What causes persistent pain in back radiating to front side?
Could be liver or gall bladder problem.
Hello and welcome,
I am sorry you are having this problem. The location you are describing, and it's correlation with alcohol makes me think this is a problem with the liver or gall bladder.
I have a few questions that might help me know more about what is going on:
Do you take a statin medication for cholesterol or any other medications?
Are you overweight? (I hope you don't mind this question)
Do you have any other health problems?
Have you had a recent infectious illness, diarrhea, or been out of the country?
Do you have fatty stools or more pain after a large meal that has a lot of fat/grease?
My guess is that your liver is inflamed by some mechanism. Without examining you and taking a full history this is hard to know for sure. But given your symptoms I advise you go in to your doctors office where he or she can percuss for the size of your liver and palpate your abdomen. Then, you should have a full liver function panel drawn. This is a blood test that looks at the levels of various enzymes the liver produces, as well as bilirubin level. It is also possible that you have a gall stone that is blocking the liver's excretion of bile.
Following the liver function panel, your doctor may want to get an ultrasound or other imaging test of the liver.
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