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Hey guys I'm new here,

Okay, I'm gonna begin to let this all out because I can't take it anymore and I'm going to begin from the start. I am 21 years old, male, no history of cancer in my family, and obese. Almost three weeks ago I found blood on the toilet paper and my stool was green. I began to panic and immediately search google (our best friend!) for things and stumbled upon colon cancer. I began to panic and ever since then I couldn't get it out of my head and I couldn't stop crying. I went on having green stool, a day with black stool, constipation one day, diarrhea the next, pencil thin stools, and now my stools look normal despite me not going as much as I used to. Yes I'm a very anxious person, and yes I've had depression before just so you guys know.

I went to the doctors and they ordered some blood work and some tests. Let it also be known that I don't smoke, drink, or do drugs of any kind at all. When I got the tests back it showed that I had a high ALT, AST, and Bilirubin which indicates liver damage or a disease of the liver. Again I went back to google and my parents have been telling me its because of my weight and it'll cure itself when I begin to exercise more (which admittingly i dont do). I was not medicated and the doctor simply stated that if I leave it alone it'll heal itself, but what if it's too late? She was extremely mean and seemingly did not care about her patients, so I feel like none of my questions were answered and I'm sitting here crying, alone and confused. I have nobody to confide in, nobody to help me. I feel like my time on this earth is up and I'm absolutely afraid of what's going to happen to me. I also read that colon cancer can spread to the liver, causing damage. They have not finished my stool tests and only told me that they'd call me if there were any abnormalities. I haven't had any other symptoms other than the awkward stool issue and some discomfort (not pain though) in my lower left side. I'm really scared and I don't know what to expect or think. I'm lost.
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Re: High ALT, AST, and Bilirubin--REALLY SCARED please help [TMI]
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2014, 04:47:17 AM »
Can't you get a second opinion? I would go and see another doctor just to have a piece of mind. But its very unlikely for your age to get colon cancer. I would started to exercise  and add more fiber into my diet as well. Even a short walk in the park can help.
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Re: High ALT, AST, and Bilirubin--REALLY SCARED please help [TMI]
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2014, 08:02:15 AM »
Yup I would seek second opinion from a caring doctor with good bedside manor. You are young so age is on your side. How over weight are you? You could possibly have fatty liver which could be throwing the test off. That's actually curable with diet. Green stool means absolutely nothing harmful and is nothing to do with liver. White or pale gray would be ab indication of liver. Blood in stool is usually benign but warrants investigation. I highly doubt you have CC that spread to liver because you would be very ill. How high above normal is you liver enzymes? What was your billi levels? If you are not yellow in your face or eyes I'm sure it's not high enough to be truly jaundice. I would be running as fast as you could to a more professional doctor who will calm your nerves.   
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Re: High ALT, AST, and Bilirubin--REALLY SCARED please help [TMI]
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2014, 09:18:56 AM »
I remember her saying my alt was three times the normal amount. The ast and bilirubin were not AS high but they were over the threshold for normal (i believe bilirubin was at 17.9). As for the blood in my stool there was only ONE day where it was black and the bleeding subsided after three days which causes me to wonder if i had popped a vessel or had some sort of fissure, since it didn't continue. Also my hemoglobin and hematocrit levels were slightly high which concerns me but I've read that it could be caused by cancer or dehydration (what a good range of things huh?). As for red/white blood cells, my alkaline phosophatase, and everything else, they were all perfectly normal.
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Re: High ALT, AST, and Bilirubin--REALLY SCARED please help [TMI]
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2014, 09:22:59 AM »
Also, I was not given medication other than being ordered an ultrasound. I don't have ANY signs of jaundice or yellow eyes and I've never had it. The doctor wants to keep an eye on my blood pressure because the ones I've taken have been between normal and high (I guess depending on my mood). I also questioned her and asked if cancer was a possibility and she said no and that I don't need to do anything because the liver repairs itself and heals. So make of that what you will...
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Re: High ALT, AST, and Bilirubin--REALLY SCARED please help [TMI]
« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2014, 12:20:44 PM »
I have had my ALT and AST checked numerous times over the past year and a half because of fertility treatments.  (I take Metformin for PCOS and that can affect the liver so they check it periodically.)  The numbers fluctuate a lot.  Weight has something to do with it, but I didn't really do any life style change when I got the numbers and they went down to normal level on their own.

What were the numbers?
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Re: High ALT, AST, and Bilirubin--REALLY SCARED please help [TMI]
« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2014, 01:25:44 PM »
To me it sounds like you may have a small gallstone blocking the bile duct... you need to have a parent or friend be an advocate for you and get this idiot doctor on the phone to order an ultrasound of the gallbladder and bile duct. At the very least, she should refer you to a Gastroenterologist for a consult.   Simply removing (or passing) a gallstone could set everything right again.  If you do have fatty liver issues, losing weight and taking a good brand of Milk Thistle (in capsule form) from your local health food store is PROVEN to aid the liver in repairing itself.  I know you are scared, but this WILL pass.  God Bless :)
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Re: High ALT, AST, and Bilirubin--REALLY SCARED please help [TMI]
« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2014, 06:24:07 PM »
Sorry for the bump but thanks you guys. I love how catty you guys are to my doctor hehehe. Yeah, she was real mean and I don't feel comfortable asking her questions at all so my mom is going to try to find another clinic with another doctor but considering she didn't give me medication and she wants to see me again in 2 months implies that the problem may not be a serious as I thought (unless they call me for abnormalities on the stool test...)

That all being said, I am beginning to work out and I'm already seeing a change in my bowel movements back to how normal they used to be. The only thing I'm concerned about is Liver Cancer. Any chance that it could cause all this? Or am I just crazy?  :traurig001:
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Re: High ALT, AST, and Bilirubin--REALLY SCARED please help [TMI]
« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2014, 06:42:01 PM »
Was this fasting bloodwork?
You can put liver cancer out of your mind right now.  I knew someone who's cancer spread to their liver and they were REALLY sick (very weak, VERY bad) so put that out of your mind right now.
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