9 Symptoms of serious liver disease!
Liver disease is often underdiagnosed, mainly because the symptoms are usually mild and silent.
The most apparent symptoms of liver disease are:
- Abdominal pain, especially after eating fatty foods. For more information on abdominal pain caused by liver damage, read our article Abdominal pain chart
- Difficulty in digesting food
- Nausea and vomiting
At the same time, many people, especially the older generations and people on many medications, suffer from some form of chronic liver disease, often unconsciously. To prevent this from happening to you, pay close attention to these 9 signs of liver disease.
Jaundice: Yellowing of the skin and eyes
This symptom is a definite indication that something is seriously wrong with your liver. One of the main functions of the liver is to filter the blood: ‘old’ blood is recycled into the liver and the byproduct of this process is called bilirubin .
Usually, this compound is excreted through the bile duct as it accumulates in the liver, but when the liver does not function properly, it can no longer filter out bilirubin and accumulates in the skin and eyes, making them yellow, resulting in dark urine.
If you have noticed that your urine is dark lately, it can be a symptom of liver disease. It can become any color from amber to dark orange and brown, depending on the initial color of urine and the severity of the liver problem.
The reason this happens is the same bilirubin that causes jaundice that is not adequately filtered and enters the urine. If you experience this symptom along with abdominal pain and other symptoms that we mentioned here, consult your doctor.
Spider veins on the face and upper body
These are small red formations on the skin that carry the scientific name of spider angiomas . They can occur anywhere on the body and are not dangerous per se.
When they are located on the upper body and face, however, they may indicate a problem with your liver.
Sudden and Unexpected Weight Loss
If you lose a significant amount of your weight without intending to do so, you need to check the reasons for this. It can indicate infections, digestive problems and liver diseases as well.
So if you have lost more than 10% of your weight in a short time and experience some of the other symptoms we mentioned, your liver may be having difficulties.
An unexpected symptom of liver disease is itchy skin without any apparent rash, allergy or other reason.
If you feel itchy, especially at night, it may be because the toxins are flooding your skin, since the liver can not filter them as it should.
Ascites, or accumulation of fluid in the belly, can be a result of various problems in the liver, especially cirrhosis.
Depending on the development, the symptoms are different:
- Mild ascites can cause discomfort, a feeling of heaviness in the belly and exercise intolerance.
- Ascites in their more advanced stages will cause significant swelling of the belly, pain and shortness of breath, because the fluid that accumulates in the belly presses the inner part of the person, organs and diaphragm.
At very advanced stages, liver disease may manifest itself in the form of blurred vision, confusion and difficulty in memorizing and focusing on tasks due to changes in nerve connections. It may not be a very serious symptom, but it is very debilitating and points to nerve damage.
If you have these and other symptoms of liver disease, we recommend that you see a doctor because confusion is usually a serious symptom.
Feeling constantly tired and depressed
Fatigue is the formal definition of the symptom, but manifests itself in chronic physical and mental fatigue, and lack of motivation. It usually has a gradual onset and can be relieved with rest.
If you experience fatigue frequently and for no known reason, it can be a sign of liver disease.
Bruising for no apparent reason
Our livers usually produce coagulant proteins that protect our bodies from losing blood. When the liver is damaged, it begins to produce fewer and fewer of these proteins, which can make your skin more prone to bruising and your wounds heal more slowly.
If you have severe bruising without reason, it may be a sign that your liver is diseased.
Articles like this are not intended to diagnose a disease, we ask you to talk about all your health problems with a doctor. Information is provided for informational purposes only.