Is It Liver Pain? 11 Questions To Ask Yourself

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Is It Liver Pain? 11 Questions To Ask Yourself

Sometimes it’s hard to distinguish liver pain from other disorders or conditions occurring in the upper abdomen or mid-torso, especially gallbladder and pancreas problems.

Be prepared to answer these questions when you see a doctor about the pain you’re experiencing. Your responses will help him or her determine if the pain is in your liver or elsewhere.

1. Does it hurt in the mid-right front of my torso, near the bottom of the ribcage?

This is the area where the liver is located. Keep in mind however, that liver pain can radiate to the right shoulder, causing discomfort when you breath in, or cough. Pain may feel more like a mild ache, but it can also be extremely severe.

2. Do my skin and the whites of my eyes look yellowish?

This a classic symptom of a condition called jaundice, which occurs when there is too much bilirubin in the blood. Bilirubin is a pigment made during the normal breakdown of red blood cells.

3. Do my feet and ankles feel swollen?

The liver performs dozens of metabolic functions in your body, including the elimination of toxins and chemicals. When the liver is damaged, fluids build up, and tend to gather in the lower extremities thanks to the pull of gravity.

4. Have I suddenly developed a “pot belly?”

Liver problems can trigger a condition called ascites, which happens as excess fluids accumulate in the abdomen. This results in “abdominal distension” and expansion of the waistline.

5. Are there unusual changes in bowel movements.

The color of bowel movements changes in those who have liver problems. Stools could be streaked with blood, or look pale, slate-colored, or tarry.

6. Is my urine darker than usual?

Due to high levels of bilirubin in the bloodstream, urine becomes cloudy and darker than normal.

7. Do I feel unusually tired?

Chronic fatigue occurs because your liver isn’t functioning as it should, and your metabolism is compromised as a result.

8. Have I lost my appetite and desire for food?

A lower appetite is often followed by unintentional weight loss because you’re eating less.

9. Am I experiencing bouts of nausea or vomiting?

Once again, toxins and wastes in the bloodstream can cause imbalances in your metabolism and digestion, triggering nausea and vomiting.

10. Does my skin feel unusually itchy?

This is another result of toxin accumulation in the body, which can have an effect on the skin.

11. Do I bruise more easily than I used to?

Similarly, changes in the skin can show up in bruises from small bumps that wouldn’t have caused black-and-blue discoloration before.

Common causes of pain in the liver area include cancer, cirrhosis, hepatitis, liver enlargement, fatty liver disease and a number of other disorders and conditions.

The purpose of this video has been to provide quick, basic information on this topic. To learn more about related topics, click on the links below the video screen.

And remember, you should always rely only on advice from a medical professional in any matter related to your health.