possible nash/nafld or hep C...GGT and AST elevated

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closure
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   Posted 9/18/2008 7:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone. I have skimmed this forum and attempted to search, but haven't had much luck. Anyway...for quite a while now my stomach has been growing. I look very pregnant, but not in a traditional way...more like I swallowed a huge basketball or a 10lb baby. I'm getting stretch marks and everything because it's happening kind of fast.
 
I went to the doc about it last week along with itchy skin, muscle aches, and joint pain. She felt my stomach and said my liver felt enlarged and that she was worried about the swelling and was thinking it was nash/nafld because of my weight, PCOS, and family history. She did a whole list of blood work, a cushings test, and scheduled an abdominal ultrasound. I just had the ultrasound 2 days ago with no results yet. Most of my blood work came back yesterday, 26 little tests still pending, and I had an elevated GGT and a slightly elevated...very slightly elevated I should say...AST. She told me in a note on the blood work that we'll wait for the ultrasound to come back to try to figure it out. Only problem is I'm 150lbs overweight and she's not so sure they would've been able to get a good look at my liver because of the weight and because of the swelling so she was mostly looking to see how much fluid has built up. Oh...btw the autoimmune hep test came back negative.
 
Here's what I'm wondering...have any of you had nash or nafld? How about your GGT/AST levels? Something I'm worried about that I don't think she tested for his hep C. I have over 20 tattoos and quite a few of the symptoms obviously. I'm not convinced I have hep, but I'm probably going to bring it up in my appt tomorrow. Just wondering if anyone here can relate or has any info about any of this. Very new to liver problems/diseases...my uncle has nash, but never told anyone til recently...his is a very mild case though it seems.
27 female
 
Bipolar, panic disorder, PTSD, PCOS, hashimoto's disease/hypothyroidism, acid reflux, and in the process of being diagnosed with either crohns, colitis, or even lupus...who knows really! the docs sure don't lol. Now possibly even celiacs disease!Lots of tests coming up so hopefully I'll know more soon. Too many meds to list!


hep93
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   Posted 9/18/2008 2:52 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi, Closure.  Liver enzyme levels do not always reflect what is going on in the liver.  I have hep C, cirrhosis, and have had liver cancer.  My blood work done last week showed normal liver enzymes except for one...which was only 3 pts. above normal.  You need to ask your doctor to do a specific blood test for hep C, if that was not included in the blood work you recently had.

Good luck!

Connie


closure
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   Posted 9/18/2008 8:34 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks...my appt for tomorrow got cancelled so now I have to wait til Sept 23 and I'm definitely going to ask about hep C...my ultrasound came back and they're pretty sure it's NAFLD, but like I was telling someone else that doesn't mean I don't have hep too. better safe than sorry. as for the NAFLD they don't know how severe it is because the ultrasound couldn't get a good enough look because of my weight, but with the bloodwork and now the ultrasound they say it's NAFLD. so I have an appt with a GI Sept 30 to figure out where to go from here. meaning are they going to do a CT scan or whatever or a biopsy to find out more.
27 female
 
Bipolar, panic disorder, PTSD, PCOS, hashimoto's disease/hypothyroidism, acid reflux, and in the process of being diagnosed with either crohns, colitis, or even lupus...who knows really! the docs sure don't lol. Now possibly even celiacs disease!Lots of tests coming up so hopefully I'll know more soon. Too many meds to list!


hep93
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   Posted 9/19/2008 12:18 PM (GMT -7)   

Closure, at least you have one answer.  Is NAFLD non-alcoholic fatty liver disease?

Let us know the results of your hep C test.

Hugs,

Connie


closure
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   Posted 9/19/2008 6:36 PM (GMT -7)   
yes...NAFLD is non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. I guess we're going to probably do a biopsy to make sure it's NASH or not...meaning to find out how much damage there is or whatever. they say with NAFLD most patients only find out about it by accident...meaning they don't have many if any symptoms and just find out when bloodwork for other things is done and the liver abnormalities show up too. I'll be getting that bloodwork for hep C hopefully on Tuesday. thanks Connie *hugs*
27 female
 
Bipolar, panic disorder, PTSD, PCOS, hashimoto's disease/hypothyroidism, acid reflux, some undiagnosed stomach problems that have taken a backseat to my newly diagnosed nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Lots of tests coming up so hopefully I'll know more soon. Too many meds to list!


hep93
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   Posted 9/19/2008 9:50 PM (GMT -7)   

I will be praying that your hep C results are negative.  You really don't need hep C, on top of everything else you have going on!

Hugs,

Connie


frustrated_n_wv
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   Posted 9/20/2008 4:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Closure and welcme to the forum. I also hope your tests results come back negative for the hep C. Please keep us posted.

Lucy

closure
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   Posted 9/20/2008 5:48 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks for the welcome Lucy. I'll keep you all updated. hopefully I can get the testing done this upcoming week.
27 female
 
Bipolar, panic disorder, PTSD, PCOS, hashimoto's disease/hypothyroidism, acid reflux, some undiagnosed stomach problems that have taken a backseat to my newly diagnosed nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Lots of tests coming up so hopefully I'll know more soon. Too many meds to list!

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