Liver problems – What are the symptoms

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Liver disease can range from mild liver congestion to severe liver disease. Depending on the problem, many people are unaware they have liver disease, and may only have a vague symptoms. One of the most common symptoms are chronic fatigue. These people generally feel lethargic and slow during the day, especially in the morning.

Because the liver is one of the hardest working organs in the body and has many functions, there are a number of problems that may occur with liver. Three main categories of these problems fall into are:

1. Disease in hepatocytes

2. Problems producing or secreting bile

3. Problems with detoxification

How do you know if you have liver disease?

Tests are available through the standard pathology labs that measure liver enzymes, proteins, albumin and bilirubin. While these tests are called liver ‘function’ test, they indicate whether the liver is damaged rather than how it is working. In other words, they are used to diagnose liver diseases such as hepatitis and cirrhosis as well as liver cells damaged from viruses, bacteria, alcohol, drugs and so on. These tests are not helpful in finding minor problems with congestion of the liver and sluggish detoxification. This is best done by monitoring your symptoms. However, it is important to consult an expert and research conducted, however, just to rule out the possibility of liver disease.

An ultrasound can detect if there is a blockage of the bile ducts. This is usually caused by the presence of gallstones in the biliary duct. It is estimated that 10-20% of people over age 40 have gallstones and their presence is associated with high fat, low fiber diet. The presence of gallstones in the bile ducts usually causes nausea and pain. Bile flow can also be reduced by the liver, but it can be difficult to detect with standard tests.

General symptoms which may indicate liver problems

  • tired and unrefreshed when you wake up
  • energy fluctuates throughout the day, with fatigue gets worse around mid-morning and / or mid-afternoon
  • Difficulty losing weight
  • Frequent headaches
  • Bad breath, digestive problems, bloating, gas, indigestion
  • Allergies and intolerances to foods that are worse as time goes on
  • Reactions to many chemicals including cleaners, gasoline, paint, perfumes, bleaches etc.
  • Problems digesting fatty / creamy / oily foods. They can make you feel ill, sick or cause heartburn and acid reflux
  • A yellowish tinge to the skin, eyes and hands
  • Reactions to drugs, in particular headache tablets, antibiotics and anti-histamines
  • intolerance to alcohol. Either you get drunk very quickly or you have a bad hangover that are out of proportion to the amount of alcohol you have drunk
  • Caffeine gives you a strong buzz and can keep you awake for hours
  • When you eat asparagus, have a funny smell in the urine you
  • Skin problems like acne, eczema, psoriasis, generalized rash, itchy skin
  • Hot flushes that feel as if they rise up from the body toward the head
  • You often wake up at 1-3am in the morning
  • Please note: The information in this article is not intended to replace personal relationship with a qualified health practitioner nor it is intended as medical advice.

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