PBC Foundation

Stress and liver pain

I know the answer to this already, but not sure what to do about it. I have been through a great deal of stress over the past three months. I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer (surgery in June to remove whole thyroid and not on total meds yet waiting on treatment). I have stage 2 PBC (as far as I know its still stage 2) My kitty, who was like my child died in April, my great Aunt fell in the store and was in the nursing home for over a month, and now my Dad was taken to the ER this past Sunday because he was septic due to an ongoing urinary tract infection. My dad is home now, he is better, but he had gotten VRE (which is like MRSA and very bad) he nearly died. He is home now, but still spiking fevers, which scares me and makes me wonder if he should have still be in the hospital, though they say this will continue to happen. I am a person of faith and usually have no problem relying on this and not overdoing the worry and stress. But I have been just sick with worry. My liver is hurting, a lot. I haven't had much liver pain in a long time, but after my thyroid surgery it was a little worse, which I put down to all the upset of the surgery. But since this happened to my Dad, my liver has just been fussing at me non stop. My sister is actually taking care of my dad right now, at least for the next few days, so I'm not even having to do that. I am going to work though.

I have been running a low grade fever and having loss of appetite and pain in my side. I just feel like I want all of this to go away. I love my Dad, he is my last parent living, and I don't want anything to happen to him. I know we are all mortal, but this was so sudden.

I am nearly ready to go vomit just typing this.

I went through a lot when my mom was sick, 6 years ago, before she died and I just don't know if I can face it again with another parent. I know people go through this all the time, but I doubt all of them have liver disease, plus cancer. Should I get ahold of my liver doc? I know there is nothing that can be done, but I just feel like if I have to deal with anything else I will end up in the hospital myself.

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Hi Notor, I'm so sorry to read of all your troubles and wish you peace very soon. I'm no doctor but I know the liver can play up under stress so just in case anything is moving along I would suggest it would be a good idea to at least have your bloods checked. you certainly have a lot to cope with right now but better safe than sorry.

Wishing you a peaceful weekend

Lorraine x


Thank you. Its actually so bad, I wish I could just be unconscious until this either gets better or something final happens. I know I probably don't mean that, but thats the almost irrational level of stress I'm under.


Sent you a personal message NotorDJP.



I am so sorry to read what is happening in your life. I do think you should go and see your liver doctor asap. Hopefully your physical issues are related to your stress and worries. If the liver doctor can rule out any worsening of your condition, then you will have one less thing to worry about .

I do hope everything works out for you and your family


Only reading your post now truly hope life improves for you soon you have been through so much. Thoughts and prayers with you. X


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