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Is Fatty Liver Painful?

is fatty liver painful

The liver is the second largest organ in the body. Its purpose is to process everything you eat or drink and filter harmful substances from the blood. Proper liver function is disrupted when too much is in the liver.

Fatty liver occurs when fat makes up more than 5 to 10 percent of your liver’s weight. And you’re not alone. It’s actually a common condition (without having advanced to cirrhosis or inflammation) that affects 10 to 20 percent of Americans. The American Liver Foundation cites that most cases of fatty liver are detected in people between the ages of 40 and 60.

Is fatty liver painful?

In its initial stages, fatty liver typically has no symptoms, so you may not feel anything at all. Some people experience fatigue or nonspecific abdominal discomfort. But if you have excessive amounts of fat in the liver, it can become inflamed. In this case, you may have symptoms such as:

  • Poor appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Abdominal pain
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Confusion

What causes fatty liver?

Fatty liver is most often caused by alcoholism and heavy drinking. But there are other causes, such as:

  • Obesity
  • Hyperlipidemia (high levels of fat in the blood)
  • Diabetes
  • Genetic inheritance
  • Rapid weight loss
  • Side effects of medications like aspirin, steroids,tamoxifen (Nolvadex) and tetracycline (Panmycin)

Treatment for fatty liver

Getting fatty liver under control doesn’t involve medications or surgery. Instead, it’s all about reducing your risk factors. To do so, your doctor may recommend:

  • Cutting back on or avoiding alcoholic beverages
  • Keeping your cholesterol in balance
  • Decreasing consumption of sugar and saturated fatty acids
  • Losing weight
  • Controlling your blood sugar

Your digestive health is in expert hands, right here in San Antonio

Although fatty liver is a common condition, if left untreated it can develop into cirrhosis and liver failure. Fortunately, the leading digestive health team in South Texas is close to home. At Gastroenerology Consultants San Antonio, our board-certified physicians will be by your side, providing effective Fatty Liver Treatment in San Antonio. For all your digestive needs, from disorders to liver disease, we’re ready to earn your trust through our dedicated, patient-centric care. Our centrally located San Antonio offices also serve surrounding areas like New Braunfels, Kerrville, Comfort, Seguin, Floresville, Pleasanton and Hondo.

To learn more, call 210-614-1234 or schedule your appointment online now.

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