Liver Pain

Dealing With Pancreatic Problems

By: - Disease & Illness - August 8, 2011
liver pain dealing with pancreatic problems

Aches, pain, discomfort or other matters in the human body are a means of understanding what our bodies are enduring as a precursor to the development of more prominent and troublesome health related issues.  As an example, a person who develops a sharp pain experienced in the upper right region of the lower abdomen may be suffering from liver pain.  Liver pain and the onset thereof will cause difficulty with appetite and deep breathing as pressure onto the stomach through volumes of food, liquid and air will accentuate the painful symptoms.

There are several contributing factors behind liver pain, some of which include Ascites, Liver Abscess, Pancreatitis and liver cancer.  As well, if you experience symptoms such as exhaustion, swollen testicles, prolonged coughing, difficulty in breathing, itching, pain in your right shoulder, jaundice and certain eating disorders, these may indicate an accelerated and serious situation surrounding your liver and you should seek immediate medical diagnosis and treatment.  It can sometimes be confused with abdominal pain but to give a closer idea as to whether or not it is one or the other can be determined by location.  Generally it is thought that any pain experienced in the upper right hand corner of your abdomen is more indicative of issues with your liver and pains in the remaining quadrants of the abdomen could be pancreatic problems, kidney problems or abdominal pain.  It is difficult to pinpoint one condition from the other, but none the less, prolonged and enduring pains in these regions may warrant a visit to consult the opinion of your family physician. Therefore it is advised that medical diagnosis is sought as soon as possible.

As described above, one of the contributing factors that will lead to liver pain are pancreas problems.  Located behind the stomach and shaped like a tube, the pancreas is vital in the creation of digestive juices and enzymes that facilitate good digestion of foods and liquids, and it provides the insulin hormone that assists with the carbohydrate metabolism.  So what causes pancreas problems?  There are many different causes that of this affliction, some of which can be avoided such as smoking, drug abuse and excessive drinking and injuries to the pancreas itself.  The other lists of problems owing to the pancreas are those of pancreatic cancer, acute pancreatitis, type 2 diabetes, diabetes mellitus, or chronic pancreatitis.

The most prevalent symptoms that knit these pancreas problems together are weakness, stomach pain and vomiting which are an overlapping factor to indicate that there may be some issues that need to be more deeply explored but of the most dangerous of issues surrounding the pancreas is that of pancreatic cancer.  This rather clandestine illness is in many situations not even considered, let alone noticed until it has reached a critical stage in the health of the stricken individual and of all forms of cancer related deaths, it is the most common and usually found in people older in age.  In addition to an acute pain in all areas of the abdomen with resulting pain and vomiting immediately after ingesting fluids or meals, other symptoms that may indicate possible pancreatic cancer are

  • loss of appetite,
  • Back pain,
  • Jaundice,
  • Urine that is rather dark,
  • Digestive difficulties,
  • Fever that is recurrent
  • Abdominal pain

Unfortunately, owing to the difficulties in identifying pancreatic cancer until it reaches a late stage, the patient’s pancreatic cancer life expectancy is not that high, with an average between five to eight months only.  About twenty percept of those that have the disease will however, outlive the anticipated pancreatic cancer life expectancy of up to a year or so, and a further five percent living about a further five years.  These mortality values will increase and decrease depending on factors such as the stage to which the cancer had progressed before it was identified and the success of what treatment was prescribed to managed or regress the problem.  There are a couple of problems that contribute to the high success of pancreatic cancer over living longer.  The reason why pancreatic life expectancy enjoys so much success is the difficulty by which even the most skilled of surgeons find accessibility to the vital organ.  Even though it has a fairly large size, its location behind the stomach makes the ability to get to it difficult and as well, the difficulty by which surgeons have the ability to see the rapidly moving cancerous tumors as they progress through the area and indeed to other areas surrounding the pancreas makes pancreatic cancer life expectancy one that is quite low.

Pancreatic cancer life expectancy can be minimally mitigated through lifestyle and elimination of habits such as drug abuse, smoking and excessive drinking, however, diet and exercise will reduce the risk of contracting the disease but not eliminate the risk all together.  Since pancreatic cancer life expectancy is the second leading cause of all deaths in the global community today, it is no wonder that the research into successful treatment and eradication is one of the most well funded and ongoing projects today.

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