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Five Signs You and Your Liver Need Stress Relief

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Nicole Cutler

Apr 25th, 2011
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Many people don’t know they need to relieve stress for their liver’s well-being. However, the body can deliver some pretty major hints that stress relief is needed. Especially important for those with liver concerns, these five signs of stress should raise a red flag urging relaxation.

Living with chronic liver disease renders affected individuals more vulnerable to stress. Despite the many sources, manifestations and reactions to stress, health professionals understand that people with a compromised liver are in greater need of stress relief than those with a fully functioning one. Since we all live with some degree of stress – and we all handle it differently – these five clues that you are in need of stress relief can help you seek serenity before your liver becomes overwhelmed.

Stress is a term used to describe the wear and tear the body experiences in reaction to everyday tensions and pressures. Change, illness, injury or career and lifestyle changes are common causes of stress. However, it’s the effects of stress – like pressure and tension – that we feel in response to the little, everyday hassles, like being late for an appointment, dealing with a broken hot water heater or receiving a fistful of bills that do the most damage.

The body and mind’s response to pressure that disrupts its normal balance, stress occurs when people are unable to manage their reactions to their experiences. When a reaction is expressed as resistance, tension, strain or frustration, the person’s equilibrium gets skewed – an imbalance that is the source of many health problems.

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  • i was told by my doctor my liver is stressed im living a stressful life by fighting for custordy of my kids how can i do this and not stress

    • Lawal Sani Kona

      fight it out without getting you mind involved i have done this over several problems of mine yet i dont know if many people can understand how i set my goal engage then engage my intent without my emotion getting into it.

  • im living a stresful life by fighting for the care of my children how can i do this and stop my liver from stressing as well as my self

  • Lindsay

    I was told back in september that I have 3 lesions on my liver. Will they evver go away? Im sick of feeling sick all the time

    thanks

    • noreaster

      lindsay , you didn’t say if you have hep.-c and/or cirrhosis. if you aren’t sure , get a hepatitus-c blood test this week. those lesions are part of the deadly chain that begins with hep-c, attacking and weakening your liver.

  • Terri Toursarkissian

    i keep telling my husband he is going to kill me not the actual transplant, he has a very exlosive temper not towards me directly but he slams doors, raises his voice and I get very tense and feel STRESSED. Although before his tantrums he prefaces the tamper by saying “now this is not about you”, but it is. It affects me so that I start feeling physicall ill, headache, nauseau etc. And, I just read folks under most stress post-transplant have higher percentage to reject. This is unbelievable that I would have to break up my marriage in order to survive!!??? Does this make sense? I love my husband but I want to make it through this transplant and he just doesn’t understand. Just needed to vent thank you. I have joined the group and am sure this is not going to be my topic of choice. I googled liver disease and stress and this site came up. BTW, has anyone here had a transplant? I have many many questions besides being very scared…..

    • Kveta

      My husband is the most incredible man. But he can also be the worst. Nothing in between. And just as you are saying, I feel physical pain when he has his frustration time that he ventilates – he just does not hesitate to show his negative feelings, rather than trying to deal with them. He even gets angry BECAUSE I am sick (not at me, but at the situation). Ridiculous, really. There is a lot to say. But the point is, that he needs to change, otherwise he cannot keep you.
      I have been trying to deal with his issues, work on them, help him, talk to him, change him…anywhere in the world. It does not matter where we live or what we are doing, vacation time or daily routines… So if you have the same problem – its a serious problem that he needs to understand: HE IS A NEUROTIC. You or him can read in wikipedia about it. Its very helpfull. It basically means that he feels threatened by everything and everyone, under constant attack. He was born like that. Thats why he behaves like a scared dog, bitting anything within his reach.
      My husband finally read it and finally realised that I was right (all those 14 years) and most importantly, he is trying even harder now. It was actually a relieve for him to know what is wrong. He was so lost.
      He trusts me now, if I tell him: “hey, you look like you are about to loose it soon, take a deep breath and remember: I love you, I am not your enemy…” It works.
      I did not have a liver transplant. But I am having many scans done these days, because of my liver lesion. Its painful and scary, cannot imagine how you feel after transplant. But stress is not good. And stress done by your loved one is even worse. Its unfair to you. He needs to change NOW, or he will loose you. He could start seeing a psychologist, because he has an official problem called : BEING NEUROTIC and hurting his own family because he is not being treated for it. Its his responsibility to take care of this problem.
      Hope this helps. Good luck. Take care of yourself. Its your life.

    • If he can’t control himself and you want to live… leave! if he loves you he will change his ways. Roy Masters has a cure stress cd that I have been using and it has helped me in way i can’t even say. please get it.

    • Lawal Sani Kona

      i deeply feel for you, if i were you i will most time plug in an ear piece and listen to my favourite music. may God help and give you strenght and health.

  • Mind Games

    Stress over one’s liver is something people with or without liver damage should also note.

  • abmik

    “Research on healthy animals found that restraint and electric foot-shock
    stress triggered elevations of ALT levels (an enzyme correlated with
    liver damage).” ARE YOU KIDDING ME? perhaps we should trly restainging the people running the tests, and give them electric foot-shock stress and see what that does to their ALT levels. oh wait, Hitler already did that.

  • Angel Skytrain

    PLEASE I NEED ADVICE…. my liver enzymes are high. Two years ago, I did not have one problem with my liver. Every three months it appears that is getting worse. It went from nothing showing up on a CT scan or in my blood work to CT scan showing three months later that my liver was enlarged. Three months after later, I was in the hospital with a pancreatitis attack, while in the hospital that’s when I found out that my WBC was up but whenever they would bring it down my RBC would go up. They test at the hospital show that my liver has became severely fat within that 3 months. I took this paperwork to the GI doctor and they performed a liver biopsy and said it came back good. My thoughts were don’t you see a problem my liver it is getting even worse and I wasn’t severely overweight.
    After knowing this information, I went to my primary care and ask them to check my liver enzyme and it came back that my ALT & SLT(?) were elevated… they’re steady increasing.
    I’ve had so much blood taken from me to rule out everything that it’s not. I am honestly tired of going to doctors… My stomach gets as large as if I was 8 months pregnant and that can be for no reason at all.

    ANY advice at all? I’m not sure exactly how I found this website but I really do need some answers…[email protected]
    I have gotten worse with being able to deal with stress no matter how simple it is. I’m running out of energy… My health is very poor. I hope and pray that someone will contact me is some information that will help me because I have 4 wonderful grandchildren and I want to be around to see them graduate high school even though the oldest one will be 10 years old this year.
    I’ve gotten so extremely worse that when I got stressed out today it felt like someone had beating my liver/my right side with a baseball bat and would not stop I fell to Floor from the GREAT deal of PAIN… and Any time I took a breath it was even GREATER PAIN! Yes, I’m for sure it’s my liver not only because of the enzymes being high but because of my severely fatty liver (I haven’t been informed that it’s changed physically, then again it just may not have been mentioned to me….. I do not have a gallbladder or any female organs.
    I had the test done recently where they put an ultrasound down through using my mouth and that GI specialist said that he did not see any tumors and the Bile ducts and my pancreas looked fine and that it is my liver.

    I’m Very Concerned, any help would definitely be greatly appreciated, Thank you.

    • maria hidle

      I am sorry to hear that you are feeling ill and in pain. I was in your shoes just over a week ago. I went back to my doctor the 3rd GI doctor in a year (long story short) for the results of my liver biopsy I was having pain for well over a year and it got progressively worse over time. Again, long story short I had just stag one NASH (Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis ) with no fibrosist. I had gained about 30 lbs in about a year since I quit smoking. My liver doctor (GI) gave a a low carb diet, wants me to take milk thistle 2 x a day , and just exercise (which has been hard for me since I was in so much pain). Anyway, I already feel 80% better (in less than a week time). I ride a stationary bike maybe 15 min 2 times a day, eat a lot of fresh veggies low carb (50 g a day for now). I thought I was doomed I took it upon myself to see a doctor that specialized in the liver. Good luck .

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