Located just behind the lower right part of the rib cage, and weighing in at about 4 pounds, the liver is largest internal organ in the body, and is responsible for more than 100 functions that help keep the body running smoothly and efficiently.
It metabolizes food, filters out poisons in the blood, produces immune agents to control infections, and can even regenerate itself when part of it has been damaged.
This highly important processing "dynamo", however, may not be given a moment's consideration until it begins to malfunction or becomes diseased.
Because of the relationship between the liver and the body's overall proper functioning, any liver condition left untreated can eventually become very debilitating, and in later stages seriously life threatening.
What's going on with me------->
I have what is known as fatty liver syndrome. It is not from drinking. It's not from smoking. My doctor (who is a surgeon) feels it is because of two reasons. 1.) my weight 2.) no longer having a gall bladder.
The gall bladder would have been the first thing that my food passed through and it helped to break down food for digestion. My problem; it's no longer there. As a result my food is going straight to the liver.
Prognosis: Very good. The liver is the only organ in the body that can rejuvenate and repair itself.
Diet & prevention
For otherwise healthy patients, most experts suggest a diet low in saturated fats and animal protein, and a decrease or complete abstinence from alcohol as the simplest ways to prevent liver damage or disease. Recent reports have also suggested limiting the use of Tylenol or acetaminophen compounds to reduce occurences of liver damage caused by overuse of these common pain killers.
As a side note I am having a few other procedures completed:
1.) Fluoroscopic of the small bowel (Feb 15)
2.) colonoscopy and Lower GI Endoscopy (Mar 5)
They will be doing these test to rule out colon cancer, colon inflammation, polyps, and stomach ulcers.
My dad died of colon cancer so the colonoscopy is very important for anyone with a family history or anyone over the age of 50.
I'm telling all of you this because I do not want anyone going through the pain I have been having. My pain centers underneath the lower part of my right ribcage. It is excruciating at times and Vicodin doesn't even touch it. The only relief I seem to get is reclining back or lying down. Prolonged sitting is very hard because at this point my liver is enlarged and inflamed.