It was in June that I first started feeling the pain in my back. It was the wedding season and I had a busy schedule as I am a wedding planner who has been working in the Denver, Colorado area for 10 years, since we moved to this area right after our marriage. On top of that my twin girls can be a handful at times and between work, the twins, and my husband, I don’t get much time to myself. Thus, with all the things happening in my life, I chose to ignore the back ache. Afterall, it was just a bit of pain and inconvenience, nothing serious. I could not have been more wrong. Now, when I look back I realize I should have gone to the doctor just to be sure. As it turned out, the back ache was actually liver pain which I had misdiagnosed. This is fairly common because liver pain seldom feels like it is in the liver – it actually presents itself as back ache or stomach ache and sometimes people confuse it for pain associated with kidney stones.
I had the pain for days and when it refused to go away and began to intensify, I gave in and decided to go to the doctor. You can imagine our horror when she told us that it was liver pain and further tests were needed to determine what was causing the pain. Hepatitis, liver cirrhosis, cancer and other scary conditions kept me up at night as I prayed to God that it was something curable. Luckily for me, when the test reports came in the doctor said I had a condition known as the fatty liver disease in which the size of the liver increases by almost 10 percent. The good part was that it was curable via exercise and balanced diet. The disease is hereditary and can be accompanied by diabetes and high cholesterol.
Following the doctor’s advice, from that day onwards I made major changes to my lifestyle and diet. I knew that I had to fight this disease if I wanted to live long enough to see my daughters walk down the aisle. The doctor told me it was best to stay away from medication and that was exactly what I planned on doing. The first thing I did was to cut out junk food from my life completely to the point that I was eating a portion of fruit or vegetable salad with every meal. Colas and caffeinated drinks were the next to go. Similarly, I made it a routine to exercise 3 times a week for at least half an hour every day.
All this was a year and a half ago. My pain subsided soon after I made the changes and at present I feel completely healthy and my energy levels are higher than ever. Needless to say, I am also in a much better shape now that I stay away from fatty foods. My advice to the reader: Never ignore aches or pains in your body. It is a sign that something is not working properly and the sooner you fix it, the better.