease?
    If so what is treatment and long term affects? Any information is greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      I wasn’t told it was a disease, I was just told that I had fat deposits. My Dr. told me that there’s not a treatment yet.

      I found out about it when I was getting life insurance and my blood work came back I didn’t have diabetes yet. He monitored my liver levels once a year to watch for liver failure, if that happen then I’d need a transplant. Then two years ago my blood work came with with high sugar. Retested and still high, officially now I’m diabetic.

      I lost a lot of weight (60 lbs), dieted, working out, this brought my liver tests back down to high normal or just a point or two high.

      Don’t know if it was working out, that helps all your organs work better, losing the weight, or a combination of the two. Maybe it wasn’t anything of those things don’t know.

      Anyway if you’re overweight losing weight won’t hurt and might help.

      Hope this helps.

  6. 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!

  7. QUESTION:
    Does Diabetes cause my Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver?
    I had blood test and ultrasound and was diagnosed with Fatty Liver. But the doctor said even though I had cholestoral level of 200 that I did not have diabetes.

    But I’ve read that fatty liver is linked to insulin resistence caused by Type 2 diabetes. I do have obesity as I am about 70 pounds overweight. I have lost 20 pounds in 1 month exercising everyday.

    So is it possible it is linked to diabetes or is it something entirely different?

    • ANSWER:

  8. QUESTION:
    Help with planning my type 2 diabetes meal plan?
    I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes & fatty liver about two years ago. I’m only 16 now, so i was 14 back then. I was scared, so i just denied it and kept eating wrong. A few months back i got a health scare and changed my habits. When i decided to do that i weighed 340 pounds. Now, a mere 6 months later, i am down to 240lbs and am going to keep going until i am a normal weight. Here is my problem- I am severely limited to what i can eat(no pasta, rice, dessert, etc.) because of the Pre-diabetes and fatty liver that i am trying to reverse.I eat Whole-grain bread & pasta a lot as well, since they are healthy, and also i eat a lot of Chicken-but i can’t keep eating the same 3 or 4 things because it is driving me crazy having so little to choose from. What i want to ask all of you is this: Do you know of different meals that i can eat with peace of mind knowing that it is healthy and at least somewhat tasty?

    • ANSWER:
      Think veggies and fruits and legumes.salads, soups,samies on one slice low carb bread.
      You can enjoy meat and fish too.

      Here is a sample dinner menu :
      Protein of your choice – Grilled fish with tomatoes and onions and lemons .
      salad
      Piece of fruit.

      Before bed snack :Glass of skim milk and a fruit.

  9. 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.

  10. QUESTION:
    Can fatty deposits on the Liver caused by being overweight and diabetes cause permanent damage?

    • ANSWER:
      There is a condition called NASH where a fatty liver will progress to cirrhosis which can destroy the liver. NASH is non alcoholic steatopathic (not sure of spelling?) hepatitis. No one really knows why this happens to some people. In some cases, the person will need a transplant. It depends on the severity of the damage. Cirrhosis or scarring of the liver is permanent liver damage that does not go away. Even though the liver has the ability to regenerate if you removed part or even half of it, scar tissue that comes with cirrhosis is not able to regenerate.

  11. QUESTION:
    Will I get diabetes if I drink these?
    I want to order 30 24oz grape sodas cause I have a sweet tooth and need sugar to function.

    I will most likely drink all of it within a week.

    I was diagnosed with fatty liver and pre-diabetes a year ago but I did drop 50 pounds since then.

    • ANSWER:
      Diabetes is not caused by what you eat or drink, and it is not caused by consuming too much sugar.

      The main risk factors are genes and age.

      However, having been diagnosed as pre-diabetic, that means you DO have diabetes genes, and you DO have an impaired carbohydrate metabolism. Your body cannot deal with carbs efficiently and carbs are toxic to your body.

      You have essentially been diagnosed with the equivalent of a nut allergy. Now, if you were diagnosed with a nut allergy, would you go out and eat cashews, almonds and macadamias? Even if you really liked nuts and believed you needed nuts to function?

      Of course not. That would be really really stupid.

      You DO NOT need sugar to function. Sugar is toxic to your body. You are pouring poison into your system.

  12. QUESTION:
    was my incorrect diet the cause of my fatty liver diagnosis 2 years ago?
    I was diagnosed with fatty liver a few years ago I didn’t drink much back then only on the weekends and holidays and sometimes I would have 1 or 2 beers on one of the weekdays (16 ounce can) but I also had an incorrect diet I never exercised and ate fatty foods and would eat a lot of mayonnaise
    the doctor said I had a fatty liver after a blood test and prescribed me Lovaza which is not really a drug more like fish oil and Metformin because my blood sugars were high he said that most likely the cause of my fatty liver was the stuff I was eating. I ate a lot of ice-cream and a bunch of candy frequently and used to order huge 16 ounce steaks and large samplers (which was way too much food for only one person) and used to drink lots of soda and sweet drinks the doctor said I was a pre-diabetic and prescribed me metformin he said it was a preventive medicine against me getting diabetes is my fatty liver caused by the things I ate?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi there, I have just been diagnosed with exactly the same things as you. I have PCOS and Insulin resistance and have been pre-diabetic for the last 15 years. But the fatty liver came out of the blue, I didn’t associate bad diet with it as I was under the false presumption liver disease was something alcholics had! Yes, my bad fast food loving diet caused my poor fat liver and high cholesterol! The silver lining is that at least now you know, and you can take steps to rectify it with diet and exercise. Good luck.

  13. QUESTION:
    How to deal with Fatty Liver?
    I was feeling fatigued all the time so I got a blood test thinking I had diabetes but instead was diagnosed with Fatty Liver, a ultrasound confirmed it.

    So has anyone have had this and can tell me how to deal with it or get rid of it?

    I am fatigued all the time and hate it.

    • ANSWER:

  14. QUESTION:
    Diabetes, high cholestrol and fatty deposits on liver?
    Went back to collect blood results from my gp and have been diagnosed with all 3 … i know to change my diet and start excersising but im devastated about these diagnosises … Dont know which way to turn and which to worry about the most … please help :’(

    • ANSWER:
      All three can be adressed by EXERCISE>.

      Nordic Walking is a great way to exercise.
      Nordic walking can be done year round in any climate and anywhere a person of any age or ability might otherwise walk without poles. It combines simplicity and accessibility of walking with simultaneous core and upper body conditioning similar to Nordic skiing. The result is a full-body walking workout that can burn significantly more calories without a change in perceived exertion or having to walk faster, due to the incorporation of many large core, and other upper-body muscles which comprise more than 90% of the body’s total muscle mass and do work against resistance with each stride. ‘Normal walking’ utilizes less than 70% of muscle mass with full impact on the joints of the legs and feet.
      Nordic Ski Walking produces up to a 46% increase in energy consumption compared to walking without poles.[1]

      Benefits
      Compared to regular walking, Nordic walking involves applying force to the poles with each stride. Nordic walkers use more of their entire body (with greater intensity) and receive fitness building stimulation not as present in normal walking for the chest, lats, triceps, biceps, shoulder, abdominals, spinal and other core muscles. This extra muscle involvement leads to enhancements over ordinary walking at equal paces such as:
      increased overall strength and endurance in the core muscles and the entire upper body
      significant increases in heart rate at a given pace
      greater ease in climbing hills
      burning more calories than in plain walking
      improved balance and stability with use of the poles
      significant un-weighting of hip, knee and ankle joints
      effective weight bearing exercise – creates positive total body bone density-preserving stress
      I use plain old wooden sticks, works well>
      Kewl!
      Also maybe you could add Nicotinic Acid. It works as well as statins for cholesterol.. Never , ever take Statins.

      Take care
      Ben Trolled

  15. 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.

  16. QUESTION:
    How can I start becoming a vegetarian? and will it help…?
    with fatty liver disease and diabetes? I’m also becoming really depressed about eating animals and animal products. My husband is a complete carnivore. I’m really picky about meat as it is, but I still indulge. I want to give up carbs and meat. Where do I start? I feel like I’m making it harder than it should be. HELP! I don’t know the first thing about getting the proper nutrition or cooking vegetarian.
    ok cut down on carbs…geez

    • ANSWER:
      Here’s a nice site:

      http://www.savvyvegetarian.com/

      And, you don’t want to give up all carbs, just cut back on the simple carbs — flour and sugar. You’ll need your whole grains! But the site will help explain things.

  17. QUESTION:
    Can anyone recommend any expert doctor in treating PCOD and hormonal Imbalance?
    Due to prolonged(>16 years) PCOD and hormonal imbalance, i have developed diabetes, osteoporosis, fatty liver…and other such complications

    • ANSWER:
      sometimes Internet could be the best help for understanding what to do – check below

  18. QUESTION:
    can pulmicort and inhaled steriods cause fatty liver?
    i have a tendency towards diabetes in my family and am taking pulmicort. i notice my blood sugar rises when i take it. im considering stopping it.

    • ANSWER:
      TELL YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. QUESTION:
    what causes an enlarged and fatty liver?
    I have severe diabetes, had 2 heart attacks last yr, I’m 40. my liver is “fatty” and enlarged. I am overweight, but was under or at normal weight level clear up until the dr removed the gallbladder, then i quit smoking and gained about 45 lbs since. the gallbladder i found out later did not need to be removed. i can eat a salad or drink a glass of tea or even coffee and all of a sudden my stomach is so bloated and hard as concrete. i was doing cardio and wt training as well as pilates and water aerobics…5 days a wk usually 4-5 hrs a day, and still could not lose an ounce of wt. what gives? i had blood work done last wk and was told today that my chol is 470 and trigyceride level is 790. she said everything is wayyy tooooo high. but im sure it is all related to the diabetes, heart condition (r coronary artery is clogged and too small for a stint) and fatty/enlarged liver. this scares me. thanks for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      Excluding any serious diseases your presentation of diabetes is probably causing gastroparesis which is the slow down of stomach emptying. Therefore after eating your stomach remains distended longer due to the slow down of stomach contraction. You also have to make sure that you don’t have vascular disease that is involving your stomach and intestines. As for your liver enlargement is most likely due to your weight gain which may be the results of your meds or diet which caused your increase of chol. & trig. Since your liver clears or filters your blood like an air filter the fats in your blood are traped in your liver causing the enlargment. Weight loss will help reduce your problem and a review of your meds. will be your initial focus.

  20. QUESTION:
    Did I beat diabetes or is this a lifetime thing?
    A year ago I weighed 270 and was always tired and had tingling in my feet. Dr diagnosed fatty liver and said I would get diabetes if I didnt lose the weight.

    A year later I weight 210 and no longer feel tired or tingling.

    I didnt change my diet of pizza, fried chicken, chinese food, burgers buy I ran 5 miles a day to lose the weight.

    So did I beat diabetes or am I still at risk until I change my diet?

    • ANSWER:
      You’re still at risk. I would recommend keeping the weight down by eating a healthier diet, continuing to exercise, and educating yourself as to the various contributors to insulin resistance. Dr. Joel Fuhrman has a book that might interest you called “Eat To Live”. Many of his patients have “beaten” diabetes… but only by eating a high nutrient, low refined carb Calorie diet.

  21. QUESTION:
    What illnesses would cause right rib pain and urinary tract infections?
    I started having a mild dull pain under my right rib a month ago. It would happen for a few seconds and stop for a long time. As time progressed I started having flank pain, dark/frequent urine, chills, weakness, fever, mental fogginess, painful constipation, low blood sugar, lower back pain, nausea, vomiting and bladder pain. I went to a doctor and was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection. My symptoms worsened as I started Bactrum for my uti. I started being unable to walk more than a few feet, my back would start hurting and my muscles would give out on me. I felt as if walking was injuring my kidneys. The flank pain was so bad when I laid on my sides. I went back to the doctor two days later and was put on Cipro. My symptoms started improving, and I was able to stand and walk comfortably. However, my symptoms came back, but slightly different. I went back to the doctor again and they found no remaining infection, but I was diagnosed with bacterial vaginosis. I asked the doctor what he thought about the pain I was having and thought it might be stones in my kidney or gallbladder.

    Since then I’ve been vomiting and dry heaving when I wake up in the morning, my groin area hurts when I have a bowel movement and sometimes when I pee, the pain in my rib has gotten worse, it occasionally radiates to my sternum area and to my back under my shoulder blade, I get chills every once in a while, I have brief but sharp moderate pain in isolated areas of my urinary tract and I have trouble concentrating and going to the bathroom. I have a family history of gallbladder disease/stones, kidney stones, fatty liver and diabetes. I had a bout of gastritis exactly a year ago and had an ultra sound of my gallbladder to rule out gallstones and was normal. I woke up last night with pain under my sternum and felt dizzy. I can’t see my family doctor for a week and am afraid that I will have to go to the emergency room before it happens. What does this sound like?

    BTW, I haven’t had any signs of jaundice or pale stools.

    • ANSWER:
      A friend of mine just found out she has a kidney stone after having alot of UTI’s. I’m not sure what all her symptoms were, and I don’t think they were as severe as yours but she would have never thought in a million years she had a kidney stone. She is a healthy 22 year old going to nursing school so she thought she would have known but she didn’t.

      Ask your doctor to check for a stone. Either kidney or gall bladder. Good luck!

  22. QUESTION:
    What would cause lower right rib pain, vomiting and urinary tract infections?
    I started having a mild dull pain under my right rib a month ago. As time progressed I started having flank pain, dark/frequent urine, chills, weakness, fever, mental fogginess, painful constipation, low blood sugar, lower back pain, nausea, vomiting and bladder pain. I went to a doctor and was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection. My symptoms worsened as I started Bactrum for my UTI. I started being unable to walk more than a few feet, my back would start hurting and my muscles would give out on me. I felt as if walking was injuring my kidneys. The flank pain was so bad when I laid on my sides. I went back to the doctor two days later and was put on Cipro. My symptoms started improving, and I was able to stand and walk comfortably. However, a day or so later my symptoms came back, but slightly different. I asked the doctor what he thought about the pain I was having and thought it might be stones in my kidney or gallbladder.

    Since then I’ve been vomiting and dry heaving when I wake up in the morning, my groin area hurts when I have a bowel movement and sometimes when I pee, the pain in my rib has gotten worse, it occasionally radiates to my sternum area and to my back under my shoulder blade, I get chills every once in a while, I have brief but sharp moderate pain in isolated areas of my urinary tract and I have trouble concentrating and going to the bathroom. I have a family history of gallbladder disease/stones, kidney stones, fatty liver and diabetes. I had a bout of gastritis exactly a year ago and had an ultra sound of my gallbladder to rule out gallstones and the results came back normal. I can’t see a doctor for a week and am afraid that I will have to go to the emergency room before I go. What could it be?

    BTW, I haven’t had any signs of jaundice or pale stools.

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t mean to scare you, but you need to get this checked out right away. I would suggest maybe seeing another doctor just to see if he comes to the same conclusion. I’m not sure what this could be though…let me suggest you to start researching if you have an hernia but I honestly can’t think of much. Good luck.

  23. QUESTION:
    I don’t have apnea and I don’t smoke, but I wake up in the morning out of breath and very tired. Why is that?
    It always takes me about an hour or so to regain my normal breathing rate and to stop feeling so tired after waking up. I’m 59 years old and have a few health problems such as diabetes, and fatty liver disease, although I’m only slightly overweight and I don’t drink.

    • ANSWER:
      There are a ton of possible reasons. Your best bet is to have your doctor schedule a sleep study for you. They monitor your breathing, leg movements, blood pressure and a lot of other things so they can narrow it down for you. If you have gained weight you might have started to develop apnea. I know of a few people that happened to and a cpap machine took care of it right away.

  24. QUESTION:
    I was told after having an abdominal ultrasound that i have fatty deposits on my liver, what does this meen?
    I dont drink alcohol so its not because of that, but i am overweight and ive just been diagnosed with diabetes, will these fat deposits just go away if i lose weight? Is it dangerous? im a 21yr old female in the usa

    • ANSWER:
      The main thing you need to do is lose weight. My husband has the same problem and even had a liver biopsy. The doctor told him to lose weight and stop eating fried, fatty foods. The liver can heal itself and filter better with weight loss. Drink lots of water, and the doctor put him on cholesterol meds also. Hope this helps.

  25. QUESTION:
    Is this a good diet plan…. I need to drop 30 pounds by March!!!!?
    7am Slim Fast bar

    9am Run 5 miles

    Noon Slim Fast bar

    5 pm Progressive chicken noodle Soup with a bowl of rice

    I need to lose 30 pounds by March or doctor says I may get diabetes and fatty liver!!!!!!!!!

    If the plan is not good, please make suggestions!

    • ANSWER:
      Skip the rice,
      eat proteins and veggies ,
      No potatoes, pasta, breads, rice, sweets etc
      skip the chicken soup, too many carbs, go with a veggie, chicken or beef vegetable soup,
      homemade is best,
      the slimfast bars are loaded with sugar and carbs,
      find a protein bar with alot less sugar and carbs or make a protien shake!!
      eight 8 oz glasses of water… NO EXCEPTIONS on the water……

  26. 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.

  27. QUESTION:
    If SGOT,SGPT become normal , does it indicate fatty liver has become normal liver ?
    I had mild elevation of SGOT (55) and SGPT (98) levels . On further tests it was confirmed that it was due to Atorvastatin ( which I was taking for lowering lipids) induced mild fatty liver. An Ultra Sound revealed that. I was advised to stop Atorvastatin , which I did. Now after 5 months the levels have gradually come down. Presently they are SGPT – 26 , SGOT – 20. Now does that mean , since the levels have become normal , that the fatty liver has become normal ?
    I am 35 year old , have Type 2 Diabetes and Dyslipidemia for which I take Metformin , Glibenclimide , Lantus Insulin , Fenofibrate.

    • ANSWER:
      No, you need to check your ALP (Alkaline Phosphatase) levels, this is more diagnostic for Fatty Liver.

      The normal range is 44 to 147 IU/L (international units per )
      But, I would talk with your Dr. about getting another Ultrasound as that is the most diagnostic tool besides a Liver biopsy to completely rule out Fatty Liver.

      You might check out the Zone Diet by Dr. Barry Sears. This diet has been clinically proven by Diabetic Specialists to completely control Type 2 Diabetes without medications.
      Good luck, hope this info helps!

  28. QUESTION:
    Metformin and fatty liver and kidney stones?
    My hubby, who is 37, is recently diagnosed with Diabetes and has been prescribed to take Metformin 500mg tds. But he has been diagnosed with fatty liver 2 years before and 7 years before he had kidney stone and went through surgery for that. Now my query is, does metformin has anything to do with these two illnesses as I read in the patient information leaftlet to inform the physician about liver and kidney diseases before starting metformin.

    I would appreciate very much if somebody could eloborate what we should do and is there any other alternative for metformin?

    • ANSWER:
      Metformin may have a number of side effects. One also should not exceed the prescribed dosage, however, there is no clear evidence regarding a fatty liver. It may have some detrimental effect on your husbands kidneys, when dosage too high. Regular blood tests need to be made.

  29. 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.

    • ANSWER:

  30. QUESTION:
    Should I be concerned about NAFLD (Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease)?
    My GP diagnosed this, as I started seeing him when I received blood tests with elevated liver enzymes. They continue to go up every time and he is pretty unphased about it. It is not related to hepatitis or alcohol. I am a little overweight but not obese and do not have any precursors for diabetes.

    My right side, in the area of my liver is always aching and I wonder if I should get a second opinion. Could this be serious or the early stages of something worse?
    I also had a colonoscopy and edoscopy and everything looks good.
    *endoscopy

    • ANSWER:

  31. QUESTION:
    MY cat was diagnosed with fatty liver disease 2days ago HELP!!!?
    I have a 7yr normally 21lb(yes over weight) manx cat . she was very quiet and not eating as well so I brought her to the vet. she was checked for diabetes which was NEG and KIDNEY which was NEG . BUt one thing that came up was her liver screening the vet said Diagnosed her with “FATTY LIVER Disease” she also said she was jaundice. she said it seemed like the start of it so she put her on SAMe for the liver and mirtazapine every3days for appetite.
    She only eats hard food, milk or clam sauce(funny) but never soft food or tuna.
    she seems to want to eat although i force feed her a/d 5 times aday equalingg 1can) she will also eat about 6 pieces of hard food 6-7 times a day on her own. and she will drink..
    My question is I would like to give Milk Thistle, or L-carnitine, or glutamine. Has anyone ever mixed this with the SAMe liver pill??
    maybe I would just give Milk Thistle,PLEASE help me and let me know how much this big girl should have???
    also I have heard that L-carnitine can cause heart problems.
    Thank you for all the help and please let me know how I can get this baby doll feeling better quicker!!!
    God bless you all!!

    • ANSWER:
      I’m sorry your kitty doesn’t feel good. From what I know milk is not good for cats. Talk to your vet, if you are not getting good answers from the vet, call another one.
      good luck

  32. QUESTION:
    A 44-year-old male with early Type 2 diabetes mellitus is found to have a markedly increased serum ferritin…?
    A 44-year-old male with early Type 2 diabetes mellitus is found to have a markedly increased serum ferritin concentration. He is overweight and has smoked cigarettes for 20 years. He undergoes a liver biopsy and the microscopic appearance of the liver shows blue cytoplasmic inclusions with Perls stain. Based on the information you have been given, what is the main advice would you give this patient?

    A.He needs insulin injections
    B.His siblings are at high risk of developing the same condition
    C.He will most likely develop acute inflammation of the liver
    D.Obesity may have contributed to the condition and he should lose weight
    E.He is likely to develop congestive heart failure from this condition

    If you know can you explain why as well please? I don’t know much about this, but I think the blue inclusions would be iron? This could be haemochromatosis, I found links between cirrhosis and haemochromatosis and diabetes, and something about fatty liver disease as well. But can’t think what the answer would be.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      This is quite the nasty question! I think the answer is (E), but I know others may not agree. This is clearly Haemochromatosis. Perls stain is for Iron, and Type II diabetes is linked to the disease (pancreatic deposition of Iron) which presents in men in their 30′s-50′s and elevated Ferritin is a marker for the disease (albeit not a good one since it is an acute phase protein and TSATs are better). It is autosomal recessive. I am assuming that this is a Single Best Answer question.

      Firstly (A) is rubbish… if he is controlled, then he doesn’t need insulin injection.

      (B) is a dodgy answer… his siblings have at least 25% chance of developing the conditions since this man’s parents must have at least been carriers. If one of his parents had the disease, then the siblings have an increased chance. However, some people never actually present with symptoms even though they have both recessive genes. This applies especially to females, who are protected by menstual bleed. After menopause they then have a period of about 30 years or so when the Iron gathers, but that may not be long enough for them to present. In summary, whilst (B) may be true, it is not the BEST answer.

      (C) is not the answer… Hepatitis does occur in Haemochromotosis, but it isn’t common or likely at this stage. He is more likely to develop cirrhosis.

      (D) is also true. However it is not the mainstay of treatment and will not benefit him as much as other treatments. Obesity tends to exacerbate liver disease but is not a key feature of the disease, thus not the best answer.

      (E) refers to Cardiomyopathy associated with Haemochromotosis. This is due to Iron deposition in the Heart. I don’t know how common it is, but is commonly taught as a feature/symptom of Haemochromotosis and is thus the best answer of the options.

      I hope this helps.

  33. QUESTION:
    what causes enlarged fatty liver and enlarged spleen?
    I’m 25 with type 1 diabetes, about a month ago my feet started swelling (like if you are in your last trimester in pregnancy and you went on a road trip) a couple days later it moved up to my legs as well so I went to the doctor,all they found was my white blood cell count was a little high and protein in my urine. I didn’t have an infection my sugar was high, however it is fine now and I’m still swollen. Three days after that my abdomen was swollen (I looked and still do like I’m 6 to 7 months pregnant). I went from 130 to 160 from the swelling in two weeks!! I went back to my doctors and he felt around then sent me to get an ultrasound of my abdomen. They found a fatty enlarged liver and spleen. I have a gastro. appointment next week, but for the past couple of days the pain has increased.

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver is linked to varies conditions including diabetes. A fatty liver is one of the causes of an enlarged spleen. Your fatty liver is causing your oedema (swelling due to excess fluid).

      Good link about a fatty liver and how to reverse it >>>

      http://www.liverdoctor.com/index.php?page=fatty-liver

      Enlarged spleen >>>

      http://www.emedicinehealth.com/enlarged_spleen_splenomegaly/article_em.htm#causes

  34. QUESTION:
    Junk Food with cold drinks causes damage to liver and on set of Type 2 Diabetes in four weeks?
    Research done in University of St Louis Missouri on mice found to their astonishment that when mice were fed with fast food cold drinks and were not allowed any exercise, then with in four weeks they found damage to liver of mice. Also they found on set of Type 2 diabetes in these mice.
    Fatty food when eaten stop production of insulin causing diabetes.

    Are our children not being exposed to these diseases by eating junk food with Pespi and Coke culture.
    What is duty of parents, government and NGOs to stop the sales gimmick of McDonalds culture in India?
    Should such warnings to pasted in McDonalds stores like:

    EATING JUNK FOOD IS INJURIOUS TO HEALTH?

    If cigerette packets can have such warnings, can it not be applied to Junk food of all kind?

    How we can warn our consumers?

    Can our medical fraternity not do research of similar nature and based on findings, take necessary action?

    Will governement Health Ministry do any thing?

    Your feed back and please tell everybody

    • ANSWER:
      It is our responsibility to take care of our children,guide them ,instill good eating habits,etc.children pattern themselves after they’re parents behavior.
      I think all these fast-food places kind of brain wash our kids so it’s up to us,the parents to show healthy eating,working out,being body conscious.
      educating our youth about obesity,heart disease and other conditions caused by junk food is now a necessity.

  35. QUESTION:
    i need psychic help please?
    hi i have been out of work for a while know i just want to know when i will get a job, i have been chatting and e-mailing my curriculum but NOTHING, awwwww, I AM so frustated, so please let me know if i would get a nice job, also i have been feeling weird lately can you check if i have any health issues or its just that i gain weight, i am scared it could be diabetes or fatty liver. IF you need any more info like my birthday or anything please contact me at onlinechatter2010@hotmail.com

    • ANSWER:
      Why?, it’s all because i love you and i do come here to just feel your heart and wish you all the best every time somewhere else.

  36. QUESTION:
    Hepatitis C-weak positive and fatty liver – kindly nswer only doctors?
    Doctors Please answer

    My mother is suffering From Abdominal pain below the right side ribs. Many doctors diagnosed in many ways and they have given the treatment in various methods but the problem increased.

    I would like to request you for FOUR answers
    A. What could be the problem as the following are the details of recent tests?

    1. My mother age – 61 years
    2. Diabetic since 15 yrs
    3. Uncontrolled diabetes
    4. Recent Scanning reports shows
    On 22nd Oct – 15.9 cm size of liver
    On 01st Nov – 17.0 cm size of liver
    5. The liver function test shows the SGPT – 69 and SOPT – 42 levels elevated.
    6. HEPETITIS A – ANTIBODIES – 0.26 – (LESS THAN THE NORMAL OF 1.001)
    7. HEPATITIS C – ANTIBODIES – WEAK POSITIVE
    8. All other are normal

    B. What could be the cause of pain as now she is not even in a position to sit for more than 10 minutes

    C. What could be the diet for my mother

    D. could any one suggest me a doctor in and around Chennai, Bangalore

    • ANSWER:
      I had that problem before my Hep C treatment – it’s an intestinal spasm. It felt like someone was twisting my intestinal tract with a wrench. It will stop you in your tracks.

      I was able to control the spasms by going on a strict vegetarian diet. I also did a liver cleanse twice.

      Not sure what you mean by WEAK POSITIVE – you either have it or you don’t and if you have the antibodies chances are she may have it. Her next step will be to get a viral count from a doctor because her liver enzymes are slightly elevated above normal.

      Normal range for ALT (SGPT) enzymes is 7 to 56 units per liter.
      Normal range for AST (SOPT) enzymes is 5 to 40 units per liter.

  37. QUESTION:
    Liver enzyme test came back slightly elevated?
    So I have had an elevation of liver enzymes for about three months now and I am getting worried that it may be fatty liver (non alcoholic). I recently had an ectopic pregnancy and then a tubal ligation to remove it. Due to the excessive imbalance of hormones I put on a lot of water weight and sometimes take spironolactone/aldactezide to shed the water, which may be elevating the liver enzyme level. I still experience getting puffy in my feet, legs and arms. What can I do to balance out my hormones, and how can I make sure not to continue having elevated liver enzymes? I fear diabetes mellitus. Yes, I am overweight too. Please advise.

    • ANSWER:
      i think the first answer you got was spam.

      there are different reasons for an elevated liver enz. yeah it could be fatty liver. but also consider all the medications you take. do you take any Tylenol or asprin. your liver enz can be acutely elevated following a procedure. also how elevated are the liver enz, if its slightly elevated then its not too bad. most hospitals have different standards regarding enz levels. however if your AST ALT are in the thousands then you have a problem. remember any injury, like surgery, can increase these enz.

      about your weight. get checked up for your blood sugar levels as soon as you can. its really important to control your blood sugar levels. most people have elevated sugar levels for years before getting diagnosed with diabetes. for these people the next step is to get their eyes, heart, and whole body examined for complication of diabetes. i know its scary. but the sooner you know, the sooner you can control it. good luck. take care.

  38. QUESTION:
    Can Someone Tell Me More About Metabolic Disease Or Syndrome For My Research Paper?
    Hi, I’m Kennady. I’m doing a research paper for health class and I need help and knowledge about Metabolic Disease.

    I know that is can cause heart disease, fatty liver, type 2 diabetes, blood pressure problems, blood sugar problems, etc.

    What I need to know is;
    Where it came from?
    How do you get it?
    Where is it in your body?
    What does it affect?
    When does it take place?
    Where can you get help for it?
    Is it a permanent disease?
    and any more information you have. AT ALL, ANY INFORMATION! :)

    Thank-You so much. Please help me. :)
    How does it can type 2 diabetes and heart disease problems? How can it do that?

    • ANSWER:
      It’s metabolic syndrome (not metabolic disease). The key things you need to focus on are: how obesity causes insulin resistance; how insulin resistance causes all the other stuff you listed.

  39. QUESTION:
    What kind of specialist should I see for the following symptoms:?
    I’ve had the following symptoms for a while now. My general practitioner isn’t cutting it, and I’ve been negative so far for thyroid (hyper and hypo) problems, lupus, fatty liver disease, and diabetes. I’m at the end of my rope. If there is ANYONE out there who has similar symptoms and got help, can you please point me in the right direction?

    Severe Eczema (Since Birth, better with age, worse in winter)
    Severe allergies (Since Birth) (to food like fruits, veggies, and seafood. Meds like penicillin and sulfa, lots of different trees and plants, latex, and pet dander)
    Stunted height (grew very slowly, only 5’2″)
    Rapid weight gain, inability to lose weight with proper diet and exercise (since my teens)
    Depression, and generalized anxiety disorder (Since my teens, worsens as I age. GAD was misdiagnosed as major depressive disorder for a long time)
    Migraines (intermittent, started in my teens)
    Fatigue (10+ hours of sleep per night)
    Gastrointestinal (I’ve always had constant gas. I get diarrhea very easily. Stomach aches give me severe headaches and will make me vomit)
    Insulin resistance (recently diagnosed)

    For a while, my thinking was that the depression and anxiety was causing an inability to deal with stress, which in turn caused the weight gain, and fatigue, and made my allergies/eczema worse. Then I couldn’t lose weight for the life of me, and since my family has a history of autoimmune disorders, that led to the thyroid testing. Now I’m getting this insulin problem, and my doctor is telling me that I need to lose weight or risk becoming diabetic. But I still can’t lose weight. See the conundrum? The most recent suggestion is that I might have celiac disease, but I looked it up and it seems to mainly have gastrointestinal symptoms, which I have very little of (just the persistent gas, really)

    Anyone have a suggestion? Anyone?

    I’ve had my thyroid checked. Also seen a rheumatologist (had joint pain for a while, but it was chalked up to the rapid weight gain). I also see my allergist and dermatologist regularly, they’ve been the same doctors since birth.

    I thought the allergies and eczema were just hereditary conditions unrelated to anything else until it was recently suggested that I include them in my list of symptoms to see if it narrows down my search, because apparently allergies and eczema can often indicate other disorders.

    • ANSWER:
      An Immunologist would test you to find out exactly what foods and other factors you are allergic to and therefore do not eat or avoid.

      An Endocrinologist would check your thyroid out really well and also advise you about the insulin problem.

      A specialist in Bariatric Medicine is the type of doctor who treats obesity. They use dietary/lifestyle changes and exercises and sometimes medicine in their treatment options.

      However before you contact any of them why don’t you read this book extract in Google Books :

      ” The Inflammation Cure”, by William Joel Meggs, an Immunologist in America. Chapter 9 is the chapter that deals with dietary factors.

      Dr Meggs recommendations are :

      *to NOT eat wheat (found in breads, packet cereals, prepared sauces etc, cakes and biscuits). Doing this alone will stop the wind problem and start you losing weight. Alternatives to wheat are rye crackers, rye bread, spelt bread etc; oats for breakfast cereal.

      * DO NOT have dairy products except maybe pot set natural yoghurt which has beneficial bacteria for easy digestion. Alternatives to cows milk – goat milk, water or soy milk.

      * Lean red meat – beef as it is the best source of protein and iron. Once a week.

      *Oily fish for protein and Omega 3 Oils

      * Approved fruits and vegetables that YOU are NOT allergic or intolerant too.

      *Nuts and seeds that YOU are NOT allergic or intolerant to.

      *No junk food, no bought preprocessed foods.

      Good luck

  40. QUESTION:
    acid reflux, gerd, diabetes?
    hey there about a year ago i got a weird feeling in my throat aka a lump and difficulty swallowing, anyways i went to the docs and got a endoscopy and it show i had laryngitis, ulcers, and gastritis, well i took my meds but they didn’t help much, i still have a feeling in my throat, and stomach aches, ive been also having a stabbing pain in my upper right quadrant abdomen, its there sometimes or when i burp i feel it, also sometimes early in the morning my back hurts and feels sore, now my new problem is i’ve been getting light headed, spaced out, or like not feeling right, then i tend to panic and i get sweaty, shaky hands, heart palps etc, now today it happened and i freaked out my vision felt weird, and i just felt like any moment i would drop dead, so when i got home i took an anxiety/panic pill (i haven’t taken it in like a year) and checked my blood sugar, it showed it at 137 but i had eaten earlier so is that a good number?, then i checked my blood pressure and it was 127/87 heartbeat 111, and its been up and down since then, my heartbeat is usually pretty elevated, my question is what could this be, is it all related, is it diabetes, gallbladder,liver (which i was told was fatty), etc….recently ive been drinking a bit more (i know its bad for you, but i don’t get the panic attacks or anything) so that’s pretty much it

    Info:male/21/overweight/not too active/non smoker–mother has diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol–father has high blood pressure and cholesterol

    and am thinking of going to the docs but i just want to know if anyone has had something like this? thanks
    also i forgot, i also get chest pains left and right, but never at the same time, but its localized like i can pin point it, also when i push in where the opening of the stomach is, i get a pain or when i bend down also, another thing i get with that “surge” type feeling is cold feet and hands, and my legs get weak
    well to the person who suggested eosinophilic esophagitis, it almost sounds like me but not too much, but now that i looked at the symptoms, that’s EXACTLY what happened to my father he wasn’t able to swallow his own spit!, but a day or so i checked my blood pressure in bed it was 123/82, and my fasting sugar was 113, now ive heard that’s pre diabetes, and others that’s not something to worry about so?, but i think its mostly in my head, i tend to feel the spaced out feeling when am about to go out?, like omg am about to die in the street and no one will help me

    • ANSWER:
      You’re very smart, and have GERDS. Panic attacks are reactive with adrenaline. Alcohol produces reflux and GERDS, so does caffeine, soda and overeating in general.

  41. QUESTION:
    What disease does one get when their liver cannot produce anough bile?
    What disease does one get when their liver cannot produce enough bile? The disease i’m talking about is when a person eats too much fatty foods and their liver cannot make enough bile to break down those fatty foods. It’s similar to adult-onset diabetes.
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Jaundice, the disease
      -hope i helped ;)

  42. QUESTION:
    How long do you think I will live to be? Read below?
    I am 30
    I have diabetes, high blood pressure, gerd, fatty liver disease, and I am morbidly obese. I also live a very sedentary life no exercie and bad foods. I also drinking and smoke ocassionally. Give me an estimate. My mom and dad are also diabetics in their 70s. 1 grandma died of stroke and other of cancer. Give me an estimate thanks

    • ANSWER:
      There is really no way to tell, but you should be getting some serious problems with everything you have by the time you reach your mid forties give or take a few years. Everything you have got can become life threatening problems, but the diabetes is going to hit your body the hardest first. Kidney failure may be your first major hit. That’s just a guess since it could be anything such as heart disease, liver and/or kidney failure, and cancer of any type. It’s quite a dim future for anyone to endure.

      You are young yet and it doesn’t need to be this way. Hope you can get the help you need and the incentive to make your life much better than this.

  43. 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.

  44. QUESTION:
    For those who watches heavy eating competitions, how is that possible to eat all those unhealthy foods?!?!?
    For those who knows Adam Richman (from the show Man vs Food) Joey Chestnut (American eating competitor) and Takeru Kobayashi (Japanese eating competitor)
    How is that possible to eat all those unhealthy foods all over the U.S.
    without having heart attacks, high cholesterol, arteries clogged, diabetes, strokes, or fatty liver??!?!

    • ANSWER:

  45. QUESTION:
    How long I have been Diabetic?
    Last month I come to know that I have diabetes. Since that time, I am exercising and dieting and now the sugar level is in normal level. But last week I test my A1c test and it comes 10.4. This was a very high value. So my doctor recommended me to continue exercise and diet and will have test after 3 month.

    I just wonder that how long I have been in diabetic. Earlier this year, I had some symptoms for diabetic but that time I didn’t test my sugar level. I ask this question because I also diagnose as moderate fatty liver. This means that I may have diabetes more then 1/2 years. Because diabetes is the only one reason that can make my liver fatty. I am not a heavy drinker and also I am not obese. I am just little overweight with BMI 28. (Now come down to 25).

    • ANSWER:
      An A1C of 10 is VERY high!

      The A1C takes an AVERAGE of your blood sugars over the past 90 days. An A1C reading of 10 indicates an average blood sugar reading of about 250! And that is an AVERAGE — you have been lower, but much of the time you have been MUCH higher!

      These levels of readings usually indicate someone who has been diabetic for many months – even years. Because the symptoms of diabetes come on so slow, it has been found that many Type 2 Diabetics have had the disease for 5-7 YEARS before they get diagnosed.

      And this WOULD account for the “fatty liver”. One of the side effects of diabetes is an increases in blood fat levels and cholesterol — both of which are filtered through the liver.

      The good news is that if you follow your treatment exactly, many of the problems you have can be reduced. Your cholesterol will come down, but it will be slow as your liver needs to get “cleaned out”.

      You are also in danger of hardening of the arteries leading to heart attacks and strokes. This, too, will heal, but it will take a long time — possibly years of maintaining your diabetes under excellent control.

      Work extremely hard to get your blood sugars to normal and KEEP them at normal. The doctor may also prescribe oral medications for your diabetes, and also for your high cholesterol, if you have it.

      But stay STRICTLY on your diet, and keep exercising.

  46. QUESTION:
    please i really need anwsers!?
    ok so just found out that i have acanthios nirgcans (look it up) and so today the doctor siad that it could be cause by either type 2 diabetes obesidy or fatty liver….i am not obesase…and i know what type 2 diabetes is but i really dont know what fatty liver means..i looked it up but there are wayyy to many doctor words that i dont understand….so i really need to know what this is..so if you can help me please tell me the answer…thanks!:)

    • ANSWER:
      Let us say you are in a small room. You
      are comfortable because you are the only
      one there. Suddenly a group of people
      enter the small room and you cannot move
      your arms, legs, or anything else. Then
      more people enter and you are pushed
      up against the wall. Suddenly, the wall
      starts to close in on you also. You become
      in great distress. You cannot get out,
      you cannot get nourishment and the oxygen
      supply becomes depleted. This is what
      is happening inside the liver. The fat
      gets in between the cells and even in
      the cells themselves and causes distress.
      When this happens, our immune system
      responds and can cause more of a problem
      because of inflammation, which is swelling.
      The cells of the liver are then damaged or
      even die in the process. So people are
      told to go on a diet to try and get rid of
      some of this extra fat. If they do this,
      the condition might reverse…if they don’t,
      inflammation can make it worse. That is
      if the cause is because of being heavy or
      over weight. Some people can have
      a fatty liver because of hereditary
      conditions also…since you said you
      are not obese. I hope this gives you
      an understanding of it.

  47. QUESTION:
    What do you do when you hit the runner’s wall?
    Few months ago, I was diagnosed with fatty liver and in danger of developing Type 2 Diabetes so I began running.

    I ended up losing 30 pounds in 2 months running 5 miles a day, 3-5 times a week. But since then I have gained back 15 pounds.

    So what am I doing wrong? I need to lose at least 50 pounds.

    • ANSWER:
      keep running. maybe step up the mileage or start running 7 days a week with a rest day here and there. the secret to weight loss is losing more calories than you consume. good luck

  48. QUESTION:
    Health Question! I NEED HELP FAST! HELP?
    The essential nutrient missing from the list below is _____.

    * Protein
    * Fat
    * Vitamins
    * Minerals
    * Water

    (Points: 2)

    2. Which of the following is an almost perfect source of protein?
    (Points: 2)
    Eggs

    Salmon

    Chicken

    Chicken

    3. Complex carbohydrates provide the body with long-lasting energy.
    (Points: 2)
    True

    False

    4. Eating these fats may lower your bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol, thus decreasing your risk of developing heart disease.
    (Points: 2)
    Saturated fats

    Unsaturated fats

    Trans fats

    5. How do vitamins help to keep the body healthy?
    (Points: 2)
    They provide long-term energy.

    They regulate chemical reactions in the body.

    They maintain normal body temperature.

    They help release energy stored in other nutrients.

    6. Major minerals include: (Choose 3)
    (Points: 2)
    folate.

    calcium.

    sodium.

    potassium.

    7. Although usually diagnosed in adults, which of the following diseases is now being diagnosed in young people?
    (Points: 2)
    Heart disease

    Fatty liver disease

    Type 2 diabetes

    Lung cancer

    8. The Nutrition Facts label contains information on which of the following? (Choose 3)
    (Points: 2)
    Saturated fat

    Expiration dates

    Ingredients

    Sodium

    9. Sometimes a package will contain much more than one serving size.
    (Points: 2)
    True

    False

    10. Which of the following is not an FDA-approved food label claim?
    (Points: 2)
    Healthy

    High energy

    Low sodium

    Organically natural

    11. Which of the following snacks are healthy? (Choose 3)
    (Points: 2)
    Potato chips

    Tortilla chips with salsa

    Soft pretzels with mustard

    Air-popped popcorn

    12. Meals at fast-food restaurants can be healthy.
    (Points: 2)
    True

    False

    13. When your body is at rest, your body still burns calories. This is called your _____.
    (Points: 2)
    Basal Metabolic Rate

    Calorie Depletion Rate

    Body Frame

    Calorie Use Rate

    14. Boys should have more body fat than girls.
    (Points: 2)
    True

    False

    15. Which of the following are not emotional health problems that can be caused by being overweight or obese?
    (Points: 2)
    Low self-esteem

    Negative body image

    Apnea

    None of the above are emotional health problems that can be caused by being overweight or obese.

    16. Which of the following is not a characteristic of a fad diet? (Choose 2)
    (Points: 2)
    Emphasizes one particular food or food type

    Encourages physical exercise

    Promises dramatic results

    Severely restricts calorie intake

    17. A healthy weight-loss plan must include which of the following?
    (Choose 3)
    (Points: 2)
    Increase in calorie intake

    A visit to the doctor

    Physical activity

    Following the Dietary Guidelines for Americans

    18. People never die from food-borne illnesses.
    (Points: 2)
    True

    False

    19. Always use _____ soapy water when cleaning cutting boards, dishes, utensils, and countertops to prevent the spread of bacteria.
    (Points: 2)

    20. The four simple steps to food safety are clean, separate, _____, and chill.
    (Points: 2)

    Answers:
    1. Carbs
    2. Eggs
    3. False
    4. Unsaturated
    5. Some protect you immune system
    6. Mag & Phos.
    7. Thye 2
    8. Serving size, Precent Daily Value, and Calories from fat
    9. True
    10. Organically Natural
    11. Chocolate-covered raisins and diet sode
    12. True
    13. Basal
    14. False
    15. Apnea
    16. B & D
    17. B, C, & D
    18. False
    19.Hot
    20. Cook

    AM I RIGHT?!

    • ANSWER:
      illuminati

  49. QUESTION:
    HOMEWORK HELP! I HAVE THE ANSWERS! I JUST NEED HELP CHECKING THEM! HELP?
    The essential nutrient missing from the list below is _____.

    * Protein
    * Fat
    * Vitamins
    * Minerals
    * Water

    (Points: 2)

    2. Which of the following is an almost perfect source of protein?
    (Points: 2)
    Eggs

    Salmon

    Chicken

    Chicken

    3. Complex carbohydrates provide the body with long-lasting energy.
    (Points: 2)
    True

    False

    4. Eating these fats may lower your bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol, thus decreasing your risk of developing heart disease.
    (Points: 2)
    Saturated fats

    Unsaturated fats

    Trans fats

    5. How do vitamins help to keep the body healthy?
    (Points: 2)
    They provide long-term energy.

    They regulate chemical reactions in the body.

    They maintain normal body temperature.

    They help release energy stored in other nutrients.

    6. Major minerals include: (Choose 3)
    (Points: 2)
    folate.

    calcium.

    sodium.

    potassium.

    7. Although usually diagnosed in adults, which of the following diseases is now being diagnosed in young people?
    (Points: 2)
    Heart disease

    Fatty liver disease

    Type 2 diabetes

    Lung cancer

    8. The Nutrition Facts label contains information on which of the following? (Choose 3)
    (Points: 2)
    Saturated fat

    Expiration dates

    Ingredients

    Sodium

    9. Sometimes a package will contain much more than one serving size.
    (Points: 2)
    True

    False

    10. Which of the following is not an FDA-approved food label claim?
    (Points: 2)
    Healthy

    High energy

    Low sodium

    Organically natural

    11. Which of the following snacks are healthy? (Choose 3)
    (Points: 2)
    Potato chips

    Tortilla chips with salsa

    Soft pretzels with mustard

    Air-popped popcorn

    12. Meals at fast-food restaurants can be healthy.
    (Points: 2)
    True

    False

    13. When your body is at rest, your body still burns calories. This is called your _____.
    (Points: 2)
    Basal Metabolic Rate

    Calorie Depletion Rate

    Body Frame

    Calorie Use Rate

    14. Boys should have more body fat than girls.
    (Points: 2)
    True

    False

    15. Which of the following are not emotional health problems that can be caused by being overweight or obese?
    (Points: 2)
    Low self-esteem

    Negative body image

    Apnea

    None of the above are emotional health problems that can be caused by being overweight or obese.

    16. Which of the following is not a characteristic of a fad diet? (Choose 2)
    (Points: 2)
    Emphasizes one particular food or food type

    Encourages physical exercise

    Promises dramatic results

    Severely restricts calorie intake

    17. A healthy weight-loss plan must include which of the following?
    (Choose 3)
    (Points: 2)
    Increase in calorie intake

    A visit to the doctor

    Physical activity

    Following the Dietary Guidelines for Americans

    18. People never die from food-borne illnesses.
    (Points: 2)
    True

    False

    19. Always use _____ soapy water when cleaning cutting boards, dishes, utensils, and countertops to prevent the spread of bacteria.
    (Points: 2)

    20. The four simple steps to food safety are clean, separate, _____, and chill.
    (Points: 2)

    Answers:
    1. Carbs
    2. Eggs
    3. False
    4. Unsaturated
    5. Some protect you immune system
    6. Mag & Phos.
    7. Thye 2
    8. Serving size, Precent Daily Value, and Calories from fat
    9. True
    10. Organically Natural
    11. Chocolate-covered raisins and diet sode
    12. True
    13. Basal
    14. False
    15. Apnea
    16. B & D
    17. B, C, & D
    18. False
    19.Hot
    20. Cook

    AM I RIGHT?!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes I’m pretty sure. Man this is a lot. I’m surprised u type this all.

  50. QUESTION:
    Kidney vs. diabetes
    For the last month I have been getting a pain in my lower right side of my stomach about three inches away for the belly button and about one inch up. And I had a change in my bowel movements the problem is that for the last three days I have been getting so thirsty that you could believe it. I drink lots of water but my mouth stays dry. Last month I was treated for a U.T.I the doc at the E.R. said that I had blood in my urine my normal doctor said that my results show that everything was ok just a U.T.I all this was last month This month I m still real thirsty still have the pain and sometimes my urine still comes out more dark than usually in your opinions what are so of the things that might be causing the extreme thirst and dry mouth and dry throat …I seen a doctor and he told it could be diabetes(but that he couldn’t check since they didn’t accept my health care plan . my mom is a diabetic so she check my sugar level and it was 101 I think its my kidney or I might be having some intestine issues any helpful info please I m real scare I keep reading all this stories about kidney failure and I m so freak out I have no money to see doc this week but next week I will….

    Just a back drop of info I m 23 male I weigh 246 in ok shape not much of a healthy eater and no beer no drugs I lost 30 pound In the last three months kidney problem vs. diabetes I was found to have something called fatty liver which I m seeing a G.I. for

    • ANSWER:
      To be diagnosed with diabetes, you must have a fasting blood sugar > 120 mg/dl, or an abnormal glucose tolerance test (GTT). It is rare for males to have UTIs, so that does require investigations. you did not mention your height but unless you are 6’4″, you are probably overweight.

      Kidney funtion can be tested a number of ways: creatinine clearance, serum BUN and Cr levels, etc. Sometimes you can be dehydrated or hypervolemic and it is more related to endocrine problems than to kidney problems. You should see a urologist or nephrologist about possible kidney problems. There are also many diseases (auto-immune) that cause various kidney problems.

      Diabetes causes kidney problems many many years down the line. Typically, someone must have diabetes for 10-20 years before kidney problems start to develop. A fatty liver is evidence of some problem. Typically, hepatitis, toxic medications, alcohol abuse, or some congenital diseases can cause fatty liver. Fatty liver can be a precursor to other liver problems in the future, so you should find out what’s causing it and fix it. A fatty liver may affect your ability to digest certain foods such as greasy oily foods. it may affect you ability to metabolize heme and may lead to jaundice in certain cases.

      It is true that thirst is sometimes a sign of diabetes, but there are other conditions that will cause excessive thirst. Such as diabetes insipidus (which has nothing to do with high sugar levels). Also there are other endocrine and hypothalamic disorders that can also cause this.

      I hope you can see a doctor and figure out what’s wrong.


Disease Of The Liver

4 Tips To How to Grow A Mustache
Do you ever want to look more mature and masculine? If you do, then having a mustache will help you look more manly and more mature!

Currently, many people and celebrities are beginning to have mustaches to make them look more handsome and cool. You can look at some examples such as Brad Pitt and George Clooney who are the epitome of cool handsome guys who have mustaches. Here are 4 tips to grow a mustache!

1. Eat more protein

Eating more protein will give you a healthy brushy mustache! This is because protein is the basic building block of hair. If you consume more protein, the more facial hair you will get. Therefore, if you eat more protein, you can grow a mustache.

One of the best sources of protein are foods such as beef, pork, fish and chicken. You should eat one portion of these proteins daily to help grow your mustache significantly.

2. Massage your upper lip

To get hair growing on your face such as a mustache, you need to have good blood circulation in your face.

This is because when you have good blood circulation to the face, it brings vital nutrients and protein for your hair to grow. Hair is hard to grow if you don’t have good blood circulation.

Hence, a good way to increase facial hair, particularly your mustache is to massage your upper lips.

To massage your upper lip, all you need to do is to apply firm circular pressure starting from the bottom of your nose and then continue this pressure out to the edges of your lip. Do this regularly at least five times a day, and you can achieve your mustache!

3. Drink alcohol

Drinking alcohol will significantly help grow you a good thick mustache! This is because alcohol stimulates the release of testosterone! When you have high levels of testosterone in the body it increases facial and body hair!

Remember, it is always best to drink alcohol in moderation. Drinking too much alcohol can lead to disease of the liver and other major issues.

4. Shave your upper lip regularly

To help increase facial hair, you need to shave your upper lip as often as you can. When you do this, you help stimulate mustache growth. Even if you currently have no mustache, you still need to shave your upper lip every day as this will still help increase the growth of facial hair.

Do this once in the morning and once at night, and the results will be a healthy mustache!

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    My dad has End-stage Liver disease/ liver failure (Cirrhosis) How long does he have?
    My family seems to be keeping a lot of information from me about his illness. I went to the hospital a few days ago and I really didn’t find out much. We are working really hard to get him a transplant and I just moved out of state to be with him during this ordeal.

    I may not want to know..but, how long do people normally live when they have Cirrhosis/Liver failure?

    • ANSWER:
      The timing can be tricky. It depends on how bad he is or how bad he is treated in the hospital. I would fight and fight for the transplant before he is no longer allowed one. When they get too sick they normally think the patient can’t survive and they don’t want to waste a liver on them. Sucks, that happen to my dad after his newer liver started failing. To learn more, I would search it online on Wikipedia.com. When everything was happening to my dad no one would tell us details about his illness and that totally sucked. I only learned once I was in Sonography College in great detail. Good luck it can be a long bumpy ride.

  2. QUESTION:
    What could elevated liver enzymes mean in a newborn besides liver disease?
    My 2 1/2 month old son has had elevated liver enzymes since birth. We saw a liver specialist today and he said he doesn’t think it’s any kind of liver disease, but could be other things. Only he didn’t explain what the other things are.

    • ANSWER:
      A liver specialist would be a hepatologist. (A gastroenterologist deals with the entire digestive system) It may not be a liver problem but could be a biliary problem. The liver makes bile that flows through tube like structures, known as ducts, under the liver to the gallbladder and then to the intestines. The bile helps emulsify the fats we eat so they can be digested.

      These problems comes to mind:
      Biliary atresia where bile ducts are absent or injured, causing bile to back up into the liver. Congenital Biliary cysts, or cystic fibrosis.

      However, in some cases, some patients have elevation of these enzyme levels and it is normal for them.

      There are different hereditary liver diseases, but you said it wasn’t the liver…however, here is a listing of some of them:
      ***Hemochromatosis (abnormal iron accumulation )
      ***Wilson’s disease (abnormal copper accumulation in the liver).
      *** Alpha1-antitrypsin deficiency which is the absence of this specific enzyme in the liver
      ***Galctosemia is a rare genetic disorder that hampers the body’s ability to process the sugar galactose. Fructuse intolerance
      ***Polyphyria
      ***Urea cycle defects (ornithine carbomoyltransferase deficiency)
      ***Glycogen storage disease where there is an inability to properly utilize sugar.
      ….Amino acid disorders[tyrosinemia),
      —Bile acid disorders
      ….Carbohydrate disorders (eg fructose intolerance, galactosemia,)
      ….Lipid disorders (abetalipoproteinemia)
      Inherited diseases interfere with the way the liver produces, processes and stores enzymes, proteins, metals, and other substances.
      ….Phenylketonuria is a rare condition in which a baby is born without the ability to properly break down an amino acid called phenylalanine. It is inherited…both parents have to pass on the gene.

      The liver enzymes are made by the liver cells. The one liver enzyme would naturally be elevated and that is the Alkaline phosphatase…since the child is growing and this is elevated because of the growth of the bones. The doctor is probably also looking at the liver functions tests ( Bilirubin, Albumin, INR, Pt, Ptt) and also the viral tests for hepatitis A,B,C,etc. To look up these tests and the liver enzymes (ALT, AST, GGT, and Alkaline Phosphatase), here is a link to click on:

      http://www.labtestsonline.org

      Don’t be afraid to ask questions to your son’s doctor…you are paying him for his advice, diagnosis, and time. He may not know, without testing being done, exactly what the problem is off hand. When he gets the results of all testing back…he will then be able to give you more information and a possible diagnosis. I will tell you that he is probably having more blood testing done and will compare it to the first set…as blood testing is not always 100% accurate and many things can affect these tests.

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

  3. QUESTION:
    What does “fatal liver disease” mean on a TV commercial on a certain medication?
    What does “fatal liver disease” mean on a TV commercial on a certain medication?
    On a TV Commercial, when they advertise about a certain drug and its side effect being one of them as “fatal liver disease”, does it mean, you’ll die from liver cancer or scirrosis?
    Then, why take the drug? Then, why did my doctor prescribe it?

    • ANSWER:
      Most all medications, after they enter the body,
      go to the liver first to be broken down before
      going to the rest of the body. The liver
      is a wonderful organ that can take toxins and
      change them into non toxic forms, also.

      All medications have side effects and warning
      on them. The patient doesn’t always see
      these warnings, that the druggist is given, as
      an insert on these medications…if they did,
      they would never take any of them. The
      doctor has to decide if the benefits of
      taking the medication outweighs the risk.
      The doctor also knows the patients medical
      background and if their body chemistry is
      okay to handle the drugs. It is best that
      any medications a patient takes is cleared
      through the doctor first; this includes over
      the counter, herbs, herbal teas, vitamins,
      and minerals, etc. Many drugs can interact
      with other drugs including prescription drugs.

      Some drugs are harder on the liver than other
      ones are (therefore they contain these warnings).
      If a drug is taken in excess of the prescribed
      amount or taken with something like
      alcohol or grapefruit juice…it can cause the
      drug to go toxic in the body and then cause
      damage to the liver cells. Once the liver
      cells become damaged, then the patients
      immune system responds to the damage in
      the body and causes inflammation to develop
      in the liver. Normally, this inflammation is
      to help the body stop any bacteria, virus,
      or other foreign things that enter the body from
      reaching other areas of the body. However,
      now the inflammation is inside the capsule of
      the liver and causes the liver to enlarge in
      size. Once this happens the cells of the liver
      can become so stressed that they start to
      die off. When they do this, the dead cells
      cause scar tissue to develop in the liver and
      then it turns into a progressive disease known
      as Cirrhosis of the liver. This is what they
      mean by fatal liver disease. The public
      is becoming more aware of the dangers that
      are involved in taking these medications,
      but also it is scaring them.
      The drugs companies do extensive research
      and testing on all drugs on the market. That
      is what puts the costs of the drug up so high.
      It may take years to develop the drug and
      then do all of this before it is even approved
      for public use. They have to list all their findings, even if it is just one patients reaction
      out of thousands that has taken the drug.

      As long as your doctor is prescribing the
      medication or recommending this medication,
      it should be okay for you to take. You can
      even ask him about side effects or even
      talk to the druggist about the medication you
      are on. The pharmacies have on their
      computers a system that show if one drug
      interacts with another…they even give patients
      printouts to read about each drug they take.
      So many people don’t read these print outs
      but they should. It is almost impossible to
      cover every side effect a patient may have in
      the doctors office.

      Fatal does mean that it could lead to death,
      since the liver isn’t an organ, like the spleen
      or gallbladder is…where you can remove it
      and still live.

      I hope this information is of some help to you.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  5. QUESTION:
    How much drinking does it take to get fatty liver disease?
    I just finished my first semester of college but Ive been drinking for about two years. Before college, I drank heavily (8-9 drinks) very rarely (once every four or five months). Now that im in college, I’ve been drinking heavily(8-9 drinks) almost every weekend for about three months. I’ve been recently feeling a weird “full” feeling in my right rib cage and I am concerned it is some problem with my liver. Could it be fatty liver disease, given the amount of alcohol I consume?

    • ANSWER:
      You could be having problems for sure. My God daughter has fatty liver disease and is only 21. It is probably getting to be an epidemic due to corn syrups in the sodas and ketchup. Also, the alcohol young people are consuming.

      Herbs to consider are Milk Thistle, but see a dr for this. Good Luck

  6. QUESTION:
    What are the worst signs of liver disease?
    My dad is 64 years old and sick with his liver (he was a heavy drinker). He’s on 4 different types of MDS. But just recently we notice yellow in his skin and eyes. And just this week his left eye is getting swollen. Are these just some of the worst signs of his liver disease? We also token him to the dr. and they give him an EKG because he has an irregular heart beat. Is that even worst? He’s supposed to be on a low-salt diet but he’s been eating whatever he wanted.How long does someone with liver disease live?

    • ANSWER:
      The swollen left eye is not a symptom of liver disease…this should be
      checked out as it may be an infection.
      The yellowing of the skin and eyes is known as Jaundice. This occurs
      because the liver isn’t able to convert a greenish/yellowish substance,
      known as bilirubin into a soluble form to become part of the bile.
      Bilirubin is a pigment, it tends to color other things…when it reaches
      a certain level in the blood, then you notice the Jaundice. You may
      even notice the urine starting to become darker in color.

      I’m going to tell you some of the real signs that occur in liver Cirrhosis and
      what can be done about them…this may be of help to your family and
      your Dad:
      1) Ascites is the build up of fluid in the abdominal area. (this can be
      mistaken for a beer belly). This fluids is caused because the liver
      can no longer produce a protein…known as albumin, that is made
      to hold fluids inside our vessels. It now leaks out and will collect there.
      If the patient becomes extremely uncomfortable and has difficulty
      breathing…the doctor can remove this fluid with a procedure known
      as paracentesis.

      2) Encecphalopathy is when toxins go pass the blood brain barrier
      and into the brain. This is especially true of ammonia, which the
      liver cannot convert to urea, now, that the kidneys could dispose of.
      This causes confusion, disorientration, sleep pattern changes,
      and hand tremors. (this can appear to be similar to being drunk).
      The doctor will start the patient on Lactulose or Xafaxan. The patient
      must take this medications or they could go into a coma from the
      build up of this ammonia.

      3) Portal hypertensions with varies. The blood doesn’t flow through
      the liver well and backs up into the portal veins and vessels that
      are small and not used to handling this pressure or blood. They
      can have weak spots and balloon outward and break open.
      Any blood coming in the sputum, vomit, or rectal area is an
      emergency. The doctor can band these vessels to stop the bleeding.

      4) Bruising and bleeding very easily. The liver can no longer make
      clotting factors efficiently. The doctors will keep an eye on the
      Platelets, white blood cells, and differentials. If he needs a liver
      biopsy and does bleed easily, they may do one going through
      the vein in his neck area.

      5) Swelling of the legs, feet, etc. Liver Cirrhosis patients tend
      to hold onto sodium in the body. This, in turn, holds onto fluids
      also. The doctor will place the patient on a lower sodium diet
      and maybe diuretics. The doctor should tell the patient how
      much sodium they are allowed per day and how much fluids
      they can take in. Sodium has to be watched closely on
      blood testing now…because both sodium and potassium
      work together to help the heart beat in rhythm.

      No one here is able to tell you how long any liver patient may have to live.
      The doctors can only give you an estimate based on his tests results and
      the liver biopsy.

      I’m providing you links so you can learn more about Cirrhosis. The more
      you come to understand this disease, the better able you will be able
      to take care of your Dad. Best wishes to you and your family.

      http://www.hcvets.com/data/hcv_liver/cirrhosis.htm

      http://www.medicinenet.com/cirrhosis/article.htm

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cirrhosis/DS00373

      http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/cirrhosis.html

      http://www.uihealthcare.com/topics/medicaldepartments/internalmedicine/liverdisease/index.html

      http://www.texasliver.com/en/cms/139/

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CirrhosisAvd

      Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver. If the cause
      can be found and stopped, the liver cells may heal.
      However, once the liver cell die off and form
      scar tissue inside the liver (liver Cirrhosis), then
      it is an irreversible, progressive disease.

  7. QUESTION:
    WHAT ARE ALL THE SYMPTOMS OF LIVER DISEASE ?
    Hi, I am curious to know every and all symptoms of liver disease? I know that there are a few types of liver diseases and illnesses that also occur when it comes to your liver. I also would like to know are there different stages liver disease, if so what are they?

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

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

  8. QUESTION:
    What can be done to help a patient with liver disease?
    My step-dad is in Stage 4 liver disease.

    I am wondering what we can do to improve his quality of life to keep him strong enough and healthy enough to be put on the transplant list.

    Whats foods are good?? Not good???

    What can help with the swelling in his legs and stomach????

    ANY help is GREATLY appreciated!!!

    Thanks!!!
    Thumbs down not from me!

    • ANSWER:
      Taking the herb Milk Thistle is good for a diseased liver.

  9. QUESTION:
    What types of liver disease can you get when your under the age of 14?
    Can you die from liver disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Mononucleosis or the kissing disease. Hepatitis from sexual contact . You won’t die from these. End-stage liver disease and fatty liver. or non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. and Liver cancer which is at any age. has more detrimental mortality rates. . Chronic Cirrhosis or alcohol liver disease (from drinking) among teens is also high in mortality rates.

  10. QUESTION:
    What are the chances of liver failure or liver disease?
    Ive had 2000 mg of tylenol today starting at 5am and every 4 hours till my last dose at 5pm. What are the chances of me developing liver failure or liver disease if I were to drink a 12 pack now? (9pm) Dont try and scare me, just be honest.

    • ANSWER:
      Minimal to absent chance for failure. You may already have steato hepatitis (fatty liver) if you drink 12 every day.

  11. QUESTION:
    If you take hydroxycut do you have a chance of catching liver disease?
    I recently started taking Hydroxycut about a week and a half ago and I started noticing pain in my upper back near my neck so I looked up some information on hydroxycut and it says some possible things to catch are liver disease. I look up liver disease and it says a side effect is Myopathy could that be the weakness in my upper back? May I possibly have liver disease?

    • ANSWER:
      The only one who can best diagnose your symptoms is your doctor; however, I would recommend discontinuing use of the product to see if your symptoms go away. Unless you already had an issue with your liver, I highly doubt that you have an acute onset of liver disease. As I said before though, only your doctor can give you an accurate diagnosis. He or she may even do a blood test to check your liver function. Here are some symptoms of myopathy: General symptoms of chronic inflammatory myopathy include slow but progressive muscle weakness that starts in the proximal muscles—those muscles closest to the trunk of the body. Inflammation damages the muscle fibers, causing weakness, and may affect the arteries and blood vessels that run through the muscle. Other symptoms include fatigue after walking or standing, tripping or falling, and difficulty swallowing or breathing. Some individuals may have slight muscle pain or muscles that are tender to touch.
      Also try checking out this website as well. http://www.nutritional-supplement-bible.com/side-effects-of-hydroxycut.html

      Just to give you an idea of other things to look for. Hope this helps

  12. QUESTION:
    Is there a difference between Cirrhosis of the liver and Liver disease?
    I was just 12 when my dad died from cirrhosis, and I’m now 18. I want to get a tatoo in his memory, and I found the “ribbon” for Liver disease, but none for cirrhosis. Are they the same? If not what is the difference.

    • ANSWER:
      Cirrhosis is a type of liver disease; there are other causes of liver diseases too.

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

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

      In response to you: Oh, OK.

  14. QUESTION:
    What should I feed my dog if he has liver disease?
    my dog wasn’t eating for 2 weeks and I took him to the vet. They had several diagnoses but couldn’t find the cause. They were sure that it’s not heart disease or cancer. But they thought it’s kind of liver disease. The medication given wasn’t effective. Two days ago I started feeding him milk thistle and he began to eat again. He seems happy and energetic now.
    But I would like to know what food should I feed him if he has liver disease? I was told that I should not feed commercial dog food. Also, should I give him some SAM-E?

    • ANSWER:

  15. QUESTION:
    What type of liver disease or kidney disease makes people smell from sweat?
    Just asking, cuz I know a person whos has liver illness, and smell from the liver damage.

    and how can you make the liver better, do u have to change your diet?
    she only 16, she had it since she was a lil kid, i dont think she was drinking.

    • ANSWER:
      stop boozing…

      .

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

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

  17. QUESTION:
    Does elevated liver enzymes mean liver disease or cirrhosis?
    A while back my mom said the doctor’s told her I had elevated liver enzymes. Does this mean I have cirrhosis of the liver or liver disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Maybe not, but it means you have to watch your diet, and you shouldn’t drink or take any drugs that are not prescribed

  18. QUESTION:
    What is the CAUSE of canine liver disease?
    My beloved labrador, Roscoe passed on suddenly because of this horrible disease. I took him to the vet and he had to be put down. This was 3 years ago, but it still hurts me to think about it. I have now moved on though and bought a wonderful AmBull puppy. But what is the cause of this disease and how can it be prevented? I have done research but not been able to find the cause. Thank you and God bless you!

    • ANSWER:
      Sometimes it is congenital due to a shunt. Sometimes it is a met from another cancerous organ. Cirrhosis is more common in older dogs. Poisoning is another issue too.

      At such a young age, I would assume it was a birth defect called a liver shunt, but you may never know why for sure.

  19. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of liver disease?
    I have slight pains when I drink right under the right side of my rib cage, but when I’m alcohol free I’m perfectly fine… Could I have liver problems?
    And the pain isn’t really that bad, probably a 2 out of 10 to rate it, like it doesn’t hurt to the point I can’t stand it, it is just annoying. But like I said I haven’t drank in weeks and I’ve been fine since. I was just wondering if there might be something wrong.

    • ANSWER:
      You & alcohol may not mix well together then again it may just be indigestion. I doubt it’s liver disease, it would hurt a heck of lot worse. I do know someone who died of liver disease & I do know that alcoholics die of it & that jaundice (yellowing of the eyes & skin) is a sign you have it. Hope you don’t. Check out this site: www.ask.com/Signs+Of+Liver+Problems. Good Luck to You!

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

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

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

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

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

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

      http://www.medicinenet.com/cirrhosis/article.htm

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cirrhosis/DS00373

      http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/cirrhosis.html

      http://www.uihealthcare.com/topics/medicaldepartments/internalmedicine/liverdisease/index.html

      http://www.texasliver.com/en/cms/139/

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

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

  21. QUESTION:
    How much alcohol does it take to cause fatty liver disease?
    I’m wondering how long you have to use/abuse alcohol before putting yourself at risk for fatty liver. Would college binge drinking be enough to cause it?

    By college binge drinking, i mean 5-7 drinks each night, 2-3 nights per week, totaling around 15-20 drinks per week during the last 2 years and around half that amount during the first 2.

    I have been out of college for about 6 months now, and cut down my drinking to what it was during my first 2 years of college.

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver from alcohol consumption is called steatohepatitis, and involves an inflammatory process along with fat infiltration of the cells. It is not common to see it in one with your limited history of consumption, but can happen. It typically occurs after years of malnourishment and excessive alcohol consumption. It also occurs in some metabolic syndromes. Simple steatosis just involves fat accumulation in cells without inflammatory changes and can be present in anyone who is obese, and in most who drink heavily. It is completely reversible. It is not the same condition, but may preceed steatohepatitis. Fatty liver hepatitis (steatohepatitis) is considered serious and preceeds cirrhosis, which involves irreversible fibrosis of liver tissue.
      You would still be considered a moderate to heavy drinker at your current rate of consumption.

  22. QUESTION:
    Death by alcohol induced liver disease – what happens in the final moments?
    A 38 year old woman I know has just died of alcoholism, after various stays in hospital. Her last stay of 10 weeks ended with the disease getting the better of her. According to mutual friends, she spent her last moments convulsing – and now I am completely haunted by these images. What happens to the body in these final stages of liver and kidney failure?

    • ANSWER:
      actually, in most cases end stage liver disease causes the person to enter into a coma like stage. they usually are not aware of what is happening after this stage is present.

      as for convulsing….sometimes this happens as the body has already died. it is simply the nerves reacting.

      as far as the disease progression -with liver disease is that the toxins the liver is unable to filter will cause kidney failure and in turn the chemical buildup in the blood will cause severe bloating-so much that the skin seeps fluid. this is when the body enters the coma stage. during the release of fluids, the person is alternating between the coma like state and awareness stages.

      your friend did not feel a thing.

      i hope this puts your mind at ease.

  23. QUESTION:
    Can Acute Hepititis be a sign of liver disease even if liver enzyme levels go back to ‘almost’ normal?
    Acute Hepitits, unknown cause. Almost resolved. Liver ‘condition’ is a possibility. But if there was a liver condition, would the enzyme levels go back to normal (and possibly rise again at a later date) or would they stay elevated?

    • ANSWER:
      Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver.

      [Hepatitis with a letter after it, is a virus
      (like hepatitis A,B,C,etc) that has entered
      the body and is using the liver cells to replicate itself.
      It is only one of the many causes of Hepatitis or
      inflammation of the liver]

      If the cause of the Hepatitis is found and stopped…
      then the liver cells can heal and the inflammation may
      start to go down…then the levels of these enzymes in
      the blood would start to return to normal.

      Explanation:
      The liver cells make these enzymes. When they become
      damaged, these enzymes can leak out and go higher in
      the blood. If the cells are not damaged anymore…the
      enzymes won’t be released from them. The damaged cells
      would be replaced with new regenerated cells and the
      inflammation would disappear slowly.
      However, if that cause returns or if something else
      occurs to cause liver damage, then they will rise again
      and the immune system will respond again to it.

      Blood testing is not 100% accurate. The only liver enzyme
      that is most specific to the liver is the ALT, because it is
      made mostly by the liver cells…the others are found in other
      places in the body. Blood tests only give the doctor an
      “idea” that something is wrong…it takes other testing to
      confirm this. Many things, done before having the blood
      drawn, can also affect the results of these tests…as
      well as the procedure followed when taking the blood.

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

  24. QUESTION:
    False positive cocaine kidney disease liver infection?
    In a UA, I tested false positive for cocaine. I do not use street drugs, so i am not worried that this will test differently when the lab results come in. However, upon doing some research, i read that kidney disease, liver infection, and diabetes can all cause you to urinate positive. This concerns me, because i have had tests run on me for 2 years to to a strange case of edema that will not clear up. My last blood test said that I had next to no protein in my blood, but my magnesium and potassium levels were good…and the doctor had no clue to why. I am really scared now for my health, and do not know which route to take.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to get medical help.

  25. QUESTION:
    can you have cirrhosis of the liver and fatty liver disease at the same time?
    my father in law just got a “partial” result back on his liver count. they have said for right now all they know is he has fatty deposits in his liver. he has drank for over 45 years and i was wondering if you can have fatty deposits and cirrhosis at the same time?

    • ANSWER:
      Cirrhosis and a fatty liver can go hand in hand. A fatty liver is very common in drinkers and can lead to cirrhosis. This is very typical for alcoholics. That’s a long time to be a drinker so there very well could be significant damage already done to his liver from scarring which is cirrhosis.

      Everything is going to depend on how much damage has already been done. The liver has the ability to regenerate, but it cannot do that once cirrhosis has occurred. Cirrhosis is permanent damage that does not go away. If the damage is severe, only a transplant will save their life. If caught in the early stages where the damage is not so bad, then if they quit drinking and take care of themselves, they can get well again.

      I don’t know how much damage has been done to your father’s liver, but one thing is for certain. If he does not stop drinking forever, it will lead to total liver failure and death. Getting a transplant will be very difficult for him since they don’t give transplants to anyone that is an active drinker. He would have to quit and wait at least 6 months before they will even consider him for a transplant. Liver failure is not an easy way to die. I hope someone in your family can talk some sense into him before it kills him. Good luck.

  26. QUESTION:
    I want to drink beer everyday – how soon will i get liver disease?
    My moms dad died of liver disease when he was 50 however my father drinks 3x as much and is 62 but looks 40, I am 29 but look 19 and i wanna drink my butt off to make up for the 10 years I did not drink. If I drink 2 beers a day – HOW LONG WILL CIRRHOSIS GET TO ME? Currently my liver test (ALT AND AST) are in normal ranges.

    • ANSWER:
      You are probably already on the road to Alcoholism(if You need and want beer every day),and as for Cirrhosis,it may not be imminent,but it is inevitable. Quit!

  27. QUESTION:
    Is it common to measure C-reactive protein in diagnosing liver disease?
    albumin and other stuffs are really common tests for liver disease or problem. But is it common to measure the amount of CRP in order to diagnose or evaluating liver function?

    • ANSWER:
      CRP is a non-specific test used to determine whether there is any inflammatory condition in the body. In many inflammatory conditions, CRP goes high as a reaction in the body. So it is not specific for liver disease. But if your doctor is suspecting an inflammatory condition involving the liver such as hepatitis, he may do CRP to get an idea.

  28. QUESTION:
    How do I handle my husband dying of liver disease at age 48?
    My husband will die if he doesn’t receive a new liver by October. He is only 48 and we have children from other marriages. His friends don’t come to visit him because of the way he looks. All my friends have given up on him and have nt called or come by either. I am worried about his daughter. Has anyone had to deal with anything similar?

    • ANSWER:
      My dear, I have nothing similar in my life, but I want you to know that I care about you and your husband, and I am very sorry. I would suggest that you call his so-called friends and let them know that he needs them now if he ever needed them. You are both in my thoughts. Love each other.

  29. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to have a diseased liver but not be a alcohol drinker?
    Doctor has told me I have a diseased liver which is usually found in alcoholics. The thing is, I DO NOT drink more than a half pint of lager when ever I go out which is not very often. I do not drink alcohol at home at all nor do I go elsewhere to drink alcohol.
    Could the doctors diagnosis be wrong?
    Please advise if you can, but please only sensible answers. Try not to use too much medical jargon
    Thanks for any help you can give in this matter.

    • ANSWER:
      yes, the liver doesn’t just deal with alcohol but everything else u put in your body whether that is ketamine. carrot juice or whatever. Everything u put into ur body is a potential toxin and your liver will help purify it, u may also have a weak liver anyway

  30. QUESTION:
    if someone is in stage 4 of liver disease, would it be good for them to have those liver treatments?
    what are the side effects of liver treatments? my son has cirrhosis and is considering liver treatments. also has hepatitis c? will this prolong his life? i think he is in stage 4.

    • ANSWER:
      Stage 4 means that he already has cirrhosis. People with cirrhosis CAN take treatment for Hepatitis C as long as they are not decompensated (when the liver stops working).

      Treatment success is lower for people with cirrhosis compared to people who have less liver damage and they have to be watched closely…. but for some people it does work and they are able to clear the Hepatitis C virus.

  31. QUESTION:
    What are ways to treat alcoholic hepatitis of liver disease?
    If you say medicine…could you please explain the name and how it works specifically towards the liver

    Thank you so much…

    • ANSWER:
      I know one thing we give alcoholics in the hospital is vitamins. Especially Niacin. The body of an alcoholic starts to lack the ability to digest vitamins, and alcoholics also don;t get adequate nutrition. So one important vitamin is Niacin that is important for brain and tissue health and is given as a supplement to suspected alcoholics.

  32. QUESTION:
    Anyone had an animal with a type of liver disease?
    I just got into vet school and I am so excited to learn I can’t wait!!!!!!

    Anyone know anything on liver disease in association with animals? Dogs, cats, horses, cows?

    The liver intrigues me a lot!!

    • ANSWER:
      Congratulations on your acceptance to vet school. There’s not a lot I can tell you about liver disease in animals, but in direct answer to your first question, we lost a Black Lab mix to a tumor in the liver. We never realized there was any problem until one day he became very listless, wouldn’t eat, and showed a great deal of discomfort. He had always had a very good appetite and his not eating was a big red flag to us.

      We took him to the emergency vet clinic. Apparently the tumor had progressed to the point that a artery in the liver had been invaded and he was bleeding out into his abdomen. They discovered the tumor during exploratory surgery and saw it was inoperable. We let him go without his ever coming out of the anesthesia.

      14 years old and we’d had him since he was weaned. Very difficult for us to lose him. No obvious symptoms up until the very last day even though he had regular visits to the vet for vaccinations, annual health checkups, etc.

  33. QUESTION:
    Please recommend a hospital for liver disease?
    I am sincerely writing to seek help for my 9-year-old girl.

    At 5 years old, she was diagnosed a serious disease of liver. Then successively she received treatments in several leading hospitals of China, yet in vain. The basic cause of her disease has not been found out. Now my daughter is getting worse and even on the verge of death for two times. Our family are in bitter agony. So I am hoping you can offer some practical medical advice or recommend a hospitial for my little girl.

    Thank you very much.
    A mother in urgent need of help

    • ANSWER:
      Are you looking for a hospital in China or the U.S.? The Thomas Starzl Institute at UPMC in Pittsburgh PA is one of the best hospitals in the world. A lot of children have gone there. They are the pioneers of liver transplants. Thomas Starzl was the first doctor to ever perform a successful liver transplant. The research they do is incredible and he also did a lot in developing the anti rejection drugs that are used throughout the world today which are responsible for the success of transplantation today. He continues to play a big part in research there.

      I had my transplant done there and would recommend it for anyone needing one.

  34. QUESTION:
    How serious is canine liver disease?
    I am a 23 year old struggling student and I have a 4 year old Shih Tzu. I took him to the vet yesterday because he was very sick. The vet told me he needed to keep my dog over night to preform tests on him. I called the vet this morning and found out my dog has liver disease and mentioned something about hepatitis (obviously a canine form of it). My vet was not very imformative and just told me I had to start my dog on medication and take him in for a biopsy. He told me that it could be terminal. I have been trying to search Google on this subject, but all I get are symptoms and how to diagnos it. I just want to know how serious this is. Have you had a pet with the same problem? What was the out come. Was it costly to treat?

    • ANSWER:
      Treatment of Liver Disease

      In many cases of liver disease, specific treatment is unavailable. Treatment is mainly supportive and symptomatic, such as administering subcutaneous (SQ) or intravenous (IV) fluids to prevent dehydration, providing adequate nutrition, and giving medications to control vomiting.

      Medications

      The type of medications given depend on the cause and extent of the liver damage. The liver is one of the main organs that breaks down medications. If the liver is not functioning correctly, medications often need to be given at lower doses since they remain in the body for a longer period of time. This includes those medications the pet may have been taking prior to the liver disease.

      Corticosteroids are used in certain cases of liver disease, such as chronic hepatitis, to decrease inflammation and scarring. They also stimulate the appetite and promote an overall feeling of well-being. High doses of corticosteroids can actually cause liver disease; do not give corticosteroids to a pet with liver disease except under the direct supervision of your veterinarian.

      Antibiotics are used in cases of infection or if the patient is at risk of a secondary infection.

      Penicillamine and zinc acetate are used in the treatment of copper storage disease to reduce the amount of copper in the liver.

      Medications may be indicated to help decrease nausea or vomiting caused by the liver disease, or to prevent ulcers in the stomach or small intestine. Examples of these medications include sucralfate and cimetidine.

      Ascites is treated with a diuretic such as furosemide (Lasix). Left untreated, ascites will cause difficulty breathing as it puts pressure on the diaphragm.

      Dehydration and changes in electrolytes need to be prevented with the use of IV or SQ fluids and electrolyte supplements such as potassium.

      Diet and supplements

      For many liver diseases, diets may need to be altered to maintain proper nutrition and caloric intake. Specific diets may be recommended depending on the diagnosis. Some animals may have reduced appetites or refuse to eat. In these cases, the pet may need to be force-fed with a syringe or a feeding tube will need to be placed.

      Dogs with copper storage disease need to be placed on a special diet low in copper.

      A daily vitamin and mineral supplement is often advised for pets with liver disease to help prevent deficiencies. If copper storage disease is diagnosed, this supplement should not contain any copper.

      Supplemental vitamin K may be necessary to help control bleeding disorders, since a diseased liver produces and stores less of this vitamin which is necessary for the liver to produce clotting factors.

      Vitamin E is given as an anti-oxidant to remove free radicals and prevent further oxidative injury to the liver. A water-soluble form of vitamin E is preferable, since the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins may be decreased in some forms of liver disease.

      A newer therapy for the treatment of liver disease is S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe). Normally produced by the liver, SAMe is necessary for many functions of liver cells. It is available as a dietary supplement.

      Summary

      Some types of liver disease are not curable, but with supportive care, the patient may still be able to live a comfortable, though shortened, life.

      Hope i could help!!!

  35. QUESTION:
    Question about cat greens and liver disease?
    Our cat has liver disease.We grow the cat greens that you get from pet stores etc. for our other cats seeing they are indoor cats and use the greens to aid digestion etc. Is it OK to let the sick one eat those greens? Before she was diagnosed with liver disease she ate them but would throw them up most of the time. Our other cats throw them up but rarely.
    We dont want to aggravate her liver problems with the greens.

    • ANSWER:
      It’s fine.

      Cats don’t digest “greens”. If you’ll notice, it comes out of the cat (either vomited or pooped) looking just like it went in. (Gross, I know, but interesting)

      It doesn’t damage the liver, because no part of it gets to the liver. It passes right out of the cat. Sort of like if they’d eaten a rock.

  36. QUESTION:
    What can I do to prevent developing liver disease?
    I rarely take I.B. Profin, or naproxin, but when I do my aunt makes a big deal over it as though taking it 2 to 3 times a month is so horrible. Whose right in this case?
    I do take Excedrin everyday containing caffine, asprin and acetaminophen every day. I know this is bad but I have been told taking it with yogurt helps. Is this true?
    At night I typically take Tylonal PM containing Diphenhydramine and Acetaminophen.

    I also take herbal supplements including a multi-vitamin, valerian root, vitamin E, melatonin, calcium (in the Citrate form with Vitamin D and magnesium)

    Please tell me what I can change and if there are any other foods or suppliments that I should add more of or less of in my diet.
    I have had sleeping troubles since I was about 8 years old. If I take no caffine for a week I still don’t fall asleep until about 4 a.m.

    During the day I take Excedrin instead of drinking coffee to give me a “kick” in the day.

    I do not get headaches typically.

    • ANSWER:
      acetaminophen caused liver disease, so that should be the first thing to go, as long as you take the rest in moderation you should be fine, that and if you drink alcohol don’t drink so much either, drink that in moderation as well. look up all the side effects to the rest of the meds and supplements to see what they cause. be careful, most prescription of over the counter drugs cause more harm than good to your body.

  37. QUESTION:
    is it safe to take injectable steroids for people with liver disease?
    I know its bad , but its part of the bodybuilding lifestyle . Now, theories say that oral is badder than injectable steroid. For instance, if a person has a liver disease like hepatitis B, is it still safe to take injectable steroid even with a good liver support supplement ? real answers please . (appreciated).

    • ANSWER:
      I’m afraid that the injectable form is not “safe enough.” It’ll still rip your liver pretty badly even with the supplement.

  38. QUESTION:
    Temporary Home Remedy for Toothache – But I have Liver Disease?
    Is there any temporary home remedy for toothache that I can try to numb the pain (aside from using alot of Orajel)? The problem is that I have liver disease and taking any prescription painkillers (like Tylonel or Ibuprofen, etc) hurt my liver further. So I can’t take them. I would be grateful to any helpful suggestions.

    • ANSWER:
      Try using some hydrogen peroxide on a cue tip. Hold the cue tip on the cavity. This should work with most minor tooth aches.

  39. QUESTION:
    My dog has Liver Disease, what can I do to make her more comfortable?
    I don’t know much about it, but my 9 year old lab has a Liver count (something like that) of 695. What can I do for her. She’s on special food, and she goes to the vet regularly (they cant find out whats wrong). Her count (???) has been at a constant 200 her whole life.

    • ANSWER:
      Give her some milk thistle. You can buy a bottle of it online here:

      http://www.petwellbeing.com/dog-liver-disease-p10.cfm

      Liver disease (including cirrhosis) is one of the most common health problems in older dogs. It can damage all functions of the dog’s liver, with very harmful effects on his health.

      Canine Milk Thistle is a highly effective herbal tonic, a well-known treatment for liver disease in both humans and dogs. Interestingly, Milk Thistle is one of the few herbal remedies that has no equivalent in conventional medicine. It effectively treats a wide variety of dog liver diseases, and is also helpful for digestive disorders.

      The active ingredients in Canine Milk Thistle are known collectively as silymarin. These ingredients:

      Displace toxins trying to bind to the dog’s liver
      Help the dog’s liver to regenerate more quickly
      Scavenge free radicals
      Stabilize liver membranes
      Milk thistle is excellent for use any time your dog is ill, to support his liver and help his recovery. As an anti-oxidant, silymarin is even more effective than vitamin E. It also stimulates the production of new liver cells in dogs, replacing damaged cells.

  40. QUESTION:
    How are ascites formed in the absence of liver disease?
    Does fluid intake worsen ascites?Why or why not?
    What about salt intake?
    Does it have any effect on the lymph circulation?

    • ANSWER:
      Ascites is fluid in the abdomen but outside the organs within the abdomen, fee abdominal fluit.

      Causes include:
      1) increased pressure in the veins of the abdomen: cirrhosis (of which the causes are many), blood clot in the portal vein, right heart failure,
      2) leakage of fluid from the lining of the belly and its organs: peritonitis (and other major intra-abdominal infections), any intra-abdominal cancer, low protein level (starvation, kidney disease, diabetes)

      Salt excess is the major dietary factor that will increase fluid in cases of increased pressure (see 1 above)

      The relationship to lymph flow depends on the underlying cause of the ascites.

      Water alone is not enough to maintain ascites as it flows easily between compartments (abdomen–lymph-blood vessels), it needs a molecule that doesn’t move as well to hold it there. That’s why salt will increase ascites, it less able to move between compartments and holds onto water (ionic forces).

  41. QUESTION:
    Why is it difficult to assess the nutritional status of patients with liver disease?
    I need help for my nutrition assignment and can’t really get a definite answer.

    • ANSWER:

  42. QUESTION:
    What is the life expectancy of someone with end stage liver disease?
    Jaundice present, low blood pressure, ascites present (1L removed, addtional amount to be removed), kidney function deteriorating (improves with IV medication, but cannot sustain higher function without medication), MELD scores unknown.

    • ANSWER:
      about 7-10 days after kidneys deteriorate to end stage 4. coma first, then you go

  43. QUESTION:
    a liver disease with cirrosis of liver called eropathy-brain fog what is it?
    my husband has cirrosis of liver and is very disoriented and confused and the doctor told me he may have eropathy-brain fog associated with the cirrosis. what is it and what does it do and is there treatment for it?

    • ANSWER:
      Encephalopathy….encephalo means brain and pathy means disease. Hepato means
      liver.
      The liver has many functions. One of them is to take toxic substances and change them into a soluble (dissolved in fluid) form to be disposed of. When we eat proteins, the liver will take the by product of this, which is ammonia, and break it down into urea to be disposed of in our urine. The damage liver cells can no long do this once the cells start to die off and this ammonia will instead go out into the blood. Ammonia is one of the drugs that can pass the blood brain barrier and enter into the brain. This effects the brain cells and causes a patient to become easily confused.
      The doctors may start the patient on antibiotics and may use lactolose.
      Lactolose is a drug that binds the ammonia in the intestines and disposes of it. There are other things medications the doctor can use to do this, but this one seems to work the best. However, the patient has to be watched closely when taking this drug as it may cause very loose stools. So their
      electrolyte balance has to be watched and also to be sure the patient doesn’t become dehydrated. This drug does help, though.
      The doctor may change his protein diet from a meat one to more than a vegetable one. It is important that his protein levels also be watched, by having blood work done, for the body uses protein to help heal and also to rebuild it cells.

      Cirrhosis is a disease where the cells of the liver are dying off and being replaced by scar tissue. This scar tissue can block what healthy cells that are left from receiving nourishment and oxygen and they will die also. As the cells die, the functions that these cells do deteriates and many toxins can form inside the body because of this and cause many different problems.
      Here are a couple of articles on cirrhosis:

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cirrhosis/DS00373

      http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/cirrhosis/

      Here are a few links that may be of help in
      understanding encephalopathy:
      This first link is written by a Hepatologist who specializes in the liver…her book is excellant and you could return to the beginning and read more articles free here on the web…She also states here about a new drug being used to treat this encephalopathy..:

      http://www.liverdisease.com/encephalopathy_hepatitis.html

      Here are two more articles that are more indepth.

      http://www.merck.com/mmhe/sec10/ch135/ch135f.html

      http://www.emedicine.com/med/topic3185.htm

      Here is a liver cirrhosis support group site:

      http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/livercirrhosissupport/

      This is a free group to join where you can talk to others about any questions you have and there are many links posted here.
      You just click where it says to join the group.
      This group has patients, caregivers, and those who have lost others to this disease.
      They help each other here and are a very loving group.

  44. QUESTION:
    How often and how much should i drink beer? In order to stay healthy, without some sort of liver disease?
    I’ve seen some people ask the same questions here, along with some stupid answers like ”everyday” or ”3 times a day”, i don’t want these answers. These people might be drunk while they were answering this.
    How does twice a week and maybe 5-6 cans sounds?

    • ANSWER:
      Man those neo-prohibitionists are out in full force on this one! IT’S NOT GONNA HAPPEN, YOU WEIRDOS! There is nothing wrong 5-6 cans a week. There is nothing wrong with one everyday. It’s all in how you control it.

  45. 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.

  46. QUESTION:
    I think I have liver disease could it be possible?
    I think I have liver disease because I drink 3 bottles of wine every weekend but in the past year or so it was much more. How can I possibly know whether I have liver disease are there any symptoms in the early stages or no? Or do they come when the disease is already severe?
    The doctor did not tell me I had liver disease my grandfather told me the doctor was a little concerned cause my liver enzymes were high.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like your alcoholism problem is increasing Sarah. You worry about your health being affected constantly but has no interest in even trying to quit. Makes no sense at all to me. Many alcoholics that are so interested in their health will usually at least try to quit. All you seem to do about it is to ask the same questions over and over again here on YA when you should be talking to your doctor or better yet AA or some type of rehab program. That is where you can get help, not here. By the time physical symptoms appear, the disease is usually already far advanced.

  47. QUESTION:
    Our four year old cat has some level of liver disease. Put her to sleep?
    The vet needs to perform tests, take xrays, give her IVs and injections which total 0. We could just do the injections for 0 which are vitamins and antibiotics, but he wouldn’t know how bad the liver is without doing all of it. We’ve tried milk thistle but she is resistant to taking it. Does anyone out there have a similar experience? She’s so young.

    • ANSWER:
      Oh my god. I just started Yahoo answers 5 mins ago to find an answer to your question! My cat Zoe is 4 and is dying of liver problems. They want the same amount of money for her tests and I did my own research on milk thistle to find that she hates the taste of it. I am going to ask the vet if I can pay him to force feed her the milk thistle drops for me. Perhaps you should try the same. I will put my baby girl to sleep if I have to, but I feel I have to give the milk thistle a real shot first. Good luck. DJAY

  48. QUESTION:
    my brother has polycystic liver disease and he needs a liver transplant?
    His insurance will only pay half of it, that still leaves him with a large amount to pay on his own. He is only in his 20′s and has a very young daughter and he feels that he will go into to bankruptcy paying for this. He is refusing to have the transplant becuause he feels he can’t afford it. Is there a way he can make small payments or obtain other means of government help?

    • ANSWER:
      Your brother would have to be evaluated for placement on the
      Transplant list at a Transplant Center. The Transplant Center
      should have a “Transplant Social Worker” there who can discuss
      this with him. There are different organizations that they know
      of, that will help pay for the transplant or other ways to obtain the
      necessary funds.

      Here are some links that may be of help to you:

      http://www.ntafund.org/

      http://www.transplantliving.org/beforethetransplant/finance/funding.aspx

      http://www.transplantfund.org/

      If he has been employed and can no longer work…if he paid into a
      disability plan with that company…he may be able to go on Short
      term disability, in which he would collect a portion of his wages for
      a six month time period. If he is then still unable to work, he may
      go on long term disability and then told to sign up for Social
      Security Disability. Depending on his income, if it is very low…
      he may be able to apply for Social Security Income and even
      Medicaid. It would be good to contact your local Social
      Security office and discuss this with them.

      Best wishes

  49. QUESTION:
    How can I get my sick dog to eat? She has diabetes and liver disease. ?
    She has become very picky or maybe she is loosing her appetite but I need her to eat morn and night so she can have her pills and her insulin, both of which need to be taken with a meal. I have tried putting yogurt, peanut butter, chicken and beef broth. The list goes on and on. I’m hoping someone will have some ideas to help me get her interested in eating.

    • ANSWER:
      You can try boiled chicken or ground beef and rice. If that won’t work, you could try small amounts of canned cat food. Dogs usually love cat food because it’s so high in fat. It’s not an ideal diet for a diabetic dog with liver problems, but her not eating is worse. Sometimes diabetic animals don’t eat and it almost becomes a habit. They just don’t want to eat because they feel bad, but not eating makes them feel worse. Usually if you can get them eating something, and back on their meds, their appetite will come back. You can also try vanilla soft serve ice cream, baby food, or (as a last resort) chicken nuggets.
      Hope this helps.

  50. QUESTION:
    POLL: If you have Liver Disease, and end up getting Malaria, are you pretty much screwed with a Death Sentence?
    Since all the anti-malarial drugs basically cause damage to vulnerable livers, are you out of luck?

    • ANSWER:
      DAMN! YOU BASICALLY DEAD!!


Fatty Liver Causes And Treatment

Belly Fat – What Causes Belly Fat
There are several factors to what causes belly fat, but really there are two that have the biggest effect, poor diet choices and lack of exercising. So, what is belly fat and how can we get rid of it?

Belly fat is bad for everyone but, it can have dire consequences especially for men. Now, as you are aware it is situated on top of the abdominal muscles, but the danger in it being there is because it is stored in and around the liver and other organs, which can cause serious long term health effects and is linked with type 2 diabetes.

Belly fat is also called visceral fat, and is the most difficult fat to lose, and is worse for your health than fat in your bum or legs. It was at one time a health risk associated with middle aged people, but because of the way people are now carrying a lot of weight at all ages, it is something everyone needs to be aware of. It is not the only cost of a stressful lifestyle caused by work problems, health problems, family problems, etc, and is something that nobody wants. Belly fat is completely different from the subcutaneous fat that surrounds our bodies.

Another, more correct name for belly fat is Visceral fat or omental fat — that is, fat in your omentum, a piece of webbing that hangs off your stomach just beneath your ab muscles, sort of like a mesh apron. Visceral fat has access to your portal circulation, the highway of blood vessels around your organs.

So now we know what it is and what the dangers are, what can we do about our belly fat? Well the clue is in the first paragraph of this article, and that is improved diet and exercising, as this will increase your metabolism and make you burn fat.

Increasing your metabolism to burn stomach fat may sound daunting, but do not worry to much as it is not that bad, and once you get into the swing of your new lifestyle you will come to love it, and the results you get.

Also, do not forget that exercise helps even if you don’t lose weight as you are getting all round health benefits because of it. Exercise strengthens your muscles and helps get rid of the stubborn fat. Exercises to lose belly fat can be easy and most importantly fun. As your most probably aware by now belly fat can be an extremely stubborn pest to get rid of. Exercises to lose belly fat don?t have to be high impact aerobics or cardio activities. Although many think that in order to lose belly fat you need to job 15 miles a week, and do 50 sit-ups a day it?s the not the fact, something as simple as brisk walking is a great way to start.

But of course, exercising alone will not answer the problem either. It is best to complement your exercise with proper dieting, and again it is just making some simple choices such as increasing your portions of complex carbohydrates like fruits and vegetables, and reducing simple carbohydrates like white bread and refined pasta. And in addition, to help you lose weight, you should reduce your portion sizes and daily calorie intake. Increased triglycerides can raise the risk of damage to the pancreas. And do not forget to increase your protein as this really helps to boost your metabolism and build lean muscle tissue, but be aware you do not have to be eating lots and lots of red meat for protein as there are other sources to get protein from too.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What caused Fatty Liver, I do not drink,what is metabolic syndrome? could it be my cause, have thyroid cancer?
    Doc office left message that I have a fatty liver, I do not drink nor am I fat, I have been through allot of medicines this year because of my treatment with thyroid cancer, it seems every time I turn around Im either losing body parts or Im discovering a new issue with my body, 2 years ago I ran 5 3ks and was the peak of fitness and the envy of women in my age group. What now do I do to get better?could it be my metabolic system and what is exactly that?

    • ANSWER:
      KATNHAT – There are many causes of fatty liver besides alcohol. According to The Mayo Clinic, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease can take several forms. In nonalcoholic fatty liver, it’s not normal for fat to build up in your liver, but it won’t necessarily hurt you. At its simplest form, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease can cause excess liver fat, but no complications. This condition is thought to be very common. In a small number of people with fatty liver, the fat causes inflammation in the liver. This can impair the liver’s ability to function and lead to complications. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease-may have associated cirrhosis. Liver inflammation leads to scarring of the liver tissue. With time, scarring can become so severe that the liver no longer functions adequately (liver failure).

      In your history some of the many meds you have taken may also be the cause of fatty changes in the liver.

      Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions — increased blood pressure, elevated insulin levels, excess body fat around the waist or abnormal cholesterol levels — that occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Having just one of these conditions isn’t diagnosed as metabolic syndrome, but it does contribute to your risk of serious disease. If more than one of these conditions occur in combination, your risk is even greater. If you have metabolic syndrome or any of the components of metabolic syndrome, aggressive lifestyle changes can delay or even prevent the development of serious health problems.
      Source(s):
      a medical professional

  2. QUESTION:
    Can Psittacosis in Budgies damage thier liver?
    I have a 18 month old Female budgie with the following symptoms:
    Lethargy, lime green droppings (and Urates), sleepiness, quiet, ratty wing feathers, watery eyes,

    Vet: Feacel smear + mouth swab
    mass in abdomen
    Diagnosis: Fatty Liver Disease?

    Treatment: Baytril + Duphalac – 7 days

    Return vet
    Treatment: Doxycycline injection
    Improvement within days

    Return vet
    Blood test – immunocomb-chlammydia – results pending
    Treatment – Psittavet in water daily

    Could undiagnosed psittacosis cause liver damage (mass in abdomen)?

    I also have a male budgie with no symptoms except for ratty-looking tail feathers
    Vet had quick look – no diagnosis made
    I was just wandering if he could be carrying psittacosis aswell?

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, many infections will attack the liver in parrots, but I don’t think this is the problem here. Masses in budgies are very common, and even though this a young bird, i think it’s a common tumor. Are you sure she’s only 18 months? Are you sure it’s a female? I ask that because many male budgies get testicular tumors, and as the tumor restricts the flow of testosterone, his blue cere will turn brownish; thus, he looks like a female.

      How long have you had the birds, and for how long have they been separated from other birds? If it’s been a while, then the possibility of psittacosis lessens.

      The mouth swab… was there just one, for psittacosis? Was there one taken for other bacterial infections? There’s definitely something going on, but we see many more cases of bacterial infection, like klebsiella, Pasteurella and pseudomonas than we do psittacosis.

      Is the Baytril going in the water? If so, you can almost bet on that it’s not going to work, especially for only 7 days. Same thing with Duphalac (lactulose) which is usually a long-term treatment for fatty liver disease. If it’s a tumor on the liver, that’s a different story. Personally, I prefer treating most liver ailments with milk thistle. That goes for birds, dogs, cats, and humans.

      The male could have the same thing as the female, but you’re going to have to wait for the test results. If it’s really suspected to be psittacosis, he should be treated as well. If it’s not psittacosis, you’ll need to know what it is that’s making her sick, and testing to see what antibiotics will work on whatever it is. Baytril and doxy may not work on that particular bacterium or bacteria.

      Good luck.

  3. QUESTION:
    Hepatitis C-weak positive and fatty liver – kindly nswer only doctors?
    Doctors Please answer

    My mother is suffering From Abdominal pain below the right side ribs. Many doctors diagnosed in many ways and they have given the treatment in various methods but the problem increased.

    I would like to request you for FOUR answers
    A. What could be the problem as the following are the details of recent tests?

    1. My mother age – 61 years
    2. Diabetic since 15 yrs
    3. Uncontrolled diabetes
    4. Recent Scanning reports shows
    On 22nd Oct – 15.9 cm size of liver
    On 01st Nov – 17.0 cm size of liver
    5. The liver function test shows the SGPT – 69 and SOPT – 42 levels elevated.
    6. HEPETITIS A – ANTIBODIES – 0.26 – (LESS THAN THE NORMAL OF 1.001)
    7. HEPATITIS C – ANTIBODIES – WEAK POSITIVE
    8. All other are normal

    B. What could be the cause of pain as now she is not even in a position to sit for more than 10 minutes

    C. What could be the diet for my mother

    D. could any one suggest me a doctor in and around Chennai, Bangalore

    • ANSWER:
      I had that problem before my Hep C treatment – it’s an intestinal spasm. It felt like someone was twisting my intestinal tract with a wrench. It will stop you in your tracks.

      I was able to control the spasms by going on a strict vegetarian diet. I also did a liver cleanse twice.

      Not sure what you mean by WEAK POSITIVE – you either have it or you don’t and if you have the antibodies chances are she may have it. Her next step will be to get a viral count from a doctor because her liver enzymes are slightly elevated above normal.

      Normal range for ALT (SGPT) enzymes is 7 to 56 units per liter.
      Normal range for AST (SOPT) enzymes is 5 to 40 units per liter.

  4. QUESTION:
    What is the appropriate treatment for a DVT (blood clot) in lower left leg (calf)?
    A little more history: 49 year old female, diabetic, high bp, high cholesterol, hypothyroidism, fibromyalgia, severe depression, PTSD, bipolar, major anxiety, sleep apnea, and liver disease due to extreme fatty liver. On 16 daily meds for psych and med, plus a 17th optional for nausea as needed, and 18th for stool softener. Her meds: Docqlace, Cytomel, Lexapro, Famotidine, Promethazine, Metoclopramide, Metformin, Trazodone, Hydroxyzine HCL, Cymbalta, Glimepiride, Levothyroxine Sod, Protonix, Lisinipril, Benztropine, Tricor, and Clozapine. Of those, 7 had warnings about anticoagulants, 4 of which were serious interactions, and 2 other meds have a rare side effect of causing clots (research on WebMD). This person went to ER twice in 10 hours (sent home both times, told not to worry, talke Ibuprofen)then to her personal doc not even 2 days later, he put her on home injection blood thinners. She died the next night, clot broke loose, split, and traveled to both lungs.

    • ANSWER:
      she died from pulmonary embolism
      its one of the complications of DVT … as the clots may travel through the viens of the lower extrimities and get in to the lungs either as massive emolism or showering embolies …

      well … the effect of the drug interaction in a patient with long term uncontroled Diabetis , Hypertenssio , hypothyroidism in addition to psychological stress and depreesion … and i suppose immobilisation … the risk becomes morbidly high …

      the appropriate treatment of DVT and preventing the pulmonary embolsm is by
      blod thinners pills or injections
      mobilisation is so very important
      Good Control of pre-excisting diseases
      avoiding drug interaction
      but never can obtain a 0% of risk or 100% of prevention.

      and for such cases it is done in a special care units

      my kindest regards and deepest sympathy

      Havoc

  5. QUESTION:
    what could this be? abnormal vaginal bleeding?
    im 19, not sexually active, never have been. don’t plan on until i’m in a really serious relationship.

    height 5”6
    weight: 260

    I have polycystic ovarian syndrome, fatty liver disease, and sleep apnea.

    My problem is this:

    From july 2008 – may 4th 2011 i hadn’t gotten a period, and from may 4th-july 5th i was having abnormal vaginal bleeding everyday,lots of clotting, and i would have to change my tampon AND pad every 45 minuets ( it was light at the begining, and coming into july, it got so bad)

    I went to my doctor, and she said its just because of the ovarian cysts that i’m having all of this bleeding, anyways she put me on the birth control called try-ceclyn lo?? (spelling..)
    and i was taking it for about a week, nothing had stopped, so then i went to the ER, (my doctor doesn’t really do anything..)
    they sent me to a gynocologist,he put me on these hormone pills called : PROMETRIUM 100MG
    and the bottle says ” TAKE 3 CAPSULES ONCE DAILY FOR 2 WEEKS OF EACH 4 WEEK CYCLE AS DIRECTED”

    so i took those for about 2 weeks, and had really really bad night terrors, so stopped.

    Went back to my doctor, and she put me on these birth control pills called:MARVELON

    So i started taking those 28 days ago, it stopped the bleeding for about 1 week, but then i started slowly spotting everyday again.. and ive never had it this bad before! i went to USA for the weekend, and its so embarrasing, i had to go to the bathroom to change my tampon like every 45 minuets, or else i would soak through.

    (i know im being graphic.. sorry..)

    over night is the worst, i would wear a Big Tenna pad, plus a tampon (super plus)
    and i would wake up in the hotel room, and my shorts were soaked with blood!

    i also have these unbareable pains in my lower abdominal area.
    its not a ruptured cyst..
    but i don’t think that this bleeding is normal what soever. its affecting me socially, and physcially.

    what could be a treatment,and causes of this?

    i plan on calling my gynecologist ASAP tomorrow morning, i just wanted to know if anyone else has had problems like this, or knows anything about it.

    thanks very much,

    s.

    • ANSWER:
      They definitely should be doing blood testing on you to be sure of
      your Red blood cells, iron levels, and also your hormone levels.

      People who have liver disease and those who have polycystic
      ovarian disease can develop problems with their hormones.

      I would ask to be referred to a More advanced Hospital in your
      area or outside that area, that deals more on the Specialist side
      of Gynecology. You need a second opinion with someone who
      understands more about these problems together.

      I do know that a woman who is overweight tend to produce more
      estrogen. That blood tests can show if your ovulating, and have
      a hormone imbalance. A D&C can sometimes stop someone
      from bleeding much if the lining of the uterus is thick.

      Wish I could be of more help.
      Losing alot of blood for long periods of time is not good at all and
      is causing your bone marrow to do what it can to replace the cells.
      You are a good candidate for becoming anemic.

      Write down all your questions, take any doctors records and films
      with you, and be bold about telling the doctors your symptoms, pains,
      etc. Make sure you don’t leave there with an explanation that you
      don’t understand or a reason why this is all taking place and how the
      drug, you are given to take, is suppose to work to stop this flow.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. QUESTION:
    Biochemistry Questions?
    I need help with the following questions:

    1) Which of the following statements are FALSE with respect to the prognosis and complications of familial hypercholesterolemia?
    a) The outcome is likely to be poor in people with the homozygote type of familial hypercholesterolemia because it causes early heart attacks and is resistant to treatment.
    b) Heart attacks may occur at an early age in patients
    c) The disease is associate with cholesterol-rich deposits in skin, eyelids
    d) In families with a history of familial hypercholesterolemia, genetic counseling may be of benefit, especially if both parents are affected.
    e) none of the above

    2) Which one of the following enzymes is NOT involved in the degradation of total dietary lipid during digestion?
    A. Gastric lipase
    B. Pancreatic lipase
    C. Lipoprotein lipase
    D. Phospholipase A2
    E. Cholesterol ester hydrolase

    3) One of the characteristics of each of the sphingolipidoses is the absence or deficiency of a specific catabolic enzyme activity. These enzymes are normally localized in the:
    A. Golgi complex.
    B. lysosomes.
    C. endoplasmic reticulum.
    D. mitochondria.
    E. cytosol.

    4) Which one of the following changes would you expect in a patient with decreased activity of lipoprotein lipase?
    A. Elevation of plasma chylomicrons only.
    B. Elevation of both plasma chylomicrons and very low density lipoproteins.
    C. Elevation of plasma HDL only.
    D. Elevation of plasma LDL only.
    E. Elevation of both plasma HDL and LDL.

    5) Which one of the following statements about plasma lipoproteins is correct?
    A. Chylomicrons are synthesized primarily in adipose tissue and transport triacylglycerol to the liver.
    B. HDL particles are produced from low-density lipoprotein particles (LDL) in the circulation by the action of lipoprotein lipase.
    C. Very low density lipoprotein particles (VLDL) are the precursors of LDL in the circulation.
    D. HDL competes with LDL for binding to receptors on the surface of cells in extrahepatic tissues.
    E. Cholesteryl ester transfer protein in HDL is important for the efficient uptake of cellular cholesteryl esters by HDL in extrahepatic tissues.

    6)Which of the following statements apply/applies to eicosanoids?
    a. The mechanisms by which aspirin and glucocorticosteroids inhibit prostaglandin formation in tissues are different.
    b. The endoperoxide prostaglandin H2 is the precursor of prostaglandin E2, prostaglandin F2alpha, prostaglandin I2 (prostacyclin) and thromboxane A2.
    c. Regulation of phospholipase A2-catalyzed hydrolysis of glycerophospholipids to yield free polyunsaturated fatty acids may provide a general mechanism for controlling PG synthesis.
    d. The half-lives of many PGs are very short.
    e all of the above are correct

    • ANSWER:

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

  10. QUESTION:
    health questions help?
    What is key to improve cancer’s survival rates?

    improve people’s nutrition and lifestyle choices
    more research into better chemotherapy drugs
    programs that stress early detection and intervention
    better surgical techniques to remove all cancer cells

    34. What is the disease that involves changes in the nerves and chemicals of the brain leading to memory loss, personality changes, and complete dependency?

    Parkinson’s
    Alzheimer’s
    Paget’s
    Grave’s

    35. Which of the following is not a disorder related to hypertension?

    congestive heart failure
    stroke
    diabetes mellitus
    heart attack

    36. How is hepatitis B typically transmitted?

    fecal-oral route
    bacteria and its spores
    contaminated blood or sexual contact
    breast-feeding

    37. Which STD can cause blindness in a newborn baby if it infects the baby’s eyes during the birth process while producing a greenish yellowish drainage from the reproductive organs of the infected adults?

    syphilis
    gonorrhea
    genital herpes
    chlamydia

    38. Which STD begins as chancres or open lesions on the reproductive organs and can invade the nerous system causing difficulty speaking, headaches, blurred or diminishing vision, seisures, problems with memory and thinking, and depression?

    syphilis
    gonorrhea
    genital herpes
    chlamydia

    39. Which organ is affected by hepatitis?

    brain
    stomach
    uterus
    liver

    40. Which of the following is not a form of anthrax infection?

    digestive (gastrointestinal)
    circulatory (blood)
    skin (cutaneous)
    respiratory (inhalation)

    41. The lack of which of the following hormones from the pancreas prevents the body from regulating its own blood sugar?

    insulin
    adrenaline
    testosterone
    melanin

    42. Which of the following bacterial STDs is the most common in the United States causing the formation of a painless lesion which may result in scarring of the pelvic organs and sterility?

    gonorrhea
    genital warts
    syphilis
    chlamydia

    43. What is the cause of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy?

    bacteria
    virus
    prion
    fungi

    44. Which of the following best describes symptoms of BSE (Mad Cow Disease)?

    fatty plaque in the arteries leading to chest pain
    loss of the ability to sense, move, and think
    skin rash, digestive disturbances, and difficulty breathing
    severe headache or no symptoms at all

    45. Which of the following best describes symptoms of diabetes mellitus?

    crushing chest pain, nausea, weakness, and fatigue
    excessive urination, thirst, and hunger
    flu-like symptoms, headache, and stiff neck
    loss of coordination on one side, slurred speech, and difficulty concentrating

    46. Which of the following could cause a non-communicable disease?

    viruses
    bacteria
    smoking
    fungi

    47. Which of the following is an example of a communicable disease?

    Alzheimer’s disease
    common cold
    heart disease
    diabetes mellitus

    48. Which of the following is NOT a reason it is difficult to cope with a chronic illness?

    financial obligations to cover treatment and care that health insurance may not cover
    loss of physical independence which requires more assistance with the activities of daily living
    knowledge that the person will get better with the appropriate medications
    dealing with depression and grief for the diagnosis

    49. When does the HIV positive stage move into full-blown AIDS?

    when the red blood cell count rises above 7 million cells per cubic millimeter
    when the cells have metastasized from their original location to the brain
    when the heart fails to pump blood properly causing swelling and difficulty breathing
    when the T-cell count falls below 200 cells per cubic millimeter

    50. Which of the following is NOT a leading cause of death in the United States today?

    pneumonia
    heart attack
    stroke
    diabetes mellitus

    • ANSWER:
      ask the data from the DOH

  11. QUESTION:
    health questions, not very many. I had 60 but i answered 45. Please help?
    Note: I have 45 out of 60 answered, these ones i need help with…

    Which of the following is NOT a reason it is difficult to cope with a chronic illness?

    financial obligations to cover treatment and care that health insurance may not cover
    loss of physical independence which requires more assistance with the activities of daily living
    knowledge that the person will get better with the appropriate medications
    dealing with depression and grief for the diagnosis

    When does the HIV positive stage move into full-blown AIDS?

    when the red blood cell count rises above 7 million cells per cubic millimeter
    when the cells have metastasized from their original location to the brain
    when the heart fails to pump blood properly causing swelling and difficulty breathing
    when the T-cell count falls below 200 cells per cubic millimeter

    Which of the following is NOT a leading cause of death in the United States today?

    pneumonia
    heart attack
    stroke
    diabetes mellitus

    Which of the following is not a form of anthrax infection?

    digestive
    circulatory
    skin
    respiratory

    The lack of which of the following hormones from the pancreas prevents the body from regulating its own blood sugar?

    insulin
    adrenaline
    testosterone
    melanin

    Which of the following bacterial STDs is the most common in the United States causing the formation of a painless lesion which may result in scarring of the pelvic organs and sterility?

    gonorrhea
    genital warts
    syphilis
    chlamydia

    What is the cause of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy?

    bacteria
    virus
    prion
    fungi

    Which of the following best describes symptoms of BSE (Mad Cow Disease)?

    fatty plaque in the arteries leading to chest pain
    loss of the ability to sense, move, and think
    skin rash, digestive disturbances, and difficulty breathing
    severe headache or no symptoms at all

    Which of the following best describes symptoms of diabetes mellitus?

    crushing chest pain, nausea, weakness, and fatigue
    excessive urination, thirst, and hunger
    flu-like symptoms, headache, and stiff neck
    loss of coordination on one side, slurred speech, and difficulty concentrating

    Which of the following could cause a non-communicable disease?

    viruses
    bacteria
    smoking
    fungi

    Which of the following is an example of a communicable disease?

    Alzheimer’s disease
    common cold
    heart disease
    diabetes mellitus

    Which of the following is not a disorder related to hypertension?

    congestive heart failure
    stroke
    diabetes mellitus
    heart attack

    How is hepatitis B typically transmitted?

    fecal-oral route
    bacteria and its spores
    contaminated blood or sexual contact
    breast-feeding

    Which STD can cause blindness in a newborn baby if it infects the baby’s eyes during the birth process while producing a greenish yellowish drainage from the reproductive organs of the infected adults?

    syphilis
    gonorrhea
    genital herpes
    chlamydia

    Which STD begins as chancres or open lesions on the reproductive organs and can invade the nerous system causing difficulty speaking, headaches, blurred or diminishing vision, seisures, problems with memory and thinking, and depression?

    syphilis
    gonorrhea
    genital herpes
    chlamydia

    Which organ is affected by hepatitis?

    brain
    stomach
    uterus
    liver

    • ANSWER:
      Thank-you for the brain exercise. These questions are always fun.
      1-3
      2-2
      3-1
      4-3
      5-1
      6-2
      7-2
      8-2
      9-3
      10-2
      11-1
      12-1
      13-3
      14-4

  12. QUESTION:
    Health Majors Please help! Last test on health & i am really stressed.?
    These are some of the ones i dont know. I mean there are ones out of this that i do know but yeah, I am really stressed and need help. Please Please help me.

    27. Which type of diabetes generally occurs in young adults and children and always requires insulin as part of the treatment plan?

    type 1
    type 2
    type 3
    type 4

    28. Which of the following is NOT a warning sign of skin cancer?

    crushing chest pain
    a sore that does not heal
    unusual bleeding or discharge
    thickening or lumps

    29. What is the most fatal form of skin cancer associated with moles?

    squamous cell carcinoma
    basal cell carcinoma
    malignant melanoma
    acute cell melanoma

    30. What disease is caused by a bacteria and can be sent in a powdery form for bioterrorism and leads to difficulty breathing and even death?

    West Nile virus
    anthrax
    bovine spongiform encephalopathy
    stroke

    31. What is the general name for all infections that cause diarrhea to occur?

    Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    Crohn’s Disease
    Colon Cancer
    Dysentery

    32. Which fat leads to atherosclerosis and can contribute to one’s risk of a heart attack or stroke?

    steroids
    cholesterol
    phospholipids
    olive oil

    33. What is key to improve cancer’s survival rates?

    improve people’s nutrition and lifestyle choices
    more research into better chemotherapy drugs
    programs that stress early detection and intervention
    better surgical techniques to remove all cancer cells

    34. What is the disease that involves changes in the nerves and chemicals of the brain leading to memory loss, personality changes, and complete dependency?

    Parkinson’s
    Alzheimer’s
    Paget’s
    Grave’s

    35. Which of the following is not a disorder related to hypertension?

    congestive heart failure
    stroke
    diabetes mellitus
    heart attack

    36. How is hepatitis B typically transmitted?

    fecal-oral route
    bacteria and its spores
    contaminated blood or sexual contact
    breast-feeding

    37. Which STD can cause blindness in a newborn baby if it infects the baby’s eyes during the birth process while producing a greenish yellowish drainage from the reproductive organs of the infected adults?

    syphilis
    gonorrhea
    genital herpes
    chlamydia

    38. Which STD begins as chancres or open lesions on the reproductive organs and can invade the nerous system causing difficulty speaking, headaches, blurred or diminishing vision, seisures, problems with memory and thinking, and depression?

    syphilis
    gonorrhea
    genital herpes
    chlamydia

    39. Which organ is affected by hepatitis?

    brain
    stomach
    uterus
    liver

    40. Which of the following is not a form of anthrax infection?

    digestive
    circulatory
    skin
    respiratory

    41. The lack of which of the following hormones from the pancreas prevents the body from regulating its own blood sugar?

    insulin
    adrenaline
    testosterone
    melanin

    42. Which of the following bacterial STDs is the most common in the United States causing the formation of a painless lesion which may result in scarring of the pelvic organs and sterility?

    gonorrhea
    genital warts
    syphilis
    chlamydia

    43. What is the cause of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy?

    bacteria
    virus
    prion
    fungi

    44. Which of the following best describes symptoms of BSE (Mad Cow Disease)?

    fatty plaque in the arteries leading to chest pain
    loss of the ability to sense, move, and think
    skin rash, digestive disturbances, and difficulty breathing
    severe headache or no symptoms at all

    45. Which of the following best describes symptoms of diabetes mellitus?

    crushing chest pain, nausea, weakness, and fatigue
    excessive urination, thirst, and hunger
    flu-like symptoms, headache, and stiff neck
    loss of coordination on one side, slurred speech, and difficulty concentrating

    46. Which of the following could cause a non-communicable disease?

    viruses
    bacteria
    smoking
    fungi

    47. Which of the following is an example of a communicable disease?

    Alzheimer’s disease
    common cold
    heart disease
    diabetes mellitus

    48. Which of the following is NOT a reason it is difficult to cope with a chronic illness?

    financial obligations to cover treatment and care that health insurance may not

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, who made up these questions? I’m not that impressed.
      These questions have been around for awhile – you could have just searched Y!A and found identically worded questions.
      .
      While you may be stressed, if you don’t know the answers to some of these, what are you doing in this class?
      Just entering all of the answers takes more time than you spent cutting and pasting them.

      27. Type 1 – the body does not produce insulin read this article: http://www.lifescript.com/Health/Conditions/Diabetes/The_Double_Whammy_What_is_Type_3_Diabetes.aspx

      28 Crushing chest pain

      29. Malignant melanoma

      http://www.cancercenter.com/skin-cancer-melanoma.htm

      30. Anthrax

      https://health.google.com/health/ref/Anthrax

      31. Question does not make sense because it is not accurate but the answer has to be dysentery as the other 3 options are not infection related

      http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/diarrhea/

      32. cholesterol

      http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/dci/Diseases/Atherosclerosis/Atherosclerosis_Causes.html

      33. all of the above but if you have to chose one go with programs which stress early detection and insurance plans which cover intervention

      34. Alzheimer’s followed by Parkinson’s with dementia

      35. Diabetes – but there is a relationship

      http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=2152

      36. Hep B is transmitted through blood and bodily fluids – read and figure out the answer

      http://www.hepb.org/hepb/transmission.htm

      37. Several can cause eye infection but the answer you want is gonorrhea

      http://www.wdxcyber.com/stds_pregnancy.html

      38. see: reference above for answer

      39. see: reference in question #36 or just think about it

      40. see: question #30 reference

      41. see: question #27 reference

      42. see: question #37 reference

      43. Mad Cow Disease – caused by watching too much Boston Legal in reruns – ok, it is thought to be a prion disease http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bovine_spongiform_encephalopathy

      44. see: reference in #43

      45. excessive urination, thirst and hunger

      46. this one’s on you to think about

      47. You don’t know this one? That’s nothing to sneeze at

      48. You should be aware of the fact that you can add the rest of the answer by simply returning and adding it.

  13. QUESTION:
    does this make you loss hair?
    Nizoral

    Nizoral is an anti-fungal shampoo that kills the fungi that cause seborrhea and dandruff.

    Groups of individuals have discovered that Nizoral (when used regularly) is a very useful alopecia treatment, once again it would appear that the role of a substance for the treatment of hair-loss is stumbled upon accidentally!

    Nizoral contains a chemical called ketoconazole, it is known that when ketoconazole is ingested orally that it inhibits the binding of androgens to receptors in the body and this would include the binding of DHT to hair-follicle receptors.

    However the use of oral ketoconazole is NOT recommended for many reasons, mainly because this method would present itself as a toxin and ultimately damage the liver. But topical ketoconazole (as contained in Nizoral shampoo) shows itself to have a “weak” anti-DHT binding affect in the scalp.

    Furthermore positive results with Nizoral shampoo are often noted within a few weeks, whereas a pure anti-DHT affect may take a few months. It is therefore likely that Nizoral exhibits another method to its anti-hair-loss effect.

    One such theory of Nizoral’s anti-alopecia effects may be on its activity upon sebum.

    Sebum is a fatty substance that accumulates in the scalp around the hair follicles. It’s possible that the removal of sebum may help “unclog” the hair follicle and expose it to more nutrition from an improved blood supply, rather like unclogging a drain!

    It is known that Nizoral can remove and reduce sebum deposits
    man im scared to used this stuff, i got some weird fungi like stuff around my neck and its nasty and dry and the doctor prescribed me this and ketoconazole cream, and im scared to use the sh*t because it makes your hair fall out!! im only 18 i aint going bald over some dumb sh*t!

    • ANSWER:
      Use it once or twice a week. Or mix it with your regular shampoo.


What Causes Liver Disease

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What To Do About A Fatty Liver

Do Interval Training To Fast Track To Fat Loss If you want to get on the fast track to fat loss, there’s one specific type of cardio you must be doing – interval training.

Those who include interval training in their workout program to lose fat are going to find they have higher metabolic rates, better fitness levels, and just enjoy their workouts that much more since they are in and out within 30 minutes.

Interval training really is the best type of cardio session to lose weight quickly, so let’s go over how to set this up and add it to your workout plan.

Select Your Days
The very first thing you must do is take the time to select the days of when you’ll do your intervals to lose fat. Ideally you should aim to do these on your off days from weight lifting, but if that’s not possible include them on days you do upper body workouts.
You’ll be far too tired to do them on your lower body workout days, so aim to avoid that at all costs.

Add A Warm-Up
Next, you have to make sure that you’re adding in a good warm-up. Since this form of exercise is so intense, if you’re not doing a good warm-up you’ll be at a much higher risk of injury, which will then really side line you in terms of your progress to lose fat.
Five minutes walking at an easy pace should be perfect before starting your intervals.

Determine Your Interval Length
Finally, the last step is to figure out your desired interval length. Your intervals can be anywhere between 20 seconds and one minute long depending on just how hard you want to push yourself.
The shorter the interval the harder you should be working, so just keep that point in mind and you’ll be sure to get off on the right track.

Also remember that your rest period should be double to triple as long as your work period, so your rest interval can range from one minute to two minutes in length.
If you’re doing one minute intervals in this fat loss cardio, then you should be fine with a rest interval of just a minute.

So next time you’re headed to the gym to do some cardio training, be sure you use interval training to help you lose fat quickly.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How can i get rid of a fatty liver?
    Im about to go to college and ive got a fatty liver. The doctor told me it runs in my family’s line of genetics, and didn’t really give me any other direction. I know im supposed to diet and exorcise but can anyone give me some examples as to what im supposed to do? I don’t want to have the liver of an alcoholic and never have gotten drunk.

    • ANSWER:
      If this is a hereditary condition…then doing things to
      try and prevent this from happening is the best.

      Don’t drink alcohol. Alcohol taken in over a period
      of time can cause fat build up inside the liver.

      Try to maintain a good weight and exercise:
      Being overweight or having obesity, losing weight fast,
      or being malnourished can also cause this.
      Bake, broil, or boil your foods. Use good fats like
      olive oil or canola oil. Remove all skin from poultry
      before you eat it. Avoid preservative, prepackaged,
      or fast foods. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables (be
      sure to wash them)…frozen is ‘next’ best…avoid
      canned.

      Diabetes or having high cholesterol/triglyceride levels
      are two more things that can cause a fatty liver.
      See if this is also hereditary. There are special diets
      for both of these…but, if this is hereditary…the doctor
      may start you on Statin drugs to keep the cholesterol
      down. He can see on your blood tests whether you
      have this problem.

      Check with the doctor about any medications you take.
      This includes over the counter, herbs, vitamins, minerals,
      supplements, prescription drugs, etc. Some medication
      can cause a fatty liver problem….(example: steriods).

      You stated that you have fatty liver.
      This is what can happen:
      Some fat may be in the liver and not cause a problem
      to begin with (simple fatty liver). If the cause can be
      found and stopped, then the problem may reverse.
      However, as fat build up inside the liver…it causes
      pressure in the liver and can damage the liver cells.
      When the liver cells become damaged, the immune
      system of the body will start to respond to this.
      The liver may start to develop inflammation inside
      of it. (The liver is surrounded by a tight membrane
      capsule). This adds to the pressure and can further
      damage the liver cells and the inflammation will start
      to cause the liver to enlarge in size. It is then known
      as Steatohepatitis. Steato stands for fat, hepat stands
      for liver, and itis stands for inflammation.

      This then becomes more serious. If the inflammation
      and the problem cannot be resolved, it can lead to where
      the liver cells start to die off and form scar tissue inside
      the liver…it is then a progressive disease known as
      Cirrhosis of the liver.

      If you want to be sure about what you are to do; you
      should contact the doctor office. They should direct you
      personally with this. (ask for the nurse that works with
      the doctor) She may arrange for you to see a dietitian
      or nutritionist that will take into account all your medical
      conditions and make up a diet based on your personal
      needs. They will make sure that you get all the vitamins,
      minerals, proteins, etc that your body needs from the foods
      you eat. Or she may have pamphlets on a special diet,
      right in their office.

      Here are some links on fatty liver disease that you
      can click on:

      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

      http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/175472-overview

      http://www.healingedge.net/store/page369.html

      Brochure: http://www.liverfoundation.org/downloads/alf_download_20.pdf

      Best wishes…hope this is some help to you.

  2. 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.

  3. QUESTION:
    How to you get a “fatty liver” healthy?
    Hubby is Stubborn!! He has a fatty liver..and since he doesn’t give a crap about himself, I need to put into action ways to help him without him realizing it.

    Any ideas about what I can do to help him? Diet and so on?

    No heavy work outs because he has a previous spinal injury so running is out of the question.
    well excuse me for not wanting my husband to die!!

    • ANSWER:
      Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is a term used to describe the accumulation of fat in the liver of people who drink little or no alcohol.

      Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is common and, for most people, causes no signs and symptoms and no complications. But in some people with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, the fat that accumulates can cause inflammation and scarring in the liver. This more serious form of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is sometimes called nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. At its most severe, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease can progress to liver failure.

      No standard treatment for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease exists. Instead, doctors typically work to treat the risk factors that contribute to your liver disease. For instance, if you’re obese, your doctor will help you to lose weigh through diet, exercise and, in some cases, medications and surgery. If a medication is causing your fatty liver disease, your doctor will try to switch you to a different medication.

      Lifestyle and home remedies
      Along with your doctor’s help, you can take steps to control your nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. You can:

      Lose weight. If you’re overweight or obese, reduce the number of calories you eat each day and increase your physical activity in order to lose weight. Aim to lose one or two pounds a week. If you’ve tried to lose weight in the past and have been unsuccessful, ask your doctor for help.

      Choose a healthy diet. Eat a healthy diet that’s rich in fruits and vegetables. Reduce the amount of saturated fat in your diet and instead select healthy unsaturated fats, such as those found in fish, olive oil and nuts. Include whole grains in your diet, such as whole-wheat breads and brown rice.

      Exercise and be more active. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week. Incorporate more activity in your day. For instance, take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk instead of taking short trips in your car. If you’re trying to lose weight, you might find that more exercise is helpful. But if you don’t already exercise regularly, get your doctor’s OK first and start slowly.

      Control your diabetes. Follow your doctor’s instructions to stay in control of your diabetes. Take your medications as directed and closely monitor your blood sugar.

      Lower your cholesterol. A healthy plant-based diet, exercise and medications can help keep your cholesterol and your triglycerides at healthy levels.

      Protect your liver. Avoid things that will put extra stress on your liver. For instance, don’t drink alcohol. Follow the instructions on all medications and over-the-counter drugs.

      Alternative medicine
      No alternative medicine treatments have been found to be helpful in treating nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.

      Vitamins for liver protection
      Researchers have studied vitamin supplements for the treatment of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, but results have been disappointing. In theory, vitamins called antioxidants could help protect the liver by reducing or neutralizing the damage caused by inflammation. But studies of vitamin supplements haven’t supported this.

      The safest way to increase the antioxidants you get is to eat more fruits and vegetables. If you’re interested in vitamin supplements, though, talk to your doctor about the benefits and risks. Large doses of vitamin supplements could interfere with medications or cause other complications.

      Prevention
      To reduce your risk of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, try to:

      Choose a healthy diet. Choose a healthy plant-based diet that’s rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats.

      Maintain a healthy weight. If you are overweight or obese, reduce the number of calories you eat each day and get more exercise. If you have a healthy weight, work to maintain it by choosing a healthy diet and exercising.

      Use chemicals carefully. Follow the directions on household chemicals. If you work with chemicals, follow the safety measures required by your employer.

      What new treatments for fatty liver are being studied?

      Fatty liver is currently the focus of intense research to provide us with better tools for treatment in the future. Scientists are studying whether various medications can help reduce the inflammation on your liver, including new diabetes medications that may help you even if you don’t have diabetes.

  4. QUESTION:
    Why does one have a fatty liver, what tests one should undergo if he has a fatty liver?
    is it serious to have fatty liver, my husband has been diagnosed to have a fatty liver, his doc is currently unavailable.Doctors could anyone pl tell me about fatty liver…

    • ANSWER:
      A fatty liver is the first step towards liver disease. Don’t worry too much it’s treatable, but it requires life style change. Your husband should eat a balanced diet and reduce his sugar and fat intake. He needs to exercise. Little to no alcohol. He should have his cholesterol checked, if it’s high due to genetics he may need to take medication for it. Wait until monday and have an extensive talk to with a doctor about it.

  5. QUESTION:
    what causes an enlarged and fatty liver?
    I have severe diabetes, had 2 heart attacks last yr, I’m 40. my liver is “fatty” and enlarged. I am overweight, but was under or at normal weight level clear up until the dr removed the gallbladder, then i quit smoking and gained about 45 lbs since. the gallbladder i found out later did not need to be removed. i can eat a salad or drink a glass of tea or even coffee and all of a sudden my stomach is so bloated and hard as concrete. i was doing cardio and wt training as well as pilates and water aerobics…5 days a wk usually 4-5 hrs a day, and still could not lose an ounce of wt. what gives? i had blood work done last wk and was told today that my chol is 470 and trigyceride level is 790. she said everything is wayyy tooooo high. but im sure it is all related to the diabetes, heart condition (r coronary artery is clogged and too small for a stint) and fatty/enlarged liver. this scares me. thanks for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      Excluding any serious diseases your presentation of diabetes is probably causing gastroparesis which is the slow down of stomach emptying. Therefore after eating your stomach remains distended longer due to the slow down of stomach contraction. You also have to make sure that you don’t have vascular disease that is involving your stomach and intestines. As for your liver enlargement is most likely due to your weight gain which may be the results of your meds or diet which caused your increase of chol. & trig. Since your liver clears or filters your blood like an air filter the fats in your blood are traped in your liver causing the enlargment. Weight loss will help reduce your problem and a review of your meds. will be your initial focus.

  6. QUESTION:
    Does this sound like fatty liver disease?
    I’ve been having symptoms similar to those a person with gallstones for about 4 years now. I did have gallstones and my gallbladder removed. Since then, I’ve had 2 ultrasounds done. The first was normal. The second one showed that I had a fatty liver. My doc never followed up with me……nobody called me or anything. I had to harrass them just to find out my test results. I have not made a follow-up appointment because we are a military family and the current base which we are at just, well, sucks. I’m hoping to get this looked into this summer when we move.

    But the problem is that I have these attacks….these horrible excruciating attacks where my liver is located and they last for about 5-20 minutes.

    I haven’t quite figured out what triggers them, if anything at all. They seem to happen after taking medication, like my liver can’t process it…even simple things, like cold medicine. Does anyone have any experience with anything like this? PS-I’m not overweight, nor do I drink

    • ANSWER:
      Try using an herbal supplement of Chickweed, it helps cleanse the fatty deposits on the liver. This does sound like fatty liver disease. My mom has it. Steer clear of meat and dairy products, and stick to Salmon and hormone and antibiotic free chicken. The meds make my mom sick too. Try not to use ANY over the counter remedy’s, as this will further burden you liver. Please get checked by a specialist as soon as possible. I would also look into detox cleanses. Only eat pesticide free veggies and drink a lot of distilled water with NO FLUORIDE! As this will help cleanse your body naturally. Good luck and take care.

  7. QUESTION:
    What are some things that are harmful to your liver?
    I’m doing a project on the liver (organ) and I need to know about 2 other things that you can do to harm it. For example, The abuse of alcohol shuts down your liver, causing a chronic liver disease called cirrhosis (which is caused by alcoholism, hepatitis b, hepatitis c and fatty liver disease).

    What are 2 other things you can to do harm your liver and what can that lead to?

    • ANSWER:
      There are a number of causes of a liver problem
      that can lead to cirrhosis of the liver:

      Alcohol consumption: some people are
      more sensitive to alcohol than others are.
      When the liver cannot handle the amount
      of alcohol taken into the body, then it
      stays in the blood and goes into the
      brain and causes a reaction there.
      The liver converts all toxic substances
      to a non toxic form so the body can
      dispose of them…however, this may not
      happen if the patient consumes too much
      alcohol and the liver cannot convert it
      fast enough…the alcohol itself, and its
      by product, can produce damage to the
      liver cells.

      Medication toxifications: it has been shown that acetaminophen taken with alcohol can cause permanent liver cell damage almost immediately. There are a lot of drugs on the market, including over the counter, herbs, and even prescription drugs that are very hard on the liver. Most all medications go through the liver first, to be broken down, before going to the rest of the body.
      Liver patients are told to only takes drugs
      prescribed by their doctors…if the liver
      cells become damaged…then this medication has to be adjusted according
      to how much damage there is.

      Chemical exposure: such as Carbon
      Tetrachloride..

      Mushroom poisoning: some people try to pick their own mushrooms…not knowing that some are very dangerous. This
      also can cause immediate damage to
      the cells of the liver and a very early death.

      Autoimmune disease: this is where the body’s immune system, turns on itself and causes destruction of its own cells. This can be a disease like Biliary cirrhosis or Sclerosing Cholangitis. In Sclerosing
      cholangitis…the bile ducts that the bile
      flows through from the liver to the
      gallbladder to be stored or to the intestines,
      become twisted or malformed.

      Hereditary Conditions: like Hemochromatosis where the body tend to retain iron too much. Or a disease where it retains copper.

      Gallbladder stones development where the
      stones move out of the gallbladder and into the biliary ducts and blocks them causing the bile to back up into the liver and harming the cells.

      Virus infections such as Hepatitis A,B,C,etc.

      Fatty liver disease which is caused by alcohol or non alcoholic reasons like hereditary conditions, weight, or metabolism problems.

      (There is even having a traffic accident where the liver may be lacerated or injured.
      Being gun shot or even stabbed with a knife.
      Sometimes sports accidents can also
      damage the liver.)

      Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver cells caused by any of those things I mentioned above. Any damage to the liver cells can cause the immune system of the body to respond to it and cause this inflammation.

      A liver is usually very smooth and soft…anyone that has cooked liver knows what it looks like. When inflammation develops, then it enlarges in size and takes on a spongy appearance. This inflammation cause more pressure inside the liver cause the liver is surrounded by a capsule membrane.

      If the inflammation is treated and the cause can be removed (as you can see, some cannot be removed)..then the liver cells
      may heal, if it is not done then it will progress to death of the liver cells and scar tissue forming inside the liver. This scar tissue blocks the flow of blood through the liver and also to the liver cells and even more
      cells will die off…it is a progressive disease that the doctors can only try to slow down, Known as cirrhosis then. Cirrhosis is the death of the liver cells that lead to fibrosis and scar tissue formation.
      When cirrhosis takes place, the liver will start to shrink in size and become hard in texture.

      I hope this information has been of some
      help to you.
      Here are a couple links to explain more about this disease and causes:

      http://www.medicinenet.com/cirrhosis/article.htm

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cirrhosis/DS00373

  8. 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.

  9. QUESTION:
    Hi.. i’m getting worried about my SGPT or ALT.. what are the things that i need to do i have a fatty liver to?

    • ANSWER:
      liver enzymes go up when you have hepatitis or abuse alcohol or drugs. It can also go up if you eat large amounts of animal fats since the liver cannot process everything and it accumulates. You need to figure out what is causing it and listen to your doctor.

  10. 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.

  11. QUESTION:
    fatty liver.I’ am concerned?
    Do any one have this fatty liver?I got the impression as fatty Infiltration of liver..My ALT is 41 and AST is 52…My bilrubin is normal and cholesterol and triglycerides are also normal and all other blood test and sonography were normal except for this ALT & AST level..Is this a cause of concern ??But all of the gastroenrtologist doctors whom i met are not concerned about my problem and they are asking me to forget about fatty liver..My doctors ruled out cirrhosis by making a physical examination..But I’m fearing whether I could have cirrhosis…Can any one tell me what this could be with my AST/ALT levels??

    • ANSWER:
      How is fatty liver treated?

      There are no medical or surgical treatments for fatty liver, but there are some steps you can take that may help prevent or reverse some of the damage. In general, if you have fatty liver, and in particular if you have NASH, you should:

      * 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

      If I’ve been diagnosed with fatty liver, what questions should I ask my doctor?

      * “What is the likely cause of my fatty liver?”
      * “Do I have NASH? If not, how likely am I to develop NASH?”
      * “Do I have cirrhosis? If not, how likely am I to develop cirrhosis?”
      * “Do I need to lose weight? How can I do so safely?”
      * “Should I be taking any medication to control my triglyceride levels?”
      * “What medications or other substances should I avoid to protect my liver?”

  12. QUESTION:
    How to deal with Fatty Liver Infiltrate, What’s cause it and support group?
    I am a former Alcoholic and I quited back in January of this year. But I am overweight (according to the doctor). At the ER When I heard that I have Fatty Liver Infiltrate. I had look up Fatty Liver and it scared me. I will be heading for some testing on Wednesday and Thursday. I am suffering some lower back pain and really bad cramping like I thought I was pregnant. but I was not. Everything seems to be ok but CAT Scan showed Fatty liver infiltrate. I do not have hepatitis (SP) or anything like that. I asked my aunt if she had it. She told me yes and I asked her how did she deal with it. She told me to go to the doctor and follow his/her advice. I want to ask you about the same questions above. Are there any support group that deal with liver problems? Thanks
    Thanks Morri. I started drinking I was 25 but not heavily until 2007. I was drinking pretty heavily in 2007 and slowing down some until I quited 2 days after new year’s day. I will check into it.. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      The fatty liver is the result of long term alcohol abuse. You could have cirrhosis of the liver. You need to talk to the doctor about this.
      Here is an excellent site to look at which explains much of what you are concerned about.

      http://www.merck.com/mmhe/sec10/ch136/ch136b.html

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. QUESTION:
    How do you get a fatty liver when your not obese or have elevated liver enzymes?
    Had a CT of abd was told had a fatty liver. I’am concerned about this being that Iam not obese I am 39 5/7 weight 168. Normal liver enzymes they have been ckd a dozen times due to abd pain. Also cholesterol & tryglicerides levels are normal and I do not drink. Just had gallbladder removed a month ago. No gallstones or infection, it was not working, had adhesions on it. So where did this fatty liver come from? Docs don’t seem to concerned. They just told me to watch what I eat & exercise. I don’t even eat large amounts of fatty food, Iam confused still having rt side pain even though gallbladder is out not sure thats what it was. Any advice??

    • ANSWER:
      Causes of fatty liver:

      Metabolic
      Abetalipoproteinemia, glycogen storage diseases, Weber-Christian disease, Wolman disease, acute fatty liver of pregnancy, lipodystrophy

      Nutritional
      Malnutrition, total parenteral nutrition, severe weight loss, refeeding syndrome, jejuno-ileal bypass, gastric bypass, jejunal diverticulosis with bacterial overgrowth

      Drugs and toxins
      Amiodarone, methotrexate, diltiazem, highly active antiretroviral therapy, glucocorticoids, tamoxifen, environmental hepatotoxins (e.g. phosphorus, toxic mushroom)

      Other
      Inflammatory bowel disease, HIV

  16. QUESTION:
    question here about my fatty liver and elevated liver function tests that keep going a little bit highter?
    each time I get my blood test done. what I need to know now considering I do not drink or have hep b or c nor am I obese although I am working at losing a few kilos, what I want to know is can my level come back down and my fatty liver go if I eat the right foods and exercise and lose weight? Is that a 100% guarantee? so if I exercise regular basis and eat better then I have been will my fatty liver go? and will my levels come back down?
    answer this, yep I went for a jog today and I will be going for anther one tomorrow infact I would love to jog about 5 days a week and yep I have been eating a lot ofgarbage and now is the time to eat better. tonight for dinner I had a bowl of low fat noodles and some chocolate low fat mouse. and before I go to bed a hot cup of choclate mild drink. yep in 3 months time I will go back to the doctors to get another blood test to see if it has come down and if not I will see a gastrointeroligst but I hope it comes down as it should, hey want about Aroapax I am on currently will that make it worse

    • ANSWER:
      A healthy diet and exercise will bring it down, if you go to a naturopath or nutritionist they can assist you with supplements to assist your liver and diet recommendations. Eventually with fatty liver you can sustain permanent damage to the liver but early on it is possible to fix the problem so now is the time to make some permanent lifestyle changes to improve your health.
      If you are in Australia you can go to http://atms.com.au/atmsPrac/Find.asp to find a suitably qualified nutritionist or naturopath in your area.
      I am a nutritionist and I have helped clients in your situation back to good health.

  17. 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. QUESTION:
    How to Help With Fatty Liver Disease?
    This is both a mental/disease question. So I’m not the one with it but I’m trying to help someone through it. My boyfriend was diagnosed about a year ago. He’s around 5’10” and getting close to 275-300lbs, so the doctor said it is most likely due to his weight. The problem is it’s starting to affect him mentally and I’m trying to find ways to help him out without being pushy. About 6 months after he was diagnosed with it, he found out he had sleep apnea(and has to wear a sleep mask now) which is also believed to be due to his weight. So it made things worse finding that out. He went to the doctor again and found out that he’d gained more weight, despite working out and taking pills to fix his thyroid(which is also causing weight gain). They figured out his pills weren’t working so they gave him a new prescription. So it’s a year later and he’s found out he has all these health problems and he’s only 21. I figured I could help with the eating healthier part because he knows how to workout. I’m not sure exactly what he or I can do to fix the fatty liver disease besides working out and losing weight, which wouldn’t bother me since I’m overweight too. But I don’t know what to do about the mental aspect of it since it’s stressing him out and leading to depression. So I just wanted some tips or suggestions from anyone who might have fatty liver disease or who might have tips on how to help him deal with it. thanx

    • ANSWER:
      You’ve already answered your own question. He needs to lose weight, 100lbs or more, to prevent progression of his health problems (including fatty liver and sleep apnea) and prevent the occurence of others (such as high blood pressure, diabetes, joint problems, and heart disease). Depression is a separate issue, and can be managed with medications and/or therapy. If your boyfriend feels depressed he should consult his doctor or seek out a psychiatrist.

  19. QUESTION:
    what causes enlarged fatty liver and enlarged spleen?
    I’m 25 with type 1 diabetes, about a month ago my feet started swelling (like if you are in your last trimester in pregnancy and you went on a road trip) a couple days later it moved up to my legs as well so I went to the doctor,all they found was my white blood cell count was a little high and protein in my urine. I didn’t have an infection my sugar was high, however it is fine now and I’m still swollen. Three days after that my abdomen was swollen (I looked and still do like I’m 6 to 7 months pregnant). I went from 130 to 160 from the swelling in two weeks!! I went back to my doctors and he felt around then sent me to get an ultrasound of my abdomen. They found a fatty enlarged liver and spleen. I have a gastro. appointment next week, but for the past couple of days the pain has increased.

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver is linked to varies conditions including diabetes. A fatty liver is one of the causes of an enlarged spleen. Your fatty liver is causing your oedema (swelling due to excess fluid).

      Good link about a fatty liver and how to reverse it >>>

      http://www.liverdoctor.com/index.php?page=fatty-liver

      Enlarged spleen >>>

      http://www.emedicinehealth.com/enlarged_spleen_splenomegaly/article_em.htm#causes

  20. 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;

  21. 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.

  22. QUESTION:
    If you have a cat prone to fatty liver syndrome or pancreatitis, what diet do you keep them on?
    We have a female cat, 7+ with a repeated history of fatty liver syndrome, (3 bouts – she was nursed through each time with forced feeding through a naso-gastric tube). Today we realized she was having pain, took her to the vets and he believes she is having an attack of acute pancreatitis due to a change in her diet.
    I checked on-line and am curious about Hill’s Science Diet I/D….but would welcome any advice from someone who has either used this product or some other food successfully with a kitty prone to these issues.
    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi

      Hi

      First of all pancreatis can only be diagnosed by something called a PLI test. I very much doubt your vet did that as results have to be sent away for to texas and it takes a few days to get them back. Ask your vet if he did that test and if not, get one done.
      If your cat does have it, the main thing is diet. I know the vet will want to prescribe prenisone which can cause other problems but if you work and get the diet right then it may not be needed. With your history of hepatic lipidosis, you want your cat to eat no matter the food and that is the first priority
      Dry foods are NOT good for any cats and especially for this disease and you do not want to feed the crap the vet sells.
      Many cats do well on a quality low fat diet. You want to keep the fat content under 35%-40% of calories or 4% fat if you use the labels instead of the link for a food chart I will give you. The problem with lowering fat is that usually raises the carb levels in the food. To combat this you can add some chicken breast to the diet which will lower the fat content. You want high quality food like merrick if possible Also, get some acidoupholous from a health food store and sprinkle a bit over the food. If you really want to do what is best then a raw food diet that you make is best for a pancreatis cat. I do not do this but many people I know do that have cats with pancreatis and have had alot of success. There is work and an initial investment as you would have to buy a grinder. If interested in this, I will send you a link on how to prepare it
      Next thing
      If you get this diagnosed properl and you are sure about it, you will want to learn about pancreatic enzymes, get b=12 shots and also learn how to do sub-q fluids which can be done at home. Also keep some pepcid ac in the house for flareups and upset stomachs. You can give 1/4 tab of it 2x a day or the vet can sell you injectable pepcid,
      Don’t mean to scare you with all of this. Realize that with the proper diet, it is possible to never see pancreatic fllareups again
      Link to the food charts

      http://www.geocities.com/jmpeerson/canfood.html

      Making a raw food diet

      http://www.catinfo.org/makingcatfood.htm

  23. QUESTION:
    I need help saving my cat from hepatic lipidosis, fatty liver disease!?
    My 7 year old cat, Toby wasn’t eating for a couple of days. I took him to the vet and they said that his liver looked enlarged, he was jaundice, and he had all of the common signs of having Fatty Liver Disease.

    I need help. I am on the verge of tears every night. The treatment for this disease is to hospitalize your pet and have a feeding tube inserted. The cost is upwards of 00.00 which I simply do not have at this time. I have researched every possibility. Payment plans, credit cards, Care Credit… nothing will work.

    The vet recommended that I feed him one or more cans of Hills a/d per day with syringe. He absolutely hates it. He doesn’t struggle too much, but he spits it all out. I don’t know how much I’m actually getting into his belly because I’m wiping so much off of my walls, floors, chin etc.

    I desperately need some advice from anyone who has gone through this before or has veterinary experience.

    I simply do not know what to do. Am I helping him? Is he getting enough food? He won’t eat or drink anything. I even offered him his favorite, tuna, and he just turned up his nose.

    I love him dearly, and I can not fathom having him die or be euthanized, so I need help and soon.

    Please let me know your thoughts about this. Thank you so much <3

    • ANSWER:
      I am sorry you’re going through this, it must be awful not to be able to help. Unfortunately your vet is not helping either by prescibing the Hills junk. Really, all the prescription stuff is just a moneymaker and the only research that supports the results is paid by the companies that make the food.

      Your cat with fatty liver disease need low carb, high protein diet. You can’t feed anything that contains grain, that is probably what caused this in the first place. Most commercial food contains grain and the pet food industry doesn’t care that it’s killing our cats.

      Most of the natural wet foods available today like Wellness, EVO, Merrick, Nature’s Variety and Blue Buffalo have high content of animal protein, and don’t include andy sources of carbohydrate. This is much better food for your cat’s disease than Hills.

      I understand your cat doesn’t want to eat. force feeding usually doesn’t go well, try to get him to lick the mashed up food from your fingers. Try a little tuna juice to add the smell. but not too much, and not the oil, just the juice. If it doesn’t work you will have to feed him with the syringe. You can’t let your cat go without food, especially since it gets also hydration from the food.

      The amount of consumed food should reflect in the amount of feces. You should get at least one small poo per day.

      Here are some great websites on cat nutrition, the first one also mentionas fatty liver disease. This doctor who wrote it is extremly knowledgable and hopefully this will help you.

      Good luck

  24. QUESTION:
    Fatty liver?
    My healthy 23 year old son recently just went for a physical. He was having no problems. The doctor said his liver appeared enlarged and sent him for some blood work and an ultrasound. The doctor has now said that the ultrasound appeared normal and found nothing in the blood work, but want my son to have more blood work drawn to check his iron and saying may be a “fatty liver.” My son does not drink and is not on any medications that might cause a fatty liver. He is about 6′tall and weighs about 220 so is slightly overweight. Does anyone have any ideas of what the doctor might be looking for and what could have cause the fatty liver? he used to take supplements like creatin several years ago when he was buff and went to the gym. Could that be related?

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver is caused because too much fat is being kept in the liver. It is not related to alcohol use, but to overweight and high cholesterol. Your son you say, is overweight.

      A sonography of a fatty liver looks only “shinier” than the one of a normal liver, and usually is not bigger than a normal liver. It has no masses or irregularities. Radiologists and Gastroenterologists usually know how shiny a liver should look on a sonography and can suspect of that problem.

  25. QUESTION:
    ok all. I have liver disease. It showed up on a CT scan about 3 months ago a fatty liver?
    and since then my liver enzymes keep going up. I have been experincing a lot of pain the last 2 days in my upper right hand side of my abdomen. the pain is getting worse and I was told today it is liver faliure. what I want to ask is this. How long will I last for if I do not get a liver transplant? liver transplants are so hard to get and most will die in a year without one. as I type this the pain is nigly and will not go away. do you guys have any advice for me? should I go to the doctors soon? please help. and answer this. my levels are higher then last time and keep going up. anyway also my urine is getting darker and yes I am drinking a lot of fluids. I do not drink, nor am I obese. I have back pain due to the pressure my larger liver is putting on my back. please do you have any advice for me. and how long can you live for without a liver transplant, cause I do not want one ever. Thank you and God bless
    daisy I had a CT scan done about 3 months ago and since them my liver enzimes have been getting higher shown on a liver function test. I am due to see the doctor tonight. everyone has to die of something.

    • ANSWER:
      well haven’t you seen a doctor about this already?how else would you know that you have Liver Disease?I will pray for you too,I wish i could do more.The only thing that I know that is good for the liver is Milk Thistle,super good stuff,but you have to check with your pharmacist or Dr.to make sure it won’t hurt you more.May God Bless and Keep you too.

  26. QUESTION:
    please help me with this. I have a fatty liver and my liver levels are a bit high and?
    I am tend to be addicted to pasta with tasty cheese and pasta sauce mixed together, now I want to know will this make my liver worse? I hope not cause I love pasta. and will soft drink with lots of sugar in it make it worse too? and what about biscuits? I love eating biscuits with a hot cup of chololate before bed. any advice. If I continue to do this will I end up making my liver worse?
    hi sharona I forgot to mention that I do not drink nor do I have Hep B or C nor am I on medication excpet for aropax and rivotrill which I have been taken for over 2 years. God bless you

    • ANSWER:
      There are other things that contribute to a fatty liver…..
      Alcohol, medication, heredity, Hepatitis, cholesterol medication. You need to find out from a
      qualified doctor. And also, too much tylenol affects the liver, that mixed with alot of vitamins, will also.

      Review what you drink, take in meds, lifestyle, and heredity.

      good luck to you

  27. QUESTION:
    ok serouis question before I go to bed. I have a fatty liver and my liver function tests all have elevated ?
    levels. Now about say 1 month ago my local doctor said he will do another one in 3 months time which is like 2 months now, and said if it is any Higher he will deal with it then more then likely go to a gastrointeroligst at a hospital. Now tonight for dinner I had a huge bowel of pasta with lots of cheese on it, and 2 nights ago I had a who packet of orios YUM as I had the munchies. I am not obese, but I am very very worried because I am so finding it hard to lose weight as my metabolism as slowed down. what I want to ask is this. If I keep eating pasta with lots of cheese, biscuits etc will I end up with liver damage/failure? in a way good cause I want out of this horrible pain full life. so please if you can answer this good. thanks
    hi Linus wow 1-3 weeks that is short. man. But thank goodness I know Jesus, I know where I am going. hey did they have a fatty liver to start of with to0?
    you have a point answerthis.I do now want to end up in a ward.

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t want to scare you but fatty liver, if not managed medically, will lead to cirrhosis, then to liver cancer/failure. You should follow your doctors’ instructions if you want to live longer. I have known friends and relatives who died of liver failure. It took only one week to three weeks.

  28. 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.

  29. QUESTION:
    Fatty Liver Normal Enzymes..?
    I was told I had a fatty liver years ago after having elevated liver enzymes and an ultrasound. I lost weight and the enyzmes normalized, since then over the last 7-8 years I have gained weight a couple of times and the enyzmes went up and then back down when I lost the weight again. I recently had a ton of bloodwork done and everything came back normal (markers, enyzmes, scarring tests, etc). I also had an mri(contrast) done however and the dr. said I still have some fat in the liver but its not a big deal. I was wondering if this ever goes away completely? A couple of my drs. basically have told me to just watch what I eat, keep my weight down like it is, limit alcohol intake and come for blood work each year to monitor the enzymes. Should this be something to worry about?
    Ya, I used to drink a lot on weekends back years ago but those days are over now. I basically just want to have a drink here or there and not have to stress about it. I think ALT was the one that used to come back around 100 but if I am under 195lbs (6 feet tall) then they are all normal levels.

    • ANSWER:
      Everyone should be concerned about their health at all times. I’ve had elevated liver enzymes, so I’m watching my weight and diet, and limiting the alcohol. Once a health issue arises, it can be a nagging condition for the rest of your life. Listen to your docs, and keep up the healthy lifestyle. Another cause for liver problems could be using acetominophen….don’t take too much (or none at all). Unfortunately, it takes a health crisis to get most people off their butts and into the gym or health food store. I wouldn’t worry about it too much, but then again, the times of partying and binging are all over. I’ve known people with diabetes, cancer, other health issues who have lived well into their 90′s once they actually started taking care of themselves. Good luck!
      BTW, what were your levels, and did you have pain/discomfort on your right side?

  30. QUESTION:
    questions about ALT/AST levels and fatty liver (non-alcoholic)?
    I had a blood test recently which showed elevated levels of ALT (132) I also have high cholesterol and triglycerides. I had an ultrasound done and some further blood tests (for hepatitis and auto-immune diseases) and came out negative. The ultrasound however does show a fatty liver. My gastroenterologist says that fatty liver DOES raise ALT / AST levels but my primary physician (cardiologist) says a fatty liver does NOT raise ALT/AST since there is fat on the liver to begin with. He just says my liver has a high turn-over rate with an inconclusive cause. I don’t want to end up getting Cirrhosis. Who should I believe? What is the right answer?
    fatty liver CAUSES cirrhosis over time

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry hun, you must be worried. I am a little confused you say your primary physician (cardiologist) ? Do you mean your gp or cardiologist? Anyway neither of them are a specialist in this area. A gastroenterologist specializes in this area, so he knows best, and
      I would listen to him concerning my liver. The first thing that crosses their mind is always alcohol, the same as when you have lung problems, they assume that you smoke. I don’t know that you can get cirrhosis from a fatty liver?? But definetly listen to your gastroenterologist and do not blame yourself for your body make up. To say inconclusive cause is negligence, do not settle for that. Perhaps it is because of fatty liver, also alcohol and some meds can also do it, but DO NOT settle for the inconclusive cause.

  31. QUESTION:
    how long does it take for a fatty liver to progress to liver damage?
    i have a fatty liver i found out about a year ago i went to a liver specialist about 4 months ago and my liver enzymes were normal he thinks the cause of it is me being overweight i am a 23 year old female and im 260 pounds but i also take pain killers everyday for another problem i take 3 norcos a day but i am trying to cut back my question is how fast could my fatty liver get to the point of sever damage? i dont see my doctor until december so i dont know if it could be worse now ive lost weight but i still take a lot of pain killers thats what im worried about

    • ANSWER:

  32. QUESTION:
    My cat had an intestinal blockage, and now I am worried about fatty liver?
    My cat was vomiting for 2 days without eating and drinking. I had taken her for sub-Q fluids and blood work and nothing was found. After the 3rd day without eating I took her back to the vet because it was obvious something else was definitely wrong.

    The vet did emergency exploratory surgery. He found a small ribbon in her intestine with fur wrapped around it. He said she would’ve died within a day or two if we hadn’t found it.

    Today is the 4th day since she’s gotten sick. WHen the vet was operating he said that she had evidence of fatty liver starting because she hadn’t been eating. That was what I was worried about.

    Now she is recovering in the hospital with IVs, antibiotics, nutritional support, etc. They don’t want to have her eat until later today to make sure they give her stomach a good 24hrs after being operated on.

    Isn’t 4 days without food WAAAY too long and GIVE her fatty liver? Or is the vet right about the risk of food in her stomach so soon?

    She is on IV. Would this help slow fatty liver from occuring?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      The important thing now is to allow the stomach to heal. Yes, there is a risk of hepatic lipidosis, but the vet has to balance those risks with the risk of feeding her and causing a bigger problem. She’s under vet care, and the vet will get her fed as soon as the time is right. The good news about hepatic lipidosis is that it is reversible when not ignored for too long. The liver is one of those rare organs that can regenerate itself. Any damage that may have occurred to it during this time will heal, don’t worry!

      Thank goodness that you are one of those pet owners who know enough to take their cat to the vet when you know that something is wrong – it saved her life.

  33. QUESTION:
    My dad recently was told he has Copd lung diesase, also has conjestive heart failure and now has a fatty liver?
    His Copd is Serve(stage 4) he is on oxygen 24/7. He has trouble breathing after walkin from one room to another in the house while on oxygen. he has conjestive heart failure and lost 30 pounds of fuilds while in hospital and its coming back on him again. he doesnt eat like they tell him, he still eats salt heavy like always. fried foods the works basically. he doesnt exercise either. doesnt leave the house unless its a doctors appt. he did stop smoking though, one good thing. i dont know about the fatty liver or details on it. i dont know if it came from drinking all those years or from his diet.. just wanting someone who had some insight to this to share some info of what to expect or look for etc. Thanks

    • ANSWER:

  34. QUESTION:
    Paralyzed Intestines, Fatty Liver, Liquid Diet, Swollen Stomach, Upper GI tomorrow. Any encouragement?
    Okay, last Saturday night (8 days ago), I went to my local ER because I was violently vomiting. I had not eaten much that day and had vomited all of that up. After seeing the triage, I started having to run into the ER bathroom and was vomiting up (what I later found out was) BILE. It was oily and green colored. Anyway, they gave me fluids and kept me overnight for observation. I didn’t throw up again after being on the fluids. In the last few hours of being in the hospital I had diariah once and started running a low grade fever. They let me go anyway and said it was just a stomach virus going around.
    The following day, I started having the weirdest diariah it was almost all liquid, tan colored and ‘frothy’ if that makes any sense. I didn’t have a since solid movement all week. Friday morning, my boss looked at my stomach and noticed it was POKING out, sent me to the doctor. They did an xray, said my intestines were paralyzed & I had a kidney infection and sent me straight over to the ER again. I’ve now been here since Friday morning (it’s now Sunday night). They did an ultrasound on me today and said I had fat on my liver. I’ve only had a little food and still no solid movement. They’re doing an upper gi tomorrow, but I’m really scared about what they might say.
    My gallbaldder had been removed in 2005 after I was notified of my gallstones my OB saw during one of my last ultrasounds. It was taken out a few days after the birth of my son.
    I’m just hoping someone out there might have been thru what I’m going thru. I’ve tried to ‘google’ for help but there’s so much ‘junk’ out there.
    anything would be appreciated
    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:

  35. QUESTION:
    The doctors say my husband has a fatty liver…..?
    I have researched this, and I need more information. AST 45, ALT 114, GGT 85, BILIRUBIN 1.6, GLUCOSE NORMAL, ALKALINE PHOSPHATEASE 58, PROTEIN 8.2,ALBUMIN 3.2, TTL CHOLESTORAL 187, LDL 114,HDL 4.3, LDL/HDL 2.66,TRYGLERCRIDES 149, HEP/HIV NON REACTIVE AND NEGATIVE. He does chew tobacco. I need someone that can interpret this and tell me how bad they think things might be, and what the best course of action will be to reduce/reverse this. Becuase of these levels, our life insurance wants to jack up prices, etc. I have been looking online for information, but I thought if I could get a professional opnion from somewhere, it might help as well. I am worried about his health safety.

    thanks for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      I guess I tripped over your question as I was trying to find liver disease groups. There does not seem to be a specific group for fatty liver disease problems. Also there does not seem to be much information on it except that you stop drinking or if you are not drinking stop eating and loose weight, and exercise. In my case I have been fumbling with NAFLD- nonalcoholic fatty liver disease for 9 years and although I have not lost significant amount of weight and I fluctuate, I am still around and maybe feeling a little better than I used to.

      If you get a copy of the test, it tells you right next to the numbers the acceptable range. Although I am not very good at these scores, they look not too bad to me.

      I know that I have become a vegetarian ( almost) mainly because it FEELs better to eat vegetable and fruit then it does to eat meat lately. I eat small amount of meat , very little fatty stuff, and absolutely no nicotine, caffein or alcohol. I am feeling better than I have for years, but it took years to get here. Clara from OR

  36. 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.

  37. QUESTION:
    My Mom’s Liver? What should she do?
    My mother was diagnosed with an enlarged and fatty liver. She recently went back to the doctors because she had pain, pressure, and fullness near the pancreas as well. The doctor said it was the pancreas but didn’t say much about it.

    Now she has extreme dizziness, nausea, pressure in abdomen, very fatigue.

    Recently, she had a very bad headache last week as well.

    Sh’es still dizzy and light-headed today ~ What should we do?

    • ANSWER:
      You should contact the doctor office right away. If they state
      that they have an emergency number to call, use it.
      If your doctor is not there, another doctor will be able to
      access her and then inform you what you can do.
      You may need to take her to the ER.

      Let me explain what goes on in liver disease:
      Simple fatty liver is usually not a problem…but your mother
      has advanced to Steatohepatitis. Steato means fat,
      hepat means liver and itis means inflammation.

      When the liver cells become damaged, the immune
      system of the body responds to this damage and can
      cause inflammation to develop inside the liver. FAT
      and Inflammation causes pressure inside the liver so
      the liver enlarges in size. People who have a liver/biliary
      problem, may develop pancreatitis easily. This is not
      good for her to have dizziness, nausea, and headaches.
      She may have to be hospitalized, if this is pancreatitis.
      She may be developing ascites (fluid build up in the abdominal area)

      Having steatohepatitis can lead to where the liver cells
      start to die off and form scar tissue inside the liver.
      When this happens, it will eventually block the flow
      of blood through the liver. (if the cause can be found
      for the steatohepatitis and stopped, the problem
      could be reversed before it reaches that point where
      the liver cells do die off). Otherwise, it will become
      Cirrhosis of the liver.

      Your mother should be seeing a gastroenterologist or
      hepatologist for this.

      I hope this information has been of some help.
      Here are some links about Fatty liver 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

  38. QUESTION:
    how serious is early signs of liver failure?
    Over the past 2 years ive had Minor liver damage i had a ultra sound 1 year ago and again 6 months ago first showing a fatty liver the second showing damaged cells and a fatty liver. I was told parts of my liver wont repair but the pain got worst i went to the doctors 2 days ago to have more blood tests and a liver function test the doctor thinks ive got early signs of liver failure. Im feeling tired im depressed and feel sad all the time. The damage is caused by me liking a drink im 32 years old ive drank for about 10 years now i use to drink 2 pints and 8 cans a night minimum now i drink 2 pints and 4 cans i find it really hard to stop when i do all my problems become reality and i feel really down. What shall i do.

    • ANSWER:
      well the damage is done but that doesn’t mean all is futile, you can change your life style and live for some time or you can do what your doing and live a short life, but you know its really all up to you!!!! I wish you well

  39. QUESTION:
    Liver enzyme test came back slightly elevated?
    So I have had an elevation of liver enzymes for about three months now and I am getting worried that it may be fatty liver (non alcoholic). I recently had an ectopic pregnancy and then a tubal ligation to remove it. Due to the excessive imbalance of hormones I put on a lot of water weight and sometimes take spironolactone/aldactezide to shed the water, which may be elevating the liver enzyme level. I still experience getting puffy in my feet, legs and arms. What can I do to balance out my hormones, and how can I make sure not to continue having elevated liver enzymes? I fear diabetes mellitus. Yes, I am overweight too. Please advise.

    • ANSWER:
      i think the first answer you got was spam.

      there are different reasons for an elevated liver enz. yeah it could be fatty liver. but also consider all the medications you take. do you take any Tylenol or asprin. your liver enz can be acutely elevated following a procedure. also how elevated are the liver enz, if its slightly elevated then its not too bad. most hospitals have different standards regarding enz levels. however if your AST ALT are in the thousands then you have a problem. remember any injury, like surgery, can increase these enz.

      about your weight. get checked up for your blood sugar levels as soon as you can. its really important to control your blood sugar levels. most people have elevated sugar levels for years before getting diagnosed with diabetes. for these people the next step is to get their eyes, heart, and whole body examined for complication of diabetes. i know its scary. but the sooner you know, the sooner you can control it. good luck. take care.

  40. QUESTION:
    Do I really need a liver biopsy?
    I am a 35 year old male, overweight (5’10″ and 280lbs). About 6 months ago, blood tests showed elevated liver enzymes. I was told to follow up with a liver specialist. 6 months went by (procrastination), another blood test was taken, and my enzyme numbers were even higher (sorry I don’t have specifics).

    I had an ultrasound done, which showed no lesions, and the diagnosis was “fatty liver”. My liver doctor wants me to get a biopsy, since all blood tests for specific diseases have come back negative.

    My question is: is this necessary at this point? In my research, it seems the result of the biopsy only affects treatment (which is usually weight loss) in a small percentage of cases. Others recommend a period of gradual weight loss for 3 months, followed by the enzyme tests again, to see if they have gone down, and only then to have a biopsy performed if they haven’t.

    My main concern is the 1 in 10,000 mortality rate for liver biopsy. Good odds, yes. Great odds? No. What are the risks of skipping the biopsy, starting a weight loss program, and checking back in in 3 months?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi lugubrious,

      Biopsy is both the “gold standard” for diagnosis of liver diseases and yet still highly controversial.

      I did a Google search for “role of liver biopsy” and came up with many articles discussing the pros and cons.

      http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%22role+of+liver+biopsy%22&btnG=Google+Search&aq=f&oq=

      Like you said, you pretty much know that the very first thing you need to do is change your eating and exercise habits and lose weight. Being obese alone can cause elevated liver enzymes. It sounds like you are strongly leaning toward putting it off and I think you would find scientists who would support that decision.

      Please check out my other answer about fatty liver, with more information about diet and treatment, here:

      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AgBYc7MaQcF0_LkPd5EEgKvty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20090104031733AAqozea&show=7#profile-info-oAyfPk2oaa

      I hope that helps some!

      Good luck!

  41. QUESTION:
    My Liver enzyme levels are high and I do not drink or take any medications. My MRI showed nothing.?
    I am now being refered to a liver specialist. I have had all HEP. tests along with about 26 other blood tests which showed nothing. Fatty Liver was ruled out as well. Does anyone have any ideas what could be wrong.
    My ALT is 151, AST is 51 Alkaline Phos. is 200. HEP and fatty liver have been ruled out. My MRI and CAT show nothing. I do not take medications or drink. At this point my Dr. does not know what is wrong. He has ran all of the tests he has available except a liver bio.

    • ANSWER:
      You did not give enough information.

      Liver enzymes could be high in hepatitis, cirrhosis, biliary obstruction, etc.

  42. QUESTION:
    Home / natural remedies to clean your liver?
    Good Morning,

    I wanted to know if anyone had any natural remedies to help clean out the liver. I was told by my doctor that I have a non alcoholic fatty liver. Although very early in the stages, I want to make sure that I put all the chances on my side. I was told that I can still consume alcohol although very limited intake. I do not have a drink every day however about once a month we like to go out dancing and we obviously drink a lot more. I would like to know what kind of natural remedies you use to clean out the liver on a regular basis as well as after a binge night.

    Thanks in advance,

    • ANSWER:
      Milk thistle is shown to reverse cirrhosis in many studies. It is awesome stuff. An all natural remedy with scientific backing. Available in tablets or tea. Best wishes! Also thiamine aka vitamin B1 to protect liver/ brain

      http://www.puristat.com/livercleansing/milkthistle.aspx

      http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/arh27-2/134-142.htm

      Here is a natural “flush”

      http://www.alternativehealth.co.nz/cancer/liverflush.htm

  43. QUESTION:
    I have a question about liver?
    I just had a full blood panel done and then some. I had my entire overall health evaluated. My only problem is, is that I have “Slightly” elevated liver enzymes. I had an ultra sound, and was told that I have mild fatty liver. I do not drink alcohol, and my doctor said it is nothing to worry about, just lose some weight, eat right, and work out. Well I have had a dull achy pain on my right side. I dont know if thats the cause or not. It only happens when I sit down. The only way for me to describe the pain is you know when you drink too much water before u run, or workout, and then you get the dull achy cramp in your side. Thats what it feels like. I know there is nothing else wrong from my blood work, and I just had my entire torso looked at in the ultra sound. What do you think? Its really annyoing.

    • ANSWER:
      Just do as the doc suggests and the liver will lose it’s fat.
      Being a bit overweight is a major cause of fatty liver.
      Your pain may be something as simple as a pulled muscle. If it persists take yourself back to the doc.

  44. QUESTION:
    Cirrhosis of the liver how bad has it got?
    My mum has Cirrhosis due to being an alcoholic, she started drinking about 10 years ago. 8 years a go we were told that if she carried on drinking she only had 6 months to live due to a fatty liver, now 8 years on she has Cirrhosis. She was recently taken to hospital by an ambulance as she was vomiting blood, she didn’t tell anyone that this was happening luckily my step dad caught her on day 3 of her doing it!

    Me and my sister arrived after our mum at the hospital and when we went to see her she was in the resuscitation room and the doctors wouldn’t say what they did to her, all they said is that she lost blood.

    On the 4th day of her being in hospital she had an operation in her throat to try and stop the bleeding but it was unsuccessful, she is now out of hospital and on tablets to help it, but my mum is now drinking again and most likely not taking the tablets. But surely even if she was they wouldn’t work if she is still drinking?

    I really would like advice on how serious her condition has got, as i am not her next of kin i can not find anything out from her doctors and my mum isn’t saying anything either.

    How long do you think she has left to live if she carries on drinking everyday?

    I went to the doctors yesterday and they say it could be any day now, but i dont just want ot listen to one opinion.

    Thank you for your time, and help.
    also my mum has brittle nails, fluid retention in her stomach (which has been drained 3 times in 8 months) she bruises easily, and yellowing in her skin.

    • ANSWER:
      your mum does now sound like she is at the end stages of her alcohol addiction….im sure if you have read the previous answer that she is now so advanced in her condition, re: ascites. clotting factor, varices, liver failure etc, that there is nothing that you can do….sadly…
      and dont blame your mum…and nor importantly yourself !!
      i have had parents that were dependent on alcohol, despite my immediate family having strong grounds in medicine [gp and `in law`respiratory consultant, state reg nurse and x2 regst paramedics] none of our help our advice was ever taken…..its a destructive illness and the only thing that your mum will listen too is the `bottle`…..its going to be hard for you and your family…..your mum has made her choice…and its not personal….its what she wants, she is now so advanced in her illness…it seems now irreversible….all i can say, is help your mum in any way you feel comfortable with ….and dont be angry [as tempting as it may seem] with her or yourself….and as for how long…..who knows….2 or 3 months?? i wish you well….but dont let it DESTROY YOU as well

  45. 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.

  46. QUESTION:
    I had a CT scan done and a lesion was done on my liver?
    I have a blood coagulation disorder which caused blood clots and a pulmonary embolism a few years ago. I’m only 25. What could this lesion be and could it be serious? I’m overweight and carry it all in my abdomen. I’m 5’9″ and 195lbs (female). Could it be fatty liver? I’m currently trying my best to lose the weight. Yesterday I had an ultrasound done, but won’t hear about the results for a bit. Do I have something to worry about? Only answer if you know anything about the liver. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      I know you are worried but absolutely NO ONE can answer that question and anything we say would be a mere guess and nothing more.

  47. QUESTION:
    What percentage of people who drink above the recommended units per week get chirrosis of the liver?
    I know it is different for men and women but who would get chirrosis first if they drink in large amounts a man or a woman and how many years would it take them for them to get it? Do all binge drinkers get chirrosis? or do some just have different health problems such as just a fatty liver? If a woman drinks about 3-4 drinks a day 4 times a week every week can she get chirrosis if she can how many years would it take? is there some drug or supplement she can take to reduce damage for example Lechitan? I take Lovaza, bitter melon and vitamin b supplements every day so I think I am reducing my health problems by drinking at this level. I simply am not willing to stick by the recommended 14 units per week safe limits they are too low that means that is only 1 liter of wine per week I have calculated it it is less than 1.5 liters of wine per week and since I am one of those people that are not able to spread a bottle out through a couple of days since I like to leave the bottle empty with nothing in there and I cannot leave an opened bottle in the fridge since I do not live alone and I do not like sharing my drinks with anyone. I want to know what my chances are that I will never develop serious liver problems if I drink 3-4 drinks a day 3, 4 and occassionally 5 times a week usually one day after the other but with 3-4 alcohol free days following after those days.
    Do you have to be a male in order to drink that much and not have any long term affects or if a woman is used to this much alcohol can she get away with it too? I have called a rehab program and told them how much I drink each week and they say unless it is effecting my life in a negative way for example, if I get violent when I drink they say the level I drink at is not really a problem unless I get violent or hurt people when I drink.

    • ANSWER:
      you say that you don,t drink to much in your point of view so why then are you taking so many supplements to combat disease related to drink.
      please cut down at least one a day and cut down supplements to as they could also affect your health if you take too much.
      nic

  48. QUESTION:
    Dr says that my liver is not functioning correctly…?
    He said that its collecting fat instead of processing it and this is
    why I have gained weight… I am now 164lbs and am 5’4″.

    Was diagnosed with FATTY LIVER and thickening Gallbladder.

    Dr. is doing a blood test that is supposed to be equivalent to
    a liver biopy tomorrow. He is looking for scarring in the liver
    and he told me to go on a low carb diet… South Beach Diet..
    does anyone else have this and what were you told? I get sick
    when I eat… last night I left the restaurant and threw up in the parking lot… does anyone know about liver detoxification? I would
    like to try this… thanks
    by the way – its NOT because of alcohol, as I dont drink. he is looking
    for NASH fiber?

    • ANSWER:
      HI Regit

      Here are the 5 vital things that cause illness and disease. Must heal the internal organs or you will have a serious issue later.

      1. stress = most of it self induced. Even thinking and actually talking about negative means you attact negative energy. Visualize and “Feel” a healthy beautiful body (end result) and you’ll have it before you know it.

      2. Lack of water. I could write a book about that (actually will write one this year). Must have a gallon of distilled water (room temperture) with lemon a day to flush out the toxins and poisons in the body. This also helps with weight by creating more bile for the liver, which helps flush more waste.

      3. Nutrition = this helps heal the body and will help you lose weight. Mainly organic fruit and vegetables. If you only ate those for 5 days and drank water you would see a change in your energy and be on your way to better health. Letting the body rest from digesting meats, dairy, and processed foods will do wonders for you.

      4. clogged colon = Not eliminating the processed food and chemicals we eat every day will give anyone illness’ and disease’s. If doctors we’re actually taught this, our society would be much improved. DO a colon cleanse First, then do a liver cleanse (herbdoc.com or healmarketplace.com)

      5. Blockage of energy = Our body has a flow of certain energy and it can get blocked from negative thoughts, words, and actions. This is where a Pranic or Reiki healer can make a difference in releasing or freeing these energy blocks.

      Go ahead now and take the action steps you know you need to do! Make decisions and take control of your health. Who else will? Leave it to drugs and you’ll be another statistic. The body is a wonderful temple, please treat it as is.

      “Benjamin Franklin – “The best of all medicines are rest and fasting”

      Best of health to you

  49. 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.

  50. QUESTION:
    Fiance has to meet with specialist after ultrasound?
    My fiance has been having liver problems like sharp pain in his abdomen around where his liver is. He went to the doctor and has had to give a few urine samples and went for an ultra sound. The doctor called him and asked him to come in and meet with him and a specialist. The doctor mentioned something about fatty liver. My fiance does not drink heavily but he is a bit over-weight. What is going on with him? I’m really worried about his health. Thanks for any insight.

    • ANSWER:
      There is about 5% fat in the liver. However, if more develops inside the liver,
      it can cause a problem. Let me explain this.

      Fat in the liver normally doesn’t cause a problem right away. But, if the
      fat continues to build up in the liver (the liver is surrounded by a tight
      membrane capsule)…then it causes pressure inside the liver which
      can damage the liver cells. When the liver cells become damaged,
      the immune system of the patient’s body will respond to this and
      cause inflammation to develop in the liver. The inflammation may
      start to cause the liver to enlarge in size and take on a spongy
      texture. It is then known as Steatohepatitits
      Steato means fat, Hepat means liver, and itis means inflammation.

      Different things can cause a fatty liver disease:
      weight gain (obesity), fast weight loss, diabetes, insulin
      resistance, certain kinds of medication, alcohol consumption,
      high cholesterol/triglyeride levels, metabolic disorders and
      so much more. The cause has to be determined and
      then the doctor will give the patient instructions on how to
      reverse this problem so the liver cells can heal.

      If this is caught early on, then it is easier to reverse. The fatty
      liver may not have yet advanced to where the liver has enlarged in size.
      Only the doctor can tell how far advanced a patient is in this disease.
      He may request more film testing or a liver biopsy to be sure of his
      findings.

      All liver patients are told, NO Alcohol and not to take any medications
      without having the approval of or being prescribed by his doctor.
      This is because alcohol and drugs are processed by the liver and
      they have to be adjusted in dosage, changed to another drug, or
      stopped completely according to how much liver cell damage there
      may be.

      Here are some medical terms that are used:
      Steatohepatitis is Fatty liver disease with inflammation of the liver
      Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver because of liver cell damage
      NASH is non alcoholic reasons for Steatohepatitis
      NAFLD is non alcoholic reasons for Fatty liver disease
      Alcoholic Steatohepatitis is alcohol reasons for fatty liver disease and
      inflammation.
      Cirrhosis is Death of the liver cells and scar tissue formation inside the liver.

      Here are a few links:

      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

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


Symptoms Of A Fatty Liver

The 4 Signs Of Water Retention
If you are a woman you have probably had it at one time or another. It makes you feel bloated and you probably are. This is sometimes what is more commonly referred to as water weight gain or water retention. In many women it can come and go with the menstrual cycles each month and is really nothing to be alarmed about. Then there are other times when it could be a sign of something more serious and this happens with men as well as women.

When a female goes through her regular monthly cycle, water weight gain might show up a week or so prior to beginning her monthly flow. This can be largely due to the fluctuation in hormone levels. While this is going on there could be a rise in estrogen levels which can cause aldosterone. Aldosterone is a hormone that can cause the kidneys to retain water and it can commonly collect in the abdomen and breasts and cause swelling and tenderness. It is not unusual for some women to gain a few pounds during this time of the month.
There are other times when water weight gain is not a normal occurrence. Water retention can also cause swelling in the legs, feet, and fingers along with the breasts and abdomen. Pregnant women often experience swelling in these areas, but when it comes on suddenly and is abnormal swelling, they should see the doctor as soon as possible. The three things that cause water retention are kidneys, sodium, and hormones.

Here are a few signs that you could be retaining water:

1. If your socks leave a ring around your leg it can be caused by water.
2. When you can not remove your rings because your fingers are swollen.
3. When you have a problem getting your pants zipper up and down all of a sudden.
4. When you gain several pounds in just a day or so.

Having a diet that is high in sodium can cause water retention many times because salt will make you drink more fluids. Steroid medications can also cause puffiness because they can cause your kidneys to hold more sodium even if you do not over indulge in salt. Estrogen replacement hormones can cause water retention in post menopausal women. These might be things you should discuss with your doctor if they are uncomfortable or happen frequently.

You should always contact your doctor if your skin stays swelled for a long period of time or if you poke yourself with your finger and it leaves an indentation mark, it could be signaling a problem with some vital organ like the kidneys, thyroid, liver, or your heart. Do not mistake what you think is a simple common problem for something that could be much more serious.

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:
    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.

  18. 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,

  19. 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).

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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:

  24. 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.

  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:
    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.

  27. 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!

  28. 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?

  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:
      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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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:

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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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  39. 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

  40. 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

  41. 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.

  42. 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.

  43. 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?

  44. 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:

  45. 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!

  46. 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?

  47. 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.

  48. 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 !

  49. 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.

  50. QUESTION:
    What is the cause of abdominal gas?
    Condition: For the last 2 months, I am always having gas created in my abdomen. It is more particularly during the night after 4 or 5 hrs in sleeping position. In the morning this accumulated gas causes a burning sensation in my abdoment and back. I had an ultrasound scan and found fatty liver. My triglycerides are high(450) and cholestrol is 268. My sugar level is near the top but within normal level. I am only 28 yrs.

    Question: My Has this fatty liver has to do anything with gas ? Are these symptoms of insulin resistance and diabetes ? Not just lactose but this gas is caused with all kinds of foods. Even in empty stomach, I am having gas inside. How can I get these treated ? Please help me..

    • ANSWER:
      It’s just a lousy diet. Go back to your last question, click the link I gave you and read what I’ve said. Follow the links if you want to get healthy again. By the time you find the answers you’re looking for here, you will have used up all your points. There’s no easy fix. You’re just going to have to learn the proper way to take care of yourself. If you would have checked out the link I gave you, you would know by now that cinnamon will reduce blood sugar, triglycerides, and cholesterol… but that’s not the whole story. There’s lots more. I’ve given you all you need to find out what you need to do to get things back in balance.