11 Strange Signs That Your Liver Is In Trouble

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By PJ Amirta, TheAlternativeDaily.com

The liver is essential for detoxifying the body, metabolizing drugs, absorbing nutrients and much, much more. If we leave this vital organ unchecked, it could eventually lead to total failure. Here are eleven signs that could spell trouble for your liver, especially if left unchecked.

1. Jaundice

A condition known as jaundice occurs when waste builds up in our bodies and bile pigment flows into our bloodstream. This is more of a problem with infants, but it can also occur in adults. This should be taken as a serious warning that something is up with your liver.

2. Bloated ankles

When there’s a problem with the liver, heart or kidney, gravity causes fluid to build up in the lower extremities of the body, like the feet.

3. Appetite changes

Although appetite changes can stem from a number of underlying reasons, it can also be from your liver. If your liver is struggling, you’ll lose your appetite. Or, if you’re eating a normal amount but your weight is noticeably decreasing, you should still consult with a physician.

4. Diarrhea

This is a very common issue related to liver problems. Realistically, whenever you have loose bowel movements, they should not be ignored.

5. Strange bruises

Proteins needed for blood clots are produced in the liver. So, when the liver is in trouble, protein levels decrease, making bruising and bleeding more frequent.

6. Intense exhaustion

If you feel drained every day at an abnormal rate, you could be dealing with liver problems. As waste builds in the liver, it leads to lower oxygen levels, leaving us feeling tired all the time.

7. Dark urine

One great way to check liver health is by looking at your urine before flushing. If your urine is dark and stools are lighter than normal, you should seek medical attention. Dark urine may exist for a variety of reasons, but liver damage could potentially be one.

8. Right shoulder pain

As you might not be expecting, pain in your right shoulder can be from liver problems. This is usually the case when cancer is in the liver and a tumor is growing. When the tumor increases in mass, it creates immense pressure on surrounding nerves. If the pain is related to your liver, you might also get hiccups easily by putting pressure on your stomach.

9. Belly pain

If the pain stems from only your right ribs, you should consider a consultation with your doctor. This pain could be coming from your liver.

10. Throwing up regularly

It becomes far more difficult for our bodies to process foods and liquids when our livers fail. This will create unbelievable stress for our digestive systems. Along with the pain, it will make your stomach feel sick and swollen. Eventually, you will be throwing up on a daily basis.

11. Changing personality

When our livers fail, more toxins build up in our bloodstream, thus flowing to our brain. This makes it very difficult to concentrate and we have issues remembering things. There could also be rapid changes in sleeping habits.

— PJ Amrita
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  1. This has been a very interesting and informative article!


  3. Last year I was told that I have two hemangiomas on my liver. One large one on the right and a smaller one on the left. Apparently they’ve been there for a while and the doctor I had never told me about them! anyway, is there something that can be done (other than surgery) to reduce the size. I was also told that my liver is a bit large for my body (as are my heart and one kidney). I am turning 60 soon and I am starting to be concerned with all of the issues going on with my inside.

    • Fast like the Muslims do. if not fast for 16 hours from 7pm to 11am and eat less in between. No tomatoes or beans.

    • Very interested, everyone should know these signs to be aware of

    • In 2014 I was told That maybe I had hemangioma, but my GI dr. ordered an MRI only to find out that I had neuroendocrin tumors in my liver. I was treated for 2 years for acid reflux. Then I had lots of back pain and started flushing (turning bright red ) . After lots of blood, urine , mri tests and a liver biopsy, it was discovered I had Carcinoid tumors.
      Insist that your dr. continue to investigate. They call this a rare slow growing cancer, but it has been under diagnosed for years. Research Carcinoid and tell dr. you want more tests. Best of luck


    • Please consult with an interventional radiologist. Some problems can be dealt with via a tube (maybe fiber optic) passed through the esophagus into the bile duct via the small intestine. Another possibility is minimally invasive surgery via needle or via a small puncture wound through which a fiber optic probe may be inserted to close off defective blood vessels.

  4. I have had elevated liver enzymes on and off for years , I take natural supplements to help support and detox my liver. What foods help detox the liver? Is it bad for the liver to take Tylenol 1000 mg daily. It is the only thing I can take for arthritis.

    • Checkout the book Liver Healing by Anthony William. There are many foods to help heal the body naturally.

      • Thanks Lori…I’ll get the book.
        You’d think these people would list some solutions beside scaring us!

        • Here are some solutions. Take liver herbs, like dandelion and milk thistle, which can be made into a tea. There are others. Buy an herb book and get a good source of well water so you can start cleansing. That´s what is needed. I´ve had all these symptoms at one time or another but have gotten rid of them all with liver herbs.

    • Tylenol bad for your liver. It helped destroy my liver.

      • In the United States, Tylenol (acetaminophen) toxicity has replaced viral hepatitis as the most common cause of acute hepatic failure and is the second most common cause of liver failure requiring a transplant. That’s how harmful it is for the liver. A friend was taking Tylenol for his back because he thought it was harmless and it gave him a liver that made the doctor ask if he was a heavy drinker/alcoholic.

    • Follow the Medical Medium on instagram. He’s amazing! I have diabetes and very bad arthritis in my hip and knees. The dose of tylenol youre taking is toxic! I started drinking 16 oz of celery juice 1 year ago. Organic celery juice. You have to juice it, you can’t mix it with anything. It’s really not bad and I have no pain!!! it has been like a miracle in my life. Please follow him. His name is Anthony Williams, The Medical Medium. You will see the testimonials . Look him up online. He has changed my life and many others with no drugs at all.
      God Bless you. I wish you a pain free future.

    • I say YES. Tylenol goes through the liver ibuprofen goes through the kidneys. A Tylenol e everyday in my opinion is not good for the liver.

    • Hi
      Apparently eating liver is very good, buy some milk thistle capsules they work wonders oh Kay off alcohol. 👍🏿

    • My doctor told me to stay away from Tylenol because it’s a major contributor to liver problems. I take Meloxicam for my arthritis and it’s helping tremendously!

      • Meloxicam is an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug). It is mostly metabolized though the liver and so it is hard on your liver but also your kidneys. All NSAIDS are harmful to the body. They all kill off natural gut bacteria needed for proper digestion and absorption of nutrients as well as a strong immune system. They lead to leaky gut syndrome as well which can lead to system-wide inflammation which causes pain. Leaky gut also leads to auto-immune issues. Look up the side effects on Drugs dot com. Far better off to go on an anti-inflammatory diet, which will decrease arthritis inflammation and pain. Natural supplements help to lower inflammation also…turmeric, resvertrol, boswellia, NAC. The biggest pain and inflammation relief will come if you stop eating wheat products…bread, cereals, crackers, pastries, pastas, anything with wheat flour, etc. Try it for a couple weeks and you will be amazed. If you go back to eating wheat again, the pain will come back immediately.

        • I was in horrific pain in my hips, doctor said I had severe arthritis
          x-rays proved it was bad. I am not a doctor, I was in natural
          alternatives and REAL food for the health and well being of the
          body. I GOT OFF all WHEAT (read …. The Wheat Belly) and got
          off ALL SODA !!! Started taking coral calcium by Dr.Redfoot.
          In just a few weeks I had NO PAIN. Most doctors don’t know
          about nutrients they are NOT taught this, they only know
          DRUGS! There’s a book and audio call Dead Doctors don’t Lie.
          They sold millions of copies by Dr.Joel Wallach, he’s still on
          YouTube if you want to check him out, he has helped millions
          of people with many Health Issues. He also has a question and
          answer show. Blessings and Healing to Everyone
          PS … Celery seed and juice is really helpful for PAIN, but you
          got to get the JUNK out of your diet! Please Watch what you EAT !

      • just because something dulls the pain doesnt mean its healing it.!
        as well as detox and removing inflammation type foods from your diet it would behoove you to take Max GXL by max international
        It helps all joints and increases glutethione in your body.

    • Check out wild lettuce capsules. Called the poor man’s opium during the Civil War, when stronger pain-killers weren’t available. Subtle, but helpful. I have chronic Lyme disease, and have tried just about everything. Not breath-taking speed of relief, but definitely pain-taking.

      • I heard a while a ago that Stevia (natural sweetner) helps with lymes disease,
        it was on Natural Health 365. Hope this helps.

    • Yes, Tylenol is the worst. It will kill your liver. If you have pain, ibuprofen occasionally would be better, but don’t take too much. CBD/hemp oil works much better for pain

    • Drink detox Teas & Take Potassium& Magnesium

      • I can’t hold my magnesium level. I take magnesium oxide pills try to eat foods high in magnesium. 1.5 was the highest level I’ve had, but average about a 1.2

    • Can you take Phenocane? It has turmeric etc. and is not bad for the liver.

    • Try cbd oils for pain, it doesn’t kill your organs like Tylenol or ibuprofen….best of luck to you

    • Because I have to take cholesterol medication daily, my liver enzymes were out of wack (high). I was advised by a health & vitamin store to take Milk Thistle, 250 MG, it’s an herb. My enzymes almost immediately became normal. I’ve been taking it for 20+ years with no side effects and normal liver enzymes ever since.

  5. This was good. I did not know that the liver could cause so many problems in your body. I am going to check out mine. Thank you.

    • It’s really the biggest organ in our bodies. Can’t live without it. Think about it, if you are in a hospital for a heart, lungs, brain, etc. They can put you on a machine to keep you alive. Can’t do that with the liver

  6. I have many of these signs and the Dr does suspect the liver but they have been running tests since September and they still haven’t come to a conclusion.

    • You are not alone. I have quite a few myself and test after test. No conclusions Frustrating and scary.

      • Several years I’ve been told I have a very bad liver by several drs. New dr feels very confident that it is the gall bladder that is the culprit that in turn is creating the problem which is effecting the liver. He feels we’ve got time to get it under control and can save the liver. Have your dr check your gallbladder….

    • Good article I will see how I am doing.

      • I was told I had a fatty liver because of the extra weight around middle but was never told how serious it could be. I am also diabetic.I was having problems and put through many test. I was given a liver biopsy and found out I have 4 stage cirrhosis of the liver. I do not drink so it is from fatty
        liver. That was 8 months ago
        I came across1MD a d have been taking it for 6 months.
        This Thurs. I am going back to my Dr and hope I can see some progress

        • Did the 1MD work?

        • Liver cirrhosis is something that is not treatable and so doctors don’t really say anything until it’s to late. There is no medication for liver available. A family member of mine was diabetic and never told until later about liver cirrhosis at the hospital, and there is nothing that the conventional medical doctors and big pharma can do to slow or reverse or fix this condition. You have to simply detox on your own means using milk thistle formula’s and alcohol free tinctures to further prevent damage to the liver, and keeping blood sugar down as much as possible. I also would suggest going to Lifeextension.com and reading the protocol on fatty liver disease epidemic, and call a wellness specialist for answers and it’s free. We hardly pay attention to our livers and kidneys that filter our blood of wastes all day, that we don’t find out about damage until it’s to late. Liver cirrhosis leads to liver failure eventually and sad the conventional medicine does nothing about it, while we suffer until we die of the liver failure, this is why when it comes to liver the doctor gives mixed messages or says nothing about it because he can’t treat it anyway!! Don’t trust you conventional doctor, doctor yourself and heal your self naturally!!!

  7. Dear Sir
    Good day
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  8. annie shirtz-layman

    ‘RE liver problems.
    #8 talks about R shoulder pain. L shoulder is pictured.
    Anatomy 101. 😎

  9. Please may I know this?

  10. This also describes a lot of other conditions…a good reason to get regular blood tests, or see a good naturopath, md, or other health care person.

  11. Very informative and for me somewhat scary article. I have three to four of these signs.

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  12. Good catch!

  13. I have had ad a valve replacement and triple bypass. at this point, I need to stop smoking. I know its habitual with leg stents smoking so I’m told is a major problem. looking for real listed solution.

    • Try Chantix, I haven’t smoked in17 yrs, if it’s still the same way, I could still smoke for 2 weeks, while taking it, they have an 800 number too, great support team. You won’t be sorry. Don’t listen to others that tried it, and say bad things. It works, but you still have to want to. Good Luck Robert

    • Raymond Charles Wempren

      I quit when I found out I have blebs in the upper parts of both my lungs. I smoked for 40yrs. Used the patches and smoked more than ever. I was able too quit when I realized that the patches made me crave for cigarettes. I quit the patches and cigarettes at the same time. 2.5yrs and still nicotine free.

  14. Tylenol is very bad for the liver. I had blood test done in August, Dr’s office called that everything was Ok. A month later I was taken to Emergency room given two hours to live (they told my sons) I was in ICU for 2 weeks, diagnosed with cirrhosis of the liver and kidney failure. I was sick as you can get. Went to liver transplant Dr. Said I had stage 4 cirrhosis, but not ready for transplant list. This was in 2015, my liver is healed, kidney are close to normal, all by Prayers answered and haven’t had a drink in 5 years this Sept.

    • So thankful for your testimony of God’s healing grace in your life and that you are so successful in your sobriety! I’ve been healed by God so many times as have many in my family. My son is now in his 7th year of sobriety, such a blessing. I was in a car accident with terrible residual pain. The pain meds had huge amounts of Tylenol. I requested the pain meds without the Tylenol and my doctor obliged. My liver and kidneys remain healthy.

    • What did you do to help your liver? I have a fatty liver and the doctors just shrug it off.

    • Carol, how did you heal your liver? I’m having same issues; liver enzymes normal and Ultrasound shows everything normal, and I’m getting sicker quick. Blood pressure has risen so I’m thinking that’s portal hypertension. But how did you heal your liver when they gave you just a short time to live?


    • Praise the Lord!

  15. I take a Product that I get from Purity Products called Real Detox , it’s a Liver Supplement that works well to Detoxify your Liver , and after you start taking it your pee will be clear as water. I also take their Krill Omega Fish oil for my Arthritis instead of Tylenol it works Better & is Better for you than Tylenol. I shop Purity Products for a lot of my Supplements , because the stuff at the store Doesn’t Work.

  16. This information most informative

  17. Intermittent fasting helps clear fatty liver

  18. Why does the picture show the left shoulder?

  19. Call your local hospital, they usually have no smoking groups.
    I quit by first you stop your cig after meals. Then stop your cig when you wake up then you stop your cig before bed. And each one you stop you can’t have one for one hour. After a week you have to give it up for good. you get rid of one each each week. In 20 weeks you have quit if you smoke a pack a day. Good luck

  20. Let’s respect the body’s immune system by allowing it to heal by itself but Self control is the bottom line;
    √ avoid junk food as much as possible, as well as cigarettes, liquor, sexual immorality
    √ intermittent fasting – at least 16 hours between your last meal for the day and the next
    √enough sleep: 7-8 hours
    √Meditate only on things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely and of good report. These are virtuous and pleasing to God
    √sunshine time- walk in it when you can
    √ prayer time: alone with God
    √ gentle and quiet life

    Scientifically proven

  21. Milk thistle is great for healing liver

  22. thank you. very useful tips.

  23. Awww. Dont be fearful of these ads. Many are pushing more medicine on the public. Periodic Fasting helps purge the body of toxins. But one needs to research on safe way. Drink plenty of purified water with lemon.before your meals I was told half or a quarter of an organic lemon with full 8 oz. Glass of purified water upon waking in the morning jumpstarts the liver to detoxify the body. When I dont have fresh lemon, I use 2 capful of Bragg’s organic apple cider vinegar instead of the lemon. Plenty of water throughout the day to assist the toxins out of the body

  24. Awsome Info everybody! I will be trying some of these suggestions…

  25. I have Hep-C and went to a gastro doctor to see if I coukd take the meds to cure it. Onlyvproblem was they wanted to take the temperature of my urine but due to my Post-Polio I wasn’t able to use their toilet at the lab. So I quit the doctor. I do have several of the signs you listed- yellow skin, bruise easily, dark urine, right shoulder pain but that could be from a physical therapist overdoing an exercuse if my right arm. What would you suggest I do? The Lab was not Handicapped Accessible as far as their toilet. Infortunately the law of 1990 on discrimination of disabled persons doesn’t have any teeth in it, no one to enforce it! Thank you for the article!

  26. Very good information for me..


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  28. i had my gaul bladder removed and have had bowel trouble ever since and have to take gasstop every couple of days which does the opersut so get gaul stone removed or desoled and tell the docter you wont another 40 years to make the next lot of stoneswhich is what i wish i had the docter at time as he said they would only come back hope this helps betty

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