Re: Help with blood work
I am not a doctor but just someone with liver disease---- I know it is human to worry but your AST is near normal. There are many factors that effect the test.
If you had alcohol within the last few days, some medications, even eating a large amount of protein can effect the AST level. Since AST is also found in muscles, heavy workouts could boost the AST level. I am not sure what chart you are looking at to find normal AST levels but anywhere from 7-40 U/L is normal.
I am not sure what your doc told you. I would think with it being at, or near, normal he said little or nothing. Usually a slight rise and fall are normal between each blood work. It is when levels are extreme or above normal for a period of time does a doc get concerned.
AS you learn more about the liver you will become more aware of blood work. I now have a folder of each blood work that I get during my doc visits. Keep a check on the AST, ALT Albumin and Billirubin levels. A small rise in one may not be a problem but a rise in two or three is a siren.
Last edited by pbt140; 07-01-2012 at 07:05 PM.