I am 50 years old, male, and have had MS for 30 years I have also had a problem with alcohol. I have been refused the treatment copaxone because my GGT reading was high.
When doctors tried to get the reading down from 72, I was given heptaten and I have not had any alcohol for more than a month and have kept to their suggested diet, but my GGT reading is going up. it is now over 200. I have had am ultrasound which has ruled out some other possibilities.
I wish to know why I should be refused copaxone and also what reasons there could be for my GGT to be getting higher.
I agree with the ultrasound to exclude anatomical liver and gallbladder disease.
Alcohol can certainly raise the GGT. I would consider abstaining to see if that would lower the level. Blood tests to exclude hepatitis should also be considered.
There is a possibility that the MS medication may affect the liver, hence the reluctance of your physician to use it in a setting of an elevated GGT.
If the liver enzymes continue to rise or stay elevated, you can consider a liver biopsy for further evaluation.
Followup with your personal physician is essential.
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