How Do You Know If You Have Liver Damage?


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Elizabeth Leake Profile
Elizabeth Leake answered
The main cause of liver damage is through drinking too much alcohol. This is because your liver may be tough and can generally repair itself but when faced with being abused constantly with alcohol it will eventually shut down.

  • Symptoms of liver damage
So, the question is how will I know if I have liver damage? There are quite a few different symptoms which could be a sign that you are getting liver damage, also known as cirrhosis.

Some of these symptoms are:

  • Fluid build up in the legs and/or abdomen
  • Fatigue
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin)
  • Bruising easily
  • Small red spots and tiny lines (also called spider angiomas)
  • Profuse nose bleeds
  • Weight loss and muscles wasting away
If you have a few of these symptoms, or are simply worried that you may have liver damage, then it always worth getting yourself checked out by your local doctor or GP who can conduct tests and either put your mind at ease or get you the help and treatment you need. 

If you are ever worried about your health you should always seek professional advice whether that is from a doctor, GP or nurse. Especially if your condition deteriorates because liver damage in particular can be fatal if not treated in time.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
If the whites of the eyes are yellow that is a symptom, or if you throw up and there is a substance that looks like coffee grounds. If you think your liver is damaged a blood test is the best way to determine it.
Jessie Roberts Profile
Jessie Roberts answered
Well, from what I remember, one of my friend's moms had to go to the hospital because her eyes were very yellow and she was feeling very sick. I hope this helps =]
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Usually by getting a physical exam with your doctor or clinic. They usually order a standard blood test that includes Liver, heart, kidney and a Complete Blood Count (CBC) check. That can tell how healthy your organs are before you even get sick. Because sometimes people can have liver disease and not even know or get symptoms until the disease is advanced. So, a check up at least every 2 to 3 years is good, if you are young and healthy. More often if you are old or sick.
Cosmo Chessher Profile
Cosmo Chessher answered
The best way to know for sure is to go to your doctor and ask for some blood work be performed. A complete metabolic profile (CMP) will reveal elevated liver enzyme levels if you have a bad liver.
Evelyn Vaz Profile
Evelyn Vaz answered
You will know you have liver disease when you see signs of Jaundice. This is because of the increased level of bilirubin in the system. This happens due to the breakdown of hemoglobin of dead red blood cells. The liver usually throws away these dead cells through bile. The other type of disease is called hepatitis. This is usually the inflammation of the liver. Another kind is the Cirrhosis, which is generally the configuration of fibrous tissue in the liver, which in turn replaces dead liver cells. Hemochromatosis, is another hereditary disease, which is caused due to accretion of iron in the body, this in turn leads to liver damage.

Some of the other diseases are Cancer, Wilson's disease, Primary sclerosing cholangitis, Primary biliary cirrhosis, Budd-Chiari syndrome, Gilbert's syndrome and Glycogen storage disease type II.

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