From fatty liver to Jaundice

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hep93
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   Posted 8/2/2012 8:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Juneya, welcome to the forum! I would like to suggest that you start your own thread to introduce yourself and your situation to others. Posting a first post to someone else's thread, you could "slip through the cracks" and we don't want that. Just click on New Topic instead of Reply.

Hugs,
Connie
hep93
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"But that was yesterday, and I was a different person then."

Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

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lastdaytoday
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   Posted 8/2/2012 1:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Honestly, I couldn't tell you if it is doing anything for me. Even if my #'s get better, I have really changed my lifestyle so It would be hard to say what improved my #'s. All of the reading I have done does not show any major side effects, so I see no harm in taking it if there is a possibility of it helping protect my life cells.

lastdaytoday
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   Posted 8/2/2012 1:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Bilirubin, total 3
Bilirubin, conjugated 2.1
ALKALINE PHOSPHATASE 328
ALT 102
AST 167
GGT 4549

I just received the results from my labs since I became jaundice. 1 1/2 years ago my Bilirubin was normal. My ALT actually was 170 so that went down but my GGT shot though the roof!!

I have another lab scheduled for tomorrow and then a ultrasound next week. I guess I will find out more and more.

Post Edited (lastdaytoday) : 8/2/2012 1:52:32 PM (GMT-6)


MamaLama
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   Posted 8/2/2012 3:43 PM (GMT -6)   
LDT, This is very worrisome. Remind me, you are seeing a hepatologist at a major medical center, right? There are so many posts in the last few days I am getting confused..and I don't have Hep C fog...

The GGT is one of those things that can indicate that something is wrong, but isn't really a clear indication of what. There are articles that say it can indicate bone disease or liver disease, can be elevated with some cardiac conditions. It is goofy with bile duct problems, may be elevated with certain cancers. Not very helpful, eh?

You need to talk to the docs, get on the right meds, eat right, no alcohol.

Are you having epsidodes of confusion? Bruising or bleeding.

Let us here about the rest of the labs and your ultra sound.

Get ready for the bumpy ride.

Mama Lama
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lastdaytoday
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   Posted 8/2/2012 4:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, not good numbers at all. I have not have any issues except the slight jaundice and cramping in my hands and feet. These are the first labs since I noticed the jaundice 2 weeks ago.

I have been working out daily, eating very well. No fatty foods, lots of fruits and veggies and lean white meat. Lots of water. Haven't even looked at alcohol in 2 weeks and don't plan to. On the bright side my mind has never been so sharp!

MamaLama
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   Posted 8/2/2012 4:41 PM (GMT -6)   
LSD, You need to add prayer, my friend. Best, Carol
MamaLama
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lastdaytoday
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   Posted 8/3/2012 4:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Prayer has and always will be part of my life!

lastdaytoday
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   Posted 8/4/2012 12:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Bilirubin, total 2.4
Bilirubin, conjugated 1.4
ALKALINE PHOSPHATASE 330
ALT 131
AST 242

hep93
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   Posted 8/4/2012 10:07 AM (GMT -6)   
LDT, those are high numbers. Have you spoken to your doctor about them?

Hugs,
Connie
hep93
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"But that was yesterday, and I was a different person then."

Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Liver transplant recipient, Oct. 27, 2011, at Mayo Hospital, Jacksonville, FL

cable poodle
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   Posted 8/4/2012 11:10 AM (GMT -6)   
When my husband was cramping, we tried alot of things, Potassium, pickle juice, vinegar . . any old wives tale we tried it. Then on a 3 -4 day vacation @ the hospital, they gave him Magnesium. No more cramps . . as soon as he was out of the hospital they started again . . we determined that the meds he was taking was stripping the Magnesium, along with dehydrating him and that is where the cramps were coming from.

Post transplant he is still taking a Magnesium supplement 1600mg a day.

My opinion is that the dehydration, from the liver not processing is the reason for the cramps, because he had them long bfore he was on any medication. Even though you may be drinking water/fluids to hydrate, it's not going to the muscle, causing a cramp. Soon, the water he was drinking went straight to the belly/Ascities .

When first diagnosed w/ESLD, my husband drank lemon water, and he actually felt a little better and his MELD score dropped . . it may have been in his head or mine, but it can't hurt!!

Good luck
Debbie
Successful transplant Feb. 8,2012 at Pittsburgh VA Medical Center

lastdaytoday
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   Posted 8/4/2012 11:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Hep93,

Yes, I am talking with the Dr. He had me take 2 labs so far, only 4 days apart to just confirm the counts and to make sure nothing spiked in a few days. The numbers are way to high but at least my bilirubin dropped from 3 to 2.4 in 4 days. I have an ultrasound scheduled for Tuesday and also meeting with the chemical dependency department as well. Might as well get those meetings started as well.

MamaLama
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   Posted 8/4/2012 11:48 AM (GMT -6)   
LDT, and this doc is a hepatologist, not a primary care or GI doc? If not, with your numbers you need to be referred to specialized care.

In addition to the fine work you are doing with diet, exercise and alcohol cessation.

Carol

Post Edited By Moderator (hep93) : 8/10/2012 9:15:34 PM (GMT-6)


lastdaytoday
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   Posted 8/4/2012 11:49 AM (GMT -6)   
CP,

Thanks for the information on cramping. My cramping has gotten much better. I have been taking Magnesium, calcium and eating foods high in potassium. Of course lots of water. It is horrible to have cramping so often that you can't get a wink of sleep!

hep93
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   Posted 8/4/2012 12:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been taking 800 mg a day of magnesium ever since transplant last Oct. They also had me on potassium, but only for a month or two.

Hugs,
Connie
hep93
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"But that was yesterday, and I was a different person then."

Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Liver transplant recipient, Oct. 27, 2011, at Mayo Hospital, Jacksonville, FL

lastdaytoday
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   Posted 8/4/2012 2:06 PM (GMT -6)   
It has only been a few days since I received my lab results but Tuesday when I get my ultrasound I will request a referral to a hepatologist. Appreciate the advice.

Post Edited By Moderator (hep93) : 8/10/2012 9:16:12 PM (GMT-6)


lastdaytoday
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   Posted 8/9/2012 7:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Initial feedback on my ultrasound. Back on Monday for more blood work but at least some positive news about no lesions or obstructions.

D/w GI case. Ultrasound does not show any lesions or obstruction or other etiology. Strongly supsect this is etoh hepatitis. Will take 4-6 weeks to calm down when this inflammed.

They do recommend one additional blood test - smooth muscle antibody to rule out a rare biliary liver condition.


Recommend recheck LFT in next few days or week,will do the additional test as well.

If lft generally stable as they have been and smooth muscle ab test is neg (this will take 3-5 days to get done) then recommend follow lft every 2-3 weeks till they normalize

Star971858
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   Posted 8/9/2012 7:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I haven't read much of the other posts but what I did read is yours. If you have yellowing happing that is not a good thing. I would say that you need to get to the hospital ASAP. or the very next day. As soon as I went to the doctor and they told me I have hep c I made an appointment with a liver specialist. I am only 34 and not a heavy drinker but I have a bad past and I have been clean. Take care of yourself and it seems that you are doing that already.


Star

**David**
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   Posted 8/9/2012 7:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Star, I hope you're not drinking at all, now.
nullum beneficium impunitum...

lastdaytoday
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   Posted 8/10/2012 5:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Hep A IgM, EIA Non-Reactive
Hep B surface AG, EIA Non-Reactive
HEPATITIS C VIRUS AB, EIA QL Non-Reactive
Hep B core IgM, EIA Non-Reactive

lastdaytoday
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   Posted 8/10/2012 5:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Bilirubin, total 1.3
Bilirubin, conjugated .9
ALKALINE PHOSPHATASE 294
ALT 149
AST 219

Thank god total Bili is back in normal range, conjigated still high. Odd that Bili is better but ALT went up.

hep93
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   Posted 8/10/2012 9:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Good that you have no viral hep!

Hugs,
Connie
hep93
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"But that was yesterday, and I was a different person then."

Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Liver transplant recipient, Oct. 27, 2011, at Mayo Hospital, Jacksonville, FL

Star971858
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   Posted 8/12/2012 6:33 PM (GMT -6)   
No drinking for me David.

lastdaytoday
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   Posted 9/4/2012 6:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I hope everyone is in good spirits. I have not posted recently. 2 months without a drink and I'm feeling much better. The hard part was getting over the grouchy period after I quit drinking. I was starting to think my wife liked me better when I was drinking. JK but I was terrible. Anyone going through that mean stage or has a spouse going through it, god bless you! It will pass.

I have been to many social events recently. I was very nervous being around all the friends and drinkers but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I just kept thinking... did I act like that when I was drinking??!!

I'm eager to get my labs done again this week as I'm tracking week to week and determined to make a full recovery. One day at a time!!!! Just thought I would check in. Have a great day!

A.Ziffle
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   Posted 9/4/2012 7:27 PM (GMT -6)   
The drinking thing wasn't a big issue for me to start with , I simply stayed away from places that I may be susceptible to drink . After over a year of doing that successfully I went to my little brothers birthday party , The ultimate test of caving in you might say .

Upwards of 40 adults getting blistered . My wife and I couldn't wait to get outta there but we drove the birthday boy and his wife there , Truly a eye opening experience into my past behavior to say the least . The longest evening I ever spent in my life baby sitting a bunch of drunks . On the way back home to my brothers house ( He and his wife passed out ) , I looked at my wife and said " What in the hell did you see in me ? " The smell of liquor was so bad I had to roll the windows down in 30 degree weather .


A. Ziffle
I learned long ago , never wrestle with a pig . You get dirty , and besides , the pig likes it .

G.B Shaw

hep93
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   Posted 9/4/2012 8:40 PM (GMT -6)   
LDT, great that you continue to be alcohol free! It's important to stay away from people, places, things that would trigger the need for a drink. Your numbers should normalize, though it may take some time. It could be that part of your liver has some scarring, but hopefully you stopped in time to avoid the worst of ALD.

Hugs,
Connie
hep93
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"But that was yesterday, and I was a different person then."

Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Liver transplant recipient, Oct. 27, 2011, at Mayo Hospital, Jacksonville, FL
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