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Date Joined May 2010
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   Posted 5/20/2010 7:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey  guys,
Here is the thing.....have been feeling fatigue and dizziness for well over two months.  Went to the ER to get some bloodwork done and the doc came back and said that my haptocytes were very elevated and that he needs another blood sample that it is most likely hepatitis and he wants to see which one.
My background is I am 32 y.o. male and have been an alcoholic for the better part of ten years.  I just quit when the doc told me because I want to live.  Is it alky hep, b, c...... any input would help.

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Date Joined Jul 2005
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   Posted 5/20/2010 8:19 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi, DryHawkeye, and welcome.  First of all, congrats on your honesty.  Secondly, there is no such thing as a haptocyte.  Hemocyte, maybe?  It would help to get the terminology straight.  The word hepatitis means liver inflammation.  Whether it is from alcoholism or one of the viruses, nobody can say until tests are run.  If you do not have hepatitis B or C, you may need no treatment except not to drink.  If you need help to stay stopped (and you definitely need to completely abstain if it's one of the viruses or cirrhosis), go to AA.  Otherwise, even if you can stop on your own, I still recommend AA to learn how to live happily without alcohol.  Otherwise, you will just be a dry drunk.  This might just be the wakeup call you need.  You are still young enough to have a lifetime of good things ahead of you if you stop abusing your body now.

Ask for a copy of your test results and to have them explained to you.  Then come back and let us know what's going on.

Good luck!


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Post Edited (hep93) : 5/21/2010 12:04:24 PM (GMT-6)

New Member

Date Joined May 2010
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   Posted 5/20/2010 8:54 PM (GMT -7)   
My terminology I knew was off....i just heard him say hepatitis and I panicked. The Dr. mentioned the word elevated so I was unlear of what he was making reference to. He went and checked to see of there was enough blood to make an accurate diagnoses of what kind of hepatitis it was. I guess they ran the normal blood screen and then caught it. he also mentioned that my urine was very dark. not dark like tea but dark none the less. He came back and said they needed to take another vial of blood. So I have a follow up next wednesday with my primary Dr.

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Date Joined Nov 2009
Total Posts : 2358
   Posted 5/21/2010 1:20 AM (GMT -7)   
the dark urine is not a good sign... but until u get the test results no sense in unnecessarily getting all anxious.. course that's easier said than done.. but you ahve no clue... and you may have to to in and out of lot's of place to deal with this and listen to lot's of "results" or it could be just quitting and everything goes back to normal... good luck ... prayers are with you.. Sandi
There is no pit so deep that He is not deeper still... Corrie Ten Boom

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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 5/21/2010 9:07 AM (GMT -7)   
 Hello DryHawkeye and welcome to HealingWell. 
Congrats on stopping your drinking.  Even if the results come back good like Connie said .......this is a wake up call.   Continue your sobriety anyway you can.   Read our educational thread in the resource folder at the top of our forum.   It can give you a lot of very good information.  
Hopefully you don't haven't developed cirrhosis yet and can avoid all the ugly stuff that goes with it.     This is one ugly disease that I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy.  
If you have damaged your liver already,  at this point, there's a lot that you can do to change the course of the disease and how fast it will further damage your liver.   So continue to get educated on it as you are doing .  But you need to take heed and do everything within your power to change your life style.  
Keep us updated with the results......take care......thoughts and prayers.....
Pink Grandma
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Regular Member

Date Joined May 2010
Total Posts : 80
   Posted 5/23/2010 8:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I strongly suggest AA. It helped me realize my drinking was not normal. My liver tests were not great right after I stopped, but today they are normal. It makes a huge difference. Today I deal with my mother who is dying very quickly from liver failure. It is not pretty. Stay strong and stay away from alcohol. God will do for you what you have not been able to do for yourself.... Good luck!
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