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Signs Of Liver Problems In Women
Several: Fluid retention is a sign of liver problems due to a diminished ability to either make the proteins that keep the fluid in the correct space or nutritional consequences being able to metabolize things adequately. Jaundice is a late stage sign of liver insufficiency and failure. Confusion is a sign that the liver is struggling to deal with the naturally occuring debris. Fatigue. ...Read more
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
Liver disease: The CT scan without contrast will reveal cysts, masses, liver size and heterogeneity vs homogeneity of liver parenchyma (scar or inflammation). Adding contrast allows vascular structures to "light up" and this would indicate tumor or hemangioma. Also, texture of liver is better pictured with contrast - to determine scar or inflammation. ...Read more
Many: Problems with the liver are often associated with symptoms of nausea, taste disturbances, certain food intolerance, and pain. These will often overlap with intestinal problems with the addition of bloating, intermittent vomiting, or changes in bowels (most often loose) occurring with intestinal issues. ...Read more
Look for Swelling: Edema happens in both kidney and liver disease. However, edema could happens in other conditions too like in heart failure. In liver failure, the skin and eye white turn yellow. In kidney failure, the skin turns to earthy look. In both, however, blood work is the only way to make the diagnosis of either kidney or liver disease. ...Read more
I am a Canadian female in my sixties and have liver problems. I can't seem to get a diagnosis from the Drs. Where can I go to get a quick diagnosis ?
Liver doctor: You have not mentioned who you have seen It is important to mention that if are you drinking alcohol , using illicit substances or have use in the past, this could be the problem.. One concern could be something like hep b or c. The best consideration I can give is to see a GI doctor or hepatologist. I am not sure where in Canada to go. See your local doctor first for referra. ...Read more
Can you tell me the signs of early or already kidney problems or failure or liver problems or failure?
See below: I can try and answer since it is a very broad qs. Kidney failure and liver can be measured by labs/blood tests, eg creatinine for kidney and liver enzymes and bilirubin for liver. Early on in kidney failure there can be no symptoms until kidney function is quite low ie less than 15 %.Before that there may be anemia, hypertension, bone metabolism etc at 10-15 % there may be anorexia, nausea vomiting. ...Read more
What can be used for pregnant woman to strenghten liver as it was s big problem during first pregnancy and caused a too early birth?
Strenghten liver: If reason for liver weakaning was hepatitis make sure gets treated( if it was hepatitis b or c) have healthy diet. If it was, hellp sdr, preeclampsia, fatty liver of pregnancy, there isnt much that can be done, you are at higher risk with the second pregnancy. If it was cholestasis of pregnancy there are some meds outthere that can help release the symptoms, but not progression of disease.Hope it helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My son has every sign and symptom of a liver problem but the jaundice is very hard to notice. Is that normal?
?Gilbert Syndrome?: It is possible that he has the common hereditary cause of increased bilirubin, gilbert's syndrome, and is found in up to 5% of the population. The build-up of bilirubin can cause mild jaundice, but usually nothing else. Usually the liver can breakdown bilirubin quickly and u pee it out, but in this case it can't do it fast, thus a build up. But the level is usually harmless. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
Can skin burning/ flushing be a sign of liver, gallbladder or some other problem? Had a baby 3 months ago and I'm experiencing burning/ flushing skin.
Yes, late stages: Liver dysfunction in advance stages can cause your eyes to turn yellow, skin to change hue and be associated with significant itching. See your primary care physician to get some preliminary test and exams to assess the reason behind your skin condition. It may not be due to a liver cause. Regards Dr M ...Read more
I worded my previous question wrong. My 8 year old has all signs and sypmtoms of liver problems except jaundice. Is this normal?
Varies with conditin: The liver can show an injury pattern specific to its cause that may not produce jaundice in its early or moderate stages. Various simple viruses like mumps or mono can produce liver enzyme elevations without jaundice.One of the most elevated sets of liver enzyme studies i ever saw was a 9mo with unrecognized hepatitis b he got from mom at birth. He was never became jaundiced. ...Read more
I have been itching all over my body with rashes could this be from anxtiey it started about 4 days ago & icant stop itching sign of liver problem?
Itching: Itching (pruritus) can be caused by: skin conditions, internal/systemiic diseases, drug reactions, skin/topical irritant exposure; nerve disorders; and pregnancy. Yes, liver disease iis one cause. Anxiety can cause itching, but not likely whole body x weeks. If itching effects whole body, seek help. Call your doctor today and make an appointment, as this usually indicates a systemic process. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes if new: Some people have a slightly yellowish tint to the whites of their eyes but this is constant and life long. If you have newly acquired yellowing it is almost always due to liver dysfunction with the accumulation of bilirubin in the tissues including the whites of the eyes. Your gastroenterologist should be consulted as soon as possible. ...Read more
Why is my urine green when i drink alcohol im 36 and drink often. Is this a sign of a liver problem?
What are the options of contraception for a woman with liver problems and after cholestasis of pregnancy?
Not hormones: You can use local methods condoms, diaphragm, if u do not want any more kids, office sterilzation, is easier and safer than laparoscopic tubal coagulation. I currently do both adiana and essure in the offcie. If you have a c-section, the tubes can be tied at that time. But as you know tubal methods are permanent, but with your condition, another pregnancy could be risky. ...Read more
Is it possible to get entire body itching from liver problems, but have no signs of jaundice.? Bilirubin within normal ranges.
Gave up heavy drinking mths bk. had itchin hands for 3-4 days. Slight elevated billrubin by 9. Is this sign of liver problem? Or alcohol withrwal? Ty.
Liver problems: A bilirubin of 9 can be very concerning, along with unexplained itching. These symptoms sound like a condition called cholestasis, something seen in advanced liver disease. While alcohol withdrawal can cause other symptoms, it does not cause an elevated bilirubin of 9. This blood test should be evaluated with others including the AST, ALT, Alkaline phosphatase, and GGT. Your doctor can check. ...Read more
Starting last week i had a headache for 4 days on the forth day i checked my BP and it was 149\99, the following day i had my first nose bleed and now i noticed blood in my urine... I am a 32 yr old female with liver function problems, should I be worried
All : All of the above symptoms warrant a medical evaluation. Your headaches could be an effect of your high blood pressure. The blood in your urine may represent a urinary tract infection (UTI) or could be secondary to low platelets which could be an effect of your liver issues. Regardless a visit with a medical professional is in order right away. Best of luck. ...Read more
54-year-old woman awakened by pain that goes from her right abdomen to her flank. Kidney problem?
Pain from rt flank: The pain starting in rt side of abdomen and radiating to flank may be due to renal stone, if it is associated with urinary symptoms like blood in urine or difficulty in passing urine.You need to see your doctor or go to er where you can have urine test and cat scan to diagnose your problem. ...Read more
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