You have a condition known as NASH...this is
Non alcoholic steatohepatitis
Steato stands for fat, hepat stands for
liver and itis stand for inflammation.
What happens is that the fat, that has developed
inside the liver, has caused pressure to build
up in the liver that has started to damage
the liver cells. When the cells of the liver
become damaged, the immune system
of the body responds to this and causes
inflammation inside the liver, also. The fat
in the liver causes extra weight to the liver and
both the fat plus the inflammation together
will cause the liver to enlarge in size.
This enlargement takes place, even though,
it is surrounded by a membrane capsule.
This can eventually lead to the cells of
the liver starting to die off. It is then known
as Cirrhosis of the liver.
Please be sure that your liver doctor knows
all medications that you are on: over
the counter, herbs, herbal teas, vitamins,
minerals, supplements, and drugs prescribed
by other doctors. All medications go through
the liver first, to be broken down, before
going to the rest of the body. If the cells
are damaged, they may die off...the liver
cannot handle this medications efficiently...
it has to be adjusted, by the doctor, according
to how much damage is there. They can
tell this by their testing.
You should be with a gastroenterologist or
hepatologist. This increase in the size of
the abdomen, may be fluid build up....
Known as Ascites. People who are advanced
in liver disease are known to have this.
The doctors can tell you if this is the case.
This fluid can be drained by a procedure
known as paracentesis. It helps the patient
feel better, breathe better, and more
If you are diagnosed "with cirrhosis" of the liver...
please do not put off trying to be evaluated
for a liver transplant. It takes time to have
testing done and seeing doctors and then
to be considered for placement on the list.
Some wait too long.
All liver patients are suppose to be told not
to take anything that is not approved of
or prescribed by their doctors.
I hope this information has been of some
help to you.
caregiver to a liver transplant patient