I am really sorry I can't answer any of your questions. If your doctor is having trouble figuring this out, we certainly won't be able to offer much help as we are just patients. I hope that you are working with an infectious disease doctor who knows hep C as well as TB. Or, at least an infectious disease doc in conjunction with a hepatologist. I wish you the very best and hope you get your answers soon.
TB can affect your liver directly or indirectly, via your treatment medications. Please discuss your blood testing schedule with your doctor just to be sure everyone is on the same page, TB or meds. Several weeks at a moderately elevated liver enzyme levels will not cause any long term problems. But making sure that this is the case is essential. Hope that your treatments resolve your TB and your liver remains in great shape!
Thank you for your response guys. Recently they stopped my meds again (4th time): was on Ethambutol and Levaquin (Levofoxacin) but again, just a few mins ago my PHN called me and informed me my liver enzymes are up AGAIN!!! Nothing seems to work for me! They now want me to see my primary care DR. to see if there's possibly another underlying cause that may be causing my LFT's to rise frequently (they base this on that Levaquin shouldn't affect the liver, yet I looked it up on my drug guide book and it does have Hepatotoxicity as an adverse effect as well as causing AST, ALTs to rise under lab considerations). This is all just very frustrating and I just don't see the end of this TB treatment, unfortunately! :(
Does anyone have any tips or advice? Thanks in advance!!
It is a good idea for your primary to double-check your liver's current status before proceeding. This shouldn't take too long and, if your primary feels he or she isn't versed well enough in liver issues, get a referral to a good GI doctor. If they get started soon, it should only take several weeks. Otherwise, all this start and stop will lead you no where except to frustration.
Once your baseline liver condition has been determined, then a confident judgement can be made as whether or not the small elevations are tolerable for the limited duration of the TB treatments. Small elevations aren't dangerous for short periods. It takes a long time to cause real liver damage. But only a good liver doctor armed with the relevant data should be making that kind of call.