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hep112707
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   Posted 1/23/2008 9:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm new here and a little nervous.  I went to dr. in Nov. for problems with constipation.  Dr. ordered blood tests to see if everything looked ok.   Come to find out, on November 15th, my ASTcame back at 57 & ALT was 70.  That brought some concern so Dr. wanted a hep c test.  Came back Hep C reactive.  Dr. ordered another blood test on Dec. 20th to check viral load and came back: Reference range:  Not detected.  Dr. ordered another test just yesterday to check ALT & AST and came back ALT 119 and AST 103.  Now I am scared to death.  I have an appt. with hepatologist Friday.  I am just a mess.  What could possibly make the ALT & AST levels go up so much so quick.  I do not drink.  I have taken a lot of tylenol sinus medication over the years for terrible sinus pressure headaches.  The doctor originally thought that was the reason for elevated ALT numbers.  Doc told me to stop all tylenol and for headaches try Aleve.  I did that.  Now I cannot help but wonder if I have something very serious wrong since the numbers went up so much in a very short time.  Has anyone experience this?  Please help.
 
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frustrated_n_wv
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   Posted 1/24/2008 5:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome hep112707

To my knowledge there can be mulitiple reasons why your asl and/or ast levels can be elevated. Are you taking or did you take any medications prior to your blood tests, some medications even over the counter can effect your liver enzymes. It is not uncommon at the beginning for doctors to run several tests to rule out any of these problems. Please try not to worry too much at this point until you see your hepatoligist. Go prepared with questions and express all your concerns.

There are lots of people here with these same experiences and have helped me tremendously. Please keep us posted on what you find out.

Lucy

CaryF
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   Posted 1/24/2008 9:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Dear Hep,

You are doing everything right! Good to stop that Tylenol, I suspect that is what is raising your liver enzymes. The Heptologist should be able to answer any questions, maybe write them down so you don't forget them. You are very fortunate to get in so quickly. I am not a Dr. but I have Hep C. I suspect you are one of the very lucky few that was exposed to the virus at some point and your body cleared it on its own. This is because you have Hep C anti-bodies but no PRC (viral load). I hope your Dr. explains this to you & you will come out of your appt. overjoyed! You must have a detectable PCR to have active Hep C.

Let us know how you go! Good luck!
Cary

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   Posted 1/24/2008 6:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Just wanted to welcome you hep to HealingWell. Hope that your appointment with a hepatologist can answer some of your questions and ease your stress. Hang in there and take care.
Pink Grandma
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Pink Grandma
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   Posted 1/26/2008 2:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Hep, How did the doctor visit go? Did you get any answers?
Hope your feeling better. Take care.
Pink Grandma
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hep112707
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   Posted 1/26/2008 3:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello all,

Thanks for all of your responses and support. I am not sure yet how to take all of the info. I do have hep C. Doc has ordered more tests to see what genotype I have and to rule out other things. It will take 2 weeks to get all of the results back. I do not go back for 3 months, in which time I am to absorb all of this. He told me to take a deep breath and relax. Yeh, right. Now what? I really don't know.

Hep112707

Pink Grandma
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   Posted 1/26/2008 4:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Hep, Sorry that you didn't get better news. But it's better to know now when things can get done then find out when it's too late. There are a lot of things that you can do now before you go back to the doctor.

1. Get educated. Find out as much as you can about Hep C and treatments for it. Go through some of our old posts or just google it. The American Liver Foundation has a lot of good information. The sites are endless that have good information.

2. Change your lifestyle if needed. Eat and drink with your liver in mind. No alcohol is a biggie. Get plenty of rest and exercise.

3. Keep focused. Don't panic. Caught early, there are treatments available.
It's not the end of the world. It's the beginning of a battle that you can win. But you have to be proactive in your care.

4. Keep coming back here. We are here to help each other through some very tough times. When you have unanswered questions or just need support we are here for you. Our members are tops.

Take care. Thoughts and prayers are with you.
Pink Grandma
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Pink Grandma
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   Posted 2/15/2008 9:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Sassy I just replied. Check yours.
Pink Grandma
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