Symptoms of liver disease may vary depending on the underlying cause.
But there are a few common signs that often point to some kind of liver issue.
- yellow skin and eyes (jaundice)
- dark urine
- pale, bloody, or black (tarlike) stool
- swollen ankles, legs, or abdomen
- decrease in appetite
- persistent fatigue
- skin that feels itchy
- bruising more easily than usual
There are two types of fatty liver disease:
- Alcoholic fatty liver disease develops as a result of long-term heavy drinking.
- Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease doesn’t have a clear cause, though diet may play a role in some cases.
Alcoholic fatty liver disease usually doesn’t cause symptoms in its early stages. However, some people experience pain in the right side of their abdomen.
As it progresses, it can also cause:
- nausea and vomiting
Many people with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease also have few or no symptoms in its earlier stages. But over time it may cause:
- general weakness and fatigue
- unexplained weight loss
- decreased appetite
- itchy skin
- swollen legs and abdomen