Liver4Life
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New here and have some concerns!

Hi All :)

If you're not interested or don't like discussions on the female reproductive cycle then you have been warned! If you don't mind then read on....

So I've been diagnosed with endometriosis, had a laparoscopy to remove most of it, I'm now on painkillers (Ibuprofen and Paracetamol) to manage the pain and headaches around my period - it could be much worse so I'm grateful I can manage the pain this way. However a few years back I had an abnormal liver blood test that lead to an ultrasound, where they said I had an enlarged liver and suggested not to take painkillers unless really necessary; well now I'm worried as I'll need to take painkillers for the foreseeable future for one week each month.

What should I do? Should I discuss this with the doctor? They didn't seem concerned about any liver problems that could develop and weren't bothered about repeat blood tests. I'm worried as there are liver problems in my family combined with thyroid problems, heart disease, diabetes etc, and I know they are all closely linked.

What do I do? Help!!

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Most definitely talk to your Dr about pain meds. Tylenol is so bad for us. I always had really bad migraines, they stopped when I went in liw dose birth control for hot flashes when I started going through the change. Good luck

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Thanks :)

Good to know it's okay to be concerned; it's my body I don't want to just take pain meds I want to know how they'll affect me too.

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I have cirrhosis and other health issues, im in constant pain due to osteopenia in right hip with onset of osteoarthritis and two prolapsed discs middle to lower back. I was told by my dr only allowed paracetamol. Waste of time. They dont work so i use a cold flannel on the back of my neck and a hot water bottle. .i refuse to take any meds if i can help.

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I wish a cold flannel and a hot water bottle would work or even dull the pain, but they don't touch it :(

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So only one option then see your GP. Best wishes

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Sorry for late reply - YES, SEE OR SPEAK TO THE DOCTOR ahem, sorry about that! A brief version of my history: diagnosed with AIH two years after being on co-codamol 30/500 (two at a time) for spine problems and my gp was unconcerned when on routine blood tests my liver enzymes were high, this carried on for a couple of years until one day I have yellow eyes and go to A&E and was told I was a couple of days away from multiple organ failure. Please PLEASE persist with doctors etc. Hope you get somewhere with them!x

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wow :(

yes I will have a chat with my gp, thanks

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Sorry that probably came across as a bit much, I just wouldn't want someone else ending up in the same mess because I didn't say anything.x

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hey it's fine, it helps me to understand the advice you offer if I know a bit about your history, so that's good :) thanks xx

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I just re-read your post and saw the parts about thyroid and diabetes, DEFINITELY get it checked if you have this sort of family medical history, my parents are similar, thyroid diabetes etc... peace of mind is worth more than gold :)

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Good grief! Scary or what.

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Sorry...

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That's ok gemma, just hit home how things can change.

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What ever you do, Do NOT go on the pill! as that is what damaged my liver, if you are on it come off it now! I took the pill for POCS & it damaged my liver! you need to dissuss what pain meds you can have that do little damage to your liver, I take tramol & seem ok with that. You need to have a good talk with gp.you need to see a liver DR! Ask gp about ref to a pain clinic, they are ment to be quite good & should know about meds you can safely have! Also diet can play a part try looking into that. Also mindfulness might help as well! its worth looking into your condtion & seeing what might help! My nephew"s wife has it has had a few op"s to sort it! She was told it was unlikley she could have kids, treament didn"t work & now she is pregnant naturally! only a 5 % chance of that! So i gonna be a great auntie! Yeppie! Keep us informed as to how you get on :) hope I have been some help!

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