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Symptoms of Liver Mets???

Forums General Melanoma Community Symptoms of Liver Mets???

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    FertilityDoc
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      I was diagnosed with Stage IIIb Melanoma in 04/09.  Made it through the year of Interferon ending in 07/10.  Had a negative PET scan in June.  Was scheduled for a repeat CT scan on December 6th.  I had really put the Melanoma behind me.  As we all know, you continue to live with the fear.  Over the past week I have had vague right upper quadrant discomfort about 1 inch below the rib cage.   Not bad.  Just a vague sensation which seems to worsen after eating.   Could be gall bladder disease or gastritis (had H.

      I was diagnosed with Stage IIIb Melanoma in 04/09.  Made it through the year of Interferon ending in 07/10.  Had a negative PET scan in June.  Was scheduled for a repeat CT scan on December 6th.  I had really put the Melanoma behind me.  As we all know, you continue to live with the fear.  Over the past week I have had vague right upper quadrant discomfort about 1 inch below the rib cage.   Not bad.  Just a vague sensation which seems to worsen after eating.   Could be gall bladder disease or gastritis (had H. Pylorie in the past).  Can't get fear out of my mind.  Based on my fears and for the sake of being careful I moved up my CT scan to this coming Wednesday.  I am just curious.  For those who have had liver mets, did you have any early symptoms?   Could you sense something wrong early?  Any vague bloated feeling or discomfort?

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        Jackie W
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          My husband had 2 liver mets with no symptoms.  They were discovered on a CT scan.  Hope your discomfort is something other than mm.

           

          Jackie W

          Jackie W
          Participant

            My husband had 2 liver mets with no symptoms.  They were discovered on a CT scan.  Hope your discomfort is something other than mm.

             

            Jackie W

            Lori C
            Participant

              When Will was first diagnosed with liver mets he had no symptoms.  When the mets got extensive, he got symptoms of upper right quadrant pain with nausea and fatigue.  This was rather sudden, though, the symptoms were not gradual onset.  It was about 4 months between diagnosis and progression to symptoms.

              Lori C
              Participant

                When Will was first diagnosed with liver mets he had no symptoms.  When the mets got extensive, he got symptoms of upper right quadrant pain with nausea and fatigue.  This was rather sudden, though, the symptoms were not gradual onset.  It was about 4 months between diagnosis and progression to symptoms.

                Brandi
                Participant

                  Galbladder will act up after eating if you have a GB problem, it gets especially irritated after a greasy meal. Have your MD check you out and if they think it is gb they can order a hydascan and get it checked out. Good luck.

                  Brandi
                  Participant

                    Galbladder will act up after eating if you have a GB problem, it gets especially irritated after a greasy meal. Have your MD check you out and if they think it is gb they can order a hydascan and get it checked out. Good luck.

                    Brandi
                    Participant

                      Galbladder will act up after eating if you have a GB problem, it gets especially irritated after a greasy meal. Have your MD check you out and if they think it is gb they can order a hydascan and get it checked out. Good luck.

                      Brandi
                      Participant

                        Galbladder will act up after eating if you have a GB problem, it gets especially irritated after a greasy meal. Have your MD check you out and if they think it is gb they can order a hydascan and get it checked out. Good luck.

                        James from Sydney
                        Participant

                          our son had no symptoms of his liver mets until they were large and widespread. He lost his appetite . Get the scan but i would suggest your discomfort would not be from liver mets.

                          best wishes

                          James

                          James from Sydney
                          Participant

                            our son had no symptoms of his liver mets until they were large and widespread. He lost his appetite . Get the scan but i would suggest your discomfort would not be from liver mets.

                            best wishes

                            James

                            LizzM
                            Participant

                              I would bet on it being your gall bladder. Not a lot of symptoms for liver mets until they are advanced.

                              LizzM
                              Participant

                                I would bet on it being your gall bladder. Not a lot of symptoms for liver mets until they are advanced.

                                King
                                Participant

                                  I had a 4.5cm liver mets detected on a routine PET/CT.  I had no symptoms.  I was only 10 weeks post 12 months of Interferon so I actually thought I was feeling better (better than those 12 months).  The doctors were surprised that I wasn't having any symptoms like nausea or pressure.

                                   

                                  Please let us know what you find out.

                                   

                                  Stay Strong

                                  King

                                  Stage IV  7/05 Liver mets

                                  King
                                  Participant

                                    I had a 4.5cm liver mets detected on a routine PET/CT.  I had no symptoms.  I was only 10 weeks post 12 months of Interferon so I actually thought I was feeling better (better than those 12 months).  The doctors were surprised that I wasn't having any symptoms like nausea or pressure.

                                     

                                    Please let us know what you find out.

                                     

                                    Stay Strong

                                    King

                                    Stage IV  7/05 Liver mets

                                    Carmon in NM
                                    Participant

                                      I agree with others that it sounds most likely to be some other medical problem and that will be my prayers for you!

                                      Just for good information, I have a right adrenal tumor and the first symptom was mild, dull pain in the area you described. It got worse lying on my back and much worse lying on my right side. After they did a needle biopsy, the pain was so bad I couldn't lie down at all and slept in a recliner for about a week until the biopsy trauma subsided.

                                      My onc said this was a typical symptom for an adrenal tumor. The adrenal gland sits on top of the kidney with no cushioning like the other internal orders have so any swelling or trauma causes pain ranging from mild to extreme.

                                      Carmon in NM
                                      Participant

                                        I agree with others that it sounds most likely to be some other medical problem and that will be my prayers for you!

                                        Just for good information, I have a right adrenal tumor and the first symptom was mild, dull pain in the area you described. It got worse lying on my back and much worse lying on my right side. After they did a needle biopsy, the pain was so bad I couldn't lie down at all and slept in a recliner for about a week until the biopsy trauma subsided.

                                        My onc said this was a typical symptom for an adrenal tumor. The adrenal gland sits on top of the kidney with no cushioning like the other internal orders have so any swelling or trauma causes pain ranging from mild to extreme.

                                        FertilityDoc
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                                          A sincere note of thanks to all for taking the time to share your thoughts and experiences.   It really does help.  It's one thing to read about typical symptoms but this sometimes differs from real world experiences.  It seems many have had no symptoms whatsoever.  That makes me hopeful that my symptoms are gallbladder/gastritis related.   I do have some adrenal masses bilaterally since my initial diagnosis.  The PET scan was negative and suggested these are benign adrenal adenomas.  They have been stable in size for over a year now.  I got my bloodwork back this morning.  Liver function tests and LDH were normal.  Nothing is a guarantee but it makes me hopeful that my symptoms are not liver related.  I will get my CT done tomorrow.  Like everyone here I am desperately trying to be proactive and not ignore things.   That was my big mistake with the initial diagnosis.  In retrospect I should have been seeing a dermatologist given my risk factors.

                                          I'll let everyone know about my CT tomorrow.  I hate drinking that barium!  I read this board daily.   I have posted periodically on topics where I feel I have some experience or expertise.  My thoughts, thanks and prayers are with all of you here.  Not only do you soldier on but you share so much to help others going through the battle.

                                          Kevin

                                          FertilityDoc
                                          Participant

                                            A sincere note of thanks to all for taking the time to share your thoughts and experiences.   It really does help.  It's one thing to read about typical symptoms but this sometimes differs from real world experiences.  It seems many have had no symptoms whatsoever.  That makes me hopeful that my symptoms are gallbladder/gastritis related.   I do have some adrenal masses bilaterally since my initial diagnosis.  The PET scan was negative and suggested these are benign adrenal adenomas.  They have been stable in size for over a year now.  I got my bloodwork back this morning.  Liver function tests and LDH were normal.  Nothing is a guarantee but it makes me hopeful that my symptoms are not liver related.  I will get my CT done tomorrow.  Like everyone here I am desperately trying to be proactive and not ignore things.   That was my big mistake with the initial diagnosis.  In retrospect I should have been seeing a dermatologist given my risk factors.

                                            I'll let everyone know about my CT tomorrow.  I hate drinking that barium!  I read this board daily.   I have posted periodically on topics where I feel I have some experience or expertise.  My thoughts, thanks and prayers are with all of you here.  Not only do you soldier on but you share so much to help others going through the battle.

                                            Kevin

                                              Lori C
                                              Participant

                                                Also, Will's LDH levels were elevated well before he had symptoms.  Three months, at least.   Thoughts & prayers with you for your CT, I know how stressful those are.

                                                Lori C
                                                Participant

                                                  Also, Will's LDH levels were elevated well before he had symptoms.  Three months, at least.   Thoughts & prayers with you for your CT, I know how stressful those are.

                                                Rocklove
                                                Participant

                                                  I started having pain and complained and was not detected with a pet scan. 3 months later the pet scan detected tumors in the liver. I never had an increase or decrease in pain because of eating though. Hopefully it is the gall bladder for you.

                                                  Positive Thoughts & Prayers for You and Family.

                                                  Rocky (Stage IV Liver Mets)

                                                  Rocklove
                                                  Participant

                                                    I started having pain and complained and was not detected with a pet scan. 3 months later the pet scan detected tumors in the liver. I never had an increase or decrease in pain because of eating though. Hopefully it is the gall bladder for you.

                                                    Positive Thoughts & Prayers for You and Family.

                                                    Rocky (Stage IV Liver Mets)

                                                    FertilityDoc
                                                    Participant

                                                      My upper abdomal pain had driven me crazy over the past week.  I had my CT of the chest and abdomen this morning.  I probably drove the tech crazy by letting me look at the liver images after getting up off the table.  They kindly indulged me.  Had a quick review by the radiologist and they could not find anything compared with my prior scans.  I don't have to worry about this for another 6 blissful months.  I told the radiologist it was my Christmas present.

                                                      Again sincere thanks to all for sharing their experiences with a similar situation.  It helped to calm me down prior to my scan.  I never lose sight of the fact that so many of you who frequent this board persevere through your own personal struggles.  I will say a silent prayer for all this evening.  I wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving full of joy, peace and special times with your families.

                                                      Prosit,

                                                      Kevin

                                                      FertilityDoc
                                                      Participant

                                                        My upper abdomal pain had driven me crazy over the past week.  I had my CT of the chest and abdomen this morning.  I probably drove the tech crazy by letting me look at the liver images after getting up off the table.  They kindly indulged me.  Had a quick review by the radiologist and they could not find anything compared with my prior scans.  I don't have to worry about this for another 6 blissful months.  I told the radiologist it was my Christmas present.

                                                        Again sincere thanks to all for sharing their experiences with a similar situation.  It helped to calm me down prior to my scan.  I never lose sight of the fact that so many of you who frequent this board persevere through your own personal struggles.  I will say a silent prayer for all this evening.  I wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving full of joy, peace and special times with your families.

                                                        Prosit,

                                                        Kevin

                                                          King
                                                          Participant

                                                            I've read 2 posts this evening and both have had good news to share.  So happy to read it.  

                                                            Stay Strong
                                                            King

                                                            Stage IV 7/05 Liver mets

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                                                            King
                                                            Participant

                                                              I've read 2 posts this evening and both have had good news to share.  So happy to read it.  

                                                              Stay Strong
                                                              King

                                                              Stage IV 7/05 Liver mets

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