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   Posted 5/19/2007 2:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everybody!  I have been having some problems that have me wondering about my liver, so I thought I would pop over here and ask for your opinions. :)  I have had a dull aching pain below my right ribcage since January.  I had my gall bladder checked out, ultrasound and HIDA scan came back fine.  My GI doctor doesn't seem at all interested in checking my liver out.  My last CBC showed decreased liver function, he dismissed that as being a symptom of malnutrtion.  Since I have Crohn's Disease, I suppose that's possible.  Having CD, I am unable to take anything but tylenol or narcotics for pain.  I take Vicodin.  I wouldn't say on a regular basis, but 2-3 pills per week.  When I take one, that dull aching gets more severe.  Not unbearable, but it is demanding to be noticed!  Also, I had a couple of glasses of wine with my dinner on Thursday night....which I only do about 3-4 times a year....and again the pain worsened.  I will certainly be pressing my GI further on this issue, and maybe my PCP also, but I just want to make sure it sounds like I am on the right track here. :)  Thanks for listening. :-)
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   Posted 5/28/2007 8:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Katina,
I noticed you hadn't had a reply so I thought I'd add my 2 cents...I think you are on the right track pressing the liver issue.  It's always best to make sure everything is checked especially if you are having pain and your LFT's are off.  You already have GI issues so press it all you want.  It's your body and need to make sure it's OK. 
I was just surfing the net and, as I'm sure you know, CD can cause inflammation of the liver.  Perhaps that's all the pain is and nothing more and that's why your GI doc doesn't want to work it up....but better safe than sorry!
Good luck with everything,

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   Posted 5/30/2007 6:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Katina, and welcome:) I would suggest that you push for more testing, as Dany has already said,better safe then sorry, and with you taking pain meds, it could be drug induced swelling,,,maybe ask the dr to give you something else for pain. I have been told that, strangely, morphine patches, oxicodone, and a nasal spray w/some kind of med in it( I cant remember it right now) , are the least harmful for your liver. My husband and I were told this by 2 of his doctors and his home-health care nurse following heart surgery. Good luck finding the source of the problem and I hope it is a simple fix and nothing permanent.
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