Originally Posted by yuliya14
how do you know if you have liver problems?
I can give you a couple of examples:
1) I had a neighbor who was a big beer drinker and was suffering from sirrhosis of the liver. He was thought to be near the final stage of his disease and was staying home from work. He stayed home for several days. Then one day he surprised everyone because he was about to leave his house to go back to work. And he looked better, as if he had gained some weight.
It turned out that the weight he gained was "water retention". His face had some swelling in it that made him look well when he was actually very very ill. He died the next day!
2) Another drinker I knew (mixed drinks) began to feel a pain in his liver area. He tried to ignore it, thinking it would go away by itself. It persisted and got worse. Finally he went to a doctor and found out he had liver cancer. He died within a month or two and was only 60 years old.
3) The next example (also 60 years old) was not a drinker but he took large doses of supplements. They think he might have put too much stress on his liver from all the various large doses of supplements he took. Anyway, his first symptom was a pain in the middle of his body (I guess it was in the liver area) that continued for several days. Finally he went to a doctor and was diagnosed with liver cancer. He died within a couple of weeks.
These 3 examples just happen to be of people who died within a relatively short period of time. It doesn't mean that everyone dies from having liver problems. I don't know what the statistics are but I'm sure that many get treatments and recover. I did have one friend who had sirrhosis and recovered from it.