My liver enzymes were elevated a month ago and now they're normal but i still feel crappy?

Is the liver funtion tests always a reliable means of dealing of seeing if there is anything wrong with the liver?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Liver enzyme tests are the standard route to test for liver health. I will say that most blood tests in an allopathic setting (MDs as opposed to naturopaths or what have you) are testing for serious signs of disease. As long as your body is not at a critical stage of health decline, you're considered "healthy."

    I acknowledge that I'm generalizing. However, if you bring up your concern to your doctor and they exhaust the tests they're willing to do and you're still not feeling well, I suggest looking for a health and wellness option such as positive dietary and lifestyle changes, along with the advice of a health care provider in a different field. Naturopaths, Chiropractors, even dietitians, can help you to become more in tune with your body and how to keep it healthy so that medications do not become necessary in the future.

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  • 1 decade ago

    There are different blood tests the doctor does

    to determine how the liver is doing:

    The liver enzymes give the doctors an Idea

    that there may be damage to the liver cells.

    These are known as the ALT,AST,GGT, Alk

    phos

    The liver function tests give the doctor an

    Idea of how the cells are functioning to do

    the job they need to to keep the body healthy:

    These are the Bilirubin, INR, and Albumin test.

    The other test is the viral testing to be sure

    that the patient hasn't contacted a virus that

    is going to the liver: like Hepatitis A,B,C, etc.

    Blood tests are usually the first look or hint that

    something may be wrong with the liver.

    The doctor usually performs a procedure where

    he places his hand in the upper right quadrant

    of the abdomen, just under the rib cage and

    he tries to feel if the liver is enlarged in size.

    Enlargement of the liver means there may

    be inflammation there.

    If the doctor suspects this: he may order

    an ultrasound to look at the liver. They can

    see how much it is enlarged, see growths that

    may have developed in the liver, see the structure of the liver and possibly see how the

    blood is flowing through the liver. Or he may

    order a CT scan.

    Most testing is non invasive. However, there

    is only one test that is a gold standard to

    determine if there is damage to the liver...it

    is usually the last test performed because it

    is expensive and it is invasive: the liver biopsy.

    The doctors then are not just looking at

    pictures or films of the liver, they are looking

    at an actual specimen of the liver tissue itself.

    It is the best test available.

    It takes time, if the liver had any inflammation

    in it to be treated to return to normal. Most

    liver patients tend to feel quite tired until the

    liver is completely healed. I would be sure

    to follow up with other blood testing to be

    sure of the results ...no blood test is 100%

    accurate. If you still feel that way, I would

    discuss it with your doctor and may ask

    for a referral to a gastroenterologist or

    hepatologist.

    Hope this inform has helped you.

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