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How do I know if something is wrong with my liver?

How do I know if something is wrong with my liver?

See a doctor: If you become jaundiced, this is one indication that your live may be damaged, but quite often you can have few if any symptoms while the liver is chronically inflamed. Acute hepatitis can produce nausea and vomiting, right upper abdominal pain and tenderness. If you have been exposed to something about which you are worried, see your local doctor. ...Read more

Dr. Eric Weisman
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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 can you tell if something is wrong with your liver?

How can you tell if something is wrong with your liver?

Not that easily: By the time someone with liver disease has symptoms it is probably late or quite serious. Discuss with your doctor about your concerns and if needed he can run some simple blood tests. ...Read more

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What is some symptoms if something is wrong with your liver?

What is some symptoms if something is wrong with your liver?

None to many: Some liver problems do not have any symptom at all and found accidentally . Common liver problem presentations are nausea , vomiting , weakens , yellow urine , eye and skin . Sometimes , itching . When liver disease advance , you may have distended belly due to fluid in the peritoneum . There are numerous signs and symptoms depending on the cause and the effect it has on various organ -system. ...Read more

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Is something was wrong with my liver could that cause fall bladder issues or issues in other parts of my abdomen?

Is something was wrong with my liver could that cause fall bladder issues or issues in other parts of my abdomen?

Not bladder: Liver problems would not cause issues with your bladder. Liver disease can cause nausea abdominal pain. You need to know what type of liver disease you have and find out if there is treatment for that to avoid problems in the future. Good luck. ...Read more

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My b12 levels are always 1200-1300 and my alanine levels are high. Does it neccesarily mean something is wrong with the liver?

My b12 levels are always 1200-1300 and my alanine levels are high. Does it neccesarily mean something is wrong with the liver?

Maybe: Elevated B12 means nothing. You're making more of the binder protein for some reason. Nobody measures alanine, but if your alanine amino transferase (ALT / SGPT) levels are up, you'll want to know why -- if it's not alcohol, you may have a medication allergy, a viral hepatitis, iron overload, Wilson's, autoimmune hepatitis, or it may be your body's way of asking for more exercise. ...Read more

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Bilirubin total1.8 higher than range1.2. hdl-chole 36 (>46) abnormal. Prolactin 31.7 higher than 30. Something wrong with my liver?

Bilirubin total1.8 higher than range1.2.
hdl-chole 36 (>46) abnormal. Prolactin 31.7 higher than 30. Something wrong with my liver?

Many possibilities: Elevated bilirubin MAY indicate liver disease. However, if you are not sick, it may also be due to a (mild and non-threatening) hereditary condition called Gilbert's syndrome. Some drugs cause elevated prolactin and/or elevated bilirubin. And of course, pregnancy increases prolactin levels. All this information needs to be put together by a doctor who knows your whole case. ...Read more

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I just got my blood test result and it showed my ALT liver is 69 . Something wrong with my liver ? Why it is so high ? I am very worry

I just got my blood test result and it showed my ALT liver is 69 . Something wrong with my liver ?  Why it is so high ? I am very worry

Need evaluation: Do you drink alcohol? Are you on any medications? Alt of 69 is higher than normal but not that high. If you drink, stop for three months and redo the test. All lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the test is usually in the best position to do that. ...Read more

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Recent blood test shows gpt/alt of 219 and got/ast of 85. Is there something wrong with my liver?

Recent blood test shows gpt/alt of  219 and got/ast of 85. Is there something wrong with my liver?

Possibly: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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I'm 8 wks pregnant feeling dizzy chest congestion and tightness n squeezing feeling in chest is it something wrong with my liver plz help ?

I'm 8 wks pregnant feeling dizzy chest congestion and tightness n squeezing feeling in chest is it something wrong with my liver plz help ?

See your physician: I'm not as concerned with your liver with these symptoms as I am with your lungs or possibly your heart. Have you alerted your OB? ...Read more

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Whats wrong with my liver? Jaundiced, yellow urine. How do they test for hepatitis a?

Whats wrong with my liver? Jaundiced, yellow urine. How do they test for hepatitis a?

Blood: A blood test can check for hepatitis a. But other things need to be excluded. Please get this checked tomorrow. ...Read more

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Signs something may be wrong with your liver?

Liver Symptoms: There could be:
1. Right upper abdominal swelling and/or pain
2. Unexplained bruising of the skin
3. Yellowing of the eyes and/or skin
4. Clay colored stools.

You can easily test this with a series of simple blood tests that can be done at any clinic. ...Read more

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My liver is enlarged. It is 19 cm. Does that mean something is wrong?

My liver is enlarged. It is 19 cm. Does that mean something is wrong?

Maybe: Big span even if you're a big person. If your span is just big because you have a riedel's lobe (liver shapes are quite variable), it's nothing. If your liver is diffusely enlarged, i'd be seriously concerned -- especially about the metabolic syndrome. ...Read more

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Would you only hurt in your back on the right upper side if you may have something wrong with your liver or would you have more symptoms?

Would you only hurt in your back on the right upper side if you may have something wrong with your liver or would you have more symptoms?

Other possibilities : It could be gall bladder, lungs, muscular, other? See a doctor for a physical evaluation and perhaps labs or imaging studies as judged appropriate by your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the side effects of something wrong with your liver?

What is the side effects of something wrong with your liver?

See your doctor: Fatty liver comes from drinking alcohol (beer, wine, and liquor) as well as obesity. Avoid eating fatty foods and drinking alcohol. If you have bloating or fluid built up in your abdomen (ascites), you may be having liver problems. Your doctor can check your blood work as well as exam you and review your history. ...Read more

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Mono my levels were 0.73 what's wrong is it my liver?

Mono my levels were 0.73 what's wrong is it my liver?

Hard to say: Mono is one of numerous viral illnesses that can cause increased levels of injury related markers from liver irritation.This irritation is a sign of a mild to moderate hepatitis that will almost always resolve without treatment. The number you gave, without the context of what it pertains to, (an enzyme level, an antibody test,etc) provides no useful data. ...Read more

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I have a pain in my stomache or liver could advise what is wrong? Thx

I have a pain in my stomache or liver could advise what is wrong? Thx

Big difference !?: There is (of course) a big difference in the differential of pain originating from the stomach versus the liver. Can you be more specific as to location, onset, relationship of symptoms to meals, any trauma, change in bowels, risk of liver/gallbladder disease, alcohol intake, etc.? Happy to assist once we have more information. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have labs for liver & kidneys completely normal but still have something wrong with the liver?

Yes: Liver function tests are often elevated in acute or chronic liver disease, but in advanced liver disease when much of the healthy liver tissue is destroyed, these levels can become misleadingly normal or even low. If you have concerns about liver disease, discuss them with your doctor. There are many lab and radiologic studies that can help identify and characterize liver disease. Good luck! ...Read more

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Constant pain in my liver. Scans were fine, bloods not to bad. What could be wrong ?

Constant pain in my liver. Scans were fine, bloods not to bad. What could be wrong ?

Fatty liver: not too bad liver tests makes me think your liver enzymes were slightly abnormal ...Read more

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Sudden outbreak of liver spots, what's wrong?

Sudden outbreak of liver spots, what's wrong?

Lay term: That is not a medical term and it is not possible to know what you are referring to or where they are. For healthy skin in general drink plenty of water, avoid the sun, avoid alcohol, get sleep, and avoid stress. ...Read more

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Why are my liver enzymes elevated. I don't drink or smoke. I'm 52 years old. Women. 125 pounds. What could be wrong? 

Why are my liver enzymes elevated. I don't drink or smoke. I'm 52 years old. Women. 125 pounds. What could be wrong? 

NASH: There are many reasons for why your liver enzymes are elevated. Most often if you are healthy and don't take any medications your abnormality can be related to "fatty liver". An ultrasound of your liver can easily shed some light on this issue. ...Read more

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I always have the "rare side effects" of any medication prescribed for me-gotten to be predictable- what's wrong with me? Genes? Liver?

Nocebo effect.: Nothing. There is no plausible physiologic explanation for such a phenomena. Rare side effects are generally statistically independent events ( unless of course, the side effects are from medications in the same class). Having a rare side effect from more than a few meds has vanishingly low probability. ...Read more

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Scared I've got something wrong wiv my liver my stools are yellow sometimes and loose in quite worried ?

Scared I've got something wrong wiv my liver my stools are yellow sometimes and loose in quite worried ?

Liver: If yellow or clay colored stools are caused by liver disorder, urine would be brownish and the whites of the eyes would have a yellowish tint. If there is irritability or inflammation of the gi tract, stools can be tan colored from rapid transit through the intestinal tract. Omit harsh roughage and if abnormal stools persist, see your physician who will order appropriate tests. ...Read more

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My blood sugars were normally 85-95 and now they have been 110-113 in the morning i'm not liking this could there be something wrong? Should i go backon my metformin medication. Should i worry liver?

Check w/your doctor: Check w/ your doctor. It sounds like your Insulin resistance has increased or your Insulin secretion ability has decreased. Recent infection, steroids, etc?
Why did you stop your metformin in the first place? Metformin has many positive actions other than keeping glucose down - it can also delay or prevent the development of diabetes. If you're overweight, lose. ...Read more

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On ultrasound study, my liver appears enlarged in size and parenchyma shows increased echo patterns. Porta hepatis is normal. Is something wrong?

On ultrasound study, my liver appears enlarged in size and parenchyma shows increased echo patterns. Porta hepatis is normal. Is something wrong?

Fatty liver: The ultrasound pattern you describe usually indicates fatty infiltration of the liver. This can be due to alcohol, drugs/medications, obesity or other causes. Your doctor can do blood work to further evaluate your liver and discuss possible etiologies and treatments. ...Read more