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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

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.

  • migan hawkins

    and this is regarding my husband not me thank you

  • migan hawkins

    I have a bunch of small itchy red spots on my upper thighs thats spreading down my legs I was diagnosed with moderate fatty liver last year and I have had a major decrease in urine for about 6 months and its really dark and has a really bad smell and I have constant pain in my lower right rib and pot belly

  • Guðrún Björg Sveinsdóttir

    I have almost all these symptoms.. mold/MCS/drug intolerance plus intolerance to most foods.. i get fever and soaking wet head/neck/headache/stomach gurgling after meals, strange nails.. pass out many times.. etc etc… i am now unable to work from this and i have no diagnosis and normal liver tests.. i recently had a ultrasound that showed Steatosis.. i am slim, dont drink and eat organic and live a clean lifestyle… I suspect my liver is making me more ill than anyone is suspecting?? can i hold down my Liver nr’s with my lifestyle but still be ill? i know i would be wayyy worse if i didnt live like this and most likely dead.. i have had altered brain function for the last 2 yrs and eyesight blurry plus low grade fever .. like hundreds of symptoms including hair/skin and looks very affected. Should i get a liver biopsy?? is it possible my liver is worse off than my nr’s say? i am totally intolerant to alcohol and all toxins now. TY x

    • Reddog

      Get a mold test kit to check the air in your home to rule out mycotoxicity. There could also be mold in your car’s ventilation system or at your workplace. Look up Doctors practiced in environmental medicine.

      • Guðrún Björg Sveinsdóttir

        Thank you, im well versed in all environmental issues and i am not in any mold or other.. i was, but not any more and i left all i had … but not getting any better so i am thinking the liver is a bigger issue than i perhaps know of… but thanks =)

        • Reddog

          Look up earthclinic.com for detox info from mold.

  • Heather

    I had my gallbladder removed in October 2013. The doctor kept me in for an extra 3 days giving me potassium, but said it happens all the time. Since the surgery I have gained 50 lbs in my abdomen only, vomit 80% of anything I eat, have constant swelling of my legs and feet, migraines, facial flushing, and become easily exhausted. On advice of the nurses in General Daycare where I have been going for hydration since Dec 2013 (I vomit so much I am constantly dehydrated) I went and got my hospital records. The reports show that the dr tore my gallbladder upon removal and bile leaked into the stomach cavity. When I called her office (2 mos after the surgery) she refused to see me again without a referral. I got the referral and she sent a training dr to take down any questions and wasn’t going to see me at all! I demanded to see her and she came in and said that it happens in almost every surgery. The same month (Feb 2014) I had a picc line in because it was becoming too hard to find veins for hydration. At one point an x-ray showed an 8.4 cm tear on my liver, but once I had an ultrasound to confirm, it mysteriously disappeared? None of the doctors in my town or surrounding area will even look at me since then. So, I now have my 2nd CV tunnelled line in my chest, continue to have weekly hydration, continue to have swelling, facial flushing, difficulty opening my eyes in the morning, and constant vomiting. No one will even do a scope to see how much damage is being done to my esophagus? The last dr that my gp approached replied with, “I’d rather not since there are already too many hands in the pot.” So, in the meantime, I continue to live like this as my family stands beside me wondering how to help or how much time I have.

    • Dave

      You need to do a liver/gallbladder flush to eliminate gallstones and hepatic stones to allow the liver and gallbladder to function properly.
      I feel sorry that you were never advised that you could fix your problem naturally. I was told to remove my gallbladder as I was having severe gallbladder and liver symptoms. No chance. Found this natural alternative and I am back to normal after many flushes. Good luck.

      • Heather

        Thanks Dave. It’s been a tough road…tonight again I puked so much that company left before the night was done. No one has ever suggested a live/gallbladder (although I don’t have one anymore!) flush? I will ask my dr about it when I see him on Wednesday. I also have an appointment with a naturopath on Friday…just hope it’s not a waste of money since I haven’t worked in almost 3 yrs. 🙁

        • Dave

          Hi Heather, I actually reached that stage as well where I would be sick if I ate a cheese sandwich. I was in extremely bad shape and am now 90% better still doing the liver/gallbladder flush. If I was able to fix myself I am confident this will work for you. I had to figure this all out by myself. I have had headaches and brain fog everyday for about 8 years. Pain behind my eyes (liver), Temporal headaches (gallbladder), Shortness of breath (gallbladder), Pain in my right shoulder blade (liver). The liver/gallbladder flush is amazing! I do a slight variation of the hulda clarke liver flush which allows me to do the liver flush everyday and see amazing results passing hundreds of stones everyday. Honestly I would not expect your GP to be aware of the liver flush. Their training is focused on pharmaceutical drugs to help conditions.Also through my own experience, they are not very aware of alternatives to drugs and I assume he will dismiss it. Do not be discouraged if he dismisses it. I would actually expect your naturopath to be aware of this flush. Let me know if you would like me to describe my personal liver flush protocol which I am doing everyday until I pass all my stones. My version you do not need to fast and you do not need to drink olive oil haha.
          Let me know… I know this will fix you. It will take some time but you will feel better everytime you do the flush. Any questions just ask.

          • Tamara

            Hi Dave,
            What you described is what I’m currently experiencing and would love the information on what type of flushes you’re doing. Please pass along the information, as it would be greatly appreciated!

          • bronhi

            Hi Dave. I know this is an older post but I would really appreciate if you could describe your version of liver flush. Thanks

    • Natalie Barry

      I don’t normally do this, but I read your post and had to reply. I have been in the medical field for over 30 years. No, it doesn’t make me an expert, but I was diagnosed with several autoimmune diseases, including liver (PBC) and Lupus. This gives me a lot of insight into issues that are difficult to diagnose. I went to dozens of doctors over several years and eventually I DIAGNOSED MYSELF. I found out which tests to take to confirm it!

      Many of your symptoms sound like they may be autoimmune related. Is your facial rash in the shape of a butterfly? This can be a sign of Lupus. The rash is very specific to the disease. So much that it can determine a diagnosis. I

      would STRONGLY suggest delaying the liver cleanse until you have a diagnosis. You may experience severe liver damage if it is not appropriate for your condition. I am a firm believer of holistic medicine. However, I think it is very important to know what is wrong with you before you apply naturopathic treatments.

      If I were in your shoes, I would find a Rheumatologist ASAP. (and a gastroenterologist) A reumatologist will help you determine if your immune system is involved.

      If you can’t find a doctor in your area, drive however far you need to. You do NOT have to feel this way. You must take your health care into your own hands. (Also, while you are in the process of finding an allopathic doctor, I would go to an acupuncturist. If you do some research, you will find that it is very effective for chronic illnesses. I don’t know how I would survive without it).

      I didn’t write to you to advertise my blog, but you might want to read this:


      It is a guide to surviving chronic illness. I hope it will inspire you to take the bull by the horns and get better!

      Best regards,


      • Heather

        Thanks for the note Natalie….I did go to the Naturopath/Acupuncturist that said the machine she uses shows a very low functioning liver. (30 when it should read 100+?) The acupuncture did help with the vomiting/nausea quite a lot, but she also tried to align my back (I have harrington rods, not sure if I mentioned that?) and the tear (MRI in January shows a tear(s) in my hip) was severely aggravated and as a result I haven’t seen too much change. I haven’t felt well enough to eat much. As for the rash, yes it does look like a butterfly, but can also be on my chin when it is really red. When I saw the dr that removed my gallstones about 2 yrs ago he had me tested for Lupus, but the blood work came back negative. Since having written my post my blood work shows low calcium, potassium, albumin and zinc. But, I don’t have access to all my blood work and didn’t even know about the zinc one until my doctor told me. For some reason they don’t let me see all my results? I won’t be trying the flush. Thank you for your input, I really appreciate it. It can be a very lonely road somedays.

  • Craig Parkin

    Hi all,

    Approx 12 months ago I noticed an unusual pain in my upper right abdomen that radiates through to my back……I abused my body for a couple of years with some pretty intense alcohol intake due to stresses of life (won’t go into the detail) I decided to quit alcohol and subsequently the pains faded and all seemed fine, I then decided to start treating myself to a few strong drink a night after work….the symptoms of pain in the abdomen and my back came back but we’re very intermittent…I decided to visit my GP and explained my issues and concerns. I was sent for an ultrasound scan to see if I had a fatty liver (results fine) blood tests (results fine) endoscopy (results fine) chest X-ray as I had intemittent breathing issues (results fine)…..anyway I continued to drink significant amounts and noticed my stools were starting to appear loose on occasions with literally no smell to them and they were more yellow than brown…..I also on rare occasions noticed fresh blood after going to the toilet (very rare) in the last 3 months I’ve noticed I have a constant nausea feeling but haven’t actually vommitted once…..obviously due to my stools and the nausea and blood in stools I decided to visit my gp and explain my symptoms. He did another round of blood test (again fine) he’s then prescribed me with lansprozole which certainly helps with the nausea. I decided to quit alcohol and haven’t touched a drop in over 3months and I intend to abstain for life. About a month after quitting alcohol I’ve noticed my stools seem far more normal and definately smell more normal (sorry for the detail) I haven’t noticed any further blood either. I do still feel mild discomfort in my abdomen and on occasions in my back but it’s not permanent….I also seem to get itchy skin but again this is very rare…another symptom is my face feels hot internally but the skin on the outside looks and feels fine…..I’ve noticed my blood pressure has been a little up and down but nothing to be overly concerned about….anyway because of the pains etc I decided I needed to visit my GP again he did another rounds of bloods and this time they’ve come back with slightly elevated enzymes (his words are he wasn’t concerned as it was only slightly over normal) anyway I explained my stool issues prior to quitting alcohol and he’s asked to see me again in the new year, this is after I’ve had more bloods and provided him with stool samples.

    I know there is a lot of experience and people that are going through similar issues and wondered if you think I’ve got a serious liver issue or have I hopefully abstained just in time….it’s really worrying me and I’m also concerned my weight is contributing to my issues. My GP has advised I cut down on fats and eat more healthy to try and lose weight and continue to abstain from alcohol. He did say he wasn’t worried but should I be??

    Thanks in advance

  • Yurman

    I was told that by a liver specialist at the hospital. My appetite came back and I get hungry all the time now.

  • Yurman

    Hello! I have been drinking heavily for over 10 years. I’ve was hospitalized 2 weeks ago for 4 days. I was detoxed and the doctor told me I have jaundice , acute acalculous cholecystitis , fatty liver , anemia macrocyclic , alcoholic liver disease. I was told to stop drinking. I stopped drinking totally. I’m taking methyiprednisolone daily as prescribed with a b1 vitamin. Can my liver damage be reversed? When I eat or stand a lot. I will feel sharp pain and cramping under my right side lower rib cage. I would need to sit or lay down and it will get better but come back. How can I make this situation better?? Please help! Thank you!

  • Peggy Lynn Sallows

    I have NASH with a MELD score of 9 it was 7 a couple of months ago. I have Myasthenia Gravis too. Both diagnosed after 4 years of Tamoxifen. I fit all the criteria not to take it but didn’t realize it until a lot of research done on my own. My liver numbers were high but my old doctors woulf just hush me. Little did I know he knew about the cirrhosis 10 months before I did, he retired and some poor Dr had to give me the bad news. I rarely drank in my early years due to big Irish family that loved the hard stuff. My father, uncle and grandfather died from bradycardia, not alcoholIsm I have had MG for 6 years and has caused a lot of problems but recently had Plasma Parhesis and finally after years of IVIG every 18 days for three days in a row I feel like a human.
    I am hoping you will say that I can lower my MELD score. I lost 10 lbs very quickly for a total of 92 lb loss MG meds make me ill. I am forcing myself to eat three times a day. Trying to stick to no salt, no packaged, processed or canned food except tuna, I’m 5’6″ and at one time weighed 232 after Breast Cancer down to 135-140. The goal is 129 but I feel better at about 150, years ago I weighed between 105 and 128. I feel weak going any lower.
    Give me hope my bilirubin is 3.3. I just had a major UTI, which throws me in a downward spiral and a is continuing weak spot. I contribute it to a hospital stay for PP, diarrhea and unable to shower properly even though I was careful trying to stay clean, nothing like a removable showerhead to get really clean. I no longer have diabetes 2005-2015, insulin free now, I take .50mg of beta blocker on my tongue for portal hyper tension, no bleedouts, sometimes low platelets count but always work it back up, have rosacea, at times really bad and it is inside my eye lids. Right now wearing a halter for my heart, I have bradycardia, probably due to beta blocker (high 30’s- 51 or so) beta blocker will be taken away but I have portal hypertension. Give me something positive. I want 10 more years, I have a son and married 40 years. My son is in married and the love of my life. My husband has always been there for me and I want to be here with him. Please give some hope and thank you for answering.(One neurologist wanted to give 2 good years and let me go as in die) I’m not ready, as a BC survivor, I am a fighter and warrior. I will never give up just want more quality time and I believe the answer will be in the food I eat. I’m not allowed supplements or vitamins. Thank you again. Peggy

    • Peggy Lynn Sallows

      Oh and I love my husband more than I can ever express. He’s had three small tias from stress, nothing shows on MRI’s. I’ve stopped telling him things so he won’t worry.

  • cheri

    I have fatty liver..and lesion on liver.. abdominal pain, that goes to the back shoulder blade.. I’m nauseated.. upper abdomen pain.. itchy skin.. chest pain..swelling in legs..sometimes it fills like food gets stuck when swollowing have chest pain when this happens.. Sudden urges to go to the bathroom, especially after eating stomach cramps..here are some symtoms I am having

  • Shelly

    I have recently gone back to the doctors, after about 6 months worth of testing on my stomach and gallbladder, the tests have showed polyps on my gallbladder and severe gastritis. Six months I have not been able to eat very much at all, I have lost 35 lbs and still losing. My recent trip to the doc she found lumps under my skin all over the top of my gallbladder and liver, now she wants me to go back and see my surgeon. She seems to think I might have a fatty liver, which she said just because I weigh 100lbs now I can still have a fatty liver, which is fine but can someone tell me what all the lumps are from, and does the problem with my liver have anything to do with me not being able to eat because it hurts too much?

    • Hello Shelly,
      The lumps over your liver and gallbladder may be lipomas (fat deposits). Severe gastritis is often associated with gluten and dairy intolerance so please remove both from your diet and if gastritis still occurs please use Gaviscon for relief. An ultrasound is best to determine if fatty liver is present and may also be able to determine if the lumps are lipomas.

      • Shelly

        Yes, I was thinking it might be lipomas. I’ve had 3 ultrasounds done and it only showed my pancreas and spleen were a little swollen and my liver a little too but nothing else on my liver, just polyps on my gallbladder. The pressure I’m getting under my ribcage is getting to be a bit unbearable. any thoughts on how to relieve that pain?

      • Shelly

        I go to see my surgeon on the 20th and for some reason that seems like a lifetime away. But I know he will want to do another ultrasound

  • Robert

    Hi. i’m 29 Male.

    i am a little obese . body weight .. height 5’11 and weight 91kgs.

    i don’t have insurance right now.

    i was having some pain on upper right abdomen area just below the rib cage. last month i had a blood test and i was having bilirubin count high (total :1.9, direct : 1.2) . Total Cholesterol was only 152 ..

    i changed my diet to include more oats, vegetables and fruits in my diet and now i don’t have much pain in the upper right abdomen area.. i’m playing football for last one month to have some workout. recently i’m having few red spots on skin (like spider angioma) and some itching on skin. eyes are slightly reddish …

    i’m worrying if i have a liver cancer..

    • Mary

      Castor oil packs have been used to even reverse cirrhosis of the liver. Even at old age – my best friend”s mom’s cirrhosis was healed at age 80! just recently. I dissolved a tumor, the size of a golf ball as a result of tying my fallopian tubes, in only 5 days (thats EXTERNAL castor oil on the site). http://www.edgarcayce.org/are/holistic_health/data/prcirr3a.html
      Castor oil has many uses as an abdominal pack, cleanses liver, pancreas, galbladder, apendix, spleen, kidneys, uterus, intestines, and lymph nodes in the intestines where bacteria accumulate and cause ulcers, crohns disease, etc.

      I get mine organic at baar.com
      how to do it:

      hope this helps

  • Diane J Jarriel

    I have high ALT and AST numbers. I have had chemo in the past so I did a liver cleanse recently. I haven’t had another blood test yet to see if they dropped. My tongue is giving me fits! The whole right side is bumps and ulcers, painful. My ENT doctor is at a loss because he biopsied it and it is not cancer. I use a mouth guard to make sure I’m not chewing on it. Do you think the tongue problems are related to the liver disease? What should I do?

    • Peggy Lynn Sallows

      Sounds like you have yeast. It took me forever to get rid of it. It ate away at my tongue on one side. can you eat yoghurt? Stay away from the ones that are high protein if you have liver trouble. I hope it works. I would putt it everywhere. I would spread it across my c-section scar and it really helped. Try plain for your body and any kind you like 1/2 cup of regular flavored, peach, strawberry, lemon, lime, a day, stay away from sugar free (no aspartame for me) and just slowly work at it, let it sit on your tongue for a few seconds if you can before swallowing it. I would stick in the freezer for 15 minutes to get it crispy.Frozen yoghurt removes the healing properties so no cheating . Good luck

  • Greg

    3 or 4 months ago I had a sonogram for a non-liver problem and the technician suggested I do some follow-up on the liver as she discovered what she thought might me a liver problem. I got a CT scan and a MRI. The Dr. tells me I have several 2+ cm size spots on my liver. Cancer has been ruled out but the Dr. has not given me any idea as to what the problem might be. The “plan” is to get MRI every 6 months to monitor the spots.

    My sister has HTT, and I understand there is a 50% chance that I might have it as well. Can HTT cause spots on the liver?

    I am in my mid-60’s over the last 5 years I have had significant weight gain and have been taking medications for depression and anxiety.

    Any comments you care to offer will be appreciated!

  • Lori Herrling

    I have been having problems swallowing, acid reflux, swollen sore stomach. Yesterday had an ultrasound and found 3 spots on liver, one is 2 cm. My family doctor doesn’t seem to think the throat and stomach problems are related. And kind of poo posed my concerns. What are your thoughts. Though he has ordered a ct scan.

    • Hi Lori
      Liver problems very frequently go hand in hand with digestive problems. It’s important to have the CT scan and find out exactly what the spots on your liver are.
      To address your digestive problems, most people find that a gluten, dairy and sugar free low carbohydrate diet helps significantly. Glutamine powder would be very soothing for you.

  • Ra

    My dad is a heavy drinker and has been for years now around 10years ago he was vomiting blood and had ripped the linning on his stomach he was told then if he carried on drinking that much he would be dead in 2years. After this he cut down but then started again and now it’s really heavy again he has terrible back pain and yellow rings around his eyes. Do you think his liver is probably to far gone? I have tried to tell him that he looks yellow but he won’t seek medical help.

    • Yes, it does sound like your dad’s liver condition is quite serious.

  • Travis

    Hi, I’m 34 years old and just had a 2 month binder that ended because of sharp liver pain as well as the few times I tried to stop during that period I could not sleep and drinking was the only thing that made it better. I’ became super scared on Monday this week when I had the extreme pain and excessive sweating. I am trying to get to a doctor asap but not having insurance and broke at this time am a week from being able to afford to go. How serious could this be and should I go to the emergency room?

    • Margaret

      Not drinking and continuing to not drink is the most important thing. How much damage has occurred to your liver depends on how long you’ve been drinking and your overall state of health. Please see a doctor as soon as possible for a liver function test. AA meetings do not cost any money.

  • Agness c mulenga

    my mother has got a liver problem, she experiences joint pains and getting swollen on the face. please advise Doc.

    • Margaret

      Which specific liver problem has your mum been diagnosed with Agness?

  • Shylaja Suresh

    Hi, My Father has Liver Cirrhosis, and doc said there is no medicine for this, Is it True? and also they said he should not drink lots of water. Per day he can drink including everything like juice, water and other 2 ltr per day. He is having Jaundice and if he drinks lots of water then his urine would be slight yellow. Please suggest us not to drink water too much?

  • I was in the hospital recently because I was vomiting blood. The found a bleeding ulcer and “a few small varices” on my esophagus. The GI specialist were very informative but the liver specialist were vague. I had prob 15 blood samples taken, do not know the results of them and the LS I talked to the day I was released almost ordered them again so I don’t think he had read much in my chart. He told me to lose weight, eliminate fatty foods and alcohol and that I may live another 10 years. Is this a normal thing to say to a patient? I am not sure if he wanted to put the fear of God in me but I have followed the instruction…lost weight…and have an appointment coming up that I have a lot of anxiety over. I don’t feel like I am going to die. I have no idea if I have chirosis even. I must if he made that statement though. I just am not sure if I need to seek out a different group of liver specialists.

  • Sean Elliott

    Margaret, I have all the above symptoms and it seems to be getting worse. I scheduled an appointment for 1 week from today. If it gets worse I will go to the er. Just looking for any advise on how deadly it is if I put off or if there is any way to wait it out with taking things like milk thistle and other things that help the liver. I used to drink everyday and have since stopped as I cannot handle it anymore. Thanks for your time

    • Margaret

      One extra week probably won’t make much difference, but as you said, if you feel worse please head straight to a doctor.
      Feel free to write again once you have obtained a diagnosis on the current state of your liver.

  • Hello,
    I just have a few questions and my doc refuses to answer them so here it goes.
    I am 30 and just start to have bad pain on my right side below my rib cage and when I lay down I feel like there is something there, I also looked at all the systems and I have 11 out of all of them…I guess my question is how do I go about getting my doc to understand what I am saying

    • Margaret

      Thank you for your comment. At the very least, your doctor should order a liver function test for you. It’s a simple blood test but it’s a good start.
      It’s important to get a diagnosis, but you can start to follow the recommendations on our website in order to help yourself.

  • Viktor Kudzia

    Hello, can I have several symptoms – liver spots, nausea, spots on the right side of tongue, abdominal pain (also I have IBS and histamine intolerance) and flushing feeling all over the body? I am taking warfarin for 5 years and have always higher bilirubin than normal (even my doctors dont know why)

    • Margaret

      Yes they are all possible symptoms of a liver problem. It’s important to try and resolve your digestive problems, as digestive dysfunction can contribute to a liver problem.

      • Viktor Kudzia

        That makes sense. But I discontinue to take Warfarin (my tongue healed in 2-3 days) – I take now Clexane, I started to treat IBS with probiotics and histamine intolerance with the diet. After 2 weeks spots on my tongue started to appear and getting bigger. What do I do wrong? I eat healthy, drink water, taking B-vitamins, C-vit., probiotics, Magnesium and it doesnt help clearly with the liver. How can I control my bilirubin levels? Thank you.

        • Margaret

          Sometimes elevated bilirubin is caused by Gilbert’s syndrome. Ask your doctor for a test for that.
          An appropriate diet for you would be one that excludes grains, dairy products and sugar. You may have additional food sensitivities.

          • Viktor Kudzia

            I did make test for Gilberts, its negative. I do have mechanical aortal valve (thats why I am on anticoagulants), so my doctors though it could be because of that. In fact I am eating grains and sugar, since I am on low histamine diet that is what I can eat. So the food can make a difference in bilirubin levels? I just knew that I need to avoid alcohol, dairy products and drink a lot of water, but thats it. Thank you.

  • lee

    Is a bottle of scotch a day likely too cause me problems? I’m 33 been drinking that since I was 18

    • Margaret

      Yes. That amount of alcohol is very detrimental to health.

  • latoya

    Hello I’m a 27 year old female social drinker but then not really. I’ve been told that I have an early onset of cirrhosis but all my test for hepatitis and some other test come back normal and negative. I’m extremely anemic I have the sickle cell trait, I’ve had mono in previous years. I’ve had my gallbladder removed in 2013. What could be the cause of my liver? My dad just passed away from complications of cardiac amyloidosis. Could I have liver amyloidosis? What’s wrong with me? I’m only 27

    • Margaret

      Your doctor could give you a test for amyloidosis.
      What did your doctor say is causing the cirrhosis? It could be the alcohol, or it could be autoimmune disease. Your doctor can test you for that.

      • latoya

        We’re in the process of testing so far the hepatitis test are all negative the muscular test? Enzyme and all are normal. She said it couldn’t be the alcohol couldn’t be it not if I have a couple drinks evert 6 months to a year ( can’t stand the taste of alcohol btw) I hope it’s not amyloidosis that dieases made my father so miserable. What kind of auto immune disorders are there?

  • cheryl

    Hello, I have a question…I quit drinking alcohol exactly 1 month ago today!! About the 10th day mark I developed very red blotchy inflamed palms on my hands, 2 days ago on the 4th of July I had to be with family, and did not want the grandchildren to ask me what was wrong with my hands, and since all research I had done was pointed to Cirrhosis, I decided to take ALEVE (even though I read of bleeding risks) 500mg. of ALEVE took the redness and inflammation away in just a couple hours,it has been over 48 hours and my hands still look normal, I can see some blotchy red dots if I look really close, but I am able to wear all my rings again! I feel fine and that is really the only symptom I had. (the first week my liver felt sore when I would lie on my right side) Seems everything has cleared up and see no reason to go to a doctor now!! My question is if ALEVE can remove inflammation and redness, why is it that doctors do not know of this cure?…do you thinks it could have been an accumulation of toxins in my hands? By the way I am 55 y.o. female, and normal weight and height….THANKS

    • Margaret

      Congratulations on stopping drinking.
      Aleve is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, so it can reduce redness and swelling.
      It would be a good idea to see your doctor and have a liver function test to check on the health of your liver.

  • Pat McNeill

    I’ve been a hard drinker, for 40 years….for days sometime. The craving gets to me. But, the sweats on my face and body…it wipes me out. No, energy, sleep terrible, cry a lot. I know I’ve got to quit this…or it will kill me. Could it be my pancreous too? Sorry for the spelling..
    Need help…

    Very tired

  • I have seen 3 gastro doctors and they all tell me the same thing. I have first stage of non-alcoholic liver cirrhosis. When I ask them what kind of diet I need or what can I do to help my liver, they have all told me that I can eat anything I want. No medication or anything to help me. I have been taking milk thistle and it seems to help, but now I am taking Dr. Cabots Livatone Plus. I am going for some lab work this morning. I did have a sonogram on Thursday, but the girl pressed down my right side so hard that I was in pain for days. Is this normal because the last sonogram I had was not as painful. Will wait for results.

    • Margaret

      Yes a sonogram can be painful for someone with a fatty liver or cirrhosis.
      A diet to help your liver would exclude sugar, gluten, alcohol and dairy products. The diet in Dr Cabot’s book Fatty Liver: You Can Reverse It is appropriate for you, since many people with a fatty liver go on to develop cirrhosis.

  • Great information; i’m taking notes.

  • Denise

    Hello, I show many of the signs of liver disease but have never smoked and don’t drink alcohol. I don’t take prescription or over-the-counter medicines either, am not overweight and don’t eat a lot of fat. My most noticeable symptoms are foggy brain and very poor memory, pain and discomfort on my right side, big brown spots on my face, flushed cheeks and cramping in my feet. Could gluten be causing all this?

    • Margaret

      Yes it’s possible gluten can be causing these symptoms. You may have other food sensitivities too.
      Your symptoms indicate you probably have a leaky gut and magnesium deficiency.

    • Carolyn t

      Have the doctor check your ferritin levels, total iron binding capacity and% saturation. Your symptoms are similar to those in people with iron overload caused by hereditary hemochromatosis.

  • Kerri kemp

    Found out this past year that my liver is damaged. I am having terrible headaches at least twice a week and feel like I’m just harming myself further with all the OTC meds I’m taking to treat them! Any ideas on what I can do to help my headaches while not harming my liver any further?? Thank u!!

    • Margaret

      Headaches are commonly associated with liver problems.
      Following the recommendations here should help: https://www.liverdoctor.com/liver/fatty-liver/
      Magnesium is wonderful for relieving and preventing headaches. Try taking one heaped teaspoon of Magnesium Ultra Potent powder each day with a meal.

  • Beth

    what a sobering look at my life. I have had a problem with insomnia for the past 5 years. The doctors that I have seen have been utterly useless and the medications that I have tried are even worse. I have tried soooooooooo many things but the only thing that I have found that works is tylenol pm. Of course my body has built a tolerance to it and I would even dare say that I have somehow become addicted to it in a way. Every night I take 6 at a time, multiple times until bed. It has been this way for many years. I was just online looking up excessive sweating and sensitivity to heat. This article has pretty much nailed it to a T. The only questions are… is it irreversible? and how the hell do I kick this habit and find sleep?

    • Margaret

      Beth you need to ask your doctor for a blood test and an ultrasound to check the health of your liver. We won’t know if it’s reversible unless we know the specific state of your liver at the moment.
      Melatonin, magnesium, meditation, yoga, massage and counselling may all help to reduce the severity of insomnia.

  • Nelly

    I have had elevated ALT and SALT and now I have theses rashes which I must say is scary. I was told after an ultrasound that my liver is fine. I now have a high S Globulin, low Mcv, a high RDW and a low neutrophils. I don’t understand if it’s liver or not but I sure do not feel well.

  • Bronwyn

    What a great article, I have suffered from many of the symptoms mentioned for too long. I don’t get much help from Drs so I’ve had to do a lot of research myself. Infact I have so many of the symptoms I’m starting to worry just how bad my liver is as I’ve often read that symptoms only occur when damaged is advanced. I’ve completely stopped drinking and eating and juicing lots of good veg and food. I suppose all I can do is wait and see if the symptoms subside. I’m scarred.

    • Kylie McCarthy

      HI Bronwyn, You can get an ultra sound to view if there is any fatty infiltration, that will give you an idea of where you are at with your Liver Health. However its best to start living a lifestyle of health and live a predominantly “naturopathic” lifestyle.. following the protocol in the book titled “Fatty Liver – You Can Reverse It” will be your best guide. Eating no sugar and grains. Going off all alcohol and Starting your day on warm filtered lemon water. Waiting 30 mins before you have a green juice… start your day that way every day- if you dont have time to juice every day, then you must find the time to drink the water every day. The basics of supplementation id recommend you start with is Liva Tone Plus 1 x twice weekly for one week, then increase to 2 x twice weekly ongoing.

      You will be feeling much better with just these few minor changes, then once you get the book and see all the tips recipes and health protocol you are to follow you will be able to make major improvements to your health.

      Thanks for contacting us- glad you find the site informative.

      All the best in health

  • Wendy Warren

    Morning, After reading the article above it made sense to me why I feel how I feel and why every other blood tests show a problem with my liver function. I have fibromyalgia but trying to get my Dr to do further tests in connection with my liver function is hard work I also have a lof of the other symptons. I had my gallbladder removed because of gallstones but I am still getting the pain in and around the same area and round my back. Any tips as to how to get my GP to investigate further. Many thanks Wendy

    • Kylie McCarthy

      Hi Wendy,

      Thankyou for contacting us.
      Yes- it is very common to continue to get those Gallbladder pains- even after having it removed. It will probably do you well to read one of the Docs latest books titled “How to save your gallbladder Naturally- and what to do if you have already lost it” You will need to stick to the protocol within that book. Did you get an abdominal Ultra sound and HIDA scan done to see if your bile is sludgy. To be honest you may not even need to get the tests done- just live a life full of Apple Cider Vinegar, use the Docs digestive enzymes, Liva Tone Plus- and follow the life style in that book. You will be feeling a lot better in no time. 1 x tsp of Collagen powder daily will also assist. Keep in touch and let us know how you get on Wendy. Email me at kyliem@cabothealth.com.au All the best in health Wendy Kylie McCarthy Nutritionist

  • Kylie

    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

  • Dr Love

    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.

    • dawn

      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?

      • Kylie McCarthy

        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

        • Brenda

          Hi Dawn. Please consider going gluten free for 3 months trial. Many of your symptoms will lessen and you will realize gluten is hurting your whole body. This difference in me after -18 months, is phenomenal. Changed my 6 yr old dog too and he’s a puppy again. No wheat, oats, barley. Corn or rice. Change to almond milk. No A, B, C’s. Ale, bread, cereal products. Not going to wish you good luck because I know what’s going to happen.