I've been having pain in my upper to middle right abdomen that radiates to the back. My doctor was positive it was either my gallbladder or an ulcer but it was neither. Next visit she ordered different bloodwork, which I got back last week. She said my liver functions were very high-don't know the number-I was very anemic and my 'something that started with an a' was elevated and she was concerned. I have had breast cancer and thyroid cancer in the past so that always concerns me. She ordered more blood work and a MRCP/MRI, which I have had done. I don't see her until Sept 10th so I just wanted a little information, if possible, about what it could mean. Thanks
Surely someone who knows will chime in. Wish I had some info for you. I wish you were told how high your liver enzyme levels are. About 4 months ago I had bloodwork done for a physical and my liver enzymes were high and my doctor wanted me to back and retest after a month, but I keep putting it off, due to fear and being busy with kiddos. I am sorry that you have pain, hopefully it's tolerable...keep us updated on your September appt. This is a great place to share info and just be there for eachother. Hugs!
Thanks for responding anyway. I wish I had asked them what my numbers were but I didn't even think about it. When I go back, I'm going to ask for a printout of everything. How old and what gender are your twins? DO you mind my asking-What is your story on this website?
Tessie...my twins are both girls..8 years old. And I have an almost 12 year old daughter as well. 3 daughters, plus me and my hormonal issues...eeks...poor hubby. Originally I went to the doctors for a basic physical...cholesterol, pap, blood pressure etc, but when I went back to the doctor to review my bloodwork is when she told me that my liver enzymes are high. AST 153 ALT 74. I do drink alcohol and I do take medications that could make my numbers a little higher. I try too stay calm and not get too worked up. Anyway...lets stay in touch!
The "a" was probably your amylase, which is a pancreatic enzyme. If you have a stone in your bile duct, it can cause both liver enzyme and pancreatic enzyme elevation. That can occur without gall bladder problems showing up. An obstruction from inflammation can also occur in the pancreatic duct and pancreas causing pain. You might call to see if your appt can be moved sooner so you don't have to wait so long for answers, or call to get your test results over phone. That is a long time to wait when you are worried about possible cancer, given your history.
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Thanks so much for your info. I agree, I would like to get an answer sooner than waiting another 3 weeks. Since my pain is more on the right side, spreading to my back and the middle of my abdomen, could it still be something with the pancreas? Is the pancreas located more in the middle or where? I know the liver is on the right and the speen on the left but wasn't sure of the pancreas. Everything I have read on the internet, about the elevation of these tests has pointed me either to the liver and/or the pancreas. I know sometimes ' too much information is not good' so I really shouldn't read about it-but can't help myself.
Maybe you could call your physician and ask him to send you copies of your labs. I keep copies of ALL labs.
When you call tell them your concerns and that you need to talk to someone about them. I don't know about m ost doctors but the ones I use will get back with me to tell me what the plan of action is and why.
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The pancreas covers the middle and a little on the right and left, so depending where a problem is, it can cause pain in any of those locations. The good news is that pancreatic cancer is usually painless early on. It is also possible to have gall stones or bile duct stones that don't show up on the usual tests. A HIDA scan is often ordered when the source of the problem is not clear. A scope can also be done to visualize the bile and pancreatic duct. I would ask your Dr about a HIDA scan if test results are still not conclusive. I assume that hepatitis has been ruled out. I always get copies of my test results as well, for my own records and to show to specialists when I see them. You should have an explanation of every abnormal value on test results from your Dr.
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I've already had a HIDA scan which showed no problem with the gall bladder but my doctor if their is a bile duct blockage, it doesn't usually show up on that. She ordered th MRCP to check closer. Yes, I am going to call them probably Thursday to get a copy of all my blood work and test results. I'm waiting until them to make sure my MRCP is ready. Thanks for all the info. I'll keep you all informed when I hear anything.