Hi this is ggirl, I just joined the forum a week or so ago. I have a son who was just diagnosed with NASH in November. All the gastrologist did was tell me what he had, that his liver is starting to harden and told us to change his diet. My son is suffering with so many different ailments (i.e. severe headaches, nausea, stomach pain, dizziness and blackouts) he is only 12 yrs old. I agree with Shelly, would call your doctor ASAP, I have decided to call my sons physician and have him placed in the hospital and have a complete line of test run on him. I don't know alot about NASH I know more about alcoholic liver disease because of my husband. But, NASH is just so confusing to me, at least with my husbands disease there is an underlying cause and reason with my son no-one knows why or can give me any other answers. Good luck, let us know Gina
Gina, I am 35 yrs old and for 6 yrs my liver enzymes have only been slightly elevated. At first it was about 60 -70, Normal I believe is 0-40. and so I never realy paid that much attention and every doctor that I ever saw I always told them that it was normal for me because no one told me any different. It wasn't untill I saw a new doctor earlier this year and he asked to do new lab work and to see past lab work that was done that I realized how bad it had gotten. But the thing is when I went for the ultra sound it only said that it was mildly enlarged and with minimal fatty deposits. The thing that really told us how bad it was, was the liver biopsy. But with most insurances you have to start from the bottom and work your way up. So you start with lab work, you ask to be referred to a specialist like a gastroenterologist, and you go from there. Does your son have diabetes or high colesterol??.. I started this whole thing back in June and didn't get the real diagnosis untill the Middle of December. I'm not a drinker or drug user I don't have high blood pressure or colesterol, but I do have insulin resistance, and I am about 90 pounds over weight and I have hypothyroidism. But I wasn't always heavy it's only been the last 5 yrs that I realy started putting the weight on. So I don't think it realy has to do with how fat you are but just the the liver sometimes malfunctions. And then because we are a nation of fast food, fast live styles and low exercise, and junk food eaters that we are now having these problems.. When I was younger I don't remember ever realy having patato chips and candy and Soda pop and all that extra stuff. For us it was apples oranges carrots and cucumbers, and so on with out the Ranch Dressing.. My Grandfather died of cerrhosis of the liver but for him he was an alcholic. My sister is also now having high liver enzymes on her lab test. What I belive is that, we probably have pre-cursers for this desease.. But no one really know because there just hasn't been enough research on Nash. This is all still very new for me. And I am still licking my wounds and running around with my head in a fog. Try to sort it all out. But my advice is if your feeling like your not getting answers from the doctor that you have change doctors untill you find the one that will work well with you.
Good luck Melissa
Good advice Pink Grandma your right I should give them a call, I'll do that tomorrow.
We did get good news today, my daughter is having a boy. This is my first grand baby!!!
I hope you feel better soon.
Thanks June I also heard that asprin can be a culprit along with smoking, salt and caffine cocolate and a few others. But I did not know that the liver deases could also cause problems.
I don't use any asprin or asprin based products or tylonal and since I have had Menear's for years I'm carefull of how much salt I eat, but when I asked my Gastro Doc he told me to see an ENT.
Surprisingly last week I had one day that my ears were completely quite. But that didn't last for long. Since I had just had Sx. The only thing I had been taking was Lortab for pain and Heprin Injections. So I'm kind thinking that maybe some of my meds may be the problem. or at least contributing.
I haven't been able to take my diaretic because it is a caplet and with this bariabtic lap band Sx. I can not ingest anythin bigger than a pencil earaser head.
Tomorrow I go back to the doctor and so I will ask if they can compound it into some kind of tablet.
But if you have heard of any kind of other treatments I sure would like to hear about them.