Alcoholic liver disease is a condition that develops when the liver is damaged due to prolonged alcohol use. It typically progresses through three stages: fatty liver disease, alcoholic hepatitis, and cirrhosis. Here are some signs and symptoms that may indicate that you have alcoholic liver disease:
Abdominal pain and swelling: You may experience pain and swelling in the upper right side of your abdomen.
Fatigue and weakness: You may feel tired and weak, even after getting enough rest.
Loss of appetite: You may lose your appetite and experience unintended weight loss.
Nausea and vomiting: You may experience nausea and vomiting, especially after eating.
Jaundice: Your skin and eyes may appear yellow due to the buildup of bilirubin in your body.
Mental confusion: You may have difficulty thinking clearly or performing everyday tasks.
Easy bruising or bleeding: You may notice that you bruise or bleed easily, even from minor injuries.
Swollen legs and ankles: You may experience swelling in your legs and ankles due to fluid buildup.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to talk to your healthcare provider as soon as possible. They can perform tests to diagnose alcoholic liver disease and recommend treatment options to help manage your symptoms and prevent further damage to your liver.