- The liver is the largest intestinal organ responsible for cleaning blood, fighting infections, and assisting our metabolism.
- While the liver doesn’t have pain receptors, there are some trademark symptoms of liver disease or damage.
- Symptoms vary depending on the cause, but usually involve pain in the abdomen, shoulders, back, or large joints.
- Common causes of liver pain include liver cancer, injury, disease, or gallstones, cirrhosis, and infections.
We don’t think about our liver as we go about living our daily lives, but it’s working hard for us all day, every day. A healthy, properly functioning liver is responsible for cleaning the blood, fighting infections, and plays a role in metabolism, says Medical News Today. It’s even able to repair itself if it gets damaged.
As long as our liver is healthy, we don’t pay it any mind as it helps our body’s overall functioning. But what happens when something goes wrong? Even though the liver is able to repair damage, it’s still susceptible to harm which could lead to pain. Here’s a list of potential causes behind any liver pain…
What Does Liver Pain Feel Like?
Our liver is located near the bottom of the rib cage. It’s angled in such a way that it takes up more room on the right side of the abdomen than the left, lying just above the stomach on the left side and the small intestine on the right side, explains Healthline. Liver pain is difficult to diagnose because the liver doesn’t actually have pain receptors. The symptoms will vary depending on the cause.
Any discomfort that is felt is usually from inflammation or damage to the tissues surrounding the liver. For example people with cirrhosis might feel a dull or throbbing pain in their abdomen, back, shoulders, or large joints. Whereas with liver disease the discomfort is more in the shoulders and neck because it causes inflammation throughout the body.