Changed Liver Function Test - Hep C

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AJcapp28
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   Posted 11/27/2007 8:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi - doctor said my LFT was higher than my last one, the numbers she used was it went from 50 to 52 difference... not sure what this means. But she wants to test me for Hep C.
 
I have never used needles or IV drugs, no tattoo's etc.
 
I know the liver is like a filter and an abundance of toxins can make it work harder thereby perhaps changing an LFT. Since my last LFT, I began smoking about 50 cigarettes per day, I ceased my boxing training (4 years previously, 6 days per week) and began eating junk food every day and drinking 4-12 coffees per day due to work demands. I drink a beer on occasion maybe once a week but nothing drastic.
 
50 and 52 does not sound like much... could this just be nothing?
 
Thanks

AJcapp28
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   Posted 11/27/2007 8:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, unable to recall if she said the numbers increased or decreased, but I do remember the numbers 50 and 52... and the previous test was done at one lab and the other another lab... I have read different testing equipment can yield different results.

CaryF
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   Posted 11/27/2007 8:39 AM (GMT -7)   
50 & 52 are slightly elevated but anyone with HepC would be glad to have those numbers. Most folks with HepC try to get them in the 100-200 range. I myself have had numbers in the millions.

Get tested for HepC & talk to Dr. - but my bet is you don't have it - your diet, exercise and fear have elevated your LFTs.

AJcapp28
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   Posted 11/27/2007 9:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks! I have started a 10 day liver detox program and will slowly reduce the smoking - see what happens in a month when I re-test. Shall keep you posted and I do hope it all goes well with you!

I had no idea an LFT can go up to the millions! So a change of 2 points must not mean much, probably is diet...

Also, might you be able to help me out on a liver detox diet or on things that can help me get more healthy?

CaryF
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   Posted 11/28/2007 3:45 PM (GMT -7)   
There is a great book called Liver Cleanse by Dr. Sandra Cabot - I use it all the time. You can likely get it anywhere like Amazon. Its pretty intense but for folks with HepC - a lifesaver.

As a very general rule - eliminate sugar, caffeine, processed foods, fried foods, meat, you know - all the bad stuff - basically if you can become a vegetarian for 1 month your liver will love you for it. Also drink LOTS of water - the liver loves a good flush.

When my LFTs are under 200 I rejoice!

1Shelly1
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   Posted Yesterday 2:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone, I found this site on the web: janis7hepc.com and thought I would share it. I looked at several and I thought this particular site provided a good explanation on Liver Function Tests results and what they mean as well as normal values vs abnormal values. Please try to remember tho that lab tests that are abnormal ONLY indicate that further testing is needed or that a determined diagnosis has changed. That can mean for the better or worse. Cary F's advise is good advise. Giving up bad habits and changing your diet is paramount. If you want to look at the web site I provided look at all the options for info. The best lab explanations are listed in the blue box of options second column (under glossary) 6th option. Understanding your labs. Hope it helps.
Shelly

Butterflythree
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   Posted Yesterday 4:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Shelly, Thanks for the info. I have been on that site a couple of times in the past.

Take care, you are still in my thoughts and prayers.
Butterflythree
 
There is always hope!

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