Treatment: If a pancreatic or liver tumor is identified and able to be surgically excised, the skin lesions may normalize for an extended period of time, but because these tumors metastasize (spread to other areas of the body) quickly, surgery is not curative. In cases of end stage liver disease, surgery is not possible, and the goal of therapy is to increase quality of life and decrease uncomfortable skin lesions with supportive care and addressing the nutritional abnormalities. Supportive care includes supplementing protein and necessary minerals and enzymes through the diet and oral supplements or by weekly intravenous amino acid infusions that are performed in the hospital on an outpatient basis until improvement in the skin is noted. Unfortunately, despite the supportive care, the disease will progress.
The other offender in causing left side pain in the lower area of the back is the gallbladder. The gallbladder stores bile that is produced by the liver and this helps the body with food digestion. Problems with your gallbladder are fairly common in industrialized societies. The refined and processed food eaten in these cultures takes a heavy toll on the gallbladder. Recent studies show that over a million Americans have gallstones can have gall stones or a diseased gallbladder and the result is almost always the same. Remove the gallbladder and you remove the pain.