Fatty liver disease is becoming increasingly prevalent, and more than 35% of humans are thought to have fatty liver disease. Understanding what symptoms may suggest it is, therefore, important and can lead to early detection of the disease and, consequently, less damage to the liver and need for aggressive or life-saving therapies.
Fatty liver disease manifests by several symptoms but none of which is specific to the disease and many can occur in any condition affecting the liver. Therefore, once you experience any of these symptoms, seek medical care as soon as possible.
The following are the most common symptoms you should look for:
Abdominal discomfort or pain
This is probably the most common symptom experienced by people with early liver disease. Abdominal discomfort can occur in any condition affecting any abdominal organ and sometimes organs outside the abdomen (upper abdominal pain can be a sign of an impending heart attack).
However, abdominal pain related to liver diseases is usually related to the upper right abdomen. It is usually dull aching and rarely sharp. Fatty liver causes inflammation of the liver capsule which causes the characteristic pain.