It’s been emphasized countless times that the body functions properly if its organs do their job the way they should. And in order for them to do that, they should be healthy.
This is especially true for the liver, an organ located in the right upper quadrant of the abdomen, secured by the ribs.
1. Stomach problems
Everything from vomiting and nausea to food poisoning, migraines, vertigo, depression, early pregnancy, and motion sickness can be alert for liver damage.
These symptoms could easily warn about kidney disease as well. The symptoms occur due to the liver’s inability to eliminate toxins, which is instantly followed by nausea. You need to see your doctor if you notice any of this.
2. Different urine color
What causes the urine color to change is actually the presence of bilirubin in the blood in high levels. You may notice a more orange amber, and brown colors while urinating.
As the liver is incapable of eliminating the bilirubin, the kidneys take over that task.
3. Digestive tract problems
When the liver is ill, it cannot produce bile, and diarrhea is a frequent symptom.
Additionally, when bile is missing, there is an increased fatty foods intolerance, irritable bowel syndrome, gallstones, alcohol intolerance, abdominal bloating, and constipation.
4. Diarrhea, constipation, and intestinal bleeding
If your liver is harmed, you will most probably experience bleeding of the intestines, resulting in diarrhea and constipation.
5. Abdominal discomfort
This is one of the most common symptoms of liver damage.
6. Fluid retention
This symptom occurs in the early phase of liver damage and happens in both the feet and ankles. What causes this condition is usually lymphatic disease, heart failure, kidney issues and hormonal irregularities.
7. Abdominal problems
This is followed by cramping, pain or bloating, especially in the lower abdomen. There may also be the occurrence of ascites, which is basically a build up of fluid inside the abdomen. This may cause further portal hypertension or high blood pressure in the abdomen’s blood vessels.
8. Chronic itching
When the liver is damaged, the skin gets more irritated, itchy and super sensitive to touch. You could also be dealing with bruising and vein exposure if this happens.
9. Stool color changes
This symptom is also closely related to bile insufficiency, which can lead to stool color change – it can go from clay-colored to pale yellow, or gray. The worrying point should start if this condition is persistent for a long period of time.
10. Lack of appetite
The liver’s bile helps decompose fats and enhances digestion. When the food you consume is not thoroughly digested, this may interfere with the will to eat and can force you to lose weight.
This health condition is manifested by a change of color in the eyes, fingertips, tongue, and skin into yellow. Whenever the bilirubin levels in the blood are elevated, jaundice occurs. Also, jaundice can be a direct link to other diseases, usually related the gallbladder or pancreas.
12. Fatigue and body sickliness
Out of all of the above, this symptom is probably the most direct to liver damage. In case your liver is damaged, the organism works a lot more to make up for lost performance, but exhausts itself in the process.
Furthermore, the toxins remain trapped inside the body, since they cannot be destroyed by the liver itself. If you witness this symptom, visit your doctor immediately.
And whatever you do, if you have doubts about your health condition, or notice any of these symptoms, it can’t hurt to pay a visit to your doctor. It’s better to be kicked out of the doctor’s office with the statement “You’re overreacting,” than to ignore whatever you think you have and come to a situation when it’s too little too late.