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Forum Name: Liver Diseases

Question: Worried about possible liver problems


 weirdgastro - Sun Nov 04, 2007 12:39 pm

I have read related topics, but find that each person's scenario is slightly different. I am a 30 year old female, perhaps 15 pounds overweight (have been going to the gym 4 times a week since July 1) and my weakness is alcohol. However, I have a great career, albeit stressful. I really do not know what is considered to be a 'heavy' drinker, and therefore I really do not know whether the pain I am feeling is potentially liver related. My background includes the following. I do not drink daily (weekends mostly unless I have a glass of wine a time or two during the week) but I know that I do binge drink. Most Friday nights consist of about 3 stout drinks, and most Saturday nights consist of about 6 drinks. There have been occasions when I have way overdone it and vomited or had memory loss, but those are limited (maybe once a year vomiting, 5 times a year memory loss). Am I at risk for liver disease?

I have had pain on the right side under my rib cage on and off for a year or so. A couple of years ago, I had an US of my abdomen and it was normal. I have also had liver enzyme levels checked twice in the last couple of years, most recently a few months ago. The doctor just said all levels were normal. It does not hurt any more when you push on it that it does when you don't push. The pain is usually about 1 or 2 inches below the last rib in vertical location, and about halfway through the rib width in horizontal location (maybe 4 inches from my side?).

Any help would be great!
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Tue Nov 06, 2007 12:49 am

User avatar Hi Wierdgastro,

While this pain may be related to the liver I would suspect it is most likely due to something else. Possibilities include gallbladder problems or stomach/intestine problems.

If this pain continues I would suggest you see your doctor for further evaluation.

Best wishes.

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