Hi, I had a routine blood test to check my thyroid level and the test showed elevated liver enzymes. I'm 49 years old and I've never had liver issues before. I'm scared out of my mind. Does this mean something is terribly wrong with me? I get totally freaked out over things like this. I have to have another blood test tomorrow. If anyone could ease my mind I'd sure appreciate it.
Hi, firstly don't be concerned until you find out more from your doctor. Elevated liver enzymes do not necessarily mean you have liver disease or damage, often it can be a sign of a stressed or inflamed liver and there are some very common causes for this including certain medications, heavy alcohol use and high cholesterol levels. You don't say which enzymes are elevated, so it's hard to comment further but your doctor will need to investigate it.
The Following User Says Thank You to captjane For This Useful Post: Jojoe62 (12-11-2011)
I should have posted my numbers. My Alkaline Phos. is 171, AST is 47, ALT is 59. I've looked on the internet and learned the numbers are high. I'm really scared! Thank you for responding to me. I just feel very alone with this.
It's scary, and you're not alone! My ALT/AST were only mildly elevated like yours at first. My doctor made me come back for 2 more rounds of bloodwork, the last of which was back to normal. Then this last week, I got some sort of viral flu like infection, had to be tested for strep/sinus infection and more bloodwork, my ALT shot up to 93, AST 73, so yeah, I get why you're scared to death. However, it only makes sense to go back and re-test, keep us posted and good luck!
The Following User Says Thank You to rufous57 For This Useful Post: Jojoe62 (12-12-2011)
"...My Alkaline Phos. is 171, AST is 47, ALT is 59."
You can read my story if you like.
I would not be real concerned about your ALT or AST values.
I would focus on your ALP and try to figure out what you might have done to elevate that reading and change that situation. Again, work with your doctor on retesting and learn all you can about what might have caused the high ALP reading.