How to know if I have liver problems? Warning symptoms
What are the symptoms of having a liver problem? Discover what signals this organ can give you to know if you have liver problems or any disease that affects it.
The liver is an essential organ for life. It carries out and carries out hundreds of important functions every day, among which the storage and release of sugar in the blood, the storage of fats, the secretion of bile or the elimination of impurities from the blood stand out.
And where do we find this organ? In what part of our body? Specifically, we find it located under the diaphragm, on the right side. It is formed by a right lobe and a left lobe, and in turn, consists of tiny lobules responsible for their important functions.
According to the different and different diseases of the liver, there are several different pathologies and conditions that can affect you to a greater or lesser extent (directly or indirectly).
What are the most common liver diseases?
Although there are a wide variety of diseases that can affect the liver, the truth is that there is a certain series that stand out for being precisely the most common or usual. They are the following:
Fatty liver: Fatty liver (which can be alcoholic or non-alcoholic) is one of the most common liver pathologies, consisting of the excessive accumulation of fat in this organ, which can cause inflammation and enlargement, and that with the passage of time turn into cirrhosis or liver cancer. It can be caused by a regular consumption of alcohol over time (it does not have to be excessive), or by maintaining an unbalanced diet, rich in fat and excess weight.
Cirrhosis: It is estimated that around 30,000 people die each year as a result of this condition. It consists of a chronic and irreversible liver disease, produced due to the destruction of liver cells, and the production as a consequence of nodular and fibrous tissue, which prevents its proper functioning.
Viral hepatitis: Hepatitis is an equally common condition caused by viruses that affect the liver, causing inflammation. Hepatitis A, B, C and D stand out, although both hepatitis B and hepatitis C are considered the most serious.
Hemochromatosis: It is a disease that can be hereditary or acquired. It consists of an increase in the absorption of iron through the intestine, causing its accumulation in different organs of the body. Therefore, it can lead to diabetes, heart disease or cirrhosis.
What symptoms alert of a disease or problem in the liver?
We must bear in mind that the symptoms of disease or problems in the liver can vary not only from one person to another but also depending on the type of disease, pathology or condition that this organ has.
In any case, there are a number of common symptoms that can help the doctor identify whether the person may be suffering from a liver problem or not. They are the following.
Jaundice (yellow skin)
Jaundice is considered one of the most common and frequent symptoms in the presence of a disease in the liver. However, it can also appear for other reasons, such as:
Obstruction of the bile ducts.
Different genetic syndromes
Diseases of the blood.
Consumption of certain medications or drugs.
It is caused by having high bilirubin in the blood, especially when its levels are above 2.5 mg / dL. Bilirubin is a yellow pigment found in bile, produced by the liver, resulting from the degeneration of hemoglobin in red blood cells that are in poor condition.
In any case, the most common symptom of jaundice is the presence of a yellow hue of both the skin and the white parts of the eyes.
General fatigue and fatigue
It is a more common symptom than you think, although normally we do not usually associate it with liver problems. Lack of energy, attributed to fatigue or fatigue, is common in people with fatty liver or cirrhosis.