Even though I'm very new to this "liver" stuff, I do know a bit about the other related topics you brought up. First of all, yes, liver pain is on the right side, mostly right under the rib cage, and up. If there is free fluid around the liver in the abd. cavity, you will also have right shoulder pain, and it hurts to breath in, or couph. As for your eating disorder, I too have struggled for years with one. If you are a practising bulimic, or anorexic, you could be malnourished, which will also lead to liver problems, and digestive problems. I have had 10 colon surgeries, have an ileostomy, nerve damage in my sm. intestines, and just recently got out of the hospital for possible liver failure. I really can't tell you what the affects of my "eating disorder" have been on my whole health outcome, but I do know, when I find myself slipping back into that "mode", all my symptoms become much worse, and sometimes even create new problems. The thing about starving your body of nutrients, well, lets just say it has it's way of getting back at the crime we create. My liver panels are also elevated, liver enlarged, free fluid, and many other symptoms. We are just waiting for the results of my biopsy so we know how to proceed from here. As for your IBS, I had severe constipation due to a tumor that was removed from my rectum 4 years ago. since then, I have had 9 more colon surgeries, 4 due to obstructions, and the other 5 were done in stages to either try and save some of my colon, or give it a rest by putting the ileo in. When you starve your body of food, you also starve your Colon of something to work for, thus causing nerve damage, and also creating a lot of right sided pain. This pain is normally about the same place as liver pain, but extends itself around slightly to the side. Your Liver will weep if you are malnourished, which will also cause liver pain, and eventually major problems. Usually you recieve some relief by going to the bathroom if it is bowel related. For me, cleaning my system out always helped with that pain if it was associated with the bowel. If it is associated with your liver, you will not find any relief until the fluid reabsorbes, or is drawn out. I really feel for you Kim, and I hope you get the answers you want from the Doc's. make sure you are honest with them about your eating disorder, it will help them to figure out the reasoning behind your pain and symptoms faster. Good luck, and know you are in my prayers!
Post Edited (kiml) : 10/5/2005 1:58:39 PM (GMT-6)
sorry it took me a couple of days to respond, we have been in and out of the hospital for tests and what-not...but am home now, and will reply to you The only way I know the pain to stop for me, was when I would become really dehydrated, the pain was worse,and after rehydrating me it would seem better. My Doc would also hook me up to TPN for nutrition reasons. They say it was because thats when the liver would do it's weeping. (kinda like a child crying because it's hungry) I don't now if this is the case in everybody, but in my case it was. As far as the liver pain goes, right now I'm having a real hard time with any amounts of pain meds working because EVERYTHING we take matabolizes in the liver. So, pain meds outside the hospital just don't seem to cut it. As far as eating healthy, lot's of B vitamins is suppose to help the liver, I just started on them myself, so I don't know how effectively they will work. I got the B12, and B6 spray, and I guess this will absorb better in my system since matabolizing is such a problem. I'm 37, and I too have had years of eating disorder problems. Are you married? have children? I am married, for 19 years this past week. I have 2 kids, 1 boy, and 1 girl. ages are 15 & 16. One thing I want you to remember is that, bowel pain is almost the same as liver pain, with the exception of the difficulty in breathing when there is fluid present. I truly thought I was perforated when I went into the hospital this last time only to find out it was my liver. The way they found out about my fluid was by C.T. scan. I think they also did a X-Ray, but I was so out of it I can't be for sure. Anyways, I hope this post finds you feeling a bit better, and I will continue to pray for you as well!!!! Any other questions, don't hesitate to ask. I know I don't know everything, but I can relay to you my experiences. Take care Kim!!!! P.S. Do you take a lot of tylenol products, or pain meds???
Well I must say they have definitely done all the tests on you! It could be galbladder, but that would show up through ultrasound. But ya know, liver enlargement, and fluid shows up with a X-ray, and c-t scan...I don't know, maybe it is the UTI???? lower abd pain would most likely be the UTI, kinda low in the pelvic area..at least I think so. My eating is O.K, I'm suppose to take in at least 1200 calories a day, and sometimes I can, and sometimes I can't. I just had a feeding tube removed, about 2 months ago, and I will NEVER have one of them again! I would rather be stuck with a port, and live on TPN then have that tube again! My pain has been really bad today, and I hate it because no meds help! We are thinking of going in tomorrow, and having I.V. meds, but hopefully the pain will decrease! I hope your doing well, and wish you a great weekend! oh, P.S. A liver biopsy does not measure the fluid, I think it just tells the docs what kinda shape the liver is in. you'll have to ask your doc for sure about that one.
I have liver pain quite often. I guess I should as I have stage IV breast cancer that has mets to the liver. The majority of the time it feels very swollen, kind of like an over-inflated balloon. The doc told me to NOT take any meds with Tylenol.
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Loiloi, you picked up on a really old post. Please start a new topic and introduce yourself and your situation to us. That will ensure the most replies.
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