I am 34 years old, normal weight, high total cholesterol levels (270) and low HDL (31). A couple of blood tests in the last two months indicate very high ALT enzyme levels as well -- 82 earlier, and 102 now. AST level is within the normal range. Could there be any problems with my liver. I don't drink alcohol at all, and eat a very low fat diet (mostly vegetarian food). I take no medications, and in the last two months I have started exercising -- occasionally after prolonged jogging/ playing, I feel a muscle cramp-like pain beneath my ribs (lower right side only) -- i stop the physical activity immediately, and it goes away in a few minutes. I don't have any problems with normal work outs. I understand that the liver is located in that part of the body. Could there be any connections between the pain, high cholesterol, and high ALT levels. I am strugging to understand the situation. Could there be fat deposition in the liver (steatohepatitis?). I was told that until the ALT issue is resolved, I couldn't take any cholesterol-lowering medications. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
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