How Does Liver Pain Happen?
Liver pain can result from a problem involving the liver itself, but it can also be connected to a problem with another part of the body, particularly the gallbladder, blood vessels, or the biliary tract. Pain coming from the liver itself is frequently due to inflammation of some kind. Such inflammation can result from any number of reasons.
Cirrhosis, fatty liver disease, and hepatitis are just some of the direct threats to your liver. There are, in fact, many different types of liver disease that can result in liver pain.
But once again, liver pain can also be the result of a problem elsewhere in the body or the digestive system, like an obstruction in the biliary tract or a stone. Doctors call this type of pain biliary colic. It frequently comes on suddenly, causes a few hours of discomfort, then fades. Pain of this type starts in your upper middle or upper right quadrant. It may radiate to your shoulder, or to the area between the shoulder blades in your upper back.
Usually, you get biliary colic because you’ve just eaten a big, fatty meal and your digestive system is struggling to process all the cholesterol you’ve consumed. Other causes of liver pain includea liver abscess and cholangitis or inflammation of the biliary duct. Liver cysts may also cause liver pain. Poor gallbladder health can also cause what feels like liver pain.
Liver Pain Relief
There are a number of medications that will help bring some relief from liver pain. These include:
*NSAIDs or Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which decrease the symptoms of swelling and pain.
*A drug called Meperidine, which is also called Demerol.
Any time you begin to feel pain, aching or soreness in an area around your liver, you should probably make an appointment with your doctor. Pain in this region is typical of liver and gallbladder problems, both of which deserve prompt medical attention.
About the Author:
George McKenzie is a former TV news anchor, medical reporter and radio talk show host.