Your liver is situated on the upper right hand side of your abdomen, it is partially covered by your ribs and it is the largest solid organ in the human body.
The liver’s primary function is to help rid the body of harmful toxins which ordinarily and if left untouched would destabilise the body system.
It becomes vital to therefore know those early signs that could suggest that your liver may have serious issues.
While the liver is susceptible to over a hundred types of ailments and each disease may have their peculiar symptoms; they however all affect the liver in a similar way early on in their development.
Some liver related diseases include:
- Cirrhosis of the liver
- Fatty liver disease
- Alcoholic liver disease
Here are 12 early symptoms of liver damage that you should look out for
- Having Frequent Stomach Upset
When you have frequent stomach upset and accompanied by nausea and in some cases vomiting it would be worthwhile to go for a checkup. The nausea is as a result of an accumulation of toxins in the body as the liver finds it difficult to properly eliminate it.
- Having A Loss Of Appetite
The liver produces bile which help to breakdown food. When your liver is troubled it’s bile production greatly reduces and your metabolism also reduces, so you will have a full feeling always and therefore a loss of appetite.
- Tiredness, Overall Body Weakness And Fatigue
When there is an excessive buildup of harmful toxins in your body you are more than likely to feel tired more often even after getting sufficient rest. This is because the toxins which the liver would have gotten rid of has permeated into your bloodstream and is affecting the flow of blood to other parts of your body like your brain, other organs, heart, muscles and tissues.
- Having Digestion Issues
As mentioned earlier the liver produces bile that aids digestion, when it is weak it’s bile production diminishes and as a result the food you eat will not be digested properly leading to indigestion and constipation issues.
- A Change In The Colour Of Your Feces
The bile produced by your liver gives your stool a dark brown colour, when you have liver problems and therefore your liver produces less bile then your stool colour is likely to be either a clay, grey or pale yellow colour.
- Change In The Colour Of Your Urine
When you have a change in the colour of your urine despite the fact that you drink sufficient water, then it could be an indication of liver problem as the bilirubin levels in your bloodstream which your kidneys generate and which your liver eliminates is high.
However, a dark coloured urine could also be a sign of antibiotics use, dehydration or the use of vitamin B supplements, you should visit your doctor for a proper diagnosis.
- High Propensity To Getting Jaundice
As bilirubin in your bloodstream increases as a result of the failure of your liver to eliminate it, you are more likely to develop jaundice which is a yellowing of your skin, fingertips, eyes and tongue.
- Retention Of Fluid
You are likely to experience a retention of fluid when you have liver damage. Your feet and ankles will tend to swell, you need to see your doctor to determine the root cause of the problem.
- Changes In Your Abdomen
With liver problems there is a chance of ascites developing. This is an early symptom of liver damage where there is a buildup of fluid in your abdominal cavity leading to a bloated abdomen which occurs when there is liver damage or liver cirrhosis.
- Persistent Skin Irritation
Your skin is likely to become highly sensitive to touch and you are more than likely to experience flaky and itchy skin as well as have your veins become more prominent when you have liver issues.
- Having Constipation, Diarrhea And Even Intestinal Bleeding
When you have liver issues you will be constipated more often. You will also experience diarrhea and even intestinal bleeding. If you have any of these symptoms go and see your doctor immediately.
- Frequent Cramping And Abdominal Pain
You will feel pain on the upper right hand side of your abdominal region just below your rib cage when you have liver problems, the area will also feel tender to touch.
Once you encounter any of these symptoms do not hesitate to consult your doctor.
Source: Family Health Freedom Network