Bilirubin help and Hep C

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KDC
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   Posted 12/29/2017 6:57 PM (GMT -6)   
HI, so I am a 23 year old female, who rarely goes to the doctor. I have no health insurance, so its kinda hard to. I had recently found a free health clinic and got some lab work done because I had an episode of pain where I could barely breathe or move. I went to the ER and she told me it was Pleurisy, gave me some anti-inflammatory meds and sent me home. SO I set up an appointment asap and got those tests done, hoping it wasn't Lupus causing it because it runs in my family. Mostly everything came back "normal" except my Bilirubin total was at 1.3 which the paper said was abnormal. I called the doctor but she was out of town so I talked to the nurse they had there & she told me I would be okay & even though it says abnormal I will not need any further testing.. but why? I feel like if it says ABNORMAL, that means something is not normal and I need to get it looked into right?? I don't want to wait until something has gone so far that the damage is too great to fix, I'd rather know now if something is wrong in my liver or gallbladder.. Also my Hep C Virus Ab was not Negative, instead it said 0.1 ? Does that mean that I had it in the past or it's maybe a negative? Should I get more tests somewhere else? confused

ppm guy
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   Posted 12/30/2017 12:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi KDC and welcome,
your bilirubin test is a border line value..If your other liver function tests were normal, its not likely a liver problem. But I would want to retest on your next set of bloodwork.

Did the ER or your clinic run bloodwork for auto immune markers?? Pleurisy can be a symptom of Lupus (Wikipedia)..

your blood test for hep c, is negative.. your titer would have to be higher than 1.0.. yours was .1

If I had pain as severe as you describe. I would want a clear explanation, backed by medical tests.

If your bilirubin stays elevated, with no other liver abnormalities. you can ask your dr to test your direct and indirect bilirubin. you may have a problem eliminating bilirubin(gilberts), which is not anything to worry about.

let us know how things work out. best to you
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