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If the liver can regenerate, does this mean I can get better on my own if I have liver disease?

If the liver can regenerate, does this mean I can get better on my own if I have liver disease?

Depends on cause: If the disease process is ongoing such as hepatitis, your liver may not be able to keep up. It is best to see a hepatologist to manage and supervise your recovery and treatment. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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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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I was wondering does dark colored urine means worsening of the liver function?

I was wondering does dark colored urine means worsening of the liver function?

Not necessarily.: Urinalysis will determine if there is an abnormality with the urine. Dark colored urine can range from drinking low amounts of fluids, having blood in it, having bilirubin in it, or others, none of which is specific for liver function. ...Read more

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Can your liver cause pain? If so is there a cure to stop the pain? What cause hemangionomas in the liver and are they dangerous? I'm scared cause I don't want my liver to fail. I was never a drinker or drug user so why does the liver get attacked if you do

Can your liver cause pain? If so is there a cure to stop the pain? What cause hemangionomas in the liver and are they dangerous? I'm scared cause I don't want my liver to fail. I was never a drinker or drug user so why does the liver get attacked if you do

Liver pain.: Yes, problems with your liver can cause pain - stretching of the capsule surrounding the liver from inflammation is an example. Liver hemangiomas (can also cause pain, but many of them cause no symptoms. In cases where the pain is directly attributable to the hemangioma, surgical removal can be considered. They're definitely not a common cause of liver failure, however. ...Read more

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Liver cyst complex cyst partially septated for 15 years scared. What does that mean?

Liver cyst complex cyst partially septated for 15 years scared. What does that mean?

Cysts usually benign: Given the duration, presumably imaged 15 yrs ago, it is likely a benign liver cyst. But given you have some liver tissue conditions, like fatty liver and lupus, an evaluation for other concerns from a gastroenterologist may be useful, especially if you are symptomatic now. The other issue is being scared without action, and consultation directly With your primary doctor may be in order. ...Read more

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I have sharp stabbing pains in the liver that seem to get worse with certain pain killers. What could it be?

I have sharp stabbing pains in the liver that seem to get worse with certain pain killers. What could it be?

See below: Why are you taking pain killers? How often do you take them?

I would worry about liver injury from excess acetominophen if you take multiple pain pills and also take acetominophen (tylenol) containing products.

See your pcp. ...Read more

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What foods should I avoid with a fatty liver from being obese? I am scared to eat anything thinking it will make it worse

What foods should I avoid with a fatty liver from being obese? I am scared to eat anything thinking it will make it worse

No clear ideal: But some hepatologists suggest avoidance of saturated and total fat. In the end, there isn't a clear dietary winner, but a healthy diet with limited processed foods, with sound vegetable and fruit intake will almost always be reasonable. But calorie control is key. As whatever diet allows for safe, controlled weight loss will likely help improve your fatty liver disease. ...Read more

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I have a pain in the right side around the liver area. It's been there about two weeks. It seems to get worse when I have gas.

I have a pain in the right side around the liver area. It's been there about two weeks. It seems to get worse when I have gas.

Maybe gas but...: Anatomically, the right upper quadrant (RUQ) of the abdomen includes: liver, gallbladder, pancreatic head, bile ducts and ampulla, c-loop of the duodenum, stomach antrum and pylorus, the hepatic flexure of the colon. Don't forget the diaphragm & lower chest are pretty close by. The abdominal musculature, ribs, &skin can all contribute as well to localizing RUQ pain. Lots to consider here. ...Read more

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Last yr liver was 13cm this year 14.6cm. 2 years ago told I had fatty liver enzymes R normal. Does this mean liver is worse or has got more fat?

Last yr liver was 13cm this year 14.6cm. 2 years ago told I had fatty liver enzymes R normal. Does this mean liver is worse or has got more fat?

Liver size: Measurements of liver size are not always precise enough to compare values when they don't differ significantly. It is not clear whether this is an increase in size of your liver or not. What I can tell you is that if you have fatty liver, it's important to lose weight and to minimize alcohol use. If the size of the liver keeps trending up, discuss it with your gastroenterologist. Good luck. ...Read more

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Mild diffuse fatty infiltration liver enzymes will raise and lower and raise again is this normal or does it mean it's getting worse? Is this nafld

Mild diffuse fatty infiltration liver enzymes will raise and lower and raise again is this normal or does it mean it's getting worse? Is this nafld

Abnormal Liver test: If you are truly having nafld, liver associated enzymes can be fluctuated. However, make sure you have thorough liver work up to assure you do not have other liver diseases, specifically viral hepatitis. ...Read more

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Ruq pain and dr susp autoimmune hep. Liver bx triggered exact pain but much worse. Does this mean orig pain from liver? Bx was norm. Still same pain

Ruq pain and dr susp autoimmune hep. Liver bx triggered exact pain but much worse. Does this mean orig pain from liver? Bx was norm. Still same pain

Not necessarily: The cause of RUQ pain can be numerous, gallstones, peptic ulcer disease, liver problems including masses, colitis, pancreas and esophageal disorders may also present. Autoimmune hepatitis does not usually cause liver pain, the pain from a biopsy is due to irritation of the surface of the liver and musculoskeletal pain from the needle. Need more testing, including liver function tests and imaging. ...Read more

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I went to the doctor today he said I had a test come back that said I had elevated liver. What could this mean. I'm kinda scared cause I was addicted?

Liver Damage: Elevated liver tests mean that the liver is under stress or strain. This usually happens with exposure to too many medications, too much tylenol (acetaminophen) or Acetaminophen or too much alcohol.

If your addiction was alcohol the longer you stay sober the better your liver has a chance to recover and heal. ...Read more

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I have fatty liver from being obese. Why would I feel a burning in this area does that mean its getting worse? I am losing weight

Fatty liver: If you are having pain in your right upper quadrant, it may not be from fatty liver disease, and may actually be from problems with your gallbladder. You should see a doctor, have a complete metabolic panel drawn, and have a right upper quadrant ultrasound done. ...Read more

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Alt 142 AST 77 are these bad? Duagnosed with mild diffuse fatty infiltration of liver in july 2013 if enzymes keep rising does it means its worse

Alt 142 AST 77 are these bad? Duagnosed with mild diffuse fatty infiltration of liver in july 2013 if enzymes keep rising does it means its worse

Not necessarily: The liver enzymes in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease can fluctuate up and down. It would be preferred, however, to see them return to normal, suggesting that the degree of fat in the liver has diminished to neglible levels. ...Read more

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With liver cancer if there's pain in the right shoulder blade area when the pain is severe does it usually go away or get worse normally?

With liver cancer if there's pain in the right shoulder blade area when the pain is severe does it usually go away or get worse normally?

Pain in shoulder?: Liver cancer can sometimes cause referred pain in the right shoulder. But it is an uncommon symptom and it is usually not severe. Often it fluctuates between mild to moderate pain and may even go away after some time. It is not likely to become severe or unmanageable. So do not worry about its future course because it is not predictable....I would advise you to: wait to worry! . ...Read more

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I was just recently told that my mother is in her final stages of liver failure. I'm trying to get a better understanding of what this exactly means.

Serious: I am sorry to hear that. Depending on the reason of the liver failure some treatments are available. For advanced liver failure, where there is little or no liver function, liver transplantation is the option. The options that are available for your mother should be discussed with her physicians. ...Read more

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U/s for gallbladder polyp and liver cyst came back fine except said spleen mild enlarge 12.2 cm. I am 48 and 5"9. Scared what does this mean?

U/s for gallbladder polyp and liver cyst came back fine except said spleen mild enlarge 12.2 cm. I am 48 and 5"9. Scared what does this mean?

Nothing serious: Spleen size is somewhat variable in each person. So there is no serious condition which I can think of, when a spleen is reported as "mildly enlarged" Any radiology report which says slight or mild abnormaility is mostly insignificant because a radilogist is not always sure of what may be normal or close to normal. So they often place a comment like this to cover themselves...purely defensive act! ...Read more

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I am a chronic hep b inactive carrier. Dr said i'll get a liver biopsy at some point in my life. Does it mean liver cancer in my future for sure?

I am a chronic hep b inactive carrier. Dr said i'll get a liver biopsy at some point in my life. Does it mean liver cancer in my future for sure?

No: According to who, about 25% of people infected as infants with chronic infection develop liver cancer. Needle biopsy will reveal activity of disease allow a better estimate of the risk. See the following for more info.
http://www. Who. Int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs204/en/. ...Read more

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I am scared I have liver cancer or tumor? I have been feeling weird for 3 years like disoriented and just not right and uncomfortable, well I got a blood test and it say my liver count is 75 which is slightly high, I am panicing because I have to get an u

I am scared I have liver cancer or tumor? I have been feeling weird for 3 years like disoriented and just not right and uncomfortable, well I got a blood test and it say my liver count is 75 which is slightly high, I am panicing because I have to get an u

Do not panic: I don't know what liver count you are talking about. I suspect you do not have cancer since your symptoms have been going on for 3 years. Talk with your doctor about how you can rule this out with blood tests (afp, afpl3%, dcp) and imaging (ultrasound or ct or mri). ...Read more

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Mild diffuse fatty liver infiltration liver enzymes 2 weeks ago was AST 50 ALT 110 now they r AST 77 ALT 142 does this mean its worse or maybe cirrhosis?

Mild diffuse fatty liver infiltration liver enzymes 2 weeks ago was AST 50 ALT 110 now they r AST 77 ALT 142 does this mean its worse or maybe cirrhosis?

Abnormal liver assoc: If you have fluctuation of liver associated enzymes, make sure you have further work up. Elevated live associated enzymes does not mean you have liver cirrhosis. However, if concerned of liver cirrhosis, liver ultrasound would help to answer that question. ...Read more

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Can surgery completely cure liver cancer? It’s stage 1 liver cancer, and the doctor says he should be able to get the whole tumor, no problem. Does that mean i’ll be cured?

Can surgery completely cure liver cancer? It’s stage 1 liver cancer, and the doctor says he should be able to get the whole tumor, no problem. Does that mean i’ll be cured?

Yes/ No: It is possible for very early cancers to be cured by surgery but there are many factors which are important. If this is hepatocellular carcinoma, there is a risk of local and distant recurrence even in early cancers. Most of the numbers and percentages we discuss are based on previous studies and probability, but your tumor is specific to you. It will be important to discuss this with your doc. ...Read more

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Itchy feet means a liver problem? The other day, the soles of my feet started itching like crazy. There is no rash, and the itch goes away after about 20 min. The itch happens right before I go to bed and as soon as I get up in the morning. I have researc

Itchy feet means a liver problem? The other day, the soles of my feet started itching like crazy. There is no rash, and the itch goes away after about 20 min. The itch happens right before I go to bed and as soon as I get up in the morning. I have researc

Liver: Liver disease can, indeed, produce itchy feet (and other parts), but so can a host of other problems, including diabetes, kidney disease, various cancers, parasites (scabies is famous for being intensely itchy at night, and has a predilection for the hands and feet), certain foods and an assortment of skin issues.

I think the best place to start would be a dermatologist.

I know it's difficult, but try your best not to scratch yourself silly. Making an accurate diagnosis in the presence of inflammation and even infection just from the scratching is much harder, and using a topical steroid to relieve the itch will only mask the symptoms without treating the disease. ...Read more

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How likely is it to get liver damage or failure while taking azithromycin? I seen the warning label now I'm scared to take it.

How likely is it to get liver damage or failure while taking azithromycin? I seen the warning label now I'm scared to take it.

Near zero: These warning labels are written for the judge and the jury. Some folks become allergic to this medicine and it sets their liver on fire for a bit. I have never heard of anyone dying of it, or read of anyone getting lasting damage -- and I'm a pathologist focused on unusual causes of death. Your liver's ability to heal is amazing; a marathon runner regenerates his/hers regularly. ...Read more

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I can see the veins in stomach they r not bulging they r flat I had fatty liver 2 years ago could this mean it's gotten worse? Could it be cirrhosis?

I can see the veins in stomach they r not bulging they r flat I had fatty liver 2 years ago could this mean it's gotten worse? Could it be cirrhosis?

Cirrhosis: Usually when you see abdominal veins of cirrhosis your stomach/abdomen is bulging w/ fluid. So if you abdomen is flat it is unlikely. Fatty liver can lead to cirrhosis over 20 or more years, usually have elevated liver enzymes for some time. Treatment to date (and there is little) is weight loss. Do you have psoriasis or autoimmune disease? May predispose/worsen to fatty liver. F/u w/doc ...Read more

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Hi, corner of tray hit above rightfloating rib cage, 2 years ago bearable pain get worse after drinking alcohol liver pancreas blood test normal help?

RUQ pain: Have your tests included an ultrasound and or ct scan to thoroughly evaluate the right upper quadrant of the abdomen? I would be interested in checking for gall stones, rib cage abnormalities, although sludge in the gall bladder or certain gall stones may not be visualized. If symptoms persist consultation with a gastroenterologist or abdominal surgeon would be worthwhile. ...Read more

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I have just been diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver and I have severe anemia where I just had a blood transfusion, will my liver heal or get worse?

I have just been diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver and I have severe anemia where I just had a blood transfusion, will my liver heal or get worse?

Anemia and cirrosis: Anemia cause? Can be from GI bleedinf or liver makes blood also. Marrow gets suppressed. You should check with your Dr. Gastroenerologist. For further plans. ...Read more

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Someone I know has Stage 3 Liver Cancer, but it's "in remission." What does that mean? What is their outlook on life. They have to get liver transplant

Someone I know has Stage 3 Liver Cancer, but it's "in remission." What does that mean? What is their outlook on life. They have to get liver transplant

Liver cancer: Can be a very serious illness. If it is "in remission", then there is usually no evidence of cancer currently, although there is a high rate of recurrence regardless. If the patient is being considered for a liver transplant, there is probably no evidence of cancer growth seen at this time. The long-term prognosis depends on many factors, and it is impossible to comment on that here. Good luck. ...Read more

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I get this pulling feeling in abdomen, what does this mean?

I get this pulling feeling in abdomen, what does this mean?

More info: Is it painful? Where is the pulling? When do you get pain/pulling? What type? How long does it last? Anything make it better? Anything make it worse? Does food affect the pain? Have you had any surgery? How long has it been there? Have you tried any medications? Did they work? Did you injure yourself? Pulled muscle etc? Has anyone done any studies? Need a bit more. ...Read more

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Sometimes when I haven't eaten in a while I get a numbing pain on the left side of my abdomen. What could that mean?

Sometimes when I haven't eaten in a while I get a numbing pain on the left side of my abdomen. What could that mean?

Acidity?: Stomach pain can feel like other sensations in the upper abdomen sometimes. A patient who suspects that certain pains are related to stomach acid / reflux / ulcers can actually try taking a good-sized dose of maalox or mylanta to see what happens. If the pains or sensations go away each time, that suggests the pains are due to acidity. A primary care doctor can check for any serious problems. ...Read more

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If your pregnant and having pain on the left side of abdomen which get worse. Can you help me with this?

If your pregnant and having pain on the left side of abdomen which get worse. Can you help me with this?

Talk with physician: The best answer needs more information sucha s how far along in the pregnancy, any other symptoms (bleeding, pain with urination, nausea, etc). Some possibilities can be very serious such as ectopic pregnancy, kidney infection (pyelonephritis), and others can be norma like round ligament pain from pregnancy. The more severe, or the more symptoms be seen! ...Read more

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When I'm laying on my abdomen it hurts and I get dizzy, what it means?

When I'm laying on my abdomen it hurts and I get dizzy, what it means?

Question vague: Need far more information to even guess what is going on. Suggest you expand the question or go and see a doctor and get examined. ...Read more

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I get a sharp pain usually right when I wake up. It's on my right side in my abdomen and the pain Gets worse when I take a deep breath?

I get a sharp pain usually right when I wake up. It's on my right side in my abdomen and the pain Gets worse when I take a deep breath?

Muscular strain?: Have you been doing exercises such as crunches? It could be a strained abdominal muscle or it could be something more serious. Please see your primary care physician for an exam if it persists longer than a few days or worsens or is associated with fever, nausea, or vomiting. ...Read more

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I have loads of wind, but can't poo properly, suffer with anxiety but this is making it worse, could this be anxiety related? Scared no abdomen pain

I have loads of wind, but can't poo properly, suffer with anxiety but this is making it worse, could this be anxiety related? Scared no abdomen pain

Anxiety=bowel issues: It is very common for anxiety to cause bowel distress. Reduce your anxiety and your bowels should normalize. Otherwise see a GI doctor to rule out any illness that needs treatment. ...Read more

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I have a painful lower abdomen left side...Where the kidney is. Hurts if I stretch, I can feel it more when I push in on the flower front side, been like this for about a week, doesn't seem to get worse or better?

I have a painful lower abdomen left side...Where the kidney is. Hurts if I stretch, I can feel it more when I push in on the flower front side, been like this for about a week, doesn't seem to get worse or better?

See a Doctor: Could be kidney problems or a stone, diverticulitis of the bowel.You need a ua to check for blood and protein, check of stool for blood. A good physical exam and thorough history may also help shed some light on what is going on, too. Eventually you may need a ct with contrast to get a better idea but this carries a high dose of radiation to get an answer. Don't try to self-diagnose. ...Read more