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As I haven't had any responses to my liver hypoechoic question I was really searching on here today as I am so very very worried. I have been in pain all day - especially under my rib cage on BOTH sides - left and right, feeling sick to my stomach, just feeling awful. I did find one post that states (although this was for thyroid) that hypoechoic lesions are most often malignant. Are there cases where these are NOT malignant? What percent normally are or aren't? Would this also be the same for liver lesions as it is for thyroid? Could someone please give me some info on this if you can help out? I have to insist on getting more testing from these doctors and not just let it go another 6 months. Especially if there is a chance they could be malignant. Perhaps that is why they seem to be spreading so fast and the original one is growing. All I do know is this is making me crazy with worry and if someone would just write a reply email about what you know (or just some support) I would be so grateful. By the way, am cutting back on the Xanax and believe me, when I am done with weening off I am not ever going back on. I feel shaky but am doing it slowly as I have to. I truly think that stuff is the main reason all this is happening - especially if it has damaged my liver to a cancerous point. My doctor should have never given me that stuff for 9 years - tinnitus or no tinnitus - but I have to move forward and not do the "should have, could have" thing now. PLEASE someone reply to this. I need help and just having someone respond will ease some of my pain. I keep looking on here but no one answers or replies to my other 2questions and it is so depressing. Hope to hear something from someone. Thanks. Linda :(
Hello Katie,

Thank you so much for answering me. I have only had an MRI that showed Fatty Liver in May and no lesions. Not a concern to the doctor. Then a couple months ago an ultrasound that showed one lesion they called it a non-cancerous type - hemangioma? or something on that order. Said we'll watch it, not to worry, very common and have another scan in 3 months. So I did a couple weeks ago and this last ultrasound showed another lesion (didn't tell me what size) near my gallbladder and the original lesion had grown from 1 cm to 1.35. The nurse seemed very concerned I get in and have the CT scan to try to get to the bottom of these lesions, but I am highly (and I mean highly) allergic to the iodine IV so I told her that I couldn't do that one with the contrast. I am seeing my ob/gyn this afternoon at 4:30 to get on track and be sure this is not a spin off of ovarian cancer or another cancer that has been brewing. But when I called and told the nurse I would rather not take the chance on having that CT scan with my bad reaction previously she got mad and said "Well we'll see you in 6 months I guess". So it really was not a doctor related thing. I am not sure if my doctor even knows about all this except a cancellation of a CT. I am supposed to see him in Milwaukee on Sept. 30th but after that nurse treatment I an not sure - I haven't canceled anything yet with him.

I called the Cancer Center Of America which happens to be only about 35 minutes away from me in Zion, Il. and spoke with a lady there. She told me to get the AFP test as soon as possible. If it showed positive then their cancer specialists would be able to take over. I have a lot of faith in this place. Have heard wonderful things about it. So today I am going to ask my ob/gyn if he will order that test as well as a complete liver/kidney panel and blood panel. I am surprised my GI doctor didn't already offer to do that for safe measure, but I just got his crabby nurse. I recently had a perfect colonoscopy by this same Milwaukee doctor. I have been having pain on both my lower ovarian areas/back for some time but my previous ob/gyn (who left for Denver) just blew me off when I saw her a couple months ago. Did no testing for that at all and said "Oh you don't have ovarian cancer." Why all the pain??? Then this liver thing shows up.

The only reason I thought it might be cancerous is because on a post here I read that MOST hypechoic liver lesions are malginant but again, that doesn't mean always I guess. I was not told by anyone yet that it is cancer. I am hanging on the thread of MOST right now and praying they aren't or are some different kind that aren't. However the worrisome thing is that I am getting more than one and the original has changed in size. Wish I knew what size the new one is. I suppose people can get several liver tumors and they aren't cancer. I just am in pain and depressed that these doctors seem to just not be in a hurry to do anything. I think, however, that the GI doctor in Milwaukee may not be aware of what his nurse said and I will call if my ob/gyn doesn't order another MRI of my upper and lower areas. For that I have to be sure my kidneys are at 100% because of all the problems associated with the IV fluid used in the MRI's. Have you read about all the lawsuits on this?? It's horrible. But I guess the main thing is to get that AFP test (and others) done, according to the lady at the cancer center. And then pray pray pray. I still need these lesions attended to, even if it says I don't have cancer at present. I am in pain and they can probably turn into something later. I don't want to risk that. I also just wasn't sure if the Xanax I had been on for panic attacks and tinnitus these past 9 years might not have damaged my liver. I wouldn't be surprised. I am so sensitive to any medications, but the Xanax was about all I could take that kept me out of the ER. My blood pressure floats up and down alot too and the Xanax always lowered it. I would take 2 (per doctors order) and lie down immediately. Within about 1/2 hour it was down. I did have a severe dizzy spell Friday night. It was rough. Almost went into the ER then, but our ER here in Racine is NOT good. The nurses at the hospital even call it the butcher shop. Isn't that something? So I have no faith in anything here in Racine. There is Froedert Hospital in Milwaukee that is a teaching hospital. It is one of the best around here. I do have options, especially if it isn't cancer but these lesions are coming on.

Katie, thank you so much for writing me back. You have no idea who your note helped me. Just knowing that I have someone out there listening has made all the difference this morning.

I'll keep you posted and if you do find out anything or some other members in your group do, PLEASE write me back. I am feeling so down already, cannot even think about breakfast. Well, I am sure you understand all this Katie.

Big Hugs and thanks again,
Linda P.
Hi Katie,

Well I did get my GP doctor to order up and do the AFP, a complete liver panel and kidney testing via bloodwork today. So my GP won't be in the office till Thursday, although the blood results will be in tomorrow. Like you said, waiting IS the hardest part about this.

I can hardly stand this bloating! My jeans just barely go around me. Thank God they have a stretch waist. Only thing I have been able to wear the last few months. Miss my zippered jeans which would never fit me now.

The bloating had seemed to have gotten better about a week ago because these same pants were actually loose. Now they are real tight again, but I am losing weight on the scale. So tummy goes up and down. I am so tired of this. But at least in a couple days I'll know something - one way or the other. Am really scared, but am trying to relax and take deep breaths. Not easy for me though with my panic disorder and anxiety. Praying alot. And I have cut my Xanax down to 1/2 the dose I was on before...now only 3/4 mg. a day TOTAL instead of the 1.5 mg I was on before. It really hasn't been that bad but then I wasn't ever on a real high dose like many people are. I just wonder if that is why my liver got messed up? I probably always will think that might have been the reason as I am so sensitive to drugs. I am going to call tomorrow and put the pelvic ultrasound on hold. Not worth going through all that pain, etc. when the blood tests will show something Thursday.

Well I am going to try to get some work done here. Can't sit that long anymore. The compression on my stomach hurts so bad. :-( But I'll throw some movies on and try to watch them as I do my work.

Bless you Katie and everyone on this board that is in need and all those that are offering help to us. Please keep me in your thoughts the next couple days and I'll let you know the results as soon as I get them.

Hugs,
Linda
Hello.

I had the exact same systoms. It usually wakes me up at night, and my attacks usually last about 6-8 hours. Witht the attacks usually come alot of anxiety as well. I recently had an ultrasound that said I had this type of lesion so they sent me for a CT scan on thursday. I am happy to state that it turned out that I have a fatty liver instead. So you really don't know until the test results are in. Not sure if my pain was from the fatty liver or irritable bowel. Anyway, not all of them are maligment. You nusually need a biopsey to see. If you need a good dr, we have them here. I would be happy to help you!!! I live in the Columbus Ohio area.

I do have a question for you. You stated you are on Xanax for a anxiety disorder. I too have been diagnosed with that in 1993. I take Cymbalta for that. Cymbalta is an anitdepressent. Paxil is also a good one for anxiety disorders. Have they tried you on an antidepressent? I take Ativan only in an emegency situation which is like your Xanax.

I never been on a blog before. I stumbled on this looking for information on that lesion. I wanted to answer you so I signed up. Take care. Please let us know what you find out. I am here for you.
[QUOTE=Pinda;3720166]As I haven't had any responses to my liver hypoechoic question I was really searching on here today as I am so very very worried. I have been in pain all day - especially under my rib cage on BOTH sides - left and right, feeling sick to my stomach, just feeling awful. I did find one post that states (although this was for thyroid) that hypoechoic lesions are most often malignant. Are there cases where these are NOT malignant? What percent normally are or aren't? Would this also be the same for liver lesions as it is for thyroid? Could someone please give me some info on this if you can help out? I have to insist on getting more testing from these doctors and not just let it go another 6 months. Especially if there is a chance they could be malignant. Perhaps that is why they seem to be spreading so fast and the original one is growing. All I do know is this is making me crazy with worry and if someone would just write a reply email about what you know (or just some support) I would be so grateful. By the way, am cutting back on the Xanax and believe me, when I am done with weening off I am not ever going back on. I feel shaky but am doing it slowly as I have to. I truly think that stuff is the main reason all this is happening - especially if it has damaged my liver to a cancerous point. My doctor should have never given me that stuff for 9 years - tinnitus or no tinnitus - but I have to move forward and not do the "should have, could have" thing now. PLEASE someone reply to this. I need help and just having someone respond will ease some of my pain. I keep looking on here but no one answers or replies to my other 2questions and it is so depressing. Hope to hear something from someone. Thanks. Linda :(
Hi Linda

I have just been diagnosed with a 2 cm hypoechoic liver lesion. My Specialist has told me that there is NO pain with a cancerous lesion. Hope this helps. Vicki