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How do u know when u have a bad liver?

How do u know when u 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

Dr. Steven Griggs
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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 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?

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

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What are signs if your liver is bad?

What are signs if your liver is bad?

Sick liver: Flags for poor liver health could include yellow skin and yellowing of the whites of the eyes; dark urine; very light colored, black or bloody feces; nausea; lack of appetite; skin itching; pain or swelling of the abdomen and feeling exhausted. ...Read more

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How bad is it to have a small liver?

How bad is it to have a small liver?

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

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How does a bad liver affect your health?

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

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When your liver hurts, is that a bad sign?

When your liver hurts, is that a bad sign?

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

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Wuat are the consequences of having a bad liver?

Wuat are the consequences of having a bad liver?

Bad liver=cirrhosis: People with cirrhosis are are at risk for liver cancer, varices (big veins along the food tube that can rupture and bleed), ascites (fluid in the belly) and encephalopathy (confusion). any one of those can lead to death, so best to prevent having a 'bad liver'... ...Read more

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Can to much sex affect the liver or be bad for me? I'm 26 male

Sex: There's no risk to your liver, unless you have unsafe sex and contract hepatitis b or c or hiv. You may experience exhaustion, depending on the frequency and intensity of intercourse. ...Read more

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How badly would it hurt after donating part of my liver & how long would recovery take?

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

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Can liver size vary from yr to yr? Last yr mine was 13cm this yr it was 14.6cm? Is this bad?

Can liver size vary from yr to yr? Last yr mine was 13cm this yr it was 14.6cm? Is this bad?

Certain variability: 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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Last year liver measured at 13cm. This year it measured 14.6cm is this bad? Why the difference?

Last year liver measured at 13cm. This year it measured 14.6cm is this bad? Why the difference?

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

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What does this mean is it bad? "the liver demonstrates homogeneous signal intensity without focal lesion"?

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

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Can vegetarians have bad livers?

Yes: Fatty liver frm too much carbohydrate diet can result in steatohepatitis and cirrhosis over 20-30 yrs. ...Read more

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How bad is neurons for you liver?

How bad is neurons for you liver?

Neurons: Neurons are nerve cells & as such are neither good nor bad for your liver. ...Read more

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Is nyquil bad for the liver?

Is nyquil bad for the liver?

Not if dosed right: If taken as prescribed, it will not hurt your liver. If taken improperly (too much, for example) if definitely could. Nyquil contains Acetaminophen (tylenol) which can cause liver damage and even liver failure if overdosed. ...Read more

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Is cinnamon bad for your liver?

Is cinnamon bad for your liver?

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

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Is drinking acv bad for your liver?

Is drinking acv bad for your liver?

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

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Could it be something bad if I have liver pain?

Maybe: 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

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Borderline liver function is bad or still normal?

Borderline liver function is bad or still normal?

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

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What is worse for the liver, alcohol or bad foods?

What is worse for the liver, alcohol or bad foods?

Alcohol: Consumed beyond moderation. Diet has little impact on your liver in spite of all the 'pop' claims. Less well-known is the risk of a sedentary lifestyle -- you must exercise or your liver will not function well and is likely to get fatty. ...Read more

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Is it bad to drink 3 days before a liver functions test?

Is it bad to drink 3 days before a liver functions test?

Yes if it has alcoho: It will alter the results. It is also not a healthy idea to drink after the tests either. Alcohol is a known liver toxin so don't imbibe! ...Read more

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I am an alcoholic and my liver count is 586 is this bad?

I am an alcoholic and my liver count is 586 is this bad?

WHICH COUNT??: Sorry lots of liver enzymes in the liver so which one is this. If you are concerned about your liver try to get help for the alcoholism and try to avoid tylenol (acetaminophen) products too. ...Read more

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I have end stage cirrocis of the liver. Is chocolate bad for me?

No: There is no contraindication in eating chocolate and cirrhosis. However it is very important to eat a healthy diet low in salt (<2gram/day) and high with good protein sources. ...Read more

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How much alcohol per day can a liver tolerate without bad effects?

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

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If you're ALT/SGPT liver test is 105 does that mean it's high or anything bad necessarily?

If you're ALT/SGPT liver test is 105 does that mean it's high or anything bad necessarily?

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

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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

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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

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Waht may be symptoms of a liver going bad? I was an alcoholoic 4 ten years wondering if I should be worried?

Subtle and obvious: Subtle signs: low or falling or low normal platelet count, insomnia or reversed sleep wake cycle, unexplained fatigue
obvious signs: utter confusion, yellow skin/eyes, dark urine, fluid buildup in the abdominal cavity, overt GI bleeding, easy bruising, nose bleeds. ...Read more

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Ran into cornor of table & it hit me on right side near liver, could I have damaged liver? Hurts really badly.

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