Hi Still Livin,
I went through a similar ordeal about 7 or 8 years ago, but mine was due to taking statins. My (former) cardiologist kept me on them and never mentioned that my readings kept going up up UP, until my primary doc asked for a copy and almost flipped. My primary doc took me off the statins, but my readings wouldn't come down. I had every test imaginable, but no clue. I was really convinced I was in BIG trouble and took control of the situation myself... I went on a strict vegetarian diet for a year and my numbers finally came down. It took a total of 3 years to get back to normal. My numbers are still normal even with all the medicine I take now, but my doc keeps me off the statins. I'm taking Zetia and Tricor now, and my cholesterol is down to (almost) a normal range.
All meds have side effects, but it seems they effect everyone differently. For me it's important to see my own test results every time to make sure the doctors aren't making that decision without consulting me!
Post Edited (Marburg) : 5/16/2008 3:21:08 PM (GMT-6)
I just wanted you to know I understand your frustration and fears, as I have been through the same thing. Cholesterol meds are the usual suspect but there can be other causes, as Marburg mentioned fatty liver... they suspected that with me... and that's when I went strictly vegetarian. That brought my readings back to normal and they are still normal after quite a few years. I don't know if your specific meds can cause liver issues, but a lot of meds can. In addition, when you're giving up carbs for the diabetes, it can be tempting to eat a lot of cheese and meats, which is not good for the liver when you are having high readings. It's good that the readings have come down (which mine didn't for about 3 years)... at least that shows some progress has been made. What are your doctors saying?