Hello, everyone! I'm new here... I'm probably freaking out over nothing, so forgive me for the long post.
I went to the ER a few days ago due to a stomach virus that left me extremely dehydrated. I work in this emergency room, and I knew I needed fluids! The doc came in to talk to me about elevated liver enzyme levels. He could see my lab work for the past year, and noticed my enzymes were high in April of '09. I explained that I had my gallbladder removed about 2 days before those labs were run... he said it was normal for my liver to be "freaking out" after having the gall bladder removed. So, no biggie (My AST was 98, and my ALT was 337). Then, in January '10 (last month) I was hospitalized for sciatic nerve pain contol. My liver enzymes were normal then.
The doctor then told me that my values for the labs they ran in the ER were-- ALT: 549, AST: 186, bilirubin: 2.1, and I can't remember my ALP... don't have the paper with me, but I know it was elevated as well. He asked if I had been drinking in the past few days, taking medicine, etc. I told him that I don't drink (maybe a couple of glasses of wine per year) and that the last time I took pain reliever was about 4 or 5 days ago... one vicodin for sciatica. When I followed up with my family doctor, he said I would had to have ingested 30 tylenol for my enzymes to be that high. He wrote an order for a CBC, and a hepatitis panel. I will be able to look at the CBC results tomorrow when I go into work. The hep panel had to be sent off, so I won't know those results until next week.
I am a 28 year old female. I am overweight, but I am generally healthy and have no history of liver issues-- asside from the enzyme elevation I experienced after my cholecystectomy. I don't drink or use drugs, and I have not been sexually active for the past 3 years. My husband is in Honduras waiting for a visa. I know I didn't have hepatitis when I delivered my child 3 years ago. I have been vaccinated for Hep B. I am in nursing school, studying to become an RN. I am guessing that I may have some autoimmune hepatitis or PBC. Hopefully, this is just a fluke, and NOTHING is wrong with me!
I know I have seen people here talking about levels in the 1000's and even in the 3000's. Am I flipping out over nothing?? I think I'm googling myself silly over this...