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my son got his test results today...his liver test showed 40 instead of 80  ..do you know what this means?  am i going to lose him to this disease? he has been throwing up blood, has dark urine and stomach and chest pain....he has had infection after infection...
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so sorry to hear this, you do know we're not doctors, just educated laymen for the most part...can you be a little more specific? has he been diagnosed with Hep C or some other type of hepatitis? Are you talking about a liver enzyme test? If he does have hepatitis, is he going to a liver specialist? Has he been checked out by other specialists? which ones? If he is throwing up blood and has chest pain, I'd get him to an ER asap...if you can, please be more specific and please get him to some doctors...best to you...
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he has been to the er several times.....he is in drug treatment right now at a prison.....he has been diagnosed with hep c...i guess it is a liver enzyme test....it was a blood test they did when he entered the prison system...he has really not seen a ddr as of yet except at the er...i have been told that he needs a liver biopsy but the prison wont do that.....he will be home on may 8 and i am working on trying to get him some mediacl help through the state......he has decided to become a substance abuse counselor and i am just scared to death of losing him.....i know you are not professionals but i need to hear some news of some kind
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i believe you are referring to his Alt level.  Where the alt level is concerned , lower is ALWAYS better.  Going from 80 to 40 is good news.

dark urine and stomach pain are two classic symptoms of Hepatitis, either b or c.

Make sure the prison knows about his symptoms.  he needs to see a hepatologist, not a prison doctor.

Please get him tested for hepatitis b and c.  Don't delay.
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sorry about your son, go to this link and you will see the email link for Dr Cecil. he is a hepatologist that is an advocate for prisoners with HCV. he can direct you on how you can get your son the medical care he needs. hope this helps. Best of luck to you and your son.

http://www.hepatitisdoctor.com/
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thank you so much....the people at the prison said his liver is only functioning about half....i went to our local health dept today to have myself tested for hepatitis c and they gave me literature but nothing in depth ....i will have my results tomorrow.....i was told that he could not receive any treatment until he has been drug and alcohol free for a yr.....that wont be until next dec. 20.....he hasa been teste for all 3 hepatitis...he had already had the vaccine for a and b while working in a nursing home....i will go tot he link you gave me   again thanks
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