The liver acts as a filter of toxins, and also plays an important role in digestion.
The following signs may indicate that you may have a problem with your liver. You should see your doctor as soon as possible, as a sick liver produces symptoms only when the disease is quite advanced.
1. Pain under the ribs on the right side
Liver inflammation, either chronic or acute, in most cases does not produce any symptoms for a certain period of time. Later, in the advanced state, however, a strong, stabbing pain may develop under the right row of ribs. This may be accompanied by nausea, fatigue, weakness and dark urine. Other typical signs are abdominal swelling on the right side and constant bloatedness. Viral hepatitis may also cause fever, joint pain and chills.
Another typical symptom of liver disease is yellowing and discoloration of the skin and the eyes. This occurs when bilirubin is transported from the liver into the blood, which may also cause urine discoloration.
3. Joint pain
Dizziness, weakness of the limbs, joint pains and chills are typical symptoms of autoimmune diseases. Also, painful subcutaneous nodules may appear near the smaller joints. Autoimmune liver disease is more common among women than men.
4. Spots, skin discoloration
If the liver does not work properly, it does not filter out the toxins from the body, and skin discolorations and small spots may appear as a result. These spots occur mainly on the chest and abdomen. If you experience such symptoms, consult a specialist.
5. Vomiting, nausea
If you are struggling with unexplainable nausea and extreme weakness, feel pain and pressure on the right part of your abdomen, see your doctor as soon as possible.