The liver is an essential organ that has many functions in the body, including making proteins and blood clotting factors, manufacturing triglycerides and cholesterol, glycogen synthesis, and bile production.
The liver is a large organ that sits on the right hand side of the belly and it is the body’s largest internal organ.
Many different disease processes can occur in the liver, including infections such as hepatitis,cirrhosis (scarring), cancers, and damage by medications or toxins.
- Alcohol can be toxic to the liver (hepatotoxic), especially in high doses, and long-term alcohol abuse is a common cause of liver disease.
- The liver is involved in metabolizing many toxins, including drugs and medications, chemicals, and natural substances.
Cirrhosis is a slowly progressing disease in which healthy liver tissue is replaced with scar tissue, eventually preventing the liver from functioning properly. The scar tissue blocks the flow of blood through the liver and slows the processing of nutrients, hormones, drugs, and naturally produced toxins. It also slows the production of proteins and other substances made by the liver.
According to the National Institutes of Health, cirrhosis is the 12th leading cause of death by disease.
There are more than 100 different kinds of liver disease and each of them is manifested differently.
Early symptoms of damaged liver are:
1. Constipation, diarrhea and intestinal bleeding
2. Abdominal pain is normal if your liver is damaged.
3. Increased skin itching can be indicator for damaged liver because if there is liver deficiency your skin will be more sensitive and that leads to flakes and itches. It can even have increased veins visibility and more bruises.
4. Fluid retention is another early sign of damaged liver, especially in the feet and ankles. Fluid retention besides indicating damaged liver it can be indicator for heart failure, hormonal imbalance, kidney problems and even lymphatic disease.
5. Abdominal changes such as cramping or pain in the lower part of your abdomen or feeling bloated most of the time is indicator of damaged liver. Consequence of liver disease is portal hypertension (high blood pressure in the veins and arteries of the abdomen).
6. Jaundice for those who never heard of it is a condition where the color of the eyes, fingertips, tongue and skin becomes yellowish. This happens when the levels of bilirubin in the bloodstream are increased. Jaundice is indicator for gallbladder or pancreases issues so visiting a doctor is a must if you experience jaundice.
7. If you notice constant changes in the color of your stool you should immediately visit a doctor. We know that the normal color for stool is brown. So if you notice clay colored, pale yellow or gray stool and it is constant you should not ignore that.
8. The same is for change in the color of the urine. The urine can look orange, amber or brown due to increased levels of bilirubin in the blood and this can be indicator for damaged liver.
9. Loss of appetite can happen due to not enough bile and this can lead to serious loss of weight.
10. Digestion problems can indicate damaged liver. Bile is produced by the liver and when the liver is damaged he has trouble in producing bile and that leads to different digestion problems such as diarrhea, gallstones, irritable bowel syndrome, alcohol intolerance and more.
11. Overall weakness and fatigue are early signs of damaged liver. This is so because if your liver is damaged your body is working harder and with that it needs more rest. If your liver is damaged it will have trouble with removing the toxins out of your body. Visit a doctor immediately.
12. Vomiting and nausea can indicate damaged liver but also other diseases such as food poisoning, migraines, motion sickness, depression and early pregnancy. And like we said if the liver is damaged it has trouble in removing the toxins from the body and this will lead to nausea.