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Posted By : Julia Hill - 1/22/2017 3:50 PM
Hi Everyone,

Lynnwood, I was reading one of your posts from 2010 regarding your elevated liver enzymes possibly caused by fatty liver disease. I am experiencing this now also. How did you make out with that? Did you find a way to lower your numbers? I too have diabetes symptoms and would really like to hear your thoughts on that.

Anyone else who has experience and/or ideas with this, please respond.

All the best,
Julia

Posted By : Lynnwood - 1/22/2017 5:28 PM
Wow, was that really in 2010? I have to confess I never followed up on it and it's on the list of things I need to do -- see my GP for a full physical and ask about elevated liver enzymes as well as a couple of other things (randomly elevated heart rate, somewhat random shortness of breath).

I was seeing an endocrinologist at the time when the elevated liver enzymes were detected, but didn't follow up because I didn't like his treatment plan. Instead of asking what I'd been eating, or doing another test in a few weeks to see if it was a real indicator or just a one-time aberration, he wanted a liver biopsy immediately and I thought it was overkill. Probably should have done something rather than ignore it till now, but didn't want a biopsy.

I think the best thing to do to deal with diabetes symptoms, or "pre-diabetes" is really consider how much protein you eat vs. how many empty carbs you eat. I found I really needed to increase protein and drop carbs. Lanie G. over in the diabetes forum has lots of good advice and links to good eating websites as well.
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2000
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Posted By : Julia Hill - 1/22/2017 6:28 PM
hi Lynnwood,

Thanks for responding. My liver enzymes have been going up on a monthly basis. Im not in the danger zone but my GI is watching it and I am having a specialized MRI of the liver to see how it is working inside. He is concerned about fatty liver, but also my Humira for 10 years. I feel like I am at the borderline for diabetes and other things. Oh hey!!! I will ck the post you suggested.

Take care,
Julia

Posted By : Melissa D. - 1/22/2017 9:01 PM
Hi Julia,

My liver is something my doctors watch very closely, a combination of my lupus, medications and not watching my diet closely have really taken a toll. My liver enzymes tend to creep up rather quickly if not monitored very, very closely with me. In my case it's really important that my doctors all communicate about what medications are being prescribed and when labs are drawn that everyone gets a copy and is on board with the current regimen.

One thing I am bad about is my diet, like Lynnwood said eating good protein and reducing empty carbs helps a lot too. If you're like many of us this is a big challenge.

Wishing you much luck on your journey.
Hugs;
Melissa
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Lupus SLE 1996, Sjogrens, Raynauds. My worst nightmare was imagined when my son was diagnosed with RA and Lupus NPSLE at 19.

Posted By : Julia Hill - 1/29/2017 10:02 AM
Hi Melissa,

Thank you for responding. Yes, I have a soft spot for carbs, lol. Do you have any symptoms with your fatty liver?

Julia

Posted By : Melissa D. - 1/29/2017 10:27 AM
Hi Julia,

I'm not sure what I experience is "fatty" liver, so I'm not sure what I experience is the same as what you may experience. My liver issues are a result of my liver filtering properly I guess you would say it's not being able to excrete toxins, so my enzymes sky rocket. I can definitely tell when my enzymes are high, I am more fatigued than normal, nausea, I get a horrible pain in my abdomen, more upper right sided for me and the worst thing for me is my body itches so deep to the bone there's no way to relieve it.
Hugs;
Melissa
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Lupus SLE 1996, Sjogrens, Raynauds. My worst nightmare was imagined when my son was diagnosed with RA and Lupus NPSLE at 19.

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