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10 Ways to Know If You Might Have Liver Damage from Drinking Alcohol (Transcript)
How are you doing? I’m Kevin O’Hara for alcoholmastery.com.
Today’s video is few ways that you might suspect that you’ve got rid of the damage after you’ve quit drinking, or while you’re still drinking. To start this off, you all know I’m not a doctor.
I’m not qualified to give medical advice, so all the stuff I’m telling you can be found on the internet.
Don’t look on the internet for information about this.
If you think any of this stuff is wrong with you, if you suspect that you might have liver damage, there’s no substitute for going down to your doctor and being safe.
Go down there, have your test taken, get your doctor’s advice.
That’s the safest way to go forward with this.
On of the first signs you can look out for is a swollen abdomen.
It might look like a beer belly, or a pregnant woman.
Just because you have a beer belly doesn’t mean you have liver damage, but it’s one of the signs.
It’s often caused by a lot of fluid build-up.
Second sign is abdominal tenderness.
You don’t really get it in the early stages.
When you get tenderness from liver damage, it tends to be once it’s gone past a certain stage and you’ve got a bit of damage there.
It’s sort of in your right hand side underneath your ribcage, and also maybe down below that as well, down the bottom side of the right hand side of your abdomen.
The third sign is you’ve got jaundice.
This is one that everyone knows.
Your skin goes yellow, and our eyes might get a yellow tinge to them.
This is caused because of the bile build-up.
Your liver is not capable of dealing with a lot of the stuff it should be dealing with, so there’s a build-up of bile.
Your pee can also be really yellow, and your stools will go sort of a light colour.
That’s symptoms of jaundice.
Another sign is that your liver can prevent protein production and circulation.
So, it can prevent a lot of circulatory issues.
You can also get fluid retention in your feet and ankles.
Your urine can also change, we talked about this in jaundice.
It can take a really deep yellow colour.
You can also get physically and mentally tired.
This is one of the most common symptoms, tiredness.
Your liver is there to take away a lot of the toxins from your liver, and if it’s not dong that, then a lot of the toxins are floating around in your system.
It’s going to cause a lot of tiredness.
It can cause hormonal changes, changes in your brain chemistry, and just a lot of bad shit happening in your body because your liver is not dealing with the toxins as it should be.
Another sign is that you get itchy skin.
This is a chronic condition where you get itchy skin.
Maybe you’re seeing veins through your skin.
You have soreness or redness of the joints.
The 9th one is loss of appetite.
This is one of the more advanced symptoms.
Obviously if you’re losing appetite, you can start to lose weight as well.
Number 10 is nausea.
This can come along with a lot of other conditions like acid reflux, indigestion.
Obviously if you’re getting nausea, you can also start to vomit.
This is also one of the further symptoms if your body is not eliminating the toxins, they will float around your body and cause you to feel ill.
So, all of these symptoms together, if you get any of them, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve got liver damage.
I get itchy skin as part of the heat over here and the sun. Sometimes I lose my appetite and I don’t feel hungry.
I haven’t got the problem of weight loss, but sometimes I might feel a bit nauseous, but it’s when I feel tired.
Individually, these things are not signs that you have liver damage, but if you’re getting jaundice, or persistent, chronic itchy skin along with other conditions, just be on the safe side and go to your doctor.
There’s no better way of dealing with this than just going down and getting some advice.
I’ll leave it there.
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