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Does anyone here know about ammonia levels? My ex was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday. He was confused and disoriented. His ammonia level was 152. After lots of the heavy-duty laxatives, he is definitely cleaned out. His ammonia level yesterday was 149. Today the doc said they are giving him maximum doses (and he is not constipated), but his level is 230 today. His body is producing ammonia faster than they can get rid of it. He is sleeping a lot and still has bouts of confusion, but overall he is clear-headed.
Hospice was called in today for a consult. What now? How high can the ammonia level go before coma? Does a high level affect the kidneys? His kidneys are still working good. Other than confusion and risk of coma, what does the high ammonia level do?
high ammonia levels can affect liver and kidney. Drug or alcohol abuse is the main reason for this. According to me, following are some symptoms related to high ammonia levels:
-Loss of appetite
-Nausea with or without vomiting
-Pain in the back, sides or abdomen
-Weakness (loss of strength)
I am fairly confident that the high ammonia levels are a result of the liver not working . the liver can fix itself to a point, alcohol will destroy it to the point of not being able to repair itself. everybody reacts different to the ammonia levels, my mother;s level was at 220 and she should have been comatose, but wasn't.. are they giving him the lactalose to lower the levels?
Yes, but nothing worked. He was discharged from the hospital Sunday. He is now a Hospice patient, and the doctor estimated a few days to a few weeks. Our kids are 25 and 21, and they are struggling with the news. Please keep our entire family in your prayers. Thank you.
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