Hi all! I'm new to this forum - seeking some advice while I wait for my upcoming MRI.
I'm a 29 year old female, active and with a normal BMI. I'm not a heavy drinker - I'll maybe have a few glasses of wine or a beer with dinner once or twice a week at most.
I noticed pain in my right abdomen in May. At first, I only really noticed it while running, but would start to feel it more regularly. It felt like a dull ache below my ribs on the right side of my abdomen, but occasionally it would get sharper and also felt a bit like something was "pulling" inside. Then it went away. I mentioned this pain to my doctor at my regular checkup in July, and she gave me an ultrasound referral in case I felt it again. It came back in August, and I went for the US.
The ultrasound showed an enlarged liver - apparently it's "non-fatty." Gallbladder and spleen were both fine. My doctor felt around on my abdomen to see if the liver was enlarged and I was in a lot of pain from this for a few days after that appointment. My doctor then sent me for blood work and she had a phone consultation with a heptologist. My blood levels are all normal. Back in September, my doctor requested an MRI for me, preferring that to a CT to avoid unnecessary radiation. The earliest appointment I could get is Nov. 9th. So thankfully it's now less than a month away, but still feels like ages!
Since August, the pain hasn't really gone away, but comes and goes in terms of severity. However this week it's gotten worse. It's much sharper at times - before it was more of a dull ache behind my right rib. Now it feels like I'm being stabbed!
I went back to my GP today to see if there's anything else I can do while I wait for my appointment. I have a prescription for pain medications. She advised that if the pain meds don't cut it to go to the ER in order to expedite the scan. I've also been advised to go if I develop a fever or can't eat. So far the pain is the only symptom.
While I wait it out - I was wondering if any of you more experienced people had some suggestions or advice about things I can do to manage the pain? It's obviously a shot in the dark without knowing what is causing this - but any insights as to what the problem could be?
Thank you very much for taking the time to read this!