Any damage or malfunction of any organ or tissue has almost immediate impact on the harmony of the body, which begins to send signals to attract your attention. Check out the most common signs that show that your liver is damaged.
The liver is the most voluminous internal organ in our body and one of the most important. Located in the upper right abdomen, it has several roles, including the elimination of waste and toxins from the blood, producing bile which helps digestion and secretion of various hormones and enzymes.
But when the liver is damaged by an unhealthy diet, excessive alcohol consumption or other diseases such as cirrhosis, hepatitis, steatosis, several symptoms appear. Generally mild or revealing other less serious health problems, it is nevertheless crucial to take into consideration these signs and seek medical advice as they arise:
Chronic and persistent state of fatigue is also one of the most telling signs of a damaged liver. It can’t effectively eliminate toxins, and they will tend to accumulate there, causing a state of overwork and a general state of fatigue.
Loss of appetite
Loss of appetite is also one of the most revealing liver damage signs. So if you lose your desire to eat, or if you feel full after a small snack, it is recommended to consult a doctor, especially if your loss of appetite is accompanied by significant weight loss.
When the liver is damaged, the production of bile becomes insufficient, hindering the process of digestion and promoting the appearance of digestive problems such as nausea, vomiting, constipation or diarrhea. In addition, a lack of bile can lead to several other health problems such as intolerance to fatty foods, irritable bowel syndrome, gallstones and bloating.
Discoloration of urine
Orange-colored urine, amber or brown may be due to high levels of bilirubin. The latter is a yellow pigment that results from the natural breakdown of hemoglobin and which is usually eliminated by the liver. But when it is unable to do it properly, bilirubin is excreted through the urine.
Discoloration of feces
Stool color is a key indicative factor of the health status of the body. When they are white or gray, means the bile doesn’t reach the colon, thus revealing a hepatic dysfunction.
There is talk of jaundice when the color of the skin, the white of the eye, the tips of the fingers or tongue turns yellow. This staining indicates the presence of high levels of bilirubin in the blood, and therefore a failure of the liver to remove them. Jaundice can also be a sign of a problem with the pancreas or gallbladder.
Changes and pain in the abdominal area
Pain, cramping or bloating that occur in the lower part of your abdomen are indicative for a damaged liver. These symptoms which are due to fluid accumulation in the abdominal cavity are called ascites, and are caused by liver cirrhosis.
This water retention phenomenon is manifested by the appearance of edema (swelling) in parts of the body, including the hands, feet and knees. It can be caused by various factors: a tired liver, a disease of the lymphatic system, hormonal disorders or kidney problems.
In the case of a liver problem, the skin becomes more sensitive and fragile. Many skin problems then make their appearance: itching, varicose veins, bruises, etc. While proper hydration can help reduce these symptoms, they may disappear if your liver gets back to its normal state of health.
The blood from the intestines and spleen is usually directed to the liver through the portal vein. But when it is damaged, especially in cirrhosis, this blood flow is disrupted. The blood is transported by smaller vessels, which favors the appearance of varicose veins in the gastrointestinal tract. With the thinning of the walls of these vessels and increased blood pressure these varices will burst, thereby causing bleeding. This explains the presence of blood in the vomit and feces.
You should know that this list of symptoms is not exhaustive and there are other signs of liver damage, including decreased libido, both in men and women. It is therefore strongly recommended to consult a doctor regularly to ensure the state of this vital organ.