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Symptoms Of Liver Damage

Liver disease is serious and requires treatment and regular monitoring by a liver specialist.

A liver specialist is known as a hepatologist and you need to be referred by your family doctor or general practitioner. Over nearly 40 years of practicing medicine I have seen many patients develop severe liver disease, which sadly could have been prevented by early detection and early referral to a hepatologist. There needs to be more awareness of liver disease so that patients can be treated early so that we can prevent cirrhosis, liver failure and liver cancer. Make sure you have your liver function checked annually with a blood test.

I have presented my ideas on how to help those with liver diseases using nutritional medicine, which I have been using for many years with good success rates. However my recommendations do not replace the care of your own doctor and you should remain under the care of your own doctor whilst using nutritional therapies.

If you have any questions you may contact my naturopaths on 623 3343232 or email us at contact@liverdoctor.com

progression of liver damage

Symptoms of Liver Damage

Abnormal Metabolism of Fats

  • Abnormalities in the level of fats in the blood stream.  For example; elevated LDL cholesterol and reduced HDL cholesterol and elevated triglycerides.
  • Arteries blocked with fat, leading to high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes.
  • Build up of fat in other body organs (fatty degeneration of organs).
  • Lumps of fat in the skin (lipomas and other fatty tumors).
  • Excessive weight gain, which may lead to obesity.
  • Inability to lose weight even while dieting.
  • Sluggish metabolism.
  • Protuberant abdomen (pot belly).
  • Cellulite.
  • Fatty liver.
  • Roll of fat around the upper abdomen – (liver roll).

Digestive Problems

  • Indigestion.
  • Reflux.
  • Haemorrhoids.
  • Gallstones and gallbladder disease.
  • Intolerance to fatty foods.
  • Intolerance to alcohol.
  • Nausea and vomiting attacks.
  • Abdominal bloating.
  • Constipation.
  • Irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Pain over the liver – (upper right corner of abdomen & lower right rib cage).

Blood Sugar Problems

  • Craving for sugar.
  • Hypoglycaemia and unstable blood sugar levels.
  • Mature onset diabetes (Type 2) is common in those with a fatty liver.

Nervous System

  • Depression.
  • Mood changes such as anger and irritability.
  • Metaphysically the liver is known as the “seat of anger”.
  • Poor concentration and “foggy brain”.
  • Overheating of the body, especially the face and torso.
  • Recurrent headaches (including migraine) associated with nausea.

Immune Dysfunction

  • Allergies – sinusitis, hay fever, asthma, dermatitis, hives, etc.
  • Multiple food and chemical sensitivities.
  • Skin rashes and inflammations.
  • Increased risk of autoimmune diseases.
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
  • Fibromyalgia.
  • Increase in recurrent viral, bacterial and parasitic infections.

External Signs

  • Coated tongue.
  • Bad breath.
  • Skin rashes.
  • Itchy skin (pruritus).
  • Excessive sweating.
  • Offensive body odour.
  • Dark circles under the eyes.
  • Yellow discoloration of the eyes.
  • Red, swollen, itchy eyes (allergic eyes).
  • Acne rosacea – (red pimples around the nose, cheeks and chin).
  • Brownish spots and blemishes on the skin (liver spots).
  • Red palms and soles which may also be itchy and inflamed.
  • Flushed facial appearance or excessive facial blood vessels (capillaries/ veins).

Hormonal Imbalance

  • Intolerance to hormone replacement therapy or the contraceptive pill (eg. side effects)
  • Menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes may be more severe.
  • Premenstrual syndrome may be more severe.


All of the above symptoms are common manifestations of a dysfunctional liver. However, they can also be due to other causes, of a more sinister nature, so, in all cases of persistent symptoms it is vital to see your doctor.


  1. HI Dr Love, thank-you for your email, i am sure that we will be able to help you a lot.
    Please re-email me at kyliem@cabothealth.com.au

  2. Thanx for this info. Ive had HCV since 84. There isnt time for me to explain my lack of insurance or medical help Ive received but please know I have gotten more help from the info online then anywhere else. That said please tell me if what I think is happening to my body sounds likely:
    I have to take alot of psyche meds for my bipolar. That floods my sick liver with an overload, so the toxins my liver cant handle are put through my kidneys. My kidneys panic and react like Im poisoned and hang onto every bit of water. This is why I blow up with water and cant really pee until the meds are diluted. Also because my liver is not processing sugar into glucose, my body doesnt have enough glucose in my bloodstream to give me energy. This is why Im exhausted and have an insatiable crave for sugar. Eating mass quantities of sugar floods my liver with toxins blowing up veins all over my legs because the veins in my liver are overloaded.

    • I came here to find info for my husband’s ailments but this post about bi-polar medication has hit a nerve. My psychiatrist knows that I’m not comfortable with taking medication, but is working with me to provide the best quality of life on the least amt of meds. I’m starting to come to terms, that I may need to always take medication, and I’m worried about what it is doing to me. The whole point of taking care of myself is so I can live an ongoing healthy life. I’ve been suicidal many times, but I need to keep going for my kids- I don’t want to jeopardize my health for treatment- where is the balance?

      • Hi Dawn,

        Well thank you for sharing yourself with us. Some times it is a necessary truth that we need to take prescription medication to balance ourselves on various levels. It seems you are under the guidance of a good psychiatrist, so the best advice i can offer you is to support your liver. Your liver will be processing and eliminating all of the toxins out of your body- and this now includes pharma meds. Please ensure you take Liva Tone Plus. Start with 1 x twice daily, then after a month, increase to 2 x twice daily on going. Id also recommend cutting out Gluten from your diet and including plenty of Raw Juices- GREEN juices. A clean and green diet DOES change your mind set. a TOTAL elimination of gluten containing products and strong Omega 3 oils will also assist. If you have any further questions, please contact Kylie at kyliem@cabothealth.com.au

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