by Erich Bailey
The prevention of liver disease is linked directly to knowing what the symptoms are, so that we can know when to seek medical attention. Therefor, the sooner you get in for treatment, the higher your chances of beating the disease will be. The difficulty lies in the fact that there are more than 100 different varieties of liver disease, which can arise due to anything from viral, chemical, or even genetic origins.
Some of these will have no discernible symptoms, until you reach late stage liver disease. They will typically only be found out through a blood test. However, there are many other signs of liver disease to watch out for, that are more common between all forms of liver disease.
Common symptoms of liver disease
Some early signs of liver disease to watch for are these:
- Abdominal pain, especially in the upper-right quadrant
- Jaundice, causing discolored skin and yellowed eyes
- Dark urine
- Bloody stool
- Loss of appetite
If you notice any of these symptoms, especially if they are in conjunction with each other, you need to get to the doctor and checked out. Abdominal pain is a very important one to watch for, as it is one of the most common symptoms of liver disease. Jaundice is probably the single most important thing to look out for. The tell-tale sign of liver disease and failure is the yellowed eyes and pale, discolored skin. It can also result in extreme dry mouth and thirst, as well as a distinct loss of appetite. This starts the depletion of the muscles, and causes weakness, and lethargy.
In addition, some of the other less common symptoms of liver disease that may be encountered are headaches, seizures, depression, mood swings, and can even cause you to have a short temper. Furthermore, you may experience bloating, and pain when you breath. These are all signs that you may be suffering from some type of liver problem.
Yellowed eye due to Jaundice
Symptoms of late-stage liver disease
Once the disease has progressed further, you can expect to see more serious and debilitating symptoms. Some of the symptoms of late stage liver disease are easy bruising, enlarged breasts in men, impotence, confusion and even muscle depletion. If you find yourself with any of these symptoms in conjunction with the early stage symptoms of liver disease, please get to the doctor immediately.
Surely, by educating ourselves and learning what symptoms to watch out for, we can catch the disease before it becomes untreatable. With this in mind, make sure to watch for these symptoms in loved ones, as well, as they may not know what to look out for themselves. Many deaths from liver disease were preventable, if only they would have been caught early enough to treat.