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Is liver pain caused by coffee physically possible?

Hi all - hope you’re all keeping well. I’ve not posted much for a few weeks but I have regularly been checking in to see how all are.

For anyone that has seen my previous posts I convinced myself I had a liver issue but after some clear bloods, an ultrasound and a fibroscan I was diagnosed with rib cage cartilage inflammation - which put my mind at rest a bit albeit I have remained off the booze and coffee which seemed to make things worse before.

I have been doing ok and the pain seems to be getting better BUT today at work I was given a coffee instead of tea which I drunk for the first time in ages.

Within an hour I had a defuse pain across my upper right abdomen and ribs (right up to about an inch below my nipple) that is still there now, about 8 hours later.

Is it physically possible that coffee can cause this type of pain to the liver?

I guess that caffeine gets into the blood and is then cleansed by the liver but can’t explain the pain given the liver does have the ability to feel pain? Apologies if I am totally off track!

Many thanks all! 😃

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Hi farra - welcome back.!

Sorry but as you know I don’t know anything. But when the knowledgeable ones wake up I am sure they will give you some advice - as long as they don’t break the newly restated rules. See this morning’s newsletter!

All the best

Miles

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Miles - you’ve put your name on your reply. Please remove this personal information immediately! 😬

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Omg yes - sorry admin. Thx for r3minding me f*******c

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Or even flag - freudian slip?

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When I was diagnosed with cirrhosis, I was told by my gastroenterologist to have as much coffee as I could. Not only does it not cause liver damage, it should actually help protect the liver and reverse any damage already occurred. There's plenty of articles online backing this up. Here's a link from British Liver Trust:

britishlivertrust.org.uk/li...

I'm still having at least 3 coffees a day. It's the only drug I'm not giving up 😊

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Hi KLDN, thanks for replying. I have read that coffee should help but for me it causes a lot of pain in the liver area.

Great that it helps keeps the liver healthy but I wonder if it could cause pain too as it processes it?

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I don't remember it ever causing any pain... I don't see why it would either. After all it's not a toxin like alcohol is. Sorry I can't be much help 😔

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Hi there farranccc, l am a life long coffee lover. I have about 3 a day (buckets that is). So l really don't think coffee is the cause of your pain.

The liver doesn't have any pain receptors so it can't feel any pain, (which is really a good thing, as anything we took that was toxic, would hurt like mad). I should point out though that the liver is encased in a thin membrane sack that surrounds the liver. This does have pain receptors. So, in some people who have an enlarged, or swollen liver they can experience some pain or discomfort. Have you been checked for gall stones? Just a thought.

Hope this gives you some food for thought.

Take care.

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Thanks Richard - that’s helpful.

Am I right in presuming that the liver can’t enlarge or swell and recede within a few hours or day?

I had an ultrasound for gallstones and all seemed ok but seems like a good suggestion

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I think the liver trust has said coffee is good for the liver. Hooray something okay that good for your. That pain could be gallbladder maybe giving you a nudge. It squeezes and all sorts, perhaps you had a cream bun. 😂 Good luck

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A cream bun?! Nope, just a coffee!

Does anyone know medically whether it is possible for a coffee to to cause liver pain or cause swelling of the liver for a few hours?

Thanks for the replies so far x

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My Liver specialist actually recommended it!

4 cups a day he said, proper filter coffee he said, none of that instant rubbish.

I really don't think he'd have recommended it to me if it caused inflammation, when I was seeing him for alcoholic hepatitis in the first place.

You're such a worry wort farrancc!

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Guessing decaf wouldn’t work? I suffer from anxiety so caffeine is not my friend.

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You know, it's interesting to see all these replies to your post! My mom has cirrhosis, and coffee IS on the Do-Not-Consume list her doctors gave her (much to her dismay). I'm going to have to check out that link KLDN posted above and see what it says. If Mom can have coffee after all, that would probably brighten up her attitude a bit! :-)

As far as your original question goes - I have no idea. Do you put anything IN your coffee that might've set you off?

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Everyone here is correct in that coffee is apparently good for the liver. I still am a bit confused if or not it's the caffeine or the coffee beans. Not sure if decaf would have the same benefits. But keep in mind caffeine affects everyone different. I cant drink coffee myself. One cup and my heart races I swear and feel stomach upset.

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Sweat** not swear lol

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