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Liver Damage Symptoms
What Are The Symptoms Of Liver Damage?
Liver damage is serious and can even be fatal, so it's important to recognize what the symptoms are as soon as possible.
Generally speaking, there are often no early signs of liver damage. The liver is a remarkable organ that can continue to function even though it has suffered significant harm from any number of biological or chemical threats and diseases. It can literally take years before any symptoms of liver damage present themselves.
When liver damage symptoms do begin to appear, however, they usually include one or more of the following:
abdomen pain in the upper right part of the stomach
abdominal distention, caused by a condition called ascites, which is the buildup of fluid in the abdominal cavity
depression, malaise, or a vague feeling of illness
fatigue and listlessness
hypoglycemia or low blood sugar
jaundice, which is apparent in a yellowing of the skin. Jaundice is often the result of cholestasis, which is the blockage or stoppage of bile flow. Jaundice is often the first symptom of liver damage.
loss of appetite
lowered of sex drive
low grade fever
muscular pain and aches
unusual weight loss or weight gain
varicose veins (enlarged blood vessels)
Sleeplessness, confusion and mental disorientation are symptoms of severe liver problems. The patient may even go into a coma
Although liver damage may be caused by physical trauma, such as a severe blow to the body, it more often occurs gradually as a result of liver disease or some other form of liver disorder.
These typically include
over indulgence in alcohol,
poor diet and nutritional habits
drug abuse, including an overdose of acetaminophen and reactions to certain prescription medications.
Certain foods can cause liver damage, especially poisonous mushrooms. Alcohol abuse is, of course, one of the most prevalent causes of liver damage around the world. And even overuse of certain over-the-counter drugs may harm the liver. And then there are illegal drugs that can be especially devastating.
Once again, the liver is an extremely efficient, sturdy and resilient organ, liver damage symptoms may not begin to appear as soon as damage begins.