I am so sorry you are going through this. I've been there. My liver was OUT of control a few years ago from statins. Even though I discontinued the med, it took three years for my readings to come back to normal. I'm having BIG problems with my cholesterol now, but I don't want to go through that again. I had to have EVERY test on earth for my liver. All the hep tests, negative. Sonograms, the nuclear medicine test with dye, pretty much you name it. The only thing they didn't do was the biopsies, and I told them give me some time. I went on a vegetarian diet for a year, and finally my readings came back down. Also NO tylenol and no alcohol. The great thing about the liver is that it regenerates, so don't give up hope! (((Hugs))),
P.S. If you've lost 30 pounds in the last year, you are definitely going in the right direction! Congratulations! That's a fabulous accomplishment! You can probably turn your cholesterol problems around without meds considering your current progress! Good for you!!!!!!!!!
Post Edited (tangerine bear) : 7/19/2007 7:44:41 PM (GMT-6)
Listen to Bear. He is right about the statins. I took zocor for years and had high liver enzymes. An ultra sound showed fatty liver (I am obese). My endo and my primary both told me that the statins can and do cause this problem. I stopped taking the statins and have added more fruit and veggies. Basically I'm getting cholesterol readings of 106-197 with the HDL, LDL and trigercides (sp?) well within normal limits. The 197 reading came about after a period of severe stress. Another thing to do is really limit your fat intake at least 72 hours before a cholesterol check. Why? I have found that if I eat a hamburger or something else high in fat within 72 hours of a test my results are always much higher. I have had friends who skipped everything high in fat before they had their tests and their results were also much lower.
One thing I also noticed is that if I use a vinegar based salad dressing on my salad and some garlic for seasoning of my food my levels are also lower.
For the past 3 years I have maintained an average cholesterol reading of 165. I stopped taking the statins 3 years ago and for the past year my liver enzymes have been in the normal range.
I really hope it helps.