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How do you tell if your liver is failing?

How do you tell if your liver is failing?

You'll know: You'll feel terrible, you'll be sick to your stomach and you will notice the whites of your eyes being unmistakably yellow when viewed in the sunlight. You may have discomfort in the right upper quadrant. None of these are specific. Early liver disease is often discovered on labs. If someone has warned you but scientific labs are normal & you feel okay, seek another opinion. ...Read more

Dr. Payam Rafat
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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 do you know if your liver or kidney is going out?

Need evaluation: If you mean by "going out" not functioning well. There are several blood tests that will give an answer. Specific kidney tests include the blood creatinine, bun, and electrolytes. Specific liver function tests include liver enzymes called transaminases and bilirubin. There are of course symptoms related to dysfunction of each of these organs, including retention of fluid and swelling. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you damaged your liver?

How can you tell if you damaged your liver?

Bloodwork and images: Depending on what the insult to the liver was, we can often see changes in the patients bloodwork. In patients who have had chronic damage to the liver due to alcohol or hepatitis, the bloodwork can remain fairly well preserved until late in the course of the disease. Ultrasound, MRI and ct are used to look at changes in the appearance of the liver architecture and bloodflow. ...Read more

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How to know if my liver is damaged?

How to know if my liver is damaged?

Liver function tests: You would need to get liver function tests (blood test), which include ast, alt, alkaline phosphatase, bilirrubin, albumin. Also other proteins such as coagulation factors reflect how the liver is working. An ultrasound of the liver is a good starting imaging study to assess the liver. ...Read more

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How do you know if your nose is damaged by cocaine?

How do you know if your nose is damaged by cocaine?

It doesn't work as: Well. Cocaine use can lead to nosebleeds, loss of sense of smell, rhinitis, sinusitis, nasal ulcers, perforation of the nasal septum, degradation of septal cartilage to the point that it is destroyed and nose deformities (saddle nose). ...Read more

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How do you know if your apendix is hurting?

How do you know if your apendix is hurting?

Pain: First if you have no pain your appendix is not hurting. I am not sure if I am missing the point of your question. But, appendicitis causes severe right lower abdominal pain and is often accompanied by a fever. ...Read more

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How do you tell if your kidney is starting to fail?

How do you tell if your kidney is starting to fail?

See below: The doctor can order a serum creatinine, and calculate the GFR [glomerular filtration rate] if the rate is lower than normal then your kidneys correspondingly are not clearing the blood of all waste generated. ...Read more

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How do you know if gastritis is worsering?

How do you know if gastritis is worsering?

Needs evaluation: If you are having recurrence , or not responding to over the counter medication, then you need to see doctor for better evaluation.Of your gastritis.You should not continue to take otc med all the time, it is best to get evaluate to get med , or consult your diet as well as your stress .That may continue to give you problems. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have liver damage?

Look in mirror: If you are jaundiced, yellow pallor to skin or whites of eyes. Redness to palms, itching with no direct cause, loss of taste then i would check with your doctor. Check side effects of any and all medications that you take even supplements. ...Read more

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How can you tell if liver is swollen?

How can you  tell if liver is swollen?

Exam and labs: If by swelling you mean enlarged, a physician should ne able to detect it. When in doubt, bloodwork and imaging studies like ultrasound and/or ct scanning will confirm the diagnosis of liver enlargement. However, the liver can be inflammed without being significantly swollen, so a doctors visit is strongly recommended. ...Read more

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How do you know if a vein is damaged ?

How do you know if a vein is damaged ?

Black and blue.: If a vein is damaged from trauma, usually you will see discoloration of the skin either immediately after the injury or several days later. This occurs from blood escaping from the vein and leaking into the skin. Initially this may be dark (black and blue) and over several days as the body absorbs the blood, the color changes to yellow and then resolves. ...Read more

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What can you do to tell if your appendix is bursting?

What can you do to tell if your appendix is bursting?

Severe pain: Sometimes the pain from an inflamed appendix can start around your naval. The pain usually worsens over time and moves to mcburney's point which is in the right lower quadrant of your abdomen. Usually the area is tender when touched or when pressure is released. Things which are jolting like walking or coughing can increase the pain. You likely don’t feel like eating if you have appendicitis. >. ...Read more

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How do you know if your finger is broken?

How do you know if your finger is broken?

Pain, swelling, loss: Of motion, deviation, rotation, stiffness, throbbing, numbness, discoloration, tightness all can be symptoms of a finger fracture. If one suspects a fracture, then elevation, ice , splinting and urgent evaluation is needed as many seemingly simple fractures in the hand require a detailed understanding of what to do to optimize healing and return of function. ...Read more

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How do you know if your hymen is still there?

How do you know if your hymen is still there?

Use a mirror: Separate your thighs as widely as possible then separate labia minora with with forefinger ; middle finger of your dominant hand and inspect. Hymen usually looks like a perforated disc of skin at open end of vagina. ...Read more

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How can you know if your spleen has burst?

How can you know if your spleen has burst?

You'll know: It will hurt. It will be worse than any normal pain you've ever felt in your abdomen. You'll probably feel sick all over. ...Read more

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How can you tell if it is pancreatitis?

How can you tell if it is pancreatitis?

Pancreatitis : The inflamed pancreas is liberating amylase and lipase in the blood flow. However you need to see a pancreas expert who will order more blood test and eventual imaging. ...Read more

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How do you know if your tinnitus is permanent ?

How do you know if your tinnitus is permanent ?

Only time: There is no way to tell unless one knows the cause. For example, if you have tinnitus from taking aspirin, stopping Aspirin would stop it. The cause for tinnitus is unfortunately often unknown. ...Read more

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How do you know if your UTI is more serious, or has gone to your kidney?

How do you know if your UTI is more serious, or has gone to your kidney?

Loin pain, fever: Fever, chills, loin pain added to an established UTI suggest progression to kidney infection. ...Read more

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How do you know if your breast hematoma is infected?

How do you know if your breast hematoma is infected?

Need more info..: Why do you have a hematoma? How do you know it is a hematoma? Recent surgery or injury? Generally there would be a significant increase in breast pain, heat ; redness with spreading heat ; redness away from the hematoma ; maybe increasing bresst swelling. Need to see a doctor for an exam if you are concerned to be able to tell what you have. ...Read more