What Are The Symptoms Of Liver Disease

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    thanks.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      ~ Hope This Helps!

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

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

      In response to you: Oh, OK.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • ANSWER:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • ANSWER:
      jaundice and swelling in the abdoman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • ANSWER:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Congrats on your sobriety, hang in there!

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

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

    Here are my symptoms…

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

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

    • ANSWER:

      http://www.webmd.com/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Thank you for any answers in advance.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Thoughts, advice, opinions?

    Thank you

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Transplantation

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

      http://www.transplantliving.org/

      Advance directive

      http://www.caringinfo.org/stateaddownload

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      In babies and infants, the symptoms of CF are:

      persistent diarrhea

      bulky, foul smelling and greasy stools

      pale stools

      frequent wheezing or pneumonia

      chronic cough with thick mucus

      salty-tasting skin

      poor growth

      blockage of the intestine (called meconium ileus)

      abdominal swelling

      gassiness

      vomiting

      dehydration

      In children, the symptoms include:

      frequent respiratory infections

      fever

      cough

      difficulty in breathing

      abdominal pain and discomfort

      gassiness

      fast respiration

      flaring of the nostrils

      poor appetite

      malnutrition

      poor growth

      a barrel-chested appearance

      CF can also cause other medical problems, such as:

      sinusitis (inflammation of the nasal sinuses)

      nasal polyps (fleshy growths inside the nose)

      clubbing (rounding and enlargement of fingers and toes)

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

      coughing up blood

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

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

      liver, pancreatic and gallbladder problems

      delayed puberty

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

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

      Liver Cysts:
      What are the causes of a cyst?

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

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

      infections,

      tumors,

      chronic inflammatory conditions,

      genetic (inherited) conditions, and

      defects in developing organs in the embryo.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • ANSWER:
      Treatment of Liver Disease

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

      Medications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Diet and supplements

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Summary

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

      Hope i could help!!!

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

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

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

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

    THANK YOU SO MUCH.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    I've crossed the ones I have:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    thanks

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

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

      [edit] Disease biology

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

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

      Treatment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      http://www.medicinenet.com

  47. QUESTION:
    liver disease question?
    my uncle recently went to the doctor and apparently (according to my mom) he was told that his liver was starting to fail. my uncle is 56 years old. he has been a drinker since at least 20 and a heavy drinker in his 40′s. he was diagnosed with diabetes probably 5 years ago. he doesn’t really monitor what he eats. his blood sugars are usually on the high side. in addition to his diabetes medication he takes medicine to control his high blood pressure. my mom only speaks spanish and i’m wondering if maybe from spanish to english ‘liver starting to fail’…maybe i’m getting something lost in the translation and that’s not exactly what is going on. i have tried to ask her exactly what the doctor told him and she just says the doctor told him that he needs to start taking better care of himself because his liver is starting to fail him. only in spanish. and then she says that he doesn’t want to talk about it and that is why he is keeping more to himself. so, i don’t know what it could be. does this happen to a lot of people with type 2 diabetes? he probably weights 190 tops and is about 5’9″. i wouldn’t consider him overweight, but he does have that larger midsection. in the past year he has lost some weight, but i don’t know how much. maybe 20 lbs??? could this be cirrhosis? or what do you guys think? i have been trying to read up on liver disease but i only find definitions and symptoms. i just want to learn more about what the doctor may have meant. please, help me if you can.

    • ANSWER:
      I think you’re in for a lot of frustration if you can’t arrange to get some firsthand information both from your uncle as well as from his doctor or, if you want to take it to the next level, a liver expert.

      It gets more complicated because a lot of different things can start happening with someone in your uncle’s shoes. The diabetes makes the effects of the alcoholism worse and vice versa, and increases risk of heart disease, stroke, and so on; he may have felt a bit ashamed of his drinking for a long time; over time, with the addition of another serious health problem, depression is likely and may worsen over time due to the alcohol and the diabetes, all of which can make a patient resist taking care of himself properly. He is very likely to deny all of this (nonsense!), see discussions about it as judgmental and a challenge to his dignity and autonomy, and start framing these issues in an adversarial way.

      So you’re looking at an uphill battle. Don’t let hearsay reports or language barriers make things worse. Don’t argue with your mother or with your uncle. Be calm, reasonable and candid. Always check inside yourself to see that where you’re coming from is sincere caring and compassion, and let it show. Talk with your uncle’s doctor(s) yourself, if he’ll consent to it, or go with him. Then ask the doctor what you can do.

      Good luck.

  48. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of gaucher’s disease?
    gaucher’s disease is a genetic disorder that effects the harmful quantities of a fatty substance called glucocerebroside that accumulate in the spleen, liver, lungs, bone marrow, and sometimes in the brain

    • ANSWER:
      The signs and symptoms of Gaucher disease vary widely among affected individuals. The major features of this disorder include enlargement of the liver and spleen (hepatosplenomegaly), a low number of red blood cells (anemia), easy bruising caused by a decrease in blood platelets (thrombocytopenia), and bone disease. Gaucher disease can also affect the heart and lungs.

      The subtypes of Gaucher disease are grouped by their signs and symptoms. Type 1 is called non-neuronopathic Gaucher disease because the nervous system is usually not affected. The features of this disorder range from mild to severe and may appear early in life or in adulthood.

      Types 2 and 3 Gaucher disease are known as neuronopathic forms of the disorder because they are characterized by problems that affect the nervous system. In addition to the signs and symptoms described above, these conditions can cause seizures and brain damage. Type 2 Gaucher disease usually causes severe medical problems beginning in infancy. Type 3 Gaucher disease also affects the nervous system, but tends to progress more slowly than type 2.

      Gaucher-like disease chiefly affects the heart, but may also cause bone disease and mild enlargement of the spleen.

  49. QUESTION:
    Am I pregnant or is it liver disease or something else?
    I might be pregnant but I’m not sure. I was supposed to go to the doctor by my soon to be mother in law but she has just strung me along for two months. So I have been having some pregnancy symptoms but 4 tests came up negative. I missed my period three months in a row then on the forth month I had a very abnormal period… My breasts started getting sore a week or so before my last period. I have dry mouth all the time and I can pee up to 3 times in an hour. I wake up in the middle if the night feeling like I drank a gallon of water yet at the same time havnet drank any thing in days. My stomach has gotten bigger I thought i might have been bloated or it was because I wAs constipated for a while, but now I’m going more than I used to. I also didn’t think I was pregnant at first because my stomach started getting bigger at two months and i have firm spots on both sides of my stomach and the top. For the past couple weeks even right now it almost feels like movement but I also think it could be gas because It’s on both sides. I don’t know what to think I’m trying to protect my stomach from even getting the slightest bump but I’m also doing things a pregnant person shouldn’t do and I wanna know if I’m nuts. Also I started getting really bad hip and back pain that lasted through my whole third month then just stoped. My brother has a liver disease and has a lot of symptoms like i do, hes also mentally challenged and thinks hes pregnant. I really have no clue what’s going on any input would be great.
    It’s not in my head. It might be diabetes 1 but I doubt that would cause some of the symptoms. And I know liver disease causes yellow skin but my brother didn’t have that, but I don’t live with him. Also there is a bump on each side of my stomach one is higher than the other. I didn’t want to write this lengthy short story on this but maybe I should. I’ve also been getting this feeling every once in a while starting last weekend like part of my stomach deflated or some thing or my organs shifted or settled. I don’t know how to describe it. I’m also getting almost cramps but different and almost like a ripping pain on the inside but not on my last period or w/e which I usually get bad cramps in my back but that time I had sharp pain under my stomach. I can’t tell if my boobs got bigger because they’re already a dd. My ancles have been swelling and in a lot of pain for the past month. Also my stomach looks like I gained 25lbs in the past 4 months but it’s JUST in my stomach and I only ga

    • ANSWER:
      Tina, as your pregnancy tests are all negative, you are not pregnant. None of your findings connect with liver disease. Something else is always possible. One possibility is a large, growing cyst of the ovary. The only sensible thing to do is to head to a health clinic or your doctor for a physical exam, including a pelvic exam and/or a possible belly ultrasound or x-ray. Please do so this week.

  50. QUESTION:
    Cirrohsis,Liver disease from alcohol…?
    What are the symptoms of an alcoholic who has Cirrosis? (sp?) Liver disease from alcoholism?

    • ANSWER:
      symptoms:

      nausea, fatigue, anorexia, weight loss, ascities( there is accumulation of water in your abdominal wall), varicosties(inflammation of small viens especially in your lower extremeties), and spider angioma