There are two types of fatty liver disease, alcoholic and nonalcoholic. An average of 5 percent of Americans have alcoholic fatty liver disease or AFLD. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NFLD) occurs when too much fat builds up in the liver cells. The less fat buildup, the healthier the liver functions.1‘Fatty Liver Disease: Risk Factors, Symptoms, Types & Prevention.’ Cleveland Clinic, my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/15831-fatty-liver-disease.
There are several symptoms patients may experience with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. These vary by person and include abdominal pain or discomfort, nausea and fatigue; however, for many people, there are no symptoms until their condition worsens.
1. Abdominal Pain
Most people experience abdominal pain multiple times in their lifetime. Fatty liver discomfort ranges from mild soreness around the belly area to excruciating pain in the stomach accompanied by other gastrointestinal symptoms, such as nausea, constipation, vomiting and diarrhea.2‘Fatty Liver Disease.’ MedlinePlus, U.S. National Library of Medicine, 23 July 2020, medlineplus.gov/fattyliverdisease.html.
Abdominal pain may be constant or come and go in waves. Some patients feel stabbing pains, while others experience a dull ache that doesn’t get better or worse. The pain may improve or worsen with food and before or after bowel movements. Most patients describe a fullness feeling in the upper right quadrant.