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Doctor insights on: What Symptoms Would I Have If My Liver Wasnt Functioning Right

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Dr. Warren Foster
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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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What symptoms would I have if my liver wasnt functioning right? come one come all or on and off?

What symptoms would I have if my liver wasnt functioning right?  come one come all or on and off?

Wide variation: so many symptoms can be associated with liver disease... but early on, fatigue, abdominal pain/tenderness, musculoskeletal pains probably most common. with more advanced liver disease, jaundice (yellow eyes/skin), swelling in legs and abdomen, higher risk of bleeding. usually persistent/ progressive sxs rather than off and on - but there are always exceptions as well. ...Read more

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Can a person with skin bronzing symptom have hemochromatosis if his liver function tests are normal?

Can a person with skin bronzing symptom have hemochromatosis if his liver function tests are normal?

Yes: Patients with hemachromatosis do not always have elevated liver enzymes. It is possible to have bronzing of the skin without elevated liver enzymes. All of these manifestations would be uncommon at 19 years old as end organ damage generally takes decades. ...Read more

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If only PCOS symptoms are a little excess hair, secondary amenorrhea, and elevated liver functions, can diagnosis still be PCOS?

If only PCOS symptoms are a little excess hair, secondary amenorrhea, and elevated liver functions, can diagnosis still be PCOS?

PCOS: Most experts (not all) agree that pcos is diagnosed based on 1) irregular/skipped periods, 2) ultrasound appearance, 3) elevated blood androgen levels. The reason it's called a syndrome is because not all patients have exactly the same symptoms. Hair is not a diagnostic criterion for PCOS, nor are liver function tests. ...Read more

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Bloods came back- all fine regarding bloods and liver function. found a hard lump behind ear connected to my neck? i have minimal symptoms at the mo.

Bloods came back- all fine regarding bloods and liver function. found a hard lump behind ear connected to my neck? i have minimal symptoms at the mo.

See specialist: You should see a specialist who may biopsy the area or get a radiological exam like a CT scan. This could be a lymph node or a mass in the tail of your parotid salivary gland ...Read more

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Just diagnosed w/lupus.Only symptom I have is muscle & joint pain.Blood tests say kidney & liver functions normal.Can I eventually get other symptoms?

Just diagnosed w/lupus.Only symptom I have is muscle & joint pain.Blood tests say kidney & liver functions normal.Can I eventually get other symptoms?

Yes: The most likely time to develop kidney disease or more serious issues is within the first 4 years of the diagnosis. That is why you need prriodic lab studies and should be under the care of a rheumatologist. ...Read more