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Liver Pain

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I have been reading references to people experiencing "liver pain". Can someone explain to me what that feels like? many thanks! - Ann

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Hi ANn,

SOmetimes my liver feels like it just doesn't fit under my rib cage. It is like a swollen full feeling there. At other times it feels like I have a cramp under there. Other people mey have a different kind of pain so maybe they will jump in.

 

Hugs,

Lisa


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Hi Ann,

 

my liver pain isn't sharp. It is usually like a dull ache, and sometimes feels like I have a brick tucked under my right rib, like it is swollen or stuck.

I also occassionally get pain around my back too.

 

Hugs,

Irene

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I also suffer from liver pain. It sometimes feels as though my liver will burst. I seem to always have a nagging pain over the area just under my ribs. I do have a fatty liver, no one knows why as I only have an occasional drink (socially...not much at all).

 

Deb

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Deb,

 

I also have a mildly fatty liver and I don't drink at all!!!

I was also told that it shouldn't really cause any pain, but mine does.

 

My father had NASH ~ non-alcoholic steatahepatitis (I don't know if I spelt that right), which lead to his fatal liver cirrohsis, and as I have read this starts off as a fatty liver as well, although my doctors don't seem too worried about me, even though my father died from it.

 

Hugs,

Irene

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Hello Irene,

I know that when the woman was doing the ultrasound on my liver she was shocked. She did say she has only seen that kind of liver on someone who is an alcoholic. My specialist didn't seem worried at all about it! I am though! I am seeing an immunologist next week, so hopefully, he will start putting all the pieces together somehow (I am hoping! With fingers crossed) and help me with all the problems I am experiencing. I hope they can help you too, especially as your father had this liver problem! Sending lots of positive hugs your way!

 

Deb

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I hope this is o.k.! I was born in NZ also. I lived in Christchurch until my husband and I moved to Australia 26 years ago!

 

Deb :blink:

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I was wondering why you had asked this question. Do you have a problem with liver pain. I have a pain on my left side rib area is that where you feel the pain at? I have had pain for three years and no one can tell me why. Sam


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Hi Sam,

 

The liver is on the right hand side, usually tucked up under the ribcage which protects it. Except for me..... they found my liver starts up under there but is very long and goes down most of my right hand side from my ribs! The doctor told me if I was in a motor accident it would be possible to badly damage it! :( About 5% of the population have livers like mine. :mellow:

 

Anyway, all that aside, if you have pain on your left hand side there are other organs there which may need some attention. Keep asking the doctor......!

 

Warm hugs,

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Hi Sam: The reason I asked the question was because I get this feeling under my rib cage and a full feeling even when I've not eaten. It's something I want to talk to my doctor about. I was under impression that all the blood work that is done, it would show up. I don't know. -Ann

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Hello, it is interesting to see other people with organ pain. When I first saw my rheumatologist I told her I had pain in my left kidney. She very abrubtly said it musnt be kidney pain because organs dont cause feelings of pain.

Also, just responding to Sherrill, the liver is huge, the largest part of it sits on the right side of the body and tapers over to left. It nearly reaches right across.

Not that I have ever seen an open body, but my anatomy books say and show this.

Last week I had to take more analgesics than usual and I had heat and pain radiating out from my liver region. I also had this yucky taste in my mouth, like I had drank too much alcohol, but I dont drink.

 

Best wishes

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hi Anne,

I have had pain in my upper left side, and also, I find it hard to wear a bra as this causes pressure.

I have Primary Biliary Cirrhosis, along with the good old sclero, but I did meet someone with PBC and talked with her about the pain in the left side, and the issue about wearing a bra and she concluded that she experienced the same.

Its intensisty comes and gos but has always been more on the left than on the right.

My liver function tests are ok and I do not take any treatment as such specifically for the PBC but its monitored at the usual check ups, but I do believe that PBC and Scleroderma can go hand in hand so to speak.

I did have the camera down the throat, (cant remember the name of this procedure) and this also found H Pylori which I had treatment for, and I must admit, I have not had so much left sided pain since this, but it hasnt stopped altogether.

I think if you have M2antibodies then that more or less says you have PBC

Hope this may be of some help .

Regards

 

Giorgigirl

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Hi Giorgigirl - I guess you could say, that was a "light bulb moment". I can't wait for my next Dr. appointment. I have been telling my rheumatologist, my primary care physician, my nephrol., etc. that I can't wear a bra because of the pain and discomfort. The rheumatologist says it's from the fibro but I have been disagreeing with him for a year. I will resarch PBC and get as much knowledge on this subject before I go. Thank you so much for this information. It will be great to go into his office with another "possible" look at this problem.

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Hi Anne,

 

Glad you found the information useful and I just wanted to wish you good luck at your next appointment.

 

Sincere Regards

 

Giorgigirl

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Hello,

 

I had a liver biospy done this past Friday to see if I primary biliary cirrhois (PBC). It was done under conscious sedation and they stick a very long needle through the right side of your rib cage to snatch pieces of your liver. My GI doctor at the Mayo clinic says the biospy will confirm whether I have PBC or not as well as the stage of the disease.

All of my liver pain is felt on my right side of my ribcage. Liver pain can also radiate to the right shoulder area.

For those of you with the PBC, I am interested in hearing your thoughts about the disease and what you do to manage it/symptoms and all that good stuff. I also have systemic scleroderma and autoimmue hepatitis,

Thanks , Tammy

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