When the liver cells become damaged...you
may not feel anything at all, except tiredness.
When fat builds up inside the liver...it causes
extra pressure in the liver since the liver
is surrounded by a membrane capsule.
The fat can push the nucleus of the cell
out of place. If the cells become damaged,
the immune system of our body responds
to this and causes inflammation to develop
in the liver, also, that only adds to the
pressure and will cause the liver to enlarge
There are different causes of fatty liver disease:
alcohol consumption, diabetes, insulin
resistance, high cholesterol/triglycerides,
and weight gain...there are others also.
If the doctor believes that your is weight gain...
it is best to follow closely what diet you
should be on. He should of referred you
to a dietitian/nutritionist.
The weight loss will help remove the
fat from the liver and may help reverse
any damage that may be done to the liver
If it continues on and there is damage
to the cells that cause inflammation...
known as steatohepatitis (steato means
fat, hepat means liver, itis means
inflammation) it can later lead to death
of the liver cells and an irreversable
disease known as Cirrhosis of the liver.
If you have no appetite at all and won't eat...
this is also not good. You need a certain
amount of vitamins, minerals, proteins to
help your body heal. I would definitely
talk with your doctor about not eatting at
all. He may recommend a supplement
for you that will still help you lose weight.
The symptoms of something being wrong
may not occur, in some people, until the
cells start to die off.
Hope this information is of some help to
caregiver to a liver transplant patient