Effects Of Alcohol

Benefits of Being Assertive
Benefits of Being Assertive Are we assertive or aggressive? People at times tend to confuse one with the other, since both have the same objective – stand up to your rights and make known your needs. However, there's a thin line of difference between the two. Assertiveness is achieving your objective without antagonizing the other people. Assertive people will try to express themselves in ways that show respect for the others. They go out of their way to resolve the issue with a win-win compromise. Agressive People Create Conflicts Aggressive people, on the other hand, will be brusque and harsh in their dealings. They will not care about the feelings and sentiments of others. They will use all means to get what they want, regardless of any resulting negative effects it may have on people. They are insensitive to the feelings of others and will create conflicts, if necessary. When It's Hard to Differentiate Between being Assertive and Agressive When you are personally involved in an encounter, it is hard to differentiate between being assertive and aggressive.

The better approach may be to take a step back, try to stay calm and review the incident objectively. Try to avoid altercations. A cool head and calm disposition may produce more satisfactory results than battling it out. There are a lot of benefits that can be gleaned from being assertive. Benefits from being Assertive There is less stress and tension among the concerned parties. They are able to communicate sensibly and work out equitable resolutions to the problems. In the course of discussing the issues and alternate solutions, they may be able to help others get their needs met too. They see clearly the salient points of each person. Respect for each person's opinion is demonstrated and accepted by everyone.

There is a great deal of harmonious relationships interacting between everyone and everyone tries their best to work out a win-win solution. Your body functions are not stressed nor overworked. Normally, when cooler heads prevail, they are able to resolve things faster and with fairness to everyone. The time is spent more productively and people can get to their other work duties with more expediency. Heated arguments can increase your blood pressure significantly and cause sudden heart attacks or strokes. An outburst could result in insulting and abusive remarks which you might regret having said later on. If there is no solution in sight, people may result to physical violence and cause harm to one another.

You should try to talk to the other person in a calm resolute manner. Don't try to impose yourself on the person. Back away if the person starts getting agitated and wait a few minutes for everything to settle down. Show your concern for the moment and display a sympathetic disposition. Take control of the situation in an authoritative and firm manner but don't boss your way around. You gain self-confidence and self-esteem. People respect you for the way you handle things. There is a lot more plus factors in being assertive rather than aggressive. Keep calm under pressure. Demonstrate a cool disposition and loosen up. People will notice your stance and may imitate your behavior unconsciously. Having everyone in a relaxed atmosphere is a good start to begin realizing those benefits.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Alcohol and the effects on the body?
    I’m doing a project on alcohol and its effects on the brain, the heart, the muscles and the body. What are symptoms of alcohol poisoning? Why do people drink so much? What are long term and short term effects alcohol has on your bodily functions? What about a small amount of alcohol; is that good or bad for your body? I’m also looking for pictures, diagrams, anything, really.

    • ANSWER:
      That’s a lot of different questions to answer and they can be pretty long. I’ll suggest some articles you can read to find your answers because there’s not point in me reinventing the wheel.

      Effects of alcohol article: http://www.alcoholtreatmentclinics.com/effects-of-alcohol/

      What is Alcoholism:

      http://www.alcoholtreatmentclinics.com/what-is-alcoholism/

      Alcohol Poisoning: This article is on a specific type of Alcohol poisoning. Don’t let that intimidate you. Alcohol poisoning is Alcohol poising but there are different types depending on the type of alcohol you ingest and their effects and severity thereof vary as well. This article is about the deadly effects drinking Rubbing Alcohol which some alcoholic will do if they are desperate.

      http://www.alcoholtreatmentclinics.com/isopropal-alcohol-ingestion/

  2. QUESTION:
    What are the long term health effects alcohol will have on a 14 year old boy?
    I’ve only drank twice and I’m not sure if I was exactly drunk but it definitely did something. Don’t try to lecture me on how it’s illegal and whatnot. I honestly could care less about that. I just want to know the exact health effects of drinking at 14, the age I am at. And don’t judge me, some people drink very early and some drink very late. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I’m not gonna lecture you, like you requested but I will say this. I have been working in the ER for 4 years now and it breaks my heart when a young life comes in through those doors with their bodies intoxicated with alcohol. Not only does it reek havoc on your liver (AKA Serisis of the liver) And the Chemicals in your brain get all rearranged. (AKA you will stunt your genius) most kids don’t do good in school. Alcohol causes drowsiness, agitation, nausea, bleeding at urination, impaired thinking/judgement, no drivers license for you, stunts your growth, make you more prone to cancer. In fact if your gonna start drinking at 14 then I predict you will probably develop some sort of medical condition in your early 20′s (if not liver cancer)
      Good luck in life, hopefully you do the right thing and don’t mess with your health. Your health is the only thing that will make you succeed in life. A healthy body and mind can do anything in this life. God Bless you!

  3. QUESTION:
    long term effects on the brain by alcohol?
    what are some basic effects alcohol has Permanently on the brain of a heavy or casual drinker? ive heard most alcoholics have a change in behavior even if there sober, why is this?

    • ANSWER:
      Hunh?
      wahts a briarn!@

  4. QUESTION:
    What are five effects alcohol has on the body’s nervous system?
    something along the lines of motor skills.

    • ANSWER:
      An enhanced experience of the world spinning.

  5. QUESTION:
    Where can I get the best information of drug and alcohol effects both physically and psychologically?
    I am doing a paper on the short and long term effects of drugs and alcohol, both physically and psychological on a person. Does anyone know a good website to go to for researchable and informative information? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Yes the website is: webmd.com

  6. QUESTION:
    What are the “normal” and “abnormal” effects felt from drinking alcohol?
    Sometimes when I drink alcohol and a few minutes after 1 glass of wine my face turns red and i feel really hot in my face. Im not asian btw. I know this is not normal. What are the normal effects after drinking 1 or 2 drinks? What are you supposed to feel thats not an allergy and normal alcohol effects?

    • ANSWER:
      Getting flushed IS a normal after effect of drinking alcohol, for some people. I’m not sure why, but unfortunatly, I’ve (sadly) had a past history of alcohol abuse, so I know by personal experience and many, many years of drinking with others, that this IS normal.
      Depending on what you are drinking and how much alcohol content is in the drinks, you can have a variety of reactions to the drink(s).
      I’ve found that your mood plays a big part in how your body reacts.
      You can get really buzzed and hyper and/or lightheaded, or you can getting tired and/or depressed after a few.
      The important thing, I think, is to be aware of your physical effects and emotions as you begin to drink, and they can often give you insight as to how you will react to alcohol.
      When I am happy, I know I have to remind myself to slow down when I’m drinking, because I will often get buzzed and not stop drinking, which leads to sickness, fights, or worse…
      When I am depressed, I usually try not to drink at all, as it often makes me more depressed.
      And when I’m tired, I am most definitely going to sleep after a few!!

      So good luck

  7. QUESTION:
    How come different types of alcohol effects differently?
    ~~~Do you know why Wine , Liquior, beer,,,,,effects the mind and body differently?. For example,,,, Liquior,,,Im fun ,,happy,,,,silly,,,
    If I drink Wine Im : winey,,,needy,,,emotional,,,,,If I drink beer Im:,,, sleepy,,,and relaxed. Is there a reason for this?

    • ANSWER:
      Different alcohol does affect most people differently I think it is the speed that the body absorbs it. Liquor is absorbed quicker, because the absorption starts in the mouth. Beer is absorbed the slowest since there is more volume to drink it can,t be absorbed as quickly into your blood stream. Wine has less volume than beer so it is absorbed faster than beer but slower than liquor. Therefore, they cause different reactions on your brain in turn affecting you in different ways.

  8. QUESTION:
    What are the alcohol effects in females?
    A list of effects in females when they use alcohol.

    • ANSWER:
      first we get funny and start laughing about everyihing after a while we get depressed and cry most or feel like it

  9. QUESTION:
    alcohol effects is there ay good ones?
    I would like to know if alcohol is all bad effects can people list any?

    And if there are any actual good effects of alcohol.

    Btw if a person drink only two cans from alcohol then leaves it for 2 weeks or a month and drinks the exact same, are there any serious side effects?

    • ANSWER:
      bad effects:

      long-term consumption can result in liver and brain damage.

      good effects:

      euphoria, lessened stress, basically everything.

  10. QUESTION:
    What are the effects of alcohol on plants?
    More specifically, the effects of Wine on Pea Plants. I know it stunts their growth, but why? Anyone got any good reliable sources on plants/ alcohol’s effects on living things?

    • ANSWER:
      When I was going to college I had an ivy plant that I never watered, but I did give it vodka. I grew fine and thrived for several years. I wasn’t attempting to be sadistic to the plant, it was just one of those stupid things I did in school.

      I wish I could give you a better answer than that. I would think alcohol would not be good for a plant, but the ivy I had thrived on it.

  11. QUESTION:
    is there a way to simulate the effects of alcohol without drinking alcohol itself?
    For example, stimulants like tea, coffee, stimulation drinks can simulate some aspects of alcohol. But does anyone have any other specific examples of things that can cause alcohol-like effects? I mean only the positive effects like merriness, increased confidence etc. Thanks in advance
    P.S I am 23 years old. I am not underage or anything in case anyone was wondering.

    • ANSWER:
      Alcohol is a depressant. It works by expanding the arteries and letting blood circulate easier crating a sensation of pleasure. For some it crates sleepiness.

      Confidence is just a subjective personal idea… can’t say that alcohol increases confidence. It may loosen up someone’s mental restrictions but it doesn’t work like that for everybody.

      Many drugs will have similar effect.
      And not just drugs, certain activities (like sex) will make your body release pleasure hormones into the blood stream, feeling almost like drunk.

      Stay off alcohol, it kills brain cells and damages the liver. Also causes depression.

  12. QUESTION:
    What are the effects of alcohol on the kidneys and lungs?
    Ok i have a few questions besides this so if you can please answer with actuall medical answers and not smart remarks for one i’m not an alcoholic it’s for education purpose.

    What effects does alcohol have on the kidneys and lungs?

    What does the kidneys and lungs do or purpose?

    • ANSWER:
      Lungs (primary organ for gas exchange in body): Chronic alcohol abuse has been shown to increase the risk for lung infection and/or disease. It was first studied in 1996 by Dr. Marc Moss (Emory University) who first noticed the link. It seems glutathione (antioxidant molecule) is made by several organs but is especially needed by the lungs for protection from oxidative damage (in the tiny airways) – lack of glutathione leads to deterioration of epithelial cells/fluid of the lungs, changes in barrier function (gas exchange) and increased apoptosis (cell death). Thus, the increase in infection/disease.

      Kidney (organ where blood is filtered to remove wastes and helps control body’s solute/water balance): Alcohol use changes the balance of ions/water in the body – it changes the way the kidneys filter the blood – you lose more water and the sodium in the body increases thus leading to dehydration. Other electrolytes like potassium, phosphorus, and magnesium are also altered. This happens every time you drink. In a chronic abuser, it can lead to kidney disease in which the kidneys enlarge, there is an alteration of hormone function and/or kidney failure.

  13. QUESTION:
    what effects does alcohol have on unborn baby during the first 4 weeks of pregnancy?
    Before I knew I was pregnant, I was having 1-2 glasses of wine a few times a week. No bar trips, just drinks with dinner, but I was only about 110 pounds so I am worried about the effects.
    I am 35 weeks pregnant now, and have had a healthy pregnancy. Just wondering how alcohol affects pregnancies during the first few weeks. My doctor doesn’t seem concerned, but maybe he doesn’t want me to worry. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      you also have to remember that they count your first week starting the first day of your last period. So out of those first 4 weeks you were only actually pregnant for 1 MAYBE 2 of them. Don’t worry if you’re doctor isn’t worried then you shouldn’t be, if there is a problem the doctor has an obligation to tell you about it whether it makes you worry or not.

      Good luck and congrats!

  14. QUESTION:
    How long do the depressive effects of alcohol and marijuana last?
    As most people know, drugs like alcohol and marijuana can exacerbate or even cause depression. How long does it take for those effects to wear off?

    • ANSWER:
      are you talking about withdrawals?

      alcohol – 1 beer = 1hr (1 shot = 1 hr) but give it 2 hrs for safety reasons
      weed – doesn’t matter how much, but at the most of 2 hrs (less depending on ur genetics/tolerance)

      weed cannot cause depression. It is used to help people with depression actually. I think you mean the depressant properties of the drugs. Weed is both a depressant and a stimulant. AKA makes you relaxed but speeds ur heart up.. where alcohol makes u relaxed but stupid and slows ur heart down (completely depressant)

  15. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between high tolerance with alcohol and immune to side effects of alcohol?
    This is Calvin. Being immune to the side effects of alcohol (from beer, wine, or liquor) is somewhat similar to having high tolerance with alcoholic beverages.

    Both don’t have exactly the same definition. What is the difference between being immune to it and having high tolerance?

    This is a retortical question. And the reason i asked this question was to see what you think about it. Here is the following question: Would you want to be immune to the side effects of alcohol (if you have a chance and there is such advanced techology)?

    I am not trying to ask a silly question. Please don’t say that my questions are lame and that I am ignorant or that I am crazy. Just to see what you think.

    • ANSWER:
      No, high tolerance and immunity from side effects are two entirely different things.

      “High tolerance” means someone can drink a great deal without appearing to be drunk or tipsy. If someone acts sober after consuming a lot of alcohol (he “knows how to hold his liquor”) then this is high tolerance.

      Rarely, there are people who NEVER have hangovers — such a personj is immune to the sife effects of alcohol. VERY rarely, ther are people who can drink heavily wtihout any liver damage, so they are immune to another side-effect of alcohol. These immunities have nothing to do with whether that person “holds their liquor” and acts sober.

  16. QUESTION:
    How can I lessen the intoxicating effects of alcohol?
    There is a pub crawl I have to go on and I want to put in a good showing. I need any suggestions on how to mitigate the effects of alcohol so I can drink more while being less drunk.

    Any suggestions will be appreciated. Unless they involve abstaining or lesening my consumption. The point is for me to drink more.

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      eating anything will not decrease the effects of alcohol consumption but it will slow it down. Try a tall glass of buttermilk several hours prior as it coats walls of the stomach, again it will only delay the effects not stop it. Its always a good idea to eat something prior to drinking however. Have a glass of h2o between each drink and remember know one is forcing you to drink every last drop. Try not to mix different types if you start with wine stay with wine, beer-beer…good luck on the crawl

  17. QUESTION:
    What are the effects of alcohol on all of the body systems?
    I need to do a project over it. So I need to know what the effects of alcohol on the body systems are. Or does anyone know where I can go to look something like this up.

    • ANSWER:
      I found this cheesy (yet simple) interactive feature that you may want to check out:

      http://www.alcohol.org.nz/BodyEffect.aspx?PostingID=1550.

      If you want more information on each section, then you can look at:

      http://www.health.am/psy/more/the_effects_of_ethanol_on_organ_systems/

      This should not be an experimental project!

  18. QUESTION:
    What are the effects of alcohol on a fetus during the very first weeks??
    What are the effects of alcohol on a fetus during the very first weeks — before a woman would know that she was pregnant?

    • ANSWER:
      I think it really depends on how much and how often you drank. Make sure you mention it to your doctor so that they can keep a close eye on the baby to see if it will have anything wrong with it.

  19. QUESTION:
    How long are the effects of weed and alcohol on the brain?
    Well im currently writing a essay on the effects of alcohol and weed on the human brain when both are consumed in one night and the subject is 100% Drunk and Stoned and is 15 years of age. I would also like to know how long the effects last for?

    All answers will be taken into account and help me for my year 11 final thesis please dont be affraid to answer :)

    • ANSWER:
      Well Alchohol is processed by the liver within hours, but weed supposedly stays in your system for up to 30 days.- (according to texts I read back in the day) And that number can be affected by factors such as drinking lots of fluids to flush it out faster etc.

  20. QUESTION:
    How long do the effects of alcohol and weed last?
    Approximately how long do the effects of alcohol (being drunk) last? How long does being high last? How long does being drunk and high last?

    • ANSWER:
      alchahol about 36 houers weed between 30 and 60 days

  21. QUESTION:
    What are some long term effects of alcohol?
    I have to do a project for school on alcohol drinking and I need to know some long term effects, can someone please help?

    • ANSWER:
      Liver damage and/or failure. Damage to brain cells. Weakening of the heart. Heightening of cholesterol. etc.

  22. QUESTION:
    What are some of the social effects of alcohol related violence?
    What are some of the social effects of alcohol related violence?

    • ANSWER:
      less succesful society. Weaker families, messed up kids, lower economic productivity.

  23. QUESTION:
    How to get the effects of alcohol without alcohol?
    I’m a very tense person, and the only way that I’ve found to alleviate that tension is through alcohol. I am extremely tense right now, but unfortunately have no access to alcohol. Is there anyway I can achieve the effects of alcohol without any access to alcohol?

    • ANSWER:
      weed is probably your best option, but if you don’t have access to alcohol idk if you could get weed either. research dxm, it’s a lot easier to get and has effects sort of similar to alcohol in low doses. even though these things are illegal, they’re not addictive and they’re less dangerous than legal alcohol. the spray can thing is really dangerous, don’t do that.

  24. QUESTION:
    what are some good websites for alcohol effects and drinking and driving?
    what parts of the body it effects
    what happens when drinking and driving

    • ANSWER:

      http://www.doitnow.org/pages/120.html

      http://www.at-bristol.org.uk/alcoholandyou/Effects/body.html

      at the bottom of this page is a drawing drag you mouse across and it will explain in detail how body parts are affected.

      drinking and driving

      http://www.hpd.org/html/driving___drinking.html

      http://www.hendersonville-pd.org/PreventionTips/AlcoholAbuse.html

  25. QUESTION:
    Effects of alcohol and marijuana if I go to the gym regularly?
    I smoke weed and get drunk every other day with friends on average, but I also go to the gym for a good workout lasting about an hour on the days in between. What effects does drinking alcohol have on my workouts? What affects does smoking marijuana have on workouts? Is it much better smoke and drink but also go to the gym regularly, compared to someone who does the same things but never gets any exercise?

    • ANSWER:
      this is what i do often and i feel great. matter fact i ran a 10k a few months ago and a 5k yesterday. and im bout to go hang with sum BUDdies..hehe so its working for me. if u feel good enough, then hey aint no problem i see

  26. QUESTION:
    What are the physiological effects of alcohol?
    I’m doing a powerpoint for class and I’m supposed to find out the physiological effects of alcohol. every time I look it up it doesn’t give me a direct answer. What exactly are physiological effects? and what are a few physiological effects of alcohol?
    My teacher mentioned the liver, so is it the physical effects? like the effects it has on your body?
    I looked up the definition and it didn’t give me much help.
    As long as I have a few examples and know what physiological effects are, I can look up more and think of more examples.

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      There are different ways that alcohol can cause damage
      to the liver cells:

      [the liver takes toxins in the body and converts them to
      non toxic forms, that the body can easily dispose of}

      1) Overconsuming alcohol in a short time period,
      doesn't give the liver time to convert the alcohol
      first to acetaldehyde, then to acetate, and then to
      carbon dioxide and water. If not completely converted,
      it can lead to where the alcohol and some of its
      break down substances can become toxic to the liver
      cells.

      2)Consuming alcohol over long time periods can
      lead to the build up of fat inside the liver. As this
      fat increases in the liver, it causes pressure in the
      liver (the liver is surrounded by a tight membrane
      capsule). This can also cause damage to the liver
      cells..this can be known as Steatohepatitis:
      steato means fat, hepat means liver, and itis means
      inflammation.

      http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/fatty-liver.html

      3) Some people are more sensitive to alcohol than
      others are and some people are allergic to it.
      This is why some people can drink all their lives
      with no problem at all and with others, it doesn't
      take much to cause a problem in the liver.

      4)Taking alcohol with certain medications can cause
      such an interaction between them, that they can
      instantly damage the liver cells. For example:
      acetaminophen and alcohol together.

      Alcohol is one of the top causes of liver cell damage.
      The liver cells are what does all the functions the liver
      does as a whole to keep the body well.
      When the liver cells become damaged, the immune
      system of the body responds to this damage.
      This causes inflammation of the liver, which will cause
      the liver to enlarge in size.
      [Normally, inflammation is of benefit in the body, just
      in case something foreign like a virus or bacteria has
      entered in. The immune system forms inflammation to
      stop the invading bugs from going further into the body
      and causing more problems...however, inside the liver,
      it added to the pressure there and will only cause more
      and more liver cells to die off.]

      If the Alcohol is stopped, up to this point…the problem
      may be reversed and the liver cells may heal.

      However, if this is not done, it will advance to where
      the liver cells start to die off and form scar tissue inside
      the liver. The scar tissue that develops in the liver cannot
      be removed. It acts like a wall in the liver that will block
      the flow of blood through the liver on its way back to the
      heart and also block the flow of blood to the other
      functioning liver cells so they will continue to die off.
      This is then known as Cirrhosis of the liver. It is
      an irreversible, progressive disease.

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

      A normal liver is smooth and very soft organ, when
      inflammation develops..the liver enlarges in size and
      takes on a spongy texture and knobby appearance.
      As the liver cells start to die off, the liver will shrink
      in size and take on a hard texture (the liver is dying
      inside the living patient)

      Alcohol can have alot of benefits in the body if taken
      in moderation. It has been proven to help the heart.
      But, it depends on the persons own chemical makeup
      and how their liver handles the alcohol, etc. whether
      or not they may have a problem with it.

      Here is a link that may give you more information:

      http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/drugs-alcohol/alcohol4.htm

      Every year, more and more people are placed on the
      liver transplant list.
      A liver transplant can cost 0,000 and up.
      There is a long evaluation process of seeing different
      doctors and having tests done, to determine if the
      patient can be placed on the transplant list.
      There are no guarantees that a liver will become
      available, even if the patient is placed on the list.
      Also, no guarantee that the organ will work once
      inside the patient.
      Most liver transplant centers have a rule that the
      patient must be detoxed from the alcohol for a
      period of six months prior to being evaluated
      for transplantation list…many die during this time
      period.
      Here is more about transplantation:

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

      Symptoms of Alcoholism:

      http://psychcentral.com/lib/2006/symptoms-of-alcoholism/

      Know your limits:

      http://www.knowyourlimits.info/TheEffectsOfAlcohol.aspx

      What I have given you is the physiological effect of
      liver cell damage being done to the liver by consumption
      of alcohol.

      Best wishes…hope this is of help in making your slide
      show interesting

  27. QUESTION:
    Can you entirely counteract the effects of alcohol with water?
    If you drink enough water, can it cancel out the effects of alcohol?

    • ANSWER:
      No, water won’t cancel the effects of alcohol. Food plays into the equation more so than water ever will. Plenty of water and an aspirin will go a long way to helping you not have as much of a hangover, but won’t help lower your BAC for the roadside sobriety test

  28. QUESTION:
    Do you get more resistant to the effects of alcohol over time the more alcohol you drink?
    I don’t mean in 1 day…i mean like you drink 1 day and get drunk off 5 cans, does your body get resistant to the effects of alcohol and it might take you 6 cans to get you drunk later on in time?

    • ANSWER:
      The effects of alcoholic is pretty strong- that’s why there are alcoholics as opposed to waterholics.

      You can build up a tolerance overtime and therefore necessitate more alcohol in your system by next week or even next year, depending on how much you consume.

  29. QUESTION:
    How can I drink more alcohol while limiting the effects?
    There is a pub crawl I have to go on and I want to put in a good showing. I need any suggestions on how to mitigate the effects of alcohol so I can drink more while being less drunk.

    Any suggestions will be appreciated. Unless they involve abstaining or lesening my consumption. The point is for me to drink more.

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Ask for a drink on the rocks (ice), with lots of rocks.

      Maybe every other drink, go to the bar and covertly order a virgin drink that looks just like something with alcohol. Towards the end of the evening drink the drink at a pace that allows you to consume all the ice too. That way, you’re drinking pretty much water for the last half of your drink.

      Eating food beforehand will slow the effects of the alcohol, but not prevent it from getting into your bloodstream. It will still get there, just not as fast.

  30. QUESTION:
    Why don’t i get the good effects of alcohol?
    Last night i drank a strawberry daquiri and 2 malibus. After only these 3 drinks, I got extremely dizzy and pretty nautious. But the worst part is that I didn’t feel any more outgoing or crazy or any more fun. So basically i get nautious but i don’t have more fun when i drink alcohol. And this isn’t the first time that this happens to me. Why is this? And is there any way i can get the good/fun effects of alcohol as well?

    • ANSWER:
      I see three possibilities:
      1) you’re drinking too fast. slow it down, sip at your drink, don’t gulp it.
      2) you’re drinking nasty sickly sweet drinks. try something like brandy and soda instead, or maybe a glass of white wine.
      3)your body just reacts badly to alcohol. everyone’s body has a different balance. maybe you just aren’t meant to drink. if it makes you sick, you’ll need to stop drinking. it isn’t the end of the world, plenty of people don’t drink.

  31. QUESTION:
    What are the effects of alcohol on your cardio/strength?
    I do MMA and have recently quit smoking (everything) in fear of it hurting my cardio. But what does alcohol do to hurt my cardio or strength. I don’t mean having a hangover or anything. But is the anyshort term effects not like liver damage or anything like that either.
    1 second ago

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, alcohol constricts your blood vessels and is bad for your heart.

  32. QUESTION:
    Is it normal to get quick alcohol effects which fade out almost immediately after?
    So drinking a bit of relevantly alcoholic wine will actually make me feel slightly more relaxed for a bit just before fading away between 15-60 minutes. Also, I seem to have trouble with this at parties and the such as I’ll just get “the buzz” for about an hour or two before it fades away once again.

    • ANSWER:
      That sounds quite normal.

  33. QUESTION:
    What would make you think about the effects of alcohol?
    What would make you really stop and think about the effects of drinking alcohol within an advert or anti-drinking campaign?
    What sort of imagery would affect you most?

    • ANSWER:
      Probably that alcohol in moderation is beneficial to the system. The slight amount of dehydration actually keeps the immune system fit. The make up of most drinks (if not all) provides an anti-oxidant property. Most drinks can be socially beneficial by alleviating anxiety or encouraging conversation.
      It can help as a sleep aide. It can compliment a meal or snack. It can be a nice accent to a ceremony (church) or celebration (toasts at weddings, funerals, or parties). It can be used as a sign of good favor or warm wishes (cheers, to your health, salud, etc).

      While alcohol abuse can be a terrible thing suffer from or be around, it is not the alcohol itself that is the problem. The person abusing it is.

      To make me stop and think would require an anti-substance campaign that actually used facts and pursued the root of the behavior of addiction and abuse rather than the substance itself. That would show a little common sense in those campaigns for once, rather than attacking something that is good until misused by the wrong person.

      So a campaign that promoted education, moderation, and being abe to recognize signs of addiction in a person, instead of vilifying the substance for everyone, would make for a great campaign. And it may be crazy enough to work.

  34. QUESTION:
    I heard that eating a tomato reduces the effects of consuming alcohol afterwards. True?
    If this is not true, is there something that you can eat that actually does reduce the effects of alcohol?

    I ask this because my alcohol tolerance is not so strong, obviously.

    • ANSWER:
      The effects of alcohol is dying brain cells. The only way to avoid that is to avoid alcohol. A low tolerance simply means a high IQ.

  35. QUESTION:
    Evidence that drinking alcohol effects the way you learn?
    I took citizenship for a GCSE and for our course work I am doing about alcohol crime and binge drinking in my area (because it’s one of the bad towns for it). My group are making a power point to show to some local police and our local MP.
    One thing I’d like to include is that alcohol effects your learning but I’m struggling to find evidence, can anybody help
    Thank you :)

    • ANSWER:
      If I understand you question correctly, you are looking for long term effects of alcohol in teenagers:

      Basically, you need to keep in mind that in children and teenagers, the brain continues not only to grow in size but also to develop. This makes it different from other organs: when you grow, your hand, for instance, basically just increases in size but all the typical hand functions are already in place.

      The brain is different- your body keeps making changes to it to to make it function better and more efficiently.

      Scientists now think that they have evidence to suggest that the brain is in this phase very vulnerable to the damaging effects of alcohol. They think that alcohol might keep the brain from making all the changes it is supposed to complete on its path to an adult brain. As a result, children and teenagers drinking during that phase of their development might experience changes in their personality and their ability to learn. Scientists also believe that drinking in that phase might result in changes to the brain that make it more likely for an adult to have alcohol or other drug problems.

      I think you are having problems finding good sources because the detailed mechanism are still being explored by scientists. For doctors the brain still holds many secrets we don’t fully understand. Enclosed below is the link to the original article that I used to write the paragraph above…it’s kind of technical. :)

      I added a couple of more “user friendly” sources for you to check out. If you have questions please let me know. Good luck.

  36. QUESTION:
    What are the step by step effects of alcohol on the body?
    Say a friend

    Imagine that you go to a party with a friend who starts drinking alcohol, please describe, step by step, the effects and physiological consequences to that individual as he or she drinks more and more alcohol as the evening progresses?

    • ANSWER:
      well just go get drunk and you’ll find out first hand what happens step by step. its different for everyone.

  37. QUESTION:
    How do you delay the effects of alcohol?
    I remember hearing something about if you eat something and take pepto-bismal then drink it can delay the effects of the alcohol.
    Although that probably isn’t the right trick I’d like to no how to pull that of to I can delay getting drunk/buzzed by 20-30 minutes
    So gimme Ideas

    • ANSWER:

  38. QUESTION:
    Does your body build up a resistance to the bad health effects of alcohol along with the feel good effects?
    As I drink more often I require more alcohol in order to get drunk because my brain has built up a tolerance to the feel good effects of the alcohol. I was wondering if the body builds up a resistance to the bad health effects along with it, so that when I’m drinking more drinks in order to get drunk because of the tolerance, will the extra alcohol hurt my body in equal proportions?

    • ANSWER:
      while one builds up a ” tolerance” for alcohol the deleterious effects continue to undermine the funcions of the liver heart, kidneys and brain.

  39. QUESTION:
    I want to find out what kind of drug you can take that has similar effects to alcohol?
    I am trying to identify what is causing this behavior in someone. The effects are slurred speech, loss of coordination, stumbling and general clumsiness, and appearing generally incoherent. It seems this person is drunk, however, that has been ruled out completely. There’s a couple other behaviors that are occasionally displayed that seem dissimilar to alcohol. The first is avoiding contact. In a house full of people, they will go “hide” for hours and hours often under the guise of sleeping, which is completely out of character otherwise. The second is the occasional burst of energy causing random chores to be done. This is extremely disruptive, of course, because of the general lack of coordination and stumbling around.

    What the ef is this person on? I’ve searched and searched and can’t find anything, but other than a bottle of booze, I don’t know what I’m looking for.

    Help!
    A couple of notes to add after seeing some of the answers:
    1. I have talked to this person repeatedly. They are a long-time alchohol abuser and used to being accused of things. Well versed in denying things. Of course, everything is denied.
    2. I know it is a drug of some sort and not a medical condition because it just happens to spring up on the weekends and never manages to interfere with work.
    3. Have found a bunch of ambien – would this do it?

    • ANSWER:
      It could be narcotics, which are unfortunately easy to get on the street. If I take my pain meds (prescribed narcotics for chronic pain) and do not sleep, I am drowsy, dizzy, sloppy in my speech and lack coordination. You should probably look for strange pills, especially loose ones that you cannot identify. Look under beds, in pockets… any place they may fall. Another thought may be to contact a drug treatment center and ask for information on signs of drug abuse, or ask your family physician. I am sorry you have to deal with this. Best wishes.

      Addition: Here is a site that may help:

      http://www.drugsno.com/identify_abuse.htm

      Another addition. It could very likely be Ambien, the symptoms sound right… lack of coordination, dizziness, etc… They can intensity if Ambien is mixed with alcohol. Go here for more information:

      http://www.ambiencr.com/default.aspx?s=about&c=side_effects

  40. QUESTION:
    Does water do anything to counteract the effects of alcohol?
    I don’t normally drink and unfortunately I apparently don’t have a good enough tolerance for alcohol which is why whenever I do have a drink I immediately down a glass of water right afterward; I have always assumed the water dilutes the alcohol somewhat.

    However, very recently I heard from a friend that water doesn’t do a thing to counteract or even negate the effects of alcohol, and now I’m confused. Is water a good chaser, or not?

    • ANSWER:
      No this idea is just a myth. However affter a heavy night of drinking your body has lost alot of water and needs rehydrating so drinking water replaces alot of the goodness that has been lost and so will help to revive your body. so yes I guess water does affect it but not directly, just helps the symptoms of hangover.

      hope this help with ur hangover lol.

  41. QUESTION:
    What are the effects of alcohol on cells?
    Apart from the obvious ones like change in behaviour, what are the effects of alcohol on human cells?
    Thanks for your help :D

    • ANSWER:
      There is no easy way to say that, but this case study that absorption of alcohol normally occurs between 15 and 90 minutes after drinking. Alcohol drunk on an empty stomach is absorbed and diffuses more rapidly into all body tissues than when it is taken on a full stomach or with a meal, which can act in the same way as blotting paper and slow down its absorption. Drinks containing 20-30 per cent alcohol by volume are absorbed most quickly; higher concentrations of alcohol irritate the stomach and slow down the rate of absorption. However, all alcohol is absorbed more quickly if taken with a fizzy drink, such as tonic or soda water. This actually ‘stir up’ the alcohol molecules and allow more of them to come in contact with the gastric cells. This is true of spritzers where the lemonade or fizzy water added to wine speeds up the absorption of alcohol. Once alcohol has been dissolved in the blood some of it released into air in the lungs – a physical process on which the Breathalyser test is based. But very little alcohol is actually excreted this way. Most is broken down by the liver; and it is the continual strain placed on the liver’s capacity by years of heavy drinking that can lead to cirrhosis. It takes about an hour for the liver to break down each unit of alcohol , so if you drink six pints of beer or two bottle of wine, even after a night ‘s sleep of eight hours or more, enough alcohol could remain in your bloodstream to be above the legal limit for driving. People’s reactions to alcohol vary, but generally after one or two drinks the heart rate quickens and there is an increased secretion of gastric juices. Intellectual processes function normally, but reactions involving rapid decision making are impaired. With heavier drinking, coordination becomes markedly worse and the secretion of several hormones is inhibited, leading to dehydration,slurred speech, clumsy movements and a reduced sensitivity to pain. The best safeguard against hangovers – which result from this dehydration and alcohol’s congeners – is to drink plenty of water before going to bed. A regular daily intake of eight or more units by men, or six units by women, can lead to long-term damage. one in five of all heavy drinkers develop cirrhosis of the liver, and about one in five cirrhosis victims dies of liver cancer. Regular drinking may increase the risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, oesophagus, stomach and liver, and it may also be a factor in the development of cancers of the breast and colon. Spreading your drinking through-out the week puts less of a strain on your liver than spasmodic concentrated bouts of drinking. Infrequent ‘binge drinking’ can bring on attacks of gout or pancreatitis. Worse still, it can cause abnormalities in heart rhythms, leading – days, or even weeks, later – to alcohol-induced cardiac failure. very rarely, a heavy binge can lead to sudden death. Alcohol, and red wine in particular, in moderate amounts, protects against arteriosclerosis and reduces the risk of heart disease by an estimated 35%. It reduces blood clotting and increases the levels of the beneficial lipid HDL in the blood, as well as levels of antioxidants which offer protection against both arteriosclerosis and cancer. However, excessive drinking can cause high blood pressure which increases the risk of coronary disease. Although alcohol can enhance a happy mood, it can deepen an unhappy mood and lead to aggression. Women metabolise alcohol more slowly than men because they tend to have smaller livers and more body fat. six units or more during pregnancy can damage the foetus, cause birth defects and give rise to the foetal alcohol syndrome, when the baby typically has a low birth weight, learning disabilities, and a characteristically flattened face and cleft palate. Ideally, women intending to become pregnant should avoid alcohol altogether, especially until the twelfth week of pregnancy is past, after that, the occasional alcoholic drink is generally not considered to be a risk. I hope this case study will help you.

  42. QUESTION:
    Does alcohol have any negative effects on the spine/back?
    If someone’s back is already injured, what kind of negative effects can alcohol have on it? What about on the muscles – I know it dehydrates, how does that effect back muscles?

    • ANSWER:
      Alcohol decreases your sensitivity so you’re more likely to push your already injured back too far and re-injure it. Pain killers can do the same thing, they do nothing for the cause of the pain they just cover it up.

  43. QUESTION:
    Will evolution cause the body to rid Alcohol with no effects in the future?
    Could evolution cause the bodies in westeners mainly to totally become immune to the effects of alcohol?

    • ANSWER:
      Hmmm… something perhaps is hinting that you do not really know what evolution is about. Evolution does not cause an adaptation in the body just because it has been exposed to the stimulus again and again (ie. not the same way exposing yourself to smallpox will develop immunity to it the next time it strikes).

      It works through natural selection. So firstly, there must be a random mutation in someone’s genes that causes a modification in a certain protein that somehow or another causes alcohol to be metabolised faster so that the person does not get drunk. This is… implausible, but not entierly impossible. Then, the ability to drink alcohol and not get drunk must be advantageous. Or in other words, it must increase the fitness of the organism, that is, its ability to produce more offspring that will carry this new trait. This means that this ‘ability’ must give some kind of survival edge in society, or it must allow the person to be more resistant to disease or death, or it must attract more mates so that somehow or another the person produces more offspring. Now thats something to consider. Now assuming this happens, it will take some time for the gene carrying this novel ability to get ‘mixed up’ in the population (at first this would be some mutant character that only a seclect few have). Considering the size of the human population (or just westerners) this would take many many many many generations.

      Consider all these and you would have an idea how unlikely or how long this would take.

  44. QUESTION:
    does prozac increase the effects of THC and alcohol?
    I take 40mg of prozac a day, does THC release serotonin? Prozac blocks serotonin from being recollected, it blocks it. So doesn’t it increase the effects of alcohol and prozac?

    • ANSWER:
      Do not mix medicine with alcohol or pot. It (especially the alcohol and prozac) get processed through the liver and increases the amount of damage to the liver. If you use these together your chances of having a toxic overdose (which can kill you) are dramatically increased.

  45. QUESTION:
    What are some non-profit organizations that support alcohol-effects awareness or anti-alcoholism?
    I want to get involved with one of these either online someway, or through my local community. Also, can you name some anti-drug or drug awareness organization as well? Thanks. Best answer!

    • ANSWER:
      most of the so -called anti-alcoholic organizations are in effect
      promoting alcoholism and make it a business.
      you can start one that stop preaching and teaching ;
      helping you to live as you wish to be.

  46. QUESTION:
    Can a damaged liver worsen the effects of alcohol?
    I was wondering if having a previously damaged liver can make you more of a ‘lightweight’ i.e. you cannot deal with the effects of alcohol in a way you previously could?

    • ANSWER:
      Your liver is the primary organ for the breakdown of alcohol in the body. If this organ is damaged it won’t be able to do its job as efficiently and the alcohol will last longer before being broken down for excretion.

      What does this mean? If you drink, say a can of beer, you won’t get any drunker but you will stay affected by the alcohol for much longer than if your liver was functioning better.

      Question is: if a person has known liver damage why are they continuing to drink alcohol? Alcohol’s molecular chain make it a toxin to the body which puts any liver under stress. Hence alcoholics will eventually develop scar tissue from alcohol damage = cirrhosis of the liver. A liver already working harder doesn’t need more toxins to further damage it. You can’t live without a liver.

  47. QUESTION:
    On New Years eve before I go out, any way to lessen the effects of alcohol?
    Im def drinking but i have like 4 parties to go to and Ill be drinking a bit (hehe) but i was wondering what i can do to lessen the effects of alcohol like what to eat or whatever…

    ALSO, how to avoid a hangover the next day
    No i am not driving, we have a pregnant sober friend driving!

    • ANSWER:
      eat and take it slow. Also, try sticking to the same kind of drink the whole night to avoid a hang over. Drink water every other drink or so will help a lot

  48. QUESTION:
    What are the long term effects of alcohol?
    I’m 22 and only drank when i was underage a few times and since i was 18 i have drank on and off, sometimes excessively to the point where i threw up and past out. I know this doesn’t sound good but i was wondering what the long term effects of alcohol abuse are for a guy my age.

    • ANSWER:
      I believe that the the worst long term effect of drinking excessive alcohol is liver cancer so I would suggest that if you can’t avoid drinking liquors, try to go on moderation.

  49. QUESTION:
    What effects can alcohol and caffeine have on hydration levels of the body?
    What does alcohol and caffeine do to the hydration levels of the body?
    Physically what does alcohol and caffeine do to the body?

    • ANSWER:
      They both dehydrate you. Especially alcohol. Hence why people have hangovers.

  50. QUESTION:
    Can grapefruit juice increase the effects of alcohol?
    There is lots of evidence that grapefruit increases the effects of many drugs, but does it affect alcohol too?

    • ANSWER:
      No
      I drink a grey hound and i am sure it doesn’t change the alcohol


Non Fatty Liver Disease

Liver Cleanse For Eczema Relief
If you have eczema, your skin is inflamed, irritable and is red and blotchy through itching and scratching. For most people, the main method of eczema treatment is conventionally via topical applications or medication to provide relief. Preventative measures such as avoiding triggers. Allergens can be anything from pollens, dust, and drugs to food items or climate. Not everyone responds equally to the same triggers. So, it can be pretty difficult to identify what exactly sets your eczema off.

More recently, some natural health practitioners are proposing that eczema can be treated with liver cleanse. It recommends that liver cleanse can aid prevent eczema and remove the symptoms at the root cause.

The liver is an organ that is located on the right side of your abdomen. It produces bile and blood proteins. It also stores vitamins for subsequent release into the blood stream and removes all kinds of toxins from the blood. If your liver does not filter harmful substances from the blood effectively, toxins can accumulate nor just in the liver, but also in the hepatic ducts, cystic ducts or the main bile duct; resulting in the formation of intrahepatic stones or gall stones.

The presence of intrahepatic stones or gall stones impact the normal functioning of the liver. The malfunction of the liver invariably precipitates as various allergic reactions, one of which is eczema. Eczema is simply considered an indicator of a poor functioning liver. In fact, traditional Chinese medicine also shares in this belief. In this regard, liver cleansing is a prescribed means of treatment for eczema.

Liver cleansing can help remove gallstones and thus all blockages to the smooth functioning of your organ. In addition, poor liver health can also be prevented. Indications of poor liver health include hepatitis, liver cancer and cirrhosis.

The best period to perform a liver cleanse is the spring season, as the warm weather augurs well with the process. Liver cleansing can be done in either in a clinic or in the comforts of your own home. Even for the lattar option, it is best to have the guidance of a professional. A mismanaged or wrong liver cleanse recipe can result in more problems and serious health threats.

Also, while performing liver cleanse, it is best not to take any form of medications or drugs at the same time. Similar to all other forms of body cleansing, liver cleanse should be performed when you can afford to take time off to rest.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How bad a disease is non alcoholic fatty liver disease?
    I am 21 and weigh 325 pounds. I have just been diagnosed with non alcoholic fatty liver disease. From what the doc has told me, my liver is about 12% heavier than it should be. He also said that it is obviously much larger than it should be but luckily, I don’t have any liver scarring yet.

    • ANSWER:
      If you’ve been diagnosed with NAFLD it is a little different than the previous answer given who suggested NASH. NAFLD is when you have just a fatty liver, NASH is when the fatty liver has inflammation. Which you still may have. NAFLD can progress to NASH.
      NAFLD is the most common cause of elevated liver tests. Fatty liver is the accumulation of triglycerides and other fats in the liver cells. In some patients, this may be accompanied by hepatic inflammation.
      NAFLD is found in over 80% of patients who are obese. Fortunately, NAFLD is not normally life threatening and is reversible unless it progresses to a more severe stage of liver disease. So losing weight and keeping it off will improve your condition.
      I wish you well and hope this helped.

  2. QUESTION:
    If i have mild non -alcoholic fatty liver disease can i have a few drinks at new years ?
    I was diagnosed with mild non-alcoholic fatty liver disease about a year ago. Since then I have stayed away from tylonol and all alcoholic drinks. I have also been taking multi vitamins and milk thistle. Would it be safe for me to have a few shots this new years ? I havent had any alcohol in a long time and will not continue to have any after new years, will a few shots just this one time be ok ?

    • ANSWER:

  3. QUESTION:
    Is it okay to drink alcohol if you have non alcoholic fatty liver disease?
    because theres a party this weekend and I never drink and I want to try some but not if it’s going to mess up my liver more….

    • ANSWER:
      No, it’s not OK. Talk to your doctor about this.

  4. QUESTION:
    Will losing weight help Non Alcoholic FATTY LIVER DISEASE?
    IF YOur obese and get down to the “normal ” weight range, would that help with the fatty liver disasease or not ?

    • ANSWER:
      It can, depending on what your doctor says is the normal weight range. Best to ask a doctor for guidance, but yes, losing weight is the only cure for Fatty Liver Disease. or NAFLD.

      Here’s a few resources:

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

      http://fattyliverdietplan.com

      http://fattyliverdisease.blogspot.com

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

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

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

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

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

      Here is a very good link to learn more about
      this disease

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

  6. 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

  7. QUESTION:
    Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease… help please!?
    Hi, I have just had an ultrasound of my liver and have been told that it is very enlarged and that I have Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, due to my Insulin Resistance. I am only 20 years old, and they were really worried at how fast it had progressed and how enlarged my liver was considering my age. I am overweight but not obese.

    Does this mean that my liver has been damaged already? Can this lead to serious problems?
    I have been feeling tired and fatigued for a couple of years now, do you think this could be the cause?

    If anyone has any information on this I would really appreciate it.
    I have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome hence the insulin resistance… so yes I have hormone imbalances etc. but I do eat fairly healthily.
    I’m not looking for dietary advice

    • ANSWER:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      http://www.aafp.org/afp/20060601/1961.html

      http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/fatty-liver.html

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatty_liver

      http://www.gastro.com/Gastro/liverdisease/fatty_liver.aspx

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

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

  9. QUESTION:
    can you still get pregnant with non alcoholic fatty liver disease?
    jus wanted to kno

    • ANSWER:
      the answer is yes!

  10. QUESTION:
    I have been overweight since I was childhood. How long would it be before I would get fatty liver disease?
    To be more exact, how at risk am I to develop non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. I was diagnosed as obese at age 15 and my weight has only gone up since then. At time of diagnosis, I weighed roughly 245 and now I weigh 315. I am 21 now.
    No, I’m not aiming for this disease. I would just like to know how at risk I am for developing this.
    I have just started nursing school.

    • ANSWER:
      Are you a first year med student?
      Gee age 15 at 245 and age 21 at 315 that’s a span of 6 years and a weight gain of 70 pounds on average about 11.66 pounds per year so that means……………………………
      Actually the insulin resistance rate will determine the onset of fatty liver which may or may not interfere with liver function and developing cirrhosis of the liver. Metabolic activity may also influence the liver and also the intake of certain medications.

  11. QUESTION:
    I have a severe fatty liver disease (non alcoholic) and my levels are elevated on my liver?
    function tests. sometimes I get a lot of pain in my upper abdomen under the right hand side. In early January I will be going back to the doctors t get another liver function test, and I was told if it has gone up I will be referred to a specialist at a hospital.Now what I want to ask is, if left untreated will this lead to liver failure of my liver? I am worried here. The pain can get very bad sometimes. I do not drink alcohol nor am I obese. If my levels have gone higher what can this mean? can anyone help me please? I am a 39 year old female.
    well derik funny you mentioned back pain cause I am on anti inflamitorys for my back as it can cause a lot of pain when I walk or excersise. so it might be conected as my liver is larger then normal and is putting presure on my back. ouch.
    derrik I looked at the website and it has nothing to do with my condition.

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  12. QUESTION:
    can a person die of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease?

    • ANSWER:
      A fatty liver, is a disease where the liver is infiltrated with fat. In stage one, it is reversible to a degree. In stage two there is some damage to the liver. In stage three the liver has cirrhosis. In cirrhosis the liver does not function well enough to meet the body’s needs. Yes. this can be deadly.

      The doctors can find out how bad the liver is through doing simple blood tests. If is it real bad, they may try a form of chemo therapy called interferon. Sometimes this helps, sometimes in does not.

  13. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have Non Alchoholic fatty liver disease?
    I was wondering if anyone with this disease has experienced right sided pain and pressure so bad it is almost debilitating? I have had my gallbladder out and my doc ordered a CT scan and blood tests and says I have this disease(probably a mixture of my high triglycerides and years of taking motrin and other meds for rheumatoid and meds from when I broke my neck). But he is telling me that this disease doesn’t cause pain. I have looked it up and some sites say it can. Just wondering if anyone else has had severe pain like that and were you told what pain meds you could take that Won’t damge your liver? and were you told you couldn’t drink again. I only drink 3-4 times a year so no biggie but wondered if it’s an absolute no-no.

    • ANSWER:
      I am 21 and I too have this disease and have had my gallbladder out. They found mine becasue I was having a lot of pain and I am always sick to my stomach and my gastro doc said thats all part of it. I was told tylenol and to avoid ibuprophen. Mine also suggested weight loss of course but yeah I tried and its sooo hard if you have the money give weight watchers a shot, I did it online for 3months had success but then had to have foot surgery and gained it all back plus some. well good luck and take care.

  14. QUESTION:
    Fatty liver disease question (non-alcoholic)?
    I was told I have moderate fatty liver disease. The band around my liver is quite thick and large (had a laproscopy done).

    For about the last 3 months I have these yellow/orange solid masses that float in my feces about 1 inch long and 1/2 in wide. It looks like fat balls to be honest. Is it possible to pass that into your stool?

    • ANSWER:
      You could have “stones” coming out of the bile ducts in your liver, or they could be from your gallbladder (gallstones). Don’t be worried about them though, it’s actually good that they’re coming out, but you still have to tell your dr about it.

  15. QUESTION:
    Non alcaholic fatty liver disease…?
    Iv been diagnosed with this and for first time in months i went drinking last night… This morning my back towards my right side is throbbing and looks inflamed.. Could this be a reaction of my liver to the alcahol i drunk?

    • ANSWER:
      It is not likely that the 2 things are in any way related. Any sign of shingles?

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

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

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

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

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

      Here are some links to help you learn more about
      this, that you can click on:

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

      http://www.aafp.org/afp/20060601/1961.html

      http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/fatty-liver.html

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatty_liver

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

  17. QUESTION:
    Should I be concerned about NAFLD (Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease)?
    My GP diagnosed this, as I started seeing him when I received blood tests with elevated liver enzymes. They continue to go up every time and he is pretty unphased about it. It is not related to hepatitis or alcohol. I am a little overweight but not obese and do not have any precursors for diabetes.

    My right side, in the area of my liver is always aching and I wonder if I should get a second opinion. Could this be serious or the early stages of something worse?
    I also had a colonoscopy and edoscopy and everything looks good.
    *endoscopy

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  18. QUESTION:
    Is it possible for a fatty liver (non alcohlic) to start to develope liver?
    failure in a short time? I do not drink and I do not have hep.so I am just woundering if a non alcoholic liver disease what I have can to to liver failuer in a short time? expecially if you keep eating fats in your diet? any advice?
    thomas thank you for your answer but that is not what I asked. I asked if you can develope liver failure if you have a fatty liver with continuing to eat fats. I believe you do

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

      The mildest type is simple fatty liver (steatosis), an accumulation of fat within your 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 either to cirrhosis, which can produce progressive, irreversible liver scarring, or to liver cancer.

      Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease affects 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.

      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 affect as many as one-third of American adults.

      Because early-stage nonalcoholic fatty liver disease rarely causes any symptoms, it’s often detected because of abnormal results of liver tests done for unrelated issues. Treatments for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease include weight loss, exercise, improved diabetes control and the use of cholesterol-lowering medications.

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

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

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

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

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

      best wishes.

  20. QUESTION:
    Would Dr Frank or anyone answer my fatty liver disease question?
    I had been to many doctors until I self-taught myself to identify the various nutritional triggers to the pruritus Urticaria I was being troubled with for over a year. I am doing much better but my nutritional triggers are so miniscule that I think I either have very severe non-alcoholic fatty liver disease or possibly PSC or PBC.

    MY QUESTION IS: what therapies are there for PBC or PSC besides (1) ursodiol bear bile, and (2) also better and better micro-nutritional ‘adjustments,’ or (3) a whole liver transplant?

    Thanks so much for any answers or ideas.

    AI – a self taught nutritionIsT ><+>[(-:]
    My symptoms are many many triggers that cause blistering pruritus with a fever in my thighs which occurs within minutes or hours after I eat or apply a trigger to my skin.

    My worst trigger is organic olive oil which begins to itch in 5 to 20 minutes after application.

    Another is when I eat over 150 calories of almonds or sesame seeds which will cause blisters and pruritus and a thigh fever in three hours.

    A high carb 800 calorie meal will trigger blisters and pruritus and a thigh fever in 3 to 4 hours.

    These are very consistent trigger responses which I have read is very similar to those with fatty liver disease. Obesity is oftentimes associated with both alcoholic and non alcoholic liver disease, but many people who have this liver disease are not obese, since I apparently have it in spades.

    It is a most miserable condition.

    I sincerely thank those who are like Dr. Frank and would respond intelligently with your insights.

    My best to all.
    AI – self nutritionIsT ><+>[(-:]
    Thank you Renata for your response.

    I hope a good specialist will eventually answer my question(s) since I am looking for more hope from my continual sufferings with pruritus/rash flareups. There are very few specialists in this area unless one’s insurance is very very good.

    Sooo MY QUESTION IS: what therapies are there for PBC or PSC besides (1) ursodiol bear bile or (2) a whole liver transplant or (3) better and better micro-nutritional ‘adjustments’ to minimize the triggers whenever they show up and to ‘perhaps’ heal the root problem(s) of a weakened liver?

    Also, rather than allowing my disease to progress to requiring a full liver transplant, are stints oftentimes uses to open up clogged biliary glands? I have read that is rarely an option for some reason and a liver transplant will be out of the question with my age/income/insurance-provider.

    Thanks anyone.

    AI – self nutritionIsT ><+>[(-:]
    Dr. Frank,

    Thank you so much for passing on what you felt was correct for my situation. We are all learning from each other in this struggle for better health and ultimately the struggle for humankind to survive the inadequate information that we are all inundated with on a daily basis.

    We both readily agree that my prior poor micro-nutrition was the cause of my present problems; soo I will continue to do my nutritional research and adjust my micro-nutrition absorption since this appears to be the only choice I might ever have.

    Thank you again for passing on your insights.

    I pray you will continue your good work forever with health and peace.

    AI

    • ANSWER:
      I am very much afraid your diagnoses,conclusions and proposed managements are all pretty illogical from start to finish.

      Food allergies are a bit of a minefield and there influences on symptoms and disease are uncommon and vastly over-reported, fed by a healthy pseudo-scientific industry based on disreputable and facetious allergy testing.

      Fatty liver is directly caused by obesity, the body basically running out of places to stuff spare fat, and its management is basically weight loss.

      Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis requires specialist investigation to confirm the diagnosis and the majority of patients have a history of chronic ulcerative colitis. Primary Biliary Cirrhosis is an easy diagnosis to confirm or refute as most patients have anti-mitochondrial antibody.

      It is said of doctors ‘the doctor who treats himself has a fool for a patient.’ I am afraid this is doubly true of the amateur.

  21. QUESTION:
    How long does “fatty Liver” disease stay undetected?
    1. How long does “fatty Liver” disease stay undetected in non-obese people (and people who doesnt drink alcohol)?

    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      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. If a person is asymptomatic it may go undiscovered until other indicators show up, such as elevated liver enzymes on bloodwork, or an enlarged liver a doctor may discover when doing a physical involving abdominal palpitation.

  22. QUESTION:
    Fatty liver disease. Does anyone have experience with it?
    Does anyone have any experience with non-alcohol related fatty liver disease. My fiance went to the doctor recently for abdominal pain and he had a blood and urine sample taken. The doctor called him last night asking him to come in for more tests because he thinks he might have fatty liver disease which is excess fat in the liver. My fiance is overweight but I wouldn’t say he is obese. I read that the condition is reversible by losing weight. Is there anyhting else my fiance can do to get rid of this condition? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I recommend the book “fatty liver diet” by Sandra Cabot. I found out I had fatty liver last august and immediately went to the bookstore to learn as much as I could as fast as I could. I bought her book and followed it by refraining from alchohol and eating healthy. I even bought a juicer to consume more vegetables. I have lost over 50lbs and just had a follow up ct scan yesterday and the fatty liver is gone! I am going to write a letter to dr Cabot to thank her for sharing her knowledge that saved my life!

  23. QUESTION:
    Fatty Liver Diet Help?
    Does anyone know where I can find a detailed (day by day, step by step) diet plan for people with Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease?

    I’ve got it, and my doctor said to go on a low-fat diet, but I want to eat as healthily as possible, and to balance my diet.
    I need a diet that decreases saturated fat, increased poly and monounsaturated fats, is high in fiber and protein, includes mainly low-glycemic foods and has a low calorie content.

    Thanks, everyone… it’s just really hard to come up with a diet plan that detailed on my own… I’ve been searching and trying for a few months now :)

    • ANSWER:
      Hi I’m sorry to hear about your disease, but at least you have a diagnosis now.
      You might find some of the books and articles by Rosemary Conley useful. She was originally diagnosed with cholecystitis and told to go on a low fat diet – as there wasn’t really anything available she wrote her own books. I’m suggesting this because you should be able to get an old book quite cheaply and then can tweak it to suit yourself.

      http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Gallstones/Pages/Rosemarysstory.aspx

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

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

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

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

  26. QUESTION:
    Husband just diagnosed with fatty liver disease…but he doesn’t want to stop drinking!?
    So…my husband and I just returned from an appointment with a liver specialist. They say he has fatty liver disease…but not sure if it is alcoholic nor non. They want him to stop drinking totally for one month and then be rechecked. I suspect (and they do as well) that it is alcoholic fatty liver disease because my husband drinks several beers a day and usually two or three strong mixed drinks. He told me today that he will “cut back” even though doc says he should 100 percent stop.

    What if he did simply cut back considerably? Could the disease progress even with much smaller alcohol amounts?

    I want him to totally stop but I know he won’t at this point..so I’d like to get more educated on what to expect possibly if he won’t totally stop drinking. If someone goes from large amounts of alcohol to very small, I would think that would make a big difference..but perhaps I’m just hopeful.

    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      The problem is that your husband is most likely an alcoholic and they cannot lighten up when it comes to drinking. They might do it for a short time, but it’s always temporary. An alcoholic simply cannot drink at all because they cannot control their drinking and will always abuse it. That is the number one thing you must understand when you are dealing with an alcoholic.

      It seems as though he is headed towards liver problems from his drinking. It starts out as a fatty liver but if the drinking doesn’t stop, it can progress to cirrhosis and liver failure. I doubt very much he will “lighten up” for very long, but if a person has a fatty liver, they should not be drinking alcohol at all, not even smaller amounts. The doctor is right that he must stop drinking all alcohol.

      Cirrhosis is a really bad disease. It’s a slow and miserable way to die. Look it up in Wikipedia and you can read all about it. I know because I had it from an autoimmune disease and had to get a transplant. No matter what causes cirrhosis, the disease pretty much acts the same with everyone. This is a wake up call for your husband. If he lets this fatty liver progress to more serious disease and enough damage is done to his liver, nothing is going to save him except a transplant. An active alcoholic would never qualify for one.

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

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

  28. QUESTION:
    I have a sharp pain under my right rib cage. It hurts when I walk & move around in bed. Breathing not affected?
    I do have nash disease, non alcoholic fatty liver disease. Pain started yesterday, and it is still here today. Not sure if this is related to the pain. It is not in my back and have not done any lifting or exercising. What could some of the things that might be causing this pain? Thank you and have a good day. Jan

    • ANSWER:
      thats either your liver or gall bladder,and gall stones,see a doctor

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

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

  30. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have stomach pain associated with NAFLD?
    Does anyone have Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease and have intense stomach pain. It is not a common side affect of the disease. Wondering if anyone has been dealing with this. Looking for help and information on dealing with it.

    • ANSWER:
      If you have been diagnosed with NAFLD and are having intense stomach pain, I doubt very much if NAFLD is the reason for you having all this pain. I believe it is the result of something else. You are right. It is not common to have pain from this disease. I have never heard of anyone having pain from it myself. I had cirrhosis and never had any kind of pain in my stomach or liver or anywhere else for that matter.

      You should really get an endoscopy done to maybe determine what is happening there. I don’t believe liver disease is going to be the cause.

  31. QUESTION:
    Should he see a hepatologist or a gastroenterologist for potential liver disease?
    My husband (non-drinker) has high ALT liver enzymes, suggestive of liver damage. So far, all of the bloodwork has been inconclusive- very low cholesterol, normal CBC, slightly high albumin levels (cirrhosis usually causes low albumin), negative for viral hepatitis, diabetes and hemachromatosis. He has not had an ultrasound yet but the internist we saw suggested it could be something called NASH (fatty liver disease, for which he does not fit the stereotype). She referred us to a gastroenterologist for an ultrasound but I was wondering if we would not be better off seeing a liver specialist (hepatologist)?
    abijjan- thank you for your response. do you happen to know if a gastroenterologist would be qualified to make a diagnosis if it is in fact liver damage? We are having to be a bit careful with seeing a whole lot of specialists, as we are on a high deductable health insurance plan. We would like to “cut to the chase” so to speak, and see the most qualified person from the start.

    • ANSWER:
      If the doctor was very sure that this was just
      a liver/biliary problem and he thought he might
      have cirrhosis…then he may have referred
      him to the hepatologist. However, since this
      determination hasn’t been made…
      seeing a gastroenterologist is fine for now.

      There are many things that can cause a problem
      with the liver:
      alcohol consumption, medications toxification,
      chemical exposure, fatty liver disease,
      auto immune disease, hereditary conditions,
      viral infections, parasite infections,
      mushroom poisoning, bilary obstruction/
      malformation/infection, metabolic disorders,
      tumors/cysts/growths/cancer, cardiac/
      vascular problems and others.

      The tests they do for the liver, to determine a
      “possible” cause is the:
      1) liver enzymes (ALT,AST,GGT, and Alk Phos)
      this shows a potential liver cell damage.
      2) liver functions (Bilirubin, INR, PT, PTT, Albumin)
      this shows if the liver cells are able to perform
      the functions efficiently to keep the body well.
      3)liver viral tests to see if a virus has entered the
      body and is using the liver cells to replicate itself
      4)liver cancer test…like feto protein.

      With an ultrasound they can see if the liver cells
      have been damaged, because if they are damaged,
      the liver would enlarge in size because the immune
      system of the body would have responded to this.
      (Inflammation would have develops in the liver
      to cause this)
      They can also see how well the blood is flowing
      through the liver, if there are any growth and
      if there may be fatty infiltrations.

      With fatty liver disease…it goes from simple
      fatty liver to Steatohepatitis. Steato means
      fat, Hepat means liver, and itis means
      inflammation. Fatty liver can be caused
      by alcohol consumption, certain medications
      like steriods, high cholesterol/triglyceride levels,
      hereditary condition, diabetes, insulin resistance,
      weight gain, metabolic disorders. They are still
      researching into this field to find out even more
      about it.
      Just an added note: Read this the other day:
      Impaired peroxisomal oxidation of polyunsaturated
      Fatty acids (PUFA) is associated with the progression
      of Nonalcoholic fatty liver (NAFL) to nonalcoholic
      Steatohepatitis (NASH). The study found significantly
      higher plasma monounsaturated fatty acids in the blood
      of patients with these two (NAFL and NASH).

      When the liver cells become damaged, then the
      inflammation will appear inside the liver that makes
      the liver enlarge in size. In many cases, this can
      be reversed if the cause is found and stopped
      and the inflammation is treated. If this cannot
      be done, it can progress to where the liver
      cells may die off and form scar tissue inside
      the liver…this is then cirrhosis and it is irreversible.

      I’m giving you a few links on NASH since that
      is what the doctor thinks it is:

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

      http://www.aafp.org/afp/20060601/1961.html

      http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/fatty-liver.html

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatty_liver

      http://www.gastro.com/Gastro/liverdisease/fatty_liver.aspx

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

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

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

  33. QUESTION:
    my mom has cirrosis.will she die…?
    i’m 14 and my mom got diagnosed with cirrosis from non-fatty liver disease and she wasnt going to tell me and my sister because she didnt think it would be a big deal but i started doing research and it says she could like develop liver cancer and stuff and im really scared that this is going to kill her. she doesnt drink or anything and shes going on a diet. will it kill her? and if so how long will it be before it does? :/

    • ANSWER:

  34. QUESTION:
    lower side/back pain?
    I am 25 years old I have diabetes and non alcoholic fatty liver disease. Iv been through tons of test for this lower side/back pain. Its dull and is not always there some days im fine and have no pain. Anyone else have this?

    • ANSWER:
      I can tell you what I know…it may help you check into this
      further:
      When the liver cells become damaged, the immune
      system of the body responds to this and causes
      inflammation inside the liver. This will cause the liver
      to enlarge in size. This can cause discomfort, slight
      pain, feeling like a fullness in this right upper
      quadrant of the abdomen. Usually, it is more to the front.

      If this was pain coming from the biliary/gallbladder area,
      because of a biliary obstruction like a gallstone…or
      a growth…or malformation of the ducts…or infection in
      the ducts; then the pain would be about half way from
      the sternum to the far right side in the right upper
      quadrant of the abdomen. This pain can refer to
      the upper back to the shoulder area.

      You mentioned that the pain is in the lower side/back pain.
      If the pain is on either side of the spinal column, just under
      the ribs itself…this could be a kidney infection or kidney
      stones moving into the ducts leading to the bladder or even
      a kidney cyst or growth. The pain usually start in this
      area and can then move toward the front about midway
      down and over toward the bladder.

      This pain may be a vertebrae problem in the back, if it
      isn’t the kidneys. Sometimes the nerves in between
      the disk and vertebrae can become pinched. It could
      also be a pulled muscle.

      An ultrasound should show if the liver is enlarged in
      size. It would also show if there is any problem with
      the biliary or the kidney area. A CT scan would
      show if there is a back skeletal problem.

      As fat continues to build up inside the liver, it
      can cause damage to the liver cells and this
      inflammation. Then it is no longer simple fatty
      liver, it is Steatohepatitis. Steato means fat,
      hepat means liver, and itis means inflammation.

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

      http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/fatty-liver.html

      http://www.gastro.com/Gastro/liverdisease/fatty_liver.aspx

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

  35. 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.

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

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

    Thanks for answering in advance.

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

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

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

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

  37. QUESTION:
    What can I do to make myself poop?
    Yesterday I saw my GI doctor because I had not pooped in 11 days. When she listened to my abdomen, she heard no GI sounds. The X-Ray she ordered showed that my colon is backed up on the left side. But apparently not bad enough to need to be hospitalized. It also showed that I have sacroiliitis, which this doctor claimed to not even know what was.

    So the doctor gave me bisacodyl evac suppositories and bisacodyl ec 5 mg tablets. (Bisacodyl is Dulcolax). I used one suppository at 8 pm last night and 3 hours later made a little poo reminiscent of what you would find coming out of a rat. At 11 pm, I took two tablets. It is now past 8 am and I have only passed another tiny little poo.

    I do not think it is dietary, because I am on a macrobiotic diet, and eating a lot of fiber. Every day for breakfast I eat a bowl of oatmeal with some cinnamon. For lunch I eat a homemade vegan taco (pinto beans, tomatoes, corn, onions, green onions, jalapenos, and spices on a baked corn tortilla). For dinner I eat homemade split pea soup (split peas, onions, barley, brown rice, and curry powder). I also drink plenty of fluids, at least 12 cups of water a day. More, if I am thirsty.

    I take 4 meds: coumadin, iron, klor-con, and lasix. The coumadin is a blood thinner, I have had blood clots in my lungs 7 times. Iron is for anemia. Lasix is a diuretic precribed by the doctor because I have a condition called lymphedema, which causes my legs to swell and leak fluid. Klor-con is potassium, to replace what the lasix causes me to lose.

    Known medical conditions include: a nodule on my right lung base, lymphedema, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, and neuropathy.

    They suspect Crohn’s disease as the cause of the GI problems, but this has not been validated by a colonoscopy. I cannot undergo that test due to my religious beliefs regarding being sedated and taking pain meds. Further, the meds used to treat Crohn’s disease all have a tendency to cause weight gain. Considering that a year ago, I weighed 500 lbs, I am not willing to sabotage my weight loss success (down 250 + lbs) by taking anything that will make me gain it back and be confined to a wheelchair again.

    So I would like to know what I can do to make myself poop. I have tried prune juice, have been taking miralax for 4 days now, twice a day, I’ve tried ingesting mineral oil, and used a warm enema. Nothing seems to work.

    • ANSWER:
      stop eating so much fiber!

  38. QUESTION:
    What could be the cause of pain in my lower right abdomen?
    I had my appendix removed 13 years ago. Six months ago, I had hernia surgery on my lower right abdomen.

    I do not have any problems with stool or movements. It is definitely not gallstones and I got excellent results from a colonoscopy.

    However, I have a constant dull pain, which is sometimes sharp, right in the area of where an appendix usually is and the area where my hernia was.

    Are the doctors missing something or is there some test I can request? The only abnormality that has been found is high enzymes with my liver. It is not hepatitis or alcohol related, as I do not drink.

    My doctor calls it Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease and said it was nothing to worry about.

    Any information would really help, as well as a source. I am 33, have never smoked/drank, 6’4″ 270 lbs.

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I have helped a few people who have had problems like that, where they have had surgery. The thing I did was to release the muscles around the incision so they can be free to work on their own rather than being caught up in with the others. Here is what to do:
      Press in on either side of the incision using both hands. Hold that pressure there for 30 seconds and release. If it is in the muscles it should be gone.

  39. QUESTION:
    eating healthy?
    my husband was just diagnosed with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and he has to cut out all junk foods and non-healthy foods! we don’t eat out a lot as it is but i’m not really a cooker either (i do cook just not often). i’m a what’s in the freezer type of girl! i want to start making healthier dishes. we’ve already started eating more salads but he’ll get bored with them eventually. and of course i know to eat more fruit but what else is there? oh and i will also start cooking with turkey instead of ground beef. anyone know any great health foods or recipes?

    and another thing to know is my husband is PICKY! he will not eat anything with onions, peppers, mayo, pickles, mustard, tuna (or any fish really). and he’s not even open to the thought, if it has things he doesn’t like, he won’t even take a tiny bite!

    help i want to help my picky husband stay healthy!

    thanks :-)

    • ANSWER:
      No mayo won’t be a problem. But your husband is going to have to educate his taste buds if he wants to stay healthy.

      Now, you could get a double-boiler/steamer and use that to cook with. That means you won’t need so many sauces for your food, and it’s pretty easy to use. Often I’ve put rice and water in the bottom, then in the basket put my vegetables and meat- such as herbed chicken.

      Speaking of herbed chicken, I make that by coating the meat (with skin and fat removed) with salt, pepper, garlic, and oregano. Sometimes I will add something else, but not often.

      Or you can get a wok and start using olive oil to cook various stir-fries.

      If your husband decides to be difficult you could always give him the apron and tell him to cook: I would consider that attitude just a bit insulting myself.

      Good luck.

  40. QUESTION:
    What happens when you have NAFLD and you drink?
    Yesterday was Cinco de Mayo, so I went out with some friends. I have Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease and rarely drink as in not more that 3 times a year 1 to 3 drinks. I had only had half of a 12 oz. cup of a frozen Margarita that was strong and I started feeling extremely dizzy with a feeling of a slow head spin. I also started to moderately sweat within about 5 minutes. It is notable to say that I hadn’t eaten anything that day and that I am over 300 lbs and not diabetic. Also, when I got home my feet and legs were very swollen, but I was sitting the whole time we were out, which was about 3 hours. It’s possible that the swelling was from a herniated disk, but it hasn’t happened before until yesterday, so I’m thinking it was from the alcohol. Please help!! I will probably go to the doctor today.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like a possible allergic reaction to something you had, a hypertension episode or, more likely, hypoglycemia. BTW, I would not be so sure that you’re not diabetic… hypoglycemia episodes can be an indicator that you are becoming diabetic. This disease is often missed during routine checks. A simple fasting blood glucose check is not enough to exclude you from the club. Until you’ve had an oral glucose tolerance test or a glycosylated hemoglobin test (HbA1C), don’t be too sure. At 300 pounds, you’re a prime candidate.

  41. QUESTION:
    ok here goes. I want to ask this serious question again. I was diagnosed with liver desease, ?
    and my liver function tests are high. I have pain on the right hand side of my abdomen in the upper abdomen, and when I get the pain it gets bad. I have what you call a non alcoholic ( as I do not drink, nor am I obese) fatty liver disease. I found out that if left untreated this can lead to liver cancer or failure, and I am very worried. I am due to get another liver blood test early January next year and I was told that if my levels are higher I will be referred to a specialist at a hospital who deals in this kind of thing. so what I want to know is is this true if left untreated can this lead to liver failure? as if it does that means death as I will refuse to get a liver transplant. YUCK. so please help me here. I am 39 and female, and need to know if my levels are higher in Jan could this mean I have the beginning of liver failure?
    PLEEEEEEZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ help
    thanks Jandy. If I am going to die it will be of this. and hey I know where I am going so really I am not affraid of death. God bless you.

    • ANSWER:
      Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the most common liver disease in the United States. It consists of two stages – a fatty liver and NASH (nonalcoholic steatohepatitis). The only way to distinguish between these two stages is by looking at a sample of liver tissue under a microscope after a liver biopsy has been performed. The medical term for a fatty liver is hepatic (liver) steatosis (fat). A fatty liver is considered a benign (harmless) condition characterized by fat deposits in liver cells (hepatocytes). This is a reversible condition, and does not have the potential to lead to cirrhosis, liver failure or liver cancer. NASH is when a fatty liver has progressed to something worse —namely inflammation (steatohepatitis) and scarring (steatonecrosis) of the liver. Unlike a fatty liver, NASH is not considered a harmless condition, but rather a liver disease with the potential to cause cirrhosis, liver failure, and liver cancer.

      The reason that NAFLD is prefaced by the word “nonalcoholic” is because the results of liver biopsies from people with NAFLD are frequently identical to those from people with alcoholic liver disease

      So, what causes NAFLD? Well, medical authorities currently believe that most cases of NAFLD are caused by a condition known as insulin resistance. But, more about this later in the chapter. What types of people are most at risk for getting NAFLD? People with type 2 diabetes (adult onset diabetes), obese people and people with hypertriglyceridemia (high level of fats {triglycerides}) in the blood) are at risk for getting NAFLD. What role do weight and diet play in NAFLD? Weight and diet play an important role in NAFLD. Excessive weight greatly increases the likelihood of someone getting NAFLD. Ditto for an unhealthy diet, especially one which is high in fats and sugars. Does lifestyle also play a role? Yes, a sedentary lifestyle will probably increase one’s chance of getting NAFLD. Contrarily, regular exercise may reduce ones chances of getting NAFLD.

      People who are overweight are more likely show signs of insulin resistance than people who are of normal weight. But keep in mind that a sedentary lifestyle and a diet rich in sugars and fat may promote insulin resistance –even among people who are not overweight. Thus, NAFLD can occur even in people of normal body weight. In fact, it is thought that most people with NAFLD have insulin resistance independent of weight

  42. QUESTION:
    How much tylenol is it safe for me to take?
    i have a lot of pain in my back and legs and i take about 1000mg’s of tylenol every night its not spread out i take it all at once and even though 1000mg’s is safe for most people i have fatty liver disease doctors don’t know what caused it yet but its non alcohol fatty liver. is it safe for me to take 1000mg’s of tylenol a day? my liver enzymes are normal and there isn’t any sign of liver damage i plan on asking my doctor but i cant see him until may so i need some advice now and please only answer if you know what your talking about

    • ANSWER:
      Since you are a special case, having fatty liver disease, of course the only answer you should trust about acetaminophen dosage should be the one from your doctor. Normal healthy people will have no problems with the amount you mention– but you are a special case. We don’t know how your liver will metabolize the drug. So please don’t settle for less than the correct answer for YOU.

      Good luck.

  43. QUESTION:
    how much tylenol is it safe for me to take?
    i have a lot of pain in my back and legs and i take about 1000mg’s of tylenol every night its not spread out i take it all at once and even though 1000mg’s is safe for most people i have fatty liver disease doctors don’t know what caused it yet but its non alcohol fatty liver. is it safe for me to take 1000mg’s of tylenol a day? my liver enzymes are normal and there isn’t any sign of liver damage i plan on asking my doctor but i cant see him until may so i need some advice now and please only answer if you know what your talking about

    • ANSWER:

  44. QUESTION:
    Please nurses or doctors, should I go to ER, urgent care clinic, or can I wait a week to see general doctor?
    I think I’m having liver problems (possibly non-alcoholic fatty acid? Maybe diabetes?)

    For years I was developing a sensitivity to supplements and paint smells.
    But the past two weeks it is out of hand. I took a small 200 mcg chromium (which never bothered me before) and almost passed out until I ate something. Its effect became too powerful in lowering my blood sugar (not diagnosed diabetic but have a sweet tooth).

    My stools are pale, urine smells like ammonia, itchy all over scalp and head, several month non-healing eczema (new problem) and boil.

    I feel ill now whenever I eat or take supplements for half and hour and get very tired and gassy, sometimes headaches and/or stomach aches. General aches in limbs (arms and calves). Very thirsty.

    I’M SCHEDULED FOR A PHYSICAL WITH THE GENERAL DOCTOR THIS THURSDAY BUT I AM WONDERING IF I SHOULD GO TO AN URGENT CARE CLINIC OR ER TODAY?
    WHICH IS APPROPRIATE WHEN DEALIG WITH POSSIBLE LIVER DISEASE?
    I RARELY SEE DOCTORS BUT I REALLY DON’T FEEL WELL.

    I APPRECIATE INPUT. THANK YOU!

    • ANSWER:
      Itchiness is sometimes seen with liver disease. So are pale stools. So is the odor of ammonia. An ammonia odor in the urine may be due to dehydration, high protein intake or conversely a sudden change to a very low protein diet. That seems like a contradiction, but it occurs. Certain urinary tract infections will lead to the odor, too.

      Stop all supplements.

      I usually recommend you see your regular doctor. If he/she can’t fit you in, go to the Urgent Care center, not the ER.

  45. QUESTION:
    which of these diseases are applicable to chickens and how do you treat them?
    Amyloidosis Infectious Bronchitis, IB – 793b Variant Sudden Death Syndrome in Broiler Parents
    Arizona infection, Arizonosis Infectious Bursal Disease, IBD, Gumboro
    Ascites Infectious Coryza
    Aspergillosis Infectious Laryngotracheitis, ILT
    Avian Encephalomyelitis Egg Drop Intussusception
    Avian Encephalomyelitis, Epidemic Tremors Leukocytozoonosis
    Avian Influenza-Highly Pathogenic (HPAI), Fowl Plague Lymphoproliferative Disease (LPD)
    Avian Leukosis (Serotype J), Myelocytomatosis Malabsorption Syndrome, Runting/Stunting
    Avian Leukosis, Lymphoid Leukosis, Leukosis/Sarkoma Group Marek’s disease
    Avian Rhinotracheitis ‘Swollen Head Syndrome’ Mycoplasma gallisepticum infection, M.g., Chronic Respiratory Disease – Chickens
    Beak Necrosis Mycoplasma gallisepticum infection, M.g., Infectious Sinusitis – Turkeys
    Bedbug Infestation Mycoplasma immitans infection
    Big Liver and Spleen Disease Mycoplasma iowae infection, M.i.
    Biotin Deficiency, Including Fatty Liver and Kidney Syndrome Mycoplasma meleagridis infection, M.m.
    Biting Lice Mycoplasma synoviae infection, M.s. Infectious Synovitis
    Blackfly Infestation Mycotoxicosis
    Botulism Necrotic Enteritis
    Breast Blister Newcastle Disease (Paramyxovirus 1)
    Caecal Worm Non-starter and ‘Starve-out’s
    Calcium Tetany Oregon Disease – Deep Pectoral Myopathy
    Campylobacter Infection Ornithobacterium Infection, ORT
    Candidiasis, Moniliasis, Thrush Osteomyelitis Complex, Turkey
    Cannibalism, Feather pecking Osteoporosis, Cage Fatigue
    Capillariasis – Hairworm Infection Paramyxovirus 2 – Yucaipa Disease
    Cellulitis Paramyxovirus-3
    Chicken Anaemia Paramyxovirus-6
    Chlamydiosis, Psittacosis, Ornithosis PEMS and Spiking Mortality of Turkeys
    Chondrodystrophy, Slipped Tendon or Perosis Pendulous Crop
    Coccidiosis of Turkeys Proventricular Worms
    Coccidiosis, Caecal, E tenella Pseudotuberculosis
    Coccidiosis, E mitis Pullet disease, Bluecomb, Avian Monocytosis
    Coccidiosis, E praecox Red Mite and Northern Fowl Mite
    Coccidiosis, Ileorectal, E brunetti Respiratory Adenovirus Infection, ‘Mild Respiratory Disease’
    Coccidiosis, Intestinal, of Ducks and Geese Respiratory Disease Complex
    Coccidiosis, Kidney Reticuloendotheliosis, Lympoid Tumour Disease
    Coccidiosis, Mid-intestinal, E maxima Rickets (hypocalcaemic)
    Coccidiosis, Mid-intestinal, E necatrix Rickets (hypophosphataemic)
    Coccidiosis, Upper Intestinal, E acervulina Rotavirus Infection
    Colibacillosis, Colisepticemia Roundworm, large – Ascaridia
    Contact Dermatitis, Hock Burn, Pododermatitis Ruptured Gastrocnemius Tendon
    Cropworms Salmonella Gallinarum, Fowl Typhoid
    Cryptosporidiosis Salmonella Pullorum, Pullorum Disease, ‘Bacillary White Diarrhoea’
    Dactylariosis Salmonellosis, Paratyphoid Infections
    Degenerative Joint Disease Salmonellosis, S. Enteritidis and S. Typhimurium infections
    Depluming and Scaly Leg Mites Salpingitis
    Dissecting Aneurysm, Aortic Rupture Shaky Leg Syndrome
    Duck Viral Hepatitis Spiking Mortality of Chickens
    Duck Virus Enteritis, Duck Plague Spirochaetosis
    Dysbacteriosis, Non-specific Bacterial Enteritis Spondylolisthesis, Kinky-back
    Egg Drop Syndrome 76 Spraddle Legs or Splay Leg
    Endocarditis Staphylococcosis, Staphylococcal Arthritis, Bumble Foot
    Epiphysiolysis Streptococcus bovis Septicaemia
    Equine Encephalitis (EEE, WEE, VEE) Sudden Death Syndrome, ‘Flipover’
    Erysipelas Tapeworms, Cestodes
    Fatty Liver Haemorrhagic Syndrome Tibial Dyschondroplasia, TD
    Favus Ticks
    Femoral Head Necrosis – FHN Transmissible Enteritis, Bluecomb
    Fowl Cholera, Pasteurellosis Trichomoniasis, Canker, Frounce
    Fowl Pox, Pox, Avian Pox Tuberculosis
    Gangrenous Dermatitis, Necrotic Dermatitis Turkey Coryza
    Gape Turkey Rhinotracheitis (Adult)
    Gizzard worms – Chickens Turkey Rhinotracheitis (in rear)
    Gizzard worms – Geese Turkey Viral Hepatitis
    Goose Parvovirus (Derzsy’s Disease) Twisted leg
    Haemorrhagic Disease, Aplastic Anaemia, Haemorrhagic Anaemia Ulcerative Enteritis, Quail disease
    Haemorrhagic Enteritis Vibrionic Hepatitis, Avian Infectious Hepatitis
    Heat Stress Viral Arthritis
    Hexamitiasis Visceral Gout, Nephrosis, Baby Chick Nephropathy
    Histamonosis, Histomoniasis, Blackhead Vitamin A Deficiency, Nutritional Roup
    Hydropericardium-Hepatitis Syndrome, Angara Disease Vitamin B Deficiencies
    Impaction and Foreign Bodies of Gizzard Vitamin E Deficiency, Encephalomalacia, Exudative Diathesis, Muscular Dystrophy
    Inclusion Body Hepatitis Yolk Sac Infection, Omphallitis
    Infectious Bronchitis, IB

    • ANSWER:
      Mine is from Wikipedia.org
      where did you get your list ???!!!!

      Chickens are susceptible to several parasites, including lice, mites, ticks, fleas, and intestinal worms, as well as other diseases. (Despite the name, they are not affected by Chickenpox; the illness is generally restricted to humans.[26])

      Some of the common diseases that affect chickens are shown below:
      Name Common Name Caused by
      Aspergillosis fungi
      Avian influenza bird flu virus
      Histomoniasis Blackhead disease protozoal parasite
      Botulism toxin
      Cage Layer Fatigue mineral deficiencies, lack of exercise
      Campylobacteriosis tissue injury in the gut
      Coccidiosis parasites
      Colds virus
      Crop Bound

      improper feeding
      Dermanyssus gallinae Red mite parasite
      Egg bound oversized egg
      Erysipelas bacteria
      Fatty Liver Hemorrhagic Syndrome high-energy food
      Fowl Cholera

      bacteria
      Fowl pox virus
      Fowl Typhoid

      bacteria
      Gallid herpesvirus 1
      or Infectious Laryngotracheitis virus
      Gapeworm Syngamus trachea worms
      Infectious Bronchitis

      virus
      Infectious Bursal Disease Gumboro virus
      Infectious Coryza

      bacteria
      Lymphoid leukosis Avian leukosis virus
      Marek’s disease virus
      Moniliasis Yeast Infection
      or Thrush fungi
      Mycoplasmas bacteria-like organisms
      Newcastle disease virus
      Necrotic Enteritis

      bacteria
      Omphalitis Mushy chick disease umbilical cord stump
      Peritonitis

      [27] Infection in abdomen from egg yolk
      Prolapse

      Psittacosis bacteria
      Pullorum Salmonella bacteria
      Scaly leg parasites
      Squamous cell carcinoma cancer
      Tibial dyschondroplasia speed growing
      Toxoplasmosis protozoal parasite
      Ulcerative Enteritis bacteria

      Hope this list Helps you and your Chickens what a question..;-?

  46. QUESTION:
    What is this disease?
    In 1995, my mom was a 38. She started having back pain, then falling on occasion. Dr. realigned her back a few times. Then she started needing a cane, then a walker, then one morning could not move her legs at all. She has feeling but no voluntary movement. This happened in a 3 month period. She was placed in a mental hospital by an idiot Dr. who couldn’t find anything physical wrong. We took her out after a month, where she fell into a coma for 6 months. Once she came out of it, her legs were stuck in a sitting position, never extending out. Again she feels everything but cant move them. Over the years she has seen hundreds of Dr. none of which can figure it out. Not a stroke, not a heart attack, nothing showing in blood work. Since then she has developed diabetes, osteoporosis(a result of removing uterus after heavy bleeding) and fatty liver syndrome(which has cleared and functions normal again) She has leg spasms, lost 1/3 of her brain cells, has balance problems and is practically blind now. In the last few months she has had many days when she sleeps non stop, slurred speech, incoherent, and refuses to eat. For medical purposes, she is technically white, of English, Irish, and Jewish descent. Unfortunately we have little family background as her Jewish father’s family refused to acknowledge her or my grandparents marriage and my grandmother was adopted by her aunt and uncle. Hoping other people out there have seen this and know what it is. We are caring for her at home and with her brigade of doctors, but would be nice to know what this really is and how to really treat it, instead of treating things as they come.
    To anwser Purpleheart, The 100′s of Doctors has been from 1995 until now. She was falling for no real reason. She couldn’t explain it, she had no pain and her legs didn’t give out. The orginal doctor said it was all in her head, of course it wasn’t. Cephalopathy is what they have decided on, but since that is only a general term for any disease of the brain, not much huh. She has had every type of scan every made.The Dr that placed her in the mental home said that since she could find nothing in any blood panels or scans, it had to be a mental issue. She was in her 80′s so she was a quack. The coma they don’t really understand either. She just fell asleep and didn’t wake up for 6 months. She was not diabetic then. The cause of her diabetes now is because of all these years of medications, over 20 different pills most 4 times a day for spasms, pain, to regulate mood, to keep her legs from swelling, etc eating away at her liver. She didn’t have any problems before, and her sugar tests al
    And to answer abijann, her liver is functioning normally now. Her doctor replaced several medications that were affecting her liver, and they did 2 liver biopsy’s in the last 2 years. Everything has checked out. Thanks for the answer.
    Purple heart continued…….glucose tests have always and still come out normal, although we know from checking every two hours it gets very high at times, and very low. She was in the hospital for a week because it dropped to 12. Blood pressure has always been perfect. No smoking, no drinking, no family history of disease. Cholesterol is good. Slightly overweight, not obese. She has her uterus removed because of a 5 pound blood clot in her uterus. 1/3 brain cells we know from scans before coma ,during and after. Balance started when she woke up, as well as depression, who wouldn’t be waking up paralyzed from the waste down but feeling everything. Her eye sight failing is blamed on all the meds.
    The depression comes and goes, usually good with meds, started about 6 months after she woke up. There has been times that she has needed to switch meds, hearing voices and such, but once meds were switched she was fine. Mental disorders have been completely ruled out due to the brain scans showing actual damage over the years. In the first 8 months showed rapid loss. The scans today and the scans then are almost exactly alike. Some cells have died off but very few.

    • ANSWER:
      I would suggest seeking both karyotyping and genotyping.

      At the age of 26 I had karyotyping (as a routine work up for infertility).

      And discovered I have an actual syndrome.

      I then did very limited genetic testing to screen for 109 conditions and found I have four and carry two more.

      I have begun (almost 30 now) having seroius health effects from these various conditions.

      Unfortunately I could not begin to guess at what your mother may or may not have as the very nature of genetic illness is that it always boils down to the individual due to the specturms of each disease and outcome of that in each person.

      It’s worth a peek.

      Genetic testing usually takes around 10weeks to compelte.

  47. QUESTION:
    health questions help?
    What is key to improve cancer’s survival rates?

    improve people’s nutrition and lifestyle choices
    more research into better chemotherapy drugs
    programs that stress early detection and intervention
    better surgical techniques to remove all cancer cells

    34. What is the disease that involves changes in the nerves and chemicals of the brain leading to memory loss, personality changes, and complete dependency?

    Parkinson’s
    Alzheimer’s
    Paget’s
    Grave’s

    35. Which of the following is not a disorder related to hypertension?

    congestive heart failure
    stroke
    diabetes mellitus
    heart attack

    36. How is hepatitis B typically transmitted?

    fecal-oral route
    bacteria and its spores
    contaminated blood or sexual contact
    breast-feeding

    37. Which STD can cause blindness in a newborn baby if it infects the baby’s eyes during the birth process while producing a greenish yellowish drainage from the reproductive organs of the infected adults?

    syphilis
    gonorrhea
    genital herpes
    chlamydia

    38. Which STD begins as chancres or open lesions on the reproductive organs and can invade the nerous system causing difficulty speaking, headaches, blurred or diminishing vision, seisures, problems with memory and thinking, and depression?

    syphilis
    gonorrhea
    genital herpes
    chlamydia

    39. Which organ is affected by hepatitis?

    brain
    stomach
    uterus
    liver

    40. Which of the following is not a form of anthrax infection?

    digestive (gastrointestinal)
    circulatory (blood)
    skin (cutaneous)
    respiratory (inhalation)

    41. The lack of which of the following hormones from the pancreas prevents the body from regulating its own blood sugar?

    insulin
    adrenaline
    testosterone
    melanin

    42. Which of the following bacterial STDs is the most common in the United States causing the formation of a painless lesion which may result in scarring of the pelvic organs and sterility?

    gonorrhea
    genital warts
    syphilis
    chlamydia

    43. What is the cause of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy?

    bacteria
    virus
    prion
    fungi

    44. Which of the following best describes symptoms of BSE (Mad Cow Disease)?

    fatty plaque in the arteries leading to chest pain
    loss of the ability to sense, move, and think
    skin rash, digestive disturbances, and difficulty breathing
    severe headache or no symptoms at all

    45. Which of the following best describes symptoms of diabetes mellitus?

    crushing chest pain, nausea, weakness, and fatigue
    excessive urination, thirst, and hunger
    flu-like symptoms, headache, and stiff neck
    loss of coordination on one side, slurred speech, and difficulty concentrating

    46. Which of the following could cause a non-communicable disease?

    viruses
    bacteria
    smoking
    fungi

    47. Which of the following is an example of a communicable disease?

    Alzheimer’s disease
    common cold
    heart disease
    diabetes mellitus

    48. Which of the following is NOT a reason it is difficult to cope with a chronic illness?

    financial obligations to cover treatment and care that health insurance may not cover
    loss of physical independence which requires more assistance with the activities of daily living
    knowledge that the person will get better with the appropriate medications
    dealing with depression and grief for the diagnosis

    49. When does the HIV positive stage move into full-blown AIDS?

    when the red blood cell count rises above 7 million cells per cubic millimeter
    when the cells have metastasized from their original location to the brain
    when the heart fails to pump blood properly causing swelling and difficulty breathing
    when the T-cell count falls below 200 cells per cubic millimeter

    50. Which of the following is NOT a leading cause of death in the United States today?

    pneumonia
    heart attack
    stroke
    diabetes mellitus

    • ANSWER:
      ask the data from the DOH

  48. QUESTION:
    health questions, not very many. I had 60 but i answered 45. Please help?
    Note: I have 45 out of 60 answered, these ones i need help with…

    Which of the following is NOT a reason it is difficult to cope with a chronic illness?

    financial obligations to cover treatment and care that health insurance may not cover
    loss of physical independence which requires more assistance with the activities of daily living
    knowledge that the person will get better with the appropriate medications
    dealing with depression and grief for the diagnosis

    When does the HIV positive stage move into full-blown AIDS?

    when the red blood cell count rises above 7 million cells per cubic millimeter
    when the cells have metastasized from their original location to the brain
    when the heart fails to pump blood properly causing swelling and difficulty breathing
    when the T-cell count falls below 200 cells per cubic millimeter

    Which of the following is NOT a leading cause of death in the United States today?

    pneumonia
    heart attack
    stroke
    diabetes mellitus

    Which of the following is not a form of anthrax infection?

    digestive
    circulatory
    skin
    respiratory

    The lack of which of the following hormones from the pancreas prevents the body from regulating its own blood sugar?

    insulin
    adrenaline
    testosterone
    melanin

    Which of the following bacterial STDs is the most common in the United States causing the formation of a painless lesion which may result in scarring of the pelvic organs and sterility?

    gonorrhea
    genital warts
    syphilis
    chlamydia

    What is the cause of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy?

    bacteria
    virus
    prion
    fungi

    Which of the following best describes symptoms of BSE (Mad Cow Disease)?

    fatty plaque in the arteries leading to chest pain
    loss of the ability to sense, move, and think
    skin rash, digestive disturbances, and difficulty breathing
    severe headache or no symptoms at all

    Which of the following best describes symptoms of diabetes mellitus?

    crushing chest pain, nausea, weakness, and fatigue
    excessive urination, thirst, and hunger
    flu-like symptoms, headache, and stiff neck
    loss of coordination on one side, slurred speech, and difficulty concentrating

    Which of the following could cause a non-communicable disease?

    viruses
    bacteria
    smoking
    fungi

    Which of the following is an example of a communicable disease?

    Alzheimer’s disease
    common cold
    heart disease
    diabetes mellitus

    Which of the following is not a disorder related to hypertension?

    congestive heart failure
    stroke
    diabetes mellitus
    heart attack

    How is hepatitis B typically transmitted?

    fecal-oral route
    bacteria and its spores
    contaminated blood or sexual contact
    breast-feeding

    Which STD can cause blindness in a newborn baby if it infects the baby’s eyes during the birth process while producing a greenish yellowish drainage from the reproductive organs of the infected adults?

    syphilis
    gonorrhea
    genital herpes
    chlamydia

    Which STD begins as chancres or open lesions on the reproductive organs and can invade the nerous system causing difficulty speaking, headaches, blurred or diminishing vision, seisures, problems with memory and thinking, and depression?

    syphilis
    gonorrhea
    genital herpes
    chlamydia

    Which organ is affected by hepatitis?

    brain
    stomach
    uterus
    liver

    • ANSWER:
      Thank-you for the brain exercise. These questions are always fun.
      1-3
      2-2
      3-1
      4-3
      5-1
      6-2
      7-2
      8-2
      9-3
      10-2
      11-1
      12-1
      13-3
      14-4

  49. 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!

  50. QUESTION:
    Nutrients in Digestive System? Urget, please help!?
    I have a bio test on this stuff in 2 days and would like an answer key to help me study from, all I need is your help! Please? Thanks!

    1. All organic compunds contain
    a) sulfur
    b) nitrogen
    c) carbon
    d) phosphorus

    2. Which one of the following biochemical groups is not considered organic?
    a) carbohydrates
    b) lipids
    c) proteins
    d) minerals

    3. Which of the following biochemicals would be used as a first source of energy by the body?
    a) fats
    b) carbohydrates
    c) muscles
    d) glucose

    4. Polysaccharides (such as starch, gycogen, and cellulose) are long chain polymers of
    a) fructose
    b) sucrose
    c) amylase
    d) glucose

    5. Excess simple sugars in our bodies are stored in the liver in the form of
    a) glycogen
    b) startch
    c) glucose
    d) fat

    6. __________ aids in the retention of water by the large intestine, prevents constipation, and reduces the likelihood of colon cancer.
    a) vitamin K
    b) fiber
    c) cholesterol
    d) sulfur

    7. Lipid molecules with single bonds and the maximum number of hydrogen atoms present are called:
    a) vegetable fats
    b) unsaturated fatty acids
    c) saturated fatty acuds
    d) none of the above

    8. Which of the following is not a lipid?
    a) cholesterol
    b) glycogen
    c) wax
    d) oils

    9. Triglycerides, steroids and cholesterol are all
    a) carbohydrates
    b) proteins
    c) lipids
    d) vitamins

    10. Cell membranes are made up of:
    a) sugars and proteins
    b) carbohydrates and fats
    c) lipids and proteins
    d) startch and fats

    11. There are 10 amino acids that cannot be synthesized by the human body and must be obtained in the diet. These are called __________ amino acids.
    a) essential
    b) non-essential
    c) complex
    d) simple

    12. A strict vegetarian diet is dangerous because:
    a) it doesn’t provide enough calories
    b) it doesn’t provide enough fat
    c) it doesn’t provide the necessary essential amino acids
    d) it doesn’t provide enough vitamins and minerals

    13. Which of the substances below is not a protein?
    a) sucrase
    b) pepsin
    c) gastrin
    d) lactose

    14. Match the following molecules with their digestive end-products: carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids,
    a) amino acids, glucose molecules, glycerol and fatty acids, nucleotides
    b) glucose molecules, glycerol and fatty acids, amino acids, nucleotides
    c) glycerol and fatty acids, glucose molecules, nucleotides, amino acids
    d) nucleotides, glycerol and fatty acids, glucose molecules, amino acids

    15. What is the function of many water soluble vitamins?
    a) subsitute for amino acids
    b) functions as enzymes
    c) functions as coenzymes
    d) substitute for minerals

    16. Bacertia in the large intestine of humans are the chief source of vitamin:
    a) K
    b) C
    c) B
    d) A

    17. __________ is the beauty vitamin. Dry, itchy skin and poor night vision are two symptoms of a deficiency of this vitamin.
    a) A
    b) B
    c) C
    d) D

    18. Which of the following minerals is a structural component of teeth and bones?
    a) iodine
    b) calcium
    c) sodium
    d) sulfur

    19. _______ is an infancy and childhood disease characterized by the bowing of the legs that is the result of a Vitamin D deficiency.
    a) Goitre
    b) Rickets
    c) Scurvy
    d) Anemia

    20. The following obersvations were obtained when 2 unknown food samples were subjected to 4 different tests.

    FOOD TEST SAMPLE X SAMPLE Y
    Biuret Test violet light blue
    Iodine Test red-orange black
    Benedict’s Test orange yellow
    Sudan IV Test Sudan IV dissolved Sudan IV dissolved

    The similarity between food samples X and Y is that both
    a) contain sugar
    b) contain starch
    c) lack protein
    d) do not contain lipids

    21. When Benedict’s solution is added to a foodstuff and heated, the presence of yellowish-orange precipitate indicates that the foodstuff contains:
    a) starches
    b) reducing sugars
    c) proteins
    d) lipids

    22. Use the following information to answer the question below.

    Beans Milk Bread Oatmeal
    Benedict’s Test – - + -
    Sudan IV Dye + + – -
    Iodine Test + – + -
    Biuret Test + + – +

    Key: positive test = +
    negative test = -

    A reducing sugar may be found in
    a) beans, oatmeal, and bread
    b) milk
    c) bread
    d) oatmeal and bread

    23. When egg white was tested for the presence of a protein, a deep purple solution formed. The indicator added to the egg solution was
    a) Sudan IV
    b) Iodine
    c) Biuret Reagent
    d) Benedict’s Solution

    24. A positive transluscence test will confirm that a _________ was being tested.
    a) carbohydrate
    b) protein
    c) lipid
    d) vitamin

    • ANSWER:
      c
      d
      a
      b
      d
      b
      a
      c
      c
      d
      b
      There I did half!


Fatty Liver Alcohol

Lecithin and Fatty Liver Syndrome
We’ve all been introduced to childhood diabetes, heart conditions, and sky high cholesterol numbers. It seems that a diet consisting mainly of hydrogenated and processed fats, fried foods and super starches all comes back to haunt today’s children and adolescents with all sorts of health problems, even as childhood obesity continues to be a major concern. But despite the seriousness in the impact of these problems, their occurrence takes an inevitable backseat to what cold be the greatest problem ever encountered in the collective declining health of our children. This emerging medical issue is known as Fatty Liver Syndrome.

What is Fatty Liver Syndrome?

When doctors talk to you about NASH, which stands for Non Alcoholic Steatorrhoeic Hepatosis or Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD), don’t be put off by these big terms. It is the same thing as fatty liver syndrome, which really just means that your liver is being invaded with exorbitant amounts of fat. While fatty liver or NASH is very common in overweight persons over the age of 30, the syndrome has also been said to occur frequently among children pre-pubescent years and above.
As the name itself suggests, a fatty liver contains an excessive amount of fat. Because of this, normal healthy liver tissue is partly replaced with areas of unhealthy fats. This in turn causes the liver to become slightly enlarged and heavier and gives it a yellow greasy appearance.

The liver is responsible for removing the toxins, dead cells, microorganisms, and fat from the blood stream. However, if you have fatty liver, instead of straining the blood of all harmful elements, it cannot do that anymore. This causes the blood stream to become overloaded with toxins and fat.

The Role of Lecithin in the Liver

Lecithin is a phospholipid that is found in every single living cell. It is composed mainly of three types of phospholipids: phosphatidylcholine (PC), phosphatidylinositol (PI), and phosphatidylethanol (PE). As a major component of the cell membrane, lecithin acts as an emulsifier, keeping the essential fatty acids apart from other molecules within the cell. This role of lecithin is very important since fatty acids are so delicate that when exposed to oxidation, they may become rancid, causing harm to the body.

Lecithin is also present in bile where it does what it always does – keeping fatty substances. The bile is a substance essential to digestion and produced by the liver to be stored in the gallbladder. When lecithin is doing all it should in the bile, it eases digestion and helps your body absorb nutrients better.

One component of lecithin, choline is an essential nutrient, just as fatty acids are. The body must depend on the foods that we eat in order to get adequate supply of choline. The role of choline in the body may be the key to overcoming fatty liver syndrome. Scientists have found that choline is essential for helping to turn fat into energy within the liver. By taking in more choline, either as a standalone choline supplement or allow your own body to synthesize lecithin supplement to choline, you could help reverse the damage caused by fatty liver syndrome.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    I have just been dx with hep c and non alcohol fatty liver and gall stones. I am lost, I dont fit into any cat?
    I have no clue how I got it, I dont fit into any high risk group. But I have had many surgeries on my bladder and other organs, to my knowledge I have never had a blood transfusion due to my religous beliefs. Now I am scared, I worry that I may have passed this on to my loved ones. I guess I am just very scared of what is ahead of me.

    • ANSWER:
      Hepatitis C….

      Hep C is a virus that goes inside the body &
      uses a patients reproductive machinery of the liver
      cell to replicate itself. When it uses that cell, the cell
      dies and it moves onto to others. You can tell how
      much virus there is by learning your “viral load” by
      blood tests.
      It is found in almost all body fluids, blood,
      blood products, hemodialysis, needle sticks
      or tattoos, contaminated colonscope, accupuncture
      or during surgery.
      It can be transmitted through intercourse, but it is rare.
      ( mucosal barrier is broken) It is best that men use
      a condom. Hep C is usually not transmitted by sneezing,
      coughing, hugging, eatting utensils or casual contact.

      Family members should be tested to be sure they
      have not contacted the virus. However, more than
      one test should be taken over time to be positive,
      because when first contacted, the viral load might
      not be enough to show up as yet.

      Therapy is drugs like pegylated interferon, Ribavirin,
      Telaprevir, and Boceprevir.

      Hep C virus doesn’t normally progress as fast as
      other liver diseases do….some people can live 20 to
      30 years before the develop “serious” damage to the
      liver.

      Links, you can click on:

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

      http://www.hepctrust.org.uk/The+Liver/How+HCV+affects+the+functions+of+the+liver.htm

      Movie about the liver and Hepatitis C, with others to choose after
      this movie is done:

      http://hepatitis-c.emedtv.com/hepatitis-c-video/the-human-liver.html

      NAFLD or Non alcohol causes of fatty liver disease:

      The causes are usually…weight gain, obesity, fast
      weight loss, malnourishment, high cholesterol/triglyceride
      levels, diabetes, insulin resistance, certain kinds of
      medications, sometimes pregnancy, and others.

      Simple fatty liver doesn’t really cause a problem in the
      liver. However, as fat builds up inside the liver, it can
      damage the liver cells. When the liver cells are
      damaged, the immune system of the body will respond to
      this. It causes inflammation inside the liver which will
      cause the liver to enlarge in size. This is, then, no longer
      simple fatty liver…it is Steatohepatitis. STeato stands
      for fat, hepat stands for liver, itis stands for inflammation.

      Following the doctors instructions on how to reverse this
      is best now. Sometime changes in diet, use of medications,
      & other things can help this.

      NASH stands for Non alcoholic causes of Steatohepatitis

      Links to click on:

      http://www.gastro.com/Gastro/liverdisease/fatty_liver.aspx

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

      Gallstones:

      Gallstones usually do not cause a problem when inside
      the gallbladder, as far as pain in concerned. The pain starts
      when they move out into the bile ducts & obstruct the
      flow of bile, which can back up into the liver & cause
      liver cell damage. If the gallbladder is full of stones, it
      is best to have the gallbladder removed. If the stones
      are in the duct, sometimes they can remove the stones
      with a procedure known as ERCP. However, people do
      pass these stones on their own, at times.

      http://www.markfuscomd.com/gallbladder.htm

      Surgical Treatment: http://www.markfuscomd.com/cholecytectomy.htm

      The doctor does blood testing:
      1) the liver enzymes tests (known as the ALT, AST, GGT,
      and Alkaline Phosphatase) should show if there is damage
      to the liver/biliary cells.
      2) the liver function tests (known as the Bilirubin, INR,
      Albumin, Pt, Ptt) will show how well the liver cells are
      able to perform the many functions of the liver.
      3) and the liver viral blood tests to check for
      Hepatitis A,B,C,etc virus in the liver.
      To look up these tests to learn more about them, just
      place the name of the tests I mentioned here and it
      should explain each one:

      http://www.labtestsonline.org

      All the above can cause liver cell damage. This is
      what can take place:
      The liver cells become damaged, the immune system
      of the body will respond to this damage and cause
      inflammation inside the liver…this leads to the
      liver enlarging in size. (Can be seen on an ultrasound
      or Ct scan). As the inflammation progresses,
      the liver cells may die off & form scar tissue inside
      the liver. The scar tissue that develops in the liver
      will start to block the flow of blood through the liver on
      its way back to the heart & also to the functioning liver
      cells, so they continue to die off. This disease then
      becomes an irreversible disease of Liver Cirrhosis.

      Links to click on:

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

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

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

  2. QUESTION:
    can I drink alcohol if I have a fatty liver?
    can I still drink alcohol with a fatty liver? and what is the safe amount for me to drink with a fatty liver?

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver disease has many different causes:
      alcohol consumption, weight gain, high cholesterol/
      triglyceride levels, diabetes, insulin resistance,
      mal nourishment, hereditary conditions, and
      others.

      Fat infiltration in the liver causes pressure.
      So much pressure that it can easily push the
      nucleus of the liver cells out of position.
      (The liver is surrounded by a membrane
      capsule)…so you can imagine the pressure
      this fat has on the liver cells.

      Usually, if a person knows the cause and
      is able to stop it..then the liver cells can heal.

      If the fat causes the liver cells damage,
      the immune system of the body responds to
      this damage and causes inflammation inside
      the liver (think about the pressure there now).
      The inflammation then causes the liver to
      enlarge in size. Is this serious…OH, yes.
      It has changed from Simple fatty liver disease
      to Steatohepatitis. Steato stands for fat,
      hepat stands for liver, itis stands for inflammation.

      What happens now is quite serious. The liver
      cells are not just damaged, they start to die off.
      When this happens, scar tissue forms inside
      the liver that blocks the flow of blood through
      the liver on its way back to the heart and also
      blocks the flow of blood to the other liver cells
      so they continue to die off. It is now an
      irreversible disease known as Cirrhosis of the
      liver. The cells of the liver keep dying off till
      the entire liver is dead.

      Any cause of the fat inside the liver has to be
      eliminated, if possible. Alcohol consumption,
      whether it is an overdose of it or casual drinking
      over a long period of time can cause fat to
      build up more in the liver. ALL Liver Patients
      are told: NO alcohol. Alcohol can also
      have a reaction with many drugs whether they
      are prescribed or not.

      I hope this information has been of help to you.
      It is best to stay safe and do what you can now
      to save yourself going through such a horrible
      disease.

      Best wishes to you.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. QUESTION:
    can drinking alcohol make a fatty liver worst?
    I have a friend that has a fatty liver and still wants to drink like party drink at least once a week. Does anyone know if this can make her fatty liver worst? she is probably drinking about 20 beers or so.

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver is marked by a build-up of fat cells in the liver. Usually there are no symptoms, although the liver may be enlarged and you may experience discomfort in your upper abdomen. Fatty liver occurs in almost all people who drink heavily. The condition will improve after you stop drinking.

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

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

  7. QUESTION:
    alcohol fatty liver????
    if you have a fatty liver due to alcohol do you have to change your diet like nonalcoholic fatty liver people do? or do you just stop using alcohol?

    • ANSWER:
      both are the same in addition u must stop alcohol

  8. QUESTION:
    Can Alcohol make a fatty liver worst?
    I have a friend that has a fatty liver and still wants to drink like party drink at least once a week. Does anyone know if this can make her fatty liver worst? she is probably drinking about 20 beers or so.

    • ANSWER:
      the biggest cause of fatty liver is alcohol

  9. QUESTION:
    If a person has a fatty liver can they drink alcohol?
    and what happens if they do?
    abijan, I have a problem with sticking to “NO” alcohol since my birthday is coming up and I need to celebrate, also there are plenty of other holidays during the year.
    Why wont I be able to get a transplant when it comes the time to need one and no, I do not start the morning with a drink in fact, I wait till it’s late at night to drink.

    • ANSWER:
      It just makes your fatty liver worse. I doubt you need a holiday or your birthday to drink. From all your questions, I would say you probably celebrate getting up in the morning with a drink. Too bad you won’t be able to get a transplant when it comes the time you will need one.

  10. QUESTION:
    Why does chronic alcohol consumption promote fatty liver and vitamin deficiency?
    Emphasis on the WHY :)

    • ANSWER:
      Alcohol and Non alcoholic causes of fatty liver disease is
      still being studied. However, some of the things that they
      believe may be the cause of this fat infiltraton in the
      liver and vitamin deficiency are:
      1) That many alcoholic do not eat well enough to get
      the correct nutrition.
      Some people are more sensitive to alcohol than others are,
      some are even allergic to it.
      2) Genes may play a part. Collagen synthesis has to be
      started by the collagen gene. The gene may be
      different in each individual. Scar tissue is made up of
      protein collagen. They have proven that there is a
      change in the profiles of various enzymes involved in
      the metabolism of alcohol and that there is
      mitochondrial dysfunctions and also cytokine polymorphism.
      3) Free radicals: These radicals are released in alcohol
      consumption that can cause destruction of essential
      cell components of the cell membranes. The defense
      mechanism is usually the functions of the chemicals of
      glutathione (GSH) and vitamin (E). which is now
      impaired in those who drink alcohol.
      Acetaldehyde is the first step in metabolising the alcohol…
      it is a generator of free radicals that promotes cell membrane
      damage and stimulates the synthesis of collagen. When this
      acetaldehyde attachs to liver proteins…it triggers the
      inflammatory response of the immune system.
      4) Alcohol increases the rate of oxygen metabolism.
      Which, in turn, increases the toxicity to the liver from
      inductrial solvents, medications, and even vitamins.
      5) Those who have fatty liver, they have a higher
      NADH concentration of fatty acid synthesis and
      a decrease NAD leading to decreased fatty acid
      oxidation. This higher level of fatty acid signals
      the liver cells to form triglycerides.

      As the liver cells die off, the less functions the liver
      cells can do. Alcohol is one of the main causes of
      damage to the liver cells. If it is not converted
      completely from alcohol to acetaldehyde, to acetate,
      to carbon dioxide and water…then it can become
      toxic to the liver cells. As the liver cells die off;
      This can also lead to vitamin dificiency…since the
      liver will no longer be able to store fat soluble vitamins
      well. So, it depends on how much functions the liver
      cells have left, when a person has damaged the liver
      through alcohol consumption.

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

  11. 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.

  12. QUESTION:
    Does marijuana effect the liver if you have a fatty liver?
    Does marijuana effect the liver if you have a fatty liver?

    i have recently been diagnosed with an acute fatty liver from alcohol use the doctor says it will go away so long as i dont drink…..do i have to worry about marijuana will it damage my liver more????

    • ANSWER:

  13. QUESTION:
    Is it okay to drink alcohol if you have non alcoholic fatty liver disease?
    because theres a party this weekend and I never drink and I want to try some but not if it’s going to mess up my liver more….

    • ANSWER:
      No, it’s not OK. Talk to your doctor about this.

  14. QUESTION:
    fatty liver from alcohol?
    ok im 18 and i have been drinking since i was 15 and i drink like 2 times a week but i usually get drunk so im having 12 beers 2 times a week could i have fatty liver? also i know that if you stop drinking the fat from your liver will go away but how long does this take for the fat to go away and im not over weight or anything thanks

    • ANSWER:
      It is possible, it is even possible to get a fatty liver when drinking no alcohol.

      While no genetic cause has been found, some people are more susceptible than others to fatty liver which can lead to steatohepatitis (a form of liver damage from a build up of of fats in the liver.) In those more sensitive to it, a relatively small amount of alcohol consumption can cause problems.

      Generally a fatty liver has no symptoms in its beginning stages. People are often diagnosed by tests being run for other diseases.

      So to answer your question: Yes, it is possible. Is it probable? That is hard to say without knowing more of your and your families medical history. Being over weight is a factor, and you say you are not so that is one good thing. But being over weight is not the only factor in this.

      If it is something that causes you worry – it might be worth asking your doctor for a blood test.

      I hope that helps.

  15. QUESTION:
    fatty liver induced by alcohol is caused by the following mechanisms except:?
    Increased delivery of free fatty acids
    increased utilization of liver triglycerides

    • ANSWER:
      except increased utilization of triglycerides.

      your liver isn’t using/burning triglycerides. it is storing them as LDL.

      delivery of more free fatty acid to liver–>make them into triglyceride–>store as cholesterols (LDL, vLDL)

  16. QUESTION:
    can a 23 year old get cirrhosis of the liver if they have fatty liver disease and drink alcohol?
    I was diagnosed with a fatty liver as a result of a blood test a few years back and was prescribed Deforming and Lovaza what are these medicines used for? from that day on I have been taking only Lovaza and I refused to take Metformin since it says on the bottle “DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES WHILE TAKING THIS MEDICATION” since I like to drink I ditched the Metformin and drank instead now my Triglycereds are 939 and I am not exactly sure if I still have fatty liver but I have been drinking these two years ever since that test. before I had fatty liver I used to eat greasy foods and junk food I would eat a bunch of Mayonniase with every meal but I didn’t really drink that much so I was thinking that my fatty liver was due to my food choices not the drinking.
    I know I wont be able to give up drinking completely since I like the taste of alcohol plus my grandfather drinks alot of beer and vodka and he is 74 years old and he has been drinking for a very long time and has no health problems and also my birthday is in 9 more days and I know I wont be able to handle a birthday party without celebrating which includes drinking
    I’m sorry I made a mistake I was prescribed Metformin not deforming
    yes I am on supplements I take them about 2 times a day are they helping?
    yes I am kind of overweight I weight about 254 pounds but this was a while ago I think I lost some weight but I am not exactly sure how much I weight now since I don’t weigh myself except when I go to the doctor and now I have decreased my drinking I only drink friday through sunday and during the week I might have 1 or 2 beers but nothing else am I improving my drinking habits?
    I am taking supplements not drugs
    and they are not prescribed my grandfather ordered them from me from a store

    • ANSWER:
      A fatty liver is cirrhosis and is due to “intrahepatic gallstones” that are hardened bile that are clogging your bile ducts. Your logic regarding your grandfather that drinks beer and vodka may seem like a logical reason for you to think it’s not a problem for you to drink because you are obviously saying, “Well if he can drink at be 74 years old and not have health problems, it must be O.K. for me to do the same.” 74 is very young, but in America you are right, he is reaching the average life span.

      Being functional is NOT the definition of health that anyone should settle on. In your case, it sounds like you have a major liver problem and that will greatly affect your overall health.

      The liver cleans 3 pints of blood per MINUTE in a healthy person and produces 1-1/2 quarts of bile, but only if it is working well. The liver is resilient, but ignoring it and abusing it will lead to lots of problems for you. A person can have as many as 20,000 intrahepatic gallstones in their liver before it quit working and that is about 60% of it’s functionality gone. A major function of bile is to SANITIZE the colon. The SEX HORMONES are made from cholesterol that is made in the liver. In fact, ALL the steroid hormones are made from cholesterol that is made in the liver.

      When triglycerides are at 939, you are in trouble. What is happening is the fats you are eating are not being digested and broken down properly. Bile is made in the liver and then stored in the gallbladder. When you eat fat, the bile is sent from the gallbladder to the small intestine where it mixes with the fats and emulsifies them into a watery mixture. Then the LIPASE enzyme comes from the pancreas and breaks down the watery substance into fatty acids where it is sent to the blood stream by way of lymphatic ducts.

      ALL FATS you eat are triglycerides. A triglyceride are the three categories of fatty acids, Saturated, monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated fatty acids. These are held together by a glycerol molecule and this forms the 3 fatty acids & glycerol to make a Triglyceride. All fats have different ratios of each of the fatty acids making them be classified as a particular fatty acid, like a “saturated fat,” but no fat in nature has just one fatty acid category, so to say saturated fat is bad for you is ridiculous, bad science and being promoted by drug companies with an agenda. What does make a difference is when the food industry takes a fat and changes it creating saturated fats that are harmful, like trans fats. If you take a fat that is primarily saturated, you cannot make a trans fat from that fat, unlike soybean, canola, cottonseed, and corn oils where they can and are being made into trans fats.

      If you eat bad fats, like soybean, canola, cottonseed, & corn oils, trans fats, fried foods, hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils, your liver will not make good bile. Drinking alcohol causes the same problem. So what happens is that your Triglycerides are not getting broken down as a result of bad bile or the lack of bile, leaving the fats to not be digested properly.

      You have the information of what the drinking is doing to you, but because you like what it makes you feel like, you are looking for anything that will tell you it’s “Just not that bad.” You use your grandfather as a way to say, “See, he’s O.K., so I can be like him.”

      Taking drugs will only give you “MAKE BELIEVE HEALTH” and a way for you to further justify your drinking. You are playing with FIRE my friend and all you have to do is look at the many famous people that have and are dying as a result of taking prescription drugs and alcohol as to what you are risking.

      You have two choices here. The first one is to just admit that you are trying to commit suicide and drinking is the easiest way to do that for you and live with the consequences that will happen to you. The second choice is to realize that the excuses you are looking for to say “It’s O.K. to drink” is your way of hiding and running away from reality. Reality in your case is DEATH and the only way you are going to stop the deterioration is to face reality and make the decision to become healthy.

      If you set a goal to become healthy and pursue that aggressively, you will find that the desire for alcohol will go away, but you need to set yourself on a course of becoming educated.

      good luck to you

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

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

  18. 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:

  19. QUESTION:
    if a person has a fatty liver can they drink alcohol on their birthday, all weekends and holidays?

    • ANSWER:
      How does this person know that they have a fatty liver?

      Drinking to that extent to really not wise for anyone, especially someone with a fatty liver. That’s on the verge of being an alcoholic.

  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:
    The doctor has told me i have fatty liver if i dont drink alcohol how long will it take to heal?

    • ANSWER:

  22. 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

  23. QUESTION:
    My Doctor said I had fatty liver infiltrate but I don’t use alcohol, what is going on with me?

    • ANSWER:
      many other things can cause this obesity, diabetes, corticosteroids just look up cirrhosis which is the medical term for it.

  24. QUESTION:
    If i have mild non -alcoholic fatty liver disease can i have a few drinks at new years ?
    I was diagnosed with mild non-alcoholic fatty liver disease about a year ago. Since then I have stayed away from tylonol and all alcoholic drinks. I have also been taking multi vitamins and milk thistle. Would it be safe for me to have a few shots this new years ? I havent had any alcohol in a long time and will not continue to have any after new years, will a few shots just this one time be ok ?

    • ANSWER:

  25. 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.

  26. QUESTION:
    What does diffuse fatty liver change mean ?
    I have not been well since January. I had an Ultrasound then and it read that I had a fatty liver. To make a long story short, I had a CT with and without contrast done (for kidneys-I have kidney stones) and I ended up having my gallbladder taken out a couple of weeks ago due to large gallstones. Well, I have a copy of my report from the CT scan and it was compared to a previous CT and it read that I have diffuss fatty liver change. What does this mean ? Should I be concerned ? Is this the beginning of Cirrhosis ? Is this something that can end up killing me ? What should I expect next as far as testing is concerned ? I do not drink alcohol nor am I obese. I am going back in four weeks to see my Primary care physician and just wanted some input about this prior to that appointment. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Alcohol is the most common cause. Toxic, metabolic and hypoxic conditions of all types.
      Pathogenesis

      • Liver is the principle organ of fat metabolism and synthesis.
      • Interference with mobilizing triglycerides out of the liver is the usual mechanism.
      • This happens when toxins or agents affect the mitochondrial and microsomal functions resulting in defective oxidation of fatty acids and aberrant mitochondrial function.
      • Factors casuing fatty change do not all act in the same way. ,
      Epidemiology

      • This is a common condition, but it is usually secondary to other diseases; again, alcohol is the most common cause, in the industrial world; however, among children and in the developing countries, malnutrition, especially protein and iron deficiencies, are the most common.
      General Gross Description

      •In severe and diffuse cases, the liver is enlarged, yellow, smooth, firmer than normal and greasy.
      •In partial involvement, a pale or yellow blotchy appearance is often noted.
      General Microscopic Description

      •There are two forms of fatty change : microvesicular and macrovesicular.
      •Microvesicular: Numerous tiny fat vesicles, requires fat stain to be appreciated. Often, one would be surprised as how enormous fat accumulation is without being seen in H&E sections. This is a toxic condition causing hepatocellular failure.
      •Macrovesicular: a few large clear vacuoles in the cytoplasm of hepatocytes, pushing the nucleus aside. Usually, has no effect on the function of the hepatocyte.
      •There is usually no inflammatory reaction to this, unless the fatty cells rupture.
      Clinical Correlation

      •Macrovesicular: Hepatomegaly is the only sign; liver function tests are minimally abnormal, if at all.
      • Examples include: Alcohol – with a combination of macro and microvesicular fatty change, Malnutrition – in particular protein deficiency, starvation, diabetes, obesity , severe infection or burn, Medication and Toxins, Hypoximia.
      •Microvesicular: a different disease; this is a toxic, metabolically abnormal and serious condition; although the patient has mild hepatomegaly, severe liver function test abnormalities to the point of liver failure is common.
      • Pure examples would include: Reye’s Synd., fatty liver of pregnancy and tetracyclinet toxicity.
      • The most common cause is alcohol.

  27. QUESTION:
    How long does “fatty Liver” disease stay undetected?
    1. How long does “fatty Liver” disease stay undetected in non-obese people (and people who doesnt drink alcohol)?

    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      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. If a person is asymptomatic it may go undiscovered until other indicators show up, such as elevated liver enzymes on bloodwork, or an enlarged liver a doctor may discover when doing a physical involving abdominal palpitation.

  28. QUESTION:
    what does having a very fattly liver mean? I have found out tonight that I have a very fatty liver?
    I do not drink alcohol. Could this be possible that my liver is failing and I have liver desease? Please sincere answers only.

    • ANSWER:
      Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver disease could be what they are talking about, where the liver shows similar scarring to what alcohol abuse produces.

  29. QUESTION:
    Fatty liver disease. Does anyone have experience with it?
    Does anyone have any experience with non-alcohol related fatty liver disease. My fiance went to the doctor recently for abdominal pain and he had a blood and urine sample taken. The doctor called him last night asking him to come in for more tests because he thinks he might have fatty liver disease which is excess fat in the liver. My fiance is overweight but I wouldn’t say he is obese. I read that the condition is reversible by losing weight. Is there anyhting else my fiance can do to get rid of this condition? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I recommend the book “fatty liver diet” by Sandra Cabot. I found out I had fatty liver last august and immediately went to the bookstore to learn as much as I could as fast as I could. I bought her book and followed it by refraining from alchohol and eating healthy. I even bought a juicer to consume more vegetables. I have lost over 50lbs and just had a follow up ct scan yesterday and the fatty liver is gone! I am going to write a letter to dr Cabot to thank her for sharing her knowledge that saved my life!

  30. 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.

  31. QUESTION:
    I have mild fatty liver and blood triglycerides is 297?
    I have mild fatty liver and blood triglycerides is 297
    A party for a week I most to drink alcohol.
    Please help me with medications ( gemFybrvzyl) can control week sure can control?
    bimiiran@yahoo.com

    • ANSWER:
      You need to change your diet. No medications should be taken as they only worsen liver function. Improving your diet removes toxins and this will lower your triglyceride levels. An excellent article to read…

      Reversing fatty liver >>>

      http://www.liverdoctor.com/index.php?page=fatty-liver

  32. QUESTION:
    Can Liver Cancer be detected through blood work?
    I want to know because my Mom has recently been diagnosed with Fatty Liver probably due to Alcohol and I hope to God that it’s not Cancer.

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t understand why you would feel totally at ease knowing her liver damage is not cancer. Is it better your Mom dies prematurely from a cancerous disease or a non-cancerous disease? Both can spell early death for someone who really didn’t need to die. It sounds like you KNOW you Mom is an alcoholic. Even if she doesn’t want to admit it to herself, her liver is telling her the truth that can’t be hidden. It is being damaged by the addiction she is engulfed in. She is in near equal chronic danger from the alcohol as having cancer if she does not figure a way to live without drinking.

      The good news is that the liver will repair itself if the continual damage caused by drinking stops if all she has a fatty liver. When full blown cirrhosis develops, sorry too late to do anything. The bad news is usually without help and a great desire to change, stopping seldom happens. Cirrhosis kills 9.2 people per 100,000 normal population.( http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/liverdis.htm ) Liver cancer kills 3.0 people per 100,000 normal population ( http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5917a3.htm ). The cirrhosis number is all reasons causing cirrhosis be it alcohol or viral infection but the numbers point to the fact that it can be equally deadly regardless of the cause since the same harm is happening.

      If you have any influence over her drinking, show her it’s time to do something different in life if she wants to be around to see her grandchildren grow up. Remember though, the only real power you have in life is to control your own behavior. You can invite her to look at things through your eyes rather than force a change.

  33. QUESTION:
    My husband has been diagnosed with fatty liver disease and I’m terrified he’s going to die?
    He is 30 and over weight, he has lost 16 lb in the last 4 weeks and has been going to the gym daily and joined slimming world. I’m so worried about him, we have a 20 month old son and I’m worried he won’t have a daddy. My husband is type 2 diabetic and has never drank alcohol in his life.

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty infiltration of the liver is not a disease and it does not lead to permanent damage to the liver. In fact the term fatty infiltration of the liver is actually a bit dated. The proper term is visceral adiposity. This means that when individuals are over-weight or obese (based upon Body Mass Index) that fat cells tend to be deposited in various viscera (organs). It sounds as if everything is going fine and that you have nothing to worry about. If I may be of further assistance please let me know. I wish you and your family the very best of health and in all things may God bless. JR

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for a fatty liver to develop into cirrhosis? P.S. how long will it take if the person?
    is drinking 3 bottles on wine or other alcohol each and every weekend?
    to Helios no I refuse to stop drinking no and no and no and no way!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      ONLY YOUR DOCTOR CAN ANSWER THAT

      AS YOU HAVE BEEN TOLD HUNDREDS OF TIMES, ON ACCOUNTS YAHOO REMOVED BECAUSE THEY WERE SICK OF YOU POSTING THIS SAME BORING QUESTION OVER AND OVER AGAIN

  37. QUESTION:
    Do you have a fatty liver ? so do I . How do I fix it ?
    I am 6 ft 210 pounds. I dont drink alcohol.
    How do I fix it ASAP ?
    Any herbal medicines ?

    Please dont reply with stupid answers or cut and pastes from wikipedia as I have already read all of that.

    • ANSWER:
      I have worked with several clients and have seen excellent results. Some research suggests artificial sweeteners and preservatives are causing so much liver damage that fatty liver is on the rise in the teen population.

      Dietary changes are vital. I’ve worked with clients who have temporarily become vegetarians and the results were enormous.

      I would also focus on “filling in the holes” by using high-quality, food-based dietary supplements. These are to “cure” anything, but rather to make sure your body has the right raw materials to support good tissue health in every part of the body.

      As far as herbs, milk thistle is very good for liver function.

      Lastly, be very aware of your fiber intake. Most people have very poor dietary fiber intake and this leads to a cascading effect throughout the body. It is very much related to the ability of your body to remove toxins as the liver metabolizes them and squirts them into the small intestine to excretion. If you don’t have enough fiber, these toxins are usually reabsorbed in the colon.

  38. QUESTION:
    Is dizziness a sign of liver failure? Can sudden stop of the use of alcohol trigger liver failure?
    I’m in need of some help here, its not for me, nevertheless its important.

    If a person has drank their hole life from adolescence, never going more than a few weeks without the use of alcohol ( and who is now in his/her mid 40′s), obviously develops alcoholism, emotional and physical dependence on the substance, >>>>does their liver depend on the constant intake of alcohol in order to function properly too?<<<< And if so (and I doubt it does), can sudden stop of the use of alcohol trigger liver failure? And is slight dizziness for a few minutes a sign of liver failure?

    And also (this is a bonus question, not really in need of an answer), is steatohepatitis, or fatty liver, characterized by obesity? Or can a person have fatty liver without being overweight?

    Thanks for your help, I greatly appreciate it.

    • ANSWER:
      If someone has been drinking alcohol their whole life then that would cause liver damage. Stopping drinking it would not cause liver failure, but may help to stop any increase in damage if it is not already too late to do so. Alcohol is a major cause of liver failure. It is the brain that has the dependency on alcohol, not the liver.
      Dizziness could be a symptom of anything alcohol or non-alcohol related, not just the liver.
      A person can have a fatty liver without being over weight, it depends on diet as much as anything else, alcohol would be one cause.
      The only way to find a reason for the dizziness is to see a doctor.

  39. QUESTION:
    Why do I have “fatty liver?
    Hi, 2 months ago I’ve been diagnosed with fatty liver. I don’t drink alcohol, I don’t smoke plus I don’t eat any type of meat nor fish. I really don’t know why I have fatty liver. I drink milk, eat fruit and fast food but I’m not really fat.

    • ANSWER:
      Dear “ME”, The most important question is how accurate your diagnosis of “fatty Liver” really is. The ONLY way to make such a certain diagnosis is after a liver tissue needle biopsy which has been examined under the microscope by a pathologist. No exceptions allowed!!! If that happened, then I hope you have or will request a copy of the pathologist’s report. Since you don’t drink alcohol, which is the main cause of fatty liver, other causes include poor nutrition (unlikely in your history), and a possible metabolic storage disease. Perhaps you need to consult a gastroenterologist MD specialist to further evaluate the diagnosis of fatty liver and possible cause(s).
      Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease occurs when your liver has trouble breaking down fats, causing fat to build up in your liver tissue. Doctors aren’t sure what causes this. The wide range of diseases and conditions linked to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is so diverse that it’s difficult to pinpoint any one cause. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease can take several forms — from harmless to life-threatening.

  40. QUESTION:
    What can I do to improve the health of my liver?
    I had an ultrasound of the abdomen today and they said I have a slightly fatty liver.

    I don’t drink alcohol nor do I smoke. What are some things I can do to reverse this?

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty infiltration of the liver can be cause by different things.
      You eliminated the alcohol one…others are weight gain,
      high cholesterol/triglyceride levels, diabetes, insulin
      resistance, metabolic disorders, hereditary conditions,
      certain medication like steriods and others.

      Depending on the cause, if the cause can be stopped,
      the liver cells may heal and the problem will be reversed.
      You see, the liver is surrounded by a membrane capsule…
      the added fat inside the liver causes increased pressure
      on the liver cells. This can damage the liver cells. If this
      happens, then the immune system of the body will respond
      to this and cause even more pressure inside the liver by
      inflammation developing in there…this lead to the liver
      enlarging in size. (which can be seen on an Ct scan or
      ultrasound test).

      This then goes from simple fatty liver disease, which is
      what you may have, to Steatohepatitis. Steato means
      fat, hepat means liver, and itis means inflammation.
      In your case, since it isn’t an alcohol problem…this
      would be called NASH or non alcoholic steatohepatitis.

      If you need to lose weight, then a diet similar to this may
      help:
      Fresh fruits and vegetables (no canned…wash well before
      eatting as many people handle these items in the stores)
      Poultry, like chicken or turkey…it is best to remove the skin
      from..this helps reduce cholesterol
      Use good oils like olive oil instead of solid or high trans fat
      ones.
      Choose lean cuts of meat…fish like salmon is good.
      However, avoid any types of shellfish as people who have
      liver problems are more prone to get a hepatitis virus from
      them if they were from unclean waters.
      You want to stay as well as possible, so wash hands often.
      Avoid shaking hands with others. Use purell in between times.
      Avoid open salad/food bars that people can cough or sneeze
      into. Use disinfectant wipes to clean shopping cart handles
      (which I see now that some stores provide these), telephones,
      tv controllers, door knobs, bathroom fixtures, etc.
      You don’t want to become sick and have your body weaker
      and take additional medication. Medication go through the
      liver first, to be broken down before going to the rest of
      the body. Therefore, it is very important not to take any
      medications that are not approved of or prescribed by
      your doctor (this include over the counter, herbs, vitamins,
      minerals, supplements)…Some drugs are harder on the
      liver than others and some drugs can interact with
      medications the doctor may give you.

      I’m giving you links on fatty liver disease, so that you
      can read more about it…I hope this will be of some
      help to you…just click on them:

      http://www.aafp.org/afp/20060601/1961.html

      http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/fatty-liver.html

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatty_liver

      http://www.gastro.com/Gastro/liverdisease/fatty_liver.aspx

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

      There are different diets for those who have diabetes,
      have high cholesterol/triglycerides level, or have metabolic
      problems. It would be best to ask the doctor to refer
      you to a dietitian or give you guidelines to follow.
      Avoid all prepackaged foods, food with high preservatives,
      and fast foods.

      Best wishes to you.

  41. 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

  42. QUESTION:
    Is there any way to prevent liver disease other then not drinking alcohol?
    if a person chooses to drink alcohol are there any methods to prevent or reduce liver damage like taking milk thistle or other liver herbs and drinking water, exercise and healthy diet? My sister is a heavy drinker she is 24 and has been drinking ever since she was 19. She does not understand the consequnences of heavy drinking so she says she is not going to stop and will carry on partying through life I mean if she’s not going to stop I am sure I can’t force her to and neither can nobody else but she is young and naive and just living for todays and not tommorows satisfaction not thinking of the consequeneces of drinking too much, fatty liver, cirrhosis and all those liver dieases caused by high alcohol consumption. She says she will deal with it when it happens. Her doctor told her that she should only have one drink a day since this is the maximum that is considered safe for a woman but she ignores all advice and just does what she wants. I mean if she is not going to stop drinking are there at least some vitamins or supplements that can reduce her isk of getting liver disease from drinking? someone recommened please.
    P.S. I have told my sister that since she can’t stop drinking she might be alcoholic and advised her to at least give AA a try she refuses. I don’t know what else can be done. She says she is planning to drink and wont stop for nobody not even her 4 year old son.
    She also thinks liver disease is not caused by just alcohol alone. She thinks a person must have hepatitis c with alcohol abuse combined to get liver disease.

    • ANSWER:
      This question is about yourself, not your sister so why start lying about it now.

      As for liver disease, nothing can stop liver disease.

  43. QUESTION:
    What kind of dr. should I see for combo GI, brain and cardio problems to get one diagnosis?
    For the last year I’ve had these symptoms: digestive problems, migraines, numbness/tingling of hands/feet, muscle spasms, severe insomnia, fatigue, blackouts and short-term memory loss. Have had CT scans, brain MRIs, Hydascan, sonograms, blood work, colonoscopy, endoscopy. Diagnosed with b12 deficiency, high cholesterol and triglycerides (can’t tolerate statins so it’s untreated), benign brain tumor (lipoma), non-alcohol fatty liver, and brain hyperintensities. Taking b12 injections and Cymbalta for neuropathy but it’s not helping. I need a new doc who can tell me if all this is related – my doc can’t or won’t bother. Any suggestions for what kind of specialist I should see? Thanks much – I’m so tired of living like this!

    • ANSWER:
      Hmmm… This one is puzzling.

      First of all – do you have a Primary Care Physician? A PCP is supposed to manage a patients health and make the proper referrals if necessary, and also a PCP is supposed to help tie symptoms together to find the common bond and make a diagnosis. If you do not have a great PCP managing your care, I would suggest finding a new PCP who can better work with you to try to find the common link with all of your symptoms.

      Secondly…. I used the medical terminology for your symptoms that you listed and typed them into search engines in varying groups, and this thing popped up a few times during my searches. I have no idea if it fits all of your symptoms, but since it was the only thing that came up during different groupings of symptom searches, I figured I would pass the links on to you.

      Acute Intermittent Porphyria-

      http://www.merck.com/mmhe/sec12/ch160/ch160c.html

      http://www.porphyriafoundation.com/about_por/types/types01.html

      The symptoms of yours that matched the AIP are the digestive problems, parathesia (tingling/numbness), neuropathy (nerve pain), muscle spasms, somnolence (fatigue and sleeping problems), neurological changes (memory loss, black-outs).

      Another thing that seemed to match was the B12, since this AIP thing seems to cause malabsorption (inability for the stomach/intestines to absorb nutrients), and your fatty liver (it looks as if AIP can affect the liver).

      This is all based on my quick reading of the links I gave you, plus reading the eMedicine article about AIP (link below) which is written using a lot of medical terminology.

      http://www.emedicine.com/med/topic1880.htm

      I don’t know if that helps you or not. If not, feel free to let me know and I can do more searches for you.

  44. QUESTION:
    diet for fatty liver disease?
    I have a reading of 202 for elevated gamma GT enzymes in the liver, it is not alcohol related; besides no red meat, oily fish, crustacean’s, is there anything else to avoid. I have been prescribed a pill to take at night for high cholesterol and I know I must lose weight and do more exercise, I am 70 years old so going mad at the gym is out!

    • ANSWER:
      You should avoid high-glycemic carbohydrates such as white bread, white rice, butter, most prepared breakfast cereals (the ones high in sugar, anyway), sugary/starchy foods, carbonated drinks, anything fried/greasy.

      Your diet should be rich in vegetables, fruit (other than bananas…they have a lot of glucose in them), beans and legumes, whole grain breads, skim milk, high protein/low fat meats (chicken, low fat fish, turkey).

      Some doctors recommend a glass of red wine a day when and if triglyceride levels are normal. You may wish to ask your doctor about that.

  45. QUESTION:
    fatty liver and fatty spleen?
    I was sent for a liver scan today and told i have a fatty liver and a fatty spleen. I have a lot of pain in the liver area and a swelling in my left groin. I have searched the internet tonight and cannot find any info. It`s non alcoholic fatty liver by the way – i never touch alcohol – and i`m not overweight. Does anyone have any info on this condition please as i am rather worried. Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver can be caused by: alcohol consumption,
      certain medications (like steriods), weight gain,
      fast weight loss, obesity, high cholesterol/triglyceride
      levels, diabetes, insulin resistance, certain chemicals,
      can occur about the 3rd trimester of pregnancy and
      others.

      If the fat continues to build up inside the liver, the pressure
      it causes there, can damage the liver cells. When the liver
      cells become damaged, the immune system of the body
      will respond to it and cause inflammation to develop
      inside the liver. This can cause the liver to enlarge in size
      (this is then known as Steatohepatitis; steato means fat,
      hepat means liver and itis means inflammation.

      If the doctor is able to fiqure out the cause; if it can be stopped;
      then the liver cells can be healed and the problem can be
      reversed. If it cannot be done…then the liver cells will
      eventually start to die off and scar tissue will form inside the
      liver…this then becomes an irreversible disease known as
      Cirrhosis of the liver.

      Here are links to learn more about this disease, that you can
      click on:

      http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/fatty-liver.html

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fatty_liver

      http://www.gastro.com/Gastro/liverdisease/fatty_liver.aspx

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

      http://www.liverdoctor.com/index.php?page=fatty-liver

      NASH stands for Non alcoholic causes of fatty liver leading
      to inflammation.
      NAFLD stands for Non alcoholic causes of fatty liver disease.
      Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver because of many different
      causes that damages the liver cells.
      Cirrhosis is death of the liver cells and scar tissue formation inside
      the liver.

      When the liver has inflammation and enlarges in size, then the blood
      doesn’t flow as well through the liver. Because the blood can back
      up and cause pressure in the vessels that bring the blood to the
      liver…this blood can back up into the spleen and cause it to enlarge
      in size. (This can be seen on ultrasound or Ct scans).

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

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

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

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

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

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

      best wishes.

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

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

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

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

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

  48. QUESTION:
    I’ve just been diagnosed with a fatty liver!! I need help!!?
    The doctor just told me I have a fatty liver. He thinks it is caused by alcohol. I only drink once a week and I usually drink one of the bigger bottles between 3 people or so. I’ve never seen this doctor before. I’m really overweight, but I’ve lost 31 pounds in 2 months. I’m continuing to lose weight also. I’ve been doing research on the internet and the number one cause for fatty liver disease is obesity… Do you really think it could be alcohol?? It would make more sense that it would be my weight….. I like to drink once a week with my friends… Do I really have to stop for good??? Thanks for all of your opinions!!

    • ANSWER:
      Some people can drink alcohol and never develop a liver
      problem. However, others can only drink occasionally and
      develop a liver problem. Each individual has their own
      body chemistry and some are more likely to be sensitive to
      this drug than others. Alcohol is the number one reason for
      people being placed on the transplant list.

      Fatty liver means that the fat is building up inside the liver
      between the cells. These cells do many functions to keep
      the body healthy and working properly (estimate of approx.
      500 things). The fat can block the blood flow to these cells
      and cause inflammation of the cells. This is because the
      cells may or may not be getting the nourishment they need or
      the oxygen. Losing weight is a very good thing. But if this
      is caused by alcohol…continuing to drink this can cause
      more inflammation which can lead to death of the liver
      cells, known as cirrhosis. All liver patients are told not
      to drink alcohol whether or not it is caused by this.
      Once the liver starts to have problems, to do this is
      putting it more at risk. Patients who need a transplant
      know that they have to be free of alcohol for at least
      6 months to be even considered to be placed on the
      list for a donor organ.

      There are different types of fatty liver. Some people
      just naturally have what they call ‘simple fatty liver’…
      this doesn’t cause any problems for them and may
      never advance. However, even patients who never
      drank alcohol, can have a condition known as NASH
      non alcoholic steatohepatitis which means a fatty liver
      with inflammation not caused by alcohol. Or they can
      develop another condition known as NAFLD which
      means they have non alcoholic fatty liver disease in which
      the cells of the liver have fibrous scar tissue from the cells
      dying.

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

      So you can see that alcohol isn’t always the cause of
      a fatty liver.

      Alcohol is a known toxin to the liver cells themselves.
      The liver may not be able to handle this and if it isn’t able,
      it can easily destroy the liver itself. Cirrhosis of the liver
      is a very serious disease:

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

      I can honestly say that it turns into more of a nightmare
      for the patient than anyone could possibly believe.

      If there is anything you can do to heal your liver now…please
      try to do it. A liver transplant costs not in the 00 range,
      but in the 0,000′s range….possibly 0,000 if you
      develop complications afterwards.

      I wish you the best and hope your liver will heal and you
      will be fine again.

  49. QUESTION:
    Fatty Liver question???
    Just had the ultrasound done to me and found out that i have fat liver I guess. the doctor didn’t tell me much just asked if i ate greasy foods, but they will call me back with the diagnosis results. so i conclude that i have a fatty liver, is this serious? can i continue drinking alcohol on weekends? thanks,
    the thing that gets me HOW did i develope this?? I’m in great shape im not obese Im 210lbs mostly muscle i don’t understand i workout intensively at the gym.

    • ANSWER:
      There are different types of problems with fatty liver.
      Some are caused by drinking alcohol and others are not.

      Those not caused by alcohol are known as:
      (1) Steatohepato….this is also known as simple fatty liver
      (2) NASH…this is non alcoholic steatohepatitis.
      So another name for this would be Fatty liver inflammation
      not caused by alcohol
      (3) NAFLD…this is non alcoholic fatty liver disease…
      once it is a disease, this means there is a good chance
      that the cells of the liver have died resulting in cirrhosis.
      Here is a link to explain this:

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

      People who have fatty liver disease can have this because
      of diet or drinking alcohol or even hereditary.

      Some people form fat on the outside of the liver and others
      can form fat between the liver cells themselves. When
      fat forms between the liver cells, it can have a great effect
      on how the liver functions to keep the body well.

      All people who have any problem with the liver are told
      to not drink alcohol. Stopping alcohol can help reduce
      any inflammation the liver may have so the liver cells
      may recuperate and heal. It the inflammation continues,
      it can lead to death of the liver cells which is known as
      cirrhosis…then it is too late, the doctors can only try to
      slow down the death of the other liver cells that are left.

      Some people can drink alcohol and never have a problem
      with their liver…some people are over sensitive and
      develop problems even though they may only drink
      occasionally. If you read this article about cirrhosis,
      it will help you to understand much better:

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

      I hope this info has been of some help.

  50. QUESTION:
    Fatty Liver and Small Nodule on CT?
    I went to the doctor about a month ago and they noticed my ALT level was elevated. 80 on a scale of 10-60. The dr sent me for a ultrasound and it came back as a fatty liver. I had been diagnosed with this before about 5 years ago but dropped about 25lbs and the functions went back to normal so I hadnt worried about it. I have since gained back some weight and wanted to see if that was an issue again. On the ultrasound they noticed a small area that looked like it could be a fatty build up. I was told to go for a CT Scan. That has come back showing a a couple of small nodules that was hard to detect. Radioligist said its not cancerous because of the way it imaged with the contrast and made a just a note. I guess this was caused by the fatty liver which they say is very fatty. Is this reversible with diet, weight loss and no alcohol consumption? By the way I am 29 year old male. About 6 feet and 205 lbs. I dont have a gut or anything, just pack on some extra pounds sometimes
    I have had all blood work done in the past. I have no hereditary diseases and I did not have Hep A, B or C on the last test. I am still waiting to hear back this time.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. But you must stay away from alcohol and Tylenol. Both are very hard on the liver. Also, take milk thistle. This is a natural herb to promote a healthy liver, and you can buy it at Wal-Mart. A friend of mine has cirrhosis, and was on the liver transplant list. She is now–several years later–off of the list, and working full time. She attributes this to stopping drinking, and taking milk thistle. All the best.


Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease Treatment

Lecithin and Fatty Liver Syndrome
We’ve all been introduced to childhood diabetes, heart conditions, and sky high cholesterol numbers. It seems that a diet consisting mainly of hydrogenated and processed fats, fried foods and super starches all comes back to haunt today’s children and adolescents with all sorts of health problems, even as childhood obesity continues to be a major concern. But despite the seriousness in the impact of these problems, their occurrence takes an inevitable backseat to what cold be the greatest problem ever encountered in the collective declining health of our children. This emerging medical issue is known as Fatty Liver Syndrome.

What is Fatty Liver Syndrome?

When doctors talk to you about NASH, which stands for Non Alcoholic Steatorrhoeic Hepatosis or Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD), don’t be put off by these big terms. It is the same thing as fatty liver syndrome, which really just means that your liver is being invaded with exorbitant amounts of fat. While fatty liver or NASH is very common in overweight persons over the age of 30, the syndrome has also been said to occur frequently among children pre-pubescent years and above.
As the name itself suggests, a fatty liver contains an excessive amount of fat. Because of this, normal healthy liver tissue is partly replaced with areas of unhealthy fats. This in turn causes the liver to become slightly enlarged and heavier and gives it a yellow greasy appearance.

The liver is responsible for removing the toxins, dead cells, microorganisms, and fat from the blood stream. However, if you have fatty liver, instead of straining the blood of all harmful elements, it cannot do that anymore. This causes the blood stream to become overloaded with toxins and fat.

The Role of Lecithin in the Liver

Lecithin is a phospholipid that is found in every single living cell. It is composed mainly of three types of phospholipids: phosphatidylcholine (PC), phosphatidylinositol (PI), and phosphatidylethanol (PE). As a major component of the cell membrane, lecithin acts as an emulsifier, keeping the essential fatty acids apart from other molecules within the cell. This role of lecithin is very important since fatty acids are so delicate that when exposed to oxidation, they may become rancid, causing harm to the body.

Lecithin is also present in bile where it does what it always does – keeping fatty substances. The bile is a substance essential to digestion and produced by the liver to be stored in the gallbladder. When lecithin is doing all it should in the bile, it eases digestion and helps your body absorb nutrients better.

One component of lecithin, choline is an essential nutrient, just as fatty acids are. The body must depend on the foods that we eat in order to get adequate supply of choline. The role of choline in the body may be the key to overcoming fatty liver syndrome. Scientists have found that choline is essential for helping to turn fat into energy within the liver. By taking in more choline, either as a standalone choline supplement or allow your own body to synthesize lecithin supplement to choline, you could help reverse the damage caused by fatty liver syndrome.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

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

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

    Thanks for answering in advance.

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

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

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

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


Stages Of Liver Disease

What To Expect During The Final Stages Of Cirrhosis Of The Liver
A person who is in the final stages of cirrhosis of the liver will go through many complex bodily changes. Here are some of the changes that may be encountered:

- Acites is the build up of fluid in the abdominal area. The liver usually makes a protein called Albumin, which keeps the fluid inside our vessels, but during the final stages of cirrhosis of the liver, it no longer does this accurately. The fluid seeps out and collects in the abdomen. The good news is that the fluid can be drained out to make the person more comfortable, but keep in mind that the fluid will return due to the loss of this important protein.

- Edema is the retaining of fluid and swelling in the legs and feet. People in the final stages of cirrhosis of the liver tend to retain lots of sodium. Their doctor will put them on a lower sodium diet and give them diuretics to try to flush out the sodium. Sitting in a reclining chair and elevating the feet and legs above heart level may give a person relief from the pressure.

- Loss of appetite People with liver disease tend to experience nausea and lose their appetites. They can take some vitamins and other supplements to help with malnutrition.

- Encephalopathy affects the memory. When the toxins that the liver can no longer handle go into the blood, they can end up in the brain. This leads to confusion, memory loss and other various mental changes. The prescription drug Lactalose can help remove this toxin.

Even after liver failure, a person can continue surviving and thriving. In fact, there are many safe, effective, natural treatments and techniques that can help reverse symptoms of liver cirrhosis. Just because you have been told that you’re in the final stages of cirrhosis of the liver, doesn’t mean you need to give up on life. It can be turned around with a good diet, stress-reducing techniques and natural supplements. You can get your life back starting today.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

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

  2. QUESTION:
    What are the physical signs of each stage of cirrhosis of the liver and are there 3 stages or more?
    Someone I know has end stage liver disease and is still conscious and able to move around in a wheel chair. I was wondering how long she might have.

    • ANSWER:
      The link below should help. I’m sorry about your friend.

  3. QUESTION:
    What treatment’s are available for end stage liver disease?
    My uncle has been diagnosed with end stage liver disease, he has been told that he has less than 6 months to live by two out of three doctors. One doctor has given him hope, what treatment’s are out there? Herbal, or otherwise. Are there any recommendations on specialist to treat this anywhere? Would like to hear of any experience’s good or bad, all comments are welcome.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Desiree

      Here are some remedies regarding liver disease. I believe the liver can be cured, but it wont be easy. Doing a liver cleanse (colon cleanse as well) is a must. A lot of different cleanses out there, so do your research. Here are some remedies and testimonials.

      1.Castor Oil Fomentation: to draw out poisons and flush them out of liver etc. In order to get rid of hardened mucus in the body, which may appear as cysts, tumors or polyps, the following fomentation is to be used:

      Soak a piece of outing flannel or baby’s diaper in castor oil, squeeze slightly so it won’t drip much, then place over entire frontal torso (neck to groin and side to side). Place a hot water bottle (over the castor oil application) over the liver area (the liver is on the right side just above the waist). It should be noted that a heating pad is not too highly endorsed here, unless a wet towel is placed between it and the skin–but even then, a wet heat (such as the hot water bottle) is best. Leave all this on for 1 1/2 hours; the hot water bottle may have to be refilled with hot water several times, because it cools rapidly. The next three days, over the same area covered by the outing flannel and castor oil, massage in circular motion toward the heart with olive oil for 5 to 10 minutes.

      The seventh day is a day of rest, not only from the fomentation, but every part of the program, drinking only water the entire day–and every seventh day thereafter will be done the same way. On the eighth day then, begin again with the castor oil for three days and so forth, along with the mucusless diet. the herbs, etc., until healing is accomplished. In the use of the fomentation, the castor oil goes through the skin into the liver area and lymph glands and starts drawing out the poisons and flushing them out, while the olive oil goes in and heals and rebuilds new tissue. This procedure may have to be carried on between six weeks to six months to properly clean up the system, depending on the case.

      2.Dr. Christopher’s Liver-Gallbladder Formula: To speed up the blood purifying process, it is good to have a good clean liver and gall bladder area. When the liver does not function properly, the bile does not excrete freely into the intestinal tract, and so it passes off into the blood stream and throughout the rest of the system, causing a toxic condition called cholemia, causing indigestion, sluggishness, fatigue, constipation, upset stomach, chills, vomiting and fever. Why wait until it gets to this condition? A combination of barberry (or Oregon grape root), wild yam, cramp bark, fennel seed, ginger, catnip and peppermint–will help relieve this condition.

      Suggested dose: 1/3 Cup or one or two capsules or tablets, 15 to 20 minutes before a meal.

      3.Castor Oil: This oil can be obtained commercially and is used for the liver fomentation to open the capillaries of the liver. It is an excellent external healing oil for discomforts of windburn and is good for massage. But we never use castor oil internally or for a laxative. We often suggest opening up the capillaries of the constipated liver by applying a cotton or flannel cloth which has been soaked in hot castor oil over the area of the liver (on the right side of the body under the rib cage). Place a wet, wrung out hot towel over this cloth and a hot water bottle over that. Keep the fomentation warm for 20 minutes and then alternate with a cold towel fomentation warm for 20 minutes and then alternate with a cold towel fomentation for five minutes. Repeat the hot fomentation and then the cold. This can be continued for about an hour and a half. This has relieved pain of congestion in the liver and other organs such as the gall bladder and the pancreas.

      4.Juices for Liver Trouble: Carrot-beet-cucumber, apple, dandelion, grapefruit, lemon.

      5.Cayenne: There are safer ways to stimulate the gall bladder. One is by taking cayenne pepper orally. This has been reported in medical journals to trip the gall bladder reflex and promote the flow of bile naturally. As we mentioned before, bile is concentrated toxic material recycled by the liver. It acts like a natural laxative. The gall bladder (known in certain surgical circles as “the gold bladder”, as we mentioned in an earlier newsletter, because of the tremendous amount of money spent on yearly gall bladder operations), is a reservoir which stores the bile for timed release into the digestive tract where it mixes with other digestive aids. When this organ is removed, the caustic bile drips directly into the duodenum and can cause duodenal ulcers. Dr. Christopher’s Liver and Gall Bladder Formula, composed of barberry, wild yam, cramp bark, fennel seed, ginger, catnip and peppermint, can safely rebuild the diseased liver and gall bladder and help them to function normally because this formula is a specific food for these organs. The liver is recognized by medical science as a highly regenerative organ. it can rebuild itself even if there is only one-tenth of it functioning.

      Testimonials
      1.Carrot Juice: One of the most common misconceptions regarding carrot juice is that one will start to develop orange or yellow colored skin after steadily drinking the juice because of the carotene content in the juice. This is not true. The development of yellowish skin is due to the fact that carrot juice is a great liver cleanser and the toxicity within the body is coming to the surface. Keep up with the carrot juice and the symptoms will soon disappear. The formerly constipated liver is reconditioned once again to experience a free flow of bile the excess of which is eliminated through our largest eliminative organ, the skin. I have personally experienced this phenomenon during a time when we prepared hundreds of gallons of carrot juice a week for sale. Because the juice was so abundant and available, I drank it for nearly every meal…sometimes instead of meals. My wife soon commented upon the yellow cast which my skin began to take on. I continued drinking the juice, however, and within a week my skin color was back to normal. But my liver had gone through a wonderful cleansing! It is often a surprise to me that the most learned of health authorities will try to sell you the carotene theory without any sort of proof, personal experience or background.

      2.Dandelion: A classic story about the use of Dandelion is often repeated. Around the turn of the century, A Dr. Sparks wrote,”Fifteen years ago I was afflicted with the liver complaint. I used all my skill trying to cure it but failed. I then tried two physicians, Doctors Wilson and Jordan, but without success. An old nurse told me that Dandelion was an effective folk remedy for this disorder, so I decided to try it. Using Dandelion promptly restored me to health. It then became my favorite prescription for liver complaint, either by the simple extract of the herb or by taking a teacupful of a strong decoction of it twice a day. In almost every instance I have succeeded in restoring those who have used this plant.”

      There are plenty of answers to solution, so keep exploring.

      Best of health to you and your uncle.

      Cheers

  4. QUESTION:
    What to know about End Stage liver disease?
    Looking For any information, of what to expect, how long people have lived, ANYTHING,
    What if you don’t get a transplant
    Living and or Caring with someone with End Stage Liver Disease

    • ANSWER:
      A lot of times, people don’t know they have liver problems until they are in the end stages of the disease. I imagine you are talking about cirrhosis in its end stage. If that is the case, a transplant is your only hope of getting better. Cirrhosis is scarring of the liver to the point where it can longer do its job.

      Common problems with end stage disease is ascites (fluid build up throughout the abdomen), varices (unwanted veins that are at risk to leak and bleed internally), encephalopathy (high ammonia levels that can cause confusion), extreme fatigue, edema or swelling with fluid in the legs and feet, and jaundice (yellow skin and yellowing in the whites of the eyes caused by high biliruben). These are just some of the symptoms of the disease.

      How long can a person live when in the end stage? That varies as to what caused the disease and how damaged the liver might be. Example: If liver failure is caused by alcohol, if a person stops drinking, then the disease will usually slow down in its progression. If one continues to drink, it will be much quicker to being in complete failure.

      I was given 5 years when told I was in the end stage of my disease which was caused by my auto immune system attacking the bile ducts inside my liver which eventually destroyed it. That was just an average they gave me, but it turned out to be pretty accurate. I had my transplant about 2 years later. The surgeon told me that I probably had 1-2 years left at most before it would have been in total failure. I had about 10% function of my liver when first diagnosed. The liver is an amazing organ that can function even when there is little function left. Medications, good doctors, and good treatment kept me alive till my transplant.

      Cirrhosis is permanent damage, and it’s a progressive disease which will only get worse. If not given a transplant, it’s only a matter of time before it reaches total failure. Everyone is different as to how long it takes to get to that point.

      There are countless websites that can give you all the details of the disease process. Just do a search on cirrhosis. The bottom line of ESLD (end stage liver disease) is that there is no cure except a transplant. I would suggest that anyone with this disease go for a transplant evaluation at a transplant center to see if they would qualify to be listed if they want to fight this disease and get well again. If the person got the disease from drinking, most if not all centers require at least 6 months of proven sobriety in order to be even considered for a transplant.

      Hope this helps you some.

  5. QUESTION:
    What is the life expectancy of someone with end stage liver disease?
    Jaundice present, low blood pressure, ascites present (1L removed, addtional amount to be removed), kidney function deteriorating (improves with IV medication, but cannot sustain higher function without medication), MELD scores unknown.

    • ANSWER:
      about 7-10 days after kidneys deteriorate to end stage 4. coma first, then you go

  6. QUESTION:
    My mother has been diagnosed with End Stage Liver disease, what should I expect next?
    My mom is only 56, but has had a really tough life (drugs, alcohol, hep-c), now she has been diagnosed with End Stage Liver Disease. What should I expect next? I know she has to have a transplant, but I am weary that she will even last that long………..Im afraid, and ignorant about this type of situation

    • ANSWER:
      I assume your mother has ESLD (end stage liver disease) due to having hep C which is a virus that has attacked her liver causing scar tissue to replace healthy cells. This is called cirrhosis of the liver. They call it end stage when cirrhosis has formed in the liver. It could be a small amount of cirrhosis (scar tissue) or a large amount since they are not specific when they call it end stage. Since the doctor has apparently told her she will need a transplant, she probably has quite a bit of cirrhosis present.

      If she hasn’t done it already, she should go to a transplant center and get evaluated to see if she could qualify for a transplant. Maybe she has already done this and is already listed. I hope that is the case. The evaluation consists of a lot of medical tests, talking with psychiatrist, social worker, financial people about insurance coverage, etc. Then after she is through doing all this, a board of doctors will go over her case and decide whether or not she can be put on the national waiting list to receive a liver transplant.

      Once a person is on the list, they will be given a MELD (model for end stage liver disease) score. It goes from 6-40. The number of your score is from the results of 4 blood tests that show how sick you are and about your liver function. The higher your score, the more sick you are. Those with the highest scores goes to the top of the list since they need the transplant the most. When an organ becomes available, the transplant center will call the person at the top of the list who is a match to the donated organ. To be a match for a liver, all that is needed is to have a compatible blood type and similar body size. They are easier to match than a lot of other organs.

      You should educate yourself on the disease of cirrhosis so you know what happens as the liver continues to fail more and more. Having cirrhosis is not an automatic death sentence for many people. I have talked with many people who have had successful transplants who have hep C which is the number 2 reason for needing a transplant in this country. I believe alcohol abuse is the number one reason for liver cirrhosis. I don’t know how much damage your mom already has and what symptoms she is experiencing right now from her disease, but this disease slowly progresses. This is especially true with hep C. Since she needs a transplant, that should be her focus right now. Giving her a lot of love and support is so important and try not to be negative especially if she is listed and waiting for them to call her. There is no cure for cirrhosis other than a transplant.

      I was 45 when diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that caused my cirrhosis. My liver was already 90% destroyed with scar tissue when I found out. Even with that much damage, they still gave me an estimate of 5 years left to liver before total failure would occur. I got my transplant and am doing just fine today.

      Your mom should be seeing a gastroenterologist or a hepatologist to treat her disease. She should avoid ALL alcohol, that mean none at all. She should also avoid salt as much as possible since water retention is usually a problem and salt makes it worse. Bleeding problems are common due to unwanted veins that form with cirrhosis that can leak, burst and cause internal bleeding. Tell her to talk to her doctor asking about getting an endoscopy done to see if she has any of these veins (called varices) that need banded. It’s a procedure they can do that will greatly reduce the risk of internal bleeding quite a bit. I used to have mine checked every 3-6 months. They can give her diuretics (meds) for water retention problems. High ammonia levels are common due to the liver not working well anymore. This can cause confusion, memory loss, behavior changes, and if left untreated can lead to coma. They usually give a med called Lactulose for this. They also have Xifaxan if she can get the insurance to cover it. Both will help keep the ammonia levels down. This is why she needs a good doctor to deal with all the problems that come with this disease and know how to treat them and adjust meds as needed. You want to keep her safe and well as possible until transplant.

      I hope this helps you some. You can always email me if you have any other questions.

  7. QUESTION:
    My dad has End-stage Liver disease/ liver failure (Cirrhosis) How long does he have?
    My family seems to be keeping a lot of information from me about his illness. I went to the hospital a few days ago and I really didn’t find out much. We are working really hard to get him a transplant and I just moved out of state to be with him during this ordeal.

    I may not want to know..but, how long do people normally live when they have Cirrhosis/Liver failure?

    • ANSWER:
      The timing can be tricky. It depends on how bad he is or how bad he is treated in the hospital. I would fight and fight for the transplant before he is no longer allowed one. When they get too sick they normally think the patient can’t survive and they don’t want to waste a liver on them. Sucks, that happen to my dad after his newer liver started failing. To learn more, I would search it online on Wikipedia.com. When everything was happening to my dad no one would tell us details about his illness and that totally sucked. I only learned once I was in Sonography College in great detail. Good luck it can be a long bumpy ride.

  8. QUESTION:
    My father-in-law has end stage liver disease. What is happening to him now?
    Last week they drained over a gallon of liquid from his abdomen while he spent two days in the hospital. Today he was non-responsive and taken to the hospital by ambulance. He’s in ICU and the family has learned his liver is no longer functioning. My son just went into Army boot camp and I am wondering if I should contact the Red Cross to let him know or wait. So many emotions with this one!

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, a grandfather is not considered an immediate relative by the armed forces for purposes of emergency leave. You can call the Red Cross but I would not be hopeful about getting your son leave–especially since he’s in boot camp. I wish you well and I am sorry for your father-in-law’s grave illness.

  9. QUESTION:
    how long does someone live with end stage liver disease?
    she has Hep C, and is goherent one day and not the next, she hears alot of voices, and jerks alot. any estimate would be appreciated.
    she cat have a transpalnt, she is too week. she has hep C, CIPD, MS, cellulitis, vasculitis, and more…

    • ANSWER:
      it just really depends on the person. the only other thing i can tell you as at one point she will be in a light coma stage and wont be in any pain and will not know what is happening. it is usually a peaceful way to go.

      god bless.

  10. QUESTION:
    Is there any hope for an HIV POZ person with end stage liver disease from alcohol? Does anyone have experienc?
    I can’t find anything about the lives of alcoholics and HIV+ and their hope for life. Or even what the end is like? Please, I need some help other than “stop drinking” – did that already but it is too late…. thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      End stage liver disease is a bad diagnosis without being HIV positive. Add the HIV status and it is not a great scenario. The only treatment for end stage liver disease is a liver transplant and if the HIV is not under control the patient (you?) will probably not be stable for such a huge procedure. Medical management of the symptoms is probably the only feasible choice. A hepatologist should be involved.

  11. QUESTION:
    would a person throw up blood if they were in end stage liver disease?
    my sister has hep c she is now throwing up with what looks like dried blood, also a bit of confusion, she has ascites and is getting drained approx every 10 days

    • ANSWER:
      Any throwing up of blood is a medical
      emergency!
      Let me explain…
      People who are in the end stages of liver
      disease usually have portal hypertension.
      This is because the blood no longer goes
      through the liver and backs up into other
      vessels that are not used to handling
      this amount of blood. The vein that usually
      carries this blood through the liver is
      known as the Portal vein. Portal hypertension
      is the pressure building up there that is
      forcing this to happen. These other vessels
      will have weak spots in them. These weak
      spots can balloon outward and burst open.
      When this happens, she may be bleeding
      internally or can bleed out completely.
      It is very important that she be checked out
      immediately. These vessels are located
      mostly in the esophagus, but are also
      located in the belly button area and also
      the rectum. If they catch this in time,
      they can go into the esophagus and place
      a band around the varies and stop the bleeding.

      The confusion she may be having is known
      as encephalopathy. This is cause by
      the ammonia, that the liver usually converts
      into a non toxic form so it can be disposed
      of in the urine…isn’t being converted now and
      is staying in the blood and going pass the
      blood brain barrier and into the brain. It cause
      confusion, unclear thinking, and if not treated…
      can lead to a coma. There is medications
      that the doctor can give someone who has
      this that will bind this extra ammonia and
      remove it from the body, known as lactulose…
      there are others also, but this is the main one.

      The blood can look bright red (oxygenated)
      darker red to purple (lacks oxygen) or even
      coffee ground (starting to form clotting or
      drying up).

      If you want to learn more about your sister
      disease…here is a site:

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

      Cirrhosis of the liver is death of the liver
      cells which forms scar tissue inside of
      the liver. The functions that the liver once
      did deteriorate.

      Here is a link to explain Portal Hypertension:

      http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/digestive-diseases-portal

      Here is a link to explain about encephalopathy and how it effects the
      brain:

      http://www.hcvadvocate.org/hepatitis/hepC/hepatic_encephalopathy.html

      This site is the best on the web for people
      who have Hepatitis C:

      http://www.janis7hepc.com/

      I hope this information is of some help to you.

  12. QUESTION:
    Are there any other common treatments besides liver transplants for treatment of end-stage liver disease?

    • ANSWER:
      When a diagnosis is given such as ESLD (end stage liver disease), it doesn’t necessarily mean it is fatal and will require a transplant. There are three stages.

      A. Compensated meaning not too sick
      B. Beginning to decompensate (complications beginning to appear)
      C. Decompensated (significant liver failure that will require transplant)

      In the earlier stages, if the reason for liver failure is able to be eliminated, then these people can often stop the disease altogether and might never require a transplant. Example: An alcoholic quits drinking, and if the damage is not too severe, they can get better and will be able to live with the amount of damage already done.

      If the reason for the disease cannot be eliminated, the doctors just routinely treat the problems that come with the disease as it progresses. Meds can help get rid of the excessive fluid in your body, meds can help control ammonia levels, banding can be done through endoscopy to get rid of the unwanted varix (veins that grow trying to get blood supply to your liver that can leak and bleed), and low sodium diet to help control fluid retention. These are just some of the typical problems that are treated for those with cirrhosis.

      There is little they can do except treat the symptoms once the damage has been done.

  13. QUESTION:
    I have a very dear friend who is in the end stages of liver disease… ?
    and he does not have long to live. He has been in love with me for a long time, but because I just recently ended a very bad marriage I have only wanted him as a friend. I want my friend to die happy, should I be his girl until the end? He adores me and it would be fullfilling his most cherished dream if I were to be his girlfriend. What should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      Do what’s right for you. Would he have been someone you’d have considered dating had you not been married? If not, then it wouldn’t be appropriate now.

      If you would’ve dated him though, and feel you can handle getting involved on a romantic level with someone you know has only a short while to live, then do as you feel moved to do.

      You will continue to be his friend either way, I would imagine.

  14. QUESTION:
    what is the last stages of liver disease caused by hep c?

    • ANSWER:
      Death of the liver cells which lead to scar
      tissue formation inside the liver that blocks
      the flow of blood to other liver cells and
      also blocks the flow of blood through the
      liver on its way back to the heart….this
      is known as Cirrhosis.

      Liver failure starts as soon as the cells
      of the liver start to die off. The cells
      do the functions that help keep the body
      well. As the cells die off, the less function
      the liver is able to do as a whole…this
      is then refered to as liver failure.
      The functions keep deteriorating as the
      cells die until the patient ends up in
      “Complete” liver failure…where a patient
      either has to have a transplant asap or they
      will die.

      Most know symptoms and sign of this
      occurring are:

      Ascites: build up of fluid inside the abdominal
      cavity which can be drained by a procedure
      known as paracentesis.

      Encephalopathy: where the liver is no
      longer able to convert ammonia to urea and
      ammonia stays in the blood and goes into
      the brain. This causes the patient to
      have confusion and disorientation.
      Doctor usually start patients on medication,
      known as Lactulose.

      Portal hypertension and varies:
      The blood is no longer able to go through
      the liver…it backs up into smaller vessels
      not used to handling this amount of blood.
      They can have weak spots and break open.
      This causes internal bleeding. Any blood
      seen in vomit or spit up or from the rectal
      area is considered an emergency. The
      doctors can go in and band these varies to
      stop the bleeding.

      Fluid in legs, feet, etc. The doctor usually
      starts patients on a lower sodium diet and
      tell them how much sodium and fluids they
      are allowed to have each day. The may
      place a patient on a diuretic, also.

      Here are some links to learn more
      about cirrhosis:…Just have to click on them:

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

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

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

      Hope this info helps you.

  15. QUESTION:
    how long does my mother have? She has end stage liver disease…?
    I just need to know because I the doctors arent saying anything much. I need to know the truth. I am not ready to lost my mother, but she is very bad. She is home with us, but she cannot get out of bed on her own and can’t walk anymore. SHe says she is fine, but it seems like everytime she has to go to the hospital she gets worse and now sometimes we have to beg her to eat. HELP!!!

    • ANSWER:
      No one can tell you how long someone has. They can respond well or not respond well to treatment from day to day. It’s critical that your Mother take her lactulose – we were megadosing my brother toward the end (right before transplant) just to keep him sane. Mark was in a coma, as well, before we learned how critical this medication is. The lasix and spironolactone are also very important – she needs to take both. One raises potassium and the other lowers it, which keeps down those complications.

      Are they giving your Mother Epoetin injections? It helps her body produce red blood cells. What about FFP and albumin? These help keep the fluids in the venous system, instead of in the abdomen (ascites) where it can cause problems with breathing, etc.

      Do you know your Mother’s MELD score? It’s an indication, on a scale of 6 to 40, of how far the disease has advanced.

      Your family is in my prayers!

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

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

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

  17. QUESTION:
    My mom has end stage liver disease and her teeth are deteriorating.Is this common? Does anything help?Thanks.?
    mom has end stage liver disease (meld score of 7), is on the transplant waiting list..her teeth were fine in november..now they are loose and will fall out soon, or have to be pulled. She is only 55 and has always taken very good care of her teeth.

    • ANSWER:
      This is a quite common problem, fortunately not the most serious. It is necessary to cure all possible sources of infection before liver transplantation and dental granulomas are very frequent. Your mom needs a liver graft ASAP and she for sure prefers to save her life, not teeth.

  18. QUESTION:
    Diet for end-stage liver disease?
    My mom has end-stage liver disease & we’re both wondering if there’s a diet that will reverse liver damage, repair liver damage, or atleast keep her where she is – currently a MELD score of 16.

    • ANSWER:
      I’ve heard about some luck using a vegetarian diet, but I have no more information. It used whole grains and no processed foods, cooked slowly (not nuked). Hope you can find more.

  19. QUESTION:
    What can be done to help a patient with liver disease?
    My step-dad is in Stage 4 liver disease.

    I am wondering what we can do to improve his quality of life to keep him strong enough and healthy enough to be put on the transplant list.

    Whats foods are good?? Not good???

    What can help with the swelling in his legs and stomach????

    ANY help is GREATLY appreciated!!!

    Thanks!!!
    Thumbs down not from me!

    • ANSWER:
      Taking the herb Milk Thistle is good for a diseased liver.

  20. QUESTION:
    End Stage Liver Disease – Prognosis?
    hi, my mum has end stage liver disease. she is being released from hospital today after only 4 days in there. She has had her varicies banded, (3 in total, she was throwing up blood and lost a lot of blood) and is badly jaundiced. They have been pumping her body with everything and have drained over 5 litres from her abdomen. They have said he liver will never repaired it self and has failed. I’m a bit concerned she is being released so early, as previously she has been in for a couple of weeks. Is she being released because there is nothing more they can do for her and its likely she will pass soon? Also how long can the body function with a failed liver? If anyone has any personal experience on this or is a doctor i’d be very grateful for your responses. The doctors will not answer my questions due to patient confidentiality. Her blood doesn’t clot and her eyes are very jaundiced. Many thanks for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      Your mother is showing all the signs of end stage liver failure. Her liver has not failed completely yet because if it did, she would not be alive. She still has some function but it is very poor and will only get worse in time.

      The hospital has did what they could for her which was make her comfortable and stabilize her. There is nothing more they can do for her at the hospital unless she goes through another bleeding crisis or some other life threatening problem that comes with liver failure. When someone has liver failure like your mom, their body will grow these unwanted veins called varices. These are not like the veins we are born with. They can grow very large, leak, and even burst which causes internal bleeding. If the vein is very large and bursts, the person can actually bleed to death in a short time. Your mother got to the hospital in time to save her life. The do a procedure called “banding” which will destroy the vein. Apparently, they have found 3 on your mom even though there could be more. Sometimes they will only band a few of them at a time and the person has to go through several visits to get all of them done. I had liver failure and used to get mine checked every 3-6 months. Banding will greatly reduce the risk of further bleeding episodes.

      Draining the fluid from your mom is called a paracentesis. Again, the liver is not working right, so fluid is able to accumulate especially in the abdominal area. It can be quite uncomfortable and also be a risk to her life if it gets bad enough. This will probably always be a problem for her and will only get worse over time. It is not unusual for people to get this done routinely when their liver is near total failure.

      I’m sorry to say that the prognosis for your mum is very poor. The only cure for this kind of liver failure is a liver transplant. Has anyone talked to her about this? Not everyone can get one and there might be some reason this has not been mentioned to your mum, but that is what she really needs to save her life. Without one, the liver will eventually completely fail and take her life. How long will this be? Only her doctor could give an estimate. It sounds like she is in the very advanced stage of liver failure, but no one knows for sure how long that might be. Liver failure is usually a very slow progression so it’s hard to tell. Many factors come into play as to how long it could take such as the reason for having the failure in the first place.

      Your mum has made it through another crisis and you can be thankful for that. Anyone with advanced liver failure can have a crisis at any time. I don’t know the circumstances surrounding your mum and her liver failure, but if there is any way she can get a transplant, she should work her hardest to get one if possible. That is the one and only thing that will save her life. I’m sorry your mum is so sick. I went through this myself and received a liver transplant 5 years ago.

  21. QUESTION:
    Living and Caring For Someone With End Stage Liver Disease?
    I don’t even know where to start… But I need someone to talk to…

    My grandmother has end stage liver disease… I known for awhile she had liver problems but she has kept them from us or just not told, She always taken care of us.

    Lately she been in and outta the hospital these past few months, with some really good scares in there, I guess i just been playing blind to the fact of all her medical problems, because there a whole whack of them, but as the time goes by, I can no longer play blind to the fact of what is inevitable.

    She is the End Stage Liver Disease, I’m sure it just the beginning ( i think) i Google it and read some of the article online, the most things that come up are about Kidney Failure and it being down hill from there and she not there at that stage,

    I don’t wanna dance around the question, but what kinda of life expectancy are we looking at, without a transplant, and I pretty sure we are a far ways from evening being fit to be a candidate, and even if she was fit, the wait cant be unbelievable long, ( I know this from another family member waiting for a liver transplant and she been waiting forever)

    There been so many hospital visit in the past months, and there so many other things wrong with her, I just don’t know… and I haven’t really asked the doctor too much yet… I want know what is coming my way, I am crazy to be thinking the worst is starting… ( As much as I wish I was I don’t think I am )

    I’m in the role switching spot, where I am know the caregiver, A caregiver to a women has done so much for e in my life… she been my rock… I don’t expect to get the answer im looking for here… I’m not even sure of all the detail … this Liver disease ( and actually taking a look at it ) is all very new to me .

    The Basis of all this is… I dont wanna play blind to the fact…. waste the time do have with her, thinking ahh she be ok…. because visit and visit seem to get worse… maybe im rambling for nothing…. but i hope someone hears me ….

    ~Feeling Scared and Alone ~

    • ANSWER:
      Kiddo, first and foremost you need to be a part of her medial care which means asking questions. Make a list of the ones you already have for her doctor. Knowledge is key.

      As well, you can look at getting some outside help… a nurse to come in a couple of times per week to look in on her and help you with concerns you may have as well. You will also need a break now and then.

      I would also talk to a counselor. Emotionally this is going to take a toll on you. As it would anyone in your situation.

      Have her friends over for tea sometime. Visits are important and will make everyone feel good and up lift spirits.

      Keep your chin up.

  22. 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.

  23. QUESTION:
    if someone is in Early End stage liver disease, what is the likely hood that they will end up on the?
    transplant list? Does it always get to that point if you stick to the diet and meds?

    My fiance was just diagnosed with Early End Stage Liver disease. I’m sure that it is due to his alcohol consumption since he also had alcoholic hepatitis. I need some encouraging words to get him back on his feet. We do not know if this is definitely a liver is dying situation as of yet, but given the diagnosis and that his liver counts were fine, I can only hope for the best. Can anyone tell me what to expect and if the Hepatic diet with the meds will help.

    They did not do any type of biopsy, but the did drain 4 liters of fluid out of his abdomen. I am really nervous and am trying to stay positive about the outlook and outcome.

    • ANSWER:
      They really need to do a biopsy to determine how much damage is present in his liver. The most important thing he can do is to stop drinking ALL alcohol. That is more important than anything else and will help him more than anything else such as diet. You don’t say whether or not they have told your boyfirend he has fibrosis or cirrhosis of the liver. There is a big difference. In the fibrosis stage, if he stops drinking and takes care of himself, then his liver can actually heal itself and he should be fine.

      When you say “:early end stage” they are usually talking about cirrhosis since that is true end stage liver disease. They probably mean that he has just a small amount of cirrhosis present right now. Cirrhosis occurs when scar tissue replaces healthy tissue in the liver. This is permanent damage that will never go away. If he continues to drink, more and more scar tissue will form until the damage is severe and total liver failure will eventually occur. I had cirrhosis and my first symptom was fluid in my abdomen that needed drained like your boyfriend. I was eventually sent to a transplant clinic for an evaluation. Everything right now depends on the amount of damage and whether or not he continues to drink. Everytime he takes a drink, inflammation to the liver continues and more damage is done. The good news is that a person can still stay alive even with a significant amount of damage since the liver is a pretty tough organ. If he stops drinking and it’s in the early stage, then he might be able to stop the progression of his cirrhosis to becoming total liver failure. Once the damage gets severe enough, there is no stopping it from progressing. It will continue no matter what you do. That’s why it’s so important to not drink alcohol. Even if he stops and starts doing better healthwise, he still cannot go back to drinking because the scar tissue is still there forever. The disease would just pick up where it left off at if he starts drinking again.

      The meds and diet will help control the symtpoms. If the cirrhosis progresses to being much worse, the meds stop helping and that’s when you know total failure is near. He could live a very long time as long as he starts doing the right thing, but if not, his prognosis is very poor.

  24. QUESTION:
    Does cirrhosis cause itching BEFORE ‘end stage liver disease’?
    My consultant actually started shouting at me that I was foolish and that there was no connection between liver disease inc. cirrhosis and a problem with itching skin (unless I was in ‘End Stage’ and actually dying (I’m not). Has actually now refused to see me as I am ‘difficult’ and says my appointments in future will be with a nurse!!! I have read lots of references to itching with liver disease and experience it myself every day – why can they not believe anything other than what they were told in Medical school however many years ago. I think I am actually being barred because I display insufficient gratitude when dealing with her, i.e. I don’t necessarily believe everything she says automatically – experience has taught me they don’t know everything, or anything like it.

    • ANSWER:
      Very unprofessional. I would not feel comfortable seeing this doctor or his staff again. Please seek another specialist.
      I’m not sure if this can cause itching in stages less than ESLD. Cirrhosis is stage 4 of liver disease, and while you may not be in the decompensation stage, you still have significant scarring. So I would imagine that due to that fibrosis or scarring, your liver is probably not functioning efficiently like it should. It may not be processing the bile correctly, and that build up can cause itching. Doctors often tell us one thing based on research, but in reality, patients often feel otherwise. Another case in point is that people say they feel pain in the area of the liver, but doctors will tell you that there are no nerve endings to feel pain in the liver. However, the sac that surrounds the liver can stretch with inflammation and can cause pain.
      That being said, you’re right. They don’t know everything. I hope you find a doctor that listens to your symptoms and respects you as a patient. Best wishes.

  25. QUESTION:
    what is the life expectancy of a person with end stage liver disease (cirrhosis)?

    • ANSWER:
      from experience in my own family it only took about 8 weeks give or take a few days.

  26. QUESTION:
    My mother has end stage liver disease. She was given 6 months 4 months ago.?
    4 months ago, my mother was sent home from the hospital with ESLD. Doctors never told her she was going home to die. A hospice nurse visited her (whom I tried to stop until my brother came home from Boston), and told her. It is 4 months later. She hasn’t drank any alcohol and is following the diet, meds, lactulose, to the letter. She seems to be improving. She takes long walks and has babysat my rambunctius 11 yr old. She has problems sleeping and pain in her left leg. Otherwise healthier than I have seen her in a couple years. Is this false hope or might she recover? She has less than 20% of healthy liver left, so I imagine recovery is not the right word, but with continnuing to follow the regimen might she live years? She is 57. The abdominal water retention she had has greatly receeded.
    This is NOT cancer. It is due to alcoholism. I clean for a woman who was given the same diagnosis 3 years ago. Though, I don;t know how typical that is. I am looking for more specific
    experiences.
    I call her every day and go to her house every day that I can. She loves Phantom of the Opera and I got her an autographed pic and personalized letter from Michael Crawford. I made a video for her on You Tube. I contacted Amvets who is sending her a citation for her work with the local America’s Hero’s Association. I spend every minute and every dime I have to make sure every minute counts.

    I am REALLY looking for someone that has had the same experience and some details on this particulat ESLD.

    • ANSWER:
      They say they get better before they get worse. When my step-father was dying of lung cancer, he improved a ton then it got really bad. I don’t want to dash all of your hope, though. Maybe since she’s taking better care of herself, she is buying herself a little time. Just be sure to spend as much quality time with her as you can. I’m really sorry you both have to go through this. It’s not easy. God Bless.

  27. QUESTION:
    MELD SCORE (model for end stage liver disease)?
    My friend has a Meld Score of 15, and he said the highest number is 23, but all the info I looked up said the highest number is 40…. why would his doctor give him the 23 number? Am I missing something?

    • ANSWER:
      The Meld score goes from 6 to 40. Those
      with a Meld score closer to 6 are the most
      healthiest and may not need a transplant
      as soon, as you go up the scale closer to
      40, then they are sicker, will die sooner if they
      don’t have a transplant. They go by what a
      persons blood work results show: the
      Bilirubin, INR, and creatine and also, now the
      sodium.

      Some doctors still use the old scoring
      system known as the Child Pugh Score:
      here is a link to that

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Child-Pugh_score

      Your friend, may someway been using that
      system instead of the MELD. Though, it
      still doesn’t make sense.

      He should be with either a gastroenterologist
      or a hepatologist. You did not state if he
      was on the transplant list or not. There are
      calculators on line that give a patient an
      approximation of what their MELD score might
      be by putting information in from their lab
      results.

      I believe I would ask him again about this.
      However, the farther up the transplant list
      he goes…there is a condition that shows
      up> it is known as Encephalopathy. This
      is where the toxins that the liver no longer can
      handle, go out into the blood and pass the
      blood brain barrier and into the brain. It
      causes unclear thinking, confusion, sleep
      pattern changes, extreme tiredness and
      other things. The doctors first line of
      treatment for this is a drug known as
      Lactalose.

      I hope this helps you understand more.

  28. QUESTION:
    a weird medical question: what harm can viagra,orsomething similar do to someone in end stage liver disease?
    hospice has ask me if I have funeral arrangements. they have qualified my son. they want to put him on pain pump. my son’s girlfriend wants him to get viagra. hospice will not do it we are all in shock at her selfishness, as she must be nympho, for real. at a time like this, she is worried about that. i have been upset with her for many reasons, as she is interfering with his well being, but my son is wayy to sick to see it. he just seems glad to have her at all. i am keeping my mouth shut to him, as I don’t want him to know exactly how upset I am. he was real sick yesterday,and she told me they had sex. he was sick after the sex. real sick. what is going on medically??? does anyone know? hospice said his liver was about gone. not having the viagra, he or she will get illlegal something to substitute to satisfy her very selfish needs. should she not show him she loves him without all the pressure for that? just so upset, please forgive me. when he is more incompetent than now, i can make decisions. that is not now, as he is losing mind and does not really know what he is doing, he can still talk and walk. yesterday, he could barely walk after their sex. what happened? is a heart attack possible? this is a serious question about someone terminally ill, so please no jokes. she is putting something into him, but he is allowing it, but he is not in right mind. is she going to kill him if she does not get stopped? possibly? i hope not,as I pray for him to be surrounded by family and those who really love him at such a time. he is only 35, so i get some of it.
    thanks neuro, he is not really in last minutes, but will be if she stays around. he can not be cured, but the disease can be slowed down, or accelarated. that is just one example of girlfriend, there are many. she is harmful. excluding family in last days, or months, to be with someone who is abusive, is heartbreaking for family. she cheats, she does drugs, she steals from him, lies to him, and he is too sick to see it all. she is nympho, is not joke. if he does not give it to her, she gets it somewhere else. it is time to make peace with people, and allow real love into his life, not just sex. if it was from someone who really loved him and treated him right, i could deal with it better. but,that is not case. sex can be draining for man, especially someone with cirrhosis and end stage. end stage can be days, months or a few years. she makes sure he has some drug to help him have sex, meth a very toxic substance. thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Cialis appears easier on the body.

      Try not to judge her for her many shortcomings, she may not know better or comes from a situation where values and integrity were non-existent. He cares about her, at least for the sex. He probably knows all her shortcomings but does he care when his life is slipping away? He’s just happy to have any attention or sensory gratification. Remember that is what got him on this treadmill and it isn’t going to change.

  29. QUESTION:
    re:end-stage liver disease?
    I was diagnosed with esld in march of 2009, and was given 3 months at the most to live. Through diet and exercise and being very specific about what goes into my body and abstaining from alcohol, I an still here and in great condition, non symtomatic whatsoever. But I have to have an EGD because I have vericous veins in my esophogus. How common is this? My left portal vein also had an effusion, but that is gone now. Is there any risk to removing, or however the procedure is done?

    • ANSWER:

  30. QUESTION:
    My husband has end stage liver disease?
    He is starting to grow blood blisters in packs – which break open at odd times. No worries for my health as we shared needles for years before getting clean and I have it too, just no symptoms other than being tired more often than my hyperactive self has ever allowed me to be.

    He is also getting these things that look like brush burns or scrapes that get really big, infected, then heal with a gigantic scab.

    We live in a small town now – in middle of no-wheres-ville with no doctors of any more intellect than we have as being and working with addicts.

    I say – since his pain is getting bad, let’s go back to our big city and kick out the jams and go out on our time line – meaning suicide.

    He is lost. One minute he wants to die before things get worse and the next he doesn’t — he thinks there is hope, but from what I’ve seen and heard its a no go. Of course, I know its my addiction and pain of living in this world that has had me chasing the big sleep since I was five years old, but he has always been strong and is a christian and always has been – and he has many fears of what is waiting for him after death. No matter how much I try to reason, one cannot reason with faith.

    Please, if someone can give me some help or ideas – watching and listening to him suffer is not cool. I know if I just get in the car and go, he will follow, but . . .

    • ANSWER:
      I’ll throw this out there, since I may be a bit a-moral, and since I believe that no one should have to suffer unnecessarily when there are other options.

      You, obviously based on some of your comments have no qualms about leaving life on your terms, the problem is your husband. If you both are terminal, and it’s just a matter of time as you say, then I say do it. Think about that one magical place you’ve always wanted to go together, but never could… Paris… Rome… wherever… and do it. Sell off everything you won’t need for the trip (don’t tell your husband what you did) and tell him that you got 2 tickets to xxxx and we’re leaving tomorrow. Go and make it a one-way trip for the both of you. You’ll leave on your terms. You’ll enjoy being somewhere you never thought you’d make it to. You’ll know that he went being as happy as you could possibly make him and you’ll be able to be together.

      I don’t mean to be morbid, but it’s gotta be something you’ve thought about… but don’t just settle for “the city” unless it’s where you both dream of going before the end. I just wouldn’t tell him because his faith would try to stop you, and you know it’s what he needs.

  31. QUESTION:
    Please Help, My Liver Enzymes Are High, Am I Starting To Get Liver Disease?
    If a blood test shows that your liver enzymes are high, does that mean that you have actual liver damage. I just need to know how serious this is? I am an had been drinking heavily for the past 2 years. if i stop drinking or start drinking moderately, will my liver be ok and heal on its own? any one who has any info on the liver, the stages of liver disease. thank.

    • ANSWER:
      It would be best to quit drinking now . Liver damage can be reversible if you stop drinking. Even if you have some permanent liver damage you can do well. If you had the test done after a binge drinking episode it will show a rise in enzymes. If no permanent damage is done and you are not an alcoholic mild drinking probably would be ok. But no binge drinking.
      My father was an alcoholic. I also had my problems with drinking.

      Good luck

  32. QUESTION:
    What is the sequence of stages that brings about advanced liver disease caused by chronic alcohol toxicity?
    a. Fat accumulation, fibrosis, cirrhosis

    b. Fibrosis, gout, cirrhosis

    c. Fibrosis, cirrhosis, fat depletion

    d. Cirrhosis, fat accumulation, fibrosis

    • ANSWER:
      Your answer is A.
      Overdosing on alcohol can cause fat
      accumulation inside the liver. This can
      damage the cells of the liver. When
      this happens, the immune system responds
      to this and cause inflammation to develop
      in the liver. This put more pressure on the
      cells and the cells can start to die, forming
      first fibrosis and then this advances to
      cirrhosis of the liver which is death of the
      liver cells and forming of scar tissue inside
      the liver that blocks the flow of blood
      through and to the liver cells…it is a progressive
      disease with no known cure.

  33. 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.

  34. QUESTION:
    questions about liver disease?
    does anyone know anything about the effects of high liver enzymes? I have heard that normal is 100 or less and if yours are 600 or more…what stage of liver disease are you in? Or are you ALMOST in it, or already in it and whats the chances of recovery once they have reached that high of a level?

    • ANSWER:
      Elevated enzymes does not tell any doctor whether or not the liver is diseased or damaged. Other tests must be done in order to get that information. There are several liver tests that are routine which is ALT/AST and GGT. Normals at my lab is ALT-7-56, AST-15-46, and GGT-8-78. I was in end stage liver disease and mine were almost normal. Someone else might be in the early stage and be way higher than mine. The enzymes is an indicator that something is wrong, but the number can vary so much in different people.

      Example: My mother suddenly had a gallstone block a bile duct and her liver numbers went higher than mine ever did and I had liver failure and a transplant. She had the problem corrected with surgery and everything came back to normal and no damage was done. So if you are able to get rid of whatever is making those numbers rise, then they will come back to normal and you will be OK.

      Now my GGT levels did go to 600 sometimes which can be an indication of bile duct problems. Once I had my transplant, they went back to normal. By asking what are the effects of high liver enzymes, that’s like asking what are the effects of coughing when you have a cold. It’s just a side effect of having the cold. High liver enzymes just means something is going on to cause them. Don’t worry about the high enzymes, worry about what is causing them which can be from so many different things. It doesn’t always mean you have liver disease.

      To find out what stage of liver disease a person might be in once liver problems have already been diagnosed, then it takes a CT scan and a biopsy to really get the correct answer to that question. No blood test is going to do it.

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

    • ANSWER:
      jaundice and swelling in the abdoman

  36. QUESTION:
    my mother went into hospital on 30th dec 2008, 2wks ago we were told she was in the end stage of liver disease?
    she went into hospital as a result of blood loss on 30th dec o8, 1 week later she lost the ability to feed herself, walk unaided, her mobility all went, her legs were badly swollen, her cognitive ability declined, she became weepy and agitated. we were told her liver was badly affected, next came the fluid around her stomach, 2 weeks ago we were told she was in the end stages of liver failure, she is very weepy at times aggressive, some days she is jaundiced, she is now confined to bed in hospital, her breathing is heavy, her eyes sometimes yellow!! she is getting vitamins via iv, now they say they can do no more and take her home, that she will die!! her condition has progressed rapidly since dec!!

    Anyone out there experienced anything like this, or how long she will suffer, each day from 1pm to 5pm she will smile and goes back to her childhood as if it is happening now, she is suffering bot the docs cant say for how long.

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t know anything about that but I would just like to say that I’m sorry. I hope all your affairs are in order and I hope everything is right where your mother wants them to be (the bad relationships have ended, people start talking, etc.). Give her something like a charm bracelet in which all of her children buy a charm for her. The charms should symbolize her children-something personal and cute. Her husband should give her a necklace. You guys need to tell her that she raised you guys well and that you’ve learned so much from her and her parenting. Tell her that she’ll always live in your heart, that pictures of her, your dad, and your family will always exist and be present in your house(s) and office(s), etc…, and if true, that you’ll name your kid after her. Anything that assures her that she might be physically gone but she actually will live forever. If you have a family, tell her about them.

  37. QUESTION:
    end stage of liver disease question…?
    my grandmother is in the end stage of liver disease and i was just wondering what to expect..like how long she will have to suffer through this. she is in the bed right now and cant move a muscle one and is in constant pain. we have been giving her liquid morphine for going on 4 days straight. the hospice nurse says to give her xanax as well. i just cant stand seeing her like this. she cant eat drink..anything.

    • ANSWER:
      Oh sweetheart, I am so sorry you are going through this. It’s hard for anyone to tell how long she will be going through this except her doctors. It’s so very hard to sit and watch someone die and knowing the pain they are going through. My dad had liver cancer and spent two weeks home before he passed.

      All you can do right now for her, besides the prescribed meds, is be there with her. You have got to be strong right now for yourself as well as for her. Don’t let her see you cry and try to smile as much as possible. Tell her you love her as much as you can – even if you think she can’t hear or understand you. Tell her about your day, about things your friends are up to, etc. Listening to you will help even a little to keep her mind off her pain, and every little bit helps. Be sure to tell her you love her every time you leave the room.

      Now sweetie this part is the hardest. Don’t tell her you’ll miss her and don’t tell her not to go. You don’t want to say anything that will make her hang on. The reason for this is simple – by her hanging on she will continue to feel her pain. You need to let her know that it’s okay to go and that you all will be fine – but without actually saying it to her. At this point in her illness, her passing is the only way she will have relief from her pain.

      Yes, this is the toughest thing you’ll have to do, but it is the very best thing to do for her. I told my mom as she was about to go that it was okay for her to do so, that she’ll get to see her parents and my dad again. Yeah, I was saying it through my teary eyes and it was obvious I was holding in my cries, but she needed to know that we all would be okay. My mom was 96 when she went, and she had been holding on for so long because she was worried about us – we were convinced that worry was what was keping her from passing.

      Another thing you can do sweetie is to pray. Please know that God isn’t making her suffer. When He feels she is ready, He will send his angels to take her up to be with him.

      In the meantime I will also pray for you and your grandma, and also for the rest of your family. Hugs to you, honey.

  38. QUESTION:
    How can I quit drinking without abstaining from alcohol?
    My doctor recently informed me that I’m showing signs of end-stage liver disease and advised that I quit drinking alcohol completely. Unfortunately, this isn’t really an option for me at this point. How can I quit drinking while still partaking in alcohol?

    Thanks and God bless.

    • ANSWER:
      Let me explain what alcohol can do to the liver:
      If you know that the liver takes toxins from the body
      and converts them into a non toxic form that the body
      can dispose of…then you will understand this.
      1) The liver takes alcohol, and using the liver enzymes
      the liver cells makes, converts it first into acetaldehyde
      then acetate and then carbon dioxide and water.
      [This is just general as there are many more steps to
      this than just three.] When someone consumes alcohol
      fast, it doesn’t give the liver time to convert the alcohol
      and it becomes toxic to the liver cells then and damages
      them.
      2) Alcohol consumed over long time periods is just as
      bad. This builds up fats inside the liver that adds
      to pressure inside the liver. It also causes liver cell
      damage.
      3) Some people are more sensitive to alcohol or have
      an allergic reaction to it…just like any other medication
      does.
      4) Taking alcohol with meds can cause an interaction
      to happen between the two and cause instant liver
      cell damage.

      When the liver cells become damaged, the immune
      system of the body kicks in and this causes
      inflammation inside the liver (which adds to the
      pressure in the liver that is surrounded by a tight
      membrane capsule). The inflammation will cause
      the liver to enlarge in size. All this together
      can lead to the liver cells dying off and forming
      scar tissue inside the liver that blocks the flow
      of blood through the liver. This is known as
      Cirrhosis of the liver and there is no known cure
      except a transplantation.
      You have to be detoxed from alcohol for a period
      of six months prior to being evaluated for placement
      on the transplant list. You have to have doctor proof
      that this is done and you have to sign papers that
      you will not return to it after the transplant is over.

      All blood from your entire abdominal area goes to
      the liver to be filtered before returning to the heart.
      It is like a safety net that catches all the problems
      in the blood and removes them before it gets back
      to the main pumping organ of the body.
      Everytime you take a drink, think about that drink
      as being the blood that can no longer go through
      the liver anymore. It has to try to find another way
      around the liver to get back to the heart. Because
      it can no longer be filtered, that blood will contain
      an awful lot of toxins that are then going to every
      organ of the body and how it will affect them.

      When the doctor says to abstain from drinking…he
      doesn’t mean water, grape juice, etc. He is talking
      directly about the alcohol. Alcohol is the number
      one cause of liver problems known.

      End stage liver disease, is Cirrhosis of the liver.
      It means the cells of the liver are dying off and the
      functions they do are deteriorating. It actually means
      that the liver is dying inside of you. You cannot live
      without your liver. There are no machines that can
      do the functions of the liver, like there is for the kidneys.

      I hope this information has helps. Best wishes to you.

  39. QUESTION:
    end stage alcoholic liver disease?
    A friend has been in hospital for 5 weeks with jaundice and ascites (bloating), she is still yellow and bloated, and not allowed to get out of bed. I am not being told her prognosis, but from what I can gather it is not very optimistic. Does anyone know if this is the usual recovery time or is it pretty bleak?

    • ANSWER:
      The prognosis for your friend is very bleak. Even if this friend does manage to pull out of this crisis this time, it will only be temporary until one time he/she will be too sick to pull out. Total liver failure is fatal and it sounds like your friend is close to having total failure. Five weeks in the hospital is a long time. It would have to be quite serious to be there this long. The only thing that could save his/her life is a liver transplant, but that is probably not an option due to the drinking. It’s very hard for an alcoholic to get a transplant. It’s not impossible, but difficult. Your friend sounds like he/she is too sick to go through everything she would need to do in order to try and get one. I think you should spend whatever time you can with your friend and prepare yourself for the worst. Very sad to have to die from liver failure due to alcohol abuse since it was preventable.

  40. QUESTION:
    stage 4 liver disease?
    a friend of mine was diagnosed a couple of years ago with cirrhosis of the liver caused by a fatty liver. now she is in stage 4 liver failure. what does this mean?

    • ANSWER:
      It is the “end stage” of liver failure, meaning that a liver transplant may very well be required.

      I’m sorry that happened to your friend. But don’t give up hope.

  41. QUESTION:
    Transplant List For Liver On West Coast that doesn’t have a weight requirement.?
    My husband is in end stage liver disease with Cirrohsis, and has a herniated disc in his back, the transplant list we are trying to get on is requiring he lose 55 pounds, does anyone out there know of a transplant list or lists that doesn’t have a weight requirement, on the West Coast or close to Nevada, Las Vegas.

    • ANSWER:
      My understanding is that there is only one transplant list…the national one. There are regional review boards who make the decision if a patient meets the criteria to be on the list but there is only one transplant list. Since the criteria is very strict, if your regional review board said your husband must lose weight, another regional board will tell you the same thing.

      The criteria are very strict because they want the transplant to be a success so that the patient has a great chance at a better and healthier life.

      As hard as it is, try to encourage your husband to lose weight and help him reach that goal. If necessary, get the doctor to refer him to a nutritionist for a workable diet plan. Good luck!

  42. QUESTION:
    liver disease?
    i have a stage 4 liver disease. ihave lost numerous hours of work without pay or sick leave that has left my family finacialy poor. is there any way we can keep from losing our assets or going bankrupt?

    • ANSWER:
      If you are still working or only recently quit then you should apply immediately for Social Security Disability. You can do this online. Date of application is important so the sooner you start the better.

      http://www.ssa.gov/disability/

  43. QUESTION:
    Can any tell me any info., about end stage liver desease?
    the doctors said my nephew is in end stage liver disease,he is 56,in ICU,going on 3weeks. he has a Cathe, a feeding tube,a tube to his bowles, IV of meds to keep his blood pressure up and he was in a coma for a short time,sometimes he knows us and other times he doesn,t, he can,t sit up etc. now he is having kidney problems,and his stomach keeps filling with fluid and he has a drain hose from his lungs because of blood and fluid building up his doctors says he is to sick for a transplant. Our family has never dealt with this before and I believe his mother refuses to think he will not come out of it.Is he dieing ? I believe his organs are shutting down.He was in a small community hospital 100 miles from any family his doctor told my sister his mother there wasn’t anything to be done for him and she had him moved here and talks as if they will save him.He has never been married his father is dead and he has one sister and his mother is 75 I am really concerned about her thinking and she gets mad if we try to talk about his dieing.So please give me any info., about this disease that you might have and thank you

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like he is in the end stage of cirrhosis. This occurs when scar tissue replaces healthy tissue in the liver which destroys it. There are many causes but the most common is alcohol abuse and viral hepatitis C. It’s a very slow disease that takes a very long time before reaching total failure. It can takes decades sometimes. It sounds like he has reached the end. His prognosis is very poor for getting better since the only cure for cirrhosis is a liver transplant and he is too sick to get one. He would die on the table due to his medical condition now. The kidney failure often follows liver failure. In my opinion, he is dying. You are right in thinking his organs are shutting down. No one can live without liver function. Let his mother be hopeful if she wants. She is in denial and really hopes he can get well as any mother might do in this situation. Give her lots of love and support. Don’t argue with her about him dying. Let the doctor explain to her what is going on. When he dies, she will have to face the truth. In the meantime, just leave her alone and don’t upset her anymore than she already is right now.

  44. QUESTION:
    Death by alcohol induced liver disease – what happens in the final moments?
    A 38 year old woman I know has just died of alcoholism, after various stays in hospital. Her last stay of 10 weeks ended with the disease getting the better of her. According to mutual friends, she spent her last moments convulsing – and now I am completely haunted by these images. What happens to the body in these final stages of liver and kidney failure?

    • ANSWER:
      actually, in most cases end stage liver disease causes the person to enter into a coma like stage. they usually are not aware of what is happening after this stage is present.

      as for convulsing….sometimes this happens as the body has already died. it is simply the nerves reacting.

      as far as the disease progression -with liver disease is that the toxins the liver is unable to filter will cause kidney failure and in turn the chemical buildup in the blood will cause severe bloating-so much that the skin seeps fluid. this is when the body enters the coma stage. during the release of fluids, the person is alternating between the coma like state and awareness stages.

      your friend did not feel a thing.

      i hope this puts your mind at ease.

  45. QUESTION:
    I have been diagnosed with Stage 4 liver disease and I take oxycodone as pain management. Will Oxy do damage?
    My doctor tells me that I have cirrhosis, but refrains to tell me how long I have to live or really how bad it is. My spleen is huge by his estimation, though recent radiological reports said the size of my liver was “unremarkable” and my spleen was only “mildly enlarged”.

    I also have HIV/AIDS, which is controlled with medications and I have undetectable viral load with a recovering T-Cell count of 65 (and rising).

    I have been taking 5mg oxycodone 2 pills 4 times daily for pain management, and 30mg Morphine Sulphate for “break through” pain.

    Will any of these pain medications damage a Stage 4 cirrhotic liver where the level of cirrhotic activity is not known?

    I have never been addicted to any medication and I have never taken a drink, never smoked and have never taken illicit drugs ever in 41 years of life.

    • ANSWER:
      You need better communication with your doctor. These are questions you should be discussing with him. I would think that at stage 4, your liver has already been irreperably damaged. Pain management is the main focus at this point.

      I am very sorry and certainly wish you strength at this difficult time. It is time to get the doctor more involved with your concerns.

  46. QUESTION:
    Cadaveric liver donation needed?
    A friend of mine has End stage Liver disease and will need to have a liver transplant soon. He has consulted doctors in India, who say he will have to have a living donor. But he doesnt have anyone who is fit, willing and has the same blood group as him ie B+VE. There is dearth of cadaveric donors, but can there still be someone who will donate for him? He cannot have cadaveric donation from here in Pak because there are no arrangements for removal, storage and transport of the organ. Can anyoe help me?

    • ANSWER:
      Contact some major institutes in Mumbai and have him enrolled for cadaveric donation.

  47. QUESTION:
    My oxycodone 5mg meds are being back order so my doctor gave me anew prescription for oxycodone wTylenol.Safe?
    I have End stage liver disease I’ve been told that i should not take tylenol,ibuprofen,naproxen or any type asprin because of bleeding. I know better but the nurse said it wouldn’t bother my liver. What would you say?

    • ANSWER:
      first oxycodone is Percocet and all percocet has tylenol in it so if you have a Liver problem Do not take tylenol. so You will probably want to ask for Oxycotin because it is just codine no types of Over the counter pain medications

  48. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know about Medical Power of Attorney?
    My mother was diagnosed with End stage liver disease. She will never give me information until it is too late. I know she will let me get medical power of attorney, but i am not sure if I should do it. What does medical power of attorney let me do? Will I be able to talk to her doctors?

    Please any information will do.

    • ANSWER:

  49. QUESTION:
    Dieing of alcoholic liver disease?
    My dad is in the last stages of alcoholic liver disease. He knows and everyone around him knows that he won’t make it through it. I’m just wondering how someone dies from this and if they feel pain and such. Do they suffer is what I’m asking really.

    • ANSWER:
      There is palliative care to make sure they don’t suffer. They will be given drugs to make sure they don’t suffer and have the best quality of life possible until the inevitable happens.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  2. QUESTION:
    How long can a person live with fatty liver disease without treatment?
    I was diagnosed with a fatty liver in Feb and i weighted 260lbs im 6’0 , and since then i have worked really hard and im down to 220 i run for 45 mins a day and have cut out fast food and butter and pop and chips and now drink skim milk , i haven’t had my check up yet but am looking forward to it

    I am juss wondering how long it takes for a liver to go bad from this if i isn’t reversed like 10 years 5 or 20 or what .

    thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver is caused by increased deposition of lipids in your liver cells (hepatocytes). In it’s mild forms, its very reversible and there’s a good chance that your diet and exercise changes have made a big difference.

      As long as you continue exercising and eating right, as well as minimising your alcohol intake and controlling your cholesterol, it might not ever get worse.

      It’s great that you’ve made so many changes to your lifestyle – it really reduces the risk of advancing liver disease. Keep at it!

  3. QUESTION:
    Anyone had any succes with Milk Thistle in helping with Fatty Liver disease?
    I have Fatty Liver disease and have almost constant pain. Looking for someunorthodox/natural treatments.

    • ANSWER:
      Liver DTX Complex contains milk thistle which is shown to support the regeneration of liver cells. Also contains dandelion and turmeric which help flush out toxins and thwart free radicals.

      Lecithin is a fat emulsifier and prevents fat build-up in the liver.

      Hope this is useful and feel free to contact me.

  4. QUESTION:
    I need help saving my cat from hepatic lipidosis, fatty liver disease!?
    My 7 year old cat, Toby wasn’t eating for a couple of days. I took him to the vet and they said that his liver looked enlarged, he was jaundice, and he had all of the common signs of having Fatty Liver Disease.

    I need help. I am on the verge of tears every night. The treatment for this disease is to hospitalize your pet and have a feeding tube inserted. The cost is upwards of 00.00 which I simply do not have at this time. I have researched every possibility. Payment plans, credit cards, Care Credit… nothing will work.

    The vet recommended that I feed him one or more cans of Hills a/d per day with syringe. He absolutely hates it. He doesn’t struggle too much, but he spits it all out. I don’t know how much I’m actually getting into his belly because I’m wiping so much off of my walls, floors, chin etc.

    I desperately need some advice from anyone who has gone through this before or has veterinary experience.

    I simply do not know what to do. Am I helping him? Is he getting enough food? He won’t eat or drink anything. I even offered him his favorite, tuna, and he just turned up his nose.

    I love him dearly, and I can not fathom having him die or be euthanized, so I need help and soon.

    Please let me know your thoughts about this. Thank you so much <3

    • ANSWER:
      I am sorry you’re going through this, it must be awful not to be able to help. Unfortunately your vet is not helping either by prescibing the Hills junk. Really, all the prescription stuff is just a moneymaker and the only research that supports the results is paid by the companies that make the food.

      Your cat with fatty liver disease need low carb, high protein diet. You can’t feed anything that contains grain, that is probably what caused this in the first place. Most commercial food contains grain and the pet food industry doesn’t care that it’s killing our cats.

      Most of the natural wet foods available today like Wellness, EVO, Merrick, Nature’s Variety and Blue Buffalo have high content of animal protein, and don’t include andy sources of carbohydrate. This is much better food for your cat’s disease than Hills.

      I understand your cat doesn’t want to eat. force feeding usually doesn’t go well, try to get him to lick the mashed up food from your fingers. Try a little tuna juice to add the smell. but not too much, and not the oil, just the juice. If it doesn’t work you will have to feed him with the syringe. You can’t let your cat go without food, especially since it gets also hydration from the food.

      The amount of consumed food should reflect in the amount of feces. You should get at least one small poo per day.

      Here are some great websites on cat nutrition, the first one also mentionas fatty liver disease. This doctor who wrote it is extremly knowledgable and hopefully this will help you.

      Good luck

  5. QUESTION:
    Can Psittacosis in Budgies damage thier liver?
    I have a 18 month old Female budgie with the following symptoms:
    Lethargy, lime green droppings (and Urates), sleepiness, quiet, ratty wing feathers, watery eyes,

    Vet: Feacel smear + mouth swab
    mass in abdomen
    Diagnosis: Fatty Liver Disease?

    Treatment: Baytril + Duphalac – 7 days

    Return vet
    Treatment: Doxycycline injection
    Improvement within days

    Return vet
    Blood test – immunocomb-chlammydia – results pending
    Treatment – Psittavet in water daily

    Could undiagnosed psittacosis cause liver damage (mass in abdomen)?

    I also have a male budgie with no symptoms except for ratty-looking tail feathers
    Vet had quick look – no diagnosis made
    I was just wandering if he could be carrying psittacosis aswell?

    • ANSWER:
      Unfortunately, many infections will attack the liver in parrots, but I don’t think this is the problem here. Masses in budgies are very common, and even though this a young bird, i think it’s a common tumor. Are you sure she’s only 18 months? Are you sure it’s a female? I ask that because many male budgies get testicular tumors, and as the tumor restricts the flow of testosterone, his blue cere will turn brownish; thus, he looks like a female.

      How long have you had the birds, and for how long have they been separated from other birds? If it’s been a while, then the possibility of psittacosis lessens.

      The mouth swab… was there just one, for psittacosis? Was there one taken for other bacterial infections? There’s definitely something going on, but we see many more cases of bacterial infection, like klebsiella, Pasteurella and pseudomonas than we do psittacosis.

      Is the Baytril going in the water? If so, you can almost bet on that it’s not going to work, especially for only 7 days. Same thing with Duphalac (lactulose) which is usually a long-term treatment for fatty liver disease. If it’s a tumor on the liver, that’s a different story. Personally, I prefer treating most liver ailments with milk thistle. That goes for birds, dogs, cats, and humans.

      The male could have the same thing as the female, but you’re going to have to wait for the test results. If it’s really suspected to be psittacosis, he should be treated as well. If it’s not psittacosis, you’ll need to know what it is that’s making her sick, and testing to see what antibiotics will work on whatever it is. Baytril and doxy may not work on that particular bacterium or bacteria.

      Good luck.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  7. QUESTION:
    focal fatty infiltration of liver?
    I recently had an CT scan that showed “Focal Fatty infiltration is noted adjacent to the ffissure for the falciform ligament, and the liver.” Can anyone tell me what that means. I have tried to look via the net to find out info about it and it does not tell me anything. My family has a history of liver disease including my father who did have liver disease and my grandfather who had cancer of the liver. My grandmother had some lesions removed from her liver. I was wondering if this is something that I need to be worried about. Or what are some types of treatment for this. I have had numberous abdominal surgeries and have also had an cholecystectomy done.

    • ANSWER:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      More on cat nutrition below,

      Good luck!

  9. QUESTION:
    What is the appropriate treatment for a DVT (blood clot) in lower left leg (calf)?
    A little more history: 49 year old female, diabetic, high bp, high cholesterol, hypothyroidism, fibromyalgia, severe depression, PTSD, bipolar, major anxiety, sleep apnea, and liver disease due to extreme fatty liver. On 16 daily meds for psych and med, plus a 17th optional for nausea as needed, and 18th for stool softener. Her meds: Docqlace, Cytomel, Lexapro, Famotidine, Promethazine, Metoclopramide, Metformin, Trazodone, Hydroxyzine HCL, Cymbalta, Glimepiride, Levothyroxine Sod, Protonix, Lisinipril, Benztropine, Tricor, and Clozapine. Of those, 7 had warnings about anticoagulants, 4 of which were serious interactions, and 2 other meds have a rare side effect of causing clots (research on WebMD). This person went to ER twice in 10 hours (sent home both times, told not to worry, talke Ibuprofen)then to her personal doc not even 2 days later, he put her on home injection blood thinners. She died the next night, clot broke loose, split, and traveled to both lungs.

    • ANSWER:
      she died from pulmonary embolism
      its one of the complications of DVT … as the clots may travel through the viens of the lower extrimities and get in to the lungs either as massive emolism or showering embolies …

      well … the effect of the drug interaction in a patient with long term uncontroled Diabetis , Hypertenssio , hypothyroidism in addition to psychological stress and depreesion … and i suppose immobilisation … the risk becomes morbidly high …

      the appropriate treatment of DVT and preventing the pulmonary embolsm is by
      blod thinners pills or injections
      mobilisation is so very important
      Good Control of pre-excisting diseases
      avoiding drug interaction
      but never can obtain a 0% of risk or 100% of prevention.

      and for such cases it is done in a special care units

      my kindest regards and deepest sympathy

      Havoc

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Thanks for answering in advance.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    1. His cat friend passed away.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Continue to be patient as he will come around.

      The following articles may be helpful for you to better understand when cats are grieving:

      http://www.messybeast.com/cat-grief.htm

      http://www.petplace.com/cats/your-cat-s-grief/page1.aspx

  13. QUESTION:
    what could this be? abnormal vaginal bleeding?
    im 19, not sexually active, never have been. don’t plan on until i’m in a really serious relationship.

    height 5”6
    weight: 260

    I have polycystic ovarian syndrome, fatty liver disease, and sleep apnea.

    My problem is this:

    From july 2008 – may 4th 2011 i hadn’t gotten a period, and from may 4th-july 5th i was having abnormal vaginal bleeding everyday,lots of clotting, and i would have to change my tampon AND pad every 45 minuets ( it was light at the begining, and coming into july, it got so bad)

    I went to my doctor, and she said its just because of the ovarian cysts that i’m having all of this bleeding, anyways she put me on the birth control called try-ceclyn lo?? (spelling..)
    and i was taking it for about a week, nothing had stopped, so then i went to the ER, (my doctor doesn’t really do anything..)
    they sent me to a gynocologist,he put me on these hormone pills called : PROMETRIUM 100MG
    and the bottle says ” TAKE 3 CAPSULES ONCE DAILY FOR 2 WEEKS OF EACH 4 WEEK CYCLE AS DIRECTED”

    so i took those for about 2 weeks, and had really really bad night terrors, so stopped.

    Went back to my doctor, and she put me on these birth control pills called:MARVELON

    So i started taking those 28 days ago, it stopped the bleeding for about 1 week, but then i started slowly spotting everyday again.. and ive never had it this bad before! i went to USA for the weekend, and its so embarrasing, i had to go to the bathroom to change my tampon like every 45 minuets, or else i would soak through.

    (i know im being graphic.. sorry..)

    over night is the worst, i would wear a Big Tenna pad, plus a tampon (super plus)
    and i would wake up in the hotel room, and my shorts were soaked with blood!

    i also have these unbareable pains in my lower abdominal area.
    its not a ruptured cyst..
    but i don’t think that this bleeding is normal what soever. its affecting me socially, and physcially.

    what could be a treatment,and causes of this?

    i plan on calling my gynecologist ASAP tomorrow morning, i just wanted to know if anyone else has had problems like this, or knows anything about it.

    thanks very much,

    s.

    • ANSWER:
      They definitely should be doing blood testing on you to be sure of
      your Red blood cells, iron levels, and also your hormone levels.

      People who have liver disease and those who have polycystic
      ovarian disease can develop problems with their hormones.

      I would ask to be referred to a More advanced Hospital in your
      area or outside that area, that deals more on the Specialist side
      of Gynecology. You need a second opinion with someone who
      understands more about these problems together.

      I do know that a woman who is overweight tend to produce more
      estrogen. That blood tests can show if your ovulating, and have
      a hormone imbalance. A D&C can sometimes stop someone
      from bleeding much if the lining of the uterus is thick.

      Wish I could be of more help.
      Losing alot of blood for long periods of time is not good at all and
      is causing your bone marrow to do what it can to replace the cells.
      You are a good candidate for becoming anemic.

      Write down all your questions, take any doctors records and films
      with you, and be bold about telling the doctors your symptoms, pains,
      etc. Make sure you don’t leave there with an explanation that you
      don’t understand or a reason why this is all taking place and how the
      drug, you are given to take, is suppose to work to stop this flow.

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

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

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

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

    • ANSWER:
      Hi lugubrious,

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

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

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

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

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

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

      I hope that helps some!

      Good luck!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  16. QUESTION:
    health questions help?
    What is key to improve cancer’s survival rates?

    improve people’s nutrition and lifestyle choices
    more research into better chemotherapy drugs
    programs that stress early detection and intervention
    better surgical techniques to remove all cancer cells

    34. What is the disease that involves changes in the nerves and chemicals of the brain leading to memory loss, personality changes, and complete dependency?

    Parkinson’s
    Alzheimer’s
    Paget’s
    Grave’s

    35. Which of the following is not a disorder related to hypertension?

    congestive heart failure
    stroke
    diabetes mellitus
    heart attack

    36. How is hepatitis B typically transmitted?

    fecal-oral route
    bacteria and its spores
    contaminated blood or sexual contact
    breast-feeding

    37. Which STD can cause blindness in a newborn baby if it infects the baby’s eyes during the birth process while producing a greenish yellowish drainage from the reproductive organs of the infected adults?

    syphilis
    gonorrhea
    genital herpes
    chlamydia

    38. Which STD begins as chancres or open lesions on the reproductive organs and can invade the nerous system causing difficulty speaking, headaches, blurred or diminishing vision, seisures, problems with memory and thinking, and depression?

    syphilis
    gonorrhea
    genital herpes
    chlamydia

    39. Which organ is affected by hepatitis?

    brain
    stomach
    uterus
    liver

    40. Which of the following is not a form of anthrax infection?

    digestive (gastrointestinal)
    circulatory (blood)
    skin (cutaneous)
    respiratory (inhalation)

    41. The lack of which of the following hormones from the pancreas prevents the body from regulating its own blood sugar?

    insulin
    adrenaline
    testosterone
    melanin

    42. Which of the following bacterial STDs is the most common in the United States causing the formation of a painless lesion which may result in scarring of the pelvic organs and sterility?

    gonorrhea
    genital warts
    syphilis
    chlamydia

    43. What is the cause of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy?

    bacteria
    virus
    prion
    fungi

    44. Which of the following best describes symptoms of BSE (Mad Cow Disease)?

    fatty plaque in the arteries leading to chest pain
    loss of the ability to sense, move, and think
    skin rash, digestive disturbances, and difficulty breathing
    severe headache or no symptoms at all

    45. Which of the following best describes symptoms of diabetes mellitus?

    crushing chest pain, nausea, weakness, and fatigue
    excessive urination, thirst, and hunger
    flu-like symptoms, headache, and stiff neck
    loss of coordination on one side, slurred speech, and difficulty concentrating

    46. Which of the following could cause a non-communicable disease?

    viruses
    bacteria
    smoking
    fungi

    47. Which of the following is an example of a communicable disease?

    Alzheimer’s disease
    common cold
    heart disease
    diabetes mellitus

    48. Which of the following is NOT a reason it is difficult to cope with a chronic illness?

    financial obligations to cover treatment and care that health insurance may not cover
    loss of physical independence which requires more assistance with the activities of daily living
    knowledge that the person will get better with the appropriate medications
    dealing with depression and grief for the diagnosis

    49. When does the HIV positive stage move into full-blown AIDS?

    when the red blood cell count rises above 7 million cells per cubic millimeter
    when the cells have metastasized from their original location to the brain
    when the heart fails to pump blood properly causing swelling and difficulty breathing
    when the T-cell count falls below 200 cells per cubic millimeter

    50. Which of the following is NOT a leading cause of death in the United States today?

    pneumonia
    heart attack
    stroke
    diabetes mellitus

    • ANSWER:
      ask the data from the DOH

  17. QUESTION:
    health questions, not very many. I had 60 but i answered 45. Please help?
    Note: I have 45 out of 60 answered, these ones i need help with…

    Which of the following is NOT a reason it is difficult to cope with a chronic illness?

    financial obligations to cover treatment and care that health insurance may not cover
    loss of physical independence which requires more assistance with the activities of daily living
    knowledge that the person will get better with the appropriate medications
    dealing with depression and grief for the diagnosis

    When does the HIV positive stage move into full-blown AIDS?

    when the red blood cell count rises above 7 million cells per cubic millimeter
    when the cells have metastasized from their original location to the brain
    when the heart fails to pump blood properly causing swelling and difficulty breathing
    when the T-cell count falls below 200 cells per cubic millimeter

    Which of the following is NOT a leading cause of death in the United States today?

    pneumonia
    heart attack
    stroke
    diabetes mellitus

    Which of the following is not a form of anthrax infection?

    digestive
    circulatory
    skin
    respiratory

    The lack of which of the following hormones from the pancreas prevents the body from regulating its own blood sugar?

    insulin
    adrenaline
    testosterone
    melanin

    Which of the following bacterial STDs is the most common in the United States causing the formation of a painless lesion which may result in scarring of the pelvic organs and sterility?

    gonorrhea
    genital warts
    syphilis
    chlamydia

    What is the cause of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy?

    bacteria
    virus
    prion
    fungi

    Which of the following best describes symptoms of BSE (Mad Cow Disease)?

    fatty plaque in the arteries leading to chest pain
    loss of the ability to sense, move, and think
    skin rash, digestive disturbances, and difficulty breathing
    severe headache or no symptoms at all

    Which of the following best describes symptoms of diabetes mellitus?

    crushing chest pain, nausea, weakness, and fatigue
    excessive urination, thirst, and hunger
    flu-like symptoms, headache, and stiff neck
    loss of coordination on one side, slurred speech, and difficulty concentrating

    Which of the following could cause a non-communicable disease?

    viruses
    bacteria
    smoking
    fungi

    Which of the following is an example of a communicable disease?

    Alzheimer’s disease
    common cold
    heart disease
    diabetes mellitus

    Which of the following is not a disorder related to hypertension?

    congestive heart failure
    stroke
    diabetes mellitus
    heart attack

    How is hepatitis B typically transmitted?

    fecal-oral route
    bacteria and its spores
    contaminated blood or sexual contact
    breast-feeding

    Which STD can cause blindness in a newborn baby if it infects the baby’s eyes during the birth process while producing a greenish yellowish drainage from the reproductive organs of the infected adults?

    syphilis
    gonorrhea
    genital herpes
    chlamydia

    Which STD begins as chancres or open lesions on the reproductive organs and can invade the nerous system causing difficulty speaking, headaches, blurred or diminishing vision, seisures, problems with memory and thinking, and depression?

    syphilis
    gonorrhea
    genital herpes
    chlamydia

    Which organ is affected by hepatitis?

    brain
    stomach
    uterus
    liver

    • ANSWER:
      Thank-you for the brain exercise. These questions are always fun.
      1-3
      2-2
      3-1
      4-3
      5-1
      6-2
      7-2
      8-2
      9-3
      10-2
      11-1
      12-1
      13-3
      14-4

  18. QUESTION:
    Health Majors Please help! Last test on health & i am really stressed.?
    These are some of the ones i dont know. I mean there are ones out of this that i do know but yeah, I am really stressed and need help. Please Please help me.

    27. Which type of diabetes generally occurs in young adults and children and always requires insulin as part of the treatment plan?

    type 1
    type 2
    type 3
    type 4

    28. Which of the following is NOT a warning sign of skin cancer?

    crushing chest pain
    a sore that does not heal
    unusual bleeding or discharge
    thickening or lumps

    29. What is the most fatal form of skin cancer associated with moles?

    squamous cell carcinoma
    basal cell carcinoma
    malignant melanoma
    acute cell melanoma

    30. What disease is caused by a bacteria and can be sent in a powdery form for bioterrorism and leads to difficulty breathing and even death?

    West Nile virus
    anthrax
    bovine spongiform encephalopathy
    stroke

    31. What is the general name for all infections that cause diarrhea to occur?

    Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    Crohn’s Disease
    Colon Cancer
    Dysentery

    32. Which fat leads to atherosclerosis and can contribute to one’s risk of a heart attack or stroke?

    steroids
    cholesterol
    phospholipids
    olive oil

    33. What is key to improve cancer’s survival rates?

    improve people’s nutrition and lifestyle choices
    more research into better chemotherapy drugs
    programs that stress early detection and intervention
    better surgical techniques to remove all cancer cells

    34. What is the disease that involves changes in the nerves and chemicals of the brain leading to memory loss, personality changes, and complete dependency?

    Parkinson’s
    Alzheimer’s
    Paget’s
    Grave’s

    35. Which of the following is not a disorder related to hypertension?

    congestive heart failure
    stroke
    diabetes mellitus
    heart attack

    36. How is hepatitis B typically transmitted?

    fecal-oral route
    bacteria and its spores
    contaminated blood or sexual contact
    breast-feeding

    37. Which STD can cause blindness in a newborn baby if it infects the baby’s eyes during the birth process while producing a greenish yellowish drainage from the reproductive organs of the infected adults?

    syphilis
    gonorrhea
    genital herpes
    chlamydia

    38. Which STD begins as chancres or open lesions on the reproductive organs and can invade the nerous system causing difficulty speaking, headaches, blurred or diminishing vision, seisures, problems with memory and thinking, and depression?

    syphilis
    gonorrhea
    genital herpes
    chlamydia

    39. Which organ is affected by hepatitis?

    brain
    stomach
    uterus
    liver

    40. Which of the following is not a form of anthrax infection?

    digestive
    circulatory
    skin
    respiratory

    41. The lack of which of the following hormones from the pancreas prevents the body from regulating its own blood sugar?

    insulin
    adrenaline
    testosterone
    melanin

    42. Which of the following bacterial STDs is the most common in the United States causing the formation of a painless lesion which may result in scarring of the pelvic organs and sterility?

    gonorrhea
    genital warts
    syphilis
    chlamydia

    43. What is the cause of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy?

    bacteria
    virus
    prion
    fungi

    44. Which of the following best describes symptoms of BSE (Mad Cow Disease)?

    fatty plaque in the arteries leading to chest pain
    loss of the ability to sense, move, and think
    skin rash, digestive disturbances, and difficulty breathing
    severe headache or no symptoms at all

    45. Which of the following best describes symptoms of diabetes mellitus?

    crushing chest pain, nausea, weakness, and fatigue
    excessive urination, thirst, and hunger
    flu-like symptoms, headache, and stiff neck
    loss of coordination on one side, slurred speech, and difficulty concentrating

    46. Which of the following could cause a non-communicable disease?

    viruses
    bacteria
    smoking
    fungi

    47. Which of the following is an example of a communicable disease?

    Alzheimer’s disease
    common cold
    heart disease
    diabetes mellitus

    48. Which of the following is NOT a reason it is difficult to cope with a chronic illness?

    financial obligations to cover treatment and care that health insurance may not

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, who made up these questions? I’m not that impressed.
      These questions have been around for awhile – you could have just searched Y!A and found identically worded questions.
      .
      While you may be stressed, if you don’t know the answers to some of these, what are you doing in this class?
      Just entering all of the answers takes more time than you spent cutting and pasting them.

      27. Type 1 – the body does not produce insulin read this article: http://www.lifescript.com/Health/Conditions/Diabetes/The_Double_Whammy_What_is_Type_3_Diabetes.aspx

      28 Crushing chest pain

      29. Malignant melanoma

      http://www.cancercenter.com/skin-cancer-melanoma.htm

      30. Anthrax

      https://health.google.com/health/ref/Anthrax

      31. Question does not make sense because it is not accurate but the answer has to be dysentery as the other 3 options are not infection related

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

      32. cholesterol

      http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/dci/Diseases/Atherosclerosis/Atherosclerosis_Causes.html

      33. all of the above but if you have to chose one go with programs which stress early detection and insurance plans which cover intervention

      34. Alzheimer’s followed by Parkinson’s with dementia

      35. Diabetes – but there is a relationship

      http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=2152

      36. Hep B is transmitted through blood and bodily fluids – read and figure out the answer

      http://www.hepb.org/hepb/transmission.htm

      37. Several can cause eye infection but the answer you want is gonorrhea

      http://www.wdxcyber.com/stds_pregnancy.html

      38. see: reference above for answer

      39. see: reference in question #36 or just think about it

      40. see: question #30 reference

      41. see: question #27 reference

      42. see: question #37 reference

      43. Mad Cow Disease – caused by watching too much Boston Legal in reruns – ok, it is thought to be a prion disease http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bovine_spongiform_encephalopathy

      44. see: reference in #43

      45. excessive urination, thirst and hunger

      46. this one’s on you to think about

      47. You don’t know this one? That’s nothing to sneeze at

      48. You should be aware of the fact that you can add the rest of the answer by simply returning and adding it.

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

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

    1. His cat friend passed away.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    1. His cat friend passed away.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


The Liver

Does Milk Thistle Cleanse the Liver?
Does milk thistle cleanse the liver of toxins and heavy metals? How does it work? Here’s a look at the subject of toxins and how the body rids itself of them.

The liver performs many important functions in the human body, including the breakdown and removal of toxic substances, which are then excreted in bile or urine. Many nutrients are needed to support healthy liver function, including niacin, selenium, n-acetyl cysteine and choline.

For thousands of years, people have relied on milk thistle to support healthy liver function and treat various disease that affect the organ. Modern day researchers have found that the active component of milk thistle is silymarin. Recent studies indicate that silymarin is beneficial for improving liver health in people with HIV and hepatitis C. The HALT-C trial showed that the supplement reduced fatigue, nausea, liver pain, anorexia, muscle and joint pain in patients with hepatitis C.

But, assuming you are a healthy individual, does milk thistle cleanse the liver?

The idea of “cleansing” the body’s organs of toxins is not a new one. It has its roots in Ancient Egypt. They believed that food enters the intestines and rots; that toxins form as a result, and move from there into the circulatory system. Later the idea was adopted and expanded upon by the Greeks. They came up with a phrase that in English is “auto-intoxication”.
The theory is that the body cannot fully dispose of its waste products and toxins. They accumulate in the organs and intestines. The theory has been discredited by modern-day physicians, because it cannot be supported by scientific facts.

However, toxic heavy metals are known to build up in the body’s organs over time. So, does milk thistle cleanse the liver of toxic heavy metals?

Heavy metals are broken down and removed from the body through the action of chelating agents. Many nutrients are chelating agents, including simple vitamin C. Potent chelating agents include resveratrol and curcumin. Silymarin has not been shown to have chelating activity.

It’s mechanism of action for supporting liver health has not been fully explained. It is known to have antioxidant activity and antioxidants are important to good health and longevity. They reduce our risk of cancer and heart disease by neutralizing free radicals.

There are studies indicating that silymarin protects that liver from damage and is beneficial for treating gallbladder problems. It is been study for its affect against prostate cancer. It also has some anti-inflammatory activity.

As a daily health supplement, it is one ingredient to look for, but it must be accompanied by lecithin to insure bioavailability; the body’s ability to absorb it. There are some excellent multi-nutritional supplements on the market that include all of the nutrients mentioned in this article, including the chelating agents and those that support healthy liver function.

But, getting back to the original question of; does milk thistle cleanse the liver. The liver cleanses itself, if a person is well nourished, drinks plenty of water and avoids exposure to toxic heavy metals.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What does a black spot on the liver mean?
    My friend just went for a ultrasound check at the doctors and he told her he found a black spot on her liver? what does that mean? is it dangerous ?

    • ANSWER:

  2. QUESTION:
    A little of sequence of gene is known, find a way to find the gene given short sequence GTCACGG.?
    it is to find a gene that codes for iron transporter protein from the liver cells. what’s the method to search for the gene given short nucleotides sequences (above) belong to the gene?

    • ANSWER:

  3. QUESTION:
    Horrible India story. A 7 year old girl in India is murdered and has her liver cut out to appease the Gods.?
    Is this the reason they flood this country because India is a place where things like this happen?

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2081244/Indian-girl-7-murdered-liver-cut-sacrifice-gods-better-harvest.html

    • ANSWER:

  4. QUESTION:
    Where do gelatin capsules dissolve in the body?
    Now, this is not technically my question. It is something my mother wishes to know, because she’s having trouble with her liver? I guess? She needs to know if the Tylenol capsule she just took will dissolve in her liver or her stomach. She’s a real worry-wort.

    • ANSWER:

  5. QUESTION:
    Can a person live without a portion of thier liver?
    I’m just curious. A person can live without a spleen, a person can live without thier gall bladder, and a person can live with only one kidney…if instead a person could live without a tainted portion of thier liver, rather than have a whole liver transplant, wouldnt that be less traumatic on the body?

    • ANSWER:

  6. QUESTION:
    The liver:?
    A)Makes glycogen
    B)Performs glycolysis
    C) Makes ATP
    D) Makes glucose for the rest of the body

    • ANSWER:
      i am pretty sure it does :)

  7. QUESTION:
    Why supplements/pills cause Liver Damage?
    What exactly do they do to the liver? Also i take niacin (with flush) once in a while and was wondering what doses/how often niacin would affect the liver. I read no flush niacin has increased chances of liver damage but i take it at 16 yrs old because since it increases growth hormone. (You can even check it on the internet, many sources confirm this) I take it once every 3 days on an empty stomach. Doses from 250 mg or 500mg.

    • ANSWER:

  8. QUESTION:
    What’s the difference between liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver?
    Is there a difference between liver cancer and cirrhosis of the liver? If so what is it? Someone on here said I am at risk for liver cancer cause of how much I drink but that confused me cause can liver cancer be caused by drinking a lot? I know cirrhosis can be but what about liver cancer? And which hurts more cirrhosis or liver cancer?

    • ANSWER:
      Liver cancer or hepatic cancer is properly considered to be a cancer which starts in the liver.
      The most frequent liver cancer is hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) (also named hepatoma, which is a misnomer because adenomas are usually benign). This tumor also has a variant type that consists of both HCC and cholangiocarcinoma components. The cells of the bile duct coexist next to the bile ducts that drain the bile produced by the hepatocytes of the liver. Cancers which arise from the blood vessel cells in the liver are known has hemangioendotheliomas.

      Cirrhosis is a consequence of chronic liver disease characterized by replacement of liver tissue by fibrosis, scar tissue and regenerative nodules (lumps that occur as a result of a process in which damaged tissue is regenerated), leading to loss of liver function.
      Cirrhosis is most commonly caused by alcoholism, hepatitis B and C, and fatty liver disease, but has many other possible causes. Some cases are idiopathic, i.e., of unknown cause.

  9. QUESTION:
    can you do a liver detox while pregnant?
    Im not sure if it would be harmful or not its like vitamins and all natural but Im just not sure how safe it is while pregnant. I need to do it because I have had really bad dark circles for a long time and they have gotten way worse since Ive been pregnant. if I cant do it while Im pregnant Ill do it after but I really want to start now if I can! I know my dark circles are from my diet and toxins in my liver Ive talked to many nutritionists about it and they said the liver detox would be a good thing to do but this was before I was pregnant. makeup doesnt cover them at all and Im just getting sick of how dark they have gotten! so is it ok? thanks!
    I get 9 hours of sleep every night and I drink 8 glasses of water a day!! its definitely toxins and Ive been eating right and nothing. I used to eat ALL junk food. candy, pizza, cookies etc

    • ANSWER:

  10. QUESTION:
    What could elevated liver enzymes mean in a newborn besides liver disease?
    My 2 1/2 month old son has had elevated liver enzymes since birth. We saw a liver specialist today and he said he doesn’t think it’s any kind of liver disease, but could be other things. Only he didn’t explain what the other things are.

    • ANSWER:
      A liver specialist would be a hepatologist. (A gastroenterologist deals with the entire digestive system) It may not be a liver problem but could be a biliary problem. The liver makes bile that flows through tube like structures, known as ducts, under the liver to the gallbladder and then to the intestines. The bile helps emulsify the fats we eat so they can be digested.

      These problems comes to mind:
      Biliary atresia where bile ducts are absent or injured, causing bile to back up into the liver. Congenital Biliary cysts, or cystic fibrosis.

      However, in some cases, some patients have elevation of these enzyme levels and it is normal for them.

      There are different hereditary liver diseases, but you said it wasn’t the liver…however, here is a listing of some of them:
      ***Hemochromatosis (abnormal iron accumulation )
      ***Wilson’s disease (abnormal copper accumulation in the liver).
      *** Alpha1-antitrypsin deficiency which is the absence of this specific enzyme in the liver
      ***Galctosemia is a rare genetic disorder that hampers the body’s ability to process the sugar galactose. Fructuse intolerance
      ***Polyphyria
      ***Urea cycle defects (ornithine carbomoyltransferase deficiency)
      ***Glycogen storage disease where there is an inability to properly utilize sugar.
      ….Amino acid disorders[tyrosinemia),
      —Bile acid disorders
      ….Carbohydrate disorders (eg fructose intolerance, galactosemia,)
      ….Lipid disorders (abetalipoproteinemia)
      Inherited diseases interfere with the way the liver produces, processes and stores enzymes, proteins, metals, and other substances.
      ….Phenylketonuria is a rare condition in which a baby is born without the ability to properly break down an amino acid called phenylalanine. It is inherited…both parents have to pass on the gene.

      The liver enzymes are made by the liver cells. The one liver enzyme would naturally be elevated and that is the Alkaline phosphatase…since the child is growing and this is elevated because of the growth of the bones. The doctor is probably also looking at the liver functions tests ( Bilirubin, Albumin, INR, Pt, Ptt) and also the viral tests for hepatitis A,B,C,etc. To look up these tests and the liver enzymes (ALT, AST, GGT, and Alkaline Phosphatase), here is a link to click on:

      http://www.labtestsonline.org

      Don’t be afraid to ask questions to your son’s doctor…you are paying him for his advice, diagnosis, and time. He may not know, without testing being done, exactly what the problem is off hand. When he gets the results of all testing back…he will then be able to give you more information and a possible diagnosis. I will tell you that he is probably having more blood testing done and will compare it to the first set…as blood testing is not always 100% accurate and many things can affect these tests.

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

  11. QUESTION:
    Is it good for your liver to drink alcohol?
    I know that too much alcohol does harm to the liver, but my cousin said that a little bit of alcohol is actually good because it “trains” the liver for when you get older and have to face illnesses. He also said that never-drinking alcohol could actually be bad because your liver’s not getting “practice.” I hope you get the jist.

    Is he right?

    • ANSWER:
      i’m not sure if your cousin may just be ‘guessing’ that this is the case as it may seem sensible. a thought that comes to my mind would be alcohol is bad for and therefore weakens the liver. but that is just my guess, i’m not an expert. i do hear a glass of wine a day is good for you. research this on google for deeper explanations.

  12. QUESTION:
    How does a liver transplant work if the donor is still alive?
    I watched this documentary where the father was donating his liver to his son.

    How is this possible, do they extract pieces, can you live without a liver?

    • ANSWER:
      I believe the living donor can spare up to 60% of his/her liver to the recipient. Each person will grow back their missing portion in about 6 weeks. It’s an amazing organ.

  13. QUESTION:
    How do the liver and the gallbladder function in digestion?
    How do the liver and the gallbladder function in digestion? What happens if we remove your
    liver? How about your gallbladder?

    • ANSWER:
      The liver produces bile, which helps to break up fats into little globs. The bile is stored in the gall bladder, so that a small amount of bile can be squirted into the small intestine if you have high-fat meal. The gall bladder can be removed, but you’ll have to watch your intake of high-fat meals; some people are born without a gall bladder, and they function quite well.

      You cannot survive without a liver. It is the “chemical factory”of the body. All of the food we eat goes directly (via the hepatic portal vein) to the liver for “processing” after it is absorbed by the small intestine.

  14. QUESTION:
    What can damage the liver apart from drinking too much alcohol?
    A lot of people know that drinking too much alcohol can damage the liver. What else can damage the liver? Taking too much of certain medications, contracting hepatitis of all kinds…
    Anything else?
    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Anything that goes through it.

  15. QUESTION:
    How soon can the liver recover after prolongued heavy drinking?
    I’ve heard that the liver can regenerate itself so as to, in effect, cancel the effects of alcohol abuse providing someone abstains for long enough to allow the liver to actually do that. Is this correct and, if so, how long would this process take?

    • ANSWER:
      Not if you have Cirrhosis of the liver…but yes the liver can recover to a certain extent depending on the amount of damage.

  16. QUESTION:
    When glycogen is processed in the liver or muscle cells, can it be expelled as fuel for energy?
    I am aware that glucose can be removed from the blood via the kidneys and into the bladder. When the pancreas produces insulin, the glucose is sent to the liver and muscle sells, and converted into glycogen for easy storage. Glycogen can then be removed from the cells or liver after the pancreas releases glucagon, which stimulates the liver or cells to release the glycogen to raise the blood sugar level. However, can the glycogen be expelled for energy?

    • ANSWER:
      Glycogen cannot be expelled and converted using technology to extract energy since glycogen is produced by attaching an extra carbon molecule to glucose. The chemical reactions that form glycogen are done in very tiny processes inside cells, which occur on a molecular level. Extracting energy from glycogen would be like trying to imitate plants by forming glucose from sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide.

  17. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for your liver to dissolve something?
    Hydrocodone and Dxm are bothy dissolved by the same liver enzyme, is what ive been told.
    So if i took some hydrocodone how long would i have to wait to make sure my liver could handle 300mg of dxm and dissolve it all like normally.
    Basically if the liver dissolves 2 things at the same level how long would you have to wait to take the 2nd one?

    • ANSWER:
      This medication is prescribed. You should take it according
      to what the doctor says on your prescription bottle. It depends
      alot on what strength both the medications are, how old you are,
      what medical problem you are using it for and more.
      You should contact the doctor office with this and be sure
      when and how to take it, or even get in touch with the pharmacist
      who filled your prescription. These medications are usually
      prescribed at a certain dosage every 4 to 6 hours.
      Whether you should take them at the same time or separate
      is entirely up to the physician prescribing them.

  18. QUESTION:
    How to experiment what alcohol does to the liver using a sponge to represent the liver?
    For school we have to create a project where we will be using a sponge to represent what alcohol does to the liver. How do we work this project? How exactly does it represent the liver? What do we do?

    • ANSWER:
      This sounds more like theatre than science.

      Alcohol causes, initially, fatty deposits in the liver; and later, inflammation, and eventually scarring and hardening of the liver tissues.

      How you’d represent this with a sponge, I can’t imagine.

  19. QUESTION:
    What’s the difference between liver pain and right chest pain?
    I feel pain around my right chest. Would that be liver pain? What’s the different or major difference between liver pain and chest pain?

    • ANSWER:
      If the pain comes after eating, I’d say it’s more likely a gallbladder issue and not a liver issue. This is definitely something to speak to your PCP about or a gastroenterologist if you have one already.

      A HIDA scan w/ CCK was the ONLY test that showed the disease and they ran several on me (including a gallbladder ultrasound w/ cck)

      Good luck!

      *****************

      Gallstones – Symptoms

      The most common symptom of gallstones is pain in the stomach area or in the upper right part of the belly, under the ribs.

      The pain may:

      * Develop suddenly in the center of the upper belly (epigastric area) and spread to the right upper back or shoulder blade area. It is usually hard to get comfortable; moving around does not make the pain go away.
      * Prevent you from taking normal or deep breaths.
      * Last 15 minutes to 24 hours. Continuous pain for 1 to 5 hours is common.
      * Begin at night and be severe enough to wake you.
      * Occur after meals.

      Gallstone pain can cause vomiting, which may relieve some of the belly (abdominal) pain and pressure. Pain that occurs with a fever, nausea, and vomiting or loss of appetite may be a sign of inflammation or infection of the gallbladder (acute cholecystitis). Symptoms that may mean that a gallstone is blocking the common bile duct include:

      * Yellowing of the skin and the white part of the eyes (jaundice).
      * Dark urine.
      * Light-colored stools.
      * A fever and chills.

      There are many other conditions that cause similar symptoms, including heartburn, pain caused by a heart attack, and liver problems. Stomach flu (gastroenteritis) and food poisoning also can cause symptoms similar to gallstones. Diarrhea and vomiting occur with the flu and food poisoning, but the pain tends to come and go rather than be constant. Also, pain with these conditions may be felt all over the belly, rather than in one spot.

      Belly pain that comes and goes (rather than being constant) and that occurs with nausea and vomiting and possibly a mild fever is more likely to be caused by stomach flu or food poisoning than by gallstones. This is especially true if others around you are sick with similar symptoms.

  20. QUESTION:
    What are the advantages of fish oil over cod liver oil and what about flax seed oil?
    Hey guys, have been taking cod liver oil capsules and now I am thinking about taking flax seed oil or for that matter fish oil, as you guys suggest.My basic purpose for taking the cod liver oil capsules was the vitamin A that it has.Is fish oil better than taking cod liver oil capsules?
    Thanks a lot!

    • ANSWER:
      If the cod liver oil doesn’t come up on you, take it. The flax seed oil or flax seeds ground have Omega 3 and Vitamin E. They are all good for eyes and fighting free radicals, plus balancing Omega 6. To eat fish or seafood would be a good choice. To use ground flax seeds directly on food or encapulate them yourself would be fine as well.

  21. QUESTION:
    How long does it take your liver to detox?
    I’ve been unhealthy for a while now. I eat fast food, take sleep aids, and drink alcohol on a regular basis.
    Bottom line, my liver isn’t in peak condition.

    My question is how long does it take the liver to naturally cleanse itself? Does the length of an unhealthy lifestyle complicate the process?

    • ANSWER:
      You’ve been sucked into a bunch of garbage pseudoscience. Your liver is constantly detoxifying the substances you put into it. Within a few hours of consuming alcohol, your liver has broken it down to harmless compounds and prepared it for excretion from the body.
      Stop thinking in terms of “cleansing” the body. You’ve been abusing your body with this disgusting lifestyle, but that doesn’t mean that you’re “dirty,” only that your body is overworked and run-down.

  22. QUESTION:
    What does it mean when my liver enzymes are elevated and how could it affect my health?
    I had blood work done four months ago and my liver enzymes were elevated. I had my blood tested again this week and they are saying my liver enzymes are still elevated. What could be doing his to me and how is it going to affect my health in the future.

    • ANSWER:
      This link will tell you, from a professional, why your liver
      enzymes may be elevated:

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/elevated-liver-enzymes/HQ01011

      The liver enzymes are known as the ALT and AST.
      There is also other tests that show how the liver functions,
      known as Bilirubin, INR, and Albumin and Alka Phos.

      http://www.labtestsonline.org

      Since you said they are stating it is the liver enzymes.
      The ALT is mainly made in the liver. The AST is not
      only made in the liver but other organs as well. That
      is why the doctors look first at the ALT level.
      When the cells of the liver become damaged, these
      enzymes are released into the blood and picked up
      on your blood test. If this is definitely the liver causing
      this elevation, it will usually start out as inflammation.
      Inflammation can be controlled and go away with
      medication. If the inflammation is not treated,
      then the cells of the liver can die and this is known as
      cirrhosis.

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

      Knowing your past medical history and seeing your lab
      work and other tests results and also knowing your
      family history would tell the doctor much more whether
      he should suspect liver disease. There are many
      different causes of this disease as you will see in the
      link I posted for cirrhosis.

      There are things a patient, who has a liver problem, can
      do now to try to prevent any further damage that may be
      causes: Avoid alcohol beverages, stay away from chemicals,
      be around only healthy people, inform the doctor of every
      medication you are taking which includes over the counter
      meds and herb and any medications prescribed by other
      doctors. Why? Alcohol, in some people is very toxic to
      the liver…liver damage can be caused by mixing drugs with
      alcohol also. Being exposed to harsh chemicals…like
      carbon tetrachloride can cause liver damage. If your body
      is trying to heal, it is best to protect yourself from others who
      may pass on to you another illness and make your body
      weaker. Almost every medication that enters your body,
      no matter how it is taken, goes through the liver to be
      broken down….and some medications have warnings that
      they can cause damage to the liver. The doctor has to
      weigh the pros and cons of using the medication. It is
      well known that many NSAID med (pain medication brought
      over the counter) carry this warning on the box.

      If this is liver damage, the doctor may do further testing.
      This would include more blood work, ultrasound, Ct scan.
      The very best test for liver evaluation is the liver biopsy.
      The best doctor to be with is a Hepatologist.

      I hope this information is of some help to you.
      If you do find out it is liver disease…here is a site to
      look at. This is a book written by a hepatologist and
      is the very first book I read. You can read articles free
      on line from this book.

      http://liverdisease.com/

      Best wishes

  23. QUESTION:
    What is the relationship between the liver and the duodenum?
    What is the relationship between the liver and the duodenum? I know that bile is deposited into the duodenum where bile salts emulsify fats so that pancreatic lipase can digest it in the pancreatic juice, but that is from the gall bladder, not the liver. Any help?

    • ANSWER:
      bile is produced in the liver, then stored in the gall bladder prior to entering the duodenum.

  24. QUESTION:
    How does a liver-selective glucocorticoid antagonist work?
    How to they make it so that the glucocorticoid antagonist only goes to the liver?
    Could the same thing be done in the brain? If so, how?

    • ANSWER:
      In this case, they conjugated a bile acid (the top molecule) to a synthetic glucocorticoid (the bottom molecule), which keeps the drug in the biliary tract and keeps most of it out of the bloodstream, where it would cause adrenal affects.

      http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jm0400045

      DK

  25. QUESTION:
    Seeking info regarding the liver. How much liver can the body safely function on?
    If someone had part of their liver removed, where would the scar be (if any) and can the body actually function on half a liver? Does it grow back? Myth or fiction? Can you have half your liver removed with keyhole surgery?

    May seem queer, but these questions i would love the answer to for peace of mind. Or, any websites i can visit to give me the answers to these questions.

    • ANSWER:
      The body can function with up to 80% of the liver cut out. It also will grow back in about a year, not sure about the keyhole…but I had a friend with liver cancer…she had 80% removed and its all grown back cancer free….

  26. QUESTION:
    What do the liver and pancreas use to produce enzymes and bile for chemical digestion?
    Hi, I’m doing a biology packet for homework, and my book nor the internet says what the liver and pancreas use to produce enzymes and bile for chemical digestion. Please tell me if you know the answer to this question. Please help, it’s due on Monday.

    • ANSWER:
      bile- main content is cholesterol. also contain bilirubin which is derived from the heme portion of phagocytosed RBC. electrolytes, water, phospholipids.
      enzymes- made out of proteins. thru transcription and translation

  27. QUESTION:
    What exactly would happen if a liver is rejected?
    If someone got a liver transplant, and their body was rejecting the liver, what exactly would happen? Would they get another transplant? Or just take the anti rejection and immunosuppressants ?

    • ANSWER:
      The person would start to experience many of the same *first*
      symptoms they experienced with liver disease:
      Fever over 38°C or 100.4°F…Fatigue…Jaundice (yellowing of skin or eyes)…Darkening of urine…Clay-colored stools…Pain over liver

      They would contact the gastroenterologist or hepatologist that
      is associated with the Liver Transplant Team. They would
      probably be admitted to the hospital and started on other
      medications…maybe more Prednisone and having a change
      of the anti rejection drug or dosage change of the anti rejection
      drug they are already on. Most rejections can be stopped by
      doing this.
      Some of the drugs used for immunosuppression are:
      Prednisone, Cellcept, Prograf, Sirolimus, Myfortic and
      others.

      However, if the organ continues to reject, then they would once
      again be evaluated and placed back on the transplant list for
      possible liver transplantation. If they are rejecting and in
      very serious danger of losing the organ fast…they would be
      placed at the top of the list for the next available donor organ.

      People are placed on the transplant list according to how
      much time a person may have left to live if they do not
      receive a transplantation. Someone who is rejecting an
      organ, if they have little time left, would definitely be placed
      near the top of the list for the donor organ.

      The Transplant List is based on a patients MELD score.
      This is determined through having blood testing done:
      Bilirubin, INR, Creatinine, Sodium
      The MELD score runs from 6 to 40. Those who are
      closest to a 6 score are the healthiest on the list and
      may go off the list if they get better. As you go up
      the list closer to the 40, the patient becomes alot
      sicker and more in need to have a donor organ
      for transplantation to be done.

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

  28. QUESTION:
    What type of liver disease or kidney disease makes people smell from sweat?
    Just asking, cuz I know a person whos has liver illness, and smell from the liver damage.

    and how can you make the liver better, do u have to change your diet?
    she only 16, she had it since she was a lil kid, i dont think she was drinking.

    • ANSWER:
      stop boozing…

      .

  29. QUESTION:
    What are the effects of prolonged hydrocodone use on the liver?
    One of my friends has been addicted for several years, but decided to detox this past weekend (say a prayer that he won’t relapse). He said that he could have had liver and heart problems if he would have kept taking them.

    What actually happens to the liver as a result of hydrocodone use? How does the person know they have liver problems as a result of the hydrocodone use?

    • ANSWER:
      It’s the acetaminophen used with the hydrocodone that does the real damage. Unless your friend has a source for pharmacy compounded pure hydrocodone.

      And there are plenty of people who have died in their 20′s from liver failure due to recreational addiction to pain killers containing hydrocodone.

  30. 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.

  31. QUESTION:
    What does an irregular liver function test really mean?
    What are some of the causes of the liver not working properly – is it serious?

    • ANSWER:
      nothing called irregular liver function, may be abnormal or elevated liver function … means elevated enzymes .. sign of liver abnormalities … usually in north America due to alcohol, but many other reasons.. medications(cholesterol meds, Tylenol and narcotics), hepatitis, some congenital diseases, Iron excess, copper excess,infections, gall bladder obstruction, cancers etc…

  32. QUESTION:
    is dehydrated chicken liver good for dogs and cats?
    I heard that dehydrated liver is good for dogs, but he wasn’t specific if it was beef or chicken liver. So what I am wondering is are dehydrated chicken liver, gizzards and hearts good for dogs and cats, and do I have to do anything other than put them in the dehydrator for a few hours?

    • ANSWER:
      I feed my dogs raw chicken livers, but for treats i buy livers that are dehydrated. I feed gizzards and hearts too, but I just feed those raw.

      Here are a few sites if you want to learn more.
      www.bigdogsporch.com
      www.rawfed.com/myths
      www.rawmeatybones.com
      www.rawlearning.com

  33. QUESTION:
    Do you know any really good tasting liver recipes?
    My older sister is having a baby and the doctor said her iron level is low (11 level) and i found out liver have very high iron…. what is really tasty recipe for liver that my sister would eat…?
    Or if youb have anyother HIGH iron foods that she would like that would work too?

    • ANSWER:
      High Iron Diet containing Heme Iron foods

      Excellent Sources Good Sources

      Clams
      Pork Liver
      Oysters
      Chicken Liver
      Mussels
      Beef Liver

      Beef
      Shrimp
      Sardines
      Turkey

      *this website has some great info.*

  34. QUESTION:
    how do I make liver and onions from a frozen state?
    I own a pub and have recently added liver and onions to my menu. I’m not sure if I should soak it in milk, freeze it and then flour it when ordered. Will the flour stick if it is frozen? Will it become tough if I unthaw it a bit in the micro first? Any help would be appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      Liver is tricky. Don’t try any of the above; you nor your patrons will not like the results. If it comes frozen, allow it to thaw completely in the fridge before trying anything else. If it comes fresh, use it that day.

  35. QUESTION:
    Why is secondary liver cancer from the colon so hard to treat?
    My friend’s Dad has received bad news about liver cancer and she’s having a hard time processing the information.

    I’ve looked on google but I cannot find something that simply explains why liver cancer (secondary) is so hard to treat.

    Her Dad has two small spots on his liver and feels good but there are no treatments for him left. His CEA is very high (100+). She’s struggling with understanding why two small spots cannot be treated. Anyone have an articles online that explains it?

    • ANSWER:
      He does not have “liver cancer” but metatstatic (Stage IV) colon cancer. The spots in the liver are colon cancer cells, not liver cancer cells. Yes it seems trivial, why not just operate and take them out, but many years of experience has shown us that this treatment is futile. The patient is put at risk during the operation and his life will not be lengthened at all by removing the two spots. The two spots you see on the imaging are only the tip of an iceberg; there are many more cancer cells growing and spreading, and we can not operate to remove them all.
      Your friend’s father will almost certainly die of colon cancer, but no one knows when. There are some very effective treatments for Stage IV colon cancer that can let him live a productive and happy life for a few years. My advice is to get the very best care he can and to live every moment he has left as well as he can. You can play a part in this too, help your friend through this, tell her to cherish every moment she still has with him. Take trips, throw parties, bake cakes, celebrate his life, and live! Good luck to you all.

  36. QUESTION:
    What conditions cause inflamed liver and high blood pressure in a 22 year old man?
    My friend is 22 years old, and hasn’t suffered any serious health problems before now. Recently he has been suffering with headaches, dizziness, abdominal pains and tiredness. The doctors say he has an inflamed liver, and very high blood pressure, but have said nothing further. They are running more tests. What conditions can cause these symptoms? Especially in a young man with no previous problems.

    • ANSWER:
      Taking too many painkillers is what got me. I don’t drink and I had the same problem at 25 years old. I also had a dying gallbladder that was infecting my liver, so I got it from both sides. Is your friend overweight? That can cause a toxin buildup and is commonly called “fatty liver disease”. On a kinda plus side, the liver has the ability to recover at an insane rate. That’s why you can live for so long with liver problems. Your friend may have a miserable existence for a while, but he will likely live through it ok. Im going on two years now, and its still bothersome for me, but I’m alive and my quality of life is good.

  37. QUESTION:
    What is the monetary value for a human liver?
    I am wondering, what is the value of a human liver? Is there anything that can effect the value, and make some livers more valuable than others, such as blood type, health? Is there a good way to estimate the value for someone?

    • ANSWER:
      You can’t put a price on life.

  38. QUESTION:
    What are the causes of liver cirrhosis or cancer?
    Alcohol is largely to blame for liver cirrhosis but my friend hasn’t really abused it yet he got the ailment. What might have caused it besides alcohol abuse? He’s skin and bones right now and deteriorating fast. Please add curative suggestions if any. His doctor sent him home as a hopeless case so i’m appealing for any other remedies. Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      I’m going through the same thing with my husband. He just came home Tuesday night and I have hospice helping out. He is already getting to where he can’t walk hardly. People keep talking about a liver transplant but my doc. said my husband wasn’t a candidate because he has cancer. But my husband drank alot when he was younger. He has been on alot of pain medicines. Along with meds for blood pressure and cholesterol. I think the cholesterol drugs caused this cirrohsis. He was taking to much at one time but thats what the doctor told him and it started scarring his liver. And later they changed it and he started getting jaundice and thats how they found the cancer. He also has blood clots from his heart to his liver. His liver isn’t functioning right along with his kidneys. I wish you luck with your friend.

  39. QUESTION:
    How does enzyme function in the liver affect a person with cirrhosis?
    The function of the liver is to break down fats and build certain proteins. Cirrhosis of the liver is a disease which causes the liver to become thickened and “rubbery.” Hypothesize how enzyme function in the liver would be affected in a person with cirrhosis.

    • ANSWER:
      Cirrhosis is death of the liver cells and scar tissue formation inside the liver.

      The liver cells are what makes these enzymes: known as the ALT, AST,
      GGT, and Alkaline phosphatase. When the liver cells become damage,
      these enzymes leak out of the cells and go higher on the blood tests results.
      Enzymes are used to speed up reactions.

      A healthy liver is usually very smooth and soft organ.
      When the liver cells become damaged, the immune system responds to
      this damage and causes inflammation inside the liver which will cause
      the liver to enlarge and take on a spongy texture.
      If the cause isn’t found, or the liver cells start to die off…then it becomes
      this progressive, irreversible disease known as Cirrhosis of the liver.

      Scar tissue forms inside the liver as the liver cells die off. This scar
      tissue will block the flow of blood through the liver on its way back
      to the heart and also block the flow of blood to the functioning liver
      cells that are left, so they continue to die off. The liver is actually
      starting to die inside the living patient. It will start to shrink in
      size and take on a harder texture. You could say
      thickened and rubbery.

      The liver cells are what makes the enzymes, as I mentioned above…
      however they also do the other many functions, that the liver does
      as a whole, to keep the body will…over 500 of them.
      Since the liver cells have died, then the proteins that normally would
      be made will start to decrease. Especially the one known as Albumin
      that hold fluids inside our vessels. This fluid will then leak out and
      collect in the abdominal area (it is known as Ascites). The liver also
      may not be able to produce bile efficiently, this means that the fats
      may go undigested and not be able to be absorbed into the body…
      that means that the stools will have fat content in them and may
      float on top of the water. Since the fats are not absorbed, then this
      also means that the fat soluble vitamins may also not be absorbed…
      leading to deficiencies.

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

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

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

  41. QUESTION:
    What would happen if a fresh sample of liver was heated to 37.5 degrees then added to hydrogen peroxide?
    well, I already know that over heating the liver could make the liver denatured and ineffective. but that’s about it.

    • ANSWER:
      You would activate the peroxidase enzymes in the liver and break down the peroxide into O2 and water.
      Maybe thats catalase, however they both breakdown peroxide.

  42. QUESTION:
    Why is the pancreas and liver so important in the digestive system?
    Why is the liver and pancreas so important in the digestive system. Also what substances they produce and can you please explain their function.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, the goblet cells in the pancreas produce insulin as already mentioned and it also produces Glycagon. Insulin in the anabolic (building) anabolic compound which forces the carbs in your body to go into storage around key parts of your body like the liver e.t.c.

      Glycagon does the opposite of insulin, being the catabolic (breakdown) compound. The key thing is that the pancreas senses the blood sugar level and reacts to control it by producing these chemcals accordingly….. Forms of diabetes (type 2 e.t.c.) are caused by abnormal or failed functions within the pancreas.

  43. QUESTION:
    How much liver tissue do you need for it to continue functioning?
    If you have only 50% of your liver functioning because of cancer how much do you need for it to continue to function? At what point (20%,30%) does the liver shut down?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes after about 30%

  44. QUESTION:
    What happens when you get hit in the liver?
    I’ve seen people who get hit in the liver and they drop to the ground in a ton of pain.

    I’ve heard things about nerve endings that cause paralysis or that if it’s hit hard enough it releases toxins into your body.

    So does anyone know the science of why exactly getting hit in the liver causes so much pain?

    • ANSWER:
      It hurts like hell :(

  45. QUESTION:
    Why does epinephrine cause a liver cell to hydrolyze without ever entering the cell?
    The Hormone epinephrine can cause a liver cell to hydrolyze its stored glycogen ad release sugar without the hormone ever entering the cell. Explain why this occurs.

    Thank you for any responses! I greatly appreciate the help!

    • ANSWER:
      Epinephrine binds to a receptor in the cell membrane. This causes the release of cAMP, called a “Second messenger” inside the cell. This second messenger begins an enzyme cascade that causes the hydrolysis of epinephrine.

  46. QUESTION:
    What are the signs the your liver is producing to much Alkaline phosphatase?
    There are bumps on my face which I think has a lot to do with the Liver results of my blood tests. What could be the problems?

    • ANSWER:
      Here is the best site to learn about any of your
      blood lab tests results:

      http://www.labtestsonline.org

      Here is a link, on the same site, that explains
      about Alkaline phosphatase.

      http://www.labtestsonline.org/understanding/analytes/alp/test.html

      The doctor does different testing to check and
      see if it is a liver or biliary problem:
      1) The liver enzymes (known as the ALT, AST,GGT,
      and the Alkaline phosphatase)…these can show if there
      is liver cell damage or a problem in the bile ducts.
      2) The liver functions tests (known as the Bilirubin, INR,
      Albumin, Pt, PTT) which show how well the liver cells
      are able to do the functions (over 500 of them) that the
      liver does as a whole 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.

      If you do have a liver problem…you may start to see
      spider like veins start to appear on the face, neck,
      chest, and shoulder area. When you press on them,
      they can blanche and look pale until the veins fill
      again with blood after you remove your fingers.
      If this is a liver problem…the ALT enzyme is most
      specific to the liver as it is made mostly in the liver..
      there other ones are found in other areas, also.
      The Alkaline Phosphatase is made in the liver…but
      is more connected to the Biliary area of the liver.
      The liver produces bile, that flow through tube like
      structures (known as ducts) to the gallbladder and
      then from the gallbladder to the intestines.
      These ducts can become blocked by a gallstone,
      infection, growth, or can be malformed, or cirrhosed.

      Sometimes certain medications, that you may be
      on, can also cause a rash or bumps.

      It is best to have more testing done to see if your
      level returns to the normal range. No one blood
      testing is 100% accurate: many things can effect
      the results of these tests. Our body chemistry
      changes constantly.

  47. QUESTION:
    What exactly occurs when the liver is inflamed?
    A patient is told his liver has become inflamed because of his heavy drinking and that if he continues to drink, his liver will shut down.

    Lets say he never drinks againl. Ever. What can happen even after he stops? What precautions can he take to help his liver?

    • ANSWER:
      When alcohol is consumed, the liver takes
      the alcohol and uses the cells enzymes to
      convert it to acetaldehyde and then to
      acetate. It is then further converted to
      carbon dioxide and water that the body can
      dispose of.
      If a person is sensitive to alcohol or takes
      too much, the liver may become overwhelmed
      and it won’t go through the complete process
      the way it should. It may only reach the
      acetaldehyde phase. Both alcohol and,
      the breakdown acetaldehyde, can be toxic
      to the liver cells and damage them.

      When the cells of the liver become damaged,
      the immune system of the body responds to
      this and causes inflammation to develop in
      the liver, which will cause the liver to enlarge
      in size…even though it is surrounded by
      a tight membrane capsule.
      If the alcohol is stopped and the inflammation is
      treated, then the liver cells may heal.
      However, if this is not done…it can advance
      where the liver cells die off and scar tissue
      formation takes place inside the liver that
      blocks the flow of blood. This is then
      known as Cirrhosis of the liver and is
      irreversible. It can lead to having to
      have a liver transplant that can cost in
      the range of 0,000 and up.

      The best step to take is to have blood testing
      done asap. Simple blood tests can show
      alot:
      The liver enzymes test will show if the
      cells of the liver are damage.
      The liver functions tests will show how
      well the cells of the liver are able to do
      the 500 plus functions to keep the body well.
      Viral testing to see if a virus has entered
      the body and is using the liver cells to replicate
      itself.

      If the liver is determined to have a problem…
      it is best to be referred to a gastroenterlogist
      or hepatologist. If the doctor sees that
      the blood tests levels are not right, he
      may order an ultrasound or Ct scan to
      look at the liver. They will be able
      to see if the liver is enlarged, if the blood
      is flowing well through the liver, and if
      there may be any growths there.

      The doctors are the only ones that can
      determine if there is disease present and
      how far advanced it is…through their test
      results. The liver is very quiet about damage
      being done until the liver cells are not
      able to function or die off…it is important
      to be checked.

      All liver patients are told not to drink any
      alcohol. They should try to stay away from
      others who are ill and use purell…
      stay away from open salad/food/dessert
      bars where people can sneeze or cough into
      them. They should only take medications
      that are approved of or prescribed by their
      doctors…since medication goes through
      the liver first to be broken down before
      going to the rest of the body. He should
      speak to the doctor about any vitamins
      he may be lacking…since those who are
      alcoholics tend to lack certain ones.

      If they have a hard time stopping the alcohol,
      the doctor has medications that can help
      with the symptoms of coming off it slowly.
      He may also suggest a detox program at
      the hospital.

      A patient cannot be listed for a liver transplant
      unless they are free of alcohol consumption
      for a period of six months prior to the
      evaluation. Many patients die before being
      placed on it because they refuse to give it
      up.

      I hope this information has been of some
      help to you.
      Here is a link to a Cirrhosis site to learn
      more about it:
      (just click on it)

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

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

  48. QUESTION:
    How does Exotoxin of Pseudomonas affect the liver?
    The exotoxin of pseudomonas is composed of an A-B component. The B target site is the liver. Once A attach to a receptor in the liver, the A dissociates. The A then blocks translocation so it inhibits protein synthesis.

    Since the target site of Exotoxin of Pseudomonas aueroginosa is the liver, what kind of damage/pathology does it do to the liver?
    Corynebacterium diptheria toxin primary target is the heart, nerves and epithelium. This is because the B component of the A-B diphtheria toxin binds to receptors to those tissues. As such it results to myocarditis, recurrent nerve palsy and pseudomembrane respectively.

    However, the Pseudomonas toxin wherein the B component primary target is the Liver does not seem to show disease in the liver. Pseudomonas cause cellulitis, pneumonia, septicemia, UTI.

    The liver having the receptors for the pseudomonas toxin does NOT seem to show directly the cause & effect for its disease process unlike the diptheria.

    • ANSWER:
      The exotoxin from Pseudomonas aeruginosa is Exotoxin A (PEA). It inhibits protein synthesis especially in the liver. Injected into mice, it causes liver cell death, which was somehow due to T cells responding to other immunokines like TNF, IL-2 and IL-6, and Interferon-gamma. Neutralization of the TNF prevented this liver cell death. The conclusion from this article says liver damage is possibly due to protein synthesis inhibition and cytokine mediated damage to the hepatocyte

  49. QUESTION:
    How many Tylenol does it take to hurt your liver irreparably?
    When it comes to drugs, people tend to point to acetaminophen (Tylenol) as the most destructive to the liver. Is it really more destructive than other substances? How much would an adult have to take in order to cause irreparable damage to his or her liver?

    Obviously, this is body mass specific, so please specify the limit and the weight of the person with that limit.

    The bottle usually says to take two tablets, which I believe are 500 mg each. This, however, is probably safe for a 100 lb granny.
    Just to clarify: what is the healthy dose for an average young person?

    • ANSWER:
      Although I cannot give a specific, technical answer to your question, I can give you general guidelines.

      While like with most medicines there is some dependence of dosing based on weight, for Tylenol it is not a major factor and so weight is rarely taken into account when determining dosage. Generally, many hospitals try not to give more than 4 g of Tylenol in a 24 hr period. Sometimes they do go beyond this and for a period of days otherwise healthy, young individuals can take 6 or 7 g without series liver problems, but beyond that things start to get damaged. These signs of liver trouble are usually subtle though and frequently there are no indications of toxicity except for a rise in various enzymes used to measure liver health.

      Now as far as “irreparable” liver damage is concerned, well generally the problem with Tylenol ingestion, as far as I know, is not so much irreparable liver damage, as the liver is a rather stout organ and can handle its share of abuse, but instead acute liver failure which can result in death. It doesn’t really matter, though, because I cannot recall the toxic dosages for either occurrence and so can’t answer either question. (Sorry!) As I stated above, however, while your body based on health and size can probably take a fair some of pills, most hospitals rarely go above 4 g/day for any patient if they can help it.

  50. QUESTION:
    How does it take a liver regenerate itself and how long does it usually take?
    When a doctor tells you that your liver enzymes are not in balance (or whatever the proper medical way of saying this), how long does it take the liver to regenerate itself? How does it go about regenerating itself? Are the B vitamins essential for the liver to regenerate?

    Also, is it true that one must take unpasteurized yogurt along wth the B vitamins in order for them to work efficiently ??

    THANKS!!

    • ANSWER:
      “The liver has a remarkable capacity to regenerate after injury and to adjust its size to match its host. Within a week after partial hepatectomy, which, in typical experimental settings entails surgical removal of two-thirds of the liver, hepatic mass is back essentially to what it was prior to surgery. Some additional interesting observations include:

      In the few cases where baboon livers have been transplanted into people, they quickly grow to the size of a human liver.
      When the liver from a large dog is transplanted into a small dog, it loses mass until it reaches the size appropriate for a small dog.
      Hepatocytes or fragments of liver transplanted in extrahepatic locations remain quiescent but begin to proliferate after partial hepatectomy of the host.”

      –Quoted from the source below


Itching And Liver Disease

What to Use for Eczema to Help Relieve Itching and Other Symptoms
Having a skin disease change your life tremendously. You become more self-conscious and you are acutely aware of itching, burning and negative sensations. When your body breaks out into red pustules and pimples bumps it can greatly disrupt your life. The physical itching sensation can delay sleep. Psychologically you can feel uncomfortable at your job or in school. Often you can get more short-tempered because you just are not feeling well from the constant sensation of itchiness. It can often appear in creases such as the back of the knees and the elbows. Some people get pustules that secrete fluid. In addition to the body creases it can also occur on the chest, legs arms, and neck. Kids often will get a disorder calledfacial atopicdermatitis and you’ll see that the eczema photoshave bright redness on their cheeks.

Some of the symptoms of eczema involve skin flaking, dryness sometimes soreness. There can be a lot of causes for eczema but some of the most common include allergic responses, dietary deficiencies, reactions to strong cold or hot weather, and genetics. Fortunately there are ways to alleviate the itching and eruptions to make the body more comfortable.

One of the best treatments for eczema is coconut oil. It makes your skin soft and supple and supplies missing ingredients. Often people avoid using oil for fear they will break out, but eczema is a dry skin condition that benefits from oil.

Mashed papaya seeds are used in India and other countries on the skin. It is used for mitigating the dermatitis symptoms.

Oatmeal baths are used for chicken pox but they also are helpful for dermatitis. You can mix oatmeal and water to make a paste that you can apply to your skin. Do not scrub your skin as that would be be an irritant.

Another popular natural treatment is the use of aloe vera. It can be obtained in gel purchased at health food stores or directly from the cut leaves. It is used too relieve itching and inflammation. Some people drink the juice as well for health benefits to their system.

Be sure to immediately apply a good oil or moisturizer after getting out of the shower. Avoid using products with perfumes or fragrances. Don’t wear clothing that has a scratching action on your body when you move.

For moderate to severe cases your doctor can prescribe both a strong moisturizing ointment as well as a cortisone cream to relieve the inflammatory response.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Liver disease and itching?
    For the past week, I’ve had mild itching all over my body. I’ve been worried about my beer drinking of late, so I was worried that it might be a symptom of a liver disease. I don’t have any other symptoms of apparent liver problems, such as jaundice. If the itching were a liver problem, would it be followed by jaundice, or is it possible to have a liver problem and not have yellow skin? Does one always follow the other? And yes, I know I can see a doctor, get a blood test, and I did that a few months ago and I was fine. I don’t know if my liver could shoot to hell that quick. So I’m just asking paranoid questions.
    The itching is just sort of randomly all over my body, from my scalp to my legs. It began about a week ago — during a period where I hadn’t even had alcohol for a few days. My eyes also itch, too, which suggests allergies. I did apply lots of acne cream right before this, but it was only on my face. I got some dry skin there, but I wouldn’t think that the acne cream would create an allergic reaction all over my body for several days.
    Also — it is true that the cold weather could explain it. I get the itching off and on, and I never get it on my stomach or torso. Just almost everywhere else in random spots. I’m 30 years old, and I began drinking at age 21, mostly beer.

    • ANSWER:
      I would seriously see a doctor. I really don’t mean to scare you but I know someone who started with that same exact symptom and he had a serious problem with his liver, he is fine now (thankfully) and his condition with his liver was pretty rare but still, I would see a doctor! I know that if you have some nerve pain/problems it can cause itching. Also, I think that more than likely if you did have a problem with your liver it may not be from drinking. The guy I know that had the problem with his liver wasn’t a drinker. So get it checked sweetie and good luck!

  2. QUESTION:
    Does cirrhosis cause itching BEFORE ‘end stage liver disease’?
    My consultant actually started shouting at me that I was foolish and that there was no connection between liver disease inc. cirrhosis and a problem with itching skin (unless I was in ‘End Stage’ and actually dying (I’m not). Has actually now refused to see me as I am ‘difficult’ and says my appointments in future will be with a nurse!!! I have read lots of references to itching with liver disease and experience it myself every day – why can they not believe anything other than what they were told in Medical school however many years ago. I think I am actually being barred because I display insufficient gratitude when dealing with her, i.e. I don’t necessarily believe everything she says automatically – experience has taught me they don’t know everything, or anything like it.

    • ANSWER:
      Very unprofessional. I would not feel comfortable seeing this doctor or his staff again. Please seek another specialist.
      I’m not sure if this can cause itching in stages less than ESLD. Cirrhosis is stage 4 of liver disease, and while you may not be in the decompensation stage, you still have significant scarring. So I would imagine that due to that fibrosis or scarring, your liver is probably not functioning efficiently like it should. It may not be processing the bile correctly, and that build up can cause itching. Doctors often tell us one thing based on research, but in reality, patients often feel otherwise. Another case in point is that people say they feel pain in the area of the liver, but doctors will tell you that there are no nerve endings to feel pain in the liver. However, the sac that surrounds the liver can stretch with inflammation and can cause pain.
      That being said, you’re right. They don’t know everything. I hope you find a doctor that listens to your symptoms and respects you as a patient. Best wishes.

  3. QUESTION:
    what kind of liver disease can cause itching and jaundice ? what can be the best treatment for that ?

    • ANSWER:
      Any kind of liver failure can cause jaundice and itching. The best treatment would depend on the reason for having a liver problem in the first place. High biliruben can cause the itching and jaundice, so if you can bring those levels back to normal, the jaundice and itching should go away. If you have something permanent like cirrhosis causing the problem which does not go away, the doctor should be able to prescribe something to help with the discomfort. It won’t take away the jaundice, but it would help the itching.

  4. 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.

  5. QUESTION:
    Liver Disease Question: Does anyone have Sclerosing Cholongitis and how do you deal with the itching?
    please no wedsites, just real answers from real people

    • ANSWER:
      Ask your doctor about Cholestyramine.

  6. QUESTION:
    Is it liver disease? And how long until recovery?
    Just to add a little background here, I used to be a very heavy drinker in my teens. I quit completely, but had another episode of heavy drinking in my mid-twenties for a couple years. Since then, it is only every few months or so that I will drink (I’m in my early thirties). However, when I do, it isn’t typically light drinking. A couple weeks ago, after a bottle of wine at a party, and a serious hangover, I had taken a vicodin for the headache. I began to get dull pains on my right side, and around to the back, as well as on my left side and back. Never both at the same time. I was also extremely tired. Most of the pain subsided after the first week. I still feel tired, but not quite as bad as initially. I do have itching over my liver area though. It comes and goes. I have also lost weight, 5 lbs since then, but have changed my diet at the same time, so I’m not sure if it’s related. I am a very healthy person otherwise. I eat extremely healthy, and exercise regularly. I feel like I am definitely getting better, but am not sure how long this is supposed to take. I have a doctor’s appointment in a couple weeks.
    I also wanted to add that the pain and itching is high up on my abdomen and back (mostly on the right side), behind the rib cage.

    • ANSWER:
      Since you have drank in the past and have now…
      I would ask the doctor about doing simple blood tests
      on you to check your liver, kidney, and spleen.
      This would be the liver enzymes, liver function tests,
      liver viral tests, creatinine, bun, and your Complete
      Blood cell count with differential.
      These blood tests would give the doctor an idea
      if something is wrong with them.

      Damage to the liver cells would cause the
      inflammation to develop in the liver because
      the immune system responds to this. This
      would cause the liver to enlarge in size. It
      should show up on the blood tests results
      if there is damage to the liver cells and also
      an ultrasound would show if it was enlarged.

      An ultrasound could also check the biliary area
      below the liver to be sure you don’t have gallstones
      or blockage of the bile ducts.

      An ultrasound of the kidney and bladder area
      would show if you have kidney stones.

      If the liver cells are damaged alot…this can
      cause scar tissue formation inside the liver
      that blocks the flow of blood through the liver.
      This is known as Cirrhosis. The blood can
      back up into the portal vein and cause pressure
      there that will cause the blood to back up into
      the spleen and the spleen would enlarge, also.

      This is just a brief explanation of what may happen.
      It is good that you are seeing the doctor about this.
      If this does turn out to be a liver/biliary problem…the best
      doctor is a gastroenterologist or hepatologist.
      If this is a kidney problem…the doctors would be
      a urologist or nephrologist.

      The liver is located in the upper right hand quadrant of
      the abdomen, just under the rib cage. The gallbladder
      is located just below the right lobe of the liver.
      Pain would be to the front and side normally.
      Pain in the back near the spine and over to the
      side is more an indication of kidney problems that
      could mean a stone or infection in that area.

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

  7. QUESTION:
    I have gallstones that I am about to have removed. How likely is it that they are affecting my liver?
    I have uncontrollable itching all over my body. I noticed it is a symptom of liver disease. I also have very dark urine and light colored stools which are also symptoms. Since I know I have gallstones I ‘m wondering if my liver could also now be affected.

    • ANSWER:
      The constant itching is a telltale sign of bile salts building up in your body. It’s pretty common in gallbladder disease if your stones are plugging the ducts that run from the liver through the gallbladder and into the intestines. Your urine is most likely dark because your body is being forced to elimate the bile it produces through your urine instead of through your intestine (stools), this is also why the stool is unusually light. When you get your gallbladder removed,along with any stones that are blocking your bile ducts, your liver will bounce back and your symptoms will most likely disappear in short order. I hope that when you say you are about to have it removed you mean very shortly, because this blockage can make you quite ill if left untreated. If your doctor is unaware of these new symptoms you should definately call him/her ASAP. They may want to get blood and test your liver enzymes,test for infection,test your pancreas enzymes(Gallstones can also cause blockages in the pancreas which can make you really sick also), and/or move the surgery up. FYI: Signs of increasing problems/emergency are high fever, yellowing of the skin or whites of your eyes,and nausea/vomiting.

  8. QUESTION:
    If its not liver disease what is it!?
    So about a month ago I was exposed to naphtha chemical many times. It states in the msds that is can cause liver and kidney damage. Ive been showing signs of liver damage. I had intense itching, prominent veins, cloudy urine, dark urine, upper abdominal pain, black blood in stool. also light color stool, caughing up blood, gum randomly bleed, back of my throat got all veiny, roof of my mouth is yellow, drowsiness, nausea, tight back, my skin darkened but went away, I had depression which is not normal for me, I went to the doctor and he had me get blood test. I got the results back today and everything came up normal!? What. there is something wrong with me, I know that. I have been cleansing my body constantly everyday, everything I eat is cleansing. Ive been taking milk thistle and other anti oxidants. Ive been doing a coffee enema. Ive been doing castor oil with a heating pad. Is it possible that ive been doing such a good job keeping my body clean that my liver would appear ok? Im also a vegetarian if that means anything. and if not what else could be wrong with me

    • ANSWER:
      Back off a little on the caster oil and the coffee enemas, this combination could be fatal.

  9. QUESTION:
    I have a liver disease, now my skin is starting to itch How progress is the diease at this point?
    My liver counts are around 700, Doctors first thought it was a old stone stuck in a stint. But now says it is a liver diease. I have never drank or anyhing like that. I have no idea at this point how far along the liver diease is. Would you have any idea how progress it is, by knowing that my head and body is starting to itch all over. What are the chances of recover from a liver diease?

    • ANSWER:
      There is a condition known as “Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease”, (NAFLD) that describes a range of conditions involving the liver that affect people who drink little or no alcohol. Because early-stage nonalcoholic fatty liver disease rarely causes any symptoms, it’s often detected because of abnormal results of liver tests done for unrelated issues. Treatments for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease include weight loss, exercise, improved diabetes control and the use of cholesterol-lowering medications.At a more advanced stage, such as cirrhosis, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease may cause: Itching on your hands and feet and eventually on your entire body. Check the included link for more information. I hope this was of some help to you.

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Here are some links you can click on that will give you information on different tests and different things that may be the cause of your problem.

      http://www.gihealth.com/html/education/pamphlets.html

      http://www.gitract.info/

  11. QUESTION:
    liver disease PLEASE HELP?
    PLEASE HELP
    my friend has yellow eyes and she itches bad at nights and she is all ways so tired.
    she went to the doctors and they don’t no whats wrong with her. i thought if your eyes were yellow you had liver problems. she broke her foot a mouth ago and she only started itching after she
    stoped taking the pain reliever for her foot.
    PLEASE HELP

    • ANSWER:
      Has she had a blood test? This will rule out a liver problem. If she appears jaundiced (yellow discolouration in the whites of the eyes) the I suspect that her bilirubin will be high. The symptoms you describe can be liver-related but without direct/indirect bilirubin levels and ALT/AST liver enzyme numbers it’s hard to say the cause.

  12. QUESTION:
    do i have a liver disease?
    i seriously can’t explain what’s wrong with my body. for the last five months i’ve been having severe headaches, tummy aches, vision loss, diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, allergy reactions (itch), and chest pain. i obviously talk to my Dr. 3 months ago and he’s been doing a lost of testing, starting from HIV to a simple flu, but everything has come out negative. he now thinks i might have some type of liver disease, and i’m scared that it can be something fatal. i’m only 17 years old, and i can’t handle this. sometimes i also experience depression, but i think it’s because i have isolated from everybody else. i can’t have a normal life living like this. is it really a liver disease? i’m going to my Dr. in 2 weeks from now, but i’m anxious to know.

    anything will help, thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Being anxious over something that does not exist yet is not going to get you anywhere. Calm down and take a deep breath. There is no reason to get yourself all worked up until you know there is something to be concerned about. Your doctor will let you know when you should get concerned. Until then relax, there is nothing you can do right now anyway.

  13. QUESTION:
    Help! itching problem!?
    Ok so I itch all over. Sometimes it causes me to sleep at night. Its uncontrollable. Worst at night. The doc said it was the weather. Its not the weather. I take fish oil. I put calming cream on after shower. I have ani itch cream and spray. I bought a humidifier. I don’t do drugs and am not on any prescriptions. I researched it a lot. Itching could be anywhere from liver disease to an std. But none match my signs. Sometimes I itch so bad I will bleed or have bad scratch marks. I try to not itch. Its uncontrollable. Help

    • ANSWER:
      hmm
      maybe eczema? but i guess everyone says that huh?

      maybe it is an allergy to something you eat.
      try cutting some of the foods in your diet which are common to cause allergic reactions. (egg/nuts etc)

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

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

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

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

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

  16. QUESTION:
    Entire Body Itching…?
    Typically at night, both of my legs, buttocks, back, arms, and shoulders itch like crazy. I scratch them, and then they swell up, and look like welts, or a big patch of swolleness… My stomach and chest never itch. This all started about 2 months ago. I constantly wash my sheets, clothes, etc. I am only 21 years old, and others have suggessted liver disease and that scares me to death. Could it just be allergies? Hives? I find this strange, but I was in the bahamas this past week, and I did not get any itching anywhere… However, the minute I got off the plane back in New York, I started itching again. Antihistamines help me, but I think that there should be a better method to cure this. Please help b/c this itching is really driving me crazy, I lose sleep over it, I just want it to go away.

    • ANSWER:
      Drink plenty of water.

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

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

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

      Congrats on your sobriety, hang in there!

  18. QUESTION:
    Need doctors help about liver?
    My wife started having stomach pain and really bad itching a couple weeks ago. She went to the doctor and her Alkaline Phosphatase levels were around 200, and her bilirubin was around 3. She was admitted on Monday, 3/23 and the liver tests kept going up until they released her Friday, 3/27 with a Alkaline Phosphatase level of 500 and bilirubin level of 5.9. She went in to get labs done yesterday and bilirubin went down, but Alkaline Phosphatase went up to 1,500. The GI doctor said it could possibly be primary biliary cirrhosis, but they weren’t sure because she was very jondus and it was progressing too rapidly. They ran tests but won’t have them back until possibly end of week or early next week. Her hepatitis tests were all negative. She sees a liver specialist on Thursday morning, but we are scared to death that she’s got terminal liver disease but the doctors won’t tell us anything, and I’m wondering why they let her go home if her liver count keeps going up. I want to know how close she is to liver failure and what could possibly be wrong. She is not a big drinker, maybe a couple once or twice a month, but not enough to where it would affect her liver like this. I really need a medical doctors advice.

    • ANSWER:
      I am not a doctor (there aren’t any doctors on here), but I am a nurse in a liver transplant center.

      They sent her home because there was nothing else to be done that could not be done as an outpatient.

      Primary Biliary Cirrhosis is a disease, which is not caused by viral hepatitis or alcohol abuse, that can lead to liver failure. You unfortunately are going to have to wait to see what the liver specialist says. Your wife may have a treatable condition. If your wife does have progressing liver failure that does not respond to treatment, she may have to be worked up for a liver transplant.

  19. QUESTION:
    Is severe itching during the fifth week of pregnancy normal?
    I just did a pregnancy test and it came out positive. I am at a guess that I am around four to five weeks pregnant. For the past three days only at night i have encountered severe itching on my left (and has now progressed to my right) feet. It started at my heel and now all between my toes is itching is well. Its driving me insane. I can barely sleep at night. There is no rash or sores or anything. My feet looks completely normal. I have tried the itching powder, athlete’s foot cream, lotion and none of it works. Is this normal? i have heard of the cholestasis (maybe spelling it wrong) liver disease during pregnancy but that normally occurs way later in the pregnancy. Could I have this?

    • ANSWER:

  20. QUESTION:
    KIDNEY DISEASE???? HELP!!!!?
    Here are the symptoms I have been having…

    frequency of urination
    skin rashes and Itching
    Fatigue
    Shortness of Breath
    Feeling Cold
    Dizziness and Trouble Concentrating
    Dull achy feeling in back
    Bladder infection
    Increased thirst (I just drunk half a gallon of milk and I still feel thirsty!)
    Gums bleed when brushing them
    Ocasional blurred vision
    I also also want to eat 24/7!!!!

    I just went to the doctors because I thought I had an UTI and I had to do a pee test they said I had a lot of nasty bacteria and BLOOD in my urine! BUT it wasn’t a bladder infection so they gave me some antibiotics to get rid of the bacteria and the horrible symptoms I was having. Then they sent me down to do a blood test to check for diabetes, liver disease and kidney disease! I will get the results in a week or so. I can’t wait that long! Plus I wan’t to get ready for the truth!

    • ANSWER:

  21. QUESTION:
    Could this be a kidney disease?
    First I am going to tell you a little about me. I am a 13 year old girl and I just went to the doctors because I thought I had a bladder infection. So I had to do a pee test. They said I had a lot of nasty bacteria and BLOOD in my urine! BUT it wasn’t a bladder infection so they gave me some antibiotics to get rid of the bacteria and the horrible symptoms I was having. Then they sent me down to do a blood test to check for diabetes, liver disease and kidney disease! I will get the results in a week or so. I can’t wait that long! Plus I wan’t to get ready for the truth!

    Here are the symptoms I have been having…

    frequency of urination
    skin rashes and Itching
    Fatigue
    Shortness of Breath
    Feeling Cold
    Dizziness and Trouble Concentrating
    Dull achy feeling in back
    Bladder infection
    Increased thirst (I just drunk half a gallon of milk and I still feel thirsty!)
    Gums bleed when brushing them
    Ocasional blurred vision
    I also also want to eat 24/7!!!!

    I can’t wait 2 weeks for my test results to comeback in! Does this sound like it could be a kidney infection???

    • ANSWER:
      yes see a doctor

  22. QUESTION:
    My symptoms:Fatty liver LQT, wheat/diary/egg/yeast allergies, fatigue, obesity,hernia apnea BP.What do I have?
    My symptoms:Fatty liver disease, LQT and ?ischemia, wheat/diary/egg/yeast/tomato allergies, fatigue, obesity, navil hernia, sleep apnea, high BP, vaginal itch, sleep problems, eczema on head, ears ?infection all the time, lump in left arm pit and left vagina, aches esp knees and back, breathing difficulties, thinning hair, bloated, wake up worse in morning, falling asleep at 4pm cant drive then, dizzy, poor short term memory, depression after anxiety, pins and needles in both hands and right leg/foot when asleep chest pains and shortage of breath.What do I have?

    • ANSWER:
      A number of your symptoms can be attributed to the obesity: fatty liver, fatigue,sleep apnea, high BP, leg aches, breathing problems. How is your blood sugar and cholesterol? If you also have irregular periods, it’s possible you have Metabolic Syndrome aka insulin resistance syndrome.

  23. QUESTION:
    Is it healthy to itch evey day with out rash?
    Could itching every day be a sign for liver and kidney disease? Im using no scent senstve soao.how long is too long to go back

    • ANSWER:
      well, it could. i itch when my bilirubin counts get high. but, what i have is called Gilbert’s syndrome. It doesn’t cause any problems other than really bad itching. I always keep hydrocortisone around.

      But, keep in mind that you can develop allergies out of the blue.

  24. QUESTION:
    Can allergens cause severe itching of palms and feet after bathing?
    For the past two nights, I have played with a new puppy we have, then came straight in and took a hot bath. During the hot bath, severe itching of my palms occurred, and then started on the soles of my feet. THe itching was so severe, that I took a hairbrush to my palms, and it still didnt ease. I looked these symptoms up, and a terrible disease of the liver came up called PBC, it states that extrteme itching of the palms and feet are common symptoms of this. But I am a very allergic person, and have always had bad allergies to pets. My skin even sometimes used to break out in whelts after contact with pets. So I am wandering if the contact with the animal, and then getting into the hot bath water, couldn’t causes my reaction? I hope so, and that it’s not a disease. I had no bumps on my hands or feet, just red, itchy and it kind of looked like little red blotchy places under the skin of the palms. Somebody please tell me it’s nothing serious. I am a young woman and have a sma

    • ANSWER:
      You may have a pet allergy; so you have to be careful there.

      To reduce your symptoms, you may need to consider giving it away. It sounds inhumane but there is little that you can do about allergy. Going on medications just so to relieve your symptoms can hardly be a long time solution as you are risking your health.

  25. QUESTION:
    I had my Dog put down yesterday (he was 10) – did I do the right thing?
    I had my 10 year old dog put down last night and now I racked with guilt in case I made the wrong decision.

    He was diagnosed 6 months ago with Hepatitis, Liver failure and a progressive heart murmur and was put on medication and a special diet. All semed to be going well and he gained a healthy weight and was bouncy and lively. Then in September he started itching and nibbling his skin . The vet said he thought his immunity levels meant he had become sensitive to dust and we decided on putting him on pirirton…however as sptember wore on the itching got worse despite the piriton and then last saturday he scratched his back so much he made himself bleed. I called the vet and they suggested bathing him and increase the dose.

    Also, during the last 2/3 weeks he was constanly looking for food and when we were walking his nose was sniffing the ground insesantly…more so than usual…

    I took him to the vets on Thursday and the vet looked at him and commented that in the last few weeks since he saw him last he had lost weight and although he still was lively and happy, he felt it was a little too much weight. Then he saw his back and explained that apart from the sore and bleeding areas his skin was badly bruised from the scratching and he was in a lot of discomfort.

    IHe then said that we only had one option left to try and it was a long shot and potentially for Zorro could be dangerous with his heart. He said we could try a short course of cortesone pills (5 days) to see if it helped, however with his heart the chances are that he would build up dangerous levels of fluid around his heart and could easily collapse and die.

    He also explained that he felt Zorro was in the final stages of the liver disease and that his liver was struggling to process the blood – hence the itching.

    I said no, I didn’t want him to suffer any more and I had him put to sleep..

    What I can’t get over is that he was so lively and bouncy – despite the itching and weight loss and scavaging..and thats why I feel so guilty…plus when I came out of the consulting room alone…the receptionist said “was he ill then?” which made me feel like I had done something wrong…

    Did I make the wrong decision?

    • ANSWER:
      May be if your heart says that it is wrong then it is wrong . if your heart says it was good dission then fine . descide your self .
      besause no buddy nows what was the possition may be .
      bye.

  26. QUESTION:
    Itchy hands and feet in pregnancy?
    My hands itch all the time, but get especially bad at night. My feet don’t bother me much during the day, but again when i wake up they do itch a fair bit. I was potentially concerned about the obstetric cholestasis/ liver disease during pregnancy. For about a month now I have had bad pain in my ribcage, directly under my right breast and straight through to the other side, which is where my liver would be. Does the obstetric cholestasis often come with pain of the liver at all? And do you get any rash like break outs with it. Again in the morning, i wake to worse itching and i can barely see some faint and not really raised, red splotches/bumps on my forearms. Not sure if this is reaction to hormones maybe, and can’t see how it would be an allergic reaction as nothing around me has changed at all. Ideas?
    have an appt to doc tomorrow

    • ANSWER:
      You might hae PUPPS. It is a rash some women get in pregnancy. Your doctor cal tell you more.
      I had it. The only thing I found that helped was Grandpa’s Pine Tar Soap. You buy it online. Google it if you are looking for it. It helped me a lot!
      Good luck.

  27. QUESTION:
    My skin feels ultra itchy, what is it and what shall I do?
    I have been diagnosed with eczema and I have quite dry skin which needs constant moisturising. The thing is recently I’ve felt really itchy under the skin even when I scratch my skin there is no relief…I’ve looked at a couple of websites and suggestiongs have come up as being Kidney failure, Liver disease, I certainly hope not… It’s main the feet where I itch the most

    http://www.livestrong.com/article/186446-reasons-for-itching-under-skin/

    • ANSWER:
      You could try the Biosal Dead Sea black mud mask, facial compresses or full or partial body (affected area) baths with Biosal Mineral Salt from the Dead Sea (http://www.ecomania.kingeshop.com/Results-for-biosal-bdaacaaaa.asp?v1=biosal) or their Hydrogel (http://www.ecomania.kingeshop.com/Biosal-Hydro-Gel-65ml-bdkabacSa.asp?v1=biosal). Both the mud powder and salt are 100% natural and preservatives free! It helps regulate your skin’s oil content, removes excess oil, nourishes your dermis with minerals contributing to a correct functioning and moisture level of the same, and according to my dermatologist, it is the only astringent mud in the world. Normally, skin affections (e.g. acne, eczema, rashes, dermatitis, psoriasis…) are perfect for using Dead Sea products.

      I recall onetime my body developed an extreme itch (following an operation, antibiotics were administered) everywhere making it impossible for me to sleep – I would scratch my legs and stomach until blood began appearing. Since it was late in the evening and no doctor was available (I live on the outskirts of Madrid), I just decided to take a full-body bath with Biosal Mineral Salts – what a relief!!! Amazing how afterwards the itching stopped!

      I could only find a video in Spanish on how to prepare the Biosal Dead Sea black mud mask, but it is pretty straight forward: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfRqoJYsOo4. On their webpage you can find more info, especially regarding the unique natural mineral composition: http://www.biosal1.at/INGLES/descargaanalisis-en.htm. The Ecomania store where I bought the products is actually located in Madrid, Spain but they may offer mail services to other parts of Europe, otherwise you might just want to contact Biosal Naturprodukte directly (www.biosal1.at).

      If you would like to read scientific articles on the benefits of the Dead Sea then you might find the following links of interest:

      http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-4632.2005.02079.x/full

      http://www.springerlink.com/content/12pyam98q7247wge/

      http://archderm.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/134/11/1416

      http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-4362.1995.tb03599.x/abstract

      http://ard.bmj.com/content/49/2/99.abstract

      http://www.biosal1.at/INGLES/estudio-en.htm

      Hope you find my comment helpful.

  28. QUESTION:
    I feel like my midwife is neglecting me on something very serious?
    I am 19 weeks and 2 days pregnant and nearly two weeks ago I started to get itchy hands and feet, which has gotten worse ever since. Someone told me that it could possibly a be a liver problem as their friend had it and she had to have her baby about two weeks early.

    I found something on the internet about Obstetric Cholestiasis. It’s a liver disease that only happens during pregnancy and the liver plays up and starts releasing too many bile salts into the blood. There is treatment for it but if it goes untreated it can cause stillbirth in a few cases. Other complications include preterm labour and foetal distress.

    When I found out this information I rung up the maternity hospital and they booked me in for 2 tests regarding my liver. Both came back normal.

    With this condition though it often doesn’t show up in the blood for several weeks after the itching starts. One midwife at the hospital said I would have to have more tests if I was feeling itchy and I have spoken to Jenny Chambers from the OC support group who says I should be getting tested at least every two weeks.

    After the first blood test I booked an appointment with my own midwife like I had been instructed to do at the maternity hospital to talk to her about the itching and to see if I could get more tests. She didn’t seem to have a clue about Obstetric Cholestiasis. She told me it’s not possible for me to have it so early and that she won’t give me another blood test until I am 28 weeks pregnant. When I asked her what another reason for the itching was she just said “I don’t know Sarah, pregnancy doesn’t happen in boxes”.
    She also told me that even if I did have Obstetric Cholestiasis there would be nothing she could do about it. There is medication! She said that if I am that worried I can see her every 2 weeks instead of every 4 so that she can monitor my baby. At least that’s something but the blood tests are what is most important here.

    Cholestiasis can happen before 20 weeks of pregnancy. It is rare, but it shouldn’t completely be excluded. It’s like turning someone away for having a lump in their breast because they don’t fit the general criteria for breast cancer.

    I am so upset and so anxious and the itching is getting worse. I am not sure what to do. I am thinking of ringing up the Maternity Hospital on Thursday, 2 weeks from when I was last tested and asking to be tested again.

    I texted my midwife yesterday to tell her that I have spoken to Jenny Chambers and what she said but she hasn’t replied and yet I got a delivery report from her phone.

    I am going to see my GP on Wednesday and I am not sure how that is going to go.

    What would everyone else do in my situation I feel so stuck? :-(
    She has replied and reffered me to a consultant. Wish me luck!

    • ANSWER:
      I’d tell her that if there isn’t a risk to you or the baby, you want to be tested for it every two weeks as was recommended. If she fights you on it, tell her that you’re sorry, but you’re going to start looking for another provider.

  29. QUESTION:
    Horse with photo-sensitivity?
    My horse of 2 years developed photo-sensitivity just over a year ago now.
    Between spring and summer, he would burn very easily and itch his face a lot [he has a white blaze] it would result in him losing the skin and bleeding ): The burns would sometimes ooze yellow-ish liquid and we would have to use a special lotion to heal him when he gets to this stage otherwise he looses all of the skin on this nose and up the blaze. It takes a lot of time to heal at this point. About a month and a half when he had it at it’s worst.. ):
    He has white legs [markings he's not a grey horse] But these are completely uninfected luckily. We think it’s because he is a cob and had a fair amount of feather protection.
    When he first suffered from photo-sensitivity he was treated at a local vets for liver disease at the same time. [we think the two are linked]
    He is a happy, healthy boy and besides this is always 100%
    Never had leg problems or any other body/health things that could be linked etc.
    To avoid him getting his face burnt we bought him a UV protection/fly mask. He wears this every day the sun is out over wise he will burn.
    It’s now winter and last winter he had the hood mostly off, we left him out without it on for one day [about a week ago now] [not hot/sunny at all] and now he has his first symptoms of itching and almost yellow burns..
    He did very well in the summer this year only having a few cuts and burns on his face with his mask and sun cream on full time but we don’t know why he’s now not doing so well now in the colder weather?
    Also I don’t know anyone else with this problem, does your horse suffer from this? If so.. please what do you do to protect him/her from it?
    And if your horse does suffer from it have they also had liver disease?
    Thanks in advance :3
    Thanks for the info ^^
    I do turn out at night during the summer and have him in half the day.
    I know it’s sunny in the winter but the UV rays normally don’t affect him to the point of burning ):
    He does wear his mask sunny days just not overcast ones.
    Also we don’t tend to turn out at night at winter as we full clip and have him in rugged..
    Oh and the paddock hes in has an open stable so he has all the shade he wants during the day :)

    • ANSWER:
      I’m posting a veterinary article on equine photosensitivity that answers your question and then some, and that I think is a “must read” for you…………………..

      http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=5863

      Add***************photosensitization is not the same thing as sunburn. The mechanism in skin causing photosensitization is completely different from that of regular sunburn. There is a very good chance that there is an ongoing liver disease or exposure to toxins causing this. The article I posted explains it thoroughly.

  30. 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.

  31. QUESTION:
    are these Bug Bites? PLEASE HELP ME!!!?
    OK. So I am from Michigan and went to NC for Spring break this year to visit. i went to the beach for an hour, but the most contact i had with the sand or water was just walking shoe less n the shore. when I left, i came home with an itch. it wasnt that bad in the beginning, but then it got worse. the itching intensified ALLLLLL OVER MY BODY. Mostly the tops of my feet, inner thighs and my stomach. then over the last couple months, it has spread to my back. it is now mid july and ive been back in NC for good since may 31st. THE ITCHING IS WORSE. its on my back, inner thighs, wrists, fingers, elbows, back of knees, the area between my inner thigh and vagina, bottom/back of my hairline on my head, hips, stomach, and chest. My boyfriend has a few but they seem to like me better. Theyre are very small (some are bigger/tinier then others) flesh colored bumps. i was thinking maybe flea bites because my boyfriend had a dog awhile back, but this just seems too intense for it to be that. my next thought was some kind of mite bite. but i did some research and mite bites are red bumps. ive had a couple red bumps, but mostly ALL THESE are FLESH COLORED. i thought chigger bites. and lastly i thought of the skin virus MOLLUSCUM CONTAGIOSUM. some of the bites actually look as if they develope into small blisters. if i itch or squeeze them, a clear fluid may come out. PLEASE HELP!! im covered in them. if they are bug bites, i need to know what to do before taking them to my new house that i am buying. also i should add that ive had blood tested for liver disease and other underlying health problems so this has to be that virus or a bug bite. they keep multiplying. ive seen a couple of small tan looking insects flying around, theyre tiny, i almost wouldnt have been able to see them. but ive only seen a couple and i feel like i have hundreds. needless to say i dont think the fogging worked. Ive bombed every room in the apartment

    • ANSWER:
      I would suggest very seriously you see an epidemiologist fast. These would sound like HPV ( Human pappalona virus) but for the fact that these are to dense and all over. They may be a parasite from the water like a “Duck rash”that invades the inland water lakes in some parts of the U.S. during hot weather from the heat. It may be an algae like the Red Tide rash people get around Florida and lower California.

      Tests would have to be made and lab tests so see that doctor and fast.

  32. QUESTION:
    My poor Old Dog….Tough decision?
    My dog , who is currently 10 years old and is a pedigree has hepatitus, advanced liver disease, progressive heart disease and was being treated reasonably successfully with denamarin and vetmedin chewable tablets. a few months ago, he started itching and nibbling his body and paws and when I took him back to the vets the vet tested him and said he was allergic to dust mites…

    since his diagnosis, I have been cleaning and hoovering regularly and wiping everywhere with dettol unfortunately, this hasn’t helped and the vet has presecribed piriton…which doesn’t seem to help very much either….the only relief he has is when he’s asleep or on a walk…

    he’s scratched his back so much thta it’s startd to bleed and on saturday I took him to the vets and they said I would have to make an appointment to review his situation…

    I love my dog so much that I’m finding it distressing seeing him suffer like this, but he’s still eating and drinking OK and apart from the itching (which is making life a misery) he would be fine.

    What should I do? Has anyone else experienced similar problems with their dog?

    • ANSWER:
      My heart goes out to you.

      this year i had to have my 18 year old Bordie collie cross put down because his back legs was going and it took me over a year to make that disscuion. You hasve to think what is best for your dog. I would say if he is eating and drinking okay then just leave him to his own diveces.

      just keep bathing the wounds.

      i have another dog and he gets fleas all the time and last year he bit his back end to a poin tht he lost all of his fur and it was scabbing up. the best thing is just try and keep him comftable and happy

      hopes this helps alot

      bye xxxx

  33. QUESTION:
    Pregnant with itchy hands and feet?
    Hi. I have asked this question a few times but I haven’t got many answers.
    I am 19 weeks pregnant and I have itchy hands and feet which comes and goes. I had a blood test for a liver problem that only happens in pregnancy and the main symptom is itchy hands and feet. The blood test came back normal.
    I contacted a lady from a support group and she told me that I might need more blood tests because sometimes the itching can start weeks before the results show up as abnormal. My midwife is refusing to do this and I am feeling really low. I’m so worried that something is going to happen to my baby and it’s stopping me from enjoying the pregnancy.
    My hands and feet tend to itch more when I get hot and there is no rash.
    I feel like I am different from most pregnant woman as no other woman I have spoken to that has gone through pregnancy has had itchy hands and feet.
    I feel really alone and don’t really want to talk about the pregnancy with anyone. My bump has just started to show and people are commenting on it, which isn’t good because I am worried that I have this liver disease and this pregnancy isn’t going to be a happy one.
    Has anyone else had itchy hands and feet and what do you suggest I do?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, I can’t say 100% for your situation, but it definitely is a common symptom in pregnancy. I have had it with all of mine and I am on my 4th pregnancy. Itching can be caused from the increased hormone levels like progesterone. I really wouldn’t worry yourself sick about this and just enjoy your pregnancy. Sorry that you have this, because it can be annoying;o)

  34. QUESTION:
    Does anyone have alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency and if so is it affecting ur health?
    Im 29 yrs old and i a liver disease none as antitrypsin. lately ive been feeling like ive aged 20 yrs. i fell like crap, im catching all the bugs and flu’s i can get, im going grey and im wrecked, im itching all over and ive put on heaps of weight over the past 2 yrs. i don’t work im a stay at home mum. im wondering what are the signs if of this disease as my doctor has always brushed it under the carpet?

    • ANSWER:
      Well first. your doctor shouldn’t be brushing it off. If you have alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency that will affect your liver and lungs. You need to get this worked up as some of the symptoms you are describing such as tiredness, itching are alarm signs. Also, if you smoke, you shouldn’t since you have a much more increased susceptibility towards developing emphysema.

  35. QUESTION:
    Severe skin problems?
    So I’m having really bad skin problems of late… I’m eighteen and I’ve had mild acne on my face since I was 14, and very mild acne on my chest and back since around the same time… My acne stayed around a similar level of severity from 14 up until around 16, it got a little worse on my face from 17 – 18 so I began taking topical and oral antibiotics which brought it back down to being mild. Since Christmas however things have gone absolutely crazy. Instead of on my face this time however it’s mostly hit my chest, stomach and back… My chest is absolutely covered in the usual painful white-headed acne spots, tiny itchy red pimples and flat red blotches… I’ve also been getting a strange itching sensation all over my body usually when I get hot or exercise, on top of this I’m noticing a small amount of random brown spots across my body that were never there before (despite the fact I’ve been exposed to VERY little sunlight) and on top of all that the acne on my face is beginning to get worse again…

    I’ve began worrying it might be related to liver disease or damage as the whole thing began shortly after I went on a HUGE binge drink for the first time after a life of more or less never drinking and being close to completely straight edge… I had a liver test not long before the binge that came out fine… but obviously that was *before* the binge so it’s not too reassuring…

    I’ve booked in with a doc, but this is really worrying me and I’d like some peace of mind before then…
    …and that’s just to quell my anxiety, before I even go into how debilitating this has been to my confidence…

    So what do you think people of the net?

    • ANSWER:
      Acne requires a multi-faceted approach. If you have acne clean your skin gently, try not to touch your skin when your hands are not clean, and avoid the sun.

      The three basics of acne treatment are to (1) unclog pores, (2) kill bacteria, and (3) minimize oil. Use mild exfoliating cleansers to unclog your pores. Use benzoyl peroxide to kill the bacteria. Get rid of oil on the surface of your skin by using a gentle toner. Generally drug store brands will do each of these things well. You don’t need to spend a fortune.

      These are all good basic skin regimens that may help with the acne battle:

      Cleanse twice daily with a 5% benzoyl peroxide wash. An alternative for those who are allergic to benzoyl peroxide is 2% salicylic acid.

      Apply a gel or cream containing 5% benzoyl peroxide; an alternative is sulfur or resorcinol.

      At night, apply a spot cream containing sulfur to the affected areas.

      Use a light skin moisturizer and oil-free makeup.

      If you try all these approaches and it still does not seem to work, it is time to consult your doctor. You may need a prescription medication approach to deal with your acne.

      And read the information at these sites. You may find other ideas that will help you.

      http://www.acneguide.ca/acne_med_treatments/index.html

      http://www.womenshealth.gov/faq/acne.cfm

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

      http://dermatology.about.com/cs/acnecomedones/a/comedones.htm

      When speaking about body and back acne in particular, there is a particular form of acne called “acne mechanica”—a fancy name for acne which is caused by irritation of the skin. Anything that repeatedly rubs against the skin, such as backpacks, rough massages, tight fitting clothing, weight lifting machines which press on the shoulder area, or anything else that rubs the back area and irritates the skin can aggravate acne in that area. Acne mechanica tends to be aggravated by moisture, so if you’re sweaty and combine that with the repeated rubbing that comes with your backpack, clothing, etc., that could make the problem worse. By simply existing as a human being, your back is going to be in contact with chairs, clothing, beds, and other people’s touch so no one will be able to remove all irritation of the skin of the back. Still, there are some simple ways you can help the situation.

      Some things you might want to consider:

      Avoiding irritation Try wearing breathable cotton clothing more often.
      Try carrying your belongings in something other than your backpack while treating your back acne. Once you’re clear, you can try using your backpack again. If you stay clear, great. If not, perhaps a backpack isn’t the best option for you.
      Generally try to be aware of anything that irritates the skin of your back and make accomodations if you can.
      Try to time any daily treatment of your acne so that you can shower and treat your skin after a sweaty workout.

      And check here for information about back acne.

      http://beauty.about.com/od/bodybeautiful/f/backacne.htm

  36. QUESTION:
    i have questions about jaundice too? please answer had to erase some of the space so i can write all the info?
    aweekago ihad really bad stomach pains&inotice my poop waswatery and gasy.i know thats not normal because i dont usually poop like that. the pain lasted at least 5 days in a row.i tried taking midol on those days thinking it willgo away.it was very sharp pain on my stomach above my belly button.i can say it hurt like giving birth hurt, now a week in a half later everyones telling me my eyes look yellow and my skin look yellow. and the last 4 days i been extremly itchy. so i went to a doctor on thursday morning.told him all my systoms and he said i might have jaundice and took a blood test so now im waiting. for results.havent gotten it yet. my questions are1.what do you think i did to catch jaundice?i dont drink nor smoke
    2.can i die any minute?
    3 what do think i have? do i have liver disease im so scared?
    4.what can i do in the mean time about itchy. the doc did write me a precription for itching but i havent got a chance to go get it. 5.i still go to work. is it contagious? thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      1-There’s too much bilirubin circulating in your blood…which can come from obstruction to bile duct from a gallstone, Hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver; a narrowing of the duct that allows bile to flow from liver to the small intestine.
      Hepatitis can be caused by catching it from someone who didn’t clean their hands (like waiters).
      2.-No you won’t die any minute.
      3-Refer to #1;
      4-You need to get the prescription filled. In the meantime take an oatmeal bath, use Aveeno Oatmeal lotion or Sarna.
      5-At this time you don’t know if it’s contagious, but it would probably have to be blood to blood or unprotected sex.

      Google: Medlineplus: Health Topics>>Jaundice
      mayo clinic>>diseases>>Hepatitis

      Good Luck

  37. QUESTION:
    Naproxen enteric coated why so many side effects?
    My mum got a tablet called ‘Naproxen enteric coated’, she read the leaflet and then she got to the side-effects part.

    SIDE EFFECTS: Upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, heartburn, headache, diarrhea, constipation, drowsiness, and dizziness may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these serious side effects occur: stomach pain, swelling of the hands or feet, sudden or unexplained weight gain, ringing in the ears (tinnitus). Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: vision changes, rapid or pounding heartbeat, easy bruising or bleeding. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these highly unlikely but very serious side effects occur: change in amount of urine, severe headache, very stiff neck, mental/mood changes, persistent sore throat or fever. This drug may infrequently cause serious (rarely fatal) bleeding from the stomach or intestines. If you notice any of the following unlikely but very serious side effects, stop taking naproxen and consult your doctor or pharmacist immediately: black stools, persistent stomach/abdominal pain, vomit that looks like coffee grounds. This drug may rarely cause serious (possibly fatal) liver disease. If you notice any of the following highly unlikely but very serious side effects, stop taking naproxen and consult your doctor or pharmacist immediately: yellowing eyes and skin, dark urine, unusual/extreme tiredness. An allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

    Should She still take the tablet which is only ment to stop the pain in her leg?

    • ANSWER:
      By law, drug companies must label all meds with every possible symptom that has been noted when people have taken this medication.
      The most common side affect of Naproxen is stomach problems.
      If you eat something before taking it, you should have no problems.

      Those are mainly things to look out for.

      Take care.

  38. QUESTION:
    Parkinson’s and sking itching?
    My mother an 84 years old lady is having Parkinson’s disease. Recently she has started having itching all over her body. I donot want to give her any more medicine as she is having weak liver. Any home remedy is welecome.

    • ANSWER:
      Ok, I’m not a nurse, but I’m surprised that a nurse would give such a one note answer. My mother has Parkinson’s, and has had a certain spot on her back that has itched for years and dermatologist tried all kinds of things, and decided it was a nerve-ending issue. Plus, older people get very dry skin, plus have reactions to other medications…..and the list can go on and on. Yes, see a doctor……….but realize the limitless possibilities….in the meantime, try SARNA Anti-itch lotion, and oatmeal bath products for itching skin. hope this helps….good luck

  39. QUESTION:
    I need real help i think somthing is wrong with me? Please help ?
    For a while i have been feeling very ill. Not throwing up, but i get nauseas, cold feet (that could not mean anything) i have bad lower back pain. I always itch my eyes. Alot throught the day. I feel dizzy alot, and very lathargic (lazy) and i sleep through out the day, and i doesnt matter how tierd or if i get a full nite sleep. My eyes hurt and so does my neck and limbs. I get these small to medium sized red boils next to my groin they are kinda pain full and i get a arm pit rash that comes and go, and milla near my eyes that have been there for months. When i take a warm shower i get rash on top of feet, chest, arms and thighs. I am very irratable and pretty depressed. I mean i hardly ever feel happy. I dont think that me being depressed is causeing all this.my hands get really clampy and it hurts to move them out of a fist, and they are shaky almost all the time i am sensitive to light and most of these problems occur in the morning. I have been doing some reserch and i think i have (and i could be wrong) graves disease or liver disease). Please help me and my doctore literally got her degree at walmart she doesnt know anything she uses a computer to diagnose peoples illnesses off the internet so please help :(

    • ANSWER:
      definitely see a different doctor for starters.

  40. QUESTION:
    I am 37 weeks & 3 days pregnant with my 3rd rash?
    At 21 weeks into my pregnancy I develop a fungus on my neck and chest drs couldn’t explained why or how I got it, It was treated with Selsun Blue shampoo (using it as a body wash) for about a week. At 24 weeks and 4 days I developed a rash called PUPPP, last about 2 week, after trying every anti-itch cream in the pharmacy including Benadryl, Econazole cream and an Acetonide ointment prescribed by my dermatologist and 3 visits to the ER, nothing I used helped it was just getting worse. My last visit to the hospital I met a very kind nurse who claimed had seen this on someone else before and recommend Calamine lotion and was also given an injection of Prednisone 10mg and a prescription to take home, both combine worked like a charm, I got my sleep back little by little and started getting back to my old self and was finally enjoying my pregnancy. After this terrible experience now at 37 weeks i have this rash which i would like to describe as a heat rash but i know it not, its driving me crazy it itches all the time, i am using everything i mentioned before (but the Prednisone tablets). it started really light, at first i thought it was a bug bite something minor to what it has develop to, i saw my gyno about two days ago and ran a series of test including blood work, said i will induce your labor by your 38th week, i freaked out because i was looking forward to a natural birth with no meds, I haven’t had any complications with my pregnancy but the rashes I mentioned before, explained this to her and she said we will wait for the blood work results to make a decision but most likely be induced by this weekend, till then continue the Benadryl and any lotion that helps. I don’t sleep, lost my appetite and feel extremely overwhelmed ever since this new rash, i am worry this is affecting my baby, did i mentioned this is my first baby and i am 28 yrs old. I have researched about my symptoms and the results I’m getting worry me, some mentioned it could be a liver disease. Is anyone else going through or has gone through this that can help me get more information, i really don’t want to be induced and I know drs use any excuse to induce labor, one out of five labors are induce in the U.S. HELP =,(

    • ANSWER:

  41. QUESTION:
    hepatitis C, progression of disease?
    My husband was diagnosed with dormant hepatitis C about 5 years ago. He also has congestive heart failure in an advanced stage and now his liver is enlarged and he has ascites. He has not yet been able to get an answer as to what has caused the liver enlargement, which can also be caused by the heart disease. What I would like to know is how common or likely it is that dormant hepatitis C breaks out into active disease? And if it does, what is the prognosis? As it is now, he has many of the classic symptoms of liver failure such as itching, ascites, whitening nails, nausea, diarrhea and fatigue, but many of those symptoms can be caused by the heart disease as well. He seems to live in denial and doesn’t want to know anything about his own disease and keeps postponing a visit to the hepatologist, and I am very worried. Can anyone tell me what I should expect in terms of life expectancy if in fact these symptoms are caused by active hepatitis C?

    • ANSWER:
      Hepatitis in any form is a liver disease which is what he has. The congestive heart failure is just a complicating factor. You need to do some research on Hepatitis C and you can go to WebMd.com and MayoClinic.com and type in that term and read up on everything you can get your hands on because this is what you are dealing with and you need to know about any possible treatments that might be recommended so that you can help your husband make decisions about this. With ascites, he is already in the advanced stage of liver disease but there is no way of knowing if his Hep C is now active without being tested for this. And, no one can tell you how long anyone can live with his condition because every person is different but he sounds as if he is in an advanced stage and doesn’t have many months/years left. You need to get his will, your family finances in order and you designated as a Health Care Power of Attorney to carry out his wishes for health care when he is no longer able to make his own decisions. And, you might consider enlisting the help of hospice care. You need to be working with your doctor closely on his condition.

  42. QUESTION:
    Misdiagnosis of Crohn’s Disease?
    About a week ago i was diagnosed with Crohns/ulcerative colitis (apparently a mixture, or something in between), however i believe this to be a misdiagnosis for many reasons.

    First of all, my symptoms are more similar to IBS and have little in common with standard Crohn’s disease, blood in stools on only 2 occasions (in a time period of 6 months) it always got worse during stressful times (like IBS) and diet had no effect on my symptoms.
    However the main reason for my suspicion is i also have something going on with my liver; raised ALT and i think something else was raised too. My consultant seems to think these 2 things are unrelated however raised ALT alone can cause my other symptoms. i also have had severe itching (a common symptom of liver problems). Could a liver infection or upset be causing this and my other symptoms?

    The drugs i was given to calm my intestines came into effect after 20 hours, when usually they could take up to a month to have an effect on crohn’s patients, which makes it seem unlikely it could be as severe as crohns disease?

    My main reasoning for fighting against this diagnosis is that i want to join the armed forces, and i need to rid myself of any chronic symptoms and diseases.
    So basically I’m hoping somebody can give me some information and evidence to help me prove that Ive been misdiagnosed, my hope is that this is some temporary thing caused by some infected food or something or perhaps just IBS, which i believe i can still serve with.
    Any help appreciated

    • ANSWER:
      Hi hopefully with further treatment you will prove that you can manage your condition and be allowed to serve. They need to trust you above all else so try to don’t hide anything.

  43. QUESTION:
    AutoImmune Dieases- Fatty Liver?
    My Uncle was diagnoised wit a Fatty Liver a year ago. A week a go he had uncontrollable itching when he went to the doctor he said he was going to die of schirosis of the liver. He doesnt drink, he exorcises unlike other fatty liver patients. Then when he went to his next doctor appointment they said they thaught it was an Auto Immune Disease and that they would run tests. When he had the uncontrollable itching he also had blood in his stoll. Does anyone have any idea od what it could be.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like your uncle’s doctors are not sure of what is causing his cirrhosis. This happens more times than you would think. I had cirrhosis for no apparent reason and it took the doctors quite awhile to figure out that I had an autoimmune disease called primary biliary cirrhosis which is when my autoimmune system attacks the bile ducts in my liver which eventually led to cirrhosis. I had to get a transplant. During my evaluation for transplant, I was told that up to 15% of people having cirrhosis are “cryptogenic” which means they just do not know why the person has permanent liver damage and cirrhosis.

      The bleeding and itching are both symptoms of advanced liver disease. When the biliruben levels get high, then often times the terrible itching kicks in. My mother had this very problem last week with the itching from a high biliruben level and they gave her Benedryl which worked very well to control it. She had a blocked bile duct from a gallstone which makes the biliruben level skyrocket too. Your uncle should be going to a specialist such as a gastroenterologist or hepatologist who knows all about the problems that come with cirrhosis and how to treat them. His doctor can prescribe something for the itching which I know can drive a person crazy. You need not wait until his next appt. to tell them he needs help now with the itching.

      Bleeding problems are also a symptom of cirrhosis which should be checked into immediately since the person can bleed internally. Unwanted veins called varices form with cirrhosis. They are not like the veins we are born with. They are weak, can leak and even burst causing internal bleeding. Not only that but cirrhosis also can cause the blood not to clot as well as it should which only doubles the problem when there is any bleeding going on. The can do a procedure called “banding” to get rid of these unwanted veins. I used to get mine checked every 3-6 months by getting an endoscopy done. When they find one of these veins, they will tie what looks like a small rubber band around the vein which cuts off its blood supply. It then dies which takes away the risk of that vein ever causing a bleeding problem again. I think I had 12 of them banded on me.

      Right now your uncle has to deal with having cirrhosis and not worry so much about what is causing it. No matter what is causing it, cirrhosis pretty much acts the same with everyone. They most likely have ruled out all the obvious reasons such as drinking, viral hepatitis, iron overload, etc. The fatty liver may or may have not played a part in it.

      He needs to find out how much permanent damage has been done to his liver and what his prognosis is for the future. What can he do to get well again? There is only one cure of cirrhosis and that is a liver transplant, but not everyone with cirrhosis will need a transplant. This is something only his doctor can determine as to whether or not he will need a transplant now or in the future and how to go about getting one if he will need it done. I am living proof that cirrhosis is not an automatic death sentence for many people. If your uncle does need one, then he needs to go to a transplant center to get evaluated and find out if he could be a good candidate to receive a transplant.

  44. QUESTION:
    Could I have kidney disease?
    Ok I have a question. i went to the doctor a little under three months ago about menstrual irregularities and they had me pee in a cup. they tested it for pregnancy and it was negative which I knew it would be. but they said there were leukocytes in it and they were gonna test for a uti. well i never heard anything else about that but a nurse came in and gave him a slip of paper so im guessing it was all ok. long story short they took blood to measure my hormone levels (i ended up diagnosed with pcos) and he said he was gonna take some to test my liver and kidney function too. when all that came back he said it was normal. im 18 years old. i have none of the diseases or risk factors that cause kidney disease other than my blood pressure is higher than it should be. kidney disease doesnt run in my family or anything and i havent had any serious illnesses or anything like that. well sometimes when i pee there is little stuff floating in it like you have to get really really close to see it and i might just be noticing it now because lately im paranoid about everything that goes on with my body so it could’ve been there all along and i just didnt notice it before but is this indicative of kidney disease? also, im not really going anymore than i usually do. i dont have a fever. i dont really have back pain either. my body isnt swelling. i dont have any itching on my body. im not getting chills anymore than usual. im just wondering what the chances were of me having kidney disease with me being so young and really having no risk factors and stuff.

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t think it is kidney disease.Are you under abnomal stress?It could be hypertension…

  45. QUESTION:
    Herpes and pregnant!!!?
    I am currently 32 wks pregnant and just found out i am positive for genital herpes.I went in 2 wks ago for a prenatal checkup and told my ob-gyn that i was itching with some discharge.which he said i had bv. it is very common for pregnant woman to get this.i had it with my last 2 pregnancies. he ordered bloodwork for herpes which i thought was odd.i go in today for another checkup and he told me i was positive!! I have NEVER in my life had an outbreak,cold sores,pain in the vagina, any symtoms what so ever!! i heard the virus can be dormant,but it can appear with a weak immune system,being pregnant will cause that. but i have NOTHING!! the Dr. presribed me Acyclovir,take 5x a day for 5 days,then 2 daily at 36 wks. Ive done some research,it is safe to take during pregnancy,but it says to take when noticing an outbreak-I HAVE NO OUTBREAK!! Do i still take this? Again,it was not a swab test,but it was a bloodtest. i have been with my husband for 12yrs,He has never had any outbreaks or pain either. this is very confusing for us both. his immune system is also very low,he has an autoimmune disease that caused him to need a liver transplant(still waiting),if the virus in dormant in him, i thought for sure he would of brokeout!! iM very very scared!! And yes we have both are very faithful so please no smart remarks. What do I do?
    ive never had any itching other than the bv I’ve had during pregnancy
    kayjayday…i would like to email u but it says u dont except emails

    • ANSWER:
      First, congratulations on your pregnancy!! This is a wonderful time in a woman’s life and you should be resting and joyous right now. OK. Now, a positive HSV (herpes simplex virus) test means that you were exposed to HSV and have developed antibodies. That is very good news because the transmission to your child is LOW when you have antibodies.

      Did he say if it was HSV1 or 2. HSV1 is the strain of virus you get orally (e.g. cold sores) can be transmitted through oral sex and HSV2 is a more serious, painful and commonly transmitted through vaginal/anal sex. If you have never had classic outbreak you probably have HSV1. Signs of HSV are weeping bumps on genitals, fever, chill and swollen glands around your groin. But, I must tell you that vaginal discharge with an itch is a sign of a mild outbreak!! You don’t have to get bumps to have herpes!! Once the virus enters your body it settles in your spinal cord and is “activated” when your immune system is weak. Due to stress, illness or whatever. There is no cure but suppressive therapy is an excellent alternative and will allow you to have a normal pregnancy and birth.

      BUT you need to take your medication!! You can see another doctor if you want but take your medication until then. You will need the suppressive therapy so you can have a vaginal birth. The medication will suppress the virus and help reduce “viral shedding” before birth. Viral shedding is when the virus is present and “shedding” in the affected area. If it is not suppressed you can pass the virus to the child!! Neo-natal HSV is DEADLY!! Since your symptoms are so mild, you may not know when you are having an outbreak early enough to take the medication in time to suppress the virus.

      Given you are so close to your due date, you need to diligently take your medication. Take the medication twice daily (as prescribed), eat fruits, vegetables, protein and limit your intake of processed food. There are natural alternatives to the Acyclovir but I would not take them at this stage in your pregnancy. You can research them on your own AFTER the birth. Now, you have to focus on staying healthy and calm ;)

      Your body is about to go through a tremendous change over the next YEAR. You will be unable to tell when you are having an outbreak, as opposed to the usual changes a women goes through during pregnancy and after birth. After a year or so and your period returns to normal then you can start accurately monitoring yourself for signs of a coming outbreak and use alternative treatments.

      Most women who have HSV1 with mild symptoms usually don’t get very many outbreaks after the initial one. Most of my clients say sex (vaginal friction) brings on the outbreaks more than anything!! Soon you will be able to tell what brings on your outbreaks (e.g. food, detergent, liquor etc..) and avoid those things.

      If you and your husband choose to have sex, if would be wise to wear a condom/use dental dam. Because of he ejaculates into your vagina, the virus may be present when you go into labor.

      Don’t freak out about the birth!! When your water breaks it will literally “sanitize” your birth canal in preparation for your little one. However, you should think about vaginal birth or c-section. If your body is producing antibodies (hence positive HSV test) your chances of transmission during birth is low but there is a risk even with the medication. Email me if you want to know more.

      You take care and take it easy!! P.S. If you breastfeed it will give you antibodies to your baby!!

  46. QUESTION:
    Has anyone used a parasite’s genome map to design a genetic control or poison to eradicate the parasite.?
    African trypanosomiasis. Commonly called sleeping sickness, this disease is caused by a parasitic microbe transmitted by tsetse flies. If untreated, the parasite migrates to the central nervous system, causing seizures, mental disorders and, ultimately, death. As many as 70,000 people are infected in Central and East Africa.

    American trypanosomiasis. Commonly called Chagas disease, this disease is caused by a parasitic microbe transmitted by blood-sucking bugs. It can cause organ damage. The parasite infects about 13 million people, mostly in Latin America.

    Hookworm. Human hookworm infection is caused by intestinal worm parasites transmitted to humans from contaminated soil. It causes internal blood loss and is the world’s leading cause of anemia and protein malnutrition, particularly in pregnant women and children. More than half a billion people in poverty-stricken areas of Africa, Latin America, Southeast Asia and China are infected.

    Leishmaniasis. This disease is caused by a parasitic microbe transmitted by sand flies. It can cause skin lesions and swelling of the spleen and liver. More than 12 million people are infected in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas.

    Lymphatic filariasis. Commonly called elephantiasis, this parasitic worm disease is spread by mosquitoes. It can lead to disabling swelling of the legs and other body parts. About 120 million people are infected throughout Asia, Africa, the Western Pacific, South America and parts of the Caribbean.

    Malaria. This disease is caused by a parasitic microbe spread by mosquitoes. Each year, malaria infects at least 300 million people living in tropical regions. It can cause brain damage or death if red blood cells infected with malaria parasites build up in the brain’s blood vessels. The annual death toll is about 1 million people, many of whom are children under age 5 and pregnant women.

    Onchocerciasis. Commonly called river blindness, this parasitic worm disease is spread by black flies. It can cause extreme itching, sores on the skin and blindness. The parasite infects about 18 million people, mostly in Africa, but also in Latin America.

    Schistosomiasis. Also known as bilharzia or snail fever, this parasitic worm disease is transmitted by snails that live in fresh water. It can impair growth, cause severe anemia and lead to kidney and liver malfunctions. More than 200 million people are infected, mostly in Africa and Asia.
    A respectable number of parasite genomes have been mapped.

    http://www.genomenewsnetwork.org/resources/sequenced_genomes/genome_guide_p1.shtml

    Has anyone yet succeeded in designing a control to from knowledge of the parasite genome?

    • ANSWER:
      As far as Schistosomiasis, it was just completed over the summer. Hopefully drugs to follow. see more here: http://bactiman63.blogspot.com/2009/07/genetic-code-to-schistosomes-complete.html

  47. QUESTION:
    help………………………………………..?
    I’m having mosquito like- rashes on my hands near my palms, upper arms, upper back and neck. i have nothing on my legs. and those rashes are very itchy and i can’t sleep with it.it itches all the time..
    i want to know why i don’t have it on my legs ?
    is it some kind of disease that is related to liver or anything else?
    sorry..***mosquito bite like- rashes***
    i don’t have any pets and i just cleaned my bed and my room yesterday.its still the same..
    i didn’t use anything new .I’m just using the same things ..no changes at all..

    • ANSWER:
      there are a couple of things it really could be. One do you have any pets that has fleas? Because fleas will bite people sleeping for one. Or, you might be having an allergic reaction to something you are using. I myself have lots of skin problems and I had to change alot in my life. You might want to try washing all your clothes and bedding in a clear unsented soap and Do Not use fabric softner on your clothes. You may however use the new Bonce unsentended fabric softner sheets that you toss in the dryer. I hope some of this will help you out and try to use a very gental soap when taking a shower. Aveeno sould do the trick.

  48. QUESTION:
    Should I start trying to naturally induce labor this week? 35 weeks…?
    I am only 35 weeks pregnant but have cholestasis (liver failure in pregnancy) which for me causes EXTREME itching, but it potentially fatal to my baby girl (raises chances of stillborn 15-20%).

    After reading online, I see that Cholestasis levels can triple in less then 24 hours. Most every web site says it is imperative to be induced at 36-37 weeks. This condition is very rare, less then 1 in 1000 women get it during pregnancy.

    When I ask my doc if she will induce me, she says we’ll see, but probably not. I’m really worried about going to full term only to have my princess die in utero. A perfectly healthy baby dies because the my doc wouldnt induce. That would be so tragic.

    So I was thinking I would stop taking my meds (that are to prevent preterm labor) and start having sex at the end of this week. My 1st baby was born at 32 weeks. I probably had the same disease but never knew it. And Ive been told not to have sex for the past 2 months as my cervix is very thin and soft.

    Although there is definitly a selfish componant here, as I cant sleep I am so itchy, can’t almost deal with daily activities. I’m a walking zombie, burning eyes, nausious from lack of sleep, etc. My skin is bleeding from my itching it. This is all suppose to clear up almost immediatly after giving birth, within 2-3 days. So although this is primarily to ensure my daughter is born healthy, it’s also so I can sleep more then 30 minutes.

    • ANSWER:
      WOW….first of all I am so sorry you have to go through with this.

      This is kinda something that is completely up to you. Remember to go with YOUR instincts. Kinda sounds like your right though about inducing. I would go ahead and do it if I were you.

      Remember also that you can go get a 2nd opinion. Sometimes drs dont put as much thought into one specific case as they should.

      Good luck to you and I will add you as a contact!

  49. QUESTION:
    Strange mixture of symptoms in 3 y/o 2 wks after bee sting – could they be related?
    I’ve been websearching but can’t find the information I need. My little 3 year old granddaughter was stung/bitten by a wood bee 20 days ago on her hand. Her hand immediately was painful, got very swollen, and was red. Treated with tylenol, diphenhydramine, cold pak. No systemic reaction. The swelling remained for a couple of days then gradually improved. She had no more symptoms until day 16 when the site of the sting began itching, and there were three hard white areas under the skin, a white ring, and red ring around that, this after she was scratching. Treated with anti-itch cream and bandaid, improved. The next day we noticed her stool is light tan colored with green spots. No unusual foods. On day 18, without any known injury, she started limping and complaining of knee pain. Today her urine has a foul odor and but NO complaint that it hurts to urinate, and the stool is still light tan and green. She did have an x-ray today and it showed soft tissue swelling in the knee joint. The pediatrician said not to worry about the abnormal color of the stool or the urine, but I know this isn’t normal, and am concerned about the possibility of a liver problem. She has had Hep B and Hep A vaccinations. I am wondering if there is a possibility that all of these things are connected to the bee sting, since it seems like more than a coincidence that all of these unusual things would be occurring to a 3 year old all at once. Does anyone know of diseases that could present this way and that are related to bee stings/bites? I know that Lyme disease has a variety of s/s, but bees don’t usually carry Lyme.

    • ANSWER:
      I’m not aware of any reports of bees themselves carrying Lyme. But listen to this scenario: Sometimes, people apparently harbor the Lyme bacteria in their body without showing symptoms–until there is some kind of trauma. Then, suddenly, Lyme symptoms start blossoming, seemingly out of nowhere. Sometimes it’s a broken bone or other injury; sometimes it’s emotional trauma, like divorce or a death in the family.

      I doubt that the bee itself gave your granddaughter Lyme. But the bee sting may have traumatized the body enough that it overwhelmed the immune system, allowing the Lyme to flourish.

      It’s worth looking into.

      Good sources of info about Lyme disease:

      http://www.lymedisease.org

      http://www.ilads.org

      http://www.canlyme.com

      http://www.lymenet.org

      http://www.lymeinfo.net

      http://www.lymediseaseassociation.org

      http://www.lymedoctor.com

  50. QUESTION:
    Terrified of pancreatic cancer?
    I don’t know whether I’m just being a hypochondriac or not, but I’ve been having these weird symptoms lately. For the past few weeks, I’ve been having weird dull pains around my right upper abdomen, just below my chest and sometimes below my ribcage. I sometimes get a crampy feeling on my left side as well, and this has been going on for a few months, though it is far less persistent. For the past two days I’ve been getting this colicky weird pain on my lower right quadrant, and sometimes I can feel it in my lower left. Also, I’ve been itching a lot recently. I don’t know if this is psychosomatic or not, can anybody enlighten me as to if that’s possible or not? I lost weight a few weeks after I stopped lifting in June and July, going from 146 pounds to about 138, but I think it’s stagnated since then (who knows, maybe I’ve even gained some this month). My appetite’s been odd, it’s there, but it’s different than it used to be. I get upper cramp-like localized back pains from time to time, sometimes parts of my arms and legs feel cramped for no reason as well. And just a few hours ago, after eating a fatty meal, I had greasy diarrhea (I do have IBS, but I don’t remember it ever giving my fatty stools (this is the first time I’ve seen this). Also, I feel more fatigued than usual. I can still exercise just as well as I used to, but if I’m not being active I feel like falling asleep. I don’t know what’s going on. I’m not scared of any other type of cancer except pancreatic. I heard it can effect people of all ages, even if it is rare. Does this sound anything like it?

    I don’t have nausea or vomiting. My pain isn’t severe, it’s typically mild. I’m not yellow, my stools aren’t pale, my urine isn’t dark (but I read that itching is an early sign of jaundice). I can’t tell if I have an enlarged spleen or liver, nothing’s constantly tender, and my Dr. didn’t feel anything out of the ordinary when I got my physical a week ago. Sometimes, though, my upper right or lower right abdomen feels mildly uncomfortable, though this does not last. The pain in my upper quadrant is worse on some days than others (it was worse yesterday than today, and the day before wasn’t too bad). Also, the pain seems to react to stress.

    I have no family history of any type of cancer as far as I’m aware, no diabetes, no pancreatitis. I don’t smoke, I don’t drink often (and when I do it doesn’t cause me problems). I’m a white 20 year old male, around 140 lbs. I do have a predisposition to Crohn’s Disease, and I have acid reflux. Does this sound like Crohn’s at all? Does it even sound like a gallbladder issue? Can someone point me in the right direction? I can’t see anyone until Monday, I’d rather not go to the ER, I wanna go out and have fun tonight and if this is constantly on my mind I doubt that’ll happen. I’d greatly appreciate any input. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Pancreatic cancer in a 20 year old would be one for the record books. Two thirds of those diagnosed with it are over 70, and it’s very rare in people under 40.

      See your doctor about your concerns


Symptoms Of Liver Disease

Blood test- Liver Function Test(LFT)

Liver function tests help doctors find out whether the liver has been damaged. If your child is experiencing symptoms of liver disease including jaundice (yellowish skin or eyes), dark urine, nausea, vomiting, or abdominal swelling these tests may be ordered. They may also be done to help diagnose viral infections (such as hepatitis or mononucleosis) or to monitor medications that can cause liver-related side effects.

The hepatic function panel, also known as liver function tests, is a group of seven tests used to evaluate the liver for injury, infection, or inflammation.

The liver plays important roles: It stores energy from food, makes proteins, and helps remove toxins. The liver also makes bile, a fluid that helps in digestion.

The hepatic function panel evaluates:
Alanine aminotransferase (ALT). This enzyme, found in the liver, plays a role in metabolism, the process that converts food into energy. If the liver is injured, ALT is released into the bloodstream. Its levels are especially high with acute hepatitis. Alkaline phosphatase (ALP). This enzyme is found in the liver, bones, intestines, kidneys, and other organs. Kids and teens normally have higher levels of ALP than adults, even when they’re healthy, due to bone growth. But ALP levels can also increase when kids have viral infections, liver diseases, or blocked bile ducts. Aspartate aminotransferase (AST). This enzyme, which plays a role in processing proteins, is found in the liver, heart, muscles, and kidneys. When the liver is injured or inflamed, levels of AST in the blood usually rise. Total bilirubin and direct bilirubin. Bilirubin is a byproduct of the normal breakdown of red blood cells. It usually passes through the liver and is excreted from the body. But if that doesn’t happen due to a liver disease, bilirubin levels in the blood can rise and the skin can take on the yellow discoloration known as jaundice. Tests for bilirubin may be total (measuring the level of all of the bilirubin in the blood) or direct (measuring only bilirubin that has been processed by the liver and attached to other chemicals). Albumin and total protein. Protein is needed to build and maintain muscles, bones, blood, and organ tissue. Sometimes when there’s a problem with the liver, it can’t make proteins as well, so protein levels decrease. Liver function tests measure albumin specifically (the major blood protein produced by the liver), as well as the total amount of all proteins in the blood. Preparation
Although the hepatic function panel can be done without any preparation, it’s more accurate when performed after fasting. Your child may be asked to stop eating and drinking for 10 to 12 hours before this blood test. You should also tell your doctor about any medications your child is taking because certain drugs might alter the test results.

On the day of the test, having your child wear a short-sleeve shirt can make things easier for the technician who will be drawing the blood.
The Procedure
A health professional will usually draw the blood from a vein. For an infant, the blood may be obtained by puncturing the heel with a small needle (lancet). If the blood is being drawn from a vein, the skin surface is cleaned with antiseptic, and an elastic band (tourniquet) is placed around the upper arm to apply pressure and cause the veins to swell with blood. A needle is inserted into a vein (usually in the arm inside of the elbow or on the back of the hand) and blood is withdrawn and collected in a vial or syringe.

After the procedure, the elastic band is removed. Once the blood has been collected, the needle is removed and the area is covered with cotton or a bandage to stop the bleeding. Collecting blood for this test will only take a few minutes.

What to Expect
Either method (heel or vein withdrawal) of collecting a sample of blood is only temporarily uncomfortable and can feel like a quick pinprick. Afterward, there may be some mild bruising, which should go away in a day or so.
Getting the Results
The blood sample will be processed by a machine. Parts of a hepatic function panel may be available in minutes in an emergency, but more commonly the full test results come after a few hours or the next day.

If any of the results seem to point to liver damage or disease, further testing may be necessary to determine what’s causing the problem and how to treat it.
Risks
The hepatic function panel is considered a safe procedure. However, as with many medical tests, some problems can occur with having blood drawn:
fainting or feeling lightheaded hematoma (blood accumulating under the skin causing a lump or bruise) pain associated with multiple punctures to locate a vein Helping Your Child
Having a blood test is relatively painless. Still, many children are afraid of needles. Explaining the test in terms your child can understand might help ease some of the fear.

Allow your child to ask the technician any questions he or she might have. Tell your child to try to relax and stay still during the procedure, as tensing muscles and moving can make it harder and more painful to draw blood. It also may help if your child looks away when the needle is being inserted into the skin.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    thanks.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      ~ Hope This Helps!

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

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

      In response to you: Oh, OK.

  5. QUESTION:
    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.

  6. 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

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

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

  8. QUESTION:
    Explain some of Mr. X’s symptoms of liver disease (cirrhosis) such as ‘prolonged clotting time’?
    Mr. X has cirrhosis of the liver.

    Prolonged clotting time is when blood takes a longer time to clot than standard.

    Explain some of Mr. X’s symptoms of liver disease (cirrhosis) such as ‘prolonged clotting time’?

    THANK YOU!

    • ANSWER:
      Ascites…fluid in the abdominal area…caused
      because the liver can no longer make a
      protein, known as Albumin, efficiently.
      Patient doesn’t feel much like eatting cause
      of fluid pressure against the stomach…may
      have difficulty breathing as fluid presses up
      against diaphragm. Fluid may be drained
      by a procedure known as paracentesis

      Encephalopathy…the liver is no longer able
      to convert ammonia to urea efficiently.
      The ammonia stays in the blood and passes
      the blood brain barrier and goes into the brain.
      The patient becomes easily confused and
      disoriented. He may develop tremors and
      hand flapping. The doctor can give medications
      like Lactulose to remove the ammonia in
      the intestines…

      Portal Hypertension with Varies…the scar
      tissue inside the liver blocks the flow of
      blood through the liver on its way back to
      the heart. This blood backs up into the
      portal vein and into smaller vessels that
      are not used to handling this amount
      of blood (known as varies *varicose veins*).
      The varies can develop weak spots and
      balloon outward and break open causing
      internal bleeding. The varies are located
      mostly in the esophagus, rectal area,
      and belly button area. It is an emergency
      situation if any blood (red, purple, or coffee
      ground like) is vomited or coming
      from the rectum.
      Doctors can go in and band the varies to
      stop the bleeding with an scope. There are
      other methods also…this is the main one.

      Prolonged clotting time…as the liver cells
      die off, the functions they do also start
      to deteriorate. One of these functions is
      to make clotting factors, that help the blood
      to clot. Since these factors are not being
      made in sufficient amounts…the patient
      will bleed and bruise very easily. This
      becomes quite a concern, considering
      the varies and internal bleeding…that I mentioned above. Blood transfusions
      may be necessary. There is a normal
      amount of time in a healthy patient that
      the blood does clot…usually it is right
      away. In the lab they time the blood to
      see how long it takes to clot…if it takes
      longer than normal…they say it is
      prolonged.

      Edema of the legs, feet, and other areas.
      This is not the same as Ascites. This
      is caused because patient with cirrhosis…
      their bodies tend to hold onto sodium.
      The doctors give patient diuretic and
      place them on lower sodium diets.
      The legs can become very swelled.
      It is best to elevate the legs.

      Jaundice…the yellowing of the whites of
      the eyes and skin and also the mucus
      membranes. Bilirubin is made from our
      dead red blood cells. (in the spleen and
      liver). It is transported to the liver on
      the protein, albumin. It is a non soluble
      form and is taken by the liver and
      converted into a soluble form to flow
      with the bile through tube like structures,
      known as ducts…to the gallbladder to
      be stored and then to the intestines to
      help digest the fats we eat.
      Bilirubin is a pigment…meaning it colors
      things. The liver may no longer be
      able to convert this bilirubin into a soluble
      form…or something has blocked the flow
      of the bile and it has backed up into the liver.
      Both can cause the bilirubin levels to become
      higher in the blood and cause Jaundice.
      However, depending on the cause…it
      can make the urine darker in color as
      the kidneys try to remove it. It can cause
      the stools to become lighter in color…
      almost a grayish white if the bilirubin
      doesn’t flow well through the ducts to
      the intestines. Bile acids and mineral
      going back into the liver can cause more cell
      damage.

      Hope this information is of help to you.

  9. QUESTION:
    liver disease symptoms?
    81/yr old male has swollen feet/ankles/legs/abdomen and right arm only. He’s on 20 mg’s of a water pill, but no change in the weight gain of 10 pounds of fluid. Waiting for bloodwork to come back..no answers as yet.

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

    • ANSWER:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  13. QUESTION:
    Symptoms of liver disease
    So while trying to undestand why i have been losing my appetite i run across an answer that brings me here. i have searched the symtpons pages but only am experiencing a few. Loss of appitite is 1, Fatige is 2, dark urine, evry now and again is 3 and i think i read somewhere about loss of sleep. I just assumed all these things were becuase i started working nights, but its been over a year, i think i should be used to it by now.

    normally i would not jump to conclusions, but as we speak my older sister is in the hopspital, started out with some pain, gallbladder stones, they found more and for somereason thought she may have hepatitis, so they tested and nothing, underwent a big surgery and has been in the hospital for three weaks now.

    ADVICE, im not really experiencing pain, but i do have those other symptoms.

    • ANSWER:
      due to my experience, i got hepatites A before, all the symptoms you got i had them too. listen look at the white part of your eyes you will find them quite yellow and you do get dark urine and fatigue and loss of appetite. what you have to do is go to the doctor, he will giveyou medicine and you should only eat either boiled vegetables or carbohydrates such as rice or fresh fruits, but u cant eat any proteins such as meat or chicken or egg, and u cannot eat any food that is cooked with oil. only boiled stuff and u cannot take any vitamins and NO alcohol basically all these stuff just makes the liver work so much to break them down and when u have hepatitis your liver is tired and u should not make it work much. after a month you should be cured and after a month you should do a sonar like the ones they do for pregnant women in order to see if the virus did any harm to your liver. for me thank God it did not harm my liver at all cuz i was careful of what i ate. and btw your sister is a different case cuz u don not get any pain when u have hepatitis. and yea u should be careful that after using the toilet you should use something like Dettol or something to sterile the toilet seat cuz someone can get it from you by using the same toilet. and make sure you wash your hands after going to the toilet. you usually get it through the toilet or for example if a person has it and they did not wash their hands and they touched your food and then u eat that food this is how i got it from eating junk food and probably the person who was preparing my food in the restaurant where i ate had it. Good luck.
      and yea maybe yours is worse case maybe you got hepatitis B or C and both of them are worse than the one i got. you should go to the doctor and have a blood test.

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

    • ANSWER:

  15. QUESTION:
    symptoms of liver disease?

    • ANSWER:

  16. QUESTION:
    Can someone please give me some signs and symptoms of Liver Disease? First Stage..?

    ..I had blood work, doctor said my liver enzymes were elevated..

    but Only thing Wrong with me..is

    Fatigue
    Weakness(sometimes)
    Hot flashes/spells

    I think I have Anxiety/Hypochondria, because when I read about a disease and the symptoms I start to worry a lot and when I’m not thinkning about diseases and everything I seem fine, but when I’m alone or in Walmart, I get hot and dizzy and Want to just go home and LAY DOWN! HELP? that’s anxiety/hyponchondria isnt it
    And feel like the room is spinning/or I’m having an “Out of body experience?”!”
    alrdy been tested for mono……….All’s he said was my liver enzymes were elevated, but he said the same thing about my grandfather..

    • ANSWER:
      Nusuea Vomiting Direiea, Sickness, Tempature, juandice of the mucus membrances (under the nails, gums, palms) basicly just seeming septic

  17. QUESTION:
    My spouses belly is very large and hard. Is this a symptom of liver disease?

    He has a drinking problem and the belly is even & round.

    • ANSWER:
      It can be, it would be called ascites and is caused by inflammatory fluids from the breakdown of the liver gathering in the abodominal cavity.

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

    • ANSWER:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  20. QUESTION:
    Are these symptom for liver disease?
    I think my grandfather has liver disease. He has the symptom such as

    - Pain or discomfort in the abdomen and lower torso
    - Feelings of nausea and a lack of appetite
    - Weakness
    - Yellow and jaundiced skin

    I’m unable to confirm that. He is so stubborn and refused to go for a check up. Can anyone specialize in this give me an answer? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Ronald,

      I can see that you’ve been supplied with the best information by so many people. Yes definitely these are the symptoms of liver disease but again we are all not expert in this issues. The best thing to do is to take your grand to the hospital for a full medical examination to confirm everything.

      You can also search for more information on the net but again I want to remind you that whatever you found on the internet is for guidance only.

  21. QUESTION:
    I have gallstones that I am about to have removed. How likely is it that they are affecting my liver?
    I have uncontrollable itching all over my body. I noticed it is a symptom of liver disease. I also have very dark urine and light colored stools which are also symptoms. Since I know I have gallstones I ‘m wondering if my liver could also now be affected.

    • ANSWER:
      The constant itching is a telltale sign of bile salts building up in your body. It’s pretty common in gallbladder disease if your stones are plugging the ducts that run from the liver through the gallbladder and into the intestines. Your urine is most likely dark because your body is being forced to elimate the bile it produces through your urine instead of through your intestine (stools), this is also why the stool is unusually light. When you get your gallbladder removed,along with any stones that are blocking your bile ducts, your liver will bounce back and your symptoms will most likely disappear in short order. I hope that when you say you are about to have it removed you mean very shortly, because this blockage can make you quite ill if left untreated. If your doctor is unaware of these new symptoms you should definately call him/her ASAP. They may want to get blood and test your liver enzymes,test for infection,test your pancreas enzymes(Gallstones can also cause blockages in the pancreas which can make you really sick also), and/or move the surgery up. FYI: Signs of increasing problems/emergency are high fever, yellowing of the skin or whites of your eyes,and nausea/vomiting.

  22. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Here are some links you can click on that will give you information on different tests and different things that may be the cause of your problem.

      http://www.gihealth.com/html/education/pamphlets.html

      http://www.gitract.info/

  25. QUESTION:
    My symptoms:Fatty liver LQT, wheat/diary/egg/yeast allergies, fatigue, obesity,hernia apnea BP.What do I have?
    My symptoms:Fatty liver disease, LQT and ?ischemia, wheat/diary/egg/yeast/tomato allergies, fatigue, obesity, navil hernia, sleep apnea, high BP, vaginal itch, sleep problems, eczema on head, ears ?infection all the time, lump in left arm pit and left vagina, aches esp knees and back, breathing difficulties, thinning hair, bloated, wake up worse in morning, falling asleep at 4pm cant drive then, dizzy, poor short term memory, depression after anxiety, pins and needles in both hands and right leg/foot when asleep chest pains and shortage of breath.What do I have?

    • ANSWER:
      A number of your symptoms can be attributed to the obesity: fatty liver, fatigue,sleep apnea, high BP, leg aches, breathing problems. How is your blood sugar and cholesterol? If you also have irregular periods, it’s possible you have Metabolic Syndrome aka insulin resistance syndrome.

  26. 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/

  27. 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.

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

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

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

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

    • ANSWER:
      jaundice and swelling in the abdoman

  30. QUESTION:
    Could this be an early sign of liver disease?
    If someone falls asleep a lot after eating or gets really tired after eating could this be a symptom of a liver disease? This person used to drink quite a bit bit stopped when they had a growth on their liver but has recently started drinking a lot again and I’m a bit worried that these symptoms could be to do with liver damage, any ideas concerning this would be much appreciated :).

    • ANSWER:
      sounds like your right it could be liver disease you seriously need to take him to a doctor asap.
      There are several symptoms.
      discoloration of skin. The skin and eyes acquire a yellowish tinge and the urine turns dark yellow. It is called jaundice and this is considered to be the primary sign of liver disease.
      Loss of appetite leading to weight loss is indicative of liver dysfunction. The patient may become anemic and have a nauseating feeling.
      Check for light colored stools as it indicates the beginning of liver disorder. A liver patient may also complain of irritable bowels or irregular bowel movements.
      Find out if there is distended abdomen. Swelling under the right lower ribs is a common complaint of liver patients. It can put severe pressure on the diaphragm that results in painful breathing
      Examine the shape and appearance of the nails. Curved and whitish look of nails also suggests a liver problem
      Notice nose bleeding and easy bruises as it shows liver abnormality and deficiency of proteins.
      Frequent headaches, dizziness, spasms, irritability, depression and so on are also indicative of liver problem.

  31. QUESTION:
    Is itchiness a symptom of liver disease?
    heavy drinker

    • ANSWER:
      only if serum billirubin is very high , it gets deposited in skin and causes intractable itching ,

  32. QUESTION:
    Could leg problems be a symptom of liver disease?
    My mom has hep C she was on chemo for a while and they took her off because she became anemic. Since she has been off the chemo her legs have gotten really bad. Her circulation is so bad that her legs are black as if she has one huge bruise all over both legs, from the knees down. Unfortunately my mother still smokes, and I feel that, that is a big reason why her legs are so bad. I don’t know if I am paranoid but I also noticed a lot of veins on my legs are also getting darker and I don’t smoke or drink. In fact I just got out the military so I am in pretty good shape. Whats the chance that this is hereditary and not a symptom. If it isn’t hereditary then could I also have liver problems?

    • ANSWER:

      http://www.ayurvediccure.com/liverdisease-symptoms.htm

      Liver cancer is sometimes called a “silent disease” because in an early stage it often does not cause symptoms. But, as the cancer grows, symptoms may include:
      Pain in the upper abdomen on the right side; the pain may extend to the back and shoulder
      Swollen abdomen (bloating)
      Weight loss
      Loss of appetite and feelings of fullness
      Weakness or feeling very tired
      Nausea and vomiting
      Yellow skin and eyes, and dark urine from jaundice
      Fever

      http://www.healthnewsflash.com/conditions/liver_cancer.htm

  33. QUESTION:
    whats the symptom of liver disease?

    • ANSWER:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  36. QUESTION:
    I think I have liver disease could it be possible?
    I think I have liver disease because I drink 3 bottles of wine every weekend but in the past year or so it was much more. How can I possibly know whether I have liver disease are there any symptoms in the early stages or no? Or do they come when the disease is already severe?
    The doctor did not tell me I had liver disease my grandfather told me the doctor was a little concerned cause my liver enzymes were high.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like your alcoholism problem is increasing Sarah. You worry about your health being affected constantly but has no interest in even trying to quit. Makes no sense at all to me. Many alcoholics that are so interested in their health will usually at least try to quit. All you seem to do about it is to ask the same questions over and over again here on YA when you should be talking to your doctor or better yet AA or some type of rehab program. That is where you can get help, not here. By the time physical symptoms appear, the disease is usually already far advanced.

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

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

  38. QUESTION:
    Liver disease and itching?
    For the past week, I’ve had mild itching all over my body. I’ve been worried about my beer drinking of late, so I was worried that it might be a symptom of a liver disease. I don’t have any other symptoms of apparent liver problems, such as jaundice. If the itching were a liver problem, would it be followed by jaundice, or is it possible to have a liver problem and not have yellow skin? Does one always follow the other? And yes, I know I can see a doctor, get a blood test, and I did that a few months ago and I was fine. I don’t know if my liver could shoot to hell that quick. So I’m just asking paranoid questions.
    The itching is just sort of randomly all over my body, from my scalp to my legs. It began about a week ago — during a period where I hadn’t even had alcohol for a few days. My eyes also itch, too, which suggests allergies. I did apply lots of acne cream right before this, but it was only on my face. I got some dry skin there, but I wouldn’t think that the acne cream would create an allergic reaction all over my body for several days.
    Also — it is true that the cold weather could explain it. I get the itching off and on, and I never get it on my stomach or torso. Just almost everywhere else in random spots. I’m 30 years old, and I began drinking at age 21, mostly beer.

    • ANSWER:
      I would seriously see a doctor. I really don’t mean to scare you but I know someone who started with that same exact symptom and he had a serious problem with his liver, he is fine now (thankfully) and his condition with his liver was pretty rare but still, I would see a doctor! I know that if you have some nerve pain/problems it can cause itching. Also, I think that more than likely if you did have a problem with your liver it may not be from drinking. The guy I know that had the problem with his liver wasn’t a drinker. So get it checked sweetie and good luck!

  39. 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.

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

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

  41. QUESTION:
    If you were incarcerated, and went untreated for a life threatening disease that had ALL THE Symptoms ?
    A Friend of mind at the age of 70 was incarcerated for a “Alcohol” related crime.

    He enter the Jail with all the symptoms of Liver damage, unknown to all of us at the time.

    Since my research on this disease, the SYMPTOMS WERE LOUD AND CLEAR. Yet, he went undiagnosed and untreated, although he had seen the Jail Physician more than once.

    By the time he was released his medically condition was so life threatening he had to be rushed to the Emergency room. He was immediately diagnosed with Cirrhosis of the Liver. he almost died had this gone on much longer.

    I believe he has a Medical Malpractice suit against the County Jail’s Physician, any input?

    Just with this information would you agree that his Eight Amendment right was violate- Prisoners right to proper Medical care?

    • ANSWER:
      It is possible but there are barriers. First, you would have to show that the delay in treatment was the result of medical malpractice and that any reasonable physician would have made the diagnosis (based on what the prisoner told the doc) and then consciously disregarded the information. Furthermore, you would have to show some harm from the delay in treatment. That is, you would have to show that if he had started treatment earlier then he would have been cured. All of that seems unlikely, but your question is necessarily based on incomplete info.

  42. QUESTION:
    Explain why blood products are screened for a specific transmissible disease. Discuss the effectiveness ……?
    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 why blood products are screened for a specific transmissible disease. Discuss the effectiveness of the screening process including the screening method used and current statistics on numbers of cases of people catching the disease from contaminated blood products?

    • ANSWER:
      blood products are usually only screened for blood transmitted diseases, such has HIV and hepatitis. the effectiveness of the screening is great, although there is a 6 month incubation period for HIV and hepatitis so there is still chance (although VERY small) of getting these diseases by transfusion.
      an ELISA test is usually used for the screening process of HIV.

      As of 2001, the risk of transfusion-acquired HIV in the U.S. was approximately one in 2.5 million for each transfusion.

  43. 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:

  44. 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!

  45. QUESTION:
    Can gallbladder disease cause liver enzymes to go up?
    I was told my liver enzymes were up but I also have all the symptoms of having gallbladder disease so I’m wondering if that it the cause for my enzymes being elevated?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, gallbladder disease can definitely cause those enzymes to elevate. My mother had gallstones in which they were moving around and causing problems. Her enzymes sky rocketed. I had liver failure and a liver transplant, but her enzyme levels went higher than mine ever did during my illness. Soon as they removed her gallbladder and stones, the enzymes went back to normal.

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

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

  47. QUESTION:
    Liver Cancer questions?
    I have a question my husbands friend just died of liver cancer he was in his 40s he was also a gay man he had noo symptoms of liver disease and about a month ago he noticed pain in the abdominels went to check it out and doctor told him u got 2 weeks to live he died yesterday unfortunetely how does one get diagnosed with such a cancer without knowing ??

    • ANSWER:
      There is nothing usual about your friend’s situation. Only about 5% of all liver cancers occur when patients are in their 40’s. The majority of all liver cancers are HBV or HCV positive. Most liver cancer patients have vague symptoms for 1-2 years before diagnosed and it is rare for someone to just notice symptoms and die within a month of diagnosis.

  48. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Fatty Liver Causes

How to Heal Fatty Liver Grade 3
How to heal fatty liver grade 3

An increased level of fatty infiltration is indicated by grade 1to3 fatty liver. Grade 3 fatty liver is severe and may lead to cirrhosis. Do you have severe abdominal pain, jaundice, loss of appetite and fatigue? Chances are that you are suffering from fatty liver grade 3.

Don’t bother any type of fatty liver whether grade1 or 2 or 3 can be cured by home remedies ,foods, nutrients and herbal medicines obtained from nature, that too, in a few days.

Fever, nausea, vomiting, constipation, weight gain, flatulence, bloating, blood sugar imbalances, general feeling of ill-health, cramping, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and constipation may be other symptoms of fatty liver grade 3 which arise from alcohol, the consumption of which is to be stopped immediately, obesity, starvation, diabetes mellitus, corticosteroids, poisons, Cushing’s disease and hyperlipidemia.

Ultra sound, blood tests and liver biopsy are the useful diagnostic techniques for confirming the onset of fatty liver grade 3.Though this is a serious condition of fatty liver disease it can be cured by changing over to healthy life style and taking balanced diet. As natural treatment is without side effects and heals fatty liver quickly it may be preferred.

Stop drinking alcohol and avoid tobacco and oily, spicy and fatty foods. Do exercises regularly and eat salads, meat, boiled or baked vegetables, foods high in fiber and low in calories and saturated fats. Drink plenty of water and fruit juices. Use a mixture of dandelion, licorice, artichoke and milk thistle to heal fatty liver grade3.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

    • ANSWER:

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. QUESTION:
    does anybody know what causes a fatty liver?
    I have been told I have a fatty liver..Im not overweight..work out….eat right.40 years old ..but i do eat hamburgers on occasion (fast food)..

    • ANSWER:
      Fatty liver is an excessive accumulation of a type of fat (triglyceride) inside the liver cells.

      In the United States and other Western countries, the most common causes of fatty liver are alcoholism, obesity, diabetes, and elevated serum triglyceride levels. Other causes include malnutrition, hereditary disorders of metabolism (such as the glycogen storage diseases (see Muscular Dystrophy and Related Disorders: Introduction and Hereditary Metabolic Disorders: Glycogen Storage Diseases), and drugs (such as corticosteroids, tetracycline and asprin. The mechanism by which these diseases or factors cause fat to accumulate within liver cells is not known. Simply eating a high-fat diet, for example, does not produce a fatty liver. One possible explanation is that these diseases or factors slow the rate at which fat is processed (metabolized) and excreted by the body. The resulting buildup of fat within the body, according to this theory, is then stored inside the liver cells.

      Sometimes the cause of fatty liver is not clear, especially when it occurs in newborns; however, it is likely to be a defect in the mitochondria of the liver cells.

      In some people, a fatty liver not due to alcohol abuse or drugs and toxins but associated with obesity, diabetes mellitus, and raised serum triglycerides will progress to scarring (fibrosis) and cirrhosis, possibly because of underlying inflammation. This type of fatty liver is sometimes referred to as nonalcoholic steatohepatitis.

      Known Causes of Fatty Liver

      Obesity
      Diabetes
      Chemicals and drugs (such as alcohol, corticosteroids, tetracyclines, valproate, methotrexate, carbon tetrachloride, and yellow phosphorus)
      Malnutrition and a low-protein diet
      Pregnancy
      Vitamin A toxicity
      Bypass surgery of the small intestine
      Cystic fibrosis (most likely accompanied by malnutrition)
      Hereditary defects in glycogen, galactose, tyrosine, or homocystine metabolism
      Medium-chain aryl dehydrogenase deficiency
      Cholesterol esterase deficiency
      Phytanic acid storage disease (Refsum’s disease)
      Abetalipoproteinemia
      Reye’s syndrome

      Symptoms and Diagnosis

      Fatty liver usually produces no symptoms. In rare cases, however, it results in jaundice (a yellowish discoloration of the skin and the whites of the eyes), nausea, vomiting, pain, and abdominal tenderness.

      A physical examination that reveals an enlarged liver without any other symptoms suggests fatty liver. Liver function tests are also performed to determine if there is a liver abnormality, such as inflammation (see Liver Function Tests), which sometimes accompanies the extra fat in the liver cells and can be associated with the development of cirrhosis in nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. Excess fat in the liver can be detected on abdominal ultrasound. The diagnosis may be confirmed by a liver biopsy, in which a doctor inserts a long hollow needle through the skin to obtain a small piece of liver tissue for examination under a microscope (see Diagnostic Tests for Liver and Gallbladder Disorders: Biopsy of the Liver).

      Prognosis and Treatment

      Although excessive fat in the liver may not in itself be a serious problem (the fat can disappear, for example, if the person stops drinking), its underlying cause might be. For example, repeated liver injury from toxic substances such as alcohol may eventually progress from fatty liver to cirrhosis (severe scarring of the liver). Therefore, treatment of fatty liver aims at minimizing or eliminating the underlying cause of the disorder.

  6. 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.

  7. QUESTION:
    Fatty liver causes allergies ?

    • ANSWER:
      No, a fatty liver does not cause allergies. It’s just a fatty liver, that’s all.

  8. QUESTION:
    Causes of Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease?
    Causes of Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease? If a person gets Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease means they are diabetic??

    • ANSWER:
      Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease occurs when your liver has trouble breaking down fats, causing fat to build up in your liver tissue. Doctors aren’t sure what causes this. The wide range of diseases and conditions linked to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is so diverse that it’s difficult to pinpoint any one cause.

      Types of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
      Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease can take several forms — from harmless to life-threatening. Forms include:

      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.
      Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. 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-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).

  9. 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:

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. QUESTION:
    what causes an enlarged and fatty liver?
    I have severe diabetes, had 2 heart attacks last yr, I’m 40. my liver is “fatty” and enlarged. I am overweight, but was under or at normal weight level clear up until the dr removed the gallbladder, then i quit smoking and gained about 45 lbs since. the gallbladder i found out later did not need to be removed. i can eat a salad or drink a glass of tea or even coffee and all of a sudden my stomach is so bloated and hard as concrete. i was doing cardio and wt training as well as pilates and water aerobics…5 days a wk usually 4-5 hrs a day, and still could not lose an ounce of wt. what gives? i had blood work done last wk and was told today that my chol is 470 and trigyceride level is 790. she said everything is wayyy tooooo high. but im sure it is all related to the diabetes, heart condition (r coronary artery is clogged and too small for a stint) and fatty/enlarged liver. this scares me. thanks for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      Excluding any serious diseases your presentation of diabetes is probably causing gastroparesis which is the slow down of stomach emptying. Therefore after eating your stomach remains distended longer due to the slow down of stomach contraction. You also have to make sure that you don’t have vascular disease that is involving your stomach and intestines. As for your liver enlargement is most likely due to your weight gain which may be the results of your meds or diet which caused your increase of chol. & trig. Since your liver clears or filters your blood like an air filter the fats in your blood are traped in your liver causing the enlargment. Weight loss will help reduce your problem and a review of your meds. will be your initial focus.

  13. QUESTION:
    what causes fatty deposits on your liver and if so how dangerous is it?
    Dr said my wife has a fatty tissue in her liver after she had a sonagram

    • ANSWER:
      ‘Fatty liver’ is seen on imaging and represents fat deposits around the normal cells of the liver. This excess fat deposition can be seen in an alcoholic, but another entitity called “non-alcoholic fatty liver disease” is quickly becoming more prevelant in the American population.

      Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (also known as NAFLD) is generally seen in patients with obesity, diabetes, and/or high cholesterol. Insulin resistance is the proposed cause. It is estimated that about 10% of our population has fatty liver disease.

      NAFLD is now the most common cause of elevated liver enzymes in the United States. When enzyme elevation occurs (indicating liver damage) it is call non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (or NASH). It is estimated that 2-5% of the Americans have NASH.

      In most patients there are no harmful effects; however, in those with NASH there are cases of progression to liver cirrhosis and liver cancers. In fact, NASH is the third most common cause of cirrhosis (after Hepatitis C and alcoholism).

      If you have evidence of a fatty liver, you should see your physician for an exam and probable lab tests.

      There is no drug treatment for NAFLD/NASH currently (although there is promising data with the diabetic medication Metformin). In general, treatment consists of improving diabetic control, losing weight if overweight, and improving your cholesterol and triglycerides by diet and/or medications.

  14. QUESTION:
    What causes fatty liver to go away?
    For the past 3 years my ALT levels have been between 90-140. Today I got a count of 49. I have lost no weight, and weigh roughly the same as my first ALT check 3 years ago. Three months ago my count was 114.

    What could cause a drastic drop in ALT levels with no weight loss?

    Current medication:
    Gabapenten
    Trazodone
    Full liver panel:
    ALKALINE PHOSPHATASE – 47
    BILIRUBIN, TOTAL – 0.8
    ALT – 49
    Should mention the gabapentan is being used for nerve damage in my leg.

    trazadone for insomnia

    • ANSWER:
      There are many causes of fatty liver disease:
      alcohol consumption, certain kinds of medication (like steriods),
      weight gain, fast weight loss, malnourishment, high cholesterol/triglyceride
      levels, metabolic disorders, diabetes, insulin resistance, and others.

      Finding the cause and stopping it, will help the liver cells heal.

      The ALT and Alkaline Phosphatase are liver enzymes. When the
      liver cells become damaged, these enzymes leak out of the liver cells
      and go higher in the blood. Just because they have returned to a
      normal range, doesn’t mean that you no longer have a fatty liver…
      it just means that additional liver cells have not become damaged.

      No one blood tests should be taken as a definite proof of
      reversal of the liver problem…Because they are not 100% accurate.
      If the levels stay low over long periods of time…then it is a good sign
      that your liver is healing. The liver is replacing the dead cells with
      new ones. This would be wonderful.

      Gabapenten is used very often to treat people who have alcohol
      or benzodiazepine addiction. I’m not sure…but, it may be helping
      you in other areas besides being used for pain.

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

  15. 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

  16. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

  18. QUESTION:
    what causes a fatty liver and is it a common thing what % of americans have it.?

    • ANSWER:
      i want to kno the answer to this ? as well my doctor told me something was wrong with my liver so he told me to take another blood test for hephatitus i go back next week for the results did ur doctor have u take this test?

  19. 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. 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

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

    • ANSWER:

  22. 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:

  23. QUESTION:
    i have just been told that i have an enlarger liver (fatty liver). what are the causes of this?
    im 5ft 8 and weigh 12.5 stone.

    • ANSWER:
      Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease describes a range of conditions caused by a build-up of fat within liver cells. It is very common and in many cases is linked to being obese or overweight.
      Drinking too much alcohol can lead to three types of liver conditions – fatty liver, hepatitis, and cirrhosis.

  24. 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.

  25. 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

  26. 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.

  27. 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:

  28. 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

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.”

  32. 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.

  33. 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

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

    • ANSWER:

  35. 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! :-)

  36. QUESTION:
    what causes fatty infiltration of the liver?

    • ANSWER:
      don`t believe it is cause by drinking because IT IS NOT!!!!…………..I had surgery no my liver 1year ago I had a large mass on the back side and 2fatty deposit on the top part of my liver,my doctors took half of my liver in a 7hour surgery.but my point is that i`m not a drinker I never drink but i had the fatty tissue on my liver so no it isn`t cause by drinking.

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

    • ANSWER:

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

    • ANSWER:

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. QUESTION:
    I HAVE FATTY TISSUE ON MY LIVER WHAT CAUSES IT?

    • ANSWER:

  42. 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.

  43. 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 =/

  44. 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.

  45. 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

  46. 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.

  47. QUESTION:
    a serious chronich dieses of the liver caused by chronic alcoholism and hepititis C infection causes initially?
    a serious chronich dieses of the liver caused by chronic alcoholism and hepititis C infection causes initially a build up of fatty tissue ;eading to healthy cells replaced by scar tissue, what is this serious disorder known as?

    i dont know kno which one it is , is it cirrhosis, inflamatory bowel diese, hepititis or ulcers?

    • ANSWER:
      cirrhosis

  48. 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.

  49. 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

  50. 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.