Liver Problems Specialist

PremiumHealthcare

Internists & Primary Care Practice located in Crest Hill, IL & Downers Grove, IL

The liver is responsible for helping you digest food and discard toxins from your body. Problems with your liver, particularly when undiagnosed, can lead to serious health problems or even death. At Premium Healthcare, medical professionals diagnose and treat a host of liver problems. They also help you understand lifestyle choices that can increase your risk of developing liver disease. Maintaining regular appointments is key to checking on the health of your liver, so call or use the online booking tool today and schedule a routine checkup at either the Downers Grove or Crest Hill, Illinois, office.

Liver Problems Q & A

What are signs and symptoms of liver problems?

Your liver is a vital organ that plays an important role in your body, controlling functions like balancing and controlling blood sugar levels and metabolism. Liver disease, or liver problems, occur when there is a disturbance to the functioning of your liver. Usually, at least 75% of your liver tissue needs to be impacted to cause liver problems, or liver failure.

Common signs and symptoms of liver problems include:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Stomach pain
  • Swelling in your legs and ankles
  • Itchy skin
  • Darkly colored urine
  • Bloody stool
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Decreased appetite
  • Yellowish coloring of your skin or eyes

What causes different types of liver problems?

Here are some of the most common forms of liver problems:

Alcoholic hepatitis

Alcohol abuse can lead to alcoholic hepatitis, a serious form of liver inflammation.

Cirrhosis

Cirrhosis refers to chronic liver damage resulting from underlying liver complications that lead to liver failure and scarring.

Hemochromatosis

An excess of iron consumption that causes high blood iron levels and iron in your joints can lead to this inherited liver condition.

Hepatitis B & C

These viruses can often lead to serious liver infection and inflammation.

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

This condition arises when there is an accumulation of liver fat, but not as a result of alcohol abuse. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is closely linked to obesity, high blood sugar, and insulin resistance.

Who is at risk of developing liver problems?

Risk factors like genetics and obesity can increase your chances of developing liver problems.

However, the most prevalent risk factor is alcohol abuse. The over-absorption of alcohol and other harmful substances affect how your liver processes and metabolizes fat so that alcohol abuse can lead to fat-stuffed liver cells.

How do you treat liver problems?

Your Premium Healthcare provider asks you questions about your symptoms and typically uses blood tests and imaging tests like CT scans to diagnose liver problems. Your personalized treatment plan depends on the specifics of your condition. Some forms of liver problems can be treated with prescribed medications and lifestyle modifications like diet, exercise, and cutting down on alcohol consumption.

Other more serious cases that result in liver failure may require surgical intervention, or a transplant to replace your liver.

To find out more about liver problems and treatment options, call or use the online booking tool today and schedule an appointment at either the Downers Grove or Crest Hill, Illinois, office.