Cirrhosis often has no signs or symptoms until liver damage is extensive. When signs and symptoms do occur, they may include:
Easily bleeding or bruising
Loss of appetite
Swelling in your legs, feet or ankles (edema)
Yellow discoloration in the skin and eyes (jaundice)
Fluid accumulation in your abdomen (ascites)
Spiderlike blood vessels on your skin
Redness in the palms of the hands
For women, absent or loss of periods not related to menopause
For men, loss of sex drive, breast enlargement (gynecomastia) or testicular atrophy
Confusion, drowsiness and slurred speech (hepatic encephalopathy)
Potential causes of unexplained weight loss include:
Addison's disease (adrenal insufficiency)
Amyloidosis (buildup of abnormal proteins in your organs)
Changes in diet or appetite
Changes in sense of smell
Changes in sense of taste
COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) exacerbation — worsening of symptoms
Crohn's disease (a type of inflammatory bowel disease)
Depression (major depressive disorder)
Hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid)
Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)
Substance abuse (alcohol, cocaine, other)
Causes shown here are commonly associated with this symptom. Work with your doctor or other health care professional for an accurate diagnosis.
Cirrhosis can decades to develop depending on the cause. Is there a reason you suspect you have liver cirrhosis?
Speaking to your original question about rapid weight loss in cirrhosis. The symptom of rapid weight loss would be associated with end stages of cirrhosis would be when the body begins consuming itself and basically begins to shut down near death. This weight loss is a symptom of muscle waisting. The patients appearance at this point would likely be very jaundiced (very yellow skin and eyes) with pronounced ascites where the abdomen is heavily swollen pregnant looking and muscle wasting with the limbs and face looking very gaunt. Such a patient has been suffering from very advanced cirrhosis for a long period of time and is likely in the hospital or under hospice care.
In general it takes many years to decades of alcoholism to progress to complete liver failure from cirrhosis. You have lots of time to prevent a death from liver failure. I understand it is hard but I hope you can find the Healy and strength you need to be able to quit drinking and save your own life.
Suddenly unexplained weight loss has many possible explanations but I’m betting that the cause is not liver disease. Being tired a lot is a vague symptom and could also be many things.
I was diagnosed with cirrhosis in Jan 2008. I had no noticeable symptoms until 2012. Were it not for testing like liver biopsy and some blood tests I would have no idea I have cirrhosis. My only noticeable symptom of cirrhosis is lower leg swelling called edema. I also bruise easily which that symptom could also be caused by many other conditions.
My only blood test that is outside of normal range is my platelet count which can be a symptom of cirrhosis. Other than my edema I don’t really have much in the way of symptoms.
Best of luck