Dealing with Liver Soreness
May 23, 2012 2:18 PM Subscribe
Possible Liver problems (abdominal soreness/pain). Trying to figure out what it is and how best to deal with it.
posted by wanderingchord to health & fitness (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So for about a month, I've had minor/low-level soreness right around the liver area (bottom of the right side of ribs). In the old, golden days I would have just gone to a doctor and followed his/her advice. Now I have no insurance and very little money, so when walking in the door costs $200 I'm forced to try to figure out what's going on and how to deal with it myself as best I can, at least until the pain becomes so unbearable I can't function.
At first I thought the pain might have been caused by my trying a supplement knows as Kava, which has been suspected of causing liver issues and even deaths. I was willing to try it because the most recent studies indicated it was fairly safe, and even then did so very moderately, less than half the regular dose.
But it's been at least a month since I had any, and the pain persists. At this point, I'm starting to suspect I may just be dealing with some kind of viral hepatitis. No sex or illicit drugs, but maybe I didn't wash my hands enough at some point?
Obviously if my urine goes brown or my skin goes bright yellow I'll be running to the ER because I'd rather be thousands of dollars in debt than dead. But until that happens, is there anything else I can do, and anything else to keep an eye out for? Any educated guesses on what the nature of this is?