We've been watching my ALT and AST since last February when they came back high....106 LT and 63 AST. I was found to have fatty liver via ultrasound and to eat a liver healthy diet, stay active and exercise. For the entire year of 2014, the levels slowly came down to normal, as did my weight (60 pounds). I now weigh 132 pounds at 5ft 5 inches. My bmi is 22. I was SO hoping for a healthy and worry-free 2015 after a melanoma scare, a radical hysterectomy, a traumatic brain injury and all of this liver stuff. I didn't have a biopsy, as my doctor didn't want me to because she didn't think it was needed, as it can be dangerous and my elevations slowly went down throughout the year.
In November, my ALT was 24 and my AST was 21. Now, all of a sudden 9 weeks later, my ast is still totally normal and my alt is 55....one point below the upper limit.
During November and December, I didn't exercise as much as I should have, spent a lot of time in the house spending time with my family as they were all home from school/work and although I didn't eat horribly, I ate plenty of processed foods, cookies, crackers, etc.... that I shouldn't have. About 11 days prior to my blood being drawn, I took 3/400 doses of Ibuprofen for a headache. Also, the week before I went in a couple of weeks ago, I exercised (FAST walk on the treadmill) from 1 to 2 hours each day. I did this up until about 6 days before my appt.
The medications I take are:
Prevastatin 40 mg/day for high cholesterol, which is perfect now
Ambien 12.5 mg ER for sleep
Zanax 4 mg day (I confess I took much more of it the prior week to my blood being drawn...especially the couple of days before my appointment.
Hydroxyzine for excema 100 mg at night for itching (dosage was increased in December, but I am actually going to go off of this and just continue to use topical creams....so, one less drug in my body.) That will bring me down to 4 medications.
Luvox 200mg a day for Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Attacks and Depression.
I am a recovering alcoholic and have been completely sober for almost 8 years. For 7 of those eight years, until 2014, my enzymes have always been TOTALLY normal. Could this be a factor? My GP didn't think so.
I am wondering if my crummy eating/exercise habits and gaining 8 pounds during those two months, could have jumped my ALT up 31 points?
I know I've posted before, and I apologize for asking a lot of the same questions, but I'm not getting any answers. My doctor told me that since my AST and ALT have been normal since last July, that there is no reason to test my enzymes anymore in the future and that even though my 55 alt is one point below the lower limit....there is absolutely NO reason to worry or even follow, despite the 31 point jump.
What do you all think? I'm so scared.
Thanks for being patient with me!