You are taking the right measures by trying to eat more healthy along with some exercise. Stopping drinking and reducing Tylenol to no more than the daily recommended dose are also good moves.
You won't know what is or is not going on with your liver until you see a specialist and get some tests done. But even if you do have fatty liver disease your liver with proper care can reduce the damage and return to normal.
The liver is a very tough organ. I was diagnosed with cirrhosis in 2008 from hep c and I am still around so what I am saying is don't panic. Just keep doing what you are doing and get in to see a hepatologist or at least a gastroenterologist to get properly diagnosed.
You will be ok believe it
I had the ultra sound done that said I have hepatocelluar disease likely caused by fatty liver. What other testing do they do? My Dr made it sound like it's no big deal but it is a big deal to me esp with all the skin symptoms I have...
Did you have a bunch of skin symptoms?? I'm glad to hear you are doing well after diagnosis. That's awesome... I will see gastro on August 16th so hopefully get more answers then.
Here is the info i copied that I promised
Hepatocellular Diseases of the Liver
There are many types of hepatocellular diseases ranging from infections and cancers. The liver is one of the biggest organs in the body and is located just underneath the right rib cage. The liver is also the powerhouse/engine of the body and plays a vital role in many functions like metabolism and breakdown of many substances. Without the liver, survival would be impossible.
What is hepatocellular disease?
The liver can be affected by infections, drugs or toxic chemicals. The majority of liver problems are transient or acute in nature because the liver has great healing power. However, chronic hepatocellular disease can last for a long time and present with a variety of symptoms. The classic symptoms of diffuse hepatocellular liver disease include:
• Yellowish discoloration of the skin and eyes
• Abdominal pain
• Distension of the abdomen
• Severe itching of skin
• Dark or tea colored urine
• Pale stools
• Intermittent blood in the stools
• Extreme fatigue
• Loss of appetite
There are many disorders that can cause chronic liver disease and these include:
– Alcohol induced liver damage
– Hemachromatosis (excess iron deposition in the liver tissues)
– Hepatitis A
– Hepatitis B
– Hepatitis C
– Hepatitis D
– Hepatitis E
– Parasitic infections
– Liver masses
o Adenomas, which are generally benign
o Hepatocellular cancer
Wilson’s disease (deposition of copper into the liver)
Risk factors for liver disease include:
– Exposure to infected body fluids or blood
– Blood transfusions
– Tattoos or body piercing
– Certain herbs (Black cohosh, ma-huang, Chaparral, Comfrey, Germander, Greater celandine, Kava, Mistletoe, Pennyroyal, Skullcap, Valerian)
– Prescription medications like acetaminophen
– Diabetes mellitus
– Excessive alcohol use
– Intravenous drug use and sharing needles
– Exposure to toxic chemicals
– Having unprotected sex
Diagnosis of hepatocellular disorders includes:
– Blood tests which can measure liver function and presence of infections like hepatitis. The blood tests can be used to follow the recovery after an infection or improvement in liver function.
– If any mass is suspected growing in the liver, then radiological tests like Ultrasound and CT scan are done
– Sometimes a liver biopsy may be required to determine the cause of liver problems. This small procedure can be done at the bedside using a small needle under local anesthesia.
The treatment of diffuse hepatocellular disease depends on the cause. While most cases can be treated with medications, some liver disorders may require surgery. If the liver is failing, the other option may be a liver transplant.
The best way to avoid liver disease is by preventing the problem in the first place. This means:
– Refraining from drinking excessive alcohol
– Avoiding promiscuous sexual behavior
– Avoiding use of intravenous drugs and sharing needles
– Avoiding tattoos and body piercing at unlicensed parlors
– Getting vaccinated with hepatitis B vaccine
– Using prescription medications wisely. Medications should not be mixed and not taken for prolonged time
– Avoiding contact with other people’s body fluids or blood. This also means avoiding sharing of personal care products.
Finally, one should eat healthy and exercise regularly. There are many causes of hepatocellular diseases, but by adopting a healthy life style, most of the disorders can be prevented.
Here is some info about NAFLD and NASH
Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
Suggested Reading: Skinny Liver
The liver is the second largest organ in your body and is located under your rib cage on the right side. It weighs about three pounds and is shaped like a football that is flat on one side.
The liver performs many jobs in your body. It processes what you eat and drink into energy and nutrients your body can use. The liver also removes harmful substances from your blood.
WHAT IS NAFLD?
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the build up of extra fat in liver cells that is not caused by alcohol. It is normal for the liver to contain some fat. However, if more than 5% - 10% percent of the liver’s weight is fat, then it is called a fatty liver (steatosis).
WHO IS LIKELY TO HAVE NAFLD?
NAFLD tends to develop in people who are overweight or obese or have diabetes, high cholesterol or high triglycerides. Rapid weight loss and poor eating habits also may lead to NAFLD.
However, some people develop NAFLD even if they do not have any risk factors. NAFLD affects up to 25% of people in the United States.
Read how Nick Giordano, a marathon runner, was diagnosed with NAFLD.
NAFLD may cause the liver to swell (steatohepatitis). A swollen liver may cause scarring (cirrhosis) over time and may even lead to liver cancer or liver failure.
NAFLD often has no symptoms.
When symptoms occur, they may include fatigue, weakness, weight loss, loss of appetite, nausea, abdominal pain, spider-like blood vessels, yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice), itching, fluid build up and swelling of the legs (edema) and abdomen (ascites), and mental confusion.
NAFLD is initially suspected if blood tests show high levels of liver enzymes. However, other liver diseases are first ruled out through additional tests. Often, an ultrasound is used to confirm the NAFLD diagnosis.
There are no medical treatments yet for NAFLD. Eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly may help prevent liver damage from starting or reverse it in the early stages.
See a doctor who specializes in the liver regularly
Talk to your doctor about ways to improve your liver health
Lose weight, if you are overweight or obese
Lower your cholesterol and triglycerides
Control your diabetes
There are ways to prevent NAFLD:
Maintain a healthy weight
Eat a healthy diet
Limit alcohol intake
Only take medicines that you need and follow dosing recommendations.
The more severe form of NAFLD is called non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). NASH causes the liver to swell and become damaged. NASH tends to develop in people who are overweight or obese, or have diabetes, high cholesterol or high triglycerides. However, some people have NASH even if they do not have any risk factors.
Most people with NASH are between the ages of 40 and 60 years. It is more common in women than in men. NASH often has no symptoms and people can have NASH for years before symptoms occur.
NASH is one of the leading causes of cirrhosis in adults in the United States. Up to 25% of adults with NASH may have cirrhosis.