More commonly known as fatty liver disease, hepatic steatosis develops when fat accumulates at least 5% of the liver's weight. It is normal for people to have small amounts of fat in their liver. However, problems can develop when a person has too much.1Liver - Fatty Liver Disease. ‘Liver - Fatty Liver Disease ‘- Better Health Channel, www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/liver-fatty-liver-disease
The function of the liver is to help process nutrients from food and drinks and filter harmful substances from the blood. Abnormal fat levels in the liver can cause inflammation, leading to damage and scarring, ultimately leading to liver cirrhosis. Hepatic steatosis symptoms vary and range from abdominal pain to breast enlargement in men.
Some people with fatty liver disease may not experience any symptoms until the disease progresses to cirrhosis of the liver. However, one of the hepatic steatosis symptoms they may have is abdominal pain. This typically results in pain predominantly in the upper right of the belly or possibly all over the abdomen.
The pain can take several forms, including a dull throbbing sensation in the upper right abdomen or a stabbing pain that can sometimes take the breath away. Avoiding fatty foods for a few days and drinking plenty of water may offer some relief.