Liver Pain and How it Can Help Detect Liver Problems

Liver problem is perhaps the least of the problems that most women including myself worry about. Perhaps, even more women worry about fleas on humans than a liver condition. In fact, I rarely hear other women in my club sharing about their liver problem. Perhaps, it is not just a very common condition that deserves to be discussed.

But liver problem is a life-threatening condition that demands medical care. Anybody can develop this problem especially people who frequently party and drink alcohol. As much as I know many people who have this kind of lifestyle including other members in my club, I feel the need to share some basic information about liver problems.

The liver is an organ that plays many vital roles and critical functions for a person’s survival. Among its important functions include the production of amino acids, protein and lipid metabolism, detoxification of the body from toxic substances, hormone production, and production of fetal red blood cells. Being an important organ, it also deserves more attention especially in the prevention of liver diseases.

The liver is located in the upper right quadrant of the abdomen, under the right diaphragm. It is important to know where it is located so that you will be able to differentiate liver pain from pain in the other organs of the body, more can be found at A pain in the liver is more often indicative of a problem in the liver which can be caused by various factors. The most common causes of liver problem are Hepatitis B and C, long-term and frequent alcohol consumption, cirrhosis, malnutrition, and hemochromatosis which is a genetic disorder affecting the body’s ability to absorb and store iron.

A painful liver can occur when the liver is enlarged or swollen and when it is inflamed or injured. If you are experiencing severe pain, most likely, it is only an acute or short-term liver disease, as chronic or long-term liver damage does not normally manifest pain until nearly two-thirds of the liver is already damaged. In that case, it might already be too late to treat the problem.

In the absence of pain, there are other symptoms that can help you detect a chronic liver problem. This includes nausea and vomiting, which are often ignored by people until their disease progresses. You may also feel that your liver is enlarging or swelling as you feel it in the abdomen. Jaundice may also occur, which is the discoloration of the skin, nails, eyes and mucosal surfaces. Aside from these symptoms, it is also common to experience weakness, loss of appetite and weight loss. Depending on the liver disease you have, you may experience all, if not some, of these symptoms. And if you feel the initial symptoms, it would be good to already plan your visit to the doctor.

It is important that each of us, young and old, male or female, should be proactive in caring for our liver. For me, one of the ways I can do it is to be more conscious about how much alcoholic beverages I consume every time I attend parties. You too can do something. And if you have to do it, start doing it now.


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