Some of the liver enzymes can become elevated if a person does
strenuous exercise before having the blood taken.
There are different blood tests to check the liver. One is the liver
enyzmes tests: the liver cells make these enzymes and if they become
damaged, the enzymes will leak out and go higher on the blood tests
results. Another one is the liver function tests: the liver cells are what
does the functions of the liver, as a whole. If they are damaged and
start to die off, then the functions that the liver does starts to
The liver is located on the patients right hand side, up under the rib cage.
The doctor can sometimes feel if the liver is enlarged in size, do to
cell damage, by pressing up under the rib cage. He could possibly
feel this enlargement. However, having an ultrasound or Ct scan would
show it for sure. Many things can cause liver cell damage:
alcohol consumption, medication toxification, chemical exposure,
mushroom poisoning, viral or parasite infections, biliary duct obstruction/
malformation/ infection, fatty liver disease, hereditary conditions,
auto immune disease, metabolic disorders and many others.
Please be sure to tell your doctor all the medications, over the counter drugs,
herbs, supplements you are using. This all goes through the liver first, to
be broken down, before going to the rest of the body. Any liver cell damage,
and these drugs may have to be stopped, changed, or decreased in dosage.
On the left side of the body, up under farther, is the spleen. If the liver
enlarges in size, the spleen usually does also.
I believe I would have further testing done in the near future to be sure
everything is okay. I would request to have a thyroid test done also, just
to be sure these night sweats are not coming from having a metabolic disorder.
If any of your tests stay elevated on the next results...I would request to be
referred to a gastroenterlogist. No one blood testing is 100% accurate.
Best wishes to you.