Symptoms of Liver Failure

Symptoms of Liver Failure

Symptoms of Liver Failure

Physical vitality and health depends mainly to liver, a vital digestive organ which helps the body during food digestion, distribution of nutrients, and in eliminating toxic body wastes. However, due to birth problems, or because of an individual’s constant exposure to toxic chemicals, inappropriate consumption of alcohol, or viral infection, a person’s liver might stop performing its metabolic function and the body starts to exhibit symptoms of liver failure.

Early signs and symptoms of liver failure might have characteristics similar to those of other ailments, but in order to avoid the development of riskier complications, it would be best to have these symptoms addressed by a physician:

1.Skin discoloration

One the main functions of a liver is to secret bile in order to aid the digestion of fats.  Aside from that, the liver performs filtering functions to turn the harmful toxins and chemicals that enter the body either into good substances or entirely remove them through excretion. When the liver has been unable to release body toxins, bilirubin begins accumulating, turning major skin areas and fingernails into yellowish or orange-y shades.

In some instances, this kind of symptom is identified as Jaundice. Jaundice can be classified into two types according to the symptoms they exhibit, the Yang and Yin Jaundice:

Yang Jaundice — Yang Jaundice is observed when a person experiences persistent thirst, constant palpitations, constipation, urinary problem, bloating in the abdomen, and yellowing of tongue.

Yin Jaundice — the onset of Yin Jaundice can be detected when the yellowing takes place in the face, skin and eyes. Aside from these, the person experiences chronic fever, nausea, poor diet and appetite, lethargy, stress, swelling of the abdomens, chest pains, irritable and irregular bowel moments, hypochondria, cold hands and feet, and constant palpitations.


Yin Jaundice

2.Stool Discoloration

Improper bile secretion due to liver failure is evidently displayed through a person’s stool discoloration. Normally, a healthy stool is dark in color because it contains bile, but when the liver fails to produce bile or when bile duct is blocked, the stool comes out as pale or grayish in color. Aside from the color, the person might also experience irritable bowel movements.

3.Swelling/ bloating in the Abdomen

Abdominal cramps in the lower abdomen area can also be identified as an early symptom of liver problems. When the pressure on the liver continues, the abdomen might swell or bloat due to the buildup of fluids within its walls. If the fluid buildup worsens, the patient will eventually experience difficulty in breathing since there will be more pressure on the diaphragm.

4.Sudden drop of weight due to loss of appetite

Individuals who have developed liver failure may experience loss of appetite, and because the liver stops performing its metabolic function, food digestion and nutrient distribution will eventually cease, too.

5.Skin Itching

Skin Itching

Skin Itching

Chronic skin itching, and sudden abnormal oversensitive skin can also be a sign of liver failure. When the liver becomes weak, its capability to handle and flush out toxins in the body becomes inefficient, too, making the skin hypersensitive to the presence of fungus and toxins.

Other symptoms of Liver failure

In Traditional Oriental Medicine, some common symptoms of other ailments can also be detected during the earlier part of liver failure.

  • Headache
  • Problem of skin
  • Allergy
  • Feeling of Dizziness
  • Tinnitus
  • Ticks, Spasms and Tremors
  • Sudden Seizures
  • Stroke
  • Redness and itchiness of eyes
  • Short temperedness and constant irritation
  • Tension and pain in the back
  • Hypochondriac pain
  • Loss of flexibility of tendons and ligaments
  • Depression
  • Mood Swings

When symptoms failure are left unaddressed, these will eventually develop into more complications, resulting to a person’s organ failure. Once this happens, the person undiagnosed with liver problems will lose his ability to speak, hear, and suffer from other risky and life-ending ailments since his body’s major organs are shutting off.

Regardless of the causes, once the onset of symptoms mentioned above are observed, it is best to contact a physician immediately. Proper and early treatment can still aid the liver to fully heal itself. However, if a person continues to dismiss the signs and symptoms as just another minor ailment, his liver might eventually develop into cirrhosis, a condition where the liver will no longer perform its proper functions.