Symptoms Of Unhealthy Spleen

Symptoms Of Unhealthy Spleen

Before a person goes to a doctor to get a diagnosis of an unhealthy spleen, he or she would also have some symptoms. One of the most common symptoms of unhealthy spleen is discomfort in the abdomen. The person will feel full even though he or she may not have eaten the quantity that they would normally eat when healthy. This fullness can occur even when a person has just a light snack. Hence, if a person is having this symptom, he or she should go to the doctor as it is an indication that all is not well with the spleen.

In the early stages, along with the fullness of the stomach, a person will also experience pain in the upper left part of the abdomen. This pain may radiate to the left shoulder causing further problems to the person. (See Reference 1)

Other symptoms of unhealthy spleen include, feeling constantly tired and suffering from weight loss. Both these problems occur due to the person not being able to eat properly and provide the body with sufficient amount of energy for daily tasks. In addition, the person will also suffer from jaundice where the skin and the whites of the eyes turn yellow. This primarily occurs due to a problem associated with the liver. However, the liver and spleen are closely associated, and hence, jaundice is a symptom of unhealthy spleen. And, when the spleen and liver are affected, platelets, WBCs and RBCs are destroyed in higher number causing anemia, and higher chances of excessive bleeding and infections. (See Reference 1)

The doctor generally diagnoses an unhealthy spleen by feeling the abdominal region where the spleen in located and checking to see whether the organ is enlarged. In addition, the doctor will ask the person to take a deep breath. When this happens, the person will experience acute pain in the abdomen. Based on these symptoms, the doctor will request for additional tests, such as blood test and CT scans. Once the results confirm a problem with the spleen, the doctor will begin the treatment. (See Reference 1)

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