As we all know the liver is a vital body organ and the biggest solid one in the body, whose primary role is to eliminate the harmful toxins from the body. Its location is on the upper right-hand side of the abdomen, partially covered by the ribs. Namely, the liver is prone to more than a hundred types of ailments, and some liver- related diseases are fatty liver disease, hepatitis, alcoholic liver disease, and cirrhosis of the liver. Unfortunately, each of the liver-related diseases can cause specific symptoms. Yet, in the early stages of the development, they all affect the liver similarly.
So, in order to avoid serious health problems, you should definitely learn the early signs which indicate that it is being damaged, and restore its proper function.
There are 12 most common early signs of liver damage listed below:
Frequent Cramps and Abdominal Pain
You feel the pain on the upper right-hand side of your abdominal region, below your rib cage, may be an early sign of a liver damage. What is more, the area may be tender to touch.
Loss of Appetite
One of the main roles of the liver is to produce bile, which breaks down the consumed food. But if the function of the liver is impeded, the production of bile is going to be limited, and this will lead to poor metabolism, and thus a feeling of fullness.
Tiredness, Weakness and Fatigue
Even though you get the needed rest, if your liver is damaged, you will constantly feel tired. The toxins inside your body start to pile up into the bloodstream, therefore affect the flow of blood to the other body parts and organs, like the brain, heart, tissues, and muscles.
Increased risk of Jaundice
Because of the reduced ability of the liver to eliminate the bilirubins in the bloodstream, their levels increase, and thus raise the risk of jaundice. Very often it is manifested by a yellowing of the eyes, skin, fingertips, and tongue.
Persistent Skin Irritation
There are some other common symptoms of liver issues. For instance: sensitive skin, itchiness, skin sensitive to touch, and even more prominent veins.
*If you ever experience some of these issues, it is advisable to visit your doctor in order to get a proper diagnosis of their cause.
In the case of obstructed function of the liver, a person may experience digestive issues because the bile helps digestion – such as constipation, and indigestion.
Frequent Stomach Upset
If you have frequent stomach upset, as well as nausea and vomiting, you should check up the liver. Nausea is often caused by a toxic buildup, as the liver cannot properly discard it.
Changed Color of the Urine
If the color of your urine is changed even though you drink enough water, you may have liver issues. The kidneys generate the bilirubin levels in the bloodstream, which may be too high for the liver to remove. However, the dark color of the urine may also be a result of an antibiotic therapy, the use of vitamin B supplements, or dehydration.
Changed Feces color
You can see that your liver may be damaged in the case of a pale yellow, clay, or gray color of the feces, as the dark brown color is given by the bile produced by the liver.
Constipation, Diarrhea and Intestinal Bleeding
If your liver is damaged it may also lead to constipation, diarrhea, and even intestinal bleeding.Therefore, if you experience some of these issues, you should visit your doctor as soon as possible.
Due to the retention of fluids in the body, patients often experience swellings of the feet and ankles. Hence, this happens in the case of a liver damage.
A common symptom of liver damage is stomach bloating, and even liver cirrhosis, as fluids start to accumulate in the stomach.