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Offline Sammy13

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Blood test shows high liver enzymes
« on: March 20, 2014, 05:20:33 AM »
So I just had a routine blood test for a physical and my liver enzymes (alt) was 4 points too high . Now I am in severe health anxiety once again I do drink a lot so now I am afraid that I am developing liver disease and then of course hepatitis comes up as one of the possible causes on line now I'm terrified... Anyone have any insight into this?
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Re: Blood test shows high liver enzymes
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2014, 06:11:29 AM »
Your ALT was only 4 points too high? The rest were normal? I honestly would not think this is something to stress over. I had routine blood work a couple years ago and my ALT and AST were both elevated (more than 4 points!). My doctor, who was retiring, put me through a ridiculous amount of tests including an abdominal ultrasound and lots of bloodwork. All that came back was that I had a "slightly fatty liver," which is not unusual for someone my age. I also had had a beer the night before the test, which definitely can cause elevated enzymes. A month or so later, after being convinced I had liver disease and spending a month in massive stress, I met with my new doctor who retested me and my enzymes were back to normal. He said that they can fluctuate so easily - anything can cause elevation - alcohol (a biggie), tylenol, a recent cold or infection, lipitor, other meds. I think doctors look at all the bloodwork as a unit and not just one thing. What does your doctor say? Is he concerned?
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Re: Blood test shows high liver enzymes
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2014, 09:47:51 AM »
Oh Sammy, 4 points is nothing.  I have autuoimmune liver disease and my levels are nearly twice the normal amount and my ALP is nearly 3 times normal.

I am in the process of going through biopsy now to stage my disease and get on meds, but 4 points in nothing.  Alt and ast can vary a lot from just what you ate before you took the test.

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Re: Blood test shows high liver enzymes
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2014, 10:20:42 AM »
Thank you both for your responses , and I'm sorry to hear you are going through a rough time good luck with everything! And thank you 2jrts but it was a blood test for my fire department so they just told me to see my regular doctor about it. I'm also on Xanax not a lot at all but I just started taking it about a month and a half prior, I heard that can also effect liver enzymes
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Re: Blood test shows high liver enzymes
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2014, 10:49:31 AM »
Its good that you are tracking your results.  Make sure you always look at them and don't just assume what the doctors says as being normal.  I know that isn't probably a good thing to say to some with HA, but sometimes they say normal and its higher than it should be.

Yours, though, are quite within normal range.

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