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Liver & Spleen Swelling

Discussion in 'Immunological' started by Tired4solong, Feb 20, 2011.

  1. Tired4solong


    I've had both Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia for over 25 years now. I'm 49. I get swelling of my liver and spleen during my worst flu-like periods. Is this common? What do I need to do, when this happens?

    I go to the VA for all of my care. They aren't treating the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome at all and are only treating the muscle complaints with the Fibromyalgia.
  2. kat0465

    kat0465 Senior Member

    Have you been tested for reactivated ebv? Just a thought as ebv virus is what causes mono,and some people have a swollen liver with that. Also any new meds?
  3. heapsreal

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    im thinking the same thing kat, also cmv causes a mono like ebv as well.
  4. lucy

    lucy Senior Member

    EBV, CMV and toxoplasmosis. Still I believe EBV or CMV reactivates when there is a problem with immune system, so it is a symptom.

    With an enlarged spleen one has to be extremely careful not to take any hits/blows to the bely. It is quite difficult in crowded places, and especially kids are dangerous.

    I would be interested to know if you get pain when the spleen swells, and if possible, at which rib exactly. Also, what kind of pain it is. It is interesting for me, because I have pain in upper left quadrant for 1 yr 4 months and the dr. thinks it is spleen, while my spleen is 9 cm, meanwhile I am thinking it is some kind of problem with the intestine, as I have b.hominis.
  5. anne_likes_red

    anne_likes_red Senior Member

    I get pain in the LUQ often. My GP said my spleen felt swollen 15 years ago. The pain in that area has got much worse since then and I can't sit at a certain angle because my bottom left rib feels like it presses in onto something painful. Though I wondered too if it might be my intestine rather than my spleen. It actually feels as if my lower left ribs ache front and back sometimes.
    I have never detected pain in my liver though, and Tired4 I'm sorry I don't know what you're supposed to do for the pain either :(
    I've had EBV and Toxo too.
  6. Merry

    Merry Senior Member

    Columbus, Ohio, USA
    My mother, I recall, was told at on time that her spleen was swollen. Don't know if her liver was labelled "swollen", but when the doctor tried to do an biopsy (in response to my mother's complaint of pain), the liver tissue crumbled. The doctor called her liver "fatty" and told her nothing could be done. That was in 1970. She received no follow-up treatment through the years. In 1997 she died of cirrhosis (she was a teetoatler).

    Tired4solong, your complaints sound very serious indeed to me. Sorry, I should't alarm you. Sorry. But if you have any strength at all, press for better treatment. Or, better, a family member or friend should advocate for you.

    Best of luck.
  7. sorin

    sorin Senior Member

    I have daily pain in the upper left abdominal side, under the ribs, since 3 years ago. Some time ago I was told I have enlarged spleen and liver. I am wondering if an abdominal ultrasonogrpahy would show problems at spleen? Would an ultrasound test be relevant? Anyone knows if there is any treatment for spleen?

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