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Offline Annie

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liver enzymes
« on: January 07, 2014, 03:18:28 PM »
I just got back from my physical and my GGT is 105 when is supposed to be between 25 - 45.  I am so worried.  Please help
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Re: liver enzymes
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2014, 04:18:40 PM »
I believe alcohol, certain medications and drugs can raise levels. I would ask your doctor for an explanation.
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Re: liver enzymes
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2014, 06:45:46 PM »
ooohh the lovely liver function tests!! I have been thru it so many times. My liver enzyme and other levels have been so high, that it the dr had me go for ultrasounds. My dr told me that drinking and certain meds can cause those issues. But PLENTY of times mine have been raised for no reason. Nothing is wrong with my liver and it was never connected to anything else. Try to relax, like I said mine just randomly went up and down for no random reason.  :action-smiley-065:
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Re: liver enzymes
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2014, 09:30:22 PM »
Milk thistle is a great liver cleansing supplement. Safe and effective! I take it myself (elevated liver enzymes here too!) and I give it to my senior dog for the same thing.
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Re: liver enzymes
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2014, 12:01:32 AM »
Hmmm. What was your doctors explanation for why it was high? I think it's important to get it looked at further as high liver enzymes could indicate a swollen liver. Why it is swollen could be a number of things (meds, alcohol etc.) but it's definitely not normal to have high liver enzymes and a cause should be investigated. In my opinion. Good luck!!!!
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Re: liver enzymes
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2014, 03:35:19 AM »
Good old LFTs the cause of many years anxiety for me. I got some back on Monday GGT EXACTLY the same as yours, 105. ALT was 60. The Drs comments, "normal for you". 105 ain't that high and even if you had a glass of wine in the days preceding the test it can affect the reading. Was that all that was high?
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Re: liver enzymes
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2014, 05:13:34 AM »
Is that the only elevated enzyme?

I'm not sure if you looked it but, but... maybe this helps pinpoint the cause:

GGT is elevated by large quantities of alcohol ingestion. Isolated elevation or disproportionate elevation compared to other liver enzymes (such as ALP or ALT) may indicate alcohol abuse or alcoholic liver disease. It may indicate excess alcohol consumption up to 3 or 4 weeks prior to the test.

Numerous drugs can raise GGT levels, including barbiturates and phenytoin.[19] GGT elevation has also been occasionally reported following NSAIDs, St. John's wort, and aspirin.
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Re: liver enzymes
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2014, 06:07:49 AM »
Were you drinking alcohol invthe last week or too? On New Year celebration party or smth similar?
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Re: liver enzymes
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2014, 11:11:39 AM »
My husband and I had gone on a wine tasting trip to the Napa Valley a whole 3 weeks before I had the blood work done.  We were there for 10 days and I did have some wine every day when we were there but as soon as I got home I had no alcohol for 3 weeks before the test.  I don't normally drink a lot anyway just a couple of glasses on the weekend.  The Dr. said it was the only thing off in my bloodwork.  I am in complete panic and I have to wait until March to have it redone.
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