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Five Signs You and Your Liver Need Stress Relief


Nicole Cutler

Apr 25th, 2011

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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  • http://fivesighns fallon thurlow

    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.

  • http://fivesighns fallon thurlow

    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


    • 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.

    • Terry Adams

      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.