Elevated Liver Enzymes - Dangerous!

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    Feb 13, 2009 7:04 PM GMT
    So I was in class the other day, felt pains in my chest and fainted, landing in some girl's lap. I was sent to the hospital where the doctors deduced that I was just dehydrated, but attention was brought to my liver instead.

    The doctors told me that my liver enzymes were elevated and that this could be dangerous. They told me to stop taking any supplements (including protein drinks) so that they could narrow down the possibilities of what could be causing this. I told my doctor there's no way I'm giving up my protein drinks and that my liver will just have to suck it up.

    So yeah, about an hour later my stubbornness wore off and I realized the dangers that could be involved with this problem. I've stopped taking my protein drinks and I've been getting my protein through regular meals instead, even though it's really hard to fit in with my schedule.

    I was just wondering if any of you who are familiar with this problem could help me out? I did some research on it but I couldn't find much information... any that I could comprehend at least. Can protein cause this? I also started taking fish oil pills for other health reasons around the same time this problem started, could that be it?
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    Feb 13, 2009 10:47 PM GMT
    10 years ago i went to the doctor and he told me I had elevated liver enzymes and he want to watch it. Well I didnt do anything about it and a couple of years after that it was diagnosed as Cirrhosis of the liver. I am not saying that yours could turn into that since mine was a inherited disease. You dont want to play around with liver problems get further tests by a liver specialist unless you want to have a incision that takes 38 staples to close like i did. I am doing really good now. Dont play around when it comes to the liver since it processes everything that you put into your body icon_neutral.gif
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    Feb 13, 2009 10:53 PM GMT
    You'll need to dig on this.

    In folks who exercise, or eat differently, numbers can come up at the extremes of range.

    E.g., when a doctor wanted me to have an ultrasound on my liver because my blood sugar was 107. Turns out that it was just my liver dumping sugar because of the fasting.

    Another doctor insisted on a diuretic, and I kept telling him I didn't need it. Finally, the quack ran the CMP, again, and found out my sodium was way low.

    I'd definitely get a second opinion; google up everything you can and read it. Unless you have some risk factors, well...I'd look at it all closely before freaking out to much.
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    Feb 14, 2009 1:24 AM GMT
    A few years ago my doctor told me my liver enzyme levels were high. It was under control within a month.

    This is one of those things that folks don't know about until it happens to them. I cringed when I read a forum entry in the last two weeks about the amount of protein some of us consume, from food and/or supplements.

    Did you find out what was causing the high levels?
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    Feb 14, 2009 1:30 AM GMT
    Which liver enzyme is the problem?

    My freshman year of college, I too found out I had a liver enzyme problem. But through proper diet and life style it is manageable. Just every couple of years have to check the enzyme level.
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    Feb 14, 2009 9:48 AM GMT
    I have heard protein can stress your kidneys, but have never seen anything about that related to your liver. There are a number of "herbal" supplements (like kava) that can stress your liver - http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=20320 .

    I believe drinking and even aspirin can raise liver enzymes too .. Here is a post to a doctor with a mention of alcohol ..
    and another .. nsaids, etc, but no mention of protein
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    Feb 14, 2009 1:30 PM GMT
    Someone should not become dehydrated unless your oral intake is not adequate to replace fluid loss. Excessive fluid loss results from diarrhea, vomiting, excessive sweating. Bodybuilders may get dehydrated from diuretics taken to make them more cut. Just curious what was the cause of the dehydration? Individuals that consume excessive amounts of alcohol may have dehydration and abnormal liver functions. Alcohol being a diuretic and toxic to the liver. Alcohol is one the most common causes of abnormal liver function tests. Tylenol used for the hangover only worsens the problem and may result in liver failure if consumed excessively. The problem with health supplements are that they are not inspected or regulated by FDA. It is possible that toxins can contaminate health supplements. Protein will not cause abnormalities in liver functions unless it would be contaminated. There are reports of Chinese herbs causing liver damage. LipoKinetix a supplement resulted in liver failure requiring liver transplantation. Many over the counter and prescription medications may cause abnormal liver tests. You are aware that certain anabolic steroids may cause liver abnormalities. Other common causes are viral infections such as mono (you can have mono without a sore throat and mono can result in dehydration), hepatitis A , B and C and others. There are multiple other causes for abnormal liver function such as immune disorders and even simple obesity especially if diabetes mellitus is present. Make sure you follow up with a physician and certainly follow their directions
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    Feb 14, 2009 1:49 PM GMT
    I had elevated liver enzyme problems years ago and the doctor told me to stay away from alcohol for 6 months!

    Anyway, after staying away from alcohol for 6 months, my liver results were normal and has been for years now.

    The problem wasn't the alcohol. I still drink a lot! LOL. I think it was the Cold and Flu tablets containing pseudoephedrine which I remember taking daily for more than a week to stop a daily occurence of a runny nose. I was suffering from hay fever at the time and kept thinking it was a common cold or flu.

    Check what prescription drugs you might have been taking in the past few weeks and see if there is a connection. Some strong antibiotics can overload the liver as well and can cause such problems. Fumes from certain solvents/paints can also play a part. Check your work place also for potentially suspect chemicals. Half of our lives are living in work place environments. Ask your colleages to do a liver check as well. If you live with other people, get them checked as well.

    As for protein powders... God knows what dangerous rubbish they put in there. There is no regulation whatsoever. It is scary that all we have is fantastic ultra-hyped marketing. Try changing brands completely and see if that helps.

    Good luck!
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    Feb 14, 2009 2:13 PM GMT

    Folks talk about stuff being liver-toxic / hepatoxic. Acetaminophen is one of the worst things in the world for your liver!!!

    It's ironic...well...never mind...