Liver Damage? Should I Be Worried?

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blingblam
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   Posted 2/7/2016 8:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I'd like to start off by saying I know this is probably in the wrong spot, and perhaps, this isn't meant for this forum at all (in that case I apologize and the mods can move or delete it). I don't have Hepatitis or anything like that but for the past two years my liver tests have come back all over the place and I'm starting to get a little worried. I'm 29 years old, don't drink for months at a time no problem, but when I do drink I usually go overboard and binge drink.

So for the past two to three years, my liver enzymes, bilirubin have all been a little off. I go once a year for a physical and I do blood tests fairly regularly (6 months or so), and the doctors don't seem to be worried at all, I also have an ultrasound done once a year and so far they haven't seen anything off with that. Recently, I did a blood test with a naturopath (I wanted to check everything and not have the doctors think I'm just being a hypochondriac). Here are the results:

Bilirubin Total = 23 Range <20
Conjugated Bili = 9 Range <8
GGT = <10 Range <59

AST = 22 Range <30
ALT = 25 Range <50

I also found out that my blood serum iron levels are high as is my iron saturation, but my ferritin is normal. I do get exhausted quite easily even though I exercise regularly 5 days a week, I also have a rash on my stomach that went away a year ago and then recently came back (might be the detergent I'm using though).

Now, the issue is I'll do a blood test and my ALT and AST will be high, but then I'll do another blood test a few months later after not drinking at all and they'll come back low again (but I haven't been getting my Bilirubin checked regularly at all).

I guess my question is, should I be worried by these results? Should I take them to a doctor and have an ultrasound done? I've cut out drinking completely in the meantime, and I also stopped taking protein shakes or anything that could be adding to my serum iron levels (which I'm told can harm the liver). After reading on the internet that high bilirubin levels are usually associated with cirrhosis I'm pretty worried...

A.Ziffle
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   Posted 2/7/2016 11:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Bling, Just tone things down. Give your liver a rest, It's the only one you got. I know you said you get plastered once in awhile (Binge Drinking). Be nice to your liver for a few months. Quit drinking and eat properly without supplements. Try fresh vegetables and cutting down on protein intake. Diet plays a huge role in what those scores come out to be. You'll be surprised I'd bet.

The rash could be anything. I'm the same way with detergents and body soap, I break out into hives also. Understanding your age, as I been there myself, if you can't control your alcohol intake you need to step back and re-think the path your heading down. Personally I think your concern is a good thing. There are many types of Liver disease and most would have been detected by the test you've listed. Moderation is the key to everything unless you are a Alcoholic or a addict. Only you can answer that question. My best of luck and wishes to you.

Ziff
"The truth will set you free, but not before it pisses you off."

blingblam
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   Posted 2/8/2016 2:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ziff,
Thanks for the advice and the kind words, I think you're right I'm just going to continue not drinking and eating nutritious whole foods (and cut out any protein supplementation) for a few months then get another blood test and see if the bilirubin is still elevated.
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