6. Symptoms Not Present
Not everyone with liver damage will experience symptoms. Some people might go about their daily lives without any such indication. The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics says that up to half of those with liver damage will not show any signs of it in the early stages.
And in some cases, although the signs are shown, they end up being non-specific in the form of tiredness, lack of enthusiasm, occasional itching, sleepiness, etc. These could be the sign of a whole host of physical and mental health issues, or they might even be just the result of a person overworking themselves.
Not showing any signs could possibly end up being life-threatening, because once liver damage has gone past its early stages and has been left untreated, the reparations and side effects become dire. The American Liver Foundation warns that liver damage could cause one to:
- Experience nausea and queasiness
- Irregular digestion, irritation of bowel movements, and diarrhea
- Blood vessels forming that could cause the liver to burst
- Building up of toxins in the brain and interfere with mental function
As the foundation says: “As liver failure progresses, the symptoms become more serious,” They also say: “The patient may become confused and disoriented, and extremely sleepy. There is a risk of coma and death.”
It is important to detect liver damage as early as possible to prevent such life-damaging situations. If the damage has progressed too far, a liver transplant might be the only option left to save someone’s life.