Cirrhosis Symptoms and Signs
Cirrhosis of the liver is a very damaging condition affecting the liver. As healthy liver tissue is destroyed and scar tissue begins to build up the liver stops functioning as it should. Cirrhosis of the liver can cause irreversible scarring of the liver tissue. Cirrhosis is an abnormal liver disease that comes about through various factors like alcohol abuse, fatty liver disease and viral hepatitis B and C.
Cirrhosis is a progressive disease that develops over a long period of time. Eventually it leads to liver failure when the healthy tissue is replaced by scar tissue. Scarring of liver tissue starts to block the blood flowing through the liver causing it to malfunction and ultimately fail altogether.
Signs and symptoms of cirrhosis of the liver include:
Strangely enough symptoms of cirrhosis of the liver are seldom present during the early stages of the disease. In time as the scar tissue accumulates and liver functionality is reduced the following signs (what other people can detect) and symptoms (what you see) begin occurring.
Fatigue, insomnia, loss of appetite and bodyweight, blood capillaries becoming visible on the upper abdomen skin, nausea, blotchy palms, pain where liver is located under the right rib cage, itchy skin and weakness are all signs and symptoms of cirrhosis of the liver.
As cirrhosis of the liver progresses the symptoms become more pronounced and manifests itself through bleeding gums, accelerated heartbeat, distended stomach as it fills up with fluid, confusion, dizziness, high susceptibility to bruising, build up of fluid in legs and feet (edema), altered personality as toxins build up and start to affect the brain, hair loss, jaundice, weight loss from the body and upper arms, memory problems, loss of sex drive, cramping of the muscles, susceptibility to infections, nosebleeds, panting as in breathlessness, staggering, dark colored urine and an increased sensitivity to alcohol and drugs – the liver is not able to process them.
In the later stages of the cirrhosis of the liver symptoms of vomiting blood and black stools may occur. Since the blood is being blocked from flowing freely through the liver due to the scar tissue, pressure builds up in the portal vein and the blood gets forced through small, fragile blood vessels that line the stomach. These vessels or varices as they are called, burst under the pressure and lead to internal bleeding which is manifested through vomiting blood and black stools.
If you have, or suspect you may have, any of these symptoms of cirrhosis of the liver, you should obviously be seeking professional medical treatment. There are however those who believe that natural methods may be used to successfully treat cirrhosis. One of these natural methods is known as the Ezra Protocol.
Mild cirrhosis when caught in time can be treated and the liver can recover to function normally once again. When the cirrhosis of the liver is advanced, which can happen when a person continues excessive alcohol consumption for example, the scar tissue is irreversible.