Liver Cysts Cause

Symptoms of Ovarian Cysts
Ovarian cysts are fluid-filled sacs that develop on the ovaries, the female reproductive organs that produce eggs. Women can develop ovarian cysts as a normal part of their menstrual cycle as the ovaries prepare eggs to release into the fallopian tubes. While many of these cysts are completely benign (not harmful to health), some ovarian cysts can be malignant, meaning they pose a danger to health.

Ovarian Cyst Symptoms

The majority of ovarian cyst symptoms are harmless ovarian cysts. It's been estimated that up to ten percent of women of childbearing age can develop potentially dangerous or serious ovarian cyst symptoms.

Before getting into the actual symptoms of an ovarian cyst you need to learn exactly what it is. An Ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled sac found usually on the surface of an ovary.

Depending on where the cyst is and its size, it may put pressure on the bladder or bowels, making you need to go to the toilet more often.

In rare cases, ovarian cysts can cause abnormal amounts of hormones to be produced. This can affect your periods, and speed up or change the way your breasts and body hair grow.
Rupture of the cyst. A large cyst is associated with moderately severe, sharp, boring and constant pain that increases while the cyst enlarges to the point of rupture.
Twisting of the cyst around its blood supply. A twisted ovary can be severely painful as the blood supply to the ovary diminishes.

Long-term pelvic pain during menstrual period that may also be felt in the lower back

Pelvic pain after strenuous exercise or sexual intercourse

Pain or pressure with urination or bowel movements

In many cases there are no symptoms what so ever. However if symptoms do occur a female will feel:

A swollen abdomen.
Increased pressure on the bladder or bowels (which means you will find the need to go to the toilet more frequently).
Painful sexual intercourse.
Irregular periods.

Pelvic pain shortly after beginning or ending a menstrual period.
Difficulty urinating
Abnormal uterine bleeding

Ovarian cysts are sometimes a feature of other conditions affecting the pelvic organs, such as endometriosis. They are occasionally seen in early pregnancy.

Very occasionally, an ovarian cyst is actually the earliest form of ovarian cancer. However, ovarian cysts are very common, and affect mainly women in their 30s and 40s, whereas ovarian cancer is uncommon and mostly affects women over the age of 50.

Direct pressure from the cysts on the ovaries and surrounding structures. This causes chronic pelvic fullness or a dull ache.
Bleeding from a cyst into and around the ovary. This causes more intense, sharp pain.

If you have had an abnormal cyst removed, you will also need to prevent a recurrence. The underlying problem here is not a simple hormonal imbalance, but abnormal cell growth. The approach in this instance is to ensure that your immune system is functioning properly, so that abnormal cells can be engulfed and destroyed. You'll also need to optimise the function of your liver, which plays a part in the destruction of abnormal cells and foreign substances before they reach the bloodstream.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    STD that can cause cysts in liver, and kidneys?
    Is there an STD that could cause cysts inside your body, like the liver and kidneys?

    • ANSWER:
      It isn’t typical and would not happen without showing up elsewhere.

  2. QUESTION:
    What could cause a cyst in a cat's liver?
    My 16 year old cat was diagnosed with either a tumor or cyst in his liver, as seen on an ultrasound. I've been reading it's very rare for a cat to have a liver tumor unless cancer metastasizes there from another site. No other cancer is known in this cat though. If it's a cyst, what would cause it in a cat? Can a liver cyst be caused by worms, as I heard could cause this in other animals? Or is it most likely something else?

    • ANSWER:
      A tumor and a cyst aren't quite the same thing, particularly on the liver. Cysts on a cat's liver are usually benign, and treatment frequently involves removal of the cysts. However, at 16, your vet may not think surgery is wise, or he may think the condition is not serious enough to warrant surgery. Who knows what causes liver cysts; some think there is a genetic predisposition or an old age condition that is only being recognized as cats are living longer. Diet could be an issue. Some parasitic conditions can cause liver issues and cysts, and as the cat has gotten older his immune system isn't as strong as it used to be. 16 is getting up there so you need to be prepared for more age-related issues.

      Hopefully your cat has a good prognosis and will have many more wonderful years.

  3. QUESTION:
    I was just wondering if anyone had insight on liver cysts and their correlation with medication?
    I had 5 epidurals in 2 yrs, skelaxin, flexeril, celebrex, lidoderm patches and trigger point injections for a car accident. My 2004 MRi's didn't show anything. Now that I have been taking these Rxs for 2 yrs I have 5 or more liver cysts... I think the Rxs must be inter-related. I rarely drink, and don't take much other meds except for the occasional advil.
    If anyone has any experience with this or can directly me to a website, advice, supplements or books on the subject would be greatly appreciated. I need to prove the Rxs are the cause of these cysts since I have never taken any of these drugs prior to the accident or had liver problems previously. Thanks any info would be helpful.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, there is a site that has really good natural product's for your liver. I will let you check out the site and read the valuable information.
      http://www.nativeremedies.com/liver-dr-hepatitis-c-treatment.html?img=507&kbid=2809

  4. QUESTION:
    Liver Cysts, Cancer, and Tylenol?
    Just out of pure curiosity:

    It's obvious Tylenol can cause liver damage, due to the fact it has acetaminophen. However, can long term (but not overdose amounts) use (and I mean 40 years and such) of the medication, especially on a frequent basis for ailments such as severe migraines, pain, etc cause liver CYSTS or CANCER. Quite clearly, it can cause liver DAMAGE, but specifically, what does that damage encompass?

    As well, can cysts be a warning sign of liver trouble, and possible liver cancer in the future?

    • ANSWER:
      If one has to take acetaminophen for long term say 40 years , he should also prepare his mind to handle such a case
      Also ,for migraine ,one need not depend on that for 40 years, you can also try to adopt the alternative methods to reduce the frequency of migraine ,thus you can reduce the dose of medicine

  5. QUESTION:
    what causes cysts in the liver and is it serious?
    The doctor thought i had all the symptoms of gall stones and they only found cysts in the liver

    • ANSWER:
      You can be born with them - these cause no trouble at all.

      You can develop them with a parasitic infection: echinococcus causing "hydatid cysts"

      There is a strange and rare genetic disorder: Polycystic liver disease

      Mostly liver cysts are benign and don't cause any trouble. They are only really bad if they turn out to be abscesses or strange types of cancer, and not cysts at all ... however these usually do have a slightly different appearance on scanning.

      Communicate with your doctor, but do not be surprised if (s)he tells you that there is nothing that needs to be done about the cysts.

      As to what is causing the abdominal pain ... still looking?

  6. QUESTION:
    can a liver cyst cause a swelling or mass in ur upper abdomen?
    i have a soft mass on the upper right of my abdomen does any one know what this is its soft and like pokes out but kinda round and hurts if i sit awhile

    • ANSWER:
      Could be a hernia. At any rate you should have it checked out as it certainly doesn't sound normal.

  7. 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.

  8. QUESTION:
    Could Liver Cysts be causing these symptoms?
    Over the past two years I've been going through phases where I feel pressure in my abdomen where my liver would be. This is accompanied with fluid retention, distension, and shortness of breath. After several days to a week, the symptoms resolve themselves, and I got back to normal for a little while before it begins again.

    About the time these symptoms began, I had open heart surgery to replace my mitral valve, and since these symptoms are very similar (but not identical) to the symptoms that led me to seek help for my heart, I assumed they were related. After numerous tests and thousands of dollars, my cardiologist claims that there is nothing wrong with my heart and that I do not have congestive heart failure. I have also been checked for lung cancer and no evidence of that has been found either.

    One of the additional tests they performed was an ultrasound of my gall bladder. When my doctor talked about the results with me, she mentioned that she saw several large cysts in my liver but said they were nothing to be concerned about.

    My question is could these cysts be causing these symptoms? What ever is wrong with me, it doesn't seem to be progressive, meaning it hasn't gotten any worse over the last two years; it just keep happening and no one can figure out why.

    • ANSWER:

  9. QUESTION:
    Manageing Multiple liver cysts?
    i have been diagnosed with multiple liver cysts which are causing immense pain. the surgeon doesntnwant to operate because he says they may return again(some are very large in size). The pain management consultant has me on morphine which neither relieves the pain and makes me very ill. I am on the verge of loosing my job because of the amount of sick leave i have. PLEASE HELP. Some days i cant move at all because of the pain. I am desperate

    • ANSWER:
      You should be with a gastroenterologist or hepatotologist.

      Liver cysts can be three things: fluid filled, complex (meaning
      they have another substance in them, or cancer.

      Normally, liver cysts are watched to see how much they
      enlarge in size...if the doctor think it is one of the first two things
      I mentioned. If they become too large, they can damage the
      cells around them. If this takes place, the immune system of
      the body will respond to the damage and cause
      inflammation inside the liver which causes the liver to enlarge
      in size. When this is done, the doctor has an option to remove
      the cysts. However, it is a surgery. The doctor has to go in
      and take out the wall of the cyst, not just a puncture of it so
      the fluid will drain. Removing the wall helps prevent the cyst
      from healing and filling with fluid once again. Considering
      you have multiple cysts...only the largest ones would probably
      be removed and others there would be left to grow larger.
      It depends on where the cysts are located.

      I would get a second opinion. I would request a copy of
      any ultrasound, Ct scan, etc to take to another doctor. The
      pain you are having has to be addressed.

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

  10. QUESTION:
    I have found out from my doctor that I have possible cyst on my liver what would cause this?
    I also have an enlarged heart but I am ok because my doctor said that I do not suffer with high blood pressure or high cholestrol

    • ANSWER:
      normally found in some individuals.

  11. QUESTION:
    What are my liver cysts from?. Prognosis?
    I am a 52 year old male recently diagnosed with Bacterimia /Septicemia. After 8 days in the hospital I was released and I am still taking Cipro and Flagel. During my stay in the hospital I received a triple thoracic CT scan a Gallium scan. It was determined that I have over 100 small cysts spread through out my liver and a small polyp in my bile duct. They also mentioned an abcsess in the Liver lateral to the gallbladder and "uptake" into both lungs. There was no mention or concern of cysts in the Kidneys or any where else. The diagnosis at that time was that the cysts resulted from the infection. After a months treatment of antibiotics I had a MRI of the Liver. The Liver MRI shows no sign of change in the number of cysts or size. My doctors now believe that the cysts were not caused by my infection and another pathology may be present.

    I am going to see my doctor for more consultations and lots more tests but it will be almost two weeks before I get the results from the next round of tests. I know that they want to look at my entire gastrointestinal tract. Recent colonoscopy and endoscopy showed no problems I have a slightly enlarged prostate and three cases of prostatitus in the last 7 years.

    What I would like to know is what tests may be indicated and what possible diagnoses and treatments I may expect. I know I can't be diagnosed on line but want to prepare myself for whatever is coming.

    Please help.
    Thanks for your time..
    Blood tests for my liver are normal. Parasitic infections have been ruled out.
    Thank you for your answer. Shortly after I got your answer I received an MRI report that has the same diagnosis on it. If you are willing I would love to communicate with you to get a better idea of what I could expect and what resources are available. May God bless you and the person under your care.

    • ANSWER:
      You have a polycystic liver. Poly means many.
      Cysts can be fluid filled or complex. Fluid
      filled doesn't usually cause a problem...the
      complex ones can mean they have particules
      in them or even, rarely, cancer.

      It is good that they are not increasing in size.
      If they do start to increase, they could cause
      damage to the surrounding cells in the liver.
      If this takes place, it would be best to
      discuss with the doctor about being
      evaluated for placement on the transplant
      list.
      The abscess in the liver can be drained by
      placing a tubing that comes from the abscess
      to the outside skin and then to a bag, on the
      outside of the body, to collect the contents.

      It would be very important to notify the
      doctor immediately if you develop even
      a mind fever.

      If the cells become damaged in the liver,
      the immune system will respond to this
      and cause inflammation to develop inside
      the liver, also. This usually causes the
      liver to enlarge in size. An ultrasound or
      Ct scan would show this enlargement.

      I do know that people can inherit polycystic
      kidney disease, but I'm not sure about
      the liver having this. You may want to
      talk to others in your family about whether
      they had liver problems of any sort.

      They sometimes do a liver biopsy in
      people who have cell damage...but I'm
      not sure they would do it to someone that
      has cysts there or not...I think more likely
      not.

      Wish I could be of more help...this is
      about all I can give you on this.
      Best wishes

  12. QUESTION:
    Why a 65 year old person complains of pain in the lowerback. Is it due to the lesion in the liver?
    Does liver cyst or any lesion cause pain in the pelvic region or at the lumbar region? Is space occupying lesion causing the pain?

    • ANSWER:
      It has nothing to do with liver . Yes space occupying lesion in spine can cause it but why not think more common cause like lumbosacral spondilitis !

  13. QUESTION:
    I have a friend with a cyst located on lung,liver & spleen.Do we know what would cause this?
    She has been in the hospital for about a week with no answers.They have not performed an autopsy which really confuses me.They do have her on antibiotics.Just trying to find out what is really going on.She has a problem with lying but she has been a friend for a long time.We as friends need to know if it is serious or just happens to be cysts that can be taking care of by antibiotics and she is making more of it than it is for the sympathy part of it.If you knew her you would know what I meant.we have accepted her for who she is but we are worried about her and need to know.Is it possible a std is the cause of the cyst.
    No.She does not have cancer if she did it would not stop her from telling us.She is the type that looks for the attention and makes it worse than it is.Not to be mean but it is a part of her that you wouldn't understand unless you've known her for 12 years like we have.She had a bad child hood and is sadly a pathalogical liar.It would be something she is somewhat ashamed of but doesn't realize us as friends would understand and help her with.(example of lies is she told a guy she owned a house and would sell it to buy him a house.Which by the way she rents the house with our other friend who is also concerned by the way the guy found out she lied and was destroyed because he thought his life was improving for the better)

    • ANSWER:
      Well any Good Homeopathic physician can help him recover from that.The most sure fire way of curing such ailments is Homeopathy(Smart Medicine).
      Please feel free to email me I will help as far as I can in Homeopathic Medicines !

  14. QUESTION:
    How can I find out if I have PKD(polycystic kidney disease) without the expensive genetic testing?
    For about 11 years I've had a cyst in my right kidney causing it to enlarge and a liver cyst that was once drained during my gallbladder removal a few years ago.The liver cyst has filled again and my kidney cyst causes severe pain daily.Over the years,I've had ct scans,mri's and sonograms to keep track of how large my kidney has grown.2 out of 3 doctor's(including a nephrologist from the Kidney foundation)suggests I have PKD and has told me that I now need to undergo genetic testing to verify this.I have no health insurance and there is only one income in my household.Due to the daily pain,I am so limited to activities that I can do with my two children.We are so stressed that we cannot get an answer from these "specialist" and can no longer afford any more testing or ER visits.I feel like I am alone.How can i get a diagnosis when i can not afford the testing?I've been to the"sliding scale fee" clinics(they say my husband makes too much money but fail to realise we pay bills with it).

    • ANSWER:
      Currently there is no cure for PKD, not with conventional medicine or (despite what you have been told) alternative medicine.

      Ultrasound (sonogram) is usually used to diagnose this especially when the cysts are active. Genetic testing confirms the diagnosis. CTs & MRIs can be used but are not ususally required. The extra imaging you have had may have been redundant and unneccessary. For now, get a hold of all your films, reports and labs -- you will need them. The main concern at this time is to prevent or control pain, high blood pressure and UTIs and well as find help.

      You may want to contact the Kidney Foundation and see what they suggest. Call to get an 800 number and check their website. They may have programs for someone in your situation, programs that will give you immediate help.

      My hope is that you can avoid ESRD (end-stage renal disease), kidney failure and transplant.

      I'm not certain if you are eligible for Disability or Supplemental Security Income benefits through the Social Security Administration but it's something to investigate. You would need the medical information I suggested you acquire and any written physician statements you can get concerning the probable diagnosis. If I am able to find additional help for you, a grant perhaps, I will contact you if I'm able.

      God bless you and your family. You're in a very frustrating position but I'm sure there are others who will try to help. You're not alone!

  15. QUESTION:
    What could cause a chest pain on the right side?
    I woke up yesterday with a dull chest pain on the right side under my breast, it is about 1cm above the breast bone. I thought maybe i slept badly but the pain came back later several times, lasted for a few seconds each time. And again today it has been on and off. It doesn't really hurt, it is just a dull pain but it worries me. What could cause this type of pain? Could it be a cyst in my breast? Liver problem? Lung problem? I am 39, don't smoke, and not overweight. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I am a nursing student. I recently studied the causes of pain in the thoracic region (chest). If the pain is on the right side it is not your heart and could most likely be gallstones because that is where your gall bladder is located. You should probably get it checked out just to see.

  16. QUESTION:
    What does it mean to have a benign cyst?
    My mom just found out she has three benign cysts on her liver. What exactly does this mean? Could they turn malignant? What can she do about the pain that these cysts are causing her? She won't give me details because she's afraid to worry me, but I really want to know how bad this could get. Does anyone out there have experience with this? Any help would be very much appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Benign cysts are just that. Benign, as in friendly. They are not malignant, not cancerous. This is good news. They are unlikely to become malignant. There are several types of hepatic cysts and neoplastic cysts are rare. As far as her pain, she can request an analgesic from her doctor if she doesn't already have a prescription for one. A treatment approach depends entirely on the type of cysts she has.

      Sit her down and tell her you're already worried. She needs to share this with you instead of keeping you in the dark about it. That causes more worry. I realize she's trying to protect you but you sound to me like you can take it. Tell her that and tell her you love her and want to help in any way you can.

  17. QUESTION:
    Can hair from cats cause bad things to humans?
    Οne month now i live with two cats. And my parents are really scared of them because they've heard bad stuff about the fur of cats. They know a woman who had a cat and the doctor found her cyst at her liver and he said its because of the cat hair that went from her skin into her body. Can these stuff really happen? i sleep with the cats in my bed, and im scared now because of these things that ive heard.

    • ANSWER:
      Cat hair can't cause problems. If people have allergies--which WOULDN'T cause cysts--it's due to the dander--not the hair--of the cats. I think the above mentioned doctor needs to get with the 21st century & go back to vet school.

  18. QUESTION:
    Enlarged liver - what does this mean?
    Before I begin my little story here's some info about me
    22 y/o female, moderate drinker on the weekends, diagnosed as hypoglycemic at 17 (no explanation as to why), meds: birth control and paxil, 20 mg

    On Wednesday I was admitted to the ER with severe stomach cramps. The cramps were worse on Tuesday night but I promised my bf I'd get it checked out the next day if I still felt crampy. Long story short, the nurses at my college didn't think it was anything severe but the pain in my lower right abdominal area couldn't be ignored. They wanted to make sure I didn't have appendicits. A CT scan of my abdomen showed a possible liver cyst, so they sent me in for a ultrasound to check it out. That turned up a small cyst on my right kidney (not surprising since I had nasty recurrent UTIs) and a slightly enlarged right lobe of my liver (normal = 15-17 cm, mine = 18.6 cm).
    My questions for any medical professionals out there is ... what in the world does this mean? I have a follow up with a physician at my school for some bloodwork. My original bloodwork at the ER turned up normal, although my urinalysis showed some ketones (80). The kidney cyst should clear up but I have no idea what would cause a slightly enlarged liver (although I've heard Paxil can be deterimental). Any ideas??
    Also, my stomach pain has cleared up and I have no other symptoms (no swelling, fever, jaundice, etc).

    • ANSWER:
      kidney problems from diabetes? Avoid sugar. get the a1c test.

  19. QUESTION:
    Simple Liver Cyst Problem?
    Hi all I am a 19 year old Male from Wales in the UK, I posted on this forum back in June 2008 when I was experiencing some terrible abdominal problems. In light of these problems the doctor arranged for me to have a US scan where they found a leision of 1.2cm on my liver.

    This worried me to death at first as he said that he couldn't make out what it was but it could be cancerous. He therefore ordered me to have a contrast MRI, the results of this were ambigous and he said it turned out that they could see it better on the US.

    He wanted it monitored, so he arranged for another US in November 2008 which I had, this revealed that the "leision" had grown 0.1cm which isn't much but he said growth meant that he would need to do another scan a year later in order to keep an eye on it.

    I had this scan as planned in November 2009 and much to my relief it had not changed a single bit in about a year which was a massive weight off my shoulders. The doctor was happy with the way everything had been and was convinced by the growth rate that it was nothing nasty. He therefore said he didn't want to see me again. I asked if it was an hemangioma and he said "they normally appear bright so if it is then it's not a typical one",

    However recently I have been getting some right side pain, I think it could mean that I have a simple cyst that is causing this and I may need to have it drained, is this a plausible explanation if not is it possible that the leision really was malignant after all and I need emergency attention.

    I had some fantastic advice on here in 2008.

    Thanks all

    • ANSWER:
      If this had been cancer, it would have gotten larger
      in size. Cysts can be fluid filled, complex (meaning
      they have a different content than fluid) or rarely,
      it can be cancer.
      Cysts are usually only watched to see if they may
      grow in size. It they start to grow in size where
      they are causing damage to the liver cells around
      them...then they can be surgically operated on
      to remove a portion of the cyst wall...the
      reason for this is because just sticking it with
      a needle to drain the fluid, the fluid may build up
      again. Most people don't know they have a cyst
      in the liver. Pain in that portion of the abdomen
      should be checked out for probable cause....
      Usually, the pain is caused by the liver enlarging
      in size from inflammation due to liver cell damage.
      I think I would request a second opinion to be
      sure this is a liver cyst problem. Only the specialist
      doctors could tell you for sure what this is...no
      one here can do that.

      I hope this information is of some help. Best wishes

  20. QUESTION:
    I have a 3.5 by 2.5 liver cyst, why wont my doctor remove it? It causes me severe pain.?
    Its not cancerous.
    He says he wants to rule out every other possibility before taking this out, meaning something else could be causing the pain. I have had a million tests already and nothing. I guess I am just tired of taking Vicodin for pain and just want a solution.

    • ANSWER:
      Hey sis, why don't you ask HIM? He's your doctor. We aren't. We can only guess. He'll tell you the truth. Give it a try!!!

      I am an RN

  21. QUESTION:
    Liver cyst found after ultra sound?
    I had a physical on the Monday before Thanksgiving and I had all the usual blood work done. My liver enzymes were high so my doctor re-ordered the blood work and an ultrasound on my pancreas-gallbladder. The liver came back and showed 1 cyst on the liver on the right lobe. Now he wants me to go for a ct scan tomorrow. I am very scared about this cause I never was expecting this and I don't know what to think. Can anyone give me some advice about this or if anyone has had this before?

    • ANSWER:
      Cysts can be fluid filled, complex( meaning they have something
      other than fluid inside of them, or cancerous (very rarely).

      They may try to be deciding what type of cyst this really is.
      The most common is the fluid filled one. They normally will
      not do much as long as the cyst stays small, in this case.
      They will wait and do an ultrasound or Ct scan again in the
      future. However, if the cysts starts to enlarge in size...
      they will watch it more closely. You see, as the cyst
      enlarges in size it can place pressure on the healthy
      cells around it and cause damage to them. It depends
      on how big it may get. They can go in and remove one
      the the walls of the cyst, so that the fluid can drain out
      into the body and be absorbed. They don't normally
      just poke a needle in it..as this can heal up and start
      to form more fluid in it.

      This is more of a wait and see. Many people develop
      cysts in their bodies as they grow older.

      It is unlikely to be cancer...but if it is and it is just in the
      right lobe of the liver and hasn't gone to another place in
      the body or come from another place in the body...they
      can do what is known as a resection, and remove that
      part of the liver. The part of the liver that remains,
      will grow back to normal size again as it regenerates
      new cells. (that depends on where it is located in the
      right lobe).

      I hope this information has been of some help to you.
      Best wishes
      A link to click on:
      http://www.surgeryplanet.com/gastroenterology/treatment-for-liver-cyst.html

  22. QUESTION:
    how do u get a cyst on the liver and what causes it?

    • ANSWER:
      Check out this article for extensive and detailed info on hepatic cysts.

      http://www.emedicine.com/Med/topic2716.htm

  23. QUESTION:
    Anyone experience odd behavior with senior cat?
    My cat is 15 and he has CRF and a liver cyst. He lost some weight and the doctor said to prepare for the end.
    I'm hand feeding him and giving him fluids, etc, but here is the odd behavior that I don't understand:
    Whining/crying, restlessness, climbing and general "squirrelly" behavior. The doctor says he is NOT in pain, but he feels generally crappy.
    I have read that feline dementia can cause crying and confused behavior, but he doesn't seem confused he seems restless and wanting something that I can't provide. He wakes me up 1 to 3 times during the night and follows me around sometimes.
    I'm trying to come to a decision of when the end is, and knowing what this behavior means would help.
    Please only answer if you've had experience with this in a senior cat. I take him to the vet regularly and I do plenty of research. He is not dying from his CRF, but rather the location of his benign liver cyst which causes the stomach to have less room for food.
    Just to add a few details: Diagnosed with CRF about a year ago, we give fluid treatments several times a week, always went well but lately he resists more. Liver cyst is benign but in a "bad" location according to the doctor. His age and health make him unable to get surgery. I am spoonfeeding him Science Diet A/D (stopped eating kibble, I think it's too hard) about a tablespoon 2X a day, plus all the soft treats he wants (he won't eat anything else). I crush Potassium in the food, been doing that for a year per the doctor. At times he does look shaky, between these little "manic" episodes of restlessness as I call them. He does follow and cry directly to me, as if he wants something from me. I spent a lot of time petting/stroking his head this morning, hoping to calm him a bit. Thank you for info so far.

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, I am very sorry to hear about your cat. He is without a doubt uncomfortable, I doubt he suffers from dementia. He is more likely very uncomfortable and is looking to you to relieve his distress. Does he seem hungry? I would think his appetite is pretty suppressed and what he really wants from you is just comfort. Make sure he has plenty of water available to him, and food, but more importantly, spend some quiet time with him and reassure him by petting him and talking softly. If he needs it, carry him. Good luck. My heart goes out to you and to him.

  24. QUESTION:
    Right abdominal pain, CT scan and ultrasound on liver and everything else.?
    Woke up one morning with severe right abdominal pain below the rib cage. okay maybe I pulled something. 17 days later still dull aching pain there but very severe when I cough or sneeze. Otherwise its so to speak "there" throughout the day. I go in to the Dr. and tell him my symptoms. He goes through the routine examine, pushes here pushes there. I get blood drawn and urine sample. Calls me back later I have blood urine and liver enzymes are a bit high. Schedules me for Ct scan. Scan comes back normal. Schedules me for a ultra sound and some nuclear dye for my gallbladder to make it do funny things. I deny that but okay with the ultrasound. Go to ultrasound. Ultrasound tech opens mouth and tells me I have a liver cyst. I say uhmmmm ok? Later the Dr's nurse calls me back and tells me looks like ultrasound came back great and asks me "are you still in pain?" I tell her yes. So I ask her thats it nothing else? Nothing found? She says no. So I decide to tell her about liver cyst found on ultra sound? She says she does'nt know anything about that and will consult with the DR. Well after reading on the internet cause Im curious I see that people do get them and 95% of paitents do not experience pain. But 5% do and it needs to be addressed. Well here I am still in pain since June 26. If I strain like having a bowel movement, sneeze, cough or even bend a certain messed up way it hurts. Anyone heard of this? Is this why I had a blood in my urine? Do they bleed? Im kinda dissapointed in my Dr that they wouldnt relay the info that was found and I had to open my mouth up about the tech showing me the cyst. I dont know what to do I feel kinda helpless here. Waiting on Md to call me monday.

    • ANSWER:
      When a cyst is found in an individual, that person should submit themself to medical testing to rule out any serious diseases or conditions that may be the root cause. Hepatic cysts are symptoms of a variety of serious diseases that can lead to renal failure.

      Read more: Causes of Liver Cysts | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_5063213_causes-liver-cysts.html#ixzz1SQ0sow6z

      They can also be caused by parasite larvae.

  25. QUESTION:
    Lower abdominal swelling: What could cause this?
    Forgot to add: I was recently told I have a liver cyst but that it's nothing to worry about. Could this be the cause?
    Below my belly button has looked/felt swollen for a few years now. The testing I have had (thyroid, whtie blood cell etc) comes back fine. I do have a high red blood cell count if that makes a difference. It's not fat and feels almost fluid like with discomfort (not pain) if you press on it. Any idea as to what this might be?

    _______________________________
    Also, I've seen my family doc/endo for this and also spoke to a GI guy...they weren't sure and told me to keep an eye on it.

    • ANSWER:
      Your liver is located towards the bottom of your right rib cage, so the swelling below the navel would not be related to this. You have not mentioned what sort of testing has been done to see if there is any abnormality of your lower abdomen, i.e. pelvic and abdominal ultrasound, CT scans, upper and lower GI exams, etc., so there is no way to say what the doctors think it might be. If none of those tests have been ordered, perhaps you should insist.

  26. QUESTION:
    What could cause the pain that I have around my left ovary.?
    I have an IUD so it highly doubt I could have an ectopic pregnancy. I just had an ultrasound for my liver and other areas so they may have seen something if there was a cyst. The pains been lasting about 3 days now and it hurts more when I stand. Is there anything else besides pregnancy and cyst that could be going on?

    • ANSWER:

  27. QUESTION:
    Why would I have an enlarged liver for a year now as well as enzymes getting higher and higher?
    I have an enlarged liver with high enzymes and they are tryin to figure out the cause of this as it is making me very sick and in a lot of pain. The pain is under my right rib and will radiate up into my shoulder baldes and in my back. They said it is the capsule surrounding the liver that is causing the pain as the liver is enlarging butt he capsule is not. My liver enzymes are gettting higher as well. My doctor has refered me to a liver disease specialist because he does not know what is going on. He did how ever tell me that I may have Hep or liver cancer. I have my Hep shots and have never left to a foreign country. I dont use drugs and my husband is not infected so im sure he hasnt cheated. I just am going crazy here. I just turned 30 and feel as if my body is shutting down. I also just found out I have fibromyelgia. I have a 1 year old, 5 year old, and a 11 year old who's father was killed on July 1st 2010 by a drunk driver. The last thing I want is for something to happen to myself.

    I had a c-section December 9th, 2009
    I had my gallbladder out June 27th 2010
    I had my tubes tied October 20th, 2010
    I had a urethra dilatation on January 25th, 2011( urinating blood for 20 years)

    This is 4 surgeries in a 13 months period.

    I also have stomach ulcers and have been vomitting blood.
    I have 2 cysts in my throid

    And many other issues.

    Any insight as to why this is happening please let me know~

    Thank you in advance

    I just turned 30 last week

    I dont smoke
    I dont drink
    I dont do drugs

    And Most of all I dont know why I am so sick????

    • ANSWER:
      When the liver enlarges in size, it is usually due to liver
      cell damage. Let me explain.

      When the liver cells become damaged, the immune
      system of our body responds to this damage and cause
      inflammation to develop inside the liver. This will
      cause the liver to enlarge in size.
      There are many things that can cause damage to
      the liver cells: alcohol consumption, medication
      toxification, chemical exposure, hereditary conditions,
      viral (hepatitis A,B,C,etc) or parasite infections,
      auto immune disease, cancer/growths/tumors/cysts
      biliary obstruction/malformation/infection/surgery that
      causes scar tissue build up in the tubes,
      metabolic disorders (can include thyroid),
      fatty liver disease, and much more.

      If the cause can be found and stopped, the liver cells
      can heal and the problem can be reversed. However,
      if this is not able to be done...then the liver cells can
      start to die off and form scar tissue inside the liver.
      This scar tissue cannot be removed from the liver and
      can act like a wall there, which can block the blood
      from getting to the functioning liver cells, so they continue
      to die off and can eventually lead to blocking the blood
      flow through the liver on its way back to the heart.
      (This is known as Cirrhosis of the liver)
      http://www.medicinenet.com/cirrhosis/article.htm

      This is very important to know this...as blood not flowing
      through the liver well anymore can cause it to back up
      into the portal vein (which brings blood from all the
      abdomen to the liver) and also backs up into vessels
      not used to handling this amount of blood (known as
      varies). These varies can have weak spots and balloon
      outward and break open. They are usually found in the
      esophagus, rectal area, and belly button area. Any
      blood in the sputum or vomit or from the rectal area is
      an emergency situation. People who do develop
      cirrhosis, the liver doesn't make clotting factors that helps
      the blood to clot..so they tend to bleed and bruise very
      easily. The doctor can go in and check for varies in
      the esohagus (Endoscopy). The blood will also back
      up into the spleen and can cause it to enlarge, also.

      An ERCP procedure can show if there is a blockage
      or a narrowing of the bile ducts and the doctors can
      widen the bile ducts with the scope and instruments
      to remove any stones, growth, etc. that may be present
      http://www.gihealth.com/html/education/ercp.html

      If you have just had a child, it is possible you could of
      developed fatty liver disease, which can occur in the
      third trimester of pregnancy, rarely.

      Simple blood tests can show if your thyroid is making
      the hormone, thyroxine, well. If it is not making enough
      of this hormone..it is known as hypothyroidism and can
      add to the tired feeling you already have with your
      liver function not being good. Most liver patients feel
      tired all the time.

      These are just some of the things to take into consideration.
      It is best to wait till the liver specialist...either the
      gastroenterologist or hepatologist reviews your blood work,
      ultrasounds, ct scans, MRI, and possible liver biopsy,
      and your other health problems...before a true
      determination can be made.

      I hope this information has been of some help to you.
      Best wishes. You sure have been facing an awful lot..
      I hope that you find out soon what is wrong and that
      you will start to feel much better.

  28. QUESTION:
    My wife has been diagnoised with polysystic Fibrosis a month after her delivery.?
    The size of the cyst is apporx 13cm. Initially she had the cyst at the liver - now this has reduced to 3 cm but a now a cyst has appeared at the bladder (around 14 cm). Apart from this - small cysts are present at kidney, pancreas. Please let me know the cause and cure for this.
    problem

    Doctors say nothing can be done - cyst can be removed only in emergency / serious condition.

    • ANSWER:
      The Cyst most of the time go away on their own. It's painful but the doctor is right only emergency cases ever see a operating room. If a person had surgery for every time one of these cysts show up she would live in the operating room.

  29. QUESTION:
    My cat had surgery to remove a cyst on his liver. he's ok but still has a little fever? What could be going on
    The vet thinks that the cyst is non-cancerous. He is active and livley just a day after surgery. The only thing is he's running a temperature of 103.5-8 when a normal temp is closer to 102.5. They say he could still be dehydrated. He's been on 2 kinds of broad spectrum antibiotics for 2 days now. Is there anything else that could be causing his temperature to be that high?
    Thanks, Jeff

    • ANSWER:
      The most common causes of fever in these period are

      1) A natural inflammatory response to the stress of surgery
      2) Manipulation of a source of infection eg. Liver cyst in your cat's case.

      These are NOT dangerous and should resolve in time.

      Other causes of fever that you should be worried about generally only kick in at least 3 to 5 days after the surgery. Considering that the surgery was only a day ago and that the fever is mild, I'd say you probably do not have to be too worried.

      I suggest that you continue the antibiotics as prescribed and watch the fever for now. If the fever persists beyond tomorrow and if your cat becomes increasingly drowsy and unlike its usual self then bring him to your vet to have a look.

  30. QUESTION:
    What happened in my woMb? Can a cyst cause this?
    I have pcos but I am on a weight loss prog. And I think I conceived but later saw some thick blood n a broken egg sort of. I bled for days could this be my menses or has anyone had history of misscarriage with any of these drugs: metformin, cod liver oil, I was told cod liver was responsible for the miscarriage, and my hcg kit proves I was preg(no shows neg) but scan says no gestational sac seen. And a cyst meas. 25 mm was seen on the left ovary. What does this cyst do to my baby n wat can it still do, can I still be preg without miscarriage again, help me please

    • ANSWER:
      Nothing to worry! For next pregnancy planning, first see that cyst will be cleared by medicine or by removal of cyst then plan for happy conceiving.
      First moms health must be taken care then next. Don't frustrate yourself, cyst is nothing but formation of tiny bacterias.
      If your healthy, then baby will be conceived healthily.

  31. QUESTION:
    What do these symptoms mean? Right rib cage discomfort, gastritus and legs with pins and needles?
    Had an utrasound done of the right rib cage and complete upper and lower pelvic ct scan. Only showed small vein mass in liver and minute kidney cyst which I was told wouldnt cause all the symptoms I have. Had been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia 10 years ago and am now in PT and have been in wellness for 7 years.

    • ANSWER:
      I cannot for certain tell you why you have these
      problems, but I can give you some ideas.

      If the liver cells become damaged, the immune
      system of the body can respond to this damage
      and cause inflammation inside the liver which
      will cause the liver to enlarge in size. This
      could cause right rib cage discomfort.
      I would request to see a gastroenterologist
      about the liver and gastritis, if you haven't already.

      Legs having pins and needles in them, sound
      like the nerves coming from the back being
      pinched. It can also develop if the blood flow
      to the legs are not sufficient.

      Having fibromyalgia has many symptoms that
      are hard to explain...since they do not know what
      really causes it to develop.

      Kidney cysts can be fluid filled sacs, or complex
      (meaning they have something else besides fluid
      in them) or very rarely, they can be cancerous.
      They usually only watch them by ultrasound or
      Ct scan, to be sure they don't enlarge in size or
      cause damage to the kidney itself. They are
      quite common in older people. If they do
      enlarge, then they may try to take one side of
      the wall of the cyst off, and the fluid will be
      then absorbed by the body.

      I hope this is of some help to you.

  32. QUESTION:
    Liver Lesion on CT scan?
    My husband has been having gastrointestinal problems (gas, change in bowel habits, constant cramping feeling in upper right quadrant) since Christmas and we always thought he just had a sensitive stomach. It's gotten progressively as time's gone on and he went to see an GI. The GI did a HIDA scan, colonoscopy and endoscopy and everything turned out fine. He issued him a prescription for intestinal spasms and left it at that. My husband didn't want that answer and went back to his family doctor who issued a CT scan. They found a lesion on his liver, unfortunately they did not say where or how big. He's going to get a MRI done now so we will know more soon. I've been trying to look into what causes liver lesions, what all it could be (cyst, tumor, etc) but only one thing keeps popping up and that's liver cancer. Does anyone have any idea or can you give me more insight? It's much appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      My husband had same tests and a lesion was found. He went in for a ct guided biopsy and it was just a hemangioma. Your husband doesn't even have any symptoms of liver cancer...

  33. QUESTION:
    does this sound like liver cancer?
    Hi,
    I have been having a dull ache under my right rib cage for the past 10 months. 8 months ago when I had a CT scan, it was noted there were two tiny lucencies, too big to characterize, likely cysts. My doctor said these would not be causing the pain. I have liver function tests usually once a month, and they have come back normal each time. Recently, I have had pain in my left and right back shoulder blades, as well as my left rib cage and under my left rib cage. It is pretty much pain all over my chest. It is not excrutiating, just a dull ache, and it comes and goes. I just had an ultrasound that showed no masses, even the lucencies from the CT scan they could not find. My question is, does this sound like liver cancer to you? the tiny lucencies scared me, but my doctor said they were too small at that time to cause any pain. If this pain is so wide spread over my chest, wouldn't an ultrasound pick up anything causing this? And I also have normal liver function tests. My gallbladder also looked normal on the ultrasound. Other symptoms include sometimes pale stool, loose stool with undigsted food, and a lot of gas. I have had a colonoscopy and endoscopy come back normal. Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      Lucencies is an unusual term I assume it means cysts? Cysts are not cancer and cancer would have been seen and your liver panels would not be normal. However, not anything that may be wrong would be seen on ultrasound. Ultrasound views a small area a CT views a wider area and a better overall diagnostic tool and it appears nothing was seen there either. Keep going back to your doctor and tell them all of your symptoms keep a diary if you have to. Write down all medications you are taking or have taken in the past year and when you started and/or stopped. Any changes in your life, any illnesses you have had and any trips you have made. Take this and all of your medical records and get a second opinion. I’m not saying your doctor has done anything wrong and any good doctor will not mind and should welcome a fresh set of eyes on the case.

  34. QUESTION:
    Problems with the mirena.?
    i had the mirena inserted in march 09, since then i have had pelvic pains frequently. i was told that this is normal since i just had it inserted 7 months ago. my periods are lighter and i enjoy that part of the mirena, but within the past two months, i have had severe stomach pains, first thing i did was have an ultrasound to see if the mirena moved or if it caused any cysts. there were no problems. then i went to my family dr who did tests and found out my gall bladder was the cause for some of the pains but he could not figure out what the other pains were from. well when i went to get my gall bladder taken out they said for some unknown reason my bilirubin level was high, so they did an internal xray and found nothing. they are still doing test after test on me and are finding nothing but my bilirubin is still high. then i was reading the warning signs for the mirena and see that severe pelvic pain and pain when making a bowel movement are signs something could be wrong with the mirena. now im wondering, could my raised bilirubin levels mean the mirena caused liver damage?. Any thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      No idea really. but if this all started when you got the iud, take it out
      I had awful cramps from the IUD for a month straight.. then a damaged stomach lining from taking too many IB profen.. so i was sick for another month.. all from the Iud
      I still have it in .. I stuck out the couple of months .. knowing that my body just needed to get used to the iud.
      I still have cramps sometimes that I can tell are from the IUD and not period cramps (they just feel different - worse) but its bareable
      If I was still in pain or having problems now.. about a year after .. Id have it taken out.. I still may.. just because Im so iffy about it

  35. QUESTION:
    Alcohol, and your liver?
    Hi..umm i recently started drinking this past summer. I've gotten really drunk only about 5 times. The thing is i have ovarian cysts. I got a cat scan and it said my liver looked like t had some fat around it, which you only have if your obese or an alcoholic. im not an alcholic nor am i obese. could drinking be the cause of this all? im fine now, and i feel great. Should i drink though?

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver can also be caused by a virus, such as the hepatitis C virus. You might want to be checked for that. Many people have hep c and don't know it because they are asymptomatic for years. Fatty liver can also be caused by other things besides alcohol & Hep C. Check with your doctor. Best wishes.

  36. QUESTION:
    Help! just had surgery for ovarian cysts a week ago and drs on vacation!!!!!?
    I have been in and out of the doctors all months to figure out what's the severe sharp pain in my mid back and my right side would have spasms. First it was a kidney infection and a uti.. got my antibiotics and took that whole prescription like I was suppose to. Next day pains right back. So I go to the doctor again. And then he thought I was sinsitive in my women area and thought it was another infection. He gave me antibiotics again and ordered me to see a gyno asap. So next day I went. And he examined me and I was just really sinsitive. So he ordered a sonagram. So I went the next day and got it. And by this time the pain is unbearable and he looks and sees a lot of fluid around my right ovaries. Then he thinks I have appendicitis and he thinks mu appendix ruptured. So got rushed into surgery. Came back to it. And he told me. I had a ruptured cyst and I was bleeding internally, I'm severely constipated. My livers stuck ( not functioning like it should cause of infections) and I'm probably going to have problems with my liver and my appendix. But my concern is I'm si tired but can't really sleep. My heads killing me, and all that pain I had in my back before I went to surgery is back and worse. I'm getting so irritable and snappy at everyone and no one wants to be around. I don't like this and I just want to be better. But idk what to do cause my Dr. On vacation, and I'm so mad at his nurses for sending me back to work 4 days. Later, and I lift 120 + pound people all day. With 3 places. I have stitches including inside my belly button. Am I still suppose to be in this much pain, and tired, and enraged all the time? I need advice PLEASE HELP! !!!!!!!!

    • ANSWER:

  37. QUESTION:
    Feeling very anxious, stressed, have ovarian cysts and acid reflux, husband alcoholic....?
    Can I put anything else in the subject line..... :)

    I feel like I have everything wrong with me at the moment and I am making myself ill I think!!

    Basically my husband is an alcoholic, which he is getting help for, but over the last few months he has been a complete nightmare and has left me in a bit of a state really. He was verbally and mentally abusing me to the point where I was hiding in my own home as he wasn't letting me sleep, which is very silly!!! He has now seen the light and has apologised for things and is trying to get help, but because of his behaviour he has caused me to be very stressed and very very anxious all of the time, I can not seem to calm down. I am shaking typing this.

    Also, I was diagnosed with acid reflux about 2 months ago, and am now on lansoprozol tablets twice a day. They were helping me, but now they don't seem to be, I don't know if its because I am stressed and anxious that my stomach does feel worse. My stomach feels very tender, If I press it, It makes me feel a bit nausious for a second then goes away. I have not actually been sick at all. I was also diagnosed with a fatty liver, which is just down to diet and exercise as they did a scan of my liver, gallbladder and pancreas and all came back clear apart from the liver part. But this area sometimes feels awkward to. When I first apoke to the doctor he said that these feelings are completely normal and in time they will go away (This was before I started being anxious etc though) I have not been back to the docs since. I do feel bloated most of the time. I have lost almost 2 1/2 stone over all of this, which is great as I needed to!!!

    Another stress is I have ovarian cysts, I have suffered with these for the 14 years now, they dont cause any pain though, but I just want everything to go away now and for me to feel better.

    I want to stop feeling anxious and I am constantly shaking on the inside not on the outside if that makes sence. I feel very on edge all the time and feel better when I walk around etc!!

    I also now have a pain in my right calf that I am now starting to worry about. My lower left side also feels quite tender.

    Can I add anything else to this????

    Does anyone have any advice on this other than go to my GP? Does anyone else have the same kind of thing going on. I am just really worried and thinking that other things are wrong with me.

    Thank you for reading this boring message :)

    • ANSWER:
      First, I'm guessing that you're from the UK. If that's true, then I'll apologize in advance if any of my advice doesn't help since I'm from the USA and might not realize some areas where our countries are different. I'll do my best though, so please bear with me.

      Second, is there any way you can get out of the home for a while? Go visit relatives, take a vacation, etc? I won't bother telling you to leave your husband since I don't think you will anyway, but I do think you two need a break from each other and you need to go somewhere where you can rest, relax and get yourself together. It might also help your husband if he got away somewhere too....alone. I don't know how other countries do it, but here we have rehab clinics where patients can check in and get 24 hour help and constant monitoring. If he could go to one of those and you could go to a spa and get some therapy, it might go a long way towards helping you both through this. I know that some of this might be expensive...I couldn't afford to go to a spa, but if you've got the income for it, then take advantage of the help that can be given to you.

      As for the physical problems, honestly, go to a doctor and at least get a pregnancy test. Make sure you're not pregnant and if you're not, then ask for some birth control pills. I get ovarian cysts a lot and have all my life. For some reason, the pills help shrink cysts and keep them from being such a pain.

      A second thing you'll want to do is start getting out of the house and reconnecting with the outside world in a new way. Take walks, go to a wooded area or park and collect leaves or study botany or something that interests you. The point is, you need to do something that helps you get rid of stress and being in nature will go a long way towards helping you do that. With it getting warmer, this might be the perfect time to try that. If nature doesn't work for you, then get out and do something else that does interest you. Whatever works for you will be fine and begin to help.

      Third, can you get to a psychologist? There are medications that you can take to help you relax and calm down. I don't really like them myself, but if your stress levels are this high that it's causing you physical illness, you might really need at little something for a short time...just until things calm down a little. It also wouldn't hurt you and your husband to go to one for counseling. He's got an addiction and you're the one who has to suffer the consequences. It could help a lot if you could get him to go with you.

      As for the pain in your calf, just in case its something serious, have a doctor check it specifically. I know many doctors like to tell you that there's nothing wrong and send you out the door, but seriously, if you're worried, you need to insist that he check you out. You should also be on medication for the reflux. It can do a lot of damage over time and you need to take care of your stomach and esophagus now before the damage becomes too great.

      The pain in your side can be from the cysts and/or it can be from PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease). I've had that too and it seems that women who get cysts are more prone to getting PID sometimes. A good antibiotic cures that up, though, so there's really no need to worry about that too much. Just get the meds you need.

      Another thing to do is change your diet. I don't know what a fatty liver does to the body, but if you put in more fruits and whole grains in your diet, you'll start feeling 100% better in about 2 weeks to a month. Grains and fruits (and veggies) help flush fat out of your system and boosts your energy levels. If you're also taking walks or doing other exercise, it'll produce endorphins in your body and you'll feel less depressed/anxious and/or worried.

      In essence, a lot of this is stuff that you have total control over. Other things, you don't have a lot of control over, but there are things you can do. Start thinking about what's good for you and go after it...make yourself happy and healthy and you'll start feeling a bit better every day. If your husband doesn't get the help he needs and doesn't stop making you feel like you're on edge every second of your life, then please think about leaving him for good. I know that will be hard, but he's not putting you first, so you've got to do it for yourself.

      One other thing...take a self defense course. Maybe you'll never need it to save your life...maybe you will. One thing it will do is get you into better shape and it will give you the confidence that if someone does attack you, that you will be able to defend yourself and survive such an encounter. Self confidence will go a long way towards getting rid of your fear and anxiety.

      Anyway, that's all I can think of for now. I hope something I said here helps you and I wish you the best.

      Take care.

  38. QUESTION:
    Feeling very anxious and have acid reflux, ovarian cysts, and stressed.....?
    Can I put anything else in the subject line..... :)

    I feel like I have everything wrong with me at the moment and I am making myself ill I think!!

    Basically my husband is an alcoholic, which he is getting help for, but over the last few months he has been a complete nightmare and has left me in a bit of a state really. He was verbally and mentally abusing me to the point where I was hiding in my own home as he wasn't letting me sleep, which is very silly!!! He has now seen the light and has apologised for things and is trying to get help, but because of his behaviour he has caused me to be very stressed and very very anxious all of the time, I can not seem to calm down. I am shaking typing this.

    Also, I was diagnosed with acid reflux about 2 months ago, and am now on lansoprozol tablets twice a day. They were helping me, but now they don't seem to be, I don't know if its because I am stressed and anxious that my stomach does feel worse. My stomach feels very tender, If I press it, It makes me feel a bit nausious for a second then goes away. I have not actually been sick at all. I was also diagnosed with a fatty liver, which is just down to diet and exercise as they did a scan of my liver, gallbladder and pancreas and all came back clear apart from the liver part. But this area sometimes feels awkward to. When I first apoke to the doctor he said that these feelings are completely normal and in time they will go away (This was before I started being anxious etc though) I have not been back to the docs since. I do feel bloated most of the time. I have lost almost 2 1/2 stone over all of this, which is great as I needed to!!!

    Another stress is I have ovarian cysts, I have suffered with these for the 14 years now, they dont cause any pain though, but I just want everything to go away now and for me to feel better.

    I want to stop feeling anxious and I am constantly shaking on the inside not on the outside if that makes sence. I feel very on edge all the time and feel better when I walk around etc!!

    I also now have a pain in my right calf that I am now starting to worry about. My lower left side also feels quite tender.

    Can I add anything else to this????

    Does anyone have any advice on this other than go to my GP? Does anyone else have the same kind of thing going on. I am just really worried and thinking that other things are wrong with me.

    Thank you for reading this boring message :)

    • ANSWER:
      The reason you have these problems is down purely to stress get rid of that and your health problems will disappear. Drink more water and get your system moving again.

  39. QUESTION:
    Elevated LFTS with an unknown cause? Help!?
    My friend Beka has been sick for many many months. She has been going for testing and the Doctors cannot find a reason as yet to what is causing her issues. We are concerned that there is a hidden disease that is being masked by smaller aliments that are a symptom rather than the cause itself. If anyone has experienced the following issues or know of anything to test for please let us know. We've tried www.webmd.com and other such sites but we can't point to the origin yet so we don't know what to search under. Here's a time-line.

    Oct. 2010 (7 months ago)
    First symptoms:
    -Developed Singles, given antibiotics (acyclovir and ciproflaxen) which cause C-Diff. Have had intermittent rectal bleeding since.

    Feb 2011 (3 months ago)
    -developed Pneumonia, was given the antibiotic Z-Pak.

    All during this time line she had experienced abdominal cramps (bad cramps), frequent vomiting, night sweats, general weakness, anemia, dizziness. She has also experiences around 3 times, both hands suddenly turning smurf blue for several minutes and then returning to normal.

    She was referred to a gastroenterologist in feb, and the doctor has ordered multiple tests and here are the results
    First Tests
    Blood test and EGD, stool:
    Results were severely elevated ALTS and LFTS, and the EGD found erosion of the esophagus, a hiatal hernia [moderate]. And stomach was very inflamed- Doctor took a biopsy of the stomach. Confirmed H.Pylori.
    Was Prescribed amoxicillin and vancymyocene(?). Initial blood test did not show the infection from H. Pylori and neither did a stool test.

    Start of March
    Colonoscopy, blood:
    ALTS and LFTS were still elevated
    Colonoscopy showed internal hemorrhoids (small).

    April
    Sigmoidoscopy
    Hemorrhoids are now moderate (increased in less than 2 weeks), Hiatal Hernia increased in size as well to just under sever.

    Hydascan-
    gallbladder was functioning at a slow but normal rate (40% were 35% is considered normal)

    Between the Colonoscopy and the Sigmoidoscopy (2 week time frame) she lost 8 pounds, and when the hemorrhoids and hernia increased in size as well.

    *******************************
    Patient History
    Beka is Rh(neg) and has had 3 children. She has also has bacterial Pneumonia that has left her lungs with scarring but has not affected her life style, weighs 125 currently, is 33 yo, and does not smoke or drink. deadly allergic to bees. She was diagnosed with ovarian cysts in early 2010 when one ruptured while she was at work and had to be taken to the hospital. Her urine is really dark (almost orange) all the time.

    Family History-
    father died of leukemia before she was born.
    Grandfather on maternal side- died of prostate cancer.
    Paternal Grandfather died of throat cancer.
    Maternal Uncle currently has colon cancer
    *******************************************

    Beka's sister in law is an OBGYN, her Doctors, and all of us think there is some underlying disease or issue that caused the Shingles to appear. She is scheduled for an upcoming Liver Biopsy and MRCP.

    Right now her Doctors are at a loss and the bloods tests are not pointing to anything. They are concerned about moving to fast with her, but me and her sister in law think they need to get more aggressive. They have ruled out hepatitis.
    If anyone has known anyone with similar experiences or know of other diagnostic testing that might pinpoint an issue please reply! The Doctors just aren't finding anything and I'm afraid where we're in a small rural community that they might be missing something that is not common here or isn't seen as much due to small populations! We've checked the Liver, gallbladder, colon, small bowel, stomach, esophagus and haven't found anything!

    I am also concerned about the validity of the results of these tests since the H.Pylori was only found due to the stomach biopsy, if some infection or something could be hidden and the blood, stool tests just missing them completely.

    Not to borrow trouble but if it is something serious we want to find out now and fight it before it becomes life threatening. Any help is greatly appreciated. If anyone needs more info please just ask.
    thank you for the response what do you mean it is not standard i was given 2 different antiobiotics to take for 10 days and have to go have a breath test done to confirm if the h plori is gone and i believe the other prescribtion was clarithmicin... i still have the nausea and the abdominal cramps, my liver is still highly elevated .. again i am not a doctor but i do not seem to be finding the answers .... and what is crohns ? by the way this is beka speaking

    • ANSWER:
      Have you considered Li-Fraumeni Syndrome? Read my explanation and you'll see why I though about this...

      When I saw the family history, Li-Faumeni is the first thing that came to my mind. Li-Fraumeni is an autosomal dominant cancer syndrome (1 person in every generation has it) that involves a mutation in the tumor suppressor gene p53. p53 is known as a "guardian of the genome" because it's the major inducer of cell cycle (growth) arrest and apoptosis. This is the gene that prevents the inappropriate growth of cells ALL over the body.

      When a person with Li-Fraumeni is born, every single cell in there body has two sets of p53 genes per cell. One of those genes is mutated (non-functional), and the other is normal. This is fine because our cells only need 1 functioning p53 gene for it to suppress the over growth of cells. Many cells in our body undergo DNA mutations all the time and if it's a threatening mutation, p53 is responsible for triggering cell death. However what if that mutation occured TO the p53 gene in a person who already has one of those genes mutated... then you have nothing telling the cell to stop growing... So then you get the growth of a tumor since p53 isnt there to inhibit it and other mutations will usually occur causing abnormal morphology of the cell, etc.

      My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  40. QUESTION:
    why are my liver levels high?
    I'm in my mid 30s and have been taking medication for thyroid issues & diabetes (because that runs in the family & have been monitoring levels as well) At the last round of blood tests taken, thyroid & A1C levels are good status. However, my liver is "slightly elevated". This is the 3rd time in a row they've come back high. Doctor sent me for an ultrasound at the 2nd one, and it didn't show any cysts or masses. Never been advised on what, if anything, can be done to reduce liver levels. She did switch from Metformin to Glipizide after the 2nd "high" reading. so I'm back to "slightly elevated". but I'm wondering if I have reasonable cause to be concerned, or I'm just being worrisome.

    • ANSWER:

  41. QUESTION:
    Has anyone had a cyst on their liver? Should I be worried?
    I have recently been having horrible pain throughout my upper right side underneath my breast all the way around to my back. After several trips to the ER, they finally did x-rays, ultrasound, & CT scan. I was told that I had a 27x21mm (2.7cm) mass (cyst) in segment 7 of my liver. They told me that it was most likely benign but they didn't think it was causing my pain. They didn't find anything else. I am supposed to go see a family Dr. after the beginning of the year. Has anyone ever had a mass (cyst) on their liver?If so, what happened? Did you have to get it taken out? A man my husband works with had one and had to have major surgery to get it out. I am 26 and a mother of 2 small boys and am very scared. Please help! Thanks!!!

    • ANSWER:

  42. QUESTION:
    hepatic cysts?
    i had a ct scan of my abdomen and pelvis done and the report shows that i have 2 hepatic cysts. one cyst on the left lobe of my liver and the other on the right.
    anyone know what these are and what causes them? i dont see my doctor until the 18th and i am concerned.

    • ANSWER:
      Double click on the following websites to get the answers to your questions:

      http://www.emedicine.com/med/topic2716.htm

      http://www.ecureme.com/emyhealth/data/Hepatic_Cyst.asp

  43. QUESTION:
    What causes low red blood cells (RBC), low potassium and low blood pressure?
    I went to the dr. and was told I have a low RBC, low potassium, low blood pressure (was 70/50 in office) and a liver cyst. Any ideas as to what would cause these?
    __________________________________________________
    I don't have the exact numbers from the tests. My dr. wants copies of my old records before doing more testing. Also, I have a murmur, MVP, intersitital cystitis, and PCOS if it makes any difference. Any help is appreicated.
    Sorry, should say high red blood cells (RBC).

    • ANSWER:
      When our RBC are low, the body signals the
      kidneys to make erythropoeitin...this is a hormone that goes to the bone marrow and
      the bone marrow responds to it to make more
      RBC. If the kidneys are injured or not
      functioning properly, this can mean that
      it may not be about to make this hormone
      efficiently. That is one thing that can cause
      a problem. If the body is making the RBC and
      for some reason they start dying off faster or
      the patient is losing alot of blood...then the
      cell count will also go down.

      Potassium going low in the body can be caused
      by some medications. If you are on a diuretic...
      some diuretics, like Lasix, may require you take
      a potassium supplement. Some diuretics,
      though, are potassium sparing kinds, like
      spironolactone and you should not take additional potassium. It is best to ask the
      doctor to be certain of the kind you may be
      taking. Potassium can also go low in the body
      if you don't take much in on your diet.
      It is very important that your potassium be
      brought up into normal range...as Potassium,
      Sodium, Magnesium, and Calcium is what
      helps your heart to beat in rhythm.

      Low blood pressure can be coming from your
      lack of RBC and considering your potassium
      is too low.

      This will give you some idea what may be
      going on.
      Liver cysts don't always cause problems...
      However, it the cyst is enlarging in size,
      it may cause cell damaged to the cells
      around the cyst. Only film testing like
      an Ultrasound or Ct scan would let you know
      this. This should not cause a problem with
      the RBC or Potassium until the disease is
      in the very advanced stages. Cysts are
      not always just fluid filled sacs, they can
      also be complex...they can be dense and
      have particles and other things inside of them.
      Hope this has been of some help to you.

  44. QUESTION:
    Vicodin And The Liver?
    Hello, I have a question about taking Vicodin. I have what my doc believes is a case of sciatica causing some pretty bad pain in my leg. He thinks some non-cancerous cysts in my upper left leg may be causing it but wants to "wait and see if it's acute and goes away" first. He gave me a prescription for Vicodin 5-500 of which I can take one or two pills twice a day. Right now I only take two pills a few hours before bed, as I don't like taking it during the day. I've been doing this for two months and may have another couple months before possible surgery options for my problem are looked at.

    My concern is the effects of the APAP on the liver. I'm in good health aside from the sciatica thing. I occasionally drink on the weekends, but I know ahead of time and won't take the Vicodin the day before so that I have well over 24 hours between taking the pills and drinking. I never take more than the two pills a day regardless. Is that dosage relatively safe for my liver?

    • ANSWER:
      i have been a pharmacy tech for 7 years and the doseage is just fine. basically, taking way too much vicodin over a long period of time can hurt your liver. and you are taking it, it sounds like, as the prescription says and you are NOT drinking with it. so as long as you don't abuse the medicine and don't take too much everyday for the rest of your life, i think you will be ok. good luck with your surgery and i hope for a speedy recovery.

  45. QUESTION:
    Can endometriosis be seen through a cat scan?
    I am 17 years old and I've had a lot of pain as described in the Yahoo! health site on endometriosis. I've had a CT, however, that came up clean, but for a tiny cyst on my liver, which my doctor said was normal and shouldn't be causing pain. He also prescribed amitriptyline so that my brain doesn't tell my body that I'm hurting... which is a different story, since the doctor seems to like giving out medication for depression.
    So, my essential question is... would my doctor be able to spot endometriosis from my CT?
    Another detail: I've had two ultrasounds and nothing's turned up. Where specifically would endometriosis show?

    • ANSWER:
      no. you will need a laposcopy, to see it. an ultrasound will only at best show a shadowing and a cat scan will do nothing. Your doctor sounds like a drug dealer, please see a gynecologist.

  46. QUESTION:
    Someone told me a Vasectomy will cause these problems, is this true?
    • Adrenal gland dysfunction
    • Atheosclerosis (hardening of the arteries leading to heart disease)
    • Autoimmune orchitis (degeneration of testicular tissues due to antibody action)
    • Chronic inflammation including the formation of sperm granulomas
    • Chronic testicular pain (Post-Vasectomy Pain Syndrome)
    • Circulatory problems including phlebitis
    • Congestive and infectious epididymitis
    • Decreased testicular function including changes in testosterone production
    • Diabetes
    • Erectile dysfunction/impotence
    • Gangrene of the scrotum and other serious infections
    • Generalized lymph node enlargement
    • Hypoglycemia
    • Life-long autoimmune (allergic) responses
    • Liver dysfunction
    • Loss of libido
    • Lung cancer
    • Lupus
    • Migraine and other related headaches
    • Multiple myeloma
    • Multiple sclerosis
    • Narcolepsy
    • Neuropathy (nerve pain and damage)
    • Non-Hodgkins lymphoma
    • Personality disturbances
    • Prostate cancer
    • Prostatitis
    • Pulmonary embolism
    • Rheumatoid arthritis
    • Scrotal and epididymal cyst formation including Spermatocele and Hydrocele cysts
    • Staph infections including infections of the heart valves
    • Testicular atrophy (shrinking of the testicles)
    • Testicular cancer
    • Urolithiasis (kidney stones).
    • Vasitis nodosa (chronic inflammation of the vas deferens)

    the site they gave me was kind of stupid o__o .......http://dontfixit.org/ .
    I dont want to call this person a liar though, they are pretty nice, but they are against things like contraception and believe people should have kids when married and all that. and im almost 17 and told them my boyfriend was going to get a vasectomy(he's 18) and they said things like, "im happy my husband still has his man hood" & " if you love him why wouldn't you want kids with him?" so i guess they are against vasectomy's O__o , and yeah, so are these side effects true? please dont play with me and lie =P, this is pretty serious to me, & rude answers wont get best answer anyways and might be reported.

    Thank You :D !
    @Erica , we've talked about it ALOT ;p . i told him if he wants kids ever , then he wont get them out of me& he's not too wild about kids. He said he would like a kid, but i dont think he really cares. Also if we do want kids, we think adoption is best :] , you get kids& help a life. <3

    • ANSWER:
      500,000 vasectomy are performed in the USA every year. That is only a small fraction of the vasectomies performed in the rest of the world. (in the USA it is kind of taboo so we have fewer).

      Do you think that many men are walking around suffering from all those so called risks?

      Look up tattoo risks on the internet. Funny how they make pretty much the same claims. Yet tattoos are about as common as vasectomies. You just can not see a vasectomy.

      When I was 20 I knew I wanted a vasectomy. Back then they said that my hair would turn gray, and I will look 60 before I am 40. Well, I did not care. I had a vasectomy at 21. I am now almost 50. I still have all my hair. Often people mistake me for 30. I am still waiting on the so called "side effects".

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Thank you SO much, and I appreciate any input!

    • ANSWER:
      dude you need to go to web md online, get a different dr?

  48. QUESTION:
    Can someone help me?
    In 2004, I was poisoned by my ex with some kind of heavy metal for an undetermined amount of time. I initially had liver symptoms, bloody stools, headaches, and an inhibited immune system, among a few other things. I am no longer available to this person to be poisoned and haven't been since 2005. I still had major symptoms for about a year after the last time I saw him, though they were almost gone by then. Aside from that, the only thing that remained was and IS frequent urinary infections. It's only gotten worse from the initial poisoning. Now I retain massive amounts of fluid constantly and if I try to do very much, I only retain more. I can't drink caffiene or dark soda for the same reason, followed by more infections. I know I have kidney damage, but what would that be classified as? Kidney disease? Would this cause cysts or something that can be seen with ultrasound? Can a biopsy tell me the likely cause was poisoning?

    • ANSWER:
      A qualified doctor would be able to tell you what your issues are and what the likely causes are.

      However, if you were poisoned by a heavy metal, then kidney damage is very likely. I don't think it would be classified as kidney DISEASE as kidney disease signifies the kidneys are shutting down. It sounds like you have some issues with them, but it doesn't seem like they are not working at all.

      A biopsy may be able to tell you if your damage was from poisoning because there may be a high concentration of the metal still in the kidney or if your kidney is damaged in such a way that "normal" kidney disease would not exemplify, then the doctor may attribute it to an "unnatural" cause.

      Go to the doctor. Tomorrow!

  49. QUESTION:
    There is a Cyst on my liver?
    What can I do? We are in the process of researching it with the doctors. Had a CT scan yesterday. I may have had it since I was born 45 years ago. But they suspect it of causing severe abdominal pain that we though was in the stomach or digestive tract. It isn't, but it feels like it. I haven't had the pain for 18 years and then BLAM. Last year I had an attack and again yesterday. Got to find out what it was like to ride in an abulance though. I also feel like a used pin cushion.
    Just found out the ct scan also indicated a tiny kidney stone. They are now thinking that was the cause of the pain instead of the liver thingy. I'm going to drink a large glass of water now.

    • ANSWER:
      Since liver cysts are normally benign, treatment is generally not indicated. However, in some cases it is necessary to treat the underlying cause. Other diseases can sometimes look like liver cysts, so it is necessary to get a CT Scan & have a biopsy done if needed in order to rule out more problematic diseases.

      A biopsy can be performed and/or a sample of the cyst's fluid can be removed for analysis. Liver cysts can be surgically removed if they create problems or discomfort. Since your cyst has grown large enough to cause you pain, the doctor will most likely opt for one of the above solutions.

      The exact cause of simple liver cysts is unknown. Some experts say they may be present at birth, while others speculate that certain other conditions could be the cause:

      Caroli's disease – associated with recurrent bacterial inflammation of the bile duct, stone formation, and dilatation of the intrahepatic bile ducts

      Congenital (at birth) hepatic fibrosis – a rare hereditary disorder characterized by scar tissue with irregularly shaped bile ducts, and associated with an impairment of renal functions

      Choledochal cysts – congenital (at birth) abnormalities of the bile ducts

      In very rare cases, liver cysts may indicate a serious, underlying condition such as polycystic liver disease (an inherited disorder associated with multiple cysts of varying size), echinococcosis (parasitic infection), or liver cancer.

      Glad this was caught. It's usually a very easy to treat condition. You will feel much better after the cyst is removed or drained. Hope this helps. Good luck!

  50. QUESTION:
    Bad stomach pains right below my ribs?
    I had to go to the ER on monday because of this horrible pain it was constant and never stopped. They couldnt figure out what it was i got an ultrasound but found nothing. they did find a huge cyst on my liver. Ive had these pains before, its not gas or the food im eating. Could my liver be causing the pains? is it my liver hurting? it doesnt happen often but when it does it hurts!!!!!!!!

    • ANSWER:


Hepatitis Liver Disease

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There is a huge problem among hepatitis sufferers, and one of them is that the current medicine does not know how to cure this type of hepatitis. The new cure was developed very recently in Australia, by researchers, who conducted hundreds of clinical trials, among hundreds of patients. What they discovered is a way, to enable your body to get rid of this disease. If the disease is not taken care of, various problem may happen - it may turn chronic, if it already isn't, and it can lead to liver cirrhosis, and various other complications.

Aside from that, the hepatitis c life expectancy is actually good - provided that you take your medication, you can expect to live a long life - however, consider the natural treatment, as it completely cures the disease in a matter of a week, and you no longer have to worry about having the virus in your system anymore, and all the complications which come with this.

The life expectancy cannot be predicted, with hepatitis c. There is no way to tell whether or not you will develop the complications, which may end your life, and when exactly will that happen. Suppressing the symptoms with medication is what most people do, but it is a very bad idea, and does nothing to cure the disease - the virus continues to damage your liver cells, and over time this can lead to very big problems, and the illness turning chronic. Good luck!

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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.

  2. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between Hepatitis C and liver disease?

    • ANSWER:
      "Liver disease" is a very generalized term. Hepatitis A, B, and C are types of liver disease, as well as Cirrhosis, Reye's Syndrome, Porphyria, Hemochromatosis, and Liver Cancer.

      Hepatitis C (HCV) is a type of viral hepatitis. 150,000 people are infected with HCV every year. Modes of transmission include blood transfusion, IV drug needles, unclean tattoo or piercing needles, having multiple sexual partners, or working in the healthcare field in a location (laboratory, nurse, doctor, phlebotimist) where you could potentially be exposed to an individual with HCV.There is a low risk (1-5%) for babies born from an infected mother, and for people in a monogamous sexual relationship with someone who has the hep c virus.

      Individuals testing positive for HCV should be referred to a gastroenterologist or a liver specialist to determine the significance of the reactive antibody and whether or not the individual has chronic or acute hepatitis.

  3. 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:
      1. You never said your father was ever diagnosed with hep C, so I doubt he has it now. The hep C virus is a very slow to cause damage. By slow, I'm talking about 20 years slow. That's how long it can take for hep C to cause liver damage once you have it. A blood test can determine if your father has hep C if it is something he is worried about. No, it would be pretty much impossible for him to get it by cutting himself on that trap. You need blood to blood contact with someone else that has it.

      2. I think I answered your second question in my first answer. No, he cannot get hep C from that cut.

      3. Liver disease can be cured from alcoholism if the damage to the liver is not very much and in the early stage. Abuse of alcohol over time can cause cirrhosis which is when healthy cells in the liver is replaced with scar tissue. This scar tissue is permanent and does not go away. Once there is too much scar tissue in the liver, the only cure is a transplant.

      So that means that any alcoholic must stop drinking soon enough not to cause severe damage. I'm sorry to say that an alcoholic who has jaundice and also has excessive fluid in the belly is probably in the later stages of the disease and will probably need a transplant to get better. If the fluid is too much, he will need to get it drained at the hospital. That fluid can also become infected which is a very serious problem that needs immediate attention. If he is running a fever, I suggest he go to the hospital as soon as possible to get checked out.

      Your father can try and ignore his problems, but he will have to pay attention to them sooner or later because they are not going to go away if he has liver failure. Alcohol will only make the liver disease progress much more quickly and make it worse. I commend you for trying to get your father some help, but keep in mind that he is the one who will have to make his own decisions. Don't ever think it is your fault if you cannot convince him to go or convince him to stop drinking. He created this problem and he is the one that will have to take responsibility for his own health and his own sobriety. I hope he gets the help he needs.

  4. QUESTION:
    Is sushi safe/good to eat if you have a liver disease (Autoimmune Hepatitis)?

    • ANSWER:
      a big no . sushi give more strain to your liver . take care .

  5. QUESTION:
    liver disease? hepatitis c what can you do to prevent any liver difficulties.?

    • ANSWER:
      Don't Drink

  6. QUESTION:
    why does the people of liver disease like hepatitis suffer from pruritis,itching esp at night?

    • ANSWER:
      Because the path via the liver's systems are not working well - a-lot more toxins are eliminated out the skin instead, which breaks down the skins natural protections and then itches with water blisters, and is an easy target for yeast fungal bacterial infections due to one's weakened immune system.

      My understanding is that when a liver becomes hardened and/or severely diseased like from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease or hepatitis, instead of cleaning the blood of toxins as it is supposed to do - by mixing with fats & bile and then dumping them all into the stool via the biliary glands, these are all pushed out through the skin - like what happens to a smoker whose shirt smells like nicotine, because the blood stream sees all these as toxins, and tries to eliminate them asap through the skin.

      I have some serious liver/biliary problems myself - from a high-carb high-milk high-fat high-cholesterol diet for many years. I am also extremely allergic to petrolatum creams and antibiotics so my only recourse has become to make higher and more expensive nutritional choices - and pray that my system will heal itself as best as it is able at this point.

      I have high hopes and anyone that has this problem will only get healed from a liver transplant and then much better nutrition to continually heal the kidneys and liver as they continually try to deal with the anti-rejection drugs, or much better nutrition and no liver transplant and let the body heal naturally.

      It is a common sense decision to spend the money on organic super boiled vegetables.
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  7. QUESTION:
    Can my babys stem cells help my mother survive a liver/pancreas disease like Hepatitis C?
    can any herbs or liver friendly medicines heal her?

    • ANSWER:
      No, the virus lives in every cell of the body, and stem cells will not eradicate the virus. There are only two things that bring about an undetectable viral load is 1) the immune system (only about 20% of the people who are exposed will clear the virus on their own; usually in the acute phase / within the first year), and 2) pegylated interferon shots (one per week) in combination with ribavirin tablets twice daily. The treatment works in about 50% of people with genotype 1, and 80% of people with genotypes 2 or 3. Herbs such as mild thistle will lower liver enzymes somewhat, but they do not clear the virus nor stop the progression of scarring to the liver. Hope this info helps.

  8. 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.

  9. QUESTION:
    Is it safe/good to eat raw tuna if you have a liver inflammation/disease (Autoimmune Hepatitis)?

    • ANSWER:
      No it isn't. Your immune system is compromised so you can't fight off what bacteria is on it. If you didn't have an autoimmune disorder you could eat it safely.

  10. QUESTION:
    Hepatitis B: Is the swelling in the liver caused by the actual disease, or is the just the phaglocytes?
    I'm doing a report on hepatitis. Is the swelling in the liver the cause of the disease? or is it just the phaglocytes in your immune system trying to defend the disease?

    • ANSWER:
      A component of hepatitis is inflammation of the liver and swelling is a characteristic of inflammation. Inflammation is a biological response to the hep B virus and is a protective attempt to remove the virus and start the healing process. Blood vessels dilate to increase blood flow for healing but increased permeability of the blood vessels results in an seepage of plasma proteins and fluid into liver tissue. Phagocytes are a type of white blood cell and have nothing to do with this.

      "Is the swelling in the liver the cause of the disease?" -- No, the swelling doesn't cause hepatitis B. It's a result of it.

  11. QUESTION:
    Is it safe to take vitamin pills with liver disease?
    If someone has liver disease (eg cirrhosis, hepatitis etc) is it safe for them to take multivitamin pills?

    • ANSWER:
      Most all medications go through the liver first to
      be processed and broken down before going
      to the rest of the body.
      I'm going to explain why it is very important to
      check with the doctor first for approval....

      The cells of the liver are what does the functions
      of the liver that keeps the body well. When the
      cells become damaged, in the case of hepatitis,
      or the cells start to die off, in the case of cirrhosis
      of the liver...then they are not able to perform the
      functions needed to be done efficiently.

      Drugs that where once considered to be in
      a certain dosage for a healthy person...would
      now be deemed as toxic (just like an overdose)
      for those who have liver disease. All medications
      have to be adjusted according to the damage done
      inside the liver; including vitamins. Some drugs
      are more harmful to the liver than others ones are
      also.

      Vitamins are either water soluble or fat soluble.
      The water soluble ones goes through the body
      much faster...like Vitamin C. They do not normally
      go toxic in our bodies because of this.
      However, the fat soluble ones stay in the body
      much longer and the liver stores certain ones.
      They can go toxic in the body if the liver isn't
      functioning well.

      The doctor can tell by blood testing done and the
      cause of the liver problem, what the patient may
      be lacking and what vitamins they should have.
      They may even recommend which vitamins
      supplements are best for the patient which
      contains only the needed vitamins.

      It is best to be safe when it comes to
      any medications. Liver patients are normally
      told not to take any medications which are not
      approved of or prescribed by there doctors.
      If this patient would end up with a liver transplant...
      after the transplant...all his doctors would have
      to contact the transplant team before giving
      the patient any medications to be sure they
      would not interfere or interact with other
      medicines they are on...and if there liver
      is able to handle it.

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

  12. QUESTION:
    Is bloody semen a symtom of Hepatitis B or Liver Disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Blood in the semen is hematospermia. The causes include vascular congestion, infection of the seminal vesicles, coitus interruptus, abstinence, frequent sex, severe hypertension or trauma. But the usual cause is inflammation of the seminal vesicles or prostate. It's often self-limited and resolves within 1-2 months. It's uniformly benign for men under 40. Monitor the condition and if it doesn't resolve within 2 months, see your doctor for an eval. Or if you prefer, report this to your doctor now and follow the doctor's recommendations.

      "Tau drea" has no idea what he is talking about. Ignore him.

  13. QUESTION:
    Liver disease has been shown to be cured with Sulfasalazine, when will this treatment be used on humans?
    Liver disease has been shown to be cured with Sulfasalazine, when will this treatment be likely to be used on humans as a treatment for people with liver disease caused by alcohol, hepatitis, or damage caused by other problems such as chemicals and cancer?

    Where can you get more information on this matter and who is involved?

    • ANSWER:
      Where can you get more information on this matter and who is involved?

      ANSWER: I'll bet the internet would be the best place to start.

  14. QUESTION:
    Hepatitis B disease can be finish from liver after long time?
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    • ANSWER:

  15. QUESTION:
    What exactly is chronic liver disease?
    Is chronic liver disease a name for just one disease--chronic liver cirrhosis? or is it a general name for an array of diseases concerning the liver (Hepatitis C, cirrhosis, chronic liver failure...).

    • ANSWER:
      A chronic disease is one that is long term or recurrent. Hepatitis C can take over 20 years before liver failure starts to appear. Cirrhosis is when there is permanent scarring of the liver that does not go away. The only cure is a liver transplant. It takes many, many years to develop to cirrhosis. Chronic is a term that can be used in all types of diseases and conditions.

  16. QUESTION:
    Is it bad to drink if you have a family history of liver disease?
    My mom has a lot of diseases and one of them is hepatitis C. She had a lot of them when I was born but I was lucky enough to be completely healthy. Now I drink on weekends like any other teenager. Do I have a higher risk of getting liver disease? What precautions should I take if any?

    • ANSWER:
      First, "any other teenager" is wrong. Most teenagers don't drink, because the drinking age is 21, and both underage drinking and supplying alcohol to a minor are illegal and you might find yourself in jail with whoever gave it to you. Which would really suck, right?

      Alcohol definitely puts a person at a high risk of liver problems. Alcohol itself cannot cause hepatitis C because that's caused by a virus. But it definitely puts you more at risk of contracting hepatitis C. Alcohol can cause alcoholic cirrhosis, fatty liver disease, and alcoholic hepatitis.

  17. 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!!!

  18. QUESTION:
    give two nursing care plan about liver disease - cirrhosis?
    Health history
    Mr. K is a 45 year old Spanish male.
    Married with 3 children.
    He is currently unemployed.
    He has worked in the service industry for his entire life.
    He has been socially drinking since he was 13 year old.

    Past medical history
    Previous liver disease, hepatitis B immunization, no medications except cold remedies.
    Usual childhood illness, broken leg at age 16, no surgeries.
    He has been admitted to ICU on 3 previous occasions for liver disease.

    Presenting complaint
    1.Fatigue
    2.Weight changes
    3.Digestive disturbances
    4.Skin changes
    5.Weakness
    6.Pruritis
    7.Dyspnea
    8.Anorexia
    9.Abdominal pain
    10.Nausea and vomiting
    11.Diarrhea
    12.Bloody stools
    13.Changes in urine or color
    14.Numbness or tingling of extremities

    Physical exam
    Blood pressure: 160/90 mmHg hypertension
    Repiratory rate: 28 cpm
    Pulse rate: 96 bpm
    Height and weight 5ft 10in; 77kgs
    Skin: dryness, scratches, jaundice, bruises
    Eyes: scleral icterus
    Breast: gynecomastia
    Abdomen: distention, prominent veins
    Girth: 715cm, liver enlargement

    Give two nursing diagnoses
    Give two common medications.

    • ANSWER:
      Alcoholic polyneuropathy and cirrhosis
      Phentoin, thiamine and folic acid for polyneuropathy
      Aldactone and furosamide for edema in cirrhosis

  19. QUESTION:
    2 nursing care plan and 2 common medications for liver disease - cirrhosis?
    2 nursing care plan and 2 common medications for liver disease - cirrhosis
    Health history
    Mr. K is a 45 year old Spanish male.
    Married with 3 children.
    He is currently unemployed.
    He has worked in the service industry for his entire life.
    He has been socially drinking since he was 13 year old.

    Past medical history
    Previous liver disease, hepatitis B immunization, no medications except cold remedies.
    Usual childhood illness, broken leg at age 16, no surgeries.
    He has been admitted to ICU on 3 previous occasions for liver disease.

    Presenting complaint
    1.Fatigue
    2.Weight changes
    3.Digestive disturbances
    4.Skin changes
    5.Weakness
    6.Pruritis
    7.Dyspnea
    8.Anorexia
    9.Abdominal pain
    10.Nausea and vomiting
    11.Diarrhea
    12.Bloody stools
    13.Changes in urine or color
    14.Numbness or tingling of extremities

    Physical exam
    Blood pressure: 160/90 mmHg hypertension
    Repiratory rate: 28 cpm
    Pulse rate: 96 bpm
    Height and weight 5ft 10in; 77kgs
    Skin: dryness, scratches, jaundice, bruises
    Eyes: scleral icterus
    Breast: gynecomastia
    Abdomen: distention, prominent veins
    Girth: 715cm, liver enlargement

    Give two nursing diagnoses
    Give two common medications.

    • ANSWER:
      Nursing dx:
      1)Activity intolerance related to fatigue, general debility, muscle wasting and discomfort.
      2)Altered nutrition, less than body requirements, related to chronic gastritis; decreased GI motility; anorexia; impaired protein, fat, glucose metabolism, and impaired storage of vitamins(A, C, K, D, E).
      3)Risk for injury and bleeding related to altered clotting mechanism.
      4)Impaired skin integrity related to compromised immunologic status, edema and poor nutrition.
      5)Pain related to liver enlargement and ascites.
      6)Diarrhea related to excessive secretion of fats in stool secondary to liver dysfunction.
      7)Risk for injury related to decreased prothrombin production and synthesis of substances used in blood coagulation.
      8)Discomfort: Pruritus related to accumulation of bilirubin pigment and bile salts on skin.
      9)Excessive fluid volume related to portal hypertension, lowered plasma colloidal osmotic pressure, and sodium retention.
      10)Risk for infection related to leukopenia secondary to enlarged, overactive spleen and hypoproteinemia.
      11)Risk for ineffective therapeutic regimen management related to insufficient knowledge of pharmacologic contraindications, nutritional requirements, signs and symptoms of complications, and risks of alcohol ingestion.
      12)Risk for disturbed self-concept related to appearance changes(jaundice, ascites).

      Medications:
      1)Lactulose.
      2)Spironolactone for patients with ascites.
      3)Lasix.

  20. QUESTION:
    Is Cirrhosis of the liver a disease/disorder relating to aging? or hepatitis C?
    NEED HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      There are many causes of Cirrhosis of
      the liver:
      (1) alcohol consumption
      (2) medication intoxification
      (3) taking tylenol with alcohol
      (4) exposures to chemicals
      (5) hereditary problems where the body
      holds onto iron and copper
      (6) biliary problems because of a stone
      forming or twisting, mal formation of the
      bile ducts, or strictures of these ducts
      (7) mushroom poisoning
      (8) fatty liver disease
      (9) viral or bacterial hepatitis
      (10) chronic inflammation of the liver

      It doesn't have to do with aging, however,
      the older the person becomes...the organs
      do not function like they did when they
      were in their 20's....this is normal in all
      patients not just those who develop
      cirrhosis.

      Here is a link to read more about cirrhosis
      http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/cirrhosis/

      Anything that causes inflammation inside
      the liver can cause damage to the liver
      cells and lead to cirrhosis if not treated.

  21. 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.

  22. QUESTION:
    Does drinking "cofee" make worse the liver of a person with Hepatitis B disease?

    • ANSWER:
      There is no scientific evidence to tupport that Hepatitia B is complicated by drinking coffee. Caffeine is actually used as a painkiller. It can increase your heart rate, but the latest studies indicate that coffee is not the evil drink once thought.

  23. QUESTION:
    please help want to feel better about possible liver disease?
    My boyfriend just got his blood results back and they said his liver count is low and his liver is inflamed. He has shown no symptoms but IBS, flatulence and bloating. No yellow eyes or skin so at least that's good. I'm just worried it may very well be Hepatitis A, B or C. Can someone give me some legit information about all types of liver disease? Oh yeah and we are sexually active.

    • ANSWER:
      There are many things that can cause liver cell damage
      and lead to inflammation inside the liver:
      alcohol consumption
      medications toxification
      chemical exposure (like carbon tetrachloride)
      mushroom poisoning
      fatty liver disease
      auto immune disease
      hereditary conditions(too much iron or copper in the body)
      metabolic disorders
      cardiac/vascular problems
      cyst/cancer/tumors/growths
      metabolic disorders
      viral infections (like hep A,B,C,etc)
      parasite infections
      biliary obstruction/malformation/infection
      and others

      The cause has to be found and stopped so the liver
      cells can heal. However, at times, this cannot be done.
      The inflammation can keep increasing in the liver
      until the liver cells start to die off and form scar
      tissue inside the liver...this is then known as
      Cirrhosis of the liver (irreversible and progressive)

      If you boyfriend is diagnosed with a Hepatitis virus, it is
      best to get tested yourself. Certain kinds of this virus
      can be passed to you if you did not use protection or
      if the mucosal barrier has been broken.

      Keep in mind that an enlarge liver can occur if someone
      has mononucleuosis (kissing disease).

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

  24. QUESTION:
    Anyone know of a herb that can cure or control hepatitis C and cirrhosis of the liver?
    I have the two named liver disease and am unable to take interferon. I believe somewhere out there in our vast world with 6 billion people someone would be aware of a remedy, something that medical science is not even aware of or don't want to be. I am the one that asked about the plant Tlalchicchinole scientific name Kohleria Deppeana. Thanks Rick

    • ANSWER:
      Sorry Rick, but there is no magic cure or any herb that is going to cure your disease. You really only have one disease which is cirrhosis. Hepatitis C is the cause of your cirrhosis. It's a virus that has been attacking your liver for a very long time. Hep C can take 20-30 years before liver damage shows up. Your liver damage has progressed to being cirrhosis which is when healthy liver cells are replaced with scar tissue. Once it is scar tissue, there is nothing that can take that away except to remove it with a liver transplant. It is permanent damage that will never go away. Milk Thistle is not strong enough to do anything with your disease. It does have a beneficial effect on the liver, but it won't help a damaged liver that has cirrhosis. I took it for almost 2 years before my transplant and it did nothing. No improvement in my lab work or anything else for that matter. My transplant doctor told me I could take it if I wanted because it would not hurt me, but he also said it would not do anything to make me better and he was right.

      The only cure for cirrhosis is still a liver transplant. You are wasting your money if you start trying to take all these miracle drugs advertised. You also should check with your doctor about what you take because some things can actually hurt your condition.

  25. QUESTION:
    why serum aminotransferase increase in liver disease ?
    why serum aminotransferase increase in liver disease as in Viral Hepatitis ?

    • ANSWER:
      The virus kills hepatocytes (liver cells). When they break open, their contents, including enzymes like aminotransferases are released. They are released into the blood, where we are able to measure them.

      Best of luck

  26. QUESTION:
    Can tattoos damage the liver? Please help! Because I heard if you get a tattoo, it can make your liver enzymes
    go high even if you dont have a liver disease like Hepatitis.

    • ANSWER:
      maybe if they dont use new needles every time a new person comes in eew.. find a good place with a nice rep. and make sure they are sterile. you should be ok i would not let that worry you why dont you google about it the percentage of people who actually do get sick out of the amount of people who get tats
      i have them and have abs. no probs what so ever
      good luck

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

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

      Stomach pain..

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

  28. QUESTION:
    who ever knows a lot about liver disease HELP MEE!! D:?
    I'm doing this project for health class, but i don't get my subject, liver disease, at all. What is it? How is it caused? and what's hepatitis? is hepatitis the same as liver disease? please help me >_<

    • ANSWER:
      "Liver disease" is a rather broad term. There are many different types of liver diseases (Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Cirrhosis, Hepatotoxicity, etc). Hepatitis is a type of liver disease. If I were you, I would use Wikipedia (www.wikipedia.org) as my main source.

      Good luck.

  29. 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

  30. 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.

  31. QUESTION:
    Liver failure and kidney disease?
    I just posted an impossibly long question about liver disease, but even so there was one question I forgot to ask: How likely is it that a person with liver disease develops kidney disease? Are some kinds of liver disease more prone to lead to kidney disease than others? If so, which ones? Is Hepatitis C and scarring of the liver associated with kidney disease? If so, to what degree, is it something that is more or less bound to happen or does it affect only some patients? Any information would be most helpful. Thankyou

    • ANSWER:
      Polycystic kidney disease is associated with liver disease.

      http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000502.htm

  32. QUESTION:
    What Happens When..(Alcohol-Induced Liver Disease)?
    What happens when someone has an alocholic-induced liver disease that completely damages their liver? I'm writing an essay and I need to know how people with cirrhosis or alcoholic hepatitis live and how having an alochol-induced liver disease effects their life. Any help?

    • ANSWER:

  33. QUESTION:
    Is it true Hepatitis virus infection on the progression of HIV disease?
    Is it true Hepatitis virus infection on the progression of HIV disease? My SGPT/ALT test is slightly high from the normal range. The normal range is 41. But my is 71. I have came to know this is indicates liver damage. There is a chance of HEPATITIS infection. Please advice.

    • ANSWER:
      NO.
      Go for a full panel liver test by a specialist.
      Good luck.

  34. QUESTION:
    my dog has a liver disease help!!?
    hi. my dog is a german shepherd about 2 years old. about 2 months ago he started getting very thin. took him to the best vet in town. he did a test and figured out that he has hepatitis - his liver isnt working and therefore his food isnt digesting properly. ive been going to the vet for 2 months and he hasnt been able to fix him. he keeps getting thinner. he specifically isnt able to digest fats (something about his body not producing lypase enzyme)

    what can i feed him and what steps can i take to get him better since obviously my vet is totally lost on what to do

    • ANSWER:
      Being a life long illness with expensive therapy, you need to make major decisions on whether you want to try and maintain his health or to humanely euthanize. At 2 years old and continuing to loose weight, this isn't a good sign.

      Is he on enzyme replacement therapy? Prescription dog food? Other medications?

      When dogs health can not be maintained through medication, therapy and / or diet and the dog is continuing to loose weight, a decision may have to be considered to humanely euthanize and end any suffering.

      Also, something that may be helpful is to call the breeder and ask if this has been a problem with this litter or past litters. Any reputable breeder should know about their puppies health and be a life long adviser with any regards to their puppies.

      I wish you luck.

      `*`*`

  35. QUESTION:
    can my sister get liver function tests without her doctor knowing? (UK)?
    My sister drinks a bottle of 13% red wine a night (sometimes a glass or two more)
    She didn't drink at all (ever) until she was 34 (she's now 42) then she just seemed to get the taste for it.
    She wants to give up, but she's afraid of having withdrawal symptoms (fits etc) so she's cutting back then she says she'll stop completely.
    However, She has also scared herself silly because she has heard about the death of Emma Pyecroft and started looking up alcoholic hepatitis/ liver disease etc on the internet. She is convinced she has done herself some damage.
    She did have an ultrasound scan of her liver done last year (and liver function tests) because she had a suspected ulcer or gallstones or something. Her liver looked fine then, and there was only slightly elevated bilirubin levels (which is normal in our family) She doesn't want to go back to the doctor and ask again as she doesn't want "wino" on her notes. So is it possible for her to get tested privately without her doctor knowing?
    She's worked herself up into some state, and so I thought I'd ask on here.

    • ANSWER:
      anything can happen now-a-days whether it is against the law or not.

  36. QUESTION:
    I have a chronic liver disease with unusual lab and biopsy findings.?
    Labs: Elevated AST and ALT. GGT is consistently above 500. AP, Bilirubin, PT, LDH are WNL. Hepatitis profile for B and C were wnl. (vaccinated against A in 2000). Sed Rate 40. All ANA tests normal. Cerulugen normal. CBC normal.

    CT shows multiple large cysts consistent with Poly cystic Liver disease without renal involvement. CT showed same density in spleen and liver.

    Biopsy showed occasional cellular edema with Mast Cells, Eosinophils, and some lymphocytes. No fibrosis. Mild patches of fat noted.

    No history of drug or alcohol consumption. Non-smoker.

    Maybe some medical student out there can figure this one out. Ask on of your professors. All the physicians I have seen have no idea other than say it may be combination of conditions.
    additional details:

    University based Hepatologist have already been consulted. They don't know either

    • ANSWER:
      Figure out what? You have liver disease which has multiorgan impact. What is it that you don't understand or want us to tell you? Bottom line, liver disease is a complex disease, so just work with you doctors on this. Except for entertainment it's not a discussion appropriate to YA. Hopefully you have a liver specialist on your team and not just a primary care MD. Good luck.

  37. QUESTION:
    What are the differences between celiac disease and autoimmune hepatitis?
    The high liver enzymes levels (3 folds of one of them) and high total bilirubin (2.8) is good indicators to say it is autoimmune, if we can not do the tests for the celiac disease

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Im Chris, Both diseases are autoimmune diseases. in autoimmune diseases the bodys own cells become overactive and start attacking either one part of the body (as is the case pretty much in these, with autoimmune hepatitis it is the liver, in Celiac it is an intolarance to foods that are strachy, sugared, etc). In other disease like Lupus, MS, and others they are more widespread and attack the entire body or more bodily functions or systems.

      I personally have Lupus, Sjgrens and Autoimmune Hepatitis.
      I Know a little about Celiac disease so I did some research, so I will let you know about how they diagnose that first.

      Celiac disease is a digestive disease that damages the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food. People who have celiac disease cannot tolerate a protein called gluten, found in wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten is found mainly in foods but may also be found in products we use every day, such as stamp and envelope adhesive, medicines, and vitamins. to diagnose it they do several things.

      How is celiac disease diagnosed?
      Recognizing celiac disease can be difficult because some of its symptoms are similar to those of other diseases. In fact, sometimes celiac disease is confused with irritable bowel syndrome, iron-deficiency anemia caused by menstrual blood loss, Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, intestinal infections, and chronic fatigue syndrome. As a result, celiac disease is commonly underdiagnosed or misdiagnosed.

      Recently, researchers discovered that people with celiac disease have higher than normal levels of certain autoantibodies in their blood. Antibodies are protective proteins produced by the immune system in response to substances that the body perceives to be threatening. Autoantibodies are proteins that react against the body’s own molecules or tissues. To diagnose celiac disease, physicians will usually test blood to measure levels of

      Immunoglobulin A (IgA)
      anti-tissue transglutaminase (tTGA)
      IgA anti-endomysium antibodies (AEA)
      Before being tested, one should continue to eat a regular diet that includes foods with gluten, such as breads and pastas. If a person stops eating foods with gluten before being tested, the results may be negative for celiac disease even if celiac disease is actually present.

      If the tests and symptoms suggest celiac disease, the doctor will perform a small bowel biopsy. During the biopsy, the doctor removes a tiny piece of tissue from the small intestine to check for damage to the villi. To obtain the tissue sample, the doctor eases a long, thin tube called an endoscope through the mouth and stomach into the small intestine. Using instruments passed through the endoscope, the doctor then takes the sample.

      What is the treatment?
      The only treatment for celiac disease is to follow a gluten-free diet. When a person is first diagnosed with celiac disease, the doctor usually will ask the person to work with a dietitian on a gluten-free diet plan. A dietitian is a health care professional who specializes in food and nutrition. Someone with celiac disease can learn from a dietitian how to read ingredient lists and identify foods that contain gluten in order to make informed decisions at the grocery store and when eating out.

      For most people, following this diet will stop symptoms, heal existing intestinal damage, and prevent further damage. Improvements begin within days of starting the diet. The small intestine is usually completely healed in 3 to 6 months in children and younger adults and within 2 years for older adults. Healed means a person now has villi that can absorb nutrients from food into the bloodstream.

      In order to stay well, people with celiac disease must avoid gluten for the rest of their lives. Eating any gluten, no matter how small an amount, can damage the small intestine. The damage will occur in anyone with the disease, including people without noticeable symptoms. Depending on a person’s age at diagnosis, some problems will not improve, such as delayed growth and tooth discoloration.

      OK That is the Symptoms, diagnosis and treatment after the diagnosis. Onto The autoimmune Hepatitis, I will use personal experience and some information from a website.

      Autoimmune Hepatitis has nothing to do with Hepatitis A, B, or C. It is not contagious in any way shape or form. It can stand alone as it's own autoimmune disease or can be triggered by another. Usually either Sjogren's or Lupus (SLE). Usually Sjogren's. It can also be called Lupoid Hepatitis.

      The symptoms most common are an extended painful upper abdomen, jaundice, Enlarged Liver, Itchiness, Fatigue, joint pain, skin rashes, nausea, vomiting, loss of appitite, dark urine, pale or grey stools.

      I remeber looking 5 months pregnant though I didnt eat.

      There are several steps of testing. First are abnormal basic Liver function tests AST, ALT, Billirubin, Sometimes a Positive ANA (Antinuclear Antibody, also found in other autoimmunes like Lupus, sjogrens, and others), a positive Anti-Smooth Muscle Test Or its inititls (sp) SMA. The pattern and level of these test help distinquish which disease may be going on. In addition you more than likely will have a liver biopsy. I had one. I had no problems. I had it, woke up was on side, and wanted to leave.. they wanted me to stay. I stayed for awhile. But not all people wake up as well as I do from surgery. I was a bit sore.

      Right now there are two mainstream treatments, I do not use either one, both do not work on me. Those treatments are Prednison (a class of medical steroids), and Imuran (an Immunosuppresent, used for transplant paitents, and other sutoimmune diseases). In the last several years, They have found that the medication first used for gallstones and galbladder disease called Actigall is very effective along with the natural herb Milk Thisle. Those are what my Rhuemotologists use on me. She swears by both. I was getting very close to a transplant list. I did need some IV chemo, but with that and those two other therapies I am in total remisson. In fact with proper care 7 out of 10 paitents will go into remisson. Many may still have mild attacks, mine come and go.

      Both disease are not desirable. No autoimmune disease is, but with proper care and following your doctors orders both can be controlled. I do co-own an autoimmune support group, we do a lot of Lupus, but we are a mixed bag of everything, mainly females but male and female.

      Good luck
      Any questions email me at christibro40@yahoo.com
      Im good for the autoimmune Hepatitis

  38. QUESTION:
    liver and kidney disease?
    I just posted an impossibly long question about liver disease, but even so there was one question I forgot to ask: How likely is it that a person with liver disease develops kidney disease? Are some kinds of liver disease more prone to lead to kidney disease than others? If so, which ones? Is Hepatitis C and scarring of the liver associated with kidney disease? If so, to what degree, is it something that is more or less bound to happen or does it affect only some patients? Any information would be most helpful. Thankyou

    • ANSWER:
      Lena, Primary liver disease does not cause kidney disease and the opposite is true. If both do exist in the same patient, then it is more likely that there is a systemic or body-wide disease that is affecting both these organs as well as other body organs or systems. Some possibilities include various inflammatory conditions, immunologic disorders, tumors, "storage diseases," leukemias, or infections. Work with your internal medicine physician (an "internist") to find the cause.

  39. QUESTION:
    Jaundice on feet and inflamed ankles and wrists during pregnancy?
    Should I be concerned about this? I only have Jaundice on my feet, and it's just a stripe across my foot. My feet are also very swollen and puffy, as well as my wrists and cheeks. I'm going to get it checked out today. My legs are also swollen, and they're going to check for Hepatitis, liver disease, and all that.. what should I expect?
    I'm only 4 months.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to get check for preycalmsya. Im sorry I dont know how to spell it. BTW, how far along are you? When I got that swollen I went into labor 3days later.

      -Your not far along yet. I was almost 9months. Ask your doctor to get you checked for preclamysya. It dangers you and your baby.. For you and the baby.

      I hope everything good with the baby((: Ill be praying

  40. QUESTION:
    Do diseases like HIV, Hepatitis B and C cause liver enzymes to increase?
    Or, could my Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma that was just diagnosed, be causing my enzymes to be elevated.

    • ANSWER:
      i just enjoyed a nice plate of liver and i feel fine. i dont know what your problem is.

  41. QUESTION:
    in blood test, does a high level of SGPT and SGOT in the blood means you have a liver or heart disease?
    i have SGPT which is over 100 U/L but im negative of Hepatitis A,B,C and my liver ultrasound is normal also together with the rest of my body organ. what's wrong with my Blood biochemistry then?

    • ANSWER:
      You should ask for an abdominal ultrasound as well.

      Also, what kinds (if any) supplements/ vitamins are you taking?
      Talk to your MD about them, she may want you to stop taking them for a few weeks and then have new bloodwork.

      They are often the cause for skewed lab results.

  42. QUESTION:
    Liver Disease?
    Are there more cases of Liver Disease now than there was before Hepatitis C was found?

    • ANSWER:
      Statistically, no. Any rise in the number of cases is just coincidental.

  43. QUESTION:
    Will autoimmune hepatitis go away after a liver transplant?
    My mother has this disease and the doctors are saying she will need a new liver. I just wonder if the illness will go away or will the immune system attack the new liver?

    • ANSWER:
      There is some chance that the immune system will
      cause a problem after a transplant; but you have to
      realize that after the transplant she will be placed on
      drugs to suppress the immune system which should
      protect the liver to some degree:
      Link to click on...
      http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/lt.20910/abstract

      People who have an auto immune disease like
      Primary Biliary Cirrhosis (PBC)or Sclerosing Cholangitis
      (PSC) "may" start to develop the problem once again.

      However, they may not advanced as fast as they
      once did.

      I hope this information has been of help to you.

  44. QUESTION:
    I was reading about liver problems and I found a page but i cant remember the disease or whatever..help?
    okay so it was talking about something hepatitis for the liver .. it started with an a i cant really remember, symptoms include, nausea, fatigue, appetite loss, etc
    so please help me..
    it's not 'hepatitis c' or something it has a____ _______ hepatitis i think.

    thank you for your help. i need it ASAP!

    • ANSWER:
      Alcoholic hepatitis
      Aneshetic induced (halothane) hepatitis
      Autoimmune (SLE) hepatitis.....

  45. QUESTION:
    Question about normal Liver Function Test results?
    Hi, my mum was an alcoholic years back, so she had to have a Liver Function Test.
    She got her results back today, and they were fine so she is relieved.

    Since her results came back fine, does that mean that there is no signs of liver diseases such as hepatitis B or C, either in the past, acute or chronic?

    Thanks :)
    I'm just a little bit concerned.

    • ANSWER:
      No Blood testing is 100% accurate. It is best to
      have more than one test to be sure.
      However, in liver disease, blood tests don't always
      show a problem in some patients. They may have no
      signs or symptoms or even elevated blood enzyme
      levels to indicate a problem.

      The doctor do different blood tests to really be sure
      whether a patient is truly affected by liver damage.
      1) the liver enzymes, which show if there is possible
      liver cell damage.
      2) the liver function tests to see if the liver cells are
      able to do the necessary functions to keep the body
      well
      3) the liver viral tests to see if a virus has entered the
      body and is using the liver cells to replicate itself.

      With Hepatitis B and C, which is a viral infection, it
      sometimes takes up to 3 or 4 months before it will
      show up on the blood tests.

      To be sure she is doing fine, I recommend that in
      a few months, she has more blood testing done
      just to be sure.

      When the liver cells become damaged, the immune
      system of the body will respond to this damage and
      cause inflammation inside the liver. This will cause
      the liver to enlarge in size. (this can be seen on
      an ultrasound or ct scan).

      Considering her levels were normal this time...she
      may not have any problem.

  46. QUESTION:
    Flu + Liver disease people?
    What kind of medicine should I take if I have a flu? (I have Hepatitis B) Should I use medicines contain acetaminophen like Tylenol or Theraflu? (They cause liver damages as I read the instruction). And what is the limit of acetaminophen for liver disease people? (? mg /day)

    • ANSWER:
      All liver patients should of been told that they
      are not to take any medications unless their
      doctor approves of them or prescribes them.
      The reason for this, is because the medication
      goes through the liver to be broken down
      before going to the rest of the body.
      If there is cell damage, the cells may not
      be able to process the medication the way
      a healthy persons liver would do. The
      medication has to be adjusted accordingly.
      It is best to get in touch with the doctor office
      and see what they would prescribe you to
      take and tell you the dosage if they
      approve the acetaminophen being used.
      Better to be safe about this, then to cause
      more damage. They have your medical
      history, also, and know what other medical
      problems you might have...that we don't.

      I hope this is of some help and that you
      start to feel better soon.
      They should be contacted, also, to be
      sure you don't become dehydrated if
      you are vomiting or have diarrhea, and that your electrolyte balance is checked.

  47. QUESTION:
    My father has end stage liver disease - how much time does he have left?
    My father is 53 years old and has just been diagnosed with end stage liver disease. Unknown to the family, he had been diagnosed with Hepatitis C nearly 10 years ago and never sought treatment. He was in ICU on a ventilator and bleeding from his nose and mouth for about a week, he is now at home. His abdomen is very swollen (he looks 9 months pregnant), and his bloodwork and ammonia levels are all out of whack. When he was in the hospital, they said in order to be put on the list for a liver transplant he had to be alcohol free for 6 months. He can't be put on the list because the doctors said he doesn't have 6 months left to live, but this is the only sort of time frame we've been given. I moved out of state in February and it is hard for me to get up there to visit him, as it's either a 14 hour drive or a very expensive plane ticket. I just wish I could know how much time he has left. Any input or help at all is much appreciated . . . feel free to email me as well. Thanks.
    FYI - it has been about 3 weeks since his initial diagnosis.

    • ANSWER:
      No one can actually give a specific time frame. Drs. can only give an educated guess. Im a hospice nurse. I would suggest referring your dad to a hospice agency nearby, if he isn't already on services. The nurses work together with his Dr. to make sure he is comfortable and instruct the patient and family on signs and symtoms of approaching death. Taking care of a very ill person is very overwhelming and this really helps to allow family members spend more quality time together. I still think if at all possible, placement on the liver donor list would be a good idea, because like I said Drs. can only give an educated guess. I have seen patients, given the medications and diet needed able to hang in there for even a year longer. I do not want to give you false hope, I do not know what exact condition your dad is in. I hope that this helps.

  48. QUESTION:
    How will my life be with Hepatitis C?
    I got Hepatitis C and I am only 19 years old. We caught it early, meaning I definitely got it within the past 6 months. The thing is I am still young, and I am deeply concerned with how the length and quality of the rest of my life will be. I want to know statistics on how many people who have HCV live normal lives, and how many people have to get liver transplants, get cirrhosis / liver disease / liver cancer, etc..

    • ANSWER:
      You will probably have and Anti-HCV test done yearly to determine the strengh and titer of the Hep C as well as liver enzyme tests to show the condition of your liver. Other tests may be ordered as well. You will live a normal life, just remember to take your prescribed medications. You can pass it on to others, so if you are in a long term, sexual relationship you may want to discuss your condition with your partner. Get vaccinated against Hep A and B is recommended. To prolong the life of your liver, do not drink/use alcohol and do not take any over the counter drugs or herbal supplements without consulting your doctor.

  49. QUESTION:
    long do you have to live if you are in liver failure because of hepatitis c?
    I have a friend that has had hepatitis c for over 10 years, and she went to the infectious disease dr and was told she was close to live failure.

    • ANSWER:
      Close to liver failure can mean any grade and stage after 3's.
      (there are typically 4 stages and sub-stages, however, some doctors are now using stages one through five.

      For instance, I had Grade and stage 2.1. After treatment (successful) my liver damage was cut in half (a 1.1).

      They allow treatmtent of HCV in those who have severe liver damage, she needs to ask about it!

      A person can live quite a while depending on diet, medications used ect.

      I'd certainly not waste a moment less and seek out the opinion of a specialist and ask about antiviral chemotherapy.

  50. QUESTION:
    Back in May I was told by the nephrologist that at some time or another I had contracted Hepatitis. He then sa?
    Back in May I was told by the nephrologist that at some time or another I had contracted Hepatitis. He then said that I should not worry about it because my body had built up it’s own antibodies against the virus and rejected it. Sounds heaven sent, but then a few weeks later I developed neurology problems, bone degeneration, pale stool, black spots on hands and feet, hair loss, brown spots on skin, bad breath, loss of reflux, belching and gas constantly, bone pain, itching, dark urine although I drink lots of water, panic attacks…and the list goes on. Even though the nephrologist said that I rejected the disease could I still have the symptoms of Hepatitis or Liver disease and still not have the disease? Could I have given it to my husband and we are passing it back and forth? I am trying to figure out why I still have symptoms other than the jaundice but yet the nephrologist said that I rejected the virus. Plz help me because I am now thinking for the worse. I wanted to start taking Paxil for the panic attacks, but I am so afraid because I don’t know if it will worsen my liver.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to see a Gastroenterologist or a General Practitioner instead of a nephrologist. A nephrologist deals with your kidneys not liver.


Alcohol Liver Symptoms

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

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

  2. QUESTION:
    What are symptoms of liver damage due to long term alcohol use?

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

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

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

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

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

  3. 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.

  4. QUESTION:
    Is a lower alcohol tolerance a symptom of liver failure?
    a very good friend of mine has been an alcoholic for many years. Now he is saying that he gets drunk without having to drink that much. your tolerance does not go down for no reason, right?

    • ANSWER:

  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:
    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!

  7. QUESTION:
    How do you know if your liver is damaged - after a weekend of drinking a lot I can't face alcohol?
    What are the symptoms of liver damage?
    I hardly ever drink but went on a hen party weekend and was certainly not falling over!

    • ANSWER:
      Your liver gets damaged if u drink excessively on a regular basis on empty stomach. If u drink occassionally like on week ends, it is ok but still try to nibble something so the drink does not land in ur empty stomach.
      Symptoms of liver damage are loss of appetite, difficulty in digestion & later yellow discoloration of eyes, pain in the right upper part of abdomen etc.

  8. QUESTION:
    what is the risk of consuming alcohol with a liver inflamation due to mono?
    i started seeing symptoms of mono about 3 weeks ago and i was finally diagnosed with mono about a week ago but i am feeling better now. the symptoms are going away but the doctor mentioned somthing about he noticed a slight hepatitis in my liver or a liver inflamation. what are the risks of consuming alcohol?

    • ANSWER:
      The risk?

      Possibly permanent liver damage.

      You might consider not drinking until you get the all-clear from the doc.

  9. QUESTION:
    Am I at risk for any liver problems after taking Tylenol two days after drinking alcohol?
    Two nights ago I took multiple shots of alcohol and I haven't been feeling well ever since. Since that night I have had terrible headaches and I have just came down with a fever. If I just took Tylenol (a little bit less than 48 hours later) to try and heal my symptoms, am I at risk for anything (ie. liver problems, other side affects)?

    • ANSWER:

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

    • ANSWER:
      It is not fatal.

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

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

  11. QUESTION:
    How do you die of liver failure through abuse of alcohol/other drugs?
    I don't quite understand how this works. Say there is someone who drinks too much every week or somebody who regularly takes too much paracetamol. Now from my research I believe that excessive drinking of alcohol damages the liver as does excessive doses of paracetamol. So if a person took too much of these too frequently he is said to suffer liver failure and die. My question is, how do you die of liver failure, do you just collapse randomly and never wake up or do you gradually get symptoms of liver failure? For example would it be possible that somebody could not notice that there was something wrong with them at all until they died?

    • ANSWER:
      They slowly become jaundiced, lethargic and do eventually drop into a hepatic coma.

  12. QUESTION:
    What is death like when you die of liver failure through abuse of alcohol/other drugs?
    I don't quite understand how this works. Say there is someone who drinks too much every week or somebody who regularly takes too much paracetamol. Now from my research I believe that excessive drinking of alcohol damages the liver as does excessive doses of paracetamol. So if a person took too much of these too frequently he is said to suffer liver failure and die. My question is, how do you die of liver failure, do you just collapse randomly and never wake up or do you gradually get symptoms of liver failure? For example would it be possible that somebody could not notice that there was something wrong with them at all until they died?

    • ANSWER:
      They slowly become jaundiced, lethargic and do eventually drop into a hepatic coma.

  13. 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.

  14. QUESTION:
    Possible alcohol allergy? Dehydration? Liver? What is this?
    In my early 20s, I drank heavily and almost daily without any real problems. The past 5 years it's very rare if I ingest any alcohol more than once a month. The past 1-2 years I've noticed that the day AFTER I drink I develop a painful skin 'condition' which feels like just a sunburn WITHOUT any redness/flushing/rash. It usually involves my upper arms, torso and thighs being painful when touched. It takes anywhere between 2-5 days before fully going away. It has happened with as little as 2 beers (or more), mixed liquor drinks or wine.

    I read much about alcohol related allergies but found nothing involving this particular symptom. Most refer to rashes or flushing of the skin which I never have. I haven't found anything about painful skin. Has anyone heard of this? Could this be a simple allergy or a symptom of some other problem? Liver or kidney disorder? If it's dehydration, why would this be happening now and never in the past?
    I have no problem quitting altogether if that is the only answer but I'd still like to know what is causing this.
    I am not on any kind of medication of any kind nor do I use any other drugs

    • ANSWER:
      My suspicion is that it is reaction in the presence of another medication.

      There are cells in the blood called the "Mast Cells" they produce chemicals causing swelling, redness and pain. It is typically activated with allergy. But what you are describing sounds more like a drug reaction, or an overreaction to alcohol.

      1- First check what medications you are taking, even over-the-counter ones like acetaminophen (Tylenol), that is metabolized by the liver. Also birth control medication or any other drugs.

      2- Then establish the cause-effect relationship, drink alcohol and write down the symptoms --> then do not drink alcohol for a while (for about 5 to 6 times the period it took for the reaction to appear) and write down the outcomes --> then drink again and document the symptoms.

      3- Know that ANYTHING at all can cause allergic reaction, their is what is called "aquagenic urticaria", yes allergy to water. Know also that different people react differently to the same allergen. You may also have allergies or reaction to allergens, food or medication.

      4- The next step is to check the liver function and the kidney function. This will now have to be done by a doctor. You can not afford to have liver disease and not seek proper medical attention.

      Good luck!

  15. QUESTION:
    Alcohol and Liver Disease?
    I asked this question few days back but didnt get any answers so i am asking it again.

    Ok so I been drinking for past 10 yrs and very heavy for past 3 yrs. I was also using sleeping pills to go to sleep. in Jan 2011 I got my blood work done and my liver enyme score was 65 which my doctor said is high but nothing to worry about. I have quit drinking in sept and I was worried that I might have badly damaged my liver because of heavy alcohol use. I went to see my doctor yesterday and I thought my stomach my bloated but my doctor said its just fat, but just to be sure I dont have cirohsis of liver she sending me to get Ultra sound.

    So here are my questions
    1) I can doctor tell by just touching my tummy that I dont have fluids in my stomach or if my liver feels abnormal. Because according to her It felt ok to her.
    2) If I dont have any symptoms of cirhrosis can I still get it.
    3)Given my liver enzyme score am I at a high risk of developing liver cirohsis.

    I know I am going for the ultrasound which will clear everything but i am scared out of my mind and worried that I might have something major. So I just wanna get some opinions given my history

    • ANSWER:

  16. QUESTION:
    Did I drink enough alcohol to induce liver disease?
    I am wondering if my college drinking binges were extreme enough to induce liver disease? I drank too much (like 20 gin and tonics drinks in a night) , but I did not drink that often. Maybe about once per week on average. After college, I rarely drank at all (a few times per year), but when I did drink, it was a ridiculous amount. People always found it weird that my tolerance was so high, despite being petite at 5'8 and 115 lbs. I could drink pretty much anyone under the table. Now, I'm 28 and I have the symptoms of liver disease (yellow skin, itching, nausea, loss of appetite).
    Mish Mash,
    This site is called "answers" for a reason. People want answers to their quetions, not stupid and rude comments.

    • ANSWER:
      It is defiantly possible but not necessarily likely. I would defiantly recommend seeing a doctor as soon as possible and getting a blood-work up. The only way to know for sure is though blood-work. People have had liver disease from drinking in college though.

  17. QUESTION:
    Is my liver damaged from mixing hydrocodone and alcohol one time?
    Hello, I am very concerned about my liver after a night of doing something reckless. I am a healthy 21 year old, 6'1, 200 pound male with no lasting medical problems of any sort. Going to go into greater detail about my problem. About tree days a go I drank about 10 shots of 100 proof vodka throughout the day/night total and then 15 mins or so (probably a little longer than that though maybe a half hour even) later after my last shot late at night close to midnight I would say, I took 1 pill of hydrocodone 5MG/500MG (I have it prescribed for a broken nose) and then about an hour later after I took that pill I took two tylenol PM's to try and sleep. It is probably important to note that I only took the 1 hydrocodone all day, NOT more than one (and it was that low dose 5MG/500MG pill) and again that was about 15 mins or so after drinking my last shot of the day. I had NO hydrocodone or any pills at all the next day following this event. It may be important to note I did also eat a huge portion of nachos with nacho cheese after taking the two tylenol and drank a big thing of tea, so that may have sucked up some alcohol? Also right after I finished eating the nachos I went straight to sleep. I am not a regular drinker, I was just drinking that day/night for a random thrill out of boredom. And I have never ever mixed alcohol and drugs like this before, this was the first and last time. The next day myfriend told me I could have seriously damaged my liver. I have been concerned ever since that night about my liver. But like I said I have only done this one time and it was accidental because I was not thinking because I was intoxicated, and so far I think I am fine. I have not experienced any of the symptoms of liver damage over the past view days, I have been keeping close tabs on myself and doing appropriate research and so far I think I am fine, no concerns. I talked to a friend that is a 911 dispatcher, she has no real medical experience like a doc nurse though, but she said she thinks I am fine. But should I go see my doctor and get medical advise just in case? Am I in any immediate or long lasting danger? Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      aside from destroying a few billion brain cells with all that alcohol, I doubt you did yourself any lasting damage. Suggest you find better ways to alleviate your boredome in future.

  18. QUESTION:
    liver damage from alcohol?
    how can i support a friend that will not admit to family and friends that she has a drinking problem.
    Her mother has convinced her that myself and another friend are interfering. She has all the symptoms of liver damage and says she is on the transplant list because a gall stone was attached to her liver and when it was removed it got damaged. Her stomach is always swollen, she itches, swollen legs and has had a minor stroke, hypertension loss of appetite. There are various others including anger and lies.

    • ANSWER:
      Attend some Al-Anon meetings for yourself. These meetings will put you in contact with others that are dealing with the same issues and can offer you the tools and guidance needed to cope. One of the biggest problems is facing the fact that there is only so much that you can do. When these people and some family members are in denial, the problem can sometimes seem a losing battle. At least the meetings can offer you some peace of your own, and you can learn better ways to communicate and offer a healthier means of support to your friend. Give it a shot and good luck, it's a LONG and winding road.

  19. QUESTION:
    I have Hep C and am not sure what is taxing for my liver. Alcohol, of course, but how about vitamins?
    Is red meat a problem? What is "kind" to the liver and what nourishes it? I have already gone through the interferon treatment 1x fo 48 weeks and am preparing to do it all over again for 76 weeks.. I have never met anyone with this desease and would like to talk with others that have it and have gone through what I am. Also, I dont have any symptoms, what do I have to expect in the future. Can I live a normal lifetime?

    • ANSWER:
      no one with hcv will have a "normal life". they can live a normal lifespan, but the quality of life deminishes as the virus replicates.

      hcv infects through the bloodstream, uses the liver as it's host, but the quasispecies end up in all tissues and organs throughout the body. there are over 150 extrahepatic symptoms of hcv.

      since your beginning treatment, i'd say just no iron or alcohol.
      (not even the rubbing kind).

      once you begin, about the end of the second or third week, you will notice a change in how food reacts to your tastbuds-so eating good foods, let alone bad foods will be an issue.
      course you know this i am sure by your first round of treatment.

      *all people infected with hcv have symptoms-it's just that most doctors are not aware of the diseases associated with hcv.

      i do wish you well on treatment this time around! drink plenty of water.

  20. QUESTION:
    Alcohol and Liver Damage ?
    Hi.. Umm for about 4 months, I was binge drinking. In those 4 months, I had about the equivalence of 1 bottle of rum. I'm a 16 year old girl; 110 pounds (if that helps with anything). So now i'm wondering if it could have a big impact on my liver. And if so, what symptoms should i be looking for?

    Please, be serious - I'm actually worried. If some people who studied in biology / medecine could answer, that would be great. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:

  21. QUESTION:
    Does taking drugs damage your liver as bad as alcohol misuse?
    My friend hammered drugs for over ten years. He is now clean and lives a healthy life. Is it possible for his body to heal itself from the abuse of amphetamines overe this period (crack also at times) and be normal again?. He has no symptoms of body illness and his blood pressure is fine.

    • ANSWER:
      i knew an alcoholic who had been sober for 15 years - then he was diagnosed with liver disease! he is gone now, but it just goes to show you that what you put your body through may not yeild instant reprocussions. i'm really glad your friend is clean now, thats pretty much all you can do. i dont know about the relationship between amphetamines and liver trouble, but it is possible that he has weakened his heart during his drug use and might be at risk for heart attacks or brain aneurysms in the future.

  22. QUESTION:
    Is my liver damaged at all from mixing hydrocodone and alcohol one time?
    Hello, I am very concerned about my liver after a night of doing something reckless. I am a healthy 21 year old, 6'1, 200 pound male with no lasting medical problems of any sort. Im very healthy across the board, i dont do drugs, and im not a regular drinker. Going to go into greater detail about my problem. About five days a go I drank about 10 shots of 100 proof vodka throughout the day/night total and then 15 mins or so (probably a little longer than that though maybe a half hour even) later after my last shot late at night close to midnight I would say, I took 1 pill of hydrocodone 5MG/500MG (I have it prescribed for a broken nose) and then about an hour later after I took that pill I took two tylenol PM's to try and sleep. It is probably important to note that I only took the 1 hydrocodone all day, NOT more than one (and it was that low dose 5MG/500MG pill) and again that was about 15 mins or so after drinking my last shot of the day. I had NO hydrocodone or any pills at all the next day following this event. It may be important to note I did also eat a huge portion of nachos with nacho cheese after taking the two tylenol and drank a big thing of tea, so that may have sucked up some alcohol? Also right after I finished eating the nachos I went straight to sleep. I am not a regular drinker, I was just drinking that day/night for a random thrill out of boredom. And I have never ever mixed alcohol and drugs like this before, this was the first and last time. The next day myfriend told me I could have seriously damaged my liver. I have been concerned ever since that night about my liver. But like I said I have only done this one time and it was accidental because I was not thinking because I was intoxicated, and so far I think I am fine. I have not experienced any of the symptoms of liver damage over the past view days, I have been keeping close tabs on myself and doing appropriate research and so far I think I am fine, no concerns. I talked to a friend that is a 911 dispatcher, she has no real medical experience like a doc nurse though, but she said she thinks I am fine. But should I go see my doctor and get medical advise just in case? Am I in any immediate or long lasting danger? Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Damaging your liver by drinking and taking pills is not like damaging it in a car accident where it is visibly bruised or lacerated. One night of drinking and taking pills is not going to kill you of liver disease (overdose is a much greater possibility). Just don't make a habit of it--this is what leads to trouble. That is why they say that people who drink 3 or more drinks every night should avoid Tylenol. The danger of hydrocodone and alcohol mixing is it is easier to get really messed up and be unable to breathe properly on your own. So overdose rather than liver damage is your biggest danger from one night of binging. Just avoid it in th future and you should have no problem. As with everything in life, alcohol in moderation is fine, as is hydrocodone taken to relieve serious acute pain. Binge drinking and taking hydrocodone to have a good time are not healthy behaviors and should be stopped.

      Good luck, I think you'll be okay, but be wary of this in the future

  23. QUESTION:
    How do you know when your staring to or have messed up your liver from drinking?
    I was wondering when do you know or how do you know if you are staring to mess up your liver from drinking? Like are there are physical signs or symptoms to your liver getting messed up from drinking. I binge drink every now and then and was wondering if drinking say every weekend for about two months is enough to mess up your liver? When I do drink it's hard alcohol not beer.

    • ANSWER:
      Some of the signs that you are drinking too much and it's affecting your liver:
      Enlarged, fatty liver. You can actually feel that the liver is swollen and
      larger than it used to be.
      Your tolerance is lower than it used to be. As the liver is poisoned over
      time, its ability to detox alcohol is decreased. This means that more
      alcohol stays in your blood and you feel it faster and longer than before.
      Your tolerance to other things, like medications, has changed. For the
      same reasons, the liver becomes less able to detox medications quickly.
      This means that a larger dose of medication will circulate in your blood
      than in the past, possibly multiplying its effects.
      Finally, headaches/dizziness, and other alcohol side-effects such as the
      next morning hangover, are worse than they used to be.

  24. QUESTION:
    how the disease symptoms arises due to alcohol?
    how do we know our kidney and liver function?Since i drink veryweekend 750 ml of rum ,how do i diagonse my status of health ..recommend me

    • ANSWER:
      The best thing to do is visit your doctor. Some signs of kidney trouble are pain in the lower back. Either on the left side or right or both. Another sign is if your urine is discolored and/or it is painful to urinate. This could be just a kidney infection, drink lots of water and cranberry juice to clear it up. If you drink heavily, you might notice yellowing in the whites of the eyes and in extreme kidney shut down, your skin with turn yellowish. If your a diabetic, you should not drink at all or not anymore then just socially. Diabetics have a higher risk of kidney problems. Best bet, is to see your doctor.

      Cheers!

  25. QUESTION:
    Is my liver damaged at all from mixing hydrocodone with tylenol PM and alcohol one time?
    Hello, I am very concerned about my liver after a night of doing something reckless. I am a healthy 21 year old, 6'1, 200 pound male with no lasting medical problems of any sort. Im very healthy across the board, i dont do drugs, and im not a regular drinker. Going to go into greater detail about my problem. About five days a go I drank about 10 shots of 100 proof vodka throughout the day/night total and then 15 mins or so (probably a little longer than that though maybe a half hour even) later after my last shot late at night close to midnight I would say, I took 1 pill of hydrocodone 5MG/500MG (I have it prescribed for a broken nose) and then about an hour later after I took that pill I took two tylenol PM's to try and sleep. It is probably important to note that I only took the 1 hydrocodone all day, NOT more than one (and it was that low dose 5MG/500MG pill) and again that was about 15 mins or so after drinking my last shot of the day. I had NO hydrocodone or any pills at all the next day following this event. It may be important to note I did also eat a huge portion of nachos with nacho cheese after taking the two tylenol and drank a big thing of tea, so that may have sucked up some alcohol? Also right after I finished eating the nachos I went straight to sleep. I am not a regular drinker, I was just drinking that day/night for a random thrill out of boredom. And I have never ever mixed alcohol and drugs like this before, this was the first and last time. The next day myfriend told me I could have seriously damaged my liver. I have been concerned ever since that night about my liver. But like I said I have only done this one time and it was accidental because I was not thinking because I was intoxicated, and so far I think I am fine. I have not experienced any of the symptoms of liver damage over the past view days, I have been keeping close tabs on myself and doing appropriate research and so far I think I am fine, no concerns. I talked to a friend that is a 911 dispatcher, she has no real medical experience like a doc nurse though, but she said she thinks I am fine. But should I go see my doctor and get medical advise just in case? Am I in any immediate or long lasting danger? Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      one time abuse will not hurt your liver..it is one tough organ. just remember it can handle only so much, so lay off heavy drinking and mixing drugs, and you will be fine..

  26. QUESTION:
    Cirrhosis of the liver from alcohol?
    Can cirrhosis of the liver be reversed if it is caused by alcohol?
    I think my dad might have it - he drinks very heavily (about 12 cans each day recently)
    He has been drinking since he has been about 16 and he is now 47.
    He has begun to hide money to buy alcohol when me and my mum are no around.
    He also gets very defensive when we talk about it to him - even when we talk calmly he says "here we go again" or "what about you, you drink too much as well" etc.
    He seems to be desperate for drink most of the time as well - the other day he ran out of lager so he drank the rest of my mum's advarcaat drink (half bottle to himself - with no other drink or ice so very strong)
    I has bad skin (red face), red eyes where the blood vessels are bursting or something? He has quite bad jaundice in his eyes and about 10 minutes ago he suffered a nose-bleed which he does not normally get.
    My mum said to me earlier, if he keeps on the way he is going if not this year then definitely next year he will be dead. Now since i've only just turned 16 i thought either shes not been very sensitive or there is a serious problem. She also said i should be worried about him so im assuming its very serious.
    He had a brain hemorrhage 6/7months ago which nearly killed him so the symptoms which include confusion etc i'm not sure if it is caused by the drink or not.
    When he doesn't drink - for example doesn't drink for 24 hours he gets very very sick (literally), he would get very agitated and get mad at ANYTHING. So i'm pretty sure he is alcohol dependent but is he showing signs of cirrhosis or anything?
    Please help - and if he has got it what can i do to help him? i realize alcoholics can only be helped if they want to be helped but please any advice would be so useful.
    He has bad skin etc not I has

    • ANSWER:
      Alcohol damage:
      1)Overconsuming alcohol in a short time periods doesn't give
      the liver cells time to make the enzymes needed to convert
      the alcohol to acetaldehyde,then acetate and then to
      CO2 &water. Not converted, it becomes toxic to the liver cells.
      2)Consuming alcohol over long time periods leadd to fat
      inside the liver...this causes pressure in the liver which damage
      the liver cells.
      3)Some people are more sensitive to alcohol ;some allergic to it.
      The more sensitive a person is...the more likely liver problems
      4)Taking medications with alcohol can cause such an interaction
      between them that it instantly damages the liver cell.
      ....................................................
      When the liver cells become damaged, the immune system of the
      patients body will respond to this damage & cause inflammation
      to develop inside the liver;which causes the liver to enlarge in size.
      [this can be seen on an ultrasound or ct scan]

      Up to this point, if the alcohol is stopped and inflammation treated...
      then there is a chance that the liver cells may heal and the problem
      could be reversed.
      If this is not done...then it can lead to where the liver cells die off &
      form scar tissue inside the liver. This scar tissue will, as more cells die off,
      block the flow of blood to the functioning liver cells ( lack nourishment &
      oxygen) and they will continue to die off. This is the irreversible,
      progressive disease of Cirrhosis of the Liver. Stopping alcohol,
      then, will slow down the progression of the disease but there is no
      cure. Most people end up trying to be evaluated for placement on
      the Liver transplant list.
      .........................................................................
      When they are addicted: Detoxing should be under doctors care.
      Doctors have medications that can help limit some of the
      serious side effects. The doctor may recommend going through
      a detox program at the hospital on an outpatient basis.
      ............................................................................................

      The yellowing of the whites of the eyes and skin (Jaundice) is
      the first true sign that the liver may be starting into liver failure.
      The liver cells does all the functions, that the liver does as a
      whole, to keep the body well. When damaged or start to die
      off, those functions start to deteriorate. Bilirubin is a substance
      {greenish/brownish} in color made from our dead red blood cells.
      The liver converts it into a soluble form to become part of the bile
      which flows to the intestines to help emulsify the fats we eat.
      Bilirubin going higher in the blood, causes this coloring and also
      the urine may appear darker yellow to deep brown.
      .....................................................

      When someone has liver disease, they can develop confusion,
      disorientation, sleep pattern changes, and hand tremors.
      The liver cannot convert toxins into non toxic forms...
      some of these toxins go into the brain to cause this. It is a
      condition known as Hepatitic Encephalopathy.....this condition
      mimics being drunk when the patient is not.

      The liver can no longer, efficiently make clotting
      factors to help the blood to clot. Liver patients easily bruise and
      bleed because of this.

      Fluid develops in the abdominal area {Ascites}. Because the
      liver can no longer make a protein, known as Albumin, which holds
      fluids inside our vessels. The fluid in the belly could be mistaken
      to be a beer belly. The doctor can tell the difference.

      Any blood in the sputum, vomit, or rectal area is an emergency.
      When a patient reaches the advanced stages of this disease,
      the blood cannot flow through the liver and backs up into
      the liver's portal veins; tiny other vessels known as varies;
      and into the spleen which causes it to enlarge in size.
      The smaller vessels have weak spots that can balloon outward
      and break open.

      If the bleeding from the nose doesn't stop...he should be seen by the
      doctor right away.

      Best doctors: a gastroenterologist or hepatologist.
      Blood tests will give the doctor an idea of how well the liver cells are
      functioning/ how much damage may be done to them.
      A liver biopsy is the best test done to determine how far advanced
      a patient is in this disease.

      The best you can do is to learn about Cirrhosis of the liver
      and what he will be going through as far as side effects and
      symptoms. The more you understand about all this, the better you will
      be able to determine what you can do to help. Here are a few links to
      get you started. Best wishes
      http://www.medicinenet.com/cirrhosis/article.htm
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cirrhosis/DS00373
      http://www.surgery.usc.edu/divisions/hep/patientguide/index.html
      http://www.transplantliving.org/
      For advance directives:
      http://www.caringinfo.org/stateaddownload
      http://www.caringinfo.org/index.cfm?

  27. QUESTION:
    What stages and symptoms of liver failure are there?
    based upon my wife who is incredibly secretive (perhaps not to worry me) about her HCV, she is 38 genotype 3a and has had chronic HCV for over 16 years, she refuses treatment of any kind and she drinks alcohol on a nightly basis, her decision making recently have been incredibly selfish and more so swayed away from the family and enjoying herself by going out during the week nights coming home at all hours (except when it suits her - if that makes sense).

    So I was wondering and fearing the worst, what the stages are for liver failure and what symptoms it can have on a persons mind and body, and why she continues to drink, I tell her like a broken record not to.. but she ignores all the advice...

    or can someone drink for years and be fine with HCV?
    I know I have asked related questions before but all im after is advise and opinions.

    • ANSWER:
      Inflammation (something such as alcohol and HCV actively bothering the liver) can lead to fibrosis (abnormal fibrous bands in the liver). As time goes by and the inflammation continues, more and more fibrosis forms. As even more time goes by, liver cells may begin to die and scar tissue begins to form. Scar tissue replaces healthy tissue in the liver which is called cirrhosis. When a biopsy is done, they use a staging system that goes from 0-4. Here's how the stages go.

      Stage 0- no fibrosis present
      1- small amount of fibrosis present
      2- a little more fibrosis present
      3- even more fibrosis present (bridging fibrosis)
      4- cirrhosis is present

      So that's why people with even a small amount of cirrhosis is called end stage liver disease. But cirrhosis itself has 3 stages of A, B, and C.

      Stage A- compensated cirrhosis- asymptomatic,
      B- beginning of decompensation- needs
      medications and treatments to control
      symptoms of cirrhosis
      C- decompensated cirrhosis- medications no
      longer very effective and total failure is near

      Your wife is playing with fire with having both hep C plus drinking on top of it. The two of them together can be lethal. I don't know a whole lot about hep C other than it is most important to keep the viral load preferably to be undetectable. Even then, it can still do liver damage in some people. Does your wife ever get checked for her hep C viral counts? Hep C is a slow liver killer, but it is a liver killer all the same. It just takes a lot of time to do it. Her bubble is going to burst one day and she will probably need a transplant in the future. Right now she is either in denial or just ignoring it because it is not a health problem right now. It sounds like she has an attitude of "live for today" and don't worry about tomorrow. I doubt anything is going to change her mind. A trip to a transplant center clinic might do it if she is able to talk to a room full of people waiting on transplants who have hep C and drink. But it sounds like she is not ready for anything like that.

      The only suggestion I have is that she at least go to hepatologist or gastroenterologist and get some blood work done to find out about her viral load and see what her liver function number are right now. Maybe a good doctor could change her mind.

  28. QUESTION:
    Symptoms of alcoholic liver damage?
    I don't suspect I have it, since I very rarely drink alcohol, but I'm curious as to what the signs/symptoms are?

    • ANSWER:
      General symptoms include:

      * Abdominal pain and tenderness
      * Dry mouth and increased thirst
      * Fatigue
      * Jaundice
      * Loss of appetite
      * Nausea
      * Swelling or fluid buildup in the legs (edema) and in the abdomen (ascites) when cirrhosis is present
      * Weight loss

  29. 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/

  30. QUESTION:
    If I overdoesed on acetaminophen with alcohol, when will symptoms show?
    I had 3,000mg of acetaminophen with alcohol (two beers) a couple nights ago. After the incident I had stomach pain and a loss of appetite but I did not vomit. I'm assuming I might have merely overdosed, but I'm not sure.. I do know that the levels weren't toxic enough to cause acute liver failure though, and one of the pills were out of date (all Vicodin). Would this be enough to damage my liver permanently? Since I woke up from my nap after having the symptoms I haven't had any others so far. This morning I set up an appointment for a blood test to get the condition of my liver and overall health, but thats not until another two weeks. Should I do something faster? Please help! I'm 23 years old and I don't want health issues down the road or having to look at a possible liver transplant.

    • ANSWER:
      3000mg of Paracetamol (Acetaminophen) is a lot to take and can cause liver damage though it is completely dependant on the person as some people are able to process more of the drug than others at the one time. Alcohol on top of the painkillers is going to cause a lot more pressure on your liver also Alcohol increases Acetaminophen's toxicity. If you had no symptoms you should be fine just don't do it again if anything begins go straight to A&E. There is plenty they can for this kind of overdose. Also from what I know if a pill is out of date it doesn't necessarily mean that it has begun degradation. Its just a warning that it may be degraded after a period of time. If you had pains you should go straight to the emergency room to avoid permanent damage.

  31. QUESTION:
    Will my liver be damaged? Alcohol drinking.....?
    I have chronic hepatitis b, I was born with it. I've never had any symptoms or problems with it. I took a shot a few weeks ago and got drunk off of it (I know.... One shot -_-) haha but the next day my stomach kept making weird noises and gurgling, is that normal or is my liver being damaged from the alcohol? Also is it okay to just to a shot every once in a while, like every few months? :L please help! THAnks

    • ANSWER:
      People's tolerance to alcohol varies, and hepatitis b makes things a little more unpredictable. Hepatitis B can go through active and inactive periods. When it is active, you shouldn't drink at all - it will make damage from the infection worse. When the hepatitis is not active, occasional moderate drinking is not a problem as long as you don't already have damage from the hepatitis.

      Liver damage from alcohol usually doesn't cause any symptoms until the liver is damaged to the point where it cannot keep up with the body's demands, and at this point, its too late. The gurgling noises or lack of noises have no bearing whether or not yo are damaging your liver. You can find out for certain how alcohol is affecting you by taking a blood test after several weeks of regular moderate alcohol intake, then waiting about three weeks and then retesting. You can ask you doc about this. Its a good idea to have your liver assessed 1or 2 times per year anyhow when you have hepatitis.

  32. 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.

  33. QUESTION:
    Cirrhosis of the liver caused by alcohol...?
    Can cirrhosis of the liver be reversed if it is caused by alcohol?
    I think my dad might have it - he drinks very heavily (about 12 cans each day recently)
    He has been drinking since he has been about 16 and he is now 47.
    He has begun to hide money to buy alcohol when me and my mum are no around.
    He also gets very defensive when we talk about it to him - even when we talk calmly he says "here we go again" or "what about you, you drink too much as well" etc.
    He seems to be desperate for drink most of the time as well - the other day he ran out of lager so he drank the rest of my mum's advarcaat drink (half bottle to himself - with no other drink or ice so very strong)
    He has bad skin (red face), red eyes where the blood vessels are bursting or something? He has quite bad jaundice in his eyes and about 10 minutes ago he suffered a nose-bleed which he does not normally get.
    My mum said to me earlier, if he keeps on the way he is going if not this year then definitely next year he will be dead. Now since i've only just turned 16 i thought either shes not been very sensitive or there is a serious problem. She also said i should be worried about him so im assuming its very serious.
    He had a brain hemorrhage 6/7months ago which nearly killed him so the symptoms which include confusion etc i'm not sure if it is caused by the drink or not.
    When he doesn't drink - for example doesn't drink for 24 hours he gets very very sick (literally), he would get very agitated and get mad at ANYTHING. So i'm pretty sure he is alcohol dependent but is he showing signs of cirrhosis or anything?
    Please help - and if he has got it what can i do to help him? i realize alcoholics can only be helped if they want to be helped but please any advice would be so useful.

    • ANSWER:
      He is showing signs of liver failure or cirrhosis which occurs when scar tissue replaces healthy tissue in the liver. This happens due to many many years of alcohol abuse which causes a lot of inflammation in the liver which can slowly progress to scar tissue forming. I'm sorry you have to watch your father get so sick, but if he doesn't stop drinking, it will only get worse over time. Bleeding problems is one of the symptoms of liver failure. So is jaundice. Whether or not he can survive liver failure depends on how much permanent liver damage he has and whether or not he continues to drink. Once the damage gets to the more advanced stage of cirrhosis, there is no stopping the liver from failing completely no matter what he does. If he stops drinking before it gets too much damage, he may have a chance to get well again.

      He needs to quit drinking and go to a doctor to get testing done to find out how much liver damage he has right now. From what you say, there is little doubt that he does have at least some damage. He may even be in the more advanced stage. There is no cure for cirrhosis other than a liver transplant and they don't give them to people who are active drinkers. The first requirement for them to even consider an alcoholic for transplant is 6 months of detox. They must have a total lifestyle change. With his long drinking history, it is unlikely he will quit, but you can certainly try to talk to him. It's definitely time for a family intervention because he is killing himself. Confusion is also a sign of liver damage since due to high ammonia levels when the liver cannot get rid of the ammonia like it should due to it not functioning well anymore. If the ammonia levels get too high, it can lead to coma and even death if not treated.

      He is truly an alcoholic if he gets sick when he doesn't drink. That is called withdrawal and he should be under medical care if he does decide to quit. He need to detox safely. It can be dangerous for him to detox on his own. There are medications that can help him get through that. There is little you can do unless you get support from other family members. Even then it will be difficult. This is the sad end to long term alcoholism which has killed many many people. It tears families apart and ruins the life of many people. Families who have to live with the alcoholic are victims. Very sad. I'm sorry you have to go through this because it's not your fault. I know you want the best for your father, but you might have to accept the fact that your father has made his own bad choices and will have to live with them. Learn from his mistakes in your own life. My advice to you would be to focus on your own life and work towards making your life a lot different and better than what you father has in his. Good luck to you.

  34. QUESTION:
    Alcohol withdrawal symptoms (my mum)?
    My mum has been an alcoholic for over two decades, my dad's been to hell and back trying to get her off it but there's nothing any doctor can do without her consent, and she won't even go to see him. She did work 16 hours a week, but her performance has been so poor (obviously) that they've reduced her hours down and down and now she's just been made redundant. She's unemployable, the only reason they kept her so long was because they couldn't legally fire her for some reason. Her income alone wasn't even enough to buy the amount she drinks a year, and the money is literally not there any more, so my dad and all of us are having another huge attempt at getting her off the alcohol. I know it isn't going to work, this has been done countless times in the past and it never has and she's worse now that she ever was, but we're hoping for the best anyway. Her health is very poor this last year two, we know she doesn't have cirrhosis (sp?) but she has a swollen liver, but she has gone from chubby to emaciated and her skin is blue/grey and she is in constant pain.

    My dad at first said no more, cold turkey, but after a few hours she was screaming and begging so he agreed to let her finish off the two bottles of alcohol she has in the house, but he's monitoring it and she's only having a glass a day, and when they're gone then he's saying that's it, and if she goes and buys any (which she will) then he's taking her cards off her.

    The only difference in this situation to the ones in the past is now my dad has the right to keep her from having any money as she doesn't earn any, and if she doesn't physically have the money to buy it then I don't know what she'll do.

    She's on her first day of the one drink a day rule, it's evening now and she's shaking, sweating, and going between crying and begging and screaming abuse.

    Has anyone been through this (either themselves or a loved one)? What can we expect? Is doing it like this dangerous to her health to cut it out so suddenly? It's so hard to not give into her when she's begging. How did anybody else get through this? And do you think this will realistically have a chance of working? I know it's something we should be doing with medical guidance but she flat out refuses anything, my dad went to the doctors about her only the other week and there was nothing he could do, the only thing he did tell him was that she didn't have cirrhosis but just a swollen liver, which alone was breaking his confidentiality oath, but she hadn't told us and he 'felt we deserved to know that much'. Is what we're doing dangerous? I'm worried she's at risk of heart attack if it stops too suddenly? She used to drink between 30 and 40 units of alcohol a day (mostly whiskey, some sherry) and it's now suddenly dropped to 1 or 2 units and then will be nothing.
    The people saying you can have her legally hospitalised - is that in the USA? Because we're in the UK and the doctor has said on more than one occasion that there is no way of having her committed against her will as she doesn't come under the mental health act, so I don't really know what else can be done?
    Poppy - you've literally taken the words out of my mouth. The situation here is virtually identical. The extended family have just, after all this time, also decided to involve themselves, and are throwing their weight around telling us we aren't doing enough and that it's our fault etc, so this is also partly due to that. I'm going to talk to my dad about the dangers of cold turkey, I've emailed him with that wikipedia link about delirium tremens, by the looks of it she's at high risk of that as she also is addicted to lorazepam, doesn't eat, etc. It sounds sick to people who don't understand, to say that we just have to accept she's going to die, people I've said that to have always gone mad at the idea that we 'dont care' which isn't the case at all, just like with your uncle. The problem is, now she's lost her job they won't be able to afford the bills and mortgage as well as her alcohol (main cause for this latest attempt), so if she doesn't stop drinking they'll have to sell the
    house we grew up in, but in the current economic climate it's going to be near on impossible to sell it for even a fraction of what it's worth, so I really don't know what's going to happen.
    I'm very sorry to hear about your uncle and that you're in the same situation, you're right it is horrible :-(

    • ANSWER:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delirium_Tremens

      I have been through this with my father, but he was possibly past help. He would periodically quit drinking and shake and sweat and keep waking up to beat the invisible ants off himself. He would not go to the doctor. A doctor told me to get some valium to keep in the house in case he was hallucinating or going to have a seizure.

      I would try to have her committed if possible. Can you go to the court house and beg the judge?

  35. QUESTION:
    Excessive alcohol consumption and the liver?
    I've been consuming an excess of alcohol for the past 5 months on and off, primarily because myself and 2 roommates have just turned 19 and are indulging far beyond a responsible limit. To give you an accurate estimation of our alcohol intake as of the past 5 months, I would guess we have 2 nights a week where we consume about a 12 pack each. I know this is a horrid choice to make and I'm beginning to feel the repercussions both physically and morally. I feel like a complete douchebag and my decision to quit drinking is already etched in stone, but that's post-damage. I've noticed a slight sensation where the liver is located and it's scaring the living hell out of me. I'm going to see a doctor, but I'm inquiring on yahoo so I can get a general idea of what I should be worrying about in my case.

    In your own experience/knowledge, does what I'm explaining indicate that I've developed irreversable damage to my liver? It isn't very painful, nor are there any other symptoms (blood in urine, pale or yellow skin) but I am naturally going to fear for my life because of my own stupid choices. Can anyone help me by estimating how much damage I've done?

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Excessive consumption of alcohol OVER a SUSTAIN period of time may cause permanent damage to that organ and/or others. Talk to a medical doctor or medical advise or at least the people here on YA in the health section.

      By a point of curiosity do you k now Matt Simpson the Beer Sommelier ?

  36. QUESTION:
    alcohol withdrawal symptoms?
    ok so im 23 and have been drinking very heavily for the last 3 years and now i am blood pressure medicines as well as a medicine to slow my heart rate because of drinking. the doctors said that my liver has spots on it and if dont stop drinking i will be dead by the age of 25. that was awhile ago and i have decided to quit, the only thing im worried about is the withdraw symptoms and how long they will last and also my fiance that i live with is also an alcoholic. I havent had a REAL job in over 2 years and i am sick of being this way so please if anyone has any advice please let me know and thanks for the help...p.s. the doc. said i need to go to rehab but i dothink i can do it myself if i am serious about it
    well she said if i quit then she will do it with me
    also when i say "heavy" drinking i mean almost a 30 pack a day

    • ANSWER:
      You need to go through a safe detox. Explain this to your doctor or call AA and ask them what to do. I don't think you will ever stop drinking as long as you are living with another alcoholic unless she stops drinking too. It would be good if you could support each other, but sadly, that often doesn't happen and it works against you. Detoxing on your own especially if you are a heavy drinker can be quite risky to your health. You most likely will need some medications to get you through it.

  37. QUESTION:
    How long wil you live if you keep drinking and have pre-existing liver damage?
    My partner was hospitalised due to liver damage caused by alcohol - he stopped drinking totally for 18 months but has now started again. How long do you think he has before he starts experiencing negative symptoms.

    • ANSWER:
      Since he already has liver damage caused by alcohol which is permanent scarring of the liver called cirrhosis, drinking more is only going to do further scarring to his already damaged organ. Just because he stopped drinking for 18 months doesn't mean that damage went away. He just got better because the alcohol was no longer irritating his liver. If the damage was severe enough to hospitalize him, then it's probably already pretty serious. There is no way to tell without looking at his medical test results to see how much damage is already there.

      A lot of factors come into play as to how long it will take such as how much he drinks, what he drinks, how often, his overall health, medical problems already present, any underlying medical problems, how his body handles alcohol, etc. The one thing I do know that as time go on with his continued drinking, his symptoms are just going to increase and he is going to keep getting more sick as time goes on. It's not an easy way to die. It's a slow and miserable disease and then add the alcoholic behavior on top of it and I would want no part of it myself. I would not want to be in your shoes because I think it is actually harder on the caregiver. The alcoholic gets to drown his sorrows in booze while someone else takes care of their needs. Forget that. I would not walk away. I would run away and never look back. And I would never feel a single pang of guilt for doing it.

  38. QUESTION:
    Have not had mono symptoms for 2 weeks can i drink?
    Seriously, do you really have to wait several months before you start drinking alcohol? Is your liver actually inflamed? Based on my research it seems that not everyone gets their liver inflamed when they have mono and that it seems most people based their answers and facts from tiny statistics and do not want to be held accountable for being the one telling someone it is okay to drink alcohol. Can you have a couple drinks when your liver is not enlarged and have previously been diagnosed with mono?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi you really need to wait. Mono is really hard on your system and liver. Your liver detoxifies everything and that is why people who are alcoholics end up killing their liver off. It is your body but if you are a young person and have the rest of your life ahead of you why screw it up? Wait like the doctors tell you and stay healthy. Sorry to be a bearer of bad thoughts but this is the truth.

  39. QUESTION:
    Alcohol and food combination odd symptoms?
    This is an odd one. After drinking even only small amounts of alcohol, eg a pint of beer or cider etc, when I eat afterwards, why does my heart start pounding and I start to feel really drained for ages until food has started to digest? They say dont drink on an empty stomach, but if i do that i dont get the symptoms, but get others cos i havent eaten and soon as i eat inbetween pints, heart starts racing again. If its in the evening, i go to bed okayish, but then I wake up in the night hours after and my heart is pounding all night until morning. Any ideas. Ive had blood tests recently for everything, heart is fine but I DO have a digestive disorder - going Gastro next month to get samples etc, but im NOT celiac or anything, but does anybody know if the liver function of getting rid of the toxins of alcohol can be affected by digestive probs? Also, when I eat next morning after having alcohol the previous night, it always feels like my body is having trouble digesting food - hot feeling in stomach, heart beat is heavy etc. What has alcohol got to do with this? Help!

    • ANSWER:
      YOU NEED TO SEE A DOCTOR.

  40. QUESTION:
    what are the early symptoms of liver damage ?
    Reddish eyes on alcohol consumption
    heat waves from the body
    restlessness and tiredness
    allergey or breathlessness

    • ANSWER:

  41. QUESTION:
    Are my symptoms related to liver disease?
    Recent blood tests have indicated I have damaged my liver due to too much alcohol (I thought I drank the same as everyone else!). i asked for blanket blood tests at the time because I was ill all the time. Since being diagnosed my doctor told me to abstain for a month before having the next set of tests so they could see how much damage has been done. Recently though I have started to feel awful! i am constantly exhausted, dizzy, feel faint, low in energy and need to sleep at around 3pm. My diet is super healthy so I'm worried its due to the liver malfunctioning. Does anyone have an answer?

    • ANSWER:
      Your doctor has already said your liver is damaged - it's just a matter of finding out to what extent. It may not be caused from alcohol abuse alone - some people just have weaker systems. Do you use Tylenol on a regular basis? That has been proven to damage the liver at higher doses, especially when coupled with alcohol. The liver affects EVERYTHING in your body and this is one warning sign that is not to be taken lightly. STAY AWAY FROM ALCOHOL PERIOD. If you've been drinking so much that you've damaged your liver, you could be having withdrawal symptoms. Time to get that under control and dealt with - alcohol is not worth risking your life (or liver) over.

  42. QUESTION:
    How long can a person survive after being diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver?
    I found out a couple of days ago that my mom has cirrhosis of the liver. While I was looking for the symptoms of it I realized that my mom has had many of this symptoms for over 5 years. In 1997 my mom was diagnosed with diabetes and she always drank alcohol with her medication but the past 5 or 6 yrs the drinking has gotten worse. My mom has had trouble walking for many years because of her swollen ankles and yr after yr it has gotten worse and now she can't walk at all. My mom lives in germany and I need to know how long she has so I can go see her.

    • ANSWER:
      Blood tests will tell her physician what condition her liver is in. cirrhosis caused by excessive alcohol can be gradual, or sudden onset. My husband had a patient he saw 10 years ago. He told the guy then that if is alcoholic consumption continued at the present rate, he's be dead in 10 years. About 10 years later, the guy showed up in my husband's office, a little yellow in the eyes. Tests showed he had no liver function at all. My husband put him in the hospital, and told him he needed to begin thinking about his wills, his trusts etc., that he had probably a week to live. The parents, wife, and kids of this man were madder than hell at my husband, but two days later, the guy was becomming really ill. By the end of the week, reallllllly. He died within a week....

      So, to answer your question, blood tests will reveal how bad your mother's liver functions are....

  43. QUESTION:
    Alcohol withdrawal symptoms?
    My mum is an alcoholic, and after many years of hitting the bottle she has finally decided to do something about it and kick the habit. she hasn't had a drink for 3 weeks now but to be honest I'm really worried about her. her skin is very yellow (apparently this has something to do with her liver failing?) and she has lost a tremendous amount of weight and when I visited her yesterday she could hardly summon up the energy to speak. Do any of you know if this is normal, apparently my sister told me that my mums G.P wanted to admit her to hospital but my mum refused. To be honest I think she should be in hospital as she looks desperately ill, she won't admit she is feeling horrid (it' taken her nearly 10 years to admit to her drink problem) but I have heard that going "cold Turkey" is dangerous. I know it's an awful thing to say but she looks much worse since giving up the booze. Is there anyone who has had experience of this or anyone who has medical knowledge of her situation?

    • ANSWER:
      Your mum will almost certainly be experiencing withdrawal symptoms. Treatment for alcohol withdrawal can include a reducing dose of chlordiazepoxide, which would be well managed in hospital but can also be prescribed at home by your GP.

      The more worrying symptom is the jaundice (yellow skin, eyes etc). This is a sign of liver damage that may or may not be reversible, it is due to a build up of bilirubin in the blood and may be caused by hepatitis, liver toxicity or alcoholic liver disease. It can also be a sign of gallstones obstructing the bile duct or hepatic cancer. Combine this with the weight loss and I would think that your mum really needs investigation in hospital. However your GP shouldn't write you off because she refuses to go in - he could perform blood tests and prescribe medications that will help her symptoms.

      If you can't persuade your mum to be admitted for investigation and symptom control, and you may have to respect her wishes, then you can help by ensuring that she is eating a well balanced diet with nutrients including vitamin B and folic acid. (Cornflakes are really good sources of this as well as green leafy veg), a vitamin supplement may also help, but again I would discuss this with the GP. Make sure she gets plenty of rest and encourage her to drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration. Counselling will almost certainly help, and your GP can provide you with a list of local counsellors.

      I wish you both the best of luck, it certainly will be tough going for maybe a long while, but she has definately done the right thing by giving up - its never too late and at the end of the day alcoholism is an illness and can be fatal.

  44. QUESTION:
    What are the noticable symptoms of liver failure?
    My dad passed away in January. He drunk a lot of alcohol all his life, he did like a good drink but I believe he wasn't alcoholic.
    I was told by the doctors died of pneumonia, but he was in and out of hospital a while before that with problems (wasn't eating, weak, very very skinny, yellow eyes, seemed to be disorientated as if he had no idea where he was or what he was doing). It turned out he did indeed have liver problems, but they kind of...pushed it to one side, and told us to just buy things for our home to help him walk and get up, like zimmer frames and stuff.
    Just before he died, his liver had completely failed, as well as his kidneys, pancreas and spleen.
    I'm just wondering, what are noticeable signs of liver failure? Would I have known this would happen and could I have prevented it?
    Thanks x

    • ANSWER:
      You could not have prevented his organs from shutting down. There were signs. Early on brown spots on the back of his hands and forearms, the yellow eyes, and a (Jaundice) yellowing of the skin. He would have noticed the color of his urine being dark instead of clear, and would likely have had pain in the small of his back (kidney area). These things happen over time, and unless he mentioned them, you would be unaware.

  45. 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

  46. 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.

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  47. QUESTION:
    Did consuming Tylenol (Acetaminophen) with alcohol damage my liver?
    3 weeks ago I had a cold so I took 4 pills of tylenol. There was a big party that night, so I ended up drinking 4 glasses of wine. Once I came home from the party and sobered up, I found that my cold symptoms were far worse. However, I was fine in a couple of hours, and never felt like that again. I rarely drink (I've gotten drunk maybe 10 times), so I'm wondering if I caused my liver any damage by combining Acetaminophenes with Tylenol. I'm a 19 year old guy that weighs 150 pounds. In the three weeks that have passed since the incident, everything has been normal. Any ideas? Should I be worried that I caused myself long-term damage down the road?
    Well I took 6 tylenols the previous day and 4 the day of. I drank 4 glasses of wine (the warning says 3 or more drinks so I didnt go way over or anything).

    • ANSWER:
      If you really want to ease your mind...your
      doctor can do simple blood tests on you
      to be sure no damage was done:
      the liver enzymes and the liver function tests.
      IT is worth getting this done.
      The liver doesn't always show symptom
      right away until the functions the liver
      usually does, deteriates. If the liver has
      any inflammation because of this...
      the doctor can reverse it with medication.
      If inflammation has developed and is not
      treated, it can lead to more serious problems.
      I'm not trying to scare you...only it has
      been shown that tylenol and alcohol together
      can cause serious damage to the liver.
      It really depends on how much, in mg, tylenol you took, when you took it, and how much alcohol there was.

  48. 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.

  49. QUESTION:
    Why is the addictive drug called "alcohol" legal while a lot of other drugs are not?
    I have read many times where alcohol is the most dangerous drug - but even if it's not, it is still addictive & people overdose on it often (alcohol poisoning), and certainly it has caused more injuries & deaths from driving accidents than any other drug. Alcohol has been responsible for a lot of violence and murders: it has destroyed many families, and has caused many of it's users to lose jobs among other things. It also causes liver damage and other health problems, and has withdrawal symptoms like other addictive drugs. I'm just wondering if anyone has any ideas about this?
    ...as far as controlling how much a person drinks, that is a good answer, but still, too many people cannot control how much they drink...and at the same time, I've known a lot of people who are satisified with just doing a little bit of a certain drug because they didn't like to get too wasted, or in the case of speed, they knew if they took too much it would make them too nervous, so they just took a little.
    I really have been wondering this for a long time, regardless of other drugs...it just seems that if it causes so many problems that it would be made illegal. I really don't know that much about politics-I figured that it might be because of the money it brings to the government...but yet it costs the country so much financially as well as the cost of people's lives if this were true...I suppose it could also be that a lot of the government officials are doing this drug also, and don't want it to be outlawed.

    • ANSWER:
      Govt. should Have an alternate this for its revenue.

  50. QUESTION:
    My liver is swollen , should i be worried?
    Hello , i recently received my blood test results and my doctor said that my liver is swollen.However, i took a blood test a year ago and it turned out fine. I guess the swollen liver only happened to me recently. Anyways, he suggested that I need to go to the doctors. What could this be? I am only 17 and i don't consume any alcohol. Could having a swollen liver be dangerous? My parents are worrying about my symptoms and they are suggesting that i should go to the ER. Is this really that dangerous?

    • ANSWER:
      You should see a doctor and confirm what exactly is ailing you. It could be an inflammation, or anything upto Scirrhosis or it could just be a fatty liver.


Alcoholic Cirrhosis Of The Liver

Cirrhosis Life Expectancy - How Long Can You Expect To Live?
Maybe after doing some research, you've figured out that your cirrhosis life expectancy is really dependent on many factors. It's hard to get a clear-cut answer to this question because there really is no clear-cut answer.

If you're worried about how long you have to live, I hope I can ease your mind just a little.

The reason that you are having trouble finding a cirrhosis life expectancy is because it varies so greatly. And you should be wary of anyone who does give you a certain amount of time. Even your doctor. Because they don't really know.

They don't know - they can't know - because every body is different. Every body responds to treatments and supplements in different ways.
And if you're a believer in the mind / body connection, that is another huge factor for how long you'll live. For instance, have you ever heard of these two scenarios:

#1. A person was told by their doctor that they only had a small amount of time to live, but they decided they didn't like that answer and went on to live a full, healthy life.

#2. A doctor tells the family of the patient that they only have a certain amount of time to live, and the family decides not to tell the patient. And then the patient goes on to live a long, healthy life.

Your mind is powerful.

Anyway, I digressed a bit, but I have seen stories of people with cirrhosis that have gone on to live very normal, long, active lives. Why not expect yourself to be in that category too?

When you meet with your doctor, he or she will probably give you some medications to go on to help delay the scarring of your liver. And from there, you are already most likely prolonging your life, and hopefully also adding to the quality of your life.

But know that's not the only way to increase your cirrhosis life expectancy.There are also safe, effective, natural and inexpensive treatments that can reverse your liver cirrhosis. Sound unbelievable? It's really not when you understand how it all works

Fatty Liver Cause

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:
    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.

  2. QUESTION:
    can fatty liver cause weight loss and digestive issues?
    i have been having weight loss since two years, the only thing doctors could find out was a fatty liver and H pylori. though i have eliminated h pylori . i continue to have digestion problems , semi formed stools with food particles, weight loss. my liver readings were a bit high before. since i lost weight they also came in normal range. but i have occassional pains in right quadrant which became worse when i took antibiotics for h pylori.

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  3. QUESTION:
    can birth control pills cause fatty liver?
    just recently, i found out that i have a fatty liver.
    i've been taking BCPs for about a year and a half now, and even just until a couple of months ago, my liver function was fine.
    is it possible that the bcps have caused the build up of fat in my liver? or is it more likely that there is another cause?

    thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      no fatty liver is caused by:
      Fatty liver is commonly associated with alcohol or metabolic syndrome (diabetes, hypertension, obesity and dyslipidemia) but can also be due to any one of many causes[2][3]:

      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, Hepatitis C especially genotype 3.

  4. 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. QUESTION:
    Can Anti cancer medicine cause fatty liver?
    can Breast Cancer anti cancer medicine such as Arimidex Therapy for 10 years cause fatty liver?

    • ANSWER:
      Arimidex is a hormonal treatment and these generally don't have serious side effects (although 10 years is a REALLY long time to be on it).

      This assumes no allergies and the patient has been taking as directed, including little or no alcohol consumption.

      Many things, from thyroid disease to chemo, can cause fatty liver.

  6. QUESTION:
    Can alcoholic fatty liver cause sudden death?

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  7. QUESTION:
    Can long term lithium use cause a fatty liver?
    I have a fatty liver but my doctor doesn't think the lithium is to blame

    • ANSWER:
      Your doctor knows what he is talking about. Lithium can affect the liver by changing the Creatine levels. Some can always use Lithum and have no liver damage and some will. Trust your doctor. He would know if it was your Lithium. Just continue with your regular blood tests and everything should be okay. If there's a change he will know if you need to stop taking the Lithium and replace it with something else.

  8. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know the cause of fatty liver? And anyone know a remedy?
    I'm just interested in what I can do to make my liver better. Any cleansers you know of, or diet changes?

    • ANSWER:
      My husband suffers from fatty liver. The GI doctor told us that in these current times, there is a problem with fatty liver even in children. He blames our diets, saying that red meat is a culprit. His prescription for my husband was to reduce his red meat to twice a week, and add more fish and chicken to our diets. He also recommended reducing alcohol consumption to social occasions only, reducing the amount of tylenol and advil to only when completely necessary, lose weight and drink plenty of water.

      By the way, those cleansers and tonics don't work and can cause even more problems --- believe me, we know!

      For more information, check out some websites that can guide you to positive lifestyle and diet changes that will help with your fatty liver:

      Mayo Clinic
      WebMD
      Emedicine

  9. 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.

  10. QUESTION:
    Does fatty liver cause any pain?
    i had an ultra sound.,,, and it shown that i have fatty liver, i have a pain like burning in right side of my stomach in one sopt . is that for fatty liver? or maybe something els hmmm

    • ANSWER:

      I am not sure about the burning, but fatty liver can cause discomfort of some sort on your upper-right side. Here is a reliable source from the University of Maryland medical center:

      http://www.umm.edu/liver/alcohol.htm

      "Fatty liver is excessive accumulation of fat inside the liver cells. Fatty liver is the most common alcohol-induced liver disorder. The liver is enlarged, causing upper abdominal discomfort on the right side."

  11. QUESTION:
    I was told that bloodworms can cause fatty liver in my goldfish. Is this so they love the bloodworms?

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  12. QUESTION:
    What could cause a fatty liver in a human?

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver (also known as steatorrhoeic hepatosis or steatosis hepatis) is a reversible condition where large vacuoles of triglyceride fat accumulate in liver cells via the process of steatosis. Despite having multiple causes, fatty liver disease (FLD) can be considered a single disease that occurs worldwide in those with excessive alcohol intake and those who are obese (with or without effects of insulin resistance). The condition is also associated with other diseases that influence fat metabolism[1]. Morphologically it is difficult to distinguish alcoholic FLD from non alcoholic FLD and both show micro-vesicular and macrovesicular fatty changes at different stages.

      Excessive consumption of alcohol is considered a prime cause this condition, as is obesity.

      If you have this, I suggest that you obtain treatment throught whatever means your GP deems appropriate. I have had this conditions due to Type II diabetes and Haemochromatosis, and it was treated through changes in diet, and it is generally a secondary effect to another condition. Treating that condition often relieves the fatty liver condition.

      Good luck with it, and please see your doctor! :-)

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

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

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

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

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

  15. QUESTION:
    Does fatty liver cause blood in stools?

    • ANSWER:
      No... Fatty liver by itself will not cause blood in the stools. It occurs because of the impairment in the normal synthesis and elimination of triglyceride fat... like what happens in cases of excess triglycerides in the diet, chronic alcohol intake, insulin resistance etc.. In severe cases it can lead to the gradual inflammation of the liver called steatohepatitis... but by itself it doesn't cause blood in the stools.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know if a fatty liver can cause promblems to a humane body?

    • ANSWER:
      A fatty liver can be caused by many things, including alcohol, certain drugs, chemicals, starvation, obesity, diabetes and certain diseases. Fatty liver is a sign of something wrong going on in your body. You need to find out what is wrong and fix it otherwise you risk permanent liver damage, which can lead to death (you can't live without a liver). Fortunately, fatty liver is completely reversible, so as long as the damage does not progress.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. QUESTION:
    Does too much intake o medicine can cause fatty liver?

    • ANSWER:
      if you are taking too much of a certain medication over an extended period of time it can, if you take a little too much just once it wont but that can cause other problems.... i think a large overdose could probably do it too.

      tylenol (acetominophen) is a good example and probably one of the more common, a lot of drugs are comboed with acetaminophen, so people on several medications (especially pain meds and old people who forget what they have and havent taken) take too much and it damages the liver. the liver regenerates but if the damage is severe enough steatosis or "fatty liver" sets in

  22. QUESTION:
    Does fatty liver disease cause obesity and prevent weight loss? If not what does?

    • ANSWER:
      No, a fatty liver causes cirrhosis, hardening of the liver. As the liver harden it effects all your other organs, the main portion of metabolism takes place along with many hormones here. I could see that when your liver becomes unable to keep up with the current requirements of the body, metabolism would slow and weight loss could go either way. Not capable to store fat, not capable to use fat.

  23. 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

  24. QUESTION:
    What is fatty liver, what is the cause and the cure?

    • ANSWER:
      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.

      If a patient has elevations in serum aminotransferase activities for longer than six months, he/she should have a liver biopsy to make the diagnosis the fatty liver or steatohepatitis. Click to see a microscopic section of a NORMAL LIVER LOBULE and an example of FATTY LIVER (STEATOSIS).

      Steatohepatitis can progress to cirrhosis.
      Treatment (diet and exercise) may stop this progression. Steatosis and steatohepatitis will often improve with weight loss, preferably to near the patient's ideal body weight. Avoidance of alcohol and potentially hepatotoxic drugs may also be beneficial.

  25. QUESTION:
    What is the definition of fatty liver, and what are some cause and effects of having a fatty liver?

    • ANSWER:
      Information from the Mayo Clinic on fatty liver. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) describes a range of conditions that affect people who drink little or no alcohol.

      The mildest type is simple fatty liver (steatosis), an accumulation of fat within the liver that usually causes no liver damage. A potentially more serious type, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), is associated with liver-damaging inflammation and, sometimes, the formation of fibrous tissue. In some cases, this can progress to either cirrhosis, which causes progressive, irreversible liver scarring, or to liver cancer.

      Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease affects more women than men and is found in all age groups, including children. Most often, it's diagnosed in middle-aged people who are overweight or obese, and who may also have diabetes and elevated cholesterol and triglyceride levels (hyperlipidemia).

      With the increasing incidence of obesity and diabetes in Western countries, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease has become a growing problem. Although its true prevalence is unknown, some estimates suggest it may already affect as many as one-third of American adults.

      Because early-stage nonalcoholic fatty liver disease rarely causes any symptoms, it's usually detected because of abnormal results of liver tests done for unrelated issues. Preferred treatments include weight loss, exercise, improved diabetes control and the use of cholesterol-lowering medications. Research is under way to develop more specific treatments.

  26. QUESTION:
    why does fatty liver disease cause bad breath?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi. I don't know if it actually does cause bad breath. Certainly it hasn't had that effect on me (diagnosed a few months back). However that may be because I totally changed my diet when I was diagnosed. I immediately eliminated all dairy products and any foods containing gluten - and all alcohol except for a small glass of good red wine on VERY special occasions.

      My diet now consists of fish, good healthy crisp fruit and vegetables, snacks of pine nuts, walnuts, unsalted cashews, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, soya or rice milk, soya desserts (they're yummy!!), soya 'yoghurt', gluten and dairy free biscuits (not too many!), organic apple juice, plent of sipped water, NO carbonated drinks. Milk Thistle tablets.

      I miss my normal cups of tea, but I do still enjoy good black coffee (minimal!) and with raw cane sugar/molasses/demerara - totally cut out refined sugar.

      It can be a problem with meals out, but if you phone ahead and explain, they can usually accommodate you - I take my own food when staying with friends and family, it's just easier.

      As a result of this diet I seem to have a much sweeter breath and feel much more enegised! It could of course be because I no longer eat meat or dairy products - known to be contributors to bad breath.

      I am still waiting for further results of my fatty liver disease tests - but at least my diagnosis has made me eat more healthily!

      I do take steroids for another condition and have to take anti-reflux medication to counteract them - some anti-reflux tablets can cause bad breath as can other medication. It's worth investigating other reasons.

      Good luck.

      x

  27. QUESTION:
    can pain killer cause fatty liver?

    • ANSWER:
      Absolutely. Your liver is what "catches" the toxins that go thru your body and yes-a pain killer IS a toxin. The things you put in your body ALL go thru your liver on the way out & can build up. You can get what's called "fatty liver" from painkillers or other frequently taken drugs, legal OR illegal, or from too much alcohol-or there could be a genetic propensity in your family for it.

  28. QUESTION:
    How to do away with fatty liver?
    Is it the cause of fatty liver if a person is having pain all over her body, feel like to vomit . very tire and sleepless.

    • ANSWER:

  29. QUESTION:
    What can cause liver pain after overeating?
    My mother, who has a fatty liver, told me that she occasionally gets liver pain/pain in the liver area of her body after she overeats.

    What can cause this? Does overeating cause the liver to swell at all? Is it because she has a fatty liver? Is it perhaps not even her liver, but perhaps another organ pushing against her liver to cause the sensation of pain, like her stomach?

    • ANSWER:
      Liver is painless.

  30. QUESTION:
    What can be causing my fatty liver?
    My ATL count was at 74. (Normal range in this test was below 60) After a sonogram My doctor told me I have a fatty liver and that he'll keep an eye on it. This scared me, cause it sounded as if he thought he suspected something else.He told me we will re-test in 6 months and He pud me on a diet.Now I never drank before in my life. My body fat is at 22.5%, and body mass at 27%. I work out 3 times a week (Do weight training) , im in good shape and have a good muscle tone body. I do admit I eat a lot of fast food, lots of burgers and lots of fried foods. Can this be causing my fatty liver?
    I forgot to mention that my cholesterol is within normal limits and all blood test came out fine.

    • ANSWER:
      There are two types of fatty liver disease, you can read about
      them on this link...I believe it will answer many questions
      you may have....it is more than one page.
      http://www.medicinenet.com/fatty_liver/article.htm

      There are many causes of liver disease that are not
      because of something someone did, like too much
      alcohol....some are hereditary or biliary problems,
      viral hepatitis, etc.

      I do know that if it is because of weight, that losing weight
      can help the liver heal and possibly be cured.

      Eatting alot of fatty foods isn't good. It causes the
      liver to work harder, since bile that is made in the liver
      flows to the intestines to help in the digestion of fats and
      these fats can build up inside and outside the liver also.

      The best oils to use are olive oil or canola oil. But,
      since you have this problem, it might be good to start
      and bake things or have other method of cooking what
      you eat. Most liver patients are told to eat a healthy
      diet with fresh fruits, vegetable, and lean meats and
      to try to slow down on Salt intake. You seem to be
      doing everything right except for your diet.

      Any medication that you are taking should be told to
      the doctors. This includes vitamins, minerals, over
      the counter, herbs, herbal teas, special muscle
      development things like protein powders, and
      any drugs prescribed by other doctors. Right now
      you should only take medication or supplements that
      the doctor prescribes. The reason for this is that
      all medications go through the liver first for
      processing before it goes out to other parts of the
      body. You don't want more strain put on the liver and
      to take something that may cause more cell damage inside
      the liver.

      I hope this information helps you.

  31. QUESTION:
    Is fatty liver caused by Hepatatis?
    My SGPT level is >71. The normal is <41. in ultrasound test it is shown Fatty liver. What are the cause of Fatty liver. Fatty liver caused by Hepatatis A, B or C.?

    • ANSWER:

  32. QUESTION:
    whattypes of seeds cause fatty liver disease?

    • ANSWER:
      Seeds don't cause fatty liver disease. Fatty liver is a chronic, slowly progressive disorder.

      It's possible that seeds from a toxic plant could cause sudden liver failure.

  33. QUESTION:
    can fatty liver disease cause hives?

    • ANSWER:
      No

      The symptoms of Steatohepatitis (Fatty liver) is persistent fatigue, malaise and discomfort in upper right portion of your stomach. If steatohepatitis has persisted over years symptoms of jaundice and leg swelling (lower extremity edema) can occur. Most people with fatty liver have no symptoms but can have abnormal liver enzymes on blood work.

  34. QUESTION:
    Is obesity really the leading cause of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease?

    • ANSWER:
      yes and no, hepatic steatosis ( or fatty liver ) without cirrhosis, is normally seen on fat people, but also on skinny people the problem is not the weight, the problem is the amount of triglycerides they have, and since normally overweight people do have high levels of triglycerides, they do get the fatty liver, but a skinny person with high levels of TRGs could have a fatty liver also

  35. QUESTION:
    Does fatty liver , grade 1, if untreated cause sever liver diseases and liver cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      geyamala గేయమాల गेय माला - The answer is NO. Grade 1 fatty liver change is very mild. The most common cause is drinking alcohol (wine, whiskey, beer). If this is your situation, then if you continue with excess alcohol, it could progress to life-threatening cirrhosis with all its other complications. Very poor nutrition, especially with starvation will produce severe fatty changes. Rarely some chemicals can have a similar effect. Grade 1 fatty change is always reversible until scarring results leading to cirrhosis. Cirrhosis is considered to increase your chance of developing liver cancer. Limit any alcohol intake to no more than 3 ounces or 100mL daily, best taken with food.

  36. QUESTION:
    can taking to much b12 cause a fatty liver?

    • ANSWER:
      How? Fatty liver is caused by accumulation of fat in the liver and B12 is a vitamin.

  37. 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.

  38. QUESTION:
    What caused fatty liver, I do not drink? what is metabolic syndrome?
    Im not over weight, but have been fighting thyroid cancer and has had many meds, since Oct.of 09
    Can you help shed some light?

    • 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.

  39. QUESTION:
    can anybody tell me how to control Fatty Liver disease and what all should be the food intake to be on control?
    fatty Liver Cause and Effect

    • ANSWER:
      you can do this just eat healthy food & do excercise & for quick results see this one

  40. QUESTION:
    Can you heal a fatty liver?
    I don't mean cirrhosis but just a fatty liver caused by diet/cholesterol etc...or is this permanent damage?

    • ANSWER:
      If the cause is alcohol consumption, weight gain,
      cholesterol/triglyceride related...following the doctors
      instructions can cause this problem to be reversed.
      Medication from the doctor can be given to treat
      any inflammation that may have developed.
      The liver cells can heal. Up to this point...the answer
      is YES.

      However, if the damage of the cells get to the point
      where the liver cells start to die off...it is not
      reversible. The reason is, that when the cells die,
      scar tissue forms inside the liver that blocks the
      flow of blood to any healthy cells left and they die
      also (this includes the ones that try to regenerate).
      That is Cirrhosis.

      Simple fatty liver doesn't always cause a problem
      in the liver. However, if damage occurs to the
      cells (from the fat build up) that causes the immune system to respond to this and this causes inflammation in the liver..it is becoming quite serous then.

      NASH is Non Alcoholic Steatohepatitis
      Steato means fat, hepat means liver, itis means
      inflammation.

      You already know about Cirrhosis.

      Hope this information is of some help to you

  41. QUESTION:
    what causes fatty liver in chronic alcoholism?
    i need it in detail like showing the biochemistry why it's the answer. hahaha

    • ANSWER:

  42. QUESTION:
    How do you heal fatty liver cells?
    An iridology test revealed that i have a fatty liver which is causing body odour and excessive tiredness.

    • ANSWER:
      First of all I would want a proper diagnosis.
      Blood tests of liver function may show some abnormalities. Other tests such as ultrasound scan or CT scan may suggest a fatty liver disease. I certainly would not trust a diagnosis made by iridology.
      Read the link.

      There is no specific treatment for NAFLD (non alcoholic fatty liver disease) that all doctors agree on.
      However, there is good evidence that gradual weight loss coupled with increased exercise can reduce the amount of fat in your liver.
      In mild cases of fatty liver, most doctors will concentrate on treating conditions such as obesity and diabetes that can cause fat to build up. They will also treat disorders such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol that often go along with fatty liver.
      Most people with simple fatty liver who do not drink excess alcohol are obese. The factors that determine who will develop fatty liver are not known. Some mildly overweight people develop fatty liver while some who are severely obese do not.
      Simple fatty liver usually causes no problems and rarely progresses. However, as mentioned, it can be a 'marker' for heavy alcohol drinking, which if continued, can cause more serious problems. Simple fatty liver may reverse and go away by stopping alcohol (if alcohol is the cause), with weight loss (if obese), or with good control of diabetes (if diabetes is the cause).

      Body odour
      Such problems as low blood sugar liver disease diabetes parasites metabolic dysfunction menopause or emotional stress may also trigger excessive sweating and body odor. Patients with liver disorders may smell of ammonia,
      Factors that can make body odour worse include:
      * Being obese. * Eating a diet that is high in spicy foods.
      * Having certain medical conditions, such as diabetes.

      Please note that overweight and anxiety can be the cause of body odour and fatigue.
      Being anaemic can cause fatigue, so can auto immune diseases.

      If you are really troubled you should consult a doctor, not believe someone who goes on the colour etc of your iris. That is most unreliable

  43. QUESTION:
    what cause a fatty liver?

    • ANSWER:
      Sometimes a human body has a not common place to put fat but as as all liver tests and cholesterol etc are in normal range - dont worry

  44. QUESTION:
    what is the main cause of developing a fatty liver?

    • ANSWER:
      Fat is normal to build around the liver.. but you don't want to have lots of excess fat. a fatty liver comes from simply having too much fat in ones diet and also having too many drinks cause a fatty liver and many other problems. MOST comes from unhealthy Butters, bad Oils and eating fried foods.

  45. QUESTION:
    What causes a fatty liver if you have never dranked alcohol or smoked?

    • ANSWER:
      Having high cholesterol/triglyceride levels
      (this can be from foods or hereditary condition),
      a high fat diet, weight problems,
      insulin resistance, diabetes,
      certain drugs...such as taking steriods,
      metabolic problems, hereditary diseases,
      mal-nutrition.

      The Hepatologists are studying and researching more into this disease now. Not all of the causes are known...these are just some of them that have become evident. besides the
      alcohol, that you have mentioned.

  46. 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:

  47. QUESTION:
    Which drug causes a fatty liver?
    I am a fit 33 year old and found out my liver enzymes are super high so my Dr ordered me a ultrasound and found out I have a fatty liver. I also have been on a high dose of steroids and arava. One Dr blames the arava the other blames the steroids. The steroids keep me up so my Dr gave me clonazepam. What is it?

    • ANSWER:
      Of those three I would definitely suspect arava...anti-rheumatological drugs are notorious for causing liver damage. Steroids and clonazepam are for the most part pretty ok to the liver, but arava is certainly hepatotoxic.

  48. QUESTION:
    what causes a enlarged liver and fatty liver when your 26 years old?
    hi im a 26 year old male and i was diagnosed with an enlarged liver and a fatty liver i am not overweight and do not have hepatitis and i do not drink at all what could have done this?

    • ANSWER:
      There are many causes of fatty liver:
      alcohol consumption, obesity, diabetes,
      mal nutrition, certain medications (like steriods),
      insulin resistance, high cholesterol or
      triglycerides, metabolic conditions,
      hereditary disease, etc. These are the known
      causes but there may be others as they are
      doing more research on this.

      The liver is surrounded by a membrane capsule.
      The fat in the liver puts stress on the liver cells
      to the point that they may become damaged.
      When damaged, the immune system of the
      body will respond to this and cause inflammation
      to develop in the liver. This inflammation causes
      the liver to enlarge in size.

      This has now gone from "simple fatty liver"
      to NASH (non alcoholic steatohepatitis).
      Steato means fat, hepa means liver, and
      itis means inflammation. So all together
      this means non alcoholic causes of fatty
      liver inflammation.

      Here is a link, that you can go to...just click
      on it and it will take you there:
      http://www.medicinenet.com/fatty_liver/article.htm

      It is very hard finding out that you have a liver
      problem, especially when you know you did
      nothing to cause it. I hope this information
      has been a help to you.

  49. QUESTION:
    how to take care for slightly fatty liver?
    today my body check up shows " slighty fatty liver".
    The cause i think is :
    1) 1 year back i had like 12bottles injection in my hand of liquid medicine in 3 days and after few days i had pain near liver.
    2) i have been drinking alochol but not that much 1-2 a week.

    Please help !! tell me how to take care of it.

    P.S please ignore the grammer mistakes

    • ANSWER:
      I have a fatty liver too. I do not drink nor have I got hepatitus. it is maily the junk food and I have been eating lots of carbs with lots of cheese on it. so it is my diet and lack of excersise as I have gained a lot of weight. stop your drinking, and eat well. and exersise too and then get another blood test and ultrasound in 12 months from when you start to improve your life style to see if it has gone

  50. QUESTION:
    social security disabilty for high blood diabetes fatty liver?
    I cant work cause my fatty liver depersion antixey i take three shot a day of inslun formy blood sugar high blood had an stroke then an tia can i draw my social secuty disabailty

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver = disability?! Puh-lease.
      TIA - the T stands for transient, which means the symptoms go away.
      many diabetics can work fine - I know a surgeon who has been a type I diabetic since childhood.

      If you have had a stroke with permanent residual neurological deficits, then your internist or neurologist will have no problem documenting that for you.

      Surely, there must be SOME way you can support yourself without relying on already overburdened taxpayers.


Fatty Liver Problem

Enlarged Liver Natural Cure for Enlarged Liver
The liver is an extremely important organ as it is the seat of the five digestive fires of the human body and also the converter of plasma into blood. So, from an Ayurvedic point of view, the liver is the master controller of the entire body. However, the liver is susceptible to a large number of disorders also. One of these is the abnormal enlargement of the liver, which is known as hepatomegaly.

Normally, an adult liver is about the size of a small football. Sometimes, however, the liver becomes enlarged. This is known as enlarged liver, or hepatomegaly (hep-uh-to-MEG-uh-le). Enlarged liver isn't a disease. It's a sign of an underlying problem, such as hepatitis, congestive heart failure or cancer. Treatment of an enlarged liver depends on the cause.

A swollen liver is the symptom of many possible disorders, and needs prompt professional medical investigation. It is often related to a similar symptom: swollen spleen. There are many condition that may cause swollen liver or enlarged liver, including liver disorders such as hepatitis and various other diseases not directly related to the liver.
Natural Cure for Enlarged Liver

A swollen liver is the symptom of many possible disorders, and needs prompt professional medical investigation. It is often related to a similar symptom: swollen spleen. There are many condition that may cause swollen liver or enlarged liver, including liver disorders such as hepatitis and various other diseases not directly related to the liver.

The Indian aloe is used in treatment of hepatomegaly. For treatment, the pulp of a single leaf of the plant is taken and mixed with black salt and ginger. This is taken every morning for ten continuous days.

Mix teaspoon saunf, teaspoon dhania, 5nos kali mirch, 5nos lasun, 5nos tulsi, teaspoon adrak. Boil in 1-1/2 cups of water for five minutes, strain and add one teaspoon honey when warm and take twice a day after meals.

Mix amla powder--300 gms with dried ginger powder 100gms. Take one teaspoonful of this powder with water once in the morning and once in the evening.

Drink alcohol in moderation, or not at all. alcohol can lead to fat accumulation, inflammation and scarring in the liver. If drinking continues, liver damage may be fatal.

Chicory juice obtained from its flowers, seeds and roots is very beneficial in the treatment of several liver problems. Its juice is commonly prescribed to treat enlargement of the liver.

The kantakari herb is used in the treatment of enlargement of both the liver and the spleen, which is known as hepatosplenomegaly.
Gokulakanta: This herb is used for treatment of several liver problems including jaundice, hepatitis and derangement of the liver. Its root is prescribed in such conditions. A specially prepared decoction of the root (60 grams root powder mixed in half a liter of water and boiled for about half an hour) is given in doses of 30 to 60 milliliters twice or thrice daily.

Eat four to six small meals every day instead of only three main meals. Include : fresh fruits, vegetables and unprocessed foods in your diet. Drink plenty of water to flush toxins. Intake of supplements to boost the immune system. Required supplements are: Vitamin A, Vitamin B-complex, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Potassium and Calcium.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Hi I have stomatch liver fatty problem pls who knew about this proble ? and how to solve ?
    Hi I have stomatch liver fatty problem pls who knew about this proble ? and how to solve ? please suggest me.

    • ANSWER:

  2. QUESTION:
    Can you tell if you have any type of liver problem through a blood test? Like fatty liver?
    I went to my physician and for my blood results and they all came back normal except high cholesterol 196. My stomach tends to get a bloated after eating and I am afraid i might have ascites. My physician did what she had to do like tap on stomach and other things but did not say anything. Do you think it could be ascites or liver prob?

    • ANSWER:
      No lab test is 100% accurate. If the doctor
      believes there is a problem, he would do
      the blood testing again just to be sure.
      Depending on what he see, he may do another one right away or wait a few months.

      Blood tests can show if there is a problem
      with the liver, also a medical examination
      would also give a clue as well as your
      medical history. The blood test shows the
      results of the ALT, AST, and Alk Phos
      levels...which would indicate if there was
      damage to the liver cells. The Bilirubin,
      INR, and Albumin results would show how
      the liver is functioning.
      You said the doctor was checking the abdomen. When there is a problem with
      the liver, it usually starts out as inflammation
      of the liver cells and this would enlarge the
      liver. The doctor can feel, sometimes, when
      the liver is enlarged.
      Since Ascites occurs when a patient is in
      the end stages of liver cirrhosis and failure...
      it isn't likely that that is what you have unless you have other medical problems also. Ascites comes from the albumin level
      going too low in the body...it is a protein that
      the liver makes and when the liver isn't
      functioning well because of the cells have
      died...then this is when it occurs. If the
      doctor suspected a problem with the liver
      or the building up of this fluid...he probably
      would have requested an ultrasound or Ct
      scan to be sure. Albumin is the protein
      that holds the fluid in our vasculature
      system...when it goes low because the
      liver isn't able to make enough because
      of death of the cells, it leaks out and
      collects in the abdominal area.
      The doctor can tell if you have a fatty liver
      by testing also. Just having high cholesterol
      alone may not indicate your liver is fatty.
      High cholesterol can occur because of
      what you eat and even hereditary conditions.
      Only the doctor can diagnose what may be
      wrong....you could be referred to a
      gastroenterologist or a hepatologist if
      there is a liver problem. People that do
      have fatty liver can sometimes reverse
      it by losing weight and taking medications
      the doctor prescribes. It is best to be
      sure what is causing your problem first...
      which the doctor will decide and then
      be treated accordingly...as there are many
      causes of liver disease and each one
      type is handled in a different manner.

      I hope this is of some help to you.

  3. QUESTION:
    is it ok to take glutathione when you have fatty liver disease?
    My husband has this fatty liver problem (due to alcohol) and i am thinking of giving him glutathione as supplement. Is it ok to do this?

    • ANSWER:

  4. QUESTION:
    My cat has a liver problem, most likely Fatty Liver disease, does anyone have any tips on treating her one i t

    • ANSWER:
      One of my cats was diagnosed with liver disease last fall and although it advanced quickly she survived and is better than ever now. What does your vet have you doing for your cat right now? It is very important to work with a good vet on issues like these to give your cat the best chance for recovery.

      The things that made the biggest difference for my cat were the SubQ fluids and the SamE supplement. I was able to do these from home to reduce her stress of going to the vet. I had also been force feeding her for about a month as it is very important to make sure they are eating and drinking enough. Some medications he initially tried only made her feel worse and stop eating on her own (she resumed when I took her off them).

      I ended up switching vets during her treatment because the first one suggested putting her down at one point and I also didn’t feel he had looked closely at her situation when trying to develop a plan. It helps to research the problem on your own too so you know what to expect and what questions to ask. Make sure to ask your vet lots of questions if you don’t understand something or something doesn’t seem to be helping- that second opinion by another vet regarding her treatment was a lot less stressful and saved her life.

  5. QUESTION:
    why my doctor prescribed Metadoxil 500 mg for fatty liver, does it have any side effects ?
    this is non alcoholic fatty liver problem. till what period metadoxil medicine is safe for use.

    • ANSWER:
      Consult your prescribing physician and /or your pharmacist.
      GOOD LUCK.

  6. QUESTION:
    what is fatty liver problem?

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver is the collection of excessive amounts of triglycerides and other fats inside liver cells.

      Description

      Also called steatosis, fatty liver can be a temporary or long-term condition, which is not harmful itself, but may indicate some other type of problem. Left untreated, it can contribute to other illnesses. It is usually reversible once the cause of the problem is diagnosed and corrected. The liver is the organ responsible for changing fats eaten in the diet to types of fat that can be stored and used by the body. Triglycerides are one of the forms of fat stored by the body and used for energy and new cell formation. The break down of fats in the liver can be disrupted by alcoholism, malnutrition, pregnancy, or poisoning. In fatty liver, large droplets of fat, containing mostly triglycerides, collect within cells of the liver. The condition is generally not painful and may go unnoticed for a long period of time. In severe cases, the liver can increase to over three times its normal size and may be painful and tender.-

  7. QUESTION:
    is fatty liver a serious problem from drinking?

    • ANSWER:
      Description

      Also called steatosis, fatty liver can be a temporary or long-term condition, which is not harmful itself, but may indicate some other type of problem. Left untreated, it can contribute to other illnesses. It is usually reversible once the cause of the problem is diagnosed and corrected. The liver is the organ responsible for changing fats eaten in the diet to types of fat that can be stored and used by the body. Triglycerides are one of the forms of fat stored by the body and used for energy and new cell formation. The break down of fats in the liver can be disrupted by alcoholism, malnutrition, pregnancy, or poisoning. In fatty liver, large droplets of fat, containing mostly triglycerides, collect within cells of the liver. The condition is generally not painful and may go unnoticed for a long period of time. In severe cases, the liver can increase to over three times its normal size and may be painful and tender.

      Causes and symptoms

      The most common cause of fatty liver in the United States is alcoholism. In alcoholic fatty liver, over consumption of alcohol changes the way that the liver breaks down and stores fats. Often, people with chronic alcoholism also suffer from malnutrition by eating irregularly and not consuming a balanced diet. Conditions that can also cause fatty liver are other forms of malnutrition (especially when there is not enough protein in the diet), obesity, diabetes mellitus, and Reye's syndrome in children. Pregnancy can cause a rare, but serious form of fatty liver that starts late in pregnancy and may be associated with jaundice and liver failure. Some drug overdoses or toxic chemical poisonings, such as carbon tetrachloride, can also cause fatty liver.

      Often, there are no symptoms associated with fatty liver. If there are symptoms, they can include pain under the rib cage on the right side of the body, swelling of the abdomen, jaundice, and fever. Symptoms that occur less often in alcoholic fatty liver, but more often in pregnancy related fatty liver, are nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and abdominal pain.
      I learned something new today thanks to your question. On another site it said too many soft drinks can cause fatty liver too.

  8. QUESTION:
    Is fatty liver the same has having cirrhosis?
    My friend has fatty liver from being morbidly obese; he had gastri bypass surgery and lost about 250 pounds, now weighing about 275 pounds. He drank alot of alcohol continually, against doctor orders, before and after his surgery. Now he has severe liver problems and the doctor says it is cirrhosis. Q: Is fatty liver the same as cirrhosis?

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver disease can lead to cirrhosis. In your friend's case, it has, probably helped along by his drinking against doctor's orders.

      Not everyone with fatty liver disease gets cirrhosis, though. Sorry your friend was in the unlucky group, but in a way he did it to himself by drinking.

      If you can, help him follow his doctor's orders now, to the letter, or he may need a transplant.

  9. QUESTION:
    How long do I have to force feed a cat recovering from fatty-liver ailment?
    It was treated at the vet, hospitalized for a whole week with IV and Rx, etc, and tested for all other diseases, just had a liver problem and wouldn't eat, but getting vet's Rx pills and made major progress with enzyme levels, etc, but still have to force feed it. How long does force feeding last until the cat eats by itself ?

    • ANSWER:
      I just found out my yesturday that my cat also has fatty liver, disease,0 dollars later, I have him home with my and was told to force feed him, see if it works and put him down if it doesn't. From what I have read you just want to force feed him until he eats on his own. I bought cod liver oil, meaty (with no onion) baby foods, tuna juice, low sodium chicken broth. Anything I could mush up and have been syringe feeding him. Not sure how to increase his water intake though. Anyways good luck with your cat.

  10. QUESTION:
    Can anyone help me out on my liver problem?
    I recently been diagnosed with a fatty liver. Which is reversible. Can anyone who has had this give me some advice on how you could get your liver healthy again.

    • ANSWER:
      The liver has remarkable regenerative powers.

      Avoid alcohol and saturated fats. Have frequent liver profile blood tests
      to see if there is progress.

  11. 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

  12. QUESTION:
    Fatty liver?
    My fiancee has reasently been diagnosed to have a fatty liver. He is on diet for some time because of it (and coz of his high blood sugar- which returnet to normal, he doesn't have problems with it anymore), he takes abilify. But what really means fattly liver? Is it something too dangerous? How people treat it? Is anybody here with a same problem? Please answer!
    he is not drinking!!! not an alchocolic!

    • ANSWER:
      I have fatty liver not real serious..probably caused by alcohol..I don't have a problem yet..there are 2 different reasons for fatty liver..I suggest you go on www.medicine.net/fattyliver..Very good information and explains everything in detail to include medicines used for treatment...Good Luck and keep your man health...

  13. QUESTION:
    Could I have cirrhosis of the liver at age 24?
    I am a 23 almost 24 year old female and I've been drinking 3 bottles of wine or cocktail each weekend with nothing during the week for about 3 years now is it possible for me to have cirrhosis or at least some early start of a liver problem like possibly fatty liver from how much drinking I have done in the past and am currently doing? Could I have a liver problem and not even know?

    • ANSWER:
      You know very well Sarah that you could already have it, a liver function test will prove it one way or another, you've asked this question a hundred times under all the other accounts that you've been suspended from, do you want me to list them for you?

      I think you asked it about a year ago when you were 'Mother of Rainesha'.

  14. QUESTION:
    Does anyone else have fatty liver and have a terrible time to lose weight?
    I have fatty liver and my doc tells me I need to lose weight. I want to but the problem is I have tried everything and nothing works! What can I do to help? Please only serious answers. I have enough bull shit to deal with already! To those of you with advice, thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      try the Lil Jack workout http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKCGe2Ezris you can lose wieght fast

  15. 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.

  16. QUESTION:
    Anyone had fatty liver problems?

    • ANSWER:
      I haven't, but try site below for more information or type "fatty liver" into search. All fatty liver conditions not caused by alcohol.

  17. QUESTION:
    does fatty liver condition contribute to low thyroid function?
    if t4 has to be converted to t3 by the liver does fatty liver pose a problem???

    • ANSWER:
      honey, you cannot live without yer liver, it affects most everything in your body,a fatty liver is just one step from psorosis, if you drink, stop now, if you take tylenol, stop now, take care of your liver today, cuz you will need it tomorrow

  18. QUESTION:
    i have fatty liver what can i do to solve this problem?

    • ANSWER:
      I agree that you need to work together with your physician to correct this. In part, how the two of you do this depends on the cause. Some causes are transitory (IV tetracycline and corticosteroids) and some are chronic (obesity, excessive consumption of alcohol, diabetes). It's a condition that is usually reversible once the underlying cause is dealt with.

  19. QUESTION:
    Fatty Liver? Alcoholic or Nonalcoholic?
    My husband was diagnosed with fatty liver via enzymes and an ultrasound. The doctors appear to have led him believe that it is due to his weight (he is about 50 pounds overweight).

    However he drinks 2 liters of wine everyday, and he used to drink 18 beers everyday. Why are they assuming his liver problem is caused by obesity and not by his alcohol consumption?

    I'm worried because when the fatty liver is caused by drinking it is a much more dangerous thing right? Because they are making him think it is simply a weight issue he really isn't taking it seriously.

    • ANSWER:
      Maybe your husbands doctor does not know the extent of his drinking. You are right in that the drinking is probably doing a lot more damage than the weight. A fatty liver is just the start of it if he continues to drink. It could easily and most likely will progress to fibrosis and then cirrhosis. Once it reaches being cirrhosis, that is permanent scarring of the liver that does not go away.

      His doctor should have told him that no matter what is causing this fatty liver, that he should stay away from all alcohol since that would only hurt it more even if it was due to his weight. He should not be drinking no matter what is causing his fatty liver because alcohol would only irritate the liver more.

      You know him better than us here, so I don't know if you can get it across to him or not that having this fatty liver is a wake up call in its early stages. If he chooses to ignore it, there may be very bad consequences he will have to pay in the future. I had cirrhosis from an autoimmune disease and had to get a transplant. I sat in clinic many days talking to people who drank their way to cirrhosis and was trying to get a transplant. The first thing they must do is to be sober for at least 6 months before they will even consider you for a transplant. Some make it, and many don't. Some can't or won't stop drinking. Some get so sick that they cannot get the surgery since they would die on the table. Everyone of those people I am talking about started out by having a fatty liver. He better pay attention. That is too much booze for even a healthy liver to handle daily. If his doctor knows about this and has said nothing, I would never want that doctor to take care of me.

  20. QUESTION:
    are there true fatty liver specialists?
    I am 52 year old female with NASH. My liver issue is due to having high cholesterol apparently my whole life (I have reason to believe that I had it in my teens). The last three years I have had a tough time with menopause. I believe the hormonal changes/imbalances have caused my liver problem to finally surface. My stomach is distended and I have gained 40 lbs in three years. I am miserable! I look horrible and I feel pretty icky a lot of the time. I have seen an internst and a hepatolist/gastoentorolgist and they both seem mildly concerned at best. Who can I turn to that can truly help me with the combination of high cholesterol, menopause and fatty liver? I need help before I go nuts!

    • ANSWER:
      Talk to an endocrinologist.
      This may be Cushing's or a thyroid problem.

  21. QUESTION:
    Advice on liver problem?
    I drank a little much one night and my right rib cage began feeling weird. I got an ultrasound and bloodwork done because I was convinced that it was fatty liver. The tests came back negative but it did show that I had high cholesterol. I'm in college right now and all my friends go out and drink and party.....I want to join them but I don't know if i should drink or not. Has anyone else had this type of problem before too?
    Also I am only 19 years old......and i have been drinking for probably less than a year and in that year have been drinking less than once every two or three months. Just because of this fact I am very convinced that it wasn't fatty liver but I may be wrong....can someone help me please?

    • ANSWER:
      The fact that you had problems after some heavy drinking should wake you up to the fact that too much of anything is bad for your health. Your liver is a filter and if you over work it, you will get problems later in life. Keep in mind that your health is your wealth. Just to let you know that my liver was damaged by second hand tobacco smoke and I'm not a smoker nor a drinker. I have heard that the liver can be damaged permanently by heavy drinking but everyone has different affects to heavy drinking.

  22. QUESTION:
    how much accurate is ultrasound in regards to diagnosing a fatty liver?
    I was diagnosed with a fatty liver 2 years ago. now recent ultrasoudn and ct scan says there is no fatty liver. in these 2 years i lost weight because of digestion problems. now i have pains in the liver region and ultrasound and ct scan are normal. i suspect that it may have worsened? please advice only if you have any training in ultrasound or ct scan

    • ANSWER:
      Ultrasound is very reliable in diagnosing fatty liver. However, a fatty liver reversible - so if you have lost weight since your initial diagnosis, it's likely that your liver is now back to normal.

  23. QUESTION:
    do I still have a fatty liver?
    I think I was diagnosed with a fatty liver a few years ago and was prescribed metformin and lkovaza for it are these the right medications? can you drink alcohol with a fatty liver? I have been drinking these 2 years ever since my diagnosis people tell me I should not drink on a fatty liver the only problem is my birthday is comming up and I absolutely need to celebrate
    I meant lovaza not lokava
    I was diagnosed with it a few years ago but back then I didn't really drink much only on the weekends and I would only have 1 or 2 16 ounce of beer which is only 5% alcohol during one day of the week but the doctor said my fatty liver was probably because of my incorrect diet I used to eat a huge amount of fats back in the days I ate lots of oil and oysters and mayonnaise he said that was probably what was causing a fatty liver

    • ANSWER:
      Drinking is probably what is causing your fatty liver in the first place. No, the first rule of anyone with a fatty liver is no alcohol. The drugs will not take away the problem. Metformin is for diabetes. Lokava is a drug I don't know anything about so I can't comment on that. One bout of drinking is not going to kill or cure your liver if you drink on your birthday. Problem is not drinking the rest of the time. If you can do that, then your fatty liver has a chance of going away. If not, it will only progress to worse things and you don't want to go there.

  24. QUESTION:
    what are the potential problems associated with a fatty liver?

    • ANSWER:
      Jaundice, alcohol related illnesses, gall stones and cholesterol problems - fatty livers usually found in overweight persons over about 30 years old with poor diets, so losing weight and eating more fruit and veg and less red meat will help.

  25. QUESTION:
    what type of tea herbs are good for liver detox?
    i have a friend that has liver problems and i know there's this tea (other then the green tea that helps with the fatty liver) that can help with it but in most articles they won't say what herbs it contains. any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Japanese green tea is a powerful antioxidant with many health benefits including
      Destroying harmful bacteria that can poison your system, and
      Boosting your immune system

      Read about the benefits here http://japan-australia.blogspot.com/2010/11/green-tea-antioxidant-wonder.html

  26. QUESTION:
    can fatty liver cause weight loss and digestive issues?
    i have been having weight loss since two years, the only thing doctors could find out was a fatty liver and H pylori. though i have eliminated h pylori . i continue to have digestion problems , semi formed stools with food particles, weight loss. my liver readings were a bit high before. since i lost weight they also came in normal range. but i have occassional pains in right quadrant which became worse when i took antibiotics for h pylori.

    • ANSWER:

  27. 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

  28. QUESTION:
    Liver problem need help?????????
    My liver levels are ggt=85 alt 59 ast 29.
    Did abdominal ultrasound shows fatty liver.
    Now my question is how bad my results are and how much can i drink.
    Right now i drink 375ml crown royal whisky.

    • ANSWER:
      If you keep boozing you will be needing a liver transplant. Sometimes people die whilst waiting for a liver transplant.

      What is probably the best food there is for your the health of your liver is beetroot or beetroot juice.

  29. QUESTION:
    Has anyone out there been told that their liver is enlarged? or have fatty liver?
    Does that mean that they can't drink alcohol anymore? Will it progress to something worse. ANyone out there with same problem please give your opinion.

    • ANSWER:
      Anyone having cirrhosis had an enlarged liver at some time in the progression of their disease. I had cirrhosis and had to get a transplant. I was told by my doctors that my liver was enlarged at first, but as the disease progressed, my liver started to shrivel up and become very small as it was dying. It's time to get a transplant when that happens.

      No, you should not drink any alcohol since that causes more inflammation. Too much inflammation leads to fibrosis which then can lead to cirrhosis if left untreated. There are many reasons the liver can enlarge such as alcohol abuse over time, autoimmune disease, too much iron, fatty liver that progresses to a condition called NASH, etc. It depends on whether or not you can stop what is causing the inflammation in the first place. If you can do that, then the progression of the liver damage should stop. The exception is that when the damage gets to a certain point of severity, it will progress no matter what you do. You might be able to slow it down some, but one the damage is severe, only a transplant will save you which is what happened to me.

      Talk to a gastroenterologist about your condition and find out what is going on and what you can do to get rid of the inflammation. And you most definitely should not be drinking any alcohol.

  30. 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).

  31. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know how serious "Fatty Liver" is? I found out a year ago that I have it.?
    I do not drink at all. I have heard it can be caused from high carbohydrates in food. I could lose some weight and excersice more. Any one have any information on this problem of the liver?

    • ANSWER:
      The liver has over 500 functions that it does to keep the
      body well. Anything involving a problem with the liver
      should be taken very seriously.

      People who have fatty liver, if the problem is caused by
      weight, if they lose weight...it make it easier for the liver
      to heal.

      Usually, the liver starts out with inflammation inside of
      it cause of many different reasons that cause liver
      disease...like alcohol, chemical exposure, biliary
      problems, viral infections like hepatitis, etc. In
      your case it is fat.

      There are two types of fatty liver disease and you
      can read the many pages on it here. It should give
      you answers to alot of questions you may have.
      http://www.medicinenet.com/fatty_liver/article.htm

      The doctors can treat inflammation, caused by
      these different diseases, if it is caught early on.
      However, if it isn't treated or the patient doesn't
      follow what the doctor says, it can lead to the
      death of the liver cells, which is cirrhosis.
      Here is a link to that:
      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/cirrhosis/DS00373
      The doctors can try to slow down and stop this death
      of the cells, but..so far...there isn't a cure for it.

      If there is anything you can do in order to reverse this
      now, please do it by following what the doctor says.
      No one would want to have a liver transplant, but
      some with fatty livers eventually do. There is no
      guarantee of an organ being available for them,
      they are treated like a specimen on display and
      stuck with those in the medical profession for the
      rest of their life. The cost of the transplant isn't
      in the thousands dollar range, it is in the 100,000s
      dollar range.

      I wish you the best and hope that all turns out well for
      you and that you don't become a victim of cirrhosis.

  32. QUESTION:
    Result-- "Fatty liver", what is this, please tell me?
    Hello there
    Recently I underwent scan and in the report they mentioned "Fatty liver". What does this mean? I mean what problem I may have?

    Also I have feeble pain or discomfort just in the area near to my left side near the diaphragm, just below were the ribcage ends. Can it have any connection to "Fatty liver'"

    How can one get rid of this?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver means accumulation of fat in liver cells. It is also called steatosis. It is not caused due to eating fatty foods. It occurs due to transfer of fat from other parts of the body, or an increase in the extraction of fat presented to the liver from the intestine, or a reduced rate of break down and removal of fat by liver.

      This is caused due to alcohol, obesity, starvation, diabetes mellitus, corticosteroids, poisons (carbon tetrachloride and yellow phosphorus), Cushing's syndrome, hyperlipidemia and certain toxic drugs. Hence, management of the cause would help to reduce the condition.

      Pain/ discomfort on the left side could be due to some other cause, but not fatty liver

  33. QUESTION:
    what is the name of the problem with my liver?
    the right side of my abdomon is swollen were the liver is im always tired and there a yellowy tint in my eye and my eyelid is slightly swollen i drink ALOT and i have had an eating disorder for about a year and im very malnurished what exactly is it called is it cirrosis or fatty liver

    • ANSWER:
      cocneyki...Your problem is due to a combination of drinking a lot and being malnourished. In the beginning, excess alcohol will cause fatty changes in the liver which can lead to an enlarged liver. As liver damage continues, liver cells will be destroyed and normal bilirubin pigment in liver cells will be released into the blood where it spreads in the body to cause yellow color changes in the whites of the eyes and in the skin (jaundice). Destroyed liver cells are replaced with scar tissue which leads to cirrhosis. The liver then begins to shrink as it scars and fluid (ascites) begins to collect inside the belly (abdomen). Poor nourishment makes it all worse, especially lack of vitamin B. People can die of complications of cirrhosis such as bleeding in the esophagus or development of liver cancer in some people. If you truly wish to live, you must immediately begin changes under a physician's care. I wish you the strength to change and improve.

  34. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know what the treatment is for a "fatty liver?"?
    My 34 year old nephew was diagnosed with this. Is this a
    serious problem?

    • ANSWER:
      Patty...it all depends on what caused the fatty liver.
      Here is an excellant site that will explain the difference
      between two fatty liver diseases and answer your
      question for treatment of each one. This site has
      a number of pages. You can click on the links there,
      and it will tell you more.
      The two types of fatty liver disease are NASH and NAFLD.
      Here is a link that you can click on here to take you to
      the site I mentioned.
      http://www.medicinenet.com/fatty_liver/article.htm

      Fatty liver can be treated, just like any other disease.
      It can cause inflammation in the liver which will be
      treated with drug and possibly a diet. Many patients
      can be healed if they follow the doctors instructions.
      However, if this isn't treated...it can lead to a very
      serious disease known as cirrhosis. Cirrhosis is
      the death of the liver cells and then the liver is
      no longer able to do the many functions that it once
      did and the body suffers because of it. It may even
      lead to having to have a liver transplant in order to
      live. You can read about this here. Just click on
      this link. Use the back button to come back to here when
      you are done.
      http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/cirrhosis/

      I hope your nephew will get the help he needs and will
      be treated soon to prevent any further complications.
      Best wishes to you both.

  35. QUESTION:
    I am having an enlarged liver, is that dangerous for my life?
    I have been diagnosed with an enlarged, fatty liver problem, is that dangerous? Could it lead to cirrhosis's, and is there any medications to get the liver back to its normal size? I am moderately obese also, so if I reduce my weight more, could my fatty liver come back to its normal size? I also have a large abdomen, so if I lessened my abdomen size, could that also help? A couple of doctors have told me that usually all obese people will have enlarged, fatty liver problems, and that there is no medications for that, except to avoid alcohol. I also have changed my diet to eat lesser than before, and also avoid junk, oily and sugary foods most of the time. Could this type of diet change also help to solve this problem? I have heard that by following a healthy diet, the liver can get shrunk to its normal size, and become regenerated once again.

    • ANSWER:
      Please have Homoeopathic medicine CARDUAS M.-------30 potency & Q potency of SBL or any reputed make 30 ml pack each. Now take 30 potency medicine 1 drop in half cup water thrice daily till the cure of problem. Have Q potency medicine 10 drops in 5ml coconut oil mix it well & massage this oil to the right side lowest rib area twice daily. I hope that your liver will be in normal shape with in 15-20 days.
      Have dry FIGS 100 gm from market & chew 4 Figs at bed time in such a manner that there seeds are completely crushed then swallow them & drink warm water.It will also help to improve mal function of the liver.

  36. QUESTION:
    'Fatty change in liver' what is the cause and what is the remedy?
    I had mild pain around upper right side of stomach, had a sonography done, was told there is 'fatty change in liver'. What does this mean? I used to smoke and drink (though have quit that 2 weeks back) and am a bit overweight. My general physician said no medicine required, only diet control. Could someone help me here. Also, can I start doing basic cardio exercise like walks and jogging? Request someone to assist me with getting this liver problem under control.

    • ANSWER:
      My husband just had an ultrasound and then a liver biopsy, and it showed he had a non-alcoholic fatty liver. His doctor recommended, for now, to use fish oil (a vitamin= easy to find at a store), to lose about 20#, watch what he eats (not much red meat, very little junk food, very little salt, no pop,etc.) and to exercise. If unattended, this can become very serious. DO NOT drink anymore. Maybe a beer/mixed drink here and there, but no more than that. Cardio/walking/jogging are all good! :)

  37. QUESTION:
    Anyone with an Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency child with liver problems?
    My daughter was diagnosed with alpha-1 because of a fatty liver a couple years ago. She is about to turn 5 y/o. I can't find anyone else in my town with a child with it since it's usually diagnosed at age 30's or 40's because of the lung complications. BTW she also has cystic fibrosis. Anyone else with little children with Alpha-1?

    • ANSWER:
      I am an adult with Alpha-1. There are several really good organizations you shoud contact. One is actually for Alpha-1 kids. They are listed below.
      Alpha-1 Kids - www.alpha1kids.org

      Alpha-1 Foundation - www.alphaone.org

      Alpha-1 Association - www.alpha1.org
      The Alpha-1 Association can provide you with a genetic counselor free of charge.

      There is also an online support group for liver affected Alpha's. Several on there are parents of children who have had transplants. Very knowledgable bunch of people that would be glad to answer your questions and just be there for support and friendship. They are really a nice group.
      You can find them at:
      home.ease.lsoft.com
      Choose - Browse online archives
      Scroll down and choose Alpha-1Liver
      There is a box on the right hand side where you can subscribe to the list.
      If you need help let me know and I can get someone to help you get signed up.
      My email is nevamaynor@yahoo.com
      Hope this helps. I know it can be scary.
      Neva Maynor
      WV Alpha-1 Support Group Leader

  38. QUESTION:
    Wiil husband medication can have effect in pregnancy planning?
    My wife want to conceive. She is not on any medication. But I had non alcoholic fatty liver problem and non ulcer dyspepsia for lat 6 months. It is under control. I just stopped medication ("URSECTOR 300MG - URSODEOXYCHOLIC ACID TABLETS" AND Morease SR for irritable bowl syndrome)

    Just want to know can we plan for our child now?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't think these drugs will effect on pregnancy
      u can safely plan

  39. QUESTION:
    Non-alcoholic fatty liver decease, what?
    I was diagnosed with that decease just recently. To tell you the truth I have never heard of such thing before; I though liver problems were for those who drink or do drugs, but aparently not.
    Besides exercise, pills and a balanced diet, does anyone have an idea on how to treat this

    • ANSWER:
      decease means die

      i know that and im 12

      DISEASE

      learn to spell

  40. 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:

  41. 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!

  42. QUESTION:
    Can drug overdose cause my liver problem? what can I do? I have problem to trust my Dr.?
    I had triple theray and Helidac therapy for H.pylori infection from 11/18/06 to 3/1/07. Meanwhile, I had two times blood test (12/29/06 and 4/11/07). Both results show that Ast and Alt unnormal. Ast124, Alt 218. I also had ultrasound, show that I have fatty live infiltration. I am worry so much. I suspect the problem caused by medication. because I never had liver problem before. I am not fat and don't drink acohol . Can any one help with this? Thanks !

    • ANSWER:
      Our bodies are made up of cells. These cells
      are what keep our bodies functioning properly.
      It is like having a bunch of little bodies inside
      our own bodies that also need to have
      nourishment and oxygen and their needs met in
      order to live. The liver has its own
      specialized cells that helps the liver function
      to do all the necessary work that needs done
      to keep the body running well and healthy.
      When the cells become damaged... through
      alcohol use, working around harsh
      chemicals, contacting a virus which causes
      inflammation of the cells, overdosing on
      medications that are harmful to the liver
      (since most drugs go through the liver for
      processing), or even hereditary conditions
      or being overweight...then theses AST and ALT enzymes are released into the blood and show
      up on our blood tests as higher levels.
      This inflammation that occurs can be treated
      by medication and the liver will heal itself.
      However, if this inflammation continues, it
      can lead to Death of the liver cells
      (known as cirrhosis) and then the liver still
      tries to heal but will not and it will progress
      until there is liver failure. It is best to be
      treated and follow the doctor's advice.
      Inflammation is the swelling of the liver cells
      in this case. Infection is not the same thing,
      infection is caused by a bacteria invading the
      body and causing damage.

      Here is a very long article with many points
      about "non alcholic" fatty liver disease... They
      do not know what causes this. The fat they
      are talking about here is not the same as the
      fat we tend to gain on our bodies, according
      to this article...it is triglycerides. I hope this
      article will help you.
      http://www.medicinenet.com/fatty_liver/article.htm

  43. 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.

  44. QUESTION:
    Normal bilirubin with elevated SGPT and Alkaline Phosphatase. Does this signify a serious liver problem
    I was diagnosed with a mild liver enlargement with Grade 1 fatty inflitration. Liver function tests showed the following:

    Total Bilirubin 4.2 micromol/l (Range:0-17.1)
    SGPT(ALT) 102 U/l (Range:0-31)
    Alkaline Phosphatase 257 U/l (Range: 0-240)
    GGT 17 (Range: 5-36)

    Is there anything to worry?
    I have never touched drinks in my life and i had my first delivery almost 3 months before

    • ANSWER:
      You need to stop drinking, or you're pregnant!

  45. QUESTION:
    i need to ask this question again. ok last year through a CT scan I found out I have a fatty liver infiltratio?
    now my liver function test is hight my ALT is very high my AST is a bit elevated and my ALP is a tiny bit elevated and my GGT is heading to very high. I got a huge pain in my gut a few days ago but ingored it as it went away. I have blood clots in my eyes, fatuge is talking over an tiredness most of the time. I have been taking aropax antidepressents for a few years now and i also take rivorill at night. so is this responsibe for my liver problems? I am not a drinker, I do not have Hepititis, and I am not obese, nor do I have dibetes as it runs in the family though. so what I would like to know since this is non alcoholic reasons could my liver since my liver function tests keep going up bit by bit non stop am I at a huge risk of developing chorisis of the liver? I am worried a bit here. serious anwers please as it will be appreciated.
    by the way I am almost 40 and female
    i heard that a lot of time it does cause cirosis of the liver and death.

    • ANSWER:
      Kind of sounds like non-alcoholic fatty liver disease since you've already been diagnosed with fatty liver infiltration. The fatty liver is more then likely what's responsible for your elevated liver enzymes. As far as what causes it there are a few things. Meds do it, it's also known to be associated with insulin resistance and the metabolic syndrome. If you have this disease it can cause cirrhosis of the liver. The best thing to do is keep talking with your doctor about these things so they can get you the best possible treatment.

  46. 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.

  47. QUESTION:
    What's "Fatty liver"?
    Recently I underwent a scan in whose reports it"s been given "Fatty liver".Does this mean I have a serious problem?

    I am 5"7 ,135 pounds,30 years old male.

    PLease tell me is there some thing wrong.??

    THanks..
    I don't drink or have any bad habits....

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver is nothing but excessive accumulation of the Fat in the Hepatocytes or Liver cells....

      It occurs wen the Liver has got any sort of insult in the form of Alcohol or an Infection or a Hepatotoxic drug...

      Drinking alcohol may not be the only cause of the Fatty liver...

      It can also occur in some physiological conditions like Pregnancy with Hypertension etc...

      Its a warning for the Future serious disease of the Liver like Cirrhosis and an Indication for the past insult to the liver in a known or an Unknown form...

      Please note, that be assured that its a REVERSIBLE STAGE OF DAMAGE to the Liver... Its not irreversible... Depending upon the Cause if the cause is treated than it can be reversed and Cured...

      Make sure u keep up with ur Doctor and keep up his instructions..

      All the Best...

  48. QUESTION:
    Do i have liver problem?
    I am having fatty lumps all over my body.
    I do not undertake any physical exercise from about 1.5 years.

    I am having(only today) pain in the area of body where liver is situated. do i have any liver problem?

    also please write the food that i can eat in this condition.

    • ANSWER:
      It's nothing just a slight abdominal pain you must drink water and if the pain is severe, consult a doctor.

  49. 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?”

  50. QUESTION:
    update on my cocketiel: liver probleM? huge dilemma?
    ok i took her to th evet and based on the full checkup blood test or something, there is something wrong with her liver. they have to do a follow up test to be sure.

    yea, her droppings indicated there could be a problem.
    if she was traumatized by falling into a fish pond the other day, and we found her cold shivering and toes bleeding, could that have been the cause of the liver problems? if so, that means we would have found the live rproblem since it started in 3 days -- i'm hoping this is a very hopeful thing?

    she is currently not eating/drinking and having off color droppings, and the liver porblem. but she has shown almost no sign of real behavorial changes. she still flies, still chirps, still climbs around.

    does this mean that she might be ok despite the dire diagnoses?
    and another problem is tha tmy family and i (i'm 17) are leaving for cancun on tuesday (2 days from now). if my cockatiel won't eat alone, who could feed her? i think my father would have sucess hand feeding her if she would swallow, but he wont be there...

    basically is there anyway to hand feed a cockatiel that is not really that tired (she still kicks around and bites alot if she doesn't like what you are doing) but won't eat and with what (please take into account her liver problems -> not sure what though, but its not fatty cell)? i need to know soon so i can give my relatives a crash course on how to do it

    • ANSWER:
      My guess is that either the fall into the pond led to some type of infection (perhaps bacterial) or it is unrelated to the liver issue. Did your vet do any culture and sensitivity? Started her on any antibiotics?

      As far as supportive care, she needs to be kept warm and you must get some nourishment into her. Right now you should set up a "hospital cage" for her. An aquarium is best but if you don't have that, use a smaller cage. Her movements need to be kept restricted so she doesn't expend whatever energy she DOES have. And she must be kept warm. An ill bird usually doesn't have the energy reserve to properly regulate its own temperature - which is higher than ours.

      Once you have the aquarium or small cage set up, you'll need to provide a heat source. This can be a heating pad. If you're using a small cage, attach the pad next to a favorite perch with clothespins on the OUTSIDE of the cage. Place a pillowcase in between the cage bars and the heating pad so she can't chew on the heating pad.. If you're using an aquarium, place the heating pad underneath half of the aquarium bottom. The idea is to provide her with heat but to allow her to get away from the heat if she's too warm. Cover the top of the aquarium with a sheet so most of the heat stays inside.

      You'll need a thermometer to check the temperature in the cage or aquarium. You should keep the temperature at or around ninety (90) degrees. This means the heating pad should probably be on "medium" setting. Check the thermometer frequently to be sure it isn't getting too hot for your bird.

      You'll also need to provide her with humidity. Place a wet sponge in a plastic container with a hole in the top into the cage or aquarium. Or if you're using a cage and have a humidifier, set it up near the cage but be sure it isn't blowing directly on your bird.

      Now you need to get some food into her. You'll either need to buy some hand feeding formula or grind up some Harrison's High Potency pellets. Use a *clean* coffee grinder. Mix with warm water and feed your bird as much as she will take at least twice a day, more if she isn't eating at all). You can use a hand feeding syringe or a spoon. If you can get this into her, you'll be providing her with extra calories and enough liquid to keep her hydrated. If she'll take hand feeding more than twice a day, go ahead and offer it.

      If you have a gram scale, you should weigh your bird twice a day. Weigh her in the morning so you get an "empty" weight and again late in the day to see how much food she's consuming. Keep a record for your vet.

      As far as your trip, you have a couple of choices. You can explain to someone how to care for your bird and pray they DO it - or you can take your bird to the vet and let him keep your bird and treat it there. Your vet is set up with an incubator to keep her warm and will know how and what to hand feed. This is really the ideal situation.

      IF you have other birds it is very important that you quarantine your sick cockatiel. If you need help with quarantine procedures, please ask.

      I hope this helps and that your little bird is well soon.

      Colette
      http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/ParrotletsPlus/


Fatty Liver Pregnancy

Why Cod Liver Oil Is A Beneficial Food Supplement The benefits of cod liver oil are due to the presence of Omega-3 fatty acids in the nutrient rich oil. It contains more Vitamin A and D per Unit Weight than any other food. The cod is a tasty fish with low level of fat and mild flavour. On the top of it, the fatty acids and vitamins present in it make it a perfect nutritional food.

How Cod Liver Oil Differs from Typical Fish Oils
Normally, fish oil is extracted by cooking the whole body of the fish. But, cod liver oil is prepared by cooking the liver of the cod fish and then by pressing it to extract the oil that has multiple health benefits. The oil is much healthier to human body than other oils because of the healthier element that it contains.

Lets discuss about some of the benefits of Cod liver oil.

Prevents Heart Diseases
Cod liver oil has positive effects on the heart functions. It prevents the heart diseases and often treats the problems even in the advanced stage. The Omega-3 fatty acids present in the oil have healing effect. The combination of vitamin A,D and K along with fatty acids work to support elasticity of the blood vessels, enhance muscle functions and assist mineral absorption. According to a study it has been found that cod liver oil can reduce the size of the artery-blocking atheromas.

Contributes to the Brain Health
Omega-3 is an essential factor that enhances memory, immune response, stress response, brain function, allergy, asthma, behavioural disorder and learning. Cod liver oil, a rich source of elongated Omega-3 fatty acids, helps all the above functions. The oil is also effective in treating manic-depression and bipolar syndrome.

Strengthens the Bone
As it has been proved that cod liver oil is a rich source of vitamin D it is used as a preventive and remedy for rickets in children. Cod liver contributes to the bone health and helps in treating osteomalacia in adults. Adult women require larger amount of vitamin D to boost the bone mineral density and it can be found easily in the Cod liver oil. The high volume of elongated Omega-3 fatty acids present in Cod liver oil rebuilds the bone and maintains the bone health. Lack of vitamin D causes muscles pain and bone pain. Cod liver oil is rich in vitamin D and helps to reduce this problem. Cod liver oil is also an effective remedy for arthritis.

Effective for Pregnant Women and Infants
Pregnant women consuming cod liver oil gift their babies with low risk of type 1 diabetes. Cod liver oil enhances the level of vitamin A to check infection and fatty acids to support brain development.

Cod liver oil is effective in treating diabetes, blood pressure and some of the stress related diseases.

There are some drawbacks of taking cod liver oil. The contaminant such as pesticides and mercury present in the fish are harmful for our body. However, the fish oil extracted from the flesh of the fish is less harmful than the oil extracted from liver.

Cod liver oil is an essential dietary supplement, but make sure that you take it in correct dosage consulting your doctor.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Acute fatty liver of pregnancy?
    My wife delivered twins today and had caesarian section. the babies are fine but the doctors diagnosed her with Acute fatty liver of pregnancy. What will do this to my wife? Can i expect her to recover form it? The doctors also said they might have to do dialysis after observing four more hours. Can she breast feed the children?

    • ANSWER:
      Acute fatty liver of pregnancy is a rare life-threatening complication of pregnancy that occurs in the third trimester or the immediate period after delivery. Maternal and fetal mortality rates are high in severe cases.

  2. QUESTION:
    Fatty liver BEFORE pregnancy?
    I have had some blood tests that show that my ALP is elevated. I've taken and retaken it. Now my doctor is sending me for a liver CT. I think that I probably have a fatty liver because I have high cholesterol and high triglycerides and take Lipitor. I will find out for sure on Thursday when I have the CT done, but I'm bored and was just wanting to know what you guys think. I have 2 kids and would like to get pregnant again sometime in the next year or so. So, my question is, what are the risks with getting pregnant when you have fatty liver? I know it's really dangerous when you develop fatty liver DURING pregnancy, but is it the same if you have fatty liver BEFORE pregnancy?

    I'm just bored. I will ask my doctor. I just want to know your personal experiences.

    Thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      high ALP in first is not due to fatty liver some important problems that can be treated very simply is first diagnosis thus do your CT and do not hesitate.

  3. 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.

    • ANSWER:

  4. QUESTION:
    fatty liver?
    I can't find any info. on fatty liver prior to pregnancy...only due to pregnancy in the last trimester.
    Anyone know of any information sites that talk about the effects on a fatty liver(already diagnosed) related to becoming pregnant??

    • ANSWER:
      Here is a link for you:
      http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/tc/Nonalcoholic-Steatohepatitis-NASH-Overview

      I believe this is what you are talking about.

      I hope this helps.

  5. QUESTION:
    acute fatty liver of pregnancy?
    has anyone had this before in pregnancy...Im sat in hospital at the moment worried out of my mind...

    • ANSWER:
      Our exposure to fatty liver syndrome (hepatic lipidosis) is with one of our cats. (I'm not trying to insult you - there are alot of similarities in diseases and their treatment between pets and people.)

      There have been three episodes, and in her case it was always treated with supportive care until the bout passed. I know that not eating is a huge issue for her.....they basically keep food going in every day until the liver enzymes come back to normal and her appetite returns.

      I think it has to do with the way the liver is processing fats, so they may put you on a low-fat diet and/or liquid nourishment until this is over. Has that been your experience so far?

      I'm so sorry you're having this trouble - but please try not to worry. You are in a place that is experienced in these situations, and I'm sure you are receiving the very best of care. This should pass soon - try to rest as much as possible because that is one of the greatest natural healers.

      God bless you -

  6. QUESTION:
    Please help ,my friend is dying... she has Acute fatty liver of pregnancy....she was doing a lot better but,
    Now she is back in acoma and her brain is swelling. The doctors are keeping her sedated and the have cooling packs on her to keep her fever down I asked is she had a infection somewhere in her body from all the tubes in and out they told me know I know i should not ask for medical advice here but my best friend has a new baby that she has yet to meet He, His dad Grandma and Family need help if you have any ideas ........ Thank you.
    do you know of any treatments or options that will help?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, I'm sorry to hear about your problem. I am very glad that the baby is ok. I did a quick look on Wikipedia and it says that while the condition was previously thought to be fatal, by aggressively treating the mother with intravenous fluids and blood products, people having been surviving. I think the doctors are doing everything possible for her right now. Probably the best thing you can ask for is not medical advice, but for others to pray for her. I will, right now.

  7. QUESTION:
    Acute fatty liver of pregency (mother is diagnosed with it)?
    My wife delivered twins today and had caesarian section. the babies are fine but the doctors diagnosed her with Acute fatty liver of pregnancy. What will do this to my wife? Can i expect her to recover form it? The doctors also said they might have to do dialysis after observing four more hours. Can she breast feed the children?

    • ANSWER:
      Many women develop fatty liver disease in the
      third trimester of their pregnancy. Many times it
      will reverse after the pregnancy is over.

      Fat infiltration of the liver can lead to liver cell
      damage. This will cause her liver enzymes to
      be higher on the blood tests results.
      As long as the infiltration is not much, then
      following the doctor's advice is the best to do.
      If the fat inside the liver continues to increase,
      though, the immune system of the body may
      react to this and cause inflammation to develop
      in the liver, also. This is then known as
      Steatohepatitis. Steato is fat, hepat is liver,
      and itis is inflammation. The inflammation will
      cause the liver to enlarge in size.
      (can be seen on an ultrasound or Ct scan)

      She should be able to breast feed the children.

      Here are some links that may be of help to you
      in understanding more about pregnancy fattyliver disease: (you can click on
      these links)
      http://www.chp.edu/CHP/P02465
      On this next site, it is about half
      way down the page:
      http://www.marchofdimes.com/professionals/14332_14543.asp
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acute_fatty_liver_of_pregnancy
      On this site, just click the little knob that
      says skip the advertisement and it will
      take you to the article:
      http://www.aafp.org/afp/990215ap/829.html

      Best wishes to you, your wife, and your new borns.
      Hope this information has been of help

  8. QUESTION:
    Did anyone have high liver enzymes during pregnancy? I was on lovenox but they do not think it is from med?
    I also have a fatty liver anyone else exerience this during pregnancy?

    • ANSWER:
      My enzymes were elevated with my second pregnancy. It is a very serious condition. They monitored my son very closely, I had to go in for bi-weekly stress tests and and weekly ultrasounds. They also had to take about a gallon of urine samples. Finally when his lungs were developed enough they induced labor. Luckily this happened later in the pregnancy and were able to hold off inducing him until two weeks before his due date. I don't want to scare you but they warned me that he could be born still born or that I could possibly die if not monitored closely.

  9. QUESTION:
    What does "Mild Fatty Liver" mean?
    My husband has just been diagnosed with mild fatty liver, but we've been completely left in the dark about it. His doctor has not contacted us regarding anything other than to tell us the diagnosis. We're waiting to see another doctor to at least find out what it is, but it's weeks away. I looked it up on the internet but all the information I found had to do with Alchoholics, Obesity, and Pregnancy. My husbands none of those! He's 25 years old, 6'4, 170lbs, doesn't drink but for the occasional glass of red wine with dinner, and he has no family history of ANY major illnesses, or disease! Does anyone have any idea what this is, or why he could possibly develop something like this??

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver (hepatic steatosis) is excessive accumulation of lipid in hepatocytes, the most common liver response to injury.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have experience with fatty liver disease?
    I was recently diagnosed with fatty liver disease and possibly cirrhosis. 6 years ago after delivering a baby, my blood levels were elevated and I suspect something with my pregnancy caused me to develop this??? I read something about microvesicular steatosis and that it was a more severe form of liver disease. Does anyone know anything about this and if it can be treated? My GI doc just passed me to another doctor and was very vague about all of this.
    Stephen, thank you for your answer. I ate enough (probalby too much) during my pregnancy. I added a quick 60 pounds and never lost it. Also, I haven't had anything to drink for 8 years and even before then was only a social drinker. I read where a woman can develop liver disease when she is pregnant that is treated by delivering the baby. Can I have a liver disease for 6 years related to my previous pregnancy?

    • ANSWER:
      During the time you were carrying your baby, did you maintain enough caloric intake for you and the fetus? Did you have an obstetrics doc that you saw on a regular basis? I am asking this only to rule out a condition called hobnail liver. During the time that you were pregnant you maintained enough caloric intake for you as well as a developing fetus,is that correct? I am also assuming that you did not drink alcohol during this time? I don't believe that micro vesicular steatosis is the correct diagnosis. Have you maintained adequate nutrition these past 6 years? Hobnail liver disease is usually caused by degenerative liver disease which is accompanied by fatty changes,fibrous scarring and nodular degeneration. The course of the disease is usually seen in chronic cases of malnutrition and or alcoholism. I want to make it perfectly clear that I do not believe that you are an alcoholic, it;s just one of the causes of hobnails liver syndrome. People who don't drink can develop cirrhosis. I think there is a correlation of how your food is broken down because of the pregnancy which caused this phenomenon. Why don't you approach your physician with this probability?

  13. QUESTION:
    Wiil husband medication can have effect in pregnancy planning?
    My wife want to conceive. She is not on any medication. But I had non alcoholic fatty liver problem and non ulcer dyspepsia for lat 6 months. It is under control. I just stopped medication ("URSECTOR 300MG - URSODEOXYCHOLIC ACID TABLETS" AND Morease SR for irritable bowl syndrome)

    Just want to know can we plan for our child now?

    • ANSWER:
      I don't think these drugs will effect on pregnancy
      u can safely plan

  14. QUESTION:
    What medical conditions could possibly cause a false negative pregnancy test? Please read!!?
    I was wondering if anyone knows about what medical conditions could possibly cause a false negative pregnancy test? I have fatty liver caused by a past Hep C infection. I was wondering if that may result in a false negative on a pregnancy test? I feel just like I did when I was pregnant before and I havent had a period since August 1st. I took many HPTS and all are negative. I also had 1 blood test last week. also negative. It sounds silly but I have heard of and known so many women who dont ever get a positive even when they really are pregnant. I have gained several pounds and cant almost not fit into some of my clothes anymore just since I missed my period earlier this month. I have cramped alot but still dont start! Im not sure if its my hormones out of balance. My dr. checked that too and said that they were within normal range. I am going to another dr soon to see if they can retest my hormones and for pregnancy. I know something is unsual but Im really confused. Please help me if you have any adivce. I would appreciate SERIOUS answers ONLY!!!!! Thank you.
    Thank you all for your replies . Also for the link to the website. I will definitley have a look in just a short while. Thank you again.

    • ANSWER:
      At this point, you should perhaps ask for an ultrasound to confirm that you are NOT pregnant. I assume that with the fatty liver that you are taking medications, which is why it's important to know one way or the other.

      There are some rare medical conditions that can cause a false negative, but there are others that are just a mystery.

  15. QUESTION:
    Has anyone consumed Cod liver oil capsules in Pregnancy? I am confused, pls help.?
    My doctor prescribed them to me yesterday but out of curosity I checked the Internet and found no evidence where the expectatnt mothers are deriving any suggested benefits from it. I know they are good source of Omega 3 fatty acids and Vitamin E and DHA. But even FDA does not recommend any recommended daily diet of them. Some researchers also say they should not be taken during pregnancy! I am very confsued by all these researches and will ask my Gynaec soon but by that time i want to find out if anyone of you has any experience in this field.
    I am in my 22nd wek of pregnancy.

    • ANSWER:
      I took them during my pregnancy and had no problems. They are not approved by the FDA because the FDA does not approve what they consider health food supplements. Some research disapproves because ingesting fish with mercury can lead to high levels of mercury in your system, which can lead to poisoning. I don;t think that the cod liver oil contains mercury, and if it does, it's a small amount. You may just want to watch how much other fish (like tuna) you are ingesting. All in all, taking it has pointed to being beneficial.

  16. QUESTION:
    Im going to a liver specialist - can any one help me with what may be wrong?
    Hi there i have recently just had a baby and in my pregnancy they found that my liver function test came back high

    in order
    ALP GGT ALT ALB TP
    209 42 40 37 63
    246 45 40 36 63
    220 33 32 34 59
    257 31 27 34 62
    168 34 34 42 68
    216 98 89 41 72

    these are blood results that i have had done since the start of march, i am scared as in to what they might want to do. i would like to know if anyone has any theories in what could be wrong. i am 23 female not over weight dont have hep A B or C no fatty liver and it is not inflamed.
    thanks for you time regards Kylie

    • ANSWER:
      Alkaline Phosphatase (ALP) is present in all tissues throughout
      the entire body. But it is mostly in the liver, bile ducts,
      kidney, bone, and placenta.

      ALP is significantly higher in children (because of bone growth) and
      in pregnant women.

      However, the bile ducts could have an infection or
      a growth, blockage, or a malformation where the bile isn't
      flowing well to the intestines. Or this could be a bone
      density problem where you may be starting toward
      osteopenia or osteoporosis.

      This is really hard to say with just these lab tests results.
      It would take film testing like an ultrasound or Ct scan
      to reveal more.

      The only thing that really stands out to me is the ALP
      and maybe the ALT last reading of 89.

      ALT is a liver enzymes that the liver cells make.
      But it is just mild to moderately high. Considering you
      just had a baby and are healing...I don't believe this is very
      unusual.

      I would give it time and have more blood testing
      done and see if these levels maybe return to normal
      range.

  17. 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.

  18. QUESTION:
    I had complications with the last month of my pregnancy and after my daughter was born....?
    what is your opinion on me having another child? I had pre-eclampsia, severe blood loss that resulted in a transfusion, kidney infection (I know that's pretty normal, though), fatty liver, enlarged spleen and severe tachachardia-rapid heart rate. My doctor says there is probably only a 10% chance of that happening again-what's your opinion/experience?

    • ANSWER:
      My neighbor had similar problems when she gave birth. Her son is now 11 and she never had another baby.

      If you doctor says there's only a 10% chance, then I might consider another baby. I've never head of someone having a kidney infection, btw.

  19. QUESTION:
    What is really going on in my body, and do I have a baby or babies inside me?
    3 Drs., 3 neg. urine pregnancy tests, ultrasound with no abnormalities but small amount of fatty liver. Last period, end of Sept. and occassionally a very small amount of spotting. I feel baby or babies moving. I first felt flutters, then like something rolling, and now rolling and kicks. I have gained 35 lbs. and very swollen and rounded from my breast down and around. There is soreness and now lower abdominal cramps. Breast tenderness, frequent urination, daily indigestion, occassional nausea,headaches, leg cramps, backaches and tiredness. I feel movement in four different areas. Th Dr. ordered a ct scan, but I could not go through with it, because of possible danger to my baby or babies. I bought over the counter prenatal vitamins. I can't get any answers, but I believe I am pergnant. Everyone else says I am pregnant but the doctors. Can anyone please give input?

    • ANSWER:
      That doesn't sound like pregnancy. An ultrasound would have picked that up, even very, very early.

      It does sound like 'false pregnancy,' though:

      "The symptoms of pseudocyesis are similar to the symptoms of true pregnancy and are often hard to distinguish from such natural signs as amenorrhoea, morning sickness, tender breasts, and weight gain may all be present. Many health care professionals can be deceived by the symptoms associated with pseudocyesis. Research shows that 18% of women with pseudocyesis were at one time diagnosed as pregnant by medical professionals.

      The hallmark sign of pseudocyesis that is common to all cases is that the affected patient is convinced that she is pregnant. Abdominal distension is the most common physical symptom of pseudocyesis (60– 90%). The abdomen expands in the same manner as it does during pregnancy, so that the affected woman looks pregnant. This phenomenon is thought to be caused by buildup of gas, fat, feces, or urine. These symptoms often resolve under general anesthesia and the woman's abdomen returns to its normal size.

      The second most common physical sign of pseudocyesis is menstrual irregularity (50–90%). Women are also reported to experience the sensation of fetal movements known as quickening (medical), even though there is no fetus present (50%-75%).Other common signs and symptoms include: gastrointestinal symptoms, breast changes or secretions, labor pains, uterine enlargement, and softening of the cervix. One percent of women eventually experience false labour."

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_pregnancy

  20. QUESTION:
    Need legal advise. My daughter lost full term baby and almost died herself. Her dr. did nothing about symtom?
    The last couple of weeks of my daughters pregnancy she was very sick. Vomiting, weak, constant thirst, pain, she had all symtoms of acute fatty liver of pregnancy. She told her obgyn and the dr. did nothing. My daughter went to emergency room and called labor and delivery several times and was told not to come unless in labor. She told her obgyn on her appts. and the doctor did no tests. Said everything was fine. That the baby was healthy.. Even thou two days before she lost the baby she had a bad stress test and was told she would be admitted. The did another one. and a third one and said everything was fine and sent her home. My daughter lost her full term baby boy and almost died herself. She was in icu for several days. If wasnt for the dr. on call noticing something wrong during labor and checking her symtoms in reference materials she would be dead too. Can anyone give us any legal advise.. Autoposy showed the placenta was 60% dead. obviously everything wasnt fine. She felt baby moving when she was at the hospital. The nurses call said it was unusual to have the baby heartbeat in same rythm as mother. The nurses called dr. on call two hrs later and baby had passed. She had to deliver her stillborn baby naturally.

    • ANSWER:
      Call a lawyer.

      The one thing you got working against you is if the doctor did not see her, there is no documentation she tried to see him. If the ER noted they tried to call him at least you got that. The first thing a lawyer will try to do is grab copies of as much paperwork as he can, specially from the doctor's office to see if they log in calls.

      That is what she should do if she will fee better with money. If she wants the doctor to be punished she should contract the state medical board and complain about his care. They can do an investigation and if he did not meet standard of care, they will say so.

  21. QUESTION:
    Severe nausea in third trimester. Nothing helps?
    I have had severe nausea over the past two weeks. At first I only suffered from the nausea at night, but now I am suffering from it all day. Nothing I do helps. Laying on my left side seems to make it worse. I read some where about Acute Fatty Liver of Pregnancy, which scared me. This is my second, according to my OB I am 33 weeks pregnant, though my husband and I are certain we are 34 to 35 weeks pregnant. Called OB office but no response thus far....any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Talk to your Doctor, they can help in alot of ways. Sometimes nausea happens and yes it sucks. before you take any thing talk to your doctor. Visit your doctor it is the most important thing you can do at the moment. He will give you something to help you unless he advises not to take meds.

      Best thing is to make an apointment as soon as you can.

  22. QUESTION:
    My liver reading keeps coming back abnormal i am 36wks pregnant?
    its been happening since my last pregnancy. i gave birth last year in april and my liver readings were abnormal/off the charts throughout that pregnancy. now i dont know if they were still like this inbetween the two pregnancies cos iv never needed to get any tests or anything done during that time. but now they are worried i could maybe have liver cancer. i just found out from my midwife one of the things showing up is excessive bile. its not diabetes as those tests came back negative. any other suggestions other then blimn cancer ppl please? i have to see a gastreonologist specialist. sorry dont know how to write that word, within couple wks to be tested for cancer. im pretty worried. i have had a bad diet throughout this pregnancy alot of fatty takeaways n im now 30kgs overweight cos of it. could tht maybe have somethn to do with it. also i dont drink alcahol regardless of being pregnant or not n i do have gallstones aswell. will be havn gall bladder removed after babys born.

    • ANSWER:

  23. QUESTION:
    what is the daily dosage of Vitamin A my wife should take during pregnancy? please help?
    Hi...my wife she's pregnant, she's in the 17th week now...she has twins too.

    Doctor told her to avoid completely eating chicken liver & fatty foods but allow her to eat a lot of other foods including salads, fruits & drinking low fat milk.

    But we noticed that low fat milk contains vitamin A (i think the 2000 IU) .
    My question is:
    We need to know what is the daily dosage allowed for pregnant to take about vitamin A especially cause i knew from the net that exceeding the dosage (which we don't know how mush) may cause health problems for our babies.
    Thanks in advance. ^_^

    • ANSWER:
      Your doctor will know the best so be sure to ask him/her for sure at your next OB appointment but if it was a huge concern our OB's would be telling us from the get go to avoid Vitamin A. Try going to a website such as babycenter.com and/or google and typing in "Vitamin A for a pregnant woman" and it should tell you the dosage she will need and if its important not to exceed a specific dosage. Best of luck to you!

  24. QUESTION:
    Celiac and Pregnancy, Crazy?
    Ok where do I start. For about 2 weeks I was experiencing some brown blood which I assumed to be my period? I finally came online and saw sometimes is could mean pregnancy but it means it's a tubal pregnancy or miscarriage. Thing is I had my period, just brown and occasionally only spots of red for almost three weeks! I let that go. I've been having sharp pains in my left and right sides and my stomach is hard as a rock and the area below the "gut" and above the vagina is hard(I've heard this is linked to pregnancy?) I've also had extreme bloating feelings and gas along with diarrhea. And as well as weird cravings and bursts of hunger, but when I eat about 15 min later prob not even I'm having sharp pains. These are all symptoms of pregnancy I'm sure we'll all agree. I've also researched some blogs with people who had the extreme bloating and sharp pains and 98% of them were pregnant.

    But, get this. My aunt was diagnosed with Celiac disease(gluten free diet, will eat away your small intestine)and it's hereditary but she doesn't even know who she could have got it from. Well let me just copy and paste symptoms I've found linked with it, I'll mark it with * If I have it.

    What are the symptoms of celiac disease?

    Symptoms of celiac disease vary from person to person. Symptoms may occur in the digestive system or in other parts of the body. Digestive symptoms are more common in infants and young children and may include

    abdominal bloating and pain *
    chronic diarrhea *
    vomiting *only just today but sick feelings I've ignored too
    constipation *NO*
    pale, foul-smelling, or fatty stool *NO*
    weight loss *NO, weight gain thats why i'm leaning toward pregnancy

    Adults are less likely to have digestive symptoms and may instead have one or more of the following:

    unexplained iron-deficiency anemia *NO*
    fatigue*NO*
    bone or joint pain *
    arthritis*NO*
    bone loss or osteoporosis
    depression or anxiety *OH YES*
    tingling numbness in the hands and feet *NO*
    seizures*NO*
    missed menstrual periods *Not sure yet, last one was brown
    infertility or recurrent miscarriage *Hope not
    canker sores inside the mouth *NO!*
    an itchy skin rash called dermatitis herpetiformis * NO*
    People with celiac disease may have no symptoms but can still develop complications of the disease over time. Long-term complications include malnutrition—which can lead to anemia, osteoporosis, and miscarriage, among other problems—liver diseases, and cancers of the intestine.

    Also, Celiac disease is both a disease of malabsorption—meaning nutrients are not absorbed properly—and an abnormal immune reaction to gluten. Celiac disease is also known as celiac sprue, non-tropical sprue, and gluten-sensitive enteropathy. Celiac disease is genetic, meaning it runs in families*MY AUNT*
    Sometimes the disease is triggered—or becomes active for the first time—after surgery, pregnancy*wow it can become apparent during pregnancy*, childbirth, viral infection, or severe emotional stress*I've been crying excessively and have been real sensitive*

    Forgot to also say something important. My period finally completely stopped yesterday but now, I'm having excessive urinating and just this morning i got morning sickness.
    OK so my point of showing you all this was I'm thinking, would I be pregnant AND starting to react to Celiac?? PLease someone research this. I would go to the doctor but I just got insurance a few days ago and it's not active til Jan 14. I just wanna research this so I can go into the doctor's telling them exactly what is wrong. Question is though, should I go to the Gynecologist or my regular Physician???

    • ANSWER:
      Go to your gp. They will do a blood test for pregnancy, and you will get your answer about that very soon.
      Then, tell him or her that your aunt was diagnosed with celiac and you would like a screening test should your pregnancy test come back negative.
      You can have active celiac with little to no symptoms. My symptoms were very, very mild anemia (low normal) and migraines with the occasional stomach ache. Pregnancy is probably what triggered my celiac.

      Your Aunt got celiac from her mother and father, it is as simple as that. Her parents were carriers and gave her the genes, she had something trigger it, just like I did, just like everyone who has celiac has happen to them. Since it runs in your family, please be aware of the signs and symptoms of childhood celiac.
      Good luck!

  25. QUESTION:
    My Fiancé throws up everyday and no doctor can find out why. Please help!?
    No doctor can find out why my fiance is throwing up everyday. Conceived our child in Sept 05 and was diagnosed with severe hyperemesis from pregnancy & was prescribed everything you can think of for vomiting such as Prilasec, Phenergan, Benadryl, Zofran, Reglan. Meds were tried in a combination & individually & nothing has worked. After the pregnancy the nausea and vomiting is still present and its been almost a year after birth. She is neaseated 50% of the time. Been to a nutritionist & modifications to diet and portion control, time of meals has been done. Been to gastro-intestinal doctor and they found nothing, doctors done a complete blood work up, ultrasounds & everything is normal, gallstone, pancriatitis, gastric reflux, problems with esophagus and digestive track, fatty liver, kidney problems are not present. She has lost three jobs because of this condition and in the process of filing for social security disability. Please do no suggest anything that has already been listed.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Boi 757

      Im sure she is feeding the body bad energy for one by focusing on the negative, instead of the positive. Have her read this and do one or all of the ideas below. Here is a list of steps I would do. Just doing one could change her health.

      ANY Action is the key. Here is what I would do:

      1. The 1st thing to do is write a list of all the things your thankful for in life and starting with your health. I want her to write a few paragraphs on how beautiful and healthy she feels every day! This is very important, so you're brain/body starts to heal itself immediately by programing your cells positivity. What you focus on will persist! If you focus on negative then you attract more negative. The same goes for positive. Write out your perfect day in detail on your health. Include your family, health, money, friends, job, ect. I want her to write exactly what you want and be excited when you write it! This is important! Just a change of attitude will start healing her. The body breaks down when people are not balanced and usually because they are not grateful for the things they currently have. Writing is a very powerful tool and take this serious. Place it where you can see it and FEEL the love and power in the letter and the energy surrounding you.

      2. Are you drinking a gallon of distilled water a day? I do this daily and add some lemon to it (mornings) because it stimulates the liver which creates more bile for healing and even helps lose weight. I cannot stress enough the importance of drinking water. This is the most important physical item we americans dont understand (or act ignorant about). Just by doing this can change everything!

      3. You need to get a juicer (powerjuicer.com has the best value) right away. You need to be juicing for nutrition and on a juice fast for 7 days or More. Healing the body starts with feeding good enzymes and this is the 1st step with nutrition. There is a great program on healmarketplace.com called "The Incurables" and is a 30-45 day program. The program also consists of doing a colon, liver, and kidney cleanses to help the organs get back to their true selves, so they can help heal the body. Ridding of toxins is the key and these main organs know how to do that. When you let the body rest from digesting processed foods and instead feed it nutrition: "The body will heal itself, all it needs is some assistance". This is what you need to do to truely get back to your healthy self.

      4. Pain issues are another sign the body is unbalanced. Hydrotherapy can start the healing very quickly. This process has been around for thousands of years and can heal exclusively if done consisently. Using hot and cold water to stimulate new blood cells in the diseased areas of the body. Another idea for pain is Deep tissue oil from healmarketplace.com. I have people raving about this herbal concoction all the time.

      5. You need yourself metally and emotionaly balanced as I mentioned in the 1st paragraph. Do you live with emotions on your sleeve? Feeling guilty, stressed just because, depressed, ect. You must find the love in the world and it's everywhere. We are all connected and be appreciative of all the positive and negative situations in your life. Even the so called negatives are teaching our souls to act and be sure to look for the good in everything.

      6. Energy healing is very beneficial. From Pranic to Reiki are very effective on moving diseased energy out of the body. Everything is made up of energy (even scientists agree to this), so why cant we change out energy to be healthy consistantly.

      I know this is probably overwelming info here, but reaching out to people is a great step on deciding you've been sick long enough and you're ready to take control of your life/health. Do something different (acupunture, chiro, swimming, or run around the block naked!). Change your patterns and the body will start to heal. Be grateful for what you have in life and you'll have more of it.

      Best of health to you

  26. QUESTION:
    Advice about abdomen pain.?
    I have been having sharp pains in my abdomen.. mostly on my right side but sometimes also on my left. I have already been to the ER and I am cleared of appendicitis, cysts, etc anything that is urgent. IBS isn't likely, I don't think, because the ONLY symptoms I have are pain, nausea, and vomiting. Pregnancy and STDS have also been ruled out. I was thinking possible endometriosis.. which scares me, but everyone is saying it would not make me nauseous. Do any women out there have any advice? I have to wait 2 weeks before I can get further tested.. that's when I will obtain real health insurance (My current insurance is maxed out & sucks- I'm a recent college graduate ;/ )

    Oh yeah, and I'm a 23 year old thin female, with only a history of slightly elevated liver enzymes & possible a fatty liver. But my liver is currently fine, according to last week's cat scan.

    The waiting game is just stressing me out.. and I'd like some advice.

    Thank you ladies!

    • ANSWER:
      It could be IBS, the only way to know is to see a gasroenterologist. (I probably spelled that wrong lol) But I had a similar problem, the ER kept saying "nothing is wrong" I finally saw a gastro. and was tested for celiac's disease, but it turned out to be IBS. (IBS is stress induced also, so they say)

  27. QUESTION:
    Health Homework help please!! 10 pts to who ever helps the most!?
    This is going to be long, but i'm stressed out about it!

    Here are the words we are allowed to use
    Medicine
    Spontaneous
    Post-traumatic stress
    Antitoxins
    Scar tissue
    STDS
    Empathy
    Misuse
    DT’s
    Heroin
    Ovum
    Abuse
    Hardy
    Inherited
    Placenta
    Suspiciousness
    Euphoria
    Assertive
    OCT
    Miscarriage
    Ethanol
    Adipose tissue
    Accidents
    Lower-level
    Intoxication
    Still birth
    Dentist’s
    Excuses
    Smoking
    Reduce
    Cervix
    Gateway
    Physician’s
    Pituitary gland
    Overdoes

    These are the questions:

    31. the type of alcohol found in alcoholic beverages is called _____

    32.______ is delivered after the child

    34. the ______ is considered the neck of the womb

    36. a miscarriage is considered a(n) _____abortion

    37.as a result of alchol consumption, cirrhosis causes ______ to replace healthy tissue in the liver

    38.______ is a physical and mental impairment because of alchol use

    39. _______are dramatic symptons as a result of withdrawal from alchol addiction

    40.fatty liver is a condition in which ______ builds up

    42. _____are the #1 killer of children

    43. _______ is the acronym for a syndrome that perdominantly occurs in infants

    45.a(n) _____ is any drug that leads to the user to more serious use and abuse of dangerous drugs

    46.______ is a strong or fatal reaction to drugs

    48.feelings of intense well being followed by a complete letdown describes _____

    49. paranoia is irrational _____ or distrust of others

    51.the controlled substances act classifies medicines according to their use and potential for _____

    52. _____ medicines do not require a doctor's written approval

    53. prescreption medicines cannot be used safely without a(n) ____written approval

    55._____ during pregnancy causes both mother and fetus to have
    reduced oxygen levels

    56. extracts of blood fluids that contains antibodies are called_____

    58. a spontaneous abortion, in which the female expels the embryo or fetus, is referred to as a ______

    59.Ovulation is the process of releasing one mature _____a month

    there are more for this word bank but just these (or some will help) PLEASE!!!!
    This is half a semester of stuff and its stressing me out because i've been trying and its due tomorrow and i still need to study for a hard bio test tomorrow!

    • ANSWER:
      can' believe how rude some people r. God she is just asking for help!! if u ca't help then dont respond!!

      So
      53. physicians
      31. ethanol
      46. overdose
      58. misscarrage

      other than that good luck!! and a dictionary might help!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • ANSWER:

  29. QUESTION:
    do you know what this could be? should i be worried?
    in nov. i had my period for like two days and it was painful and heavy ttheni started get bad stomach pains throwing up change in appite i have gained and lost weight like crazy iget pains all over my belly so i went to the doctors and took a urine test, no trace of pregnancy hormon so they did an ultra sound but only on my stomach area and those organs they beleive i have a fatty liver so they didnt go past my belly button but here it is end of feb. i have constint menatral like cramps only on mu laft side that ho down into my left leg and tonight i got extreme lower back pain that makes me want to vomit and cry its so bad i dont know what to do but i really dont want to go to the er tonight? any ideas should i take med. for the pain? help me please

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, I would recommend taking medicine for the pain to see if that helps. I would also recommend calling your gyn again (if you have one) tonight to let them know what's going on.

  30. QUESTION:
    Please help me? Whats wrong with my health? Im 16?
    Ok im 16. Lately ive been getting really dizzy throughout the day. I noticed when i ate something it go better and stress making it worse. I have a nonalcoholic fatty liver so i hope nothing is going on. Its like i feel faint. I wake up with headaches. I feel irritable and have fatigue on and off not too bad tho. Im also peeing more than usual. Theres no chance im pregnant please help me what could this be? Me and my bf are worrying sick and im making an appointment with y doc. Thank you and also i check my blood sugar levels and they are normal? And ive also gained weight but i stopped birth control 2 months ago. Please anyone with these similar symptoms? Not much weight tho only like 6 pounds or so. And i know im not oregnant because i had sex august 9th. I took emergency contraseptive. I got my period august 24-28. I took a pregnancy test september first and it came out negtive and it had a sensativity of 25. Please what could be wrong with me? And i also feel like i have a cough and congestion.

    • ANSWER:
      since you already know that you have a fatty liver
      having a low fat diet is important.
      NO pizza, fried chicken, french fries, burgers.
      take fish oil supplement and weed thistle will help rejuvenate you.
      you will feel better

  31. QUESTION:
    anxiety, is this couvade syndrome?
    it all started when i suffer from acid reflux a few months back. i was hospitalized then so dr.s can check other problems, and they found out that i have fatty liver and tiny multiple polyps in my gallbladder. since then i am always looking after some symptoms of these problems. i always feel there is something wrong with me, i feel restless everytime, but i do always get a very good night sleep, however i always quesy all the time. i visited several doctors (cardio & gastro) and found nothing wrong in me except my reflux. i searched the internet and read about couvade syndrome. they said it occurs during the end of the 3rd month of pregnancy (my wife is pregnant) which happened to be my wife's end of her 3rd month when i was hospitalized. i read all the symptoms of couvade and i guess it's all happening to me, but i'm kind of worried because it is already my wife's 7th month and i didnt feel any progress. is anxiety part of of this syndrome? please help.

    • ANSWER:
      I wrote an article on this and it had some good info you might find helpful. I hope you feel better in the coming months.
      http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/688625/couvade_syndrome_sympathetic_pregnancy.html

  32. QUESTION:
    Am I pregnant or do I have PCOS? Please help me!!!!!!?
    Ok, here are my symptoms recently and I need some input. I am 2 weeks late for my period. In the past week alone, I have had a couple of cramping episodes. I cramped , had a backache and bloating. I thought for sure my period was coming. It still hasnt come. A few days ago, I cramped so bad, I took Midol and still didn't get my period. I am also feeling very weak, tired and nauseated(occasionally). I feel like my blood sugar is low or something. Here is the thing, I have long cycles sometimes(about 4 times a year). I will go like 45 days in between cycles during those months. the rest of the time, its like every 32 days. I am overweight and have fatty liver disease which could be contributing to the weight. Im not diabetic but diabetes does run in my family. anyways, to complicate matters, my husband says he doesnt want any more kids but he decided about 3 weeks ago one night to take off his condom! I know it doesnt make any sense. So now, I am wondering if I am pregnant or if I have PCOS. Has anyone had any similar experiences? If so, please tell me about it. I feel like I am losing my mind. Oh, by the way, I took a pregnancy test today and it was negative. Thanks for any help.

    • ANSWER:

  33. QUESTION:
    ttc and pcos and multiple health problems?
    this may be a long shot of a question but i am in need on some hope. has anyone every gotten pregnant with pcos and multiple health problems i will list mine below in case yall have any ideas of whether or not they will cause a big problem in concieving and having a healthy pregnancy. just wondering how hard it is with pcos and multiple health problems.

    pcos, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, hiatal hernia/acid reflux, hypothyroidism, recent kindey stone, fatty liver, wpw/ palpitations, sleep apnea, depression, and i think that is all the big ones

    • ANSWER:
      I have pcos and i have been trying for a year and a half after a miscarriage I say ask your doctor for clomid it will help with all your problems you may have a hard time conceiving

  34. QUESTION:
    When should I demeaned my doctor show me he has a brain?
    short and sweet 14 and younger skinny happy out going 15 had my first son gained lot of weight 3 years later lost all of it in less than a month no lie, still out going partying work school living life, 24 had my second kid and from day one of pregnancy i hated it, i gained lot of weight i couldn;t sleep, blurred vison, sick all through baby born nothing changed shes 5 years old now. i still and gaining more weight, still cant sleep, bi polar.thyroidd problems, high blood pressure and gases bad most of my weight seems to been in the bellyareaa and some days i can wear a 16 and other day s a 20 i have a fatty liver i have purplestretchh makes today but they change color, oh yeah i still have milk in myboobss and i never breast feed been 5 years i just want my life back i'm so sick of being sick and fat that im thinking about doing somethingdramaticc like stopeat t

    • ANSWER:

  35. QUESTION:
    Please help big health emergency? Im 16?
    Ok im 16. Lately ive been getting really dizzy throughout the day. I noticed when i ate something it go better and stress making it worse. I have a nonalcoholic fatty liver so i hope nothing is going on. Its like i feel faint. I wake up with headaches. I feel irritable and have fatigue on and off not too bad tho. Im also peeing more than usual. Theres no chance im pregnant please help me what could this be? Me and my bf are worrying sick and im making an appointment with y doc. Thank you and also i check my blood sugar levels and they are normal? And ive also gained weight but i stopped birth control 2 months ago. Please anyone with these similar symptoms? Not much weight tho only like 6 pounds or so. And im sure im not pregnant cause i got my period that was heavy and lasted about 4-5 days and i took a pregnancy test 4 days after my period that had a sesstivity of 25 and it came out negative. Please help me?

    • ANSWER:

  36. QUESTION:
    What could possibly be wrong with me? Please docot advice or any please?
    Ok im 16. Lately ive been getting really dizzy throughout the day. I noticed when i ate something it go better and stress making it worse. I have a nonalcoholic fatty liver so i hope nothing is going on. Its like i feel faint. I wake up with headaches. I feel irritable and have fatigue on and off not too bad tho. Im also peeing more than usual. Theres no chance im pregnant please help me what could this be? Me and my bf are worrying sick and im making an appointment with y doc. Thank you and also i check my blood sugar levels and they are normal? And ive also gained weight but i stopped birth control 2 months ago. Please anyone with these similar symptoms? Not much weight tho only like 6 pounds or so. And i know im not pregnant cause i had sex august 9th he didnt come in me an i took emergency contraseptive within the 72 hour limit. My last period was july 24th and i got my period on august 24th of this month. Then tody and threedays ago i took a pregnancy test and they both came out negative. Please help :'(

    • ANSWER:

  37. QUESTION:
    Help please! For health and i need help!?
    1. Which condition is best described when the ovaries shut down their production of eggs and hormones like estrogens and progesterone approximately 30 years after they started?
    labor
    menopause
    menses
    pregnancy

    2. Which organ made during pregnancy provides nutrients to and removes wastes from the fetus as well as producing hormones to help maintain the pregnancy?
    liver
    stomach
    spleen
    placenta

    3. What happens during the second stage of labor?
    expulsion of the placenta
    escape of the amniotic fluid
    delivery of the infant
    uterine contractions

    4. After how many weeks is an embryo known as a fetus?
    two
    four
    six
    eight

    5. Implantation is best described as which of the following?
    fusion of egg and sperm to form a zygote
    embedding of the young embryo in the uterine lining
    formation of basic body layers
    placenta completion and attachment

    6. What hormone is produced after ovulation by the corpus luteum of the ovary to continue the development of the inner lining of the uterus?
    progesterone
    thyroxine
    testosterone
    insulin

    7. What are the primary reproductive organs?
    the testes and ovaries
    the external genitalia in both sexes
    the testes and penis in males
    the breasts and vulva in females

    8. What test detects cancerous changes in cells of the uterus and cervix?
    mammorgram
    Pap smear
    BSE
    TSE

    9. Which of the following is a function of testosterone?
    increased fat deposits in thighs
    formation of eggs
    formation of breasts
    increased muscle and bone growth

    10. Which of the following is a function of estrogen?
    formation of sperm
    increased muscle development
    growth of the voice box
    increased fat deposits in thighs

    11. What is the inner lining of the uterus called?
    peritoneum
    endometrium
    perimetrium
    myometrium

    12. Which organ forms the corpus luteum?
    uterus
    ovary
    vagina
    uterine tubes

    13. Which of the following is NOT part of the vulva?
    mons pubis
    labia majora
    uterus
    clitoris

    14. Which organ produces estrogens?
    brain
    ovary
    pancreas
    thyroid

    15. Which of the following organs transports sperm from the epididymis?
    prostate
    bulbourethral glands (Cowper's glands)
    testes
    vas deferens (ductus deferens)

    16. In the monthly female cycle, what is the part that includes periods or monthly blood flow?
    fertilization
    menstruation
    ovulation
    implantation

    17. The male structure that corresponds to the female clitoris is which of the following since they both contain erectile tissue?
    penis
    prostate
    urethra
    testis

    18. Where does fertilization of an egg by sperm take place?
    uterine tube (Fallopian tube)
    ovary
    vestibular glands (Bartholin glands)
    uterus

    19. Where are sperm produced?
    vas deferens (ductus deferens)
    epididymis
    prostate gland
    testes

    20. Which tube-like structure can transport sperm and urine (but not at the same time)?
    urethra
    penis
    prostate gland
    vas deferens (ductus deferens)

    21. Where do sperm fully mature as they receive fructose to provide them energy to be able to use their tails to move?
    vas deferens (ductus deferens)
    epididymis
    prostate gland
    testes

    22. What causes an erection of the penis?
    contraction of muscles in the penis
    gubernaculum action
    blood entering the erectile tissue
    reaction of fatty tissue to hormones

    23. What sac-like structure holds the testes away from the body to keep them cool?
    scrotum
    epididymis
    prostate gland
    urethra

    • ANSWER:
      For heavens sake, Josh. If you're going to try to get someone to do your homework for you at least try to not make it blatantly obvious.

      Google the answers, it isn't difficult.

  38. QUESTION:
    Would this be heart symptoms or just in my head?
    My cholesterol is high (untreated for 8 to 10 years) and it ranges between 300 & 500 (That's total, not just the bad stuff). I am pre-diabetic (went diabetic 4 pregnancies but pulled out of it), and am having some borderline high blood pressure (ranges from 130/80 to 150/90). I'm about 25 lbs overweight and have been diagnosed with metabolic syndrome and fatty liver (a couple of years ago). That's the history.

    I decided to try and become more active and have started to use a treadmill. Since my hubby had a double bypass, I am trying to be wise and use a polar heart monitor. I found when my pulse gets to 135 I have a pulling in my jaw and at 140 my left shoulder (in front) feels BAD. I can't describe it but it is really bad, not painful but uncomfortable. Since using the heart monitor, I have found my pulse rarely goes under 100.

    Is this a profile? Do I need to see a doctor? We changed to a high deductible insurance this year and I don't want to waste a visit if this is just me being overly self-absorbed.

    • ANSWER:
      To start your cholesterol level is way too high. You also need a complete lipid profile to determine what your LDL and HDL values are--they are very important. The fact that you have high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome (pre-diabetic, at least as far as you know without an A1C glucose test), and are overweight makes you an excellent candidate for not only a heart attack but a stroke as well. It is definitely NOT a waste of money to have a complete check up and lab work if you care about yourself and your family. The doctor may want you on a statin drug and blood pressure medicine for starters. Go asap.

  39. QUESTION:
    Am I an alcoholic? Need advice from recovering or families of recovering...?
    Please before I start, only serious answers. I feel that I may need help and don't need negative feedback.

    I guess I'll start by saying that I've been drinking since I was about 14. And when I say drinking, I mean drinking until I am drunk and beyond. Even though I am a small woman, I could easily down 6-8 shots and a 12 pack within a 6 hour period and make the stupid decision to drive myself home...thinking that I was ok. And I know that I could have killed innocent people and not only hurt other families but my own. I know how stupid that was and knew it every time I would wake up and wonder how I possibly made it home.

    I have suffered from depression since I was a teenager and any medications my Dr. has prescribed to me has never helped. I have visited a counselor (my insurance said I had to visit her first and she would have to refer me to a psychiatrist if I needed it) and she said she felt I would be ok in life...which I don't know how she determined with 3 - 1/2 hour visits. I feel useless, unloved and depressed about 99% of the time. Alcoholism runs in my father's side of the family.

    I have caused major problems between my husband and myself and missed out a lot on my daughter's lives. I used the money my husband earned for us to pay bills to drink, causing us to lose our home and file bankruptcy. I was being selfish and stupid.

    What I want to know is, how you are "diagnosed" as an alcoholic. My family and I both feel that I have a problem, in fact my health is starting to show effects. I have now been diagnosed with fatty liver. I have 4 daughter's and our first son on the way, through the grace of God I have been able to remain sober through all of my pregnancies but everyday is a struggle. And as soon as I had my children, I was back at the bar standing in line for my drink. I've tried to tell myself and my family that I stay at home with the kids all week long so I deserve to enjoy myself on the weekend. When, in reality I'm hurting myself mentally, physically along with my family. I know it's not the right choice to make but I feel like the alcohol has a hold on me that I can't break.

    What can I do to stop? I have 2 months until my baby is due and I've already been thinking about how that drink is going to taste. I don't want to live my life this way. I want to be there for my children, sober.

    Please help, any advice is appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      I read up to your third sentence and didn't need to read more, I think you do have a problem with alcohol.
      I think you should go to an AA meeting (yes, it's cliche, but it works.)
      My dad has been sober for 15 years and still goes to his nightly meetings to help him. It's tough, but it's possible. Do it for your kids.
      As for being "diagnosed", well, I think just the fact that you wrote this and need to ask if you are is indicative enough. Being an alcoholic is merely that your drinking is prolonged and excessive, which I think you can clearly see that it is. You drink to get messed up, you don't drink to just get a bit jovial and experience the range of tastes, etc. I know what it's like, I had a problem with drinking just after I started when I was 17. I've stopped since, but I understand how hard it can be, in the depressive rut. :( I'm sorry hun. But treat this as you would any illness or disease, because that is what it is. You need a support network and some treatment, ASAP.

  40. QUESTION:
    Do you ever wonder How is alcohol legal? Cannabis VS alcohol?
    Alcohol------1. Alcohol is a depressant. Excessive alcohol use increases the risk of a number of diseases: fatty degeneration of the liver, infection of the liver, liver cirrhosis ( More ) , sleeping disorders, sexual problems, infection of the esophagus, infection of the stomach, infection of the pancreas, premature dementia, varying from a reduction of memory to the serious syndrome of Korsakoff; cancer of the mouth, throat, larynx, intestines and breasts; hypertension and heart problems. Alcohol is also damaging during pregnancy. Also alcohol takes its toll in traffic.

    Alcohol plays an important role in aggression. 40% of all incidents involving aggression occur while under the influence of alcohol. The police spend 22% of their time on cases involving alcohol. Violence on the streets and domestic violence while under the influence of alcohol happen often.

    Also at work, alcohol has big consequences. 13% of all employees on sick leave have alcohol problems. Employees with alcohol problems produce at least 10% less work than their colleagues.

    Alcohol can make people irresponsible; for example, getting pregnant in circumstances where they are not able to care for a child.

    Cannabis - Contributors weigh in with the following:

    * The definitive study of the long-term health effects of marijuana to date was done by Kaiser Permanente. They surveyed the health records of 65,000 patients over a long period of time. They found no significant differences in the health records of pot smokers versus people who did not smoke pot. See http://www.druglibrary.org/crl/aging/sidney-01.html

    Read more: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_bad_is_marijuana_for_you#ixzz1ROFKYwVS

    I hate when people assume, dont answer unless you have researched and or clicked on the link...

    • ANSWER:
      Nope.
      Simple answer - alcohol and cigarettes are legal because the government gain a lot of money through tax
      They don't care about the nation's health - al they care about is getting money from the people

  41. QUESTION:
    Why isn't my wife loosing the weight she gained when she was pregnant?
    Our baby is almost 2 years old and she still hasn't lost the weight. In fact, she weighs more now than she did before and during the pregnancy. Doctors thought it was water retention and medicated her appropriately. That avenue did not help. (It appears that most of the weight gain is water and not so much pure fatty tissue.) She has had ultrasounds done to look at her liver and gall bladder and nothing adverse was found. She tries to exercise when she does not hurt. We even tried the NoDiet program (the one heard on the radio that you take a teaspoon of liquid protein at night) and that did nothing to help her. She is on some medications for back injuries and was on medication for high blood pressure. Her blood pressure is still higher than she would like, yet I am not sure if that effects her inability to loose the weight. But we are not certain if those medications are interfering with the apparent inability to loose weight. The only other avenue to look into is her diet, but we are not sure how to make that better so my wife can begin to loose the weight.

    • ANSWER:
      Come up with a diet and exercise plan, and stick with it! If she still does not lose weight on a strict plan (no cheating!) then something is probably wrong. Try figuring out how many calories she eats per day for a week, then lower that by around 200-400 per week, not going below 1200-1500 calories a day. Exercise should be stuck to at all times, and may actually decrease her pain in the long run. Even walking 30-60 minutes a day would work. Make sure her calories are coming from the right place...low fat, plenty of nutrients. Also, her weight could definitely cause high blood pressure if it's too high.

      Not to take a jab at her, but some women will think it's ok to eat the same as in pregnancy, to let themselves heal. While this is fine during nursing, once baby isn't taking any of that food, the mother actually doesn't need as much as 800 calories of what she needed to eat to let baby grow before. Another dangerous mind trap is the "baby weight" thinking, that it's fine to have extra pounds keep going on once you're a mother, since it can easily be blown off as pregnancy pounds. Stick by your wife and help her any way she needs you to!

  42. QUESTION:
    do you know what this could be? should i be worried?
    in nov. i had my period for like two days and it was painful and heavy ttheni started get bad stomach pains throwing up change in appite i have gained and lost weight like crazy iget pains all over my belly so i went to the doctors and took a urine test, no trace of pregnancy hormon so they did an ultra sound but only on my stomach area and those organs they beleive i have a fatty liver so they didnt go past my belly button but here it is end of feb. i have constint menatral like cramps only on mu laft side that ho down into my left leg and tonight i got extreme lower back pain that makes me want to vomit and cry its so bad i dont know what to do but i really dont want to go to the er tonight? any ideas should i take med. for the pain? help me please

    • ANSWER:
      This need to be taken care of at the doctor. Your doctor should get down to the bottom of what is bothering you.

      I would take some aleve or advil for your cramps for the time being. Drink lots of warm water and put a warm compress on where ever you are feeling pain. Try to relax till you can go see your regular doctor.


Symptoms Of Non Alcoholic Fatty 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:
    Thyroid problem.... ?
    About 4 years ago, I was diagnosed with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Since then, I've suffered with symptoms that aren't related to the disease (I think)

    Throughout the day, one side of my body will be cold and clammy and the other side will be warm and dry (then an hour later, the dry side will become clammy.) I've had trouble sleeping, lack of energy and I've gained weight in my middle section despite eating healthily, etc.

    My mother has a thyroid problem so I was thinking maybe I have an underactive thyroid (which could explain my liver problem) or a problem with my central nervous system?

    Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Geez, go to the doctor. They can tell you if it's your thyroid with a simple blood test.

      No one here is a doctor and no one in their right mind will diagnose you over the internet.


Symptoms Of Non Alcoholic Fatty 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:
    Thyroid problem.... ?
    About 4 years ago, I was diagnosed with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Since then, I've suffered with symptoms that aren't related to the disease (I think)

    Throughout the day, one side of my body will be cold and clammy and the other side will be warm and dry (then an hour later, the dry side will become clammy.) I've had trouble sleeping, lack of energy and I've gained weight in my middle section despite eating healthily, etc.

    My mother has a thyroid problem so I was thinking maybe I have an underactive thyroid (which could explain my liver problem) or a problem with my central nervous system?

    Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Geez, go to the doctor. They can tell you if it's your thyroid with a simple blood test.

      No one here is a doctor and no one in their right mind will diagnose you over the internet.


Fatty Liver Abdominal Pain

Stomach Ulcers: Symptoms, Causes and Treatments
Many complain about having stomach pains as a result of having stomach ulcers. There are various causes and symptoms. Fortunately, there are holistic treatments that can offer relief.

A bacteria called Helicobacter Pylori is the cause of 80 to 90 percent of all ulcers. Stomach ulcers can also be caused by a deterioration of the mucosal lining of the stomach that protects the stomach from acid. Other causes of stomach ulcers are excess acid production, the overuse of medications like aspirin, and smoking. Genetic predisposition and stress are factors in the development of ulcers. The use of certain medications, such as the overuse of aspirin, can aggravate stomach ulcers.

Symptoms can mimic other disorders. The burning feeling in the upper abdomen caused by stomach ulcers can be mistaken for heartburn. The amount of pain and the time of the pain varies with the individual. Loss of appetite and weight loss are also common side effects. Further symptoms are vomiting and bloody stool.
There are many pharmacological treatments on the market to treat them. A bacterial stomach ulcer is often treated by antibiotics. What you may not know, is that there are many natural remedies that treat stomach ulcers very effectively. Of course, if you smoke, or take excess aspirin or other ulcer causing medicine, the first step is to cut the aggravating substance from your diet. Then you can fight the ulcers with the following home remedies:

1. Add licorice to your diet. It is an anti-inflammatory agent and it will help reduce stomach acid and support the stomach lining. Chew deglycyrrhizinated licorice before eating and at bedtime.

2. Take 25 to 50 mg of zinc to aid in healing.

3. Use vitamins that support the lining of your stomach such as Vitamin A and beta-carotene.

4. Add bananas to your diet. This is an easy and natural way to soothe your stomach.

5. Increase fiber in your diet to prevent the development of some types of ulcers.

6. Use herbs such as slipper elm and golden seal root to reduce inflammation and fight bacteria.

7. Evaluate your diet to determine if you should eliminate unhealthy eating habits. Excessive fried foods are not good for anyone. If you are predisposed to stomach ulcers, you will want to cut out possible exacerbating foods.

8. Try relaxation techniques. Some tests indicate that the use of acupuncture, yoga, meditation, and massage helps the body to heal itself when you have ulcers.

By understanding the causes and symptoms of stomach ulcers, you will be prepared to combat the root of the problem and deal with the aggravating symptoms. Remember that stomach ulcers are nothing to ignore. Severe bleeding and the development of worse conditions can result from letting them go. Fortunately, there are natural, inexpensive, and easy ways to treat stomach ulcers.