12 Ways Your Body Tells That You Have A Damaged Liver

It's important to take care of your liver.

12 Ways Your Body Tells That You Have A Damaged Liver
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You cannot lead a happy life if you're not leading a healthy life. As we live a lifestyle, where we barely ever get time to pay attention to ourselves, we fail to realize that if we don't take care of ourselves, we are sure to bear the consequences.

The liver is the largest working organ in the human body that filters blood coming from the digestive tract. Not many people know this, but if you're on medication, the liver helps metabolize it. If the liver is damaged or it fails, the whole body shuts down.

If the liver fails, we can only live for 24 hours before eventually dying. After all, it's called 'live-r' for a reason. That being said, it's essential to look out for signs that indicate your liver is being damaged.

1. Aching stomach

1. Aching stomach

If we talk about the earliest symptoms of a liver damage, it starts with an upset belly. This includes rumbling, nausea and vomiting. Well, not that this symptom definitely means that your liver is damaged. It can indicate any health issue, from food poisoning to a migraine, to pregnancy (of course, gender-wise), and so this must not be taken casually.

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2. Loss of appetite

2. Loss of appetite
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A damaged liver does not produce enough bile juice (responsible for digesting your food). Food that isn't digested well causes a loss of appetite, leading to loss of weight.

3. Change in urine color

3. Change in urine color
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A clear urine color implies that you've been keeping yourself hydrated. As the color grows pale, it starts to indicate the lack of hydration. But if the color becomes orange or amber, despite you keeping yourself hydrated, this must be due to bilirubin, causing Jaundice and other imperative symptoms of liver damage.

4. Change in poop color

4. Change in poop color

If the shade of your deuce grows pale, or grayish, and that too on a consistent basis, it's best if you talk to your doctor about it.

5. Change in skin color

5. Change in skin color
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Red blood cells are vital for the proper protein and oxygen supply through our body. But liver damage affects the RBCs and reduces the count. This increases bilirubin in the bloodstream, causing our skin to appear more pale and yellowish - signaling Jaundice.

6. Feeling weakness and fatigue

6. Feeling weakness and fatigue
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This one doesn't cover the factors like working out or coming back from a long day of work. There, there. You might not have liver disease, with that.

But if despite a regular set of meals and sleep, you're feeling lethargic and tired, that's when you should be concerned. With reduced RBCs, proteins don't get distributed properly, causing lack of energy in the body, hence fatigue.

7. Itchy skin

7. Itchy skin
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Minor itches can be regarded as something benign but if the itch is getting excessive and persistent, you must get it checked. A damaged liver will cause the skin to become sensitive and flaky when touched. Lotions and creams might cause the itches to settle for the time-being, but it won't stop till the liver is back on track.

8. Abdominal changes

8. Abdominal changes
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Any pain that is not related to the menstrual cycle must be monitored. If you are experiencing pain or cramps in the lower abdomen, you could have a damaged liver.

9. Digestion issues

9. Digestion issues

The liver is responsible for producing bile which helps process nutrients that are absorbed by smaller intestines. Once the liver fails, enough bile won't be produced. This may lead to irritable bowel motions, constipation, and sorts.

10. Swollen feet and hands

10. Swollen feet and hands
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Your hands and feet might end up swelling, it might be because they're retaining too much fluid. Though fluid retention implies many health problems, it's essential that you consult your doctor.

11. Gastrointestinal bleeding

11. Gastrointestinal bleeding
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The liver develops clotting factors in the body. When it is damaged, the 'clot settings' sort of turn off. Without them, you may experience internal bleeding - especially in the rear end. Constipation and diarrhoea could also be associated with the gastro-intestinal bleeding.

12. Abdominal pain

12. Abdominal pain
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A damaged liver will cause pain in the upper right area of the rib cage. This is where the liver is located. For more, you can click here.

That's all, folks.

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