Re: Pain in right upper quadrant
I have actually only read online in message boards from regular people (in other words, not doctors) that the liver doesn't feel pain. However, both my GP and my GI doc have told me the pain I am feeling is because of my enlarged liver. My GI doc explained it quite like BillinSD did, that the liver is surrounded by a capsule with tons of nerve endings. When something is going on with the liver (inflammation, enlargement, etc) you feel the pain of the nerve endings around the liver. So yeah, the liver itself very well may not be in pain, yet the pain you are feeling may very well be due to your liver. I am in 100% constant pain, feeling as though I've been kicked hard by a mule in my URQ and it is most definitely not psychological. Thankfully I've had doctors that understand that. I've also recently started feeling pain because of my spleen and if someone told me it was all in my head, I would be pretty upset.
My husband was put on statins before and I think I remember reading or hearing something that you shouldn't take them if you have any sort of liver disease. That was a while back though, so maybe I'm imagining it. He couldn't take them anyway, he's allergic to all statins.
The last time I drank any alcohol (which was months back, it was one beer) I was also in an enormous amount of pain. I was miserable, I couldn't sleep because it hurt in my liver area so much. Maybe it was a coincidence as sometimes I feel more pain and sometimes I feel better. But I will be honest, my liver seemed pretty angry.
BTW my husband just went in to have his cholesterol checked and it was off the charts. So were his triglycerides. His doc is refusing to put him on meds just because he doesn't believe in throwing medications at patients until it's a last resort. But he did recommend taking Omega 3, Niacin, and Lecithin. Reading up on these I believe they all help raise the good cholesterol and such. My husband is going back in Feb to see if these along with a diet change are helping, but maybe you could talk to your doc about supplements that may help rather than the statins. It seems in general that they don't agree with your body, even if it has nothing to do with your liver.
Last edited by abouttwodays; 11-26-2012 at 08:18 AM.