Why Does My Liver Hurt? 10 Possible Causes of Liver Pain
What Does Liver Pain Feel Like?
Your liver is a football-sized organ that sits under your ribs. It works as your body’s processing plant. Among its more than 500 jobs are to convert food from the small intestine into substances that help you absorb fat and fight off diseases, stockpile energy, and filter and clean your blood.
Even though it’s the largest organ inside your body, it can be hard to pinpoint the pain from your liver. It’s easy to confuse it with pain from your stomach, just to its left. Depending on the cause, a liver that hurts may show up as pain in the front center of your belly, in your back, or even your shoulders.
Your liver doesn’t actually have any pain receptors. Usually, the pain happens because the membrane that surrounds it is inflamed from an illness or injury.
Viral hepatitis is an inflammation of your liver. The three most common types are hepatitis A, B, and C. They’re caused by different viruses that infect your liver. It can cause pain in the upper right side of your belly, where your liver sits. Other signs of hepatitis include dark-colored pee, yellow skin or eyes (known as jaundice), tiredness, nausea, or vomiting.
Alcoholic hepatitis happens when too much alcohol overtaxes and inflames your liver. Pain from alcoholic hepatitis may make your abdomen feel tender. You also likely will lose weight and your appetite, be nauseated, run a low-grade fever, and feel tired and weak.
Fatty Liver Disease
Too much weight, diabetes, or a high-cholesterol diet can make too much fat build up in your liver. Over time, that can scar your liver and keep it from doing its job. Fatty liver usually causes no symptoms. But it can make you tired or give you a constant dull pain either in the right upper part of your belly, or all over it.
Fitz-Hugh-Curtis syndrome is a rare condition in women causes sudden, severe pain in the upper right section of your belly that might spread to your arm and shoulder. It’s a bacterial infection. It inflames the tissues around your liver (your doctor might call this perihepatitis) and can affect the lining of the stomach. You’ll also often have fever, chills, headache, and feel ill.