What sort of diagnostic tests have you been offered to date? Have you been screened for viral hepatitis? This is a Hepatitis C discussion group; most of us in here are patients that are managing or have had HCV in the past.
pcds is right.
I had high alt and ast for 2 years, even though the specialists said nothing was wrong my primary Dr went around them (and me really) and ran the test for Hepc which came back positive.
I wasted 2 years.
Ask for the test
My husband went to see the dr and all of his Hep c tests were excellent except for the alt 265 / ast 131 --- Dr said it is mildly elevated - My husbands job is hard strenous work and I here muscle strain can elevate Alt - Ast ?? I just don't get it - why just the alt ast
ALT & AST don't raise that much from strenous work or exercise. They are more then just "mildy elevated". And usually is it just the AST that is elevated from muscle strain. I would make an appointment with a Hepatologist (liver specialist). There is something definitely going on with the liver that should be investigated. Best of luck
"ALT & AST don't raise that much from strenous work or exercise."
My ALT and AST levels rose to 10 TIMES NORMAL from a strenuous exercise session when I (stupidly) blew it out in the gym after a long time off of training. In fact, that's how I ended up being diagnosed. We were waiting for the levels to come down - and they did, till they were only 5 points above the normal range, but never all the way. So in my case, a strenuous workout was what ultimately led to my diagnosis, thank God.
ALT and AST are both produced by many cells in the body, including muscle tissue.
The key to look for, if you suspect exercise in jury, is your CPK level, which is a marker for muscle injury. In my case, my CPK was also 10 times the normal level.
Thank You very much and Happy 4th of July ---- I also heard that the pancreas too can cause elevated ALT-AST --- Is there a connection with liver damage and the pancreas that if you have liver damage your pancreas will be effected as well --- Gee there is so much to this Hep c to learn --
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