Hi nhelen79 and welcome aboard.
It's tough not knowing and having to wait just plain stinks...believe us, we know.
Keep in mind that ALT and AST are best described as coarse markers. Elevations in these enzymes reflect liver inflammation and can include both acute and chronic conditions. (Virtually all disease processes start with inflammation)
You only have one result that's out of whack, but your labs reflect a chronic elevation. Your doc is doing exactly what's indicated, i.e., more tests.
Generally, hep c is a very slow and insidious disease, but there are no rules here. I had hep c for about
37 years without knowing it.
In 1977 I was stuck with a bloody needle from a known hep b patient and unbeknownst to me and my docs, he had hep c as well. (The Hep c virus wasn't isolated and accurately identified until 1989).
Anyway, I was diagnosed and successfully treated for hep c in 2013.
I have remained undetected for 2 1/2 years and my wife of 33 years and my 2 kids...28 & 29...have never been infected.
My hepatologist really didn't find any evidence of liver damage, even after 37 years. There are others where the disease has progressed rapidly, but this is atypical.
I know it's impossible not to obsess about
this, but try...the "tunnel vision" and anxiety will only create more stress for you.
Your labs results won't take long. Routine labs and an antibody screen will turn around in a day. The antibody screen will only tell you if you've ever been exposed.
Your doc may have ordered an HCV RT-PCR quantitative. This will actually identify and measure the hep c viral load. This test takes about
3 days for standard labs to result. Most often, this is ordered after the antibody screen result is positive, but he/she may have already ordered it.
You should figure 1-2 additional days for the office to actually receive the fax, a licensed clinician to sign off on the results and eventually for you to get a call.
The folks here are great people with tons of knowledge and first-hand experience. Post back with your results and any questions, problems or if you just need to vent.
Hope this helps
(woofer5...I'm still having to post under an alias)
Post Edited (Hepcsurvivor) : 1/12/2016 3:46:25 PM (GMT-7)