skin colouring and liver related disorders

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Am just wondering, i know that jaundice is a sign of the liver not working properly but is there any other skin colouring to look out for does anyone know?  i think i am getting a bit paranoid - i have fatty liver and a liver cyst and although my LFT's have all come back normal (and various other blood tests that i have had) i seem to think my skin colouring is turning a bit brownish if that makes sense or it could be me being paranoid - any advice?  thanks

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    Hi Carina, i had results of a fatty liver last year, was advice to keep off fatty foods, however recently my colouring of my face is going a slight yellowish and the whites of my eyes with tinges of yellow too, i have pain under my right ribs too so im a bit worried too. I havnt been back about this, suppose i should though. apart from this how do you feel in yourself? i dont feel well at all but then i have M.E. and i thinnk another flare of candida which can make you feel real rotten too. My own fault as ive been eating chips, chocolate and other fatty stuff too. Have bought myself some milk thistle tablets to help with liver problems.

    Sue

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      Thanks for taking the time to reply.  I had a liver cyst found 'by chance' along with a fatty liver when they were scanning me for gallstones so now they are looking into it further, i had an MRI scan 2 weeks ago and am now waiting nervously for the results.  I am also Type 2 diabetic and now on a mission to try and reverse my fatty liver and hopefully diabetes too (which my GP said is possible).   I still get some mild pain/discomfort under my right rib which i will mention when i go and see my GP regarding the results but i was told that fatty liver shouldn't cause pain unless the liver is enlarged which mine isn't.  It can all be so confusing!
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    Have you been to see a liver specialist had scan and fibroscan to fund out more info about your condition.

    I have fatty liver my condition is improving, I have been on a Low fat diet, cut sugar, salt out of my diet.I have lost weight on advice from specialist.

    I have never drank alcohol .

    If you have fatty liver and drinking, try to stop and listen to advice.

    I would have a word with your GP if you are worried

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      I have changed my diet drastically since being diagnosed with liver cyst and fatty liver ie i have cut down on sugar and carbs and eating lots more healthily.   I guess that the Consultant i will be seeing is the liver specialist so i will go armed with lots of questions for him.  I wasn't a big alcohol drinker (not compared to my friend who drinks a lot!) just enjoyed the odd glass of wine or two at weekends so am really annoyed that i have had to cut out the wine (although my GP said that the odd glass won't do any harm) but i want to get myself sorted out with all this before i even think about introducing the odd glass of wine again.  I'm hoping to know more about my condition soon so that i can move forward.
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    Please check if you have had a ferritin iron level test done.  Ask for Iron Studies.  It includes ferritin, transferrin saturation %, serum iron, and TIBC.  If you have a fatty liver you are most likely to have a high ferritin.  Don't assume your dr has tested everything.

    Fatty liver causes high ferritin, and conversely, if you have haemochromatosis, high ferritin causes a fatty liver.  This can darken your skin, from various shades of a nice looking tan, to darker tones, even reddish brown.

    Also sugar and starches are the biggest culpret of fatty liver.  If you don't have HH, you will be able to tell if your fatty liver is reducing by the reduction of your ferritin iron.

    Donate blood every 3 months, that will help even if you don't have HH.

     

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      I have had lots of blood tests done leading up to my MRI scan but i don't think ferritin was mentioned so i will ask my GP about this test next time i see her and thanks for mentioning this.  My GP said that it is cut and dried with fatty liver - ie you either have it or you don't so i really hope that it hasn't caused much damage - my liver did not show up as enlarged when i had my ultrasound scan which is a good sign apparently and all my LFT's came back normal so hopefully i have managed to catch this in time (now that i know about it) and can keep a close monitor on my condition.   What does HH mean by the way? thanks
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      HH = hereditary haemochromatosis.  Causes high ferritin levels and fatty liver among a lot of other things via the absorption of too much iron in the organs (including the liver).
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      i checked over some recent blood tests and the ferritin levels seem fine.  What i am worried about now though is that my cyst in my liver could be a parasitic cyst (called a hydatid cyst) :-(
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