Thanks for responding
I am acute or was at the time of the original test 7/23. The liver ultrasound was perfect - no inflammation or anything else. I am confused that the ALT went down significantly but the ALT and ALP did not.
I am not being treated yet and will not see the hep doctor until 9/1
Hi AGAIN Bill ! - I had previously been to that site AND every other site known to man - thank you. The source of my angst - actually not an apt description, impatience, is, I cannot see the hep guy at the big time hospital until 9/1 and can only get sparse information from the small town doc here. . So, I have been relying on the information on this site and what I can find on the internet.
What I do know - I give blood regularly and so have a time frame of December to June. I had symptoms late spring - brown urine for one. I have hypothyroidism and therefore have LFT'S every year which have been better than perfect until this past July. My bilirubin and albumin are fine as are all the other blood counts. The recent ultrasound on my liver was perfect. There is no detectable viral load but it was a quantitative test. The qualitative was negative( This doesn't make sense to me)
The ALT went down between 7/22 to 8/18 from 327 to 124. The AST and ALP did not have as significant of a drop but from what I have read, they take longer to respond.
In my little schematic head, I am just hoping that maybe I am spontaneously clearing - or else becoming chronic.
I guess I will know soon enough but am certainly glad to pick your brains and hopefully will acquire enough knowledge to give back one day as you all do.
You say there is no detectable viral load either quantatatively or qualitatively. That means you did clear the virus. I'm a little confused as to what is confusing you. Perhaps your AST and ALP are just a bit behind. You might need to give it some more time.
I am acute too. Contacted it in Mid January. I waited 6 months to see if I could clear it on my own. I didnt so started treatment 5 weeks ago. I went UND in two weeks on TX. I suggest you keep getting RNA tests to see how your body is coping. Consider treatment by 6 months if you have not completely cleared it. Its your best shot now when acute - like 98% in some studies.
Hey! I am happy to hear from someone who was also caught in the acute stage. I see the hep doctor for the first time this coming Wednesday. Of course I will treat if it doesn't clear on it's own but until I see the doctor, I was trying to make sense of the new test results. Do you know if you are clearing if those numbers might indicate that? The test weer taken about 20 days apart.
I will check your original posts and thank you for responding,
Hi and thank for responding. I was hoping the decrease in ALT meant I might clear. I know it is rare but I really have no bad habits except for Ben & Jerry's ice cream. I was a bit confused that the AST and ALP only went down a little.
My best to you and your fight, Faye
Hi ! Just happened to be online - What is interesting here -is I know exactly when I became positive since I give blood regularly. AND - I am confirmed positive whereas I was not 7 months prior. The other thing - I am on thyroid medication and therefore have LFT'S yearly which were always in the low teens. All of a sudden in July they spike to 327 ALT and 162 AST.. Now the ALT is half that so I agree with you that it appears I am clearing.
No known exposure - I am the typical "goody two shoes" 52 years old - no drugs ever, no tattoos, wine with lamb chops, no risky behaviors at all and I am acute so know where I have been in that 6 month period. I did have a nasty blood tumor removed from my back and tetanus shot - AND even giving blood could be suspect. So - no known risks.
I am glad you dodged a bullet. I guess we all do or say something at some point we would like to take back eh?
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