for the last 3-4 years i have had unexplainable elevated liver enzymes i was diagnosed with gerd it seems everytime i go out and drink or have a few drinks i get really bad fatigue the next day and i feel very ill my chest gets tight and its hard for me to breath for a day or two any ideas of what this could be? no docs seem to really take it serious could i have autoimmune hep?
Hi there...Auto hep is diagnosed w/lots of tests. Blood tests, liver biopsy, high liver numbers, etc. It is not a deadly disease but it is not a cureable disease either. It is treatable. It is treated with prednisone (sterroid) and typically another drug called imuran. Be sure to have someone take you seriously because the longer your liver enzymes are high the more damage you can be doing everyday to your liver. Once the liver starts cirrhosis then you are looking at more serious problems...Go see a gastro intologist Dr. ASAP!
Ultra sound is not enough. I forgot that is the test that they start with. I had one and they told me my liver looked fine. When I got to a specialist (a liver dr) and he did a liver biopsy he told me a percentage of my liver was already damaged. Meaning beginning cirrhosis. So the ultra sound was a waste of time. If I waited the cirrhosis would of continued and who knows what at that point. Can you get with a Gastro Internist Dr right away? Or do you have liver specialist Dr in your area? I was Blessed enough to have a large hospital about a hour away that has a full liver unit. So they saw me immediately and got the ball rolling in a month. They were great. My regular Dr and my GI weren't quite sure what was going on. Now, I am full time w/the liver Unit Dr's. They do alot for me over the phone, and they allow me to get all my blood tests, etc at a local hospital. I get those every month to make sure things are still looking good. Then I only need to go to the liver Dr's every 6-8 months. It works great! Good Luck. Let me know
so if you dont mind me asking what was your diagnonses? so my liver enzymes are elevated should be worried i am only 25 years old drink pretty heavily on weekends no drugs no hep i smoke a pack a day unfortunetly 13 years please tell me what you think
Okay, couple things and these are just my opinion....
1. Anytime you have elevated liver enzymes stop drinking immediately. Immediately!!! With Auto Hep my liver Dr. told me to say good bye to alcohol for good. Alcohol raises liver enzymes and that is the last thing you need. The alcohol may be what is causing the problem. You say you drink pretty heavily on the weekends, what does that mean? And for how long?
2. Get w/a gastro Dr immediately and have him begin tests. lots of blood tests, urine analysis, discuss w/him/her the gerd, fatty liver, etc. Inevitably request a liver biopsy. Only way to really tell what is going on w/the liver. Fatty liver can turn into cirrhosis. Cirrhosis can't be reversed. So because you had a ultra sound a couple years ago, you need to get the ball rolling again...
3. Stop smoking. You've been smoking for 13 years and you are only 25? All of this stuff you are feeling is your body telling you that it is suffering. Pain is what God created the body to tell us when something is not right. Follow your bodies lead...
My diagnosis/symptoms...First of all, I am 37 and my Dr. told me I probably had this disease for a couple of years before I felt these symptoms...I was tired, felt pain in my upper right area, high liver enzymes and that was it. Eventually right before I was finally diagnosed my eyes turned yellow ever so slightly. That was from high bilirubin. I went to my MD who ran blood tests, and did an ultra sound everything appeared normal accept for the high liver enzymes, and high bilirubin. He sent me to a Gastro Interologist (GI). He ran more tests for 3 weeks he monitored my blood for change. All numbers were pretty good accept for high liver enzymes. They were coming down during the 3 week period but still to high. Then my urine started turning a darker color. He sent me to a liver Dr immediately. That liver Dr saw me the first time and said I can almost guarantee w/analyzing all of your blood tests you have AIH (Auto immune hep). He ran tests for a month and did a liver biopsy. Liver biopsy confirmed AIH. I have been on meds ever since. That was a year ago. My numbers are almost to the normal range, but not quite. So I am still on meds...I have all my energy back, no more liver pain, the pain I was feeling on my right side was liver pain my Dr. said. He said when the liver gets so stressed it gets to the point of pain. Haven't had that in a year either. I feel great. But I can never drink again, and I eat a lot healthier. I just do whatever I can to ease life for my liver.
I cannot stress enough that the sooner you get a diagnosis the better. I had some liver damage by the time they found the disease. Unfortunately, so they have to monitor me. Make sure my liver is not getting any worse. It turns out I know someone who has had this disease since she was 12, so it can happen at any time. She is doing great, and she is 40 years old now w/2 kids. But it is a disease that requires work. You are always up and down on meds, etc but least we're alive....
Now, get with a Gastro Dr. asap...
thanks!! defenition on heavily= on the weekend 8+ drinks a night plus heavy smoking on fri and saturdays for the last 5-6 years sometime 3-4 times a week but not lately i feel like everytime i go to the doc and request these things i am denied it and i am not taken seriously
Find a good gastro interologist (GI). Ask around friends, family if they know of anyone. Otherwise, look in your insurance book and see what GI Dr's are covered by your insurance. Or call a hospital you like that has a good reputation. Ask them the GI Dr's at the hospital. Call that Dr's office and make an appointment. Will any of those work??
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