Liver Pain: Knowing It Better
October 1, 2019
Liver pain can be dull and nonspecific, but it can also be severe. Liver pain can arise for various reasons. It is important to find out what is causing the pain and to get treatment to prevent irreversible damage.Many liver diseases and other organ conditions can cause liver pain. Some of these can lead to liver damage.
Symptoms of liver disease often do not appear until the condition is advanced, so it is important to be aware of liver pain and other symptoms that could signal a liver disorder. Some of the symptoms include:
- severe pain, especially in the abdomen
- dark urine
- pale, bloody, or tar-coloured stools
- nausea and vomiting
- weight loss
- yellowish skin
- severe tenderness when touching the abdomen
- swelling in the abdomen or in the legs and ankles
- itchy skin
- chronic fatigue
- loss of appetite
Some of the diseases that can cause liver pain are:
- Cholangitis: An inflammation of the bile duct system, usually due to a bacterial infection. The infection causes pressure to build up in this drainage system. It normally indicates that there is an obstruction or blockage in the system.This may be due to stones, a tumour, blood clots, or a backflow of bacteria.
- Hepatitis: It is the inflammation of the liver. The most common cause is a virus, but other causes include heavy alcohol use, toxins, some medications, and some medical conditions.There are several different types of hepatitis virus such as Hepatitis A, B, C, D and E.
- Liver abscess: It is a pocket of infected fluid, or pus, that forms in the liver. Infection from certain germs, such as bacteria, parasites, or fungus, can cause the abscess.An abscess can damage nearby tissue, it can lead to bleeding, additional infections, and even death.
- Cirrhosis: It is an irreversible scarring of the liver. The liver slowly gets worse and becomes unable to work properly due to long-lasting injury.
- Budd-Chiari syndrome: A rare liver disease where blood clots block off the blood flow out of the liver.Blood backs up in the liver, causing it to enlarge.
- Portal Vein Thrombosis: If there is a blood clot in the portal vein it may cause sudden pain in the upper right part of the abdomen by the liver.
- Liver Injury: Liver injury due to accidents, falls, and other trauma can cause liver pain.
- Liver Cancer: In this case, pain is not noticeable unless the caner has advanced to later stages. It can show up anywhere from the abdomen to the shoulder.
If the liver pain comes on quickly, hurts too much, goes on for a long time, or prevents daily activities get medical treatment. Even if liver pain occurs, with proper treatment and lifestyle changes, individuals can lead a normal life.
Always Rela Hospital
Rela Hospital is one of the most trustworthy centres for all liver issues. Our exceptionally skilled doctors who are world renowned can correctly assess and identify liver pain. They will be able to suggest a treatment plan tailored to each patients’ unique needs. Any pain in and around liver will not go unnoticed under Rela Hospital’s expert care.