Many liver diseases are recognized late. Treacherous liver disease is that the liver has no sensation of pain and sends no warning signs. Possible complaints are rather unspecific. So it often remains with the classification as everyday complaints such as the example of "stress" or "chronic fatigue".
Watch out for unfamiliar or new body signals. If you are unsure, talk to your doctor. A detailed description of the symptoms enables the physician to initiate further targeted examinations. If you are aware of elevated liver values, the cause of the change must be investigated.
Symptoms of liver disease
Symptoms that may indicate liver or bile disease:
- Constant tiredness, difficulty concentrating
- Pressure in the right upper abdomen
- Clay-colored stool and beer brown urine
- Appetite loss, disgust for certain foods, especially meat
- Weight changes, nausea and vomiting, swelling
- Nosebleeds and bruises
- Yellowing of the skin or eyes
- Frequent muscle and joint pain
- Reduction of body hair in the chest or abdominal area in men
- Frequently elevated liver enzymes gamma-GT, GOT and GPT
If you have noticed these symptoms more often, talk to your doctor.
Treatment of liver disease
A panacea for any liver disease does not exist. If a disease is detected, the treatment options vary depending on the cause - sometimes even completely opposite:
- For example, hepatitis C is currently being treated mainly with drugs that are supposed to stimulate the immune system against the virus (interferons).
- In an autoimmune hepatitis, in which the immune system attacks the liver, one tries on the other hand to dampen the immune system.
- In overweight patients with fatty liver hepatitis (NASH), a diet change with gentle weight loss is often the top priority.
Avoid additional stress on the liver
No matter what the cause of the liver disease: avoid substances that put additional strain on the liver. This includes, above all, the alcohol. Smoking may also worsen liver disease. Medications that are not essential should also be avoided.
It is more difficult if you have to take medication for another, serious illness and these burden the liver. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if there are more compatible preparations. Under no circumstances should you stop taking important medications (such as high blood pressure or epileptics) without consulting your doctor just because your liver enzymes are elevated.
Who can help?
If you are worried about liver problems or liver problems, ask your doctor for advice. If in doubt, it may be useful to consult a specialist who is intensively involved with the area.
Specialists in liver disease are hepatologists and gastroenterologists. These work either in the private practice or in clinics. Contact a doctor of your choice.