Symptomatic Benign Liver Tumor, left lobe
I have had a 3.5 cm benign tumor on my left lobe and a 1.8 cm tumor on my right lobe for four years. It was dx either focal nodular hyperplasia or adenoma. Due to being in my 20's at the time and on birth control my gastro doc wrote it off as FNH and sent me on my way. In 2010 my new gastro doc had it remeasured and the measurements were the same.
Now, here it is 2012 and for a mont now I have had the following symptoms:
-focused pain in right side mid-ribs, especially after eating
-sluggish hard bowels
-gas and bloating for no reason
-epigastric pain, liek a pinch across upper belly
-a feelign of fullness, like pregnancy but just below sternum
-severe ab cramping about 40 mins after eating
-wooziness type nausea, esp in evening and early morning
All these symptoms are very similar to gallbladder disease but all the tests showed my gallbladder is functioning well. My hepatologist thinks that it is slightly possible my left lobe tumor is pressing on my intestines/stomach. But, even so, my measurements according to non-contrast CT are similar to that in 2010. I am due for a contrast CT next week. The larger tumor is shown as round and encapsulated, the right tumor is focal with a star center.
I feel like I should be asking for a biopsy to be sure, especially since after all these years the radiology reports still shown "unknown" character of my tumors.
Has anyone else dealt with symptomatic tumors that are less than 5cm? What about any of you having left lobe tumors? That lobe is already small to begin with- I don't need extra pressure in that area.
Thanks for any input. I thought I'd never have to really deal with this...at least that is what the doc said years ago!