2. Abdominal Pain
The liver is located below the lungs and above the stomach on the right side of the body. In addition to potential ascites, an inflamed liver can hurt.
3. Fluid Retention
As mentioned above, high blood pressure and sodium retention causes fluid to build up, even in the absence of ascites. Swelling (edema) of the lower extremities, hands, and face is common when fluid accumulates. Edema in various parts of the body can result from other conditions, such as congestive heart failure, kidney disease, lymphatic system dysfunction, and emphysema. (6)
Occasional or periodic fluid retention that occurs around the menstrual cycle or during pregnancy is common and will usually go away on its own. Edema that worsens or doesn’t go away requires close examination for the cause.
4. Upset Stomach
Everyone experiences an upset stomach now and then due to illness or something you ate. There are many conditions that can make you feel nauseous for an extended period, like pregnancy, food poisoning, viruses, vertigo, and migraines.
Nausea (sometimes followed by vomiting and/or diarrhea) that lasts for several days may be a red flag. Consider what may be causing your upset stomach and see your healthcare provider if it persists. Nausea that comes as a result of liver failure is usually experienced in conjunction with other symptoms.
Cirrhosis and liver failure affect digestion through complex interactions with the lower digestive tract. Part of what causes abdominal pain, bloating, and nausea is reduced gut motility and nutrient absorption. (7) Insulin resistance and inadequate gut bacteria resulting from liver dysfunction add complications. (8)