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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. 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.

    • 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

  2. 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

    • 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

        • 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.

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