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Liver pain is felt in the upper right area of the abdomen, just below the ribs. It’s usually a dull, vague pain and sometimes mistaken for a stomach ache. In other cases, it can be quite severe and may even cause your back to hurt. The liver is an organ that detoxifies. If you experience pain, you might have an underlying health issue. Liver disease is the most common reason for liver pain. However, there are more than 100 different types of liver disease. Keep reading to learn more about symptoms of liver pain and associated treatments.

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1. Causes of Liver Pain

There are a plethora of causes of liver pain. Some include, but are not limited to:

  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Hepatitis: a disease characterized by inflammation of the liver.
  • Cirrhosis: a chronic disease of the liver marked by degeneration of the cells, inflammation, and fibrous thickening of the tissue, typically a result of Hepatitis or alcoholism.
  • Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: a term for a range of liver conditions affecting people who drink little to no alcohol. The main characteristic of this is too much fat stored in liver cells.
  • Reye Syndrome: a rare but serious condition that causes swelling in the liver and brain.
  • Hemochromatosis: a disorder in which the body simply loads too much iron.
  • Liver cancer

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