Patient Comments: Fatty Liver - Symptoms

The symptoms of fatty liver can vary greatly from patient to patient. What were your symptoms at the onset of your disease?

Comment from: v1mart, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 09

I was told I had fatty liver about 3 years ago when having an abdominal MRI done for an unrelated reason. However, no doctor ever made an issue of it and it was only in November of 2016 that I started having a bout of right upper abdominal pain and belching that lasted 2 to 3 days after eating 2 chocolate chip cookies. The gastroenterologist I went to noticed high liver enzymes and a liver lesion showed up on ultrasound which was later determined to be a fatty spot when I had an MRI done. Since then, I have tried to be much more mindful of what I eat and how much, but a day of too many carbs will usually cause slight pain/discomfort in the same region below my right breast. It takes about 2 to 3 days of better choices and activity to feel back to normal again. I take milk thistle and vitamin E and plan on adding probiotics before bedtime. I am 37 years old and about 180 pounds at 5 feet 3 inches. I have recently joined a weight watching program and am down a few pounds. I know I am overweight, but I know so many other people more overweight than me who have not had symptoms like this as of yet. I wonder what kind of dynamic goes on in the body of those of who manifest fatty liver symptoms sooner than others. Any information about how other people deal with this, how some have possibly overcome it would be of great interest to me.

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Comment from: Natalie, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 25

I have had bloating of the stomach for years and a dull ache that was always there. I had every test possible and they just put it down to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), so l just put up with it. But a few weeks back l was feeling very unwell and had a hard time getting all my urine out. I had to push down really hard to empty my bladder, so l went to the doctor and l thought l had a urinary tract infection (UTI), got some antibiotics and went home. On the 2nd night of taking the medications l woke up in the worst pain l had ever felt. My partner drove me to emergency and l had a catheter and some tests. What was strange is that my urine came back clear for infection but they did tell me l had a severe fatty liver but they don't know what caused the pain. I still am bloated and feeling sick.

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Comment from: David747, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 08

I was prescribed Advil for a prolonged period. Painkillers masked the pain, and I was not aware of the progress of the fatty liver disease until I began to faint after meals and had toxic shock episodes. I was also 40 lb overweight at the time. I was repeatedly misdiagnosed in emergency rooms, and by my primary care physician, who prescribed me Cymbalta for reporting these symptoms. So it took a significant amount of time before they realized my liver was 28 cm in size, after a couple of awful episodes. They believed I had seizures and made a CT scan of my abdomen because of breathing problems, and eventually radiologist's impressions noted my liver was off the charts. I managed now to get my liver size down to 17 cm in about six months. I stopped taking all of the medication. My temporary bed was a lazy boy recliner to prevent pressure on the liver and reduce gastric problems. I strictly avoided nicotine, MSG, alcohol, medicines, fats, sugar, and salt. I take milk thistle capsules, 150 mg in the morning and 150 mg in the evening. I take green tea half a gallon a day and black coffee, no sugar no sweetener. Typical breakfast is egg white on olive oil, one gluten-free toast, and black coffee. Typical main meal is steamed brown rice with small grilled piece of chicken breast, with very lightly seasoned cucumber salad or coleslaw without mayo or any other good cooked vegetables like bok choy, cauliflower or spinach. No dinner. No food six hours before bed time. For a while, it was very painful to eat, so it was not hard to stick to the diet. I felt incredibly weird when toxins were flowing through my veins; I had a feeling of floating with odd neural signals all over my body. I did not have much of appetite, was almost scared to eat, but it was all right because I lost most of the bad weight. I am still losing weight, but I can now tolerate larger portions for breakfast, like gluten-free pancakes with nuts and fruits, I also mix a bit of honey in my morning coffee. I manage to sleep on real bed, for about 4 to 5 hours in one piece. I now have enough energy to make 2000 to 3000 steps a day. I will likely take another 6 to 8 months until liver begins to regenerate at the faster pace, but it looks like I am on the right track.

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