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After 10weeks abstinence I still have high ggt and asp levels

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Hiya all

I'm new to this group. Just wondered if anyone could advise me. After drinking heavily on and off for most of my life I have had bloods done and my ggt was 386 asp 284 after no alcohol for 10 weeks these have reduced to 235 ggt and 177 asp.Are these levels ever going to be back to normal? I would also like to say I dont ever intend to drink again. Thankyou.xx

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Both your numbers came down by more than 100 points, although I can't comment on what level of a reduction would be expected.

How much were you drinking when you were drinking heavily, and for how many years?

Lastly, as you're probably aware, alcohol isn't the only thing that can harm your liver. If you are on any medications (even over the counter ones like Tylenol), or if you are overweight (NAFLD), those are common concomitant factors. You'll want to take a look at your diet regardless. Adding more veggies and reducing fatty and sugary foods can only help! I've also been reading a lot about coffee.

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Newstome70 in reply to JJgut

Thankyou for your replyI was drinking around 20 to 30 units at my worst then lowered it considerably for a while and was drinking heavily leading up to Christmas about 10 to 12 units but nothing since then all my other results are normal so I know that alcohol is the issue.xx

Sorry I meant to say daily.

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JJgut in reply to Newstome70

You can still have a fatty liver if all other test results are normal. You'd need an ultrasound to diagnose it.

So you're saying 20-30 units was your daily consumption at your worst? If so, then it makes sense that your enzymes are still elevated, but it is good to see that they declined significantly. Keep up the abstinence, and the trend should continue, barring other factors. How many years had you been drinking?

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Newstome70 in reply to JJgut

It's been a real problem since 2013.

I've had an ultrasound in2018 which showed fatty liver.

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Trust1Administrator in reply to Newstome70

Hi, If you have had a previous finding of fatty liver on USS you may want to discuss fibrosis testing that assesses for stiffening or scarring in the liver.The specific blood tests are Fib-4 score blood test or an Enhanced Liver Fibrosis (ELF) blood test. A specific scan called a FibroScan also estimates fibrosis.

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Newstome70 in reply to Trust1

Thankyou x

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JJgut in reply to Newstome70

So less than a decade. Not sure if you were drinking at all before 2013, but at the levels you were drinking ast, it may take several months for your liver to recover. It's only been 10 weeks, so I'd be on the lookout for your numbers in 3 months, or whenever your next test is.

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Newstome70 in reply to JJgut

Ok thankyou for your reply Really helpful

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JJgut in reply to Newstome70

Happy to help! Keep us posted with your progress.

Hi I am in the same boat..... just had my new ggt results and it’s gone up? I have had no alcohol at all in the month prior to this test.Hoping my doctor will refer me to a liver specialist to see if they can shed any light

Mine have gone down just wondered how long it usually takes. I would definately recommend you speak to your doctor. Are they really high? X

They have sat at 125 since 6th Nov last year. I had had a few drinks between Nov and jan then no alcohol since.Doctor called back today and said to retest in 3 months

Ok good luck.

Still high! I have now booked a private consultation. So flat now as alt has gone up as well. Gamma 97 from 125 and not touched drink for 3 months .How are you getting on

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