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Old 05-11-2009, 10:19 AM   #1
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is it swollen liver??Too scared to go to doctor

Hi, this is my first time posting to any discussion forum, but from reading other posts, I see people are really helpful here!!

Anyway I am a 30 year old female who is really scared about possible liver problems

I don't know if I am imagining it but is it possible that your liver could jut out through the top part of your rib cage(at the same level as your breast) if it is swollen? It feels as if something is pushing its way through....My left rib feels "emptier"... I have read on other posts that it is below your rib cage but that feels ok....

I have drunk a lot during my 20s, college, an ex boyf who drank a lot( so I ended up drinking with him) not always a lot, but a few cans or glasses of wine were normal, and also due to other stress and personal problems I have had. However, although I drink my diet is prob as healthy as you can get (juices, sprouts, fish, salads)... and people say that I look very healthy...

I am wondering am I too young to experience this and is this serious ?

Has anyone else experienced this? Can you visibly see your liver if is it swollen.....I am TOO SCARED AND ASHAMED TO see doc. ...any help, advice or comments are greatly appreciated.

Thanks

 
Old 05-11-2009, 10:39 AM   #2
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Re: is it swollen liver??Too scared to go to doctor

Please do not be afraid to see a doctor. It will give you peace of mind to find out what is going on. Just asking people who are not doctors will not cure the problem. If I had a protrusion, I would go to a liver specialist at a hospital and let the doc help me and do something about it. There is no shame that you should feel. If you are ashamed of the drinking, stop the feeling right now. Many people have had drinking problems and since you have stopped that, you have done a good thing. You must get medical help as soon as you can and resolve the problem right away. Get a blood test to see what the enzymes are doing. It may be something else going on. Get movin'.

 
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Old 05-17-2009, 05:49 AM   #3
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Re: is it swollen liver??Too scared to go to doctor

Ask someone you know for a recommendation. A good doc becomes your trusted friend. Its only the first visit that is a problem. I am a long time everyday drinker, and now resort to occasional binge drinking. Its harder and harder for me to consume even a twelve pack of beer. I am also quite fit and trim. I went through the whole mri/blood test process, and the doctor said "quit drinking". Well, you know the story. Its hard to quit your refuge.

 
Old 05-17-2009, 05:53 AM   #4
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You can tell if your liver is swollen by placing your fingers under the right bottom ribs, both front and side. Apply pressure. If you feel pain, then your liver is right there, swollen. If i stay off the beer for weeks at a time, i cant feel any pain. If i start drinking on a weekend, by sunday nite i can feel the pain again. This weekend has been bad. Wife is out of town, when i'm alone i drink

 
Old 05-18-2009, 09:38 AM   #5
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Re: is it swollen liver??Too scared to go to doctor

Thank you both for your kind replies....still worried to go to doctor in case I hear bad news!! but I am trying to bring myself round to having blood tests dobe. It is almost funny the quality of my life would be so much better if I did make that trip and find out that everything was okay since I seem top spend soooooo much time worrying re health problems!! In addition, the vast amount of info on the internet does not help either!! And I actually think that a lot of "symptoms" are brought on by stress adnd worry as opposed to being a legitimate problem!
Anyway thanks again for replying to me and I wish you both the best of health.

 
Old 05-18-2009, 09:41 AM   #6
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Gnightgnap, sorry to hear that loneliness about your wife brings on the urge to drink....I know it is hard to kick the habit....and hard not to drink during times of stress and anxiety.Good luck with keeping the binge drinking to a minimum.

 
Old 05-21-2009, 08:02 AM   #7
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Well i took that step. Checked into a great gp who got me a prescription drug called ______ (havent picked it up yet) that "makes your brain less likely to want alcohol" plus xanex. Hope to make it through this weekend on sun tea with ice, surrounded by so many drunks. Have place in the mountains and everyone drinks all f'n day. Everyone, have a great holiday!

 
Old 09-28-2009, 01:33 AM   #8
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Re: is it swollen liver??Too scared to go to doctor

Hello,I am a liver transplant recipient and I can tell you that your liver is below your ribcage.You cannot see it but if your liver is swollen you will have pain below your ribs and around your lower back.Go see a doctor please!

 
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