General Lab questions (re: liver/spleen)

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   Posted 7/11/2010 1:24 PM (GMT -6)   
in a general lab test -- I think it's Chemistry, are there any numbers indicating anything to do w/ the liver and/or spleen?
 
I did not think to ask my new Dr about this, as the pain I'd been having was so slight and I hadnt done any recent research on Babs or Augmentin.
 
And I know these things need to be checked while on heavy abx.  I have pretty light, only recurring, pain in where I believe my spleen to be -- not sure -- just from looking it up. Been going on for over a year, but it is not severe and when it's not hurting, I forget about it.
 
had mono as a teenager and labs (and Dr) say I have chronic mono, which can compromise the spleen. I've noted now that Babs can too, and that Augmentin can be bad for those w/ no spleen or spleen problems. And I know the spleen and liver work closely together.
 
Have become a worry wart, just like most of us.... So I'm going thru old labs to see if I can find out if my liver was OK.  With all this crap going on, I worry about Hep C (which some of you have) and stuff like that.
 
Labs anyone?
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   Posted 7/11/2010 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   
labtestsonline.org is a great resource for learning about common lab tests.

Liver tests that can be seen on a Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP) test:

AST
ALT
Alk Phos

If any of these are above normal, then the liver is clearly stressed from something and you should be talking about this with your doctor.

Spleen - as far as I know, there are no tests on a standard CMP that tell you anything about the spleen. An ultrasound of the spleen can measure the size, but the doctor can also palpate (feel) the spleen and see if it is hard, too small/too large, or tender to touch, or if it seems to be normal.

My spleen was growing in size when my liver was really stressed out (from TPN ~ food through a vein), but never got to the point of being considered "enlarged." So I've been taking liver support herbs (milk thistle, burdock root, dandelion root) and trying hard to wean off the TPN to reduce the stress on my liver and it has helped to bring down the liver enzyme levels closer to normal. The doctors at the hospital (last year, when I was in for a pleural effusion) told me I had fatty liver, so I'm trying hard to get that situation fixed.

I hope this helps - take care,
-Razzle
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   Posted 7/11/2010 8:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Helps very much, Razz. I did not have that panel run, but will be sure to ask the Dr about my spleen and perhaps run that panel.

Thank you!
Bit 1972: Acute and chronic tonsillitis, UTI, miscarraige, appendicitis, hypoglycemia,  chronic neck pain w/ crushed vertibrae, chronic severe back pain, mitral valve prolapse, depression, resolution?
 
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