9. Fluid Retention
An engorged abdomen, a condition called ascites, which occurs due to fluid retention in the abdomen and liver, will occur with the onset of severe liver disease. Ascites leads to an engorged, tight abdomen and a navel that appears pushed out due to fluid retention. It can also cause breathing challenges due to severe pressure on the internal organs.
While you’ve already learned about the treatments for ascites, you should also keep in mind that the fluid retention symptoms associated with fatty liver disease aren’t always limited to the stomach and abdomen; they can also occur in the lower legs, ankles and feet. This happens because of the natural action of gravity, which draws excess fluid down into the lower regions of the body. Again, diuretics will likely help, but you’re going to have to address the root cause to solve this problem permanently.