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"health issue or not?"
 
I just got a message from my doctor saying " you will need to repeat the following lab tests: Hep A, Hep B, and Hep C, CMP due to elevated Liver enzymes "
I am overly freaking out at this point. Since i found out that my good friend has Hep c i have been overly careful around her and other people. I found out you can get Hep c from simply using the same razor to shave your legs. I have been vaccinated against Hep a and b so i really don't think it's those. Should i be worried at all? Do elevated liver enzymes definitely mean i have Hepatitis?
 
posted by Felicia (age 23) on 3/4/2008 @2:08:32 PM •
 
don't freak out! freaking out won't help anything, and you may be freaking out over absolutely nothing. here's what i found about elevate liver enzymes on mayoclinic.com:

"A laboratory report of elevated liver enzymes is common and doesn't indicate a specific disease. However, elevated liver enzymes may be due to liver disease even if you have no symptoms. To determine the underlying cause of elevated liver enzymes, your doctor may recommend further testing.

Common causes of elevated liver enzymes include:

Side effect of medication, such as certain nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), cholesterol medications, antibiotics or anti-seizure medications

Drinking alcohol

Obesity

Diabetes

Elevated triglycerides

Infection, such as viral hepatitis and mononucleosis

Autoimmune disorders of the liver and bile ducts, such as autoimmune hepatitis, primary sclerosing cholangitis or primary biliary cirrhosis

Metabolic liver disease, such as hemochromatosis or Wilson's disease
Excessive use of certain herbal supplements, such as kava, comfrey, pennyroyal or skullcap

Gallstones

Tumors of the liver, pancreas or bile ducts
Treatment of elevated liver enzymes depends on its cause.

It is important to tell your doctor about any nutritional or herbal supplements you're taking."

so... it could be from something as little as taking ibuprofen. just hang in there and wait for the results. and when you go back in to the doctor, let him know how freaked out you are so he can reassure you...
 
posted by jon on 3/4/2008
 
if you've been very careful, you probably have nothing to worry about...just go get those tests ran to make sure.
 
posted by lola on 3/4/2008
 
oh THANKS FOR EASING MY PAINS. It helped a lot!
 
posted by Felicia (age 23) on 3/5/2008
 


 
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