Do You Have Any Of These Ten Symptoms? If So, Your Liver Could Be Damaged
The liver, which weighs around three pounds, is the largest organ of the body. If your liver becomes damaged or fails, the body will shut down rather quickly. It’s very important to look for the signs that indicate that the liver may be damaged or is in the process of being damaged. Read on for ten signs that your liver may be experiencing problems.
#1 Upset Stomach
You may feel nauseated and upset if your liver is being damaged. However, an upset stomach can also be a sign of milder medical issues, such as depression and food poisoning. If you get an upset stomach on a recurring basis, your liver may be having trouble getting rid of the toxins found in your body.
#2 You Feel Weak
If you feel weak after you eat right, exercise and get a good night’s sleep on a regular basis, this could mean that your body is overworking itself to compensate for a failing liver. The excessive amount of toxins in your body could be soaking up the protein your body usually uses for energy.
#3 Loss of Appetite
When your liver is being damaged, your body will no longer produce enough bile, the substance that helps digest the fat you eat. When you don’t digest your food well, you’ll lose both weight and your appetite.
#4 Problems With Digestion
Since the liver is responsible for the production of bile, once it fails, bile will no longer be produced properly. This can then lead to issues such as alcohol intolerance, abdominal bloating, constipation, and irritable bowel syndrome.
#5 Urine Changes
Your liquid will be a healthy pale color when your diet is good and you are drinking the correct amount of liquids. However, if your urine is darker despite your healthy habits, this may be an early sign of liver damage. High levels of bilirubin in the blood will cause urine to become orange, brown or amber in color.
# 6 Stool Changes
The color of your stool can also change when your liver does not produce enough bile. This can happen once and awhile without worry, but if it happens often, talk to your physician.
When your liver becomes damaged, red blood cells can start to break down. They are then replaced with bilirubin, resulting in skin that turns a yellowish color. This signals the beginning of jaundice.
#8 Abdominal Changes
Pains in the abdomen that are not the result of the menstrual cycle should always be looked at. Cramps or pain in the lower abdomen may be because of a damaged liver or ascites, which is a condition in which fluids build up in your abdominal area.
#9 Fluid Retention
If your hands and feet start to swell up, it could be because they are retaining too much fluid. It could be because of a number of problems, but kidney failure is one. Talk to a doctor if it becomes a common occurrence.
#10 Itchy Skin
Excessive itching could be the result of a damaged liver. When the liver becomes damaged, the skin will become more sensitive to the touch, as well as flaky. You may also notice your veins are popping out more than usual.
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