Hi there. I wanted to start talking as I'm petrified of this liver pain. I drank for 20 years, 10-15 units a day. Right side pain - more like discomfort - but definitely there and all the time. Gave up couple years ago, but I drank at the start of lockdown for a few days - like most people - and had pain the next day which stayed for 6-8 weeks then went away completely. Then no booze and no pain but I drank at Xmas and had pain the next day which stayed for 6-8 weeks then went away completely again.
Then about 2.5 months ago the discomfort started again and I don't know why. I'm concerned to the point of obsessing over it - I've always been a bit of an anxious type. My diet has always been quite bad and I generally only sleep 5/6 hours at a time.
Discomfort under the right rib cage that is worse when I've slumped down. It feels like an inflammed liver.
I've recently had bloods done and they are all fine. That was private through Thriva.
I have a doctors appointment next week to get some tests done. However I'm really concerned so wanted to get as much info from you guys about your experience with this kind of pain.
1) How many times have you had this pain? How long each time did it take to go?
2) How debilitating is it for you?
3) How do you manage the mental drain this puts on you? Takes all my strength to get through the day. By the evening I find myself counting the minutes until bedtime watching random TV. Literally looking at my watch every 10 mins trying not to keep thinking about it, but it's very very hard. To say work/life is suffereing is a major understatement.
My biggest concern really is this is it - I've had a couple of bouts of liver pain that's got better and now i've got pain again that's lasted twice as long as the other times and no end in sight. If I roll the clock forward 6 months am I going to be in the same place - RUQ pain with more bad liver symptoms creeping in (I'm already concerned about my pot belly and what I think is a bit of neuropathy) as my health slides away or will my liver bounce back again?
Looking for other people to share. Thanks in advance from a very worried guy,