Liver Failure Symptoms
If you or a loved one experience liver failure symptoms, you need to see a doctor immediately to address a possible life threatening liver disease. There are two types of liver failure. One is gradual and chronic and the other is rapid and acute. Both types of liver failure have similar symptoms which we'll address here.
- Nausea. Nausea is a common symptom of many illnesses. The symptom occurs in the initial stages of liver failure.
- Diarrhea. Diarrhea, like nausea, is also a common symptom of illness, and they often accompany each other. Don't assume you have liver failure when these two symptoms are present. The alarms should go off if you start getting past number four in this symptoms list.
- Small appetite. Another symptom of the early stages of liver failure is a lack of appetite which will likely accompany nausea and diarrhea. It goes without saying that this symptom usually accompanies the previous two.
- Fatigue. Sufferers of liver failure will experience fatigue in both the initial and advanced stages of liver failure. If you have this symptom plus the above mentioned ones, you are probably more likely to have the flu than liver failure. The symptoms below are the tell tale symptoms of the advanced stages of liver failure.
- Swelling in the abdomen. You may experience soreness and swelling in the upper abdomen in the advanced stages of liver failure. If your abdomen is puffy or sensitive to the touch after experiencing symptoms one through four, you definitely need to get yourself tested.
- Sudden confusion. Episodes of confusion and disorientation are common among people experiencing liver failure. It is one of the main red flags to look for.
- Jaundice. A yellowing of your skin color is an indicator of jaundice. Jaundice occurs when your skin becomes flooded with toxins that your liver cannot process. Jaundice also occurs in the eyeballs.
Liver failure is not always life threatening. Acute liver failure is often caused by viruses, mixing alcohol and acetaminophen, acetaminophen overdose or short term malnutrition. Many people experience the symptoms of acute liver failure and get fixed up rather quickly. The more serious form of liver failure is caused by gradual wear and tear from alcohol, hepatitis and other causes. The chances of surviving are smaller but better if you spot liver failure symptoms quickly enough.