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    What is causing the fullness in my left upper abdomen?

    An X Ray and scan 2 weeks ago show nothing but fatty liver. The fullness is uncomfortable but not painful - and feels tight and seems to be getting worse. More pronounced after I eat. I cant get an appointment with a gastroenterologist for another 3 weeks and I'm worried.
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    Leah's mission is quite simply to help others take steps to walk their life journey. We have four primary 'parts' creating our life experiences. The … View Profile

    Fatty liver is when there are fat cells, developing in the liver.  Generally it is diet related and can be treated easily enough with commitment. 

    Usually, without complications present means looking at the quality of your eating pattern, alcohol intake, fibre, water and overall medication list.  Look at these and if it is different to a pattern that included the recommended dietary guidelines - 2 fruit, 5 veg, some meat or substitute, grains, diary, healthy fats etc, then changes could be made if you are willing.  

    The risk of fatty liver is the faster progression of metabolic syndrome which is the cluster of diabetes, heart disease, blood pressure etc.  If you already have these conditions, then it is another reason to get more serious about your lifestyle and what it is creating.  

    I suggest contacting your local APD dietitian, or speaking with your Doctor for a referral to one so that you eating pattern can be explored and other things considered to help you.  Medication isn't the only way to make this problem resolve.  

    To your health 

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