Liver Pain

Where Is The Pain Really Coming From?

By: - Medicine - August 8, 2011
liver pain where is the pain really coming from

The liver is a vital organ located in the abdominal region of the body that filters blood as it courses through the body.  It filters the blood, cleaning toxins or contaminants and this in turn is purged from the body either through fecal movement or urination.  As a result of adverse habits such as smoking, excessive drinking or substance abuse or other issues that cannot be avoided such as Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, or Hepatitis C, liver pain is prevalent in many Americans alone.

It follows that proper identification of the issue can in part be narrowed somewhat by locating the area of the abdominal region that has the pain, localizing it and coming to a general conclusion, although it is recommended that this information be retained and shared with your physician or specialist.  He will be best in determining the exact cause of the discomfort or pain.

Liver pain can be found owing to its location within the abdominal region, specifically, the upper right hand area of the abdominal cavity.  It is typified by several different factors which are side effects of this condition.  When you suffer from exhaustion, cannot draw large volumes of air, cannot eat full meals without causing discomfort if not pain in your upper right hand region, this may help in drawing your attention to the painful region of your liver.  There are other indicators of liver pain that aren’t readily associated easily by the average, untrained person who is living with liver pain.  Pains in your shoulder or testicles, extended coughing bouts and finding it hard to breath are also consistent with liver pain but again, these symptoms overlap with other abdominal pain issues which are easily confused one with the other, therefore an exact diagnosis should only be determined by a health professional.

Given the close proximity to the pancreas, it follows that liver pain could overlap with issues pancreas problems.  This organ in the abdominal cavity is found behind the stomach and is responsible in part for the digestion of foods and fluids within the stomach.  As in liver pain as well, pancreas problems originate with some negative lifestyle choices that we make such as alcoholism, drug abuse and smoking but even those lifestyle choices that we do make surrounding a healthy life such as athletics and particularly contact sports could cause some injuries to the pancreas and initiate some future pancreas problems.

As it is located in the abdominal cavity and has a close proximity to other vital organs such as the liver, pancreas problems have to be definitively identified first before any surgeon will undertake to even do exploratory surgery given its difficult location within the abdominal cavity.  Signs of pancreas problems that you can look for in garnering information to share with your physician are difficulties in breathing, (again, this is also consistent with liver problems, so don’t guess for yourself, share with your doctor!) vomiting immediately following the consumption of a meal or drinking of any beverage, a reduction in the want for food, or pains in your lower back.  There are more serious pancreas problems that could be present without the patient even knowing such as pancreatic cancer, so don’t dismiss the symptoms out of hand without first consulting with medical professionals and undergoing a diagnostic treatment.  As pancreatic cancer is one of the leading causes of death in the global community, this cannot be emphasised enough.

There are a number of reasons that are under the umbrella of the term bladder disorder, so not one particular cause is makes the bladder disorder what it is.  These forms of bladder disorders are:

  • Infections of the Urinary Tract,
  • Painful Bladder Syndrome (PBS)
  • Kidney infection,
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Urgency

Relative to kidneys and problems associated with urinating, these symptoms can range anywhere from more frequent urination, painful urination episodes, blood in the urine, loss of appetite, vomiting, and nausea.  Although bladder cancer is more prevalent in men than it is in women, it is still quite serious and it is characterized by blood in the urine, pain during urination and nausea.  The difficulties in knowing exactly what  the cause of any of the forms of bladder disorder issues is can only be ascertained by a health care professional.  Any changes in urination habits, be it from the amount of times that you urinate to the difficulties associated with urination should be immediately shared with your doctor who will arrange a comprehensive testing regimen to ascertain the cause.

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