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What does high liver enzyme levels indicate? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 08-Apr-2014
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User:I have just been told my liver enzymes are 6 times the normal amount. I take Ezetrol and Lipitor I have blotting and some times severe pain through my abdomen What is causing the elevation ? The drugs ?I drink about 12 ozs of red wine a day !Wouls an ultrasound show the reason for the elevation
thank you
Doctor:Ultrasound will not show the reason
Doctor:You are having acute liver injury
Doctor:most probably because of the medicines you are taking
Doctor:You need to be admitted in the hospital
Doctor:as this can get worse for some time
Doctor:before it starts getting better
User:i see my doctor tomorrow at 4.30 can it wait till i see him
Doctor:I hope so
User:should i go now ? i thought i would be speaking to you not writing can we speak i pd for live chat
Doctor:It is best if you can go to the ER
Doctor:I am sorry, voice chat is not available
Doctor:we do not have that option
User:Is there anything I should do now other go to the hospital, what can they do for me?
Doctor:They will keep you under observation
Doctor:they will make sure no further liver damage occurs
Doctor:you should stop all your medicines
User:how do they do that
Doctor:and should not drink even a single drop of alcohol
Doctor:They will withhold all medicines
Doctor:then they will give you intravenous fluids to hydrate you well
Doctor:and flush out the medicines as much as possible
User:I will not drink nor take meds this test was done on Mar 12 /14 and my MD in Florida just got the results today and she called me
User:so this has been happening since Mar12 a week ago
Doctor:then please stop all the medicines except blood pressure medicines if you are taking them
Doctor:this might still be going on
User:I only take Eltroxin 0.05mg in the morning. I took that today only Last night I took the Lipitor and Ezetrol.
Doctor:If you have waited for almost a week, I guess you can wait till tomorrow to see your doctor
Doctor:You can continue eltroxin
Doctor:stop the rest for now
Doctor:Lipitor can cause liver injury
Doctor:Ezetrol is also known to cause liver injury
User:I just found this out today. Will the liver repair itself if I stay off all meds?
Doctor:liver is particularly good at repairing itself after such acute injuries
Doctor:so please stop these two medicines
User:Is there a chance that my liver would just stop functioning
Doctor:if the injury is getting worse, then by all means you may end up in acute liver failure
Doctor:that is why I asked you to get admitted to a hospital initially
User:Is there anything they can do in the hospital to prevent it from stopping
Doctor:but they will make sure you will not end other complications like acute kidney failure because of acute liver failure
Doctor:Acute liver failure, if not given adequate supportive care, can become fatal
Doctor:that is the worry
User:How will they know if its getting worse,will they do more blood work ?
Doctor:they will repeat the liver enzyme tests
User:OK Doctor thank you very much I am off to the ER
Doctor:I hope everything will turn out fine
Doctor:Bye for now
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