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What Happens If You Have A Bad Liver
Labs & Physical Exam: Liver is a large organ with natural ability to regenerate. When this process of regeneration reaches an endpoint you can develop what is called cirrhosis. Infections (hepatitis a, b, c etc), alcohol, autoimmune illness, drugs etc. Can all cause the same end result called cirrhosis. Physical exam with lab results and an ultrasound is a good starting point to evaluate your liver. ...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
I took a 1mg Xanax (alprazolam) tonight. I have a bad liver. Will it show up in a urine in 10 days? They send urine to a lab..
Xanax (alprazolam): The chance it will show up in 10 days is remote It depends on the office if they will send it out or not ...Read more
I took a urine drug screen and benzodiazepines showed up in my metabolites I haven't taken a benzo in three months but have a bad liver is that why?
Drug testing: Urine drugs tests are quite accurate. When reported as +, it means it has shown positive on an initial chemical screening ; then usually also been confirmed by a test for a specific molecule. The confirmations generally do not cross react with other substances ("false positives"). With a sick liver, it can take some time for benzos to clear, but I have not seen it be more than 1 mo, at most 2. ...Read more
Liver disease: A small liver that is caused by scarring is called cirrhosis. There are many causes, but primarily related to chronic alcohol use or viral hepatitis infection. The effect of cirrhosis causes impairment in production of proteins from the liver. It also causes impaired blood circulation thru the liver, which can make fluid build up in the abdomen (ascites) and create dilated veins in the esophagus. ...Read more
It can kill you: Your toughest organ is your liver, and it's among the least likely to develop problems. The good news is that most liver disease is manageable if it's detected early by an evidence-based physician. Hepatitis c, hepatitis b, hemochromatosis, wilson's, the biliary cirrhosis family and autoimmune hepatitis are all manageable nowadays/. ...Read more
What's causing pain?: The liver itself has no pain fibers, as true with brain--either can be sliced with a surgical tool and no pain. The capsule or linings of each organ has pain fibers. Unlikely to have 'liver pain' unless something is irritating the lining. So, find out what's causing the pain, and how to stop it will become clear. Try the following: stop-if ingesting-alcohol, coffee, hot/spicy foods, Aspirin drugs. ...Read more
It depends: It depends on the type of donation. Left lobe donation (to a child) is an easier operation with a shorter recovery. Right lobe donation (to an adult) is much more complicated and is associated with pain, possible death, bile duct complications in up to 30%, and can take 3-6 months to recover from. You would need to discuss this with the surgeon. ...Read more
In the test based on WHERE they are measuring and ultrasound pictures are grainy and somewhat imprecise. OTHER features such as if there is STUFF IN THE LIVER (most commonly fat) would be more important in whether something bad is going on. Cancer, blood distention...bad. Fat (occurring in over 10%) not bad, but indicative of obesity
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Livers: There is often slight variances in how the liver is measured based on different imaging modalities. Sometimes the way the liver is measured on the same type of study can be variable as well. There is also disease states that cause the liver to enlarge. If you have concerns ask your healthcare provider. ...Read more
What does this mean is it bad? "the liver demonstrates homogeneous signal intensity without focal lesion"?
Sounds normal: I assume the report includes other verbage, but what phrase you are questioning is an observation by the radiologist that the liver is not fatty nor has tumors or cysts. ...Read more
Cinnamon: In normal food amounts, cinnamon is safe for anyone. If used in larger doses, some people are sensitive to one type of cinnamon, called cassia cinnamon, and theoretically could have negative effects on the liver. In practical terms, it would be difficult to take that much cinnamon if used only in food amounts. Hope that helps. ...Read more
Apple cider vinegar?: Assuming that's what you mean, no, there is no evidence for it being bad for your liver and indeed, many sources tout it as a 'cleanser' (there is no evidence for that, either). your GI tract especially if you suffer from heartburn might not thank you for it though, so consume in moderation. ...Read more
Pain in right upper quadrant of abd (liver area) may be from the liver, gallbladder, colon, kidney, less likely from the stomach or duodenum.
If from liver can be due to stretch of capsule from blood flow (runner's stitch), or fat, clot, tumor, infection (viral hep-lots of types, parasites, bacterial infection), toxic hepatitis from drugs, autoimmune inflammation, etc. See ur doc. ...Read more
Not that bad but not: Borderline elevation of liver enzymes can occur from several possibilities. If it is only slightly elevated, one should not be too nervous about it but should not ignore either. Best approach should be to repeat. If it is still elevated, one should consult a specialist. ...Read more
Varies.: It's a very individual response. Some people seem to tolerate what can be considered unsafe levels for extended periods without much damage to their livers, while others don't tolerate even moderate amounts. It's a cumulative effect. The more you drink and for the longest period, the more likely to develop liver disease. Nutrition is important too. Poor nutrition makes it more likely to develop. ...Read more
This is serious: Most folks run 20 or under and the reference range top is probably 40. Listen, friend. You'll have this repeated after two week off medication and alcohol, if appropriate. If it's still up, you'll get a workup for several deadly-if-missed, easy-enough-to treat illnesses (hep B/C, hemochromatosis, WIlson's, autimmunity). It may simply be your body's way of asking for more exercise. Best wishes. ...Read more
What kind of diet maybe helpful for bad liver, they told me to get on a diet, what foods should I avoid?
What's your problem?: I suspect you may have fatty liver but if not, sorry, my bad! If fatty liver is the case, the best diet would be one that is poor in fat, especially saturated one and rich in fiber that catches and eliminates it from the intestines. I give my patients a good rule - anything that is white or made out of white is full of fat or can easily be converted into it - eggs, milk (whole), flour, sugar, rice. ...Read more
Is taking testoesrone boosters bad for liver or any health issues and is taking gnu strength vitapak ok?
Stop that stuff: There are no supplements or health foods that will boost testosterone. Testosterone can't be "boosted" and rarely would need it at your age. All those supplements are garbage. If any of them worked doctors would recommend them. If any of them worked there wouldn't be thousands on the market -- we'd only need one or two. Save your money and your health. Don't get medical info on tv or internet. ...Read more
Ran into cornor of table & it hit me on right side near liver, could I have damaged liver? Hurts really badly.
Possibly: The liver sits in the right upper quadrant, and so it is possible that am injury to that area can damage the liver. With all that being said, it would be highly unusual to injure your liver by the mechanism you described. If you are concerned, consider being seen where an exam and possibly a scan. Can rule out a more serious injury. ...Read more