Patient Comments: Fatty Liver - Causes

What caused your fatty liver?

Comment from: Rick, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 13

I started with shortness of breath and found out I had mild emphysema which scared me bad. My doctor put me on oxygen at night and I do my nebulizers usually once or twice a day. It seems to be worse in the mornings and then I'm ok throughout the day but I'm still really scared. I know that emphysema is a progressive disease and it's different with everybody. I just hope I have more time than I think.

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Comment from: gardo5, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 07

I believe my fatty liver was caused because I drank alcohol when I had glandular fever. I had glandular fever when I was 21, it took doctors 6 weeks to diagnose whilst it was my 21st birthday and Christmas, I drank too much. I was told I was lucky, if the germ migrated 3 or 4 more inches I would have died. Since then I suffer same ailments, I had 6 biopsies, all say fatty liver or NASH (nonalcoholic steatohepatitis) but not yet cirrhosis. For 30 years I am one short step to cirrhosis and shortening of life. Yes, I've also been tested for iron overload and copper overload.

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Comment from: 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: May 01

I was diagnosed with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) finally about 18 months ago. I have had high ALT for at least ten years but only went to a doctor rarely. ALT is in the 180 to 100 range. I'm a farmer who is fit and strong, not overweight, and mostly well with most of the symptoms described. I may have had ten drinks per annum, no drug use legal or illegal, and healthy balanced diet, excellent cholesterol and just occasional high blood pressure. I drive heavy machinery daily so no booze. I had a bad marriage and divorced the wife; and lowered the ALT with low protein diet and vegetarian, which now works well. I have 1 gram of protein per day per kg of live weight; animal protein is hard on the liver, vegetarian diet feel heaps better. It's a lot a harder to be vegetarian than divorced.

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Comment from: SM, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 26

About a year and a half ago I was having severe pain in my upper right side. It wasn't very often but when it happened, it would wake me from my sleep. I went to the doctor and they did an ultrasound thinking maybe it was a cyst. When the results came in, it showed that I had fatty liver. I was then sent to a specialist where I was diagnosed with NASH (nonalcoholic steatohepatitis). I have metabolic syndrome, which includes high blood pressure, high cholesterol and elevated blood sugar. I am overweight and have been my entire life. My doctor said for me to lose weight and exercise. I am on pain medication that I take every day, along with blood pressure medications and cholesterol medications. My pain episodes seem to be getting worse and more frequent even with the medicine. I am on a 1200 calorie diet and I have lost 38lbs. Last night I had an episode of severe pain and vomiting. This was the first time that the pain led to that. I go back to the doctor in a month and will have my enzymes tested along with other lab work.

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Comment from: Max, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: February 22

I have been diagnosed with NAFLD. I have never been obese and weight just 154 pounds for a height of 180 cm. The reason for my NAFLD is the abuse of high fructose corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup laden foods. I was big on waffles and pancakes with lots of sugar syrup, and ended up with NAFLD after years of abuse. However, the liver is a lot better now after I stopped consuming white sugar and high fructose corn syrup, and replaced these sugars with palm sugar and maple syrup. I also changed by diet from red meat diet to white meat and pulses diet. Another help in controlling this disease is drinking black coffee without sugar moderately.

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