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Doctor insights on: Alcoholism Liver Damage Symptoms

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How long does it take for permanent liver damage to take effect from alcoholism?

How long does it take for permanent liver damage to take effect from alcoholism?

It depends: This depends on the quantity of alcohol consumed and the period of time it was consumed. In addition, this depends on the person's baseline liver function or any underlying liver disease. ...Read more

Dr. Milroy Samuel
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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


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How much worse can hepatitis C be when there is existing liver damage from alcoholism and drug abuse?

How much worse can hepatitis C be when there is existing liver damage from alcoholism and drug abuse?

3x worse : Alcohol is fuel on the fire of hepatitis c related liver disease. One of the most important interventions someone can do to improve their liver health, besides antiviral treatment, is stop drinking. It is never too late to stop and slow down the damage. It is important to discuss alcohol use with a doctor so they know there is an increased risk of cirrhosis (3x higher than those who do not drink). ...Read more

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What are the first symptoms of liver damage from alcohol?

What are the first symptoms of liver damage from alcohol?

Alcohol: Effects depend on the amount consumed. Small to moderate consumption causes reduced risks of blood clots , stone formation , diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis. Large consumption causes impaired memory & vision, anemia, cardiomyopathy, hepatitis, cancer mouth/esophagus, gastritis, pancreatitis, diabetes type 2, depression, anxiety, psychosis, insomnia, panic, cravings. ...Read more

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What are some early symptoms of liver damage?

What are some early symptoms of liver damage?

End-stage vs. Acute: In esld (end-stage liver disease), much of liver has been replaced by scarring & may not repair itself. Has higher risk of liver cancer. If compensated, asymptomatic; get symptoms if progressive disease +/- alcohol. In acute liver disease however, common complaints include: jaundice (yellow eyes, skin; dark urine, light stool), itching, liver enlargement & RUQ pain, ascites, fluid build-up, more. ...Read more

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A person with liver damage would show what symptoms?

A person with liver damage would show what symptoms?

Can vary: Cirrhosis=stage 4 scarring of the liver. Complications like fluid build up in your abdominal cavity (ascites), confusion (hepatic encephalopathy), and liver cancer (hcc) as well as easy bruising, fatigue and jaundice on occasion (elevated bilirubin) can occur. You need to be followed by a liver doctor who can manage and control the above signs/symptoms once they develop (occur at different rates. ...Read more

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Can anyone tell me the symptoms of liver damage?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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Can anyone tell me the symptoms of liver damage?

Liver damage: Some are spider nevi, palmar erythema, nail changer, finger deformity from contractures, gynecomastia, osteoarthropathy, impotence/infertility/testicular atrophy, large spleen/liver, fluid in abdomen (ascites), musty odor in breath, jaundice, weakness/fatigue/wt. Loss. ...Read more

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After years of being diagnosed with Hepatitis A, my husband still has elevated ALT and AST. What does this mean? He has no symptoms of liver damage.

After years of being diagnosed with Hepatitis A, my husband still has elevated ALT and AST. What does this mean? He has no symptoms of liver damage.

Not hepatitis A: Hepatitis A doesn't go chronic like this. Hubby has elevated labs from some other cause. Test after 2 weeks off alcohol & all meds. If still high, a competent physician will rule out chronic hepatitis B and C, Wilson's, hemochromatosis, autoimmune hepatitis & maybe more. Sometimes this is genetic, and/or his body's way of asking for a fitness-focused lifestyle. ...Read more

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What are common symptoms of liver damage caused by rezulin?

Nothing specifc: Drug induced liver injury from Rezulin would appear similar to injury from other drugs and it would include abnormal liver tests and possibly jaundice. ...Read more

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Taking Tylenol regularity but never more than the recommended dose for last few weeks.Social drinker.I'm worried about l have liver damage. Symptoms?

Taking Tylenol regularity but never more than the recommended dose for last few weeks.Social drinker.I'm worried about l have liver damage. Symptoms?

See your doctor.: Initially, there are no symptoms to the kind of damage that Tylenol can do to the liver. Although you are likely to have not done any damage to the liver if you followed the directions, it would be prudent to get some blood drawn to be sure. It is a simple blood test. If you are worried, I would try to limit Tylenol and avoid alcohol until you have the blood test. Good luck. ...Read more

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I've been on pain medication for a few years now, how long does it take for liver damage to set in? Are there symptoms of liver damage to look for?

Rare: Narcotics rarely cause liver damage. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is another issue; below 2.4 grams per day is considered safe as long as you don't drink alcohol. 7 tablets of 325 mg would be the maximum safe dose. ...Read more

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Can livers heal after severe alcoholism?

Can livers heal after severe alcoholism?

Livers can heal: Alcohol adversely effects every organ in the body, except the kidneys. Alcohol can cause liver disease, but if a person quits drinking before much damage occurs, the liver can regenerate itself. The key of course is to quit drinking before it's too late to prevent irreparable damage. ...Read more

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What cause fatty liver in chronic alcoholism?

What cause fatty liver in chronic alcoholism?

Multiple mechanisms: Mobilization of fat from tissues, depression of protein synthesis in the liver, nutritional deficiencies in chronic alcoholics and direct alcoholic liver injury contribute to accumulation of fat in the liver that may progress to cirrhosis. ...Read more

Dr. Kevin Passer
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Alcoholism (Definition)

Also known as alcohol use disorder, is an addiction characterized by increased cravings, consumption, and failed efforts to ...Read more


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Alcohol Dependence (Definition)

Alcohol and any other form of dependence can be thought of as a need to drink, not to feel good, but rather, in an effort ...Read more