I know, this is supposed to be temporary....but I have some concerns.
I was given Septra (a sulpha antibiotic) and this is the second time this has happened...it took the second time to determine it was "an allergic reaction to Septra". The first time they thought it was Hep A, and because there were no antibodies, they left it as "possibly passed a gallstone"
Within a week after starting Septra I was yellow - on both occassions.
This time, I am not bouncing back as well.
I was yellow two weeks, tired, and a little itching the first time.
This time, my liver levels are going up and down, and I am clawing constantly!! My bilirubin stayed at 7.6 for 2 1/2 weeks...just this week lowered to 5.8 - I suppose this isn't too bad concidering the dr said soemone with a tumor having a bilirubin of 30...
sigh...I am confused often, don't sleep well at night, have very dark urine (last two weeks intermitently), and the itching is worse than chiggers, and the nausea is worse than any of my five pregnancies!! This has been five weeks now. My apologies if this is offensive to those who have been miserable for much longer...
I can't eat anything chocolate, spicy, or acidic. not much digests well (reflux)
I can't really eat sweets, but I can eat ice cream ---all the can'ts have to do with awful nausea.
Salty foods settle best, but I assume this has to do with the nausea (was helpful during pregancy anyway)
All I can get from the drs is "we just want to see the levels go down"...all they've done is blood work and a liver ultrasound.
I am tired of "let's wait a week and see what your blood results are then." In the mean time I am miserable. Not to mention I just got a new job, and am trying not to lose it! I fall asleep at the computer, I am constantly nauseated and watch the clock waiting to clock out at the end of the day. I also fall asleep on the drive to and from work - I had to start munching something to help keep me awake.
my reason for writing, besides venting:
Can someone suggest a way to "hurry along" the healing for my liver. We don't have a bunch of money to purchase a bunch of supplements, but I am always willing to eat :) as long as it will help, and settle well with my tummy.
I read about the coffee enemas, but I am not so sure about trying that.
Can someone suggest "healthy" help? Does it sound like maybe I should get other help or request other tests? I am seeing a GI dr.
How long do the levels have to be elevated before there really is concern of something really bad going on?
currently my ALT is159, last week was 129...my AST is 129, last week was 74....but my bilirubin has gone down????
I think I've posted too much - any help would be appreciated!