Hep tests (in my memory) are fairly definitive. Why did the caregiver give you the impression that it "might" be hep?....
After she did my blood work & saw the liver #'s were off (nut sure how or which way) she then suggested it.I am going Mon for a redo on the bloodwork in case it was the Advil I was taking.Although the Advil isnt the reason Im feeling like dudu
Almost any infection can produce the symptoms you shared (with the exception of an out-of-parameter LFT). The hepatic system (liver) can, and does do a lot of things both good, and bad as we age. Without knowing which parameter tested out of limits (bilirubin, aliruben, etc.) its a hard call. Most Marines and Sailors I worked on had out-of-limits LFTs because of alcohol abuse... Not knowing whether you're in a high-risk group (although I really assume you're not) Hep wouldn't be on my radar.....
Funny,a guy at work smokes & drinks like a fish & hes fine.Me,dont smoke,maybe 2 beers a week,go to the gym before work and Im a mess.
There's occasionally a juncture (other Medics, EMTs, and Physicians please chime in), where you tell a patient that they simply needed to pick a different Mom and Dad... Some things just happen, regardless of the life you've lived...
To my tiny medical mind, if it is Hep, you're finding out at a good time... It sounds like you're accustomed to taking care of yourself... That means tons.
Well went to a second doctor today & come to find out I have Lyme disease & anaplasmosis(disease from ticks) I got a prescription so in 2 wks I should hopefully feel better.Im a bit annoyed my reg care doctor I went to first & thought it was hepatitis didnt even test for Lyme.We even suggested it to her but she said it wasent necessary.Unreal.
Doctors,even good ones, will sometimes tend to be masters of the obvious. I.E, if you hear hoofbeats, think horses before you think zebras. Sometimes it's actually zebras. I'm very happy you have something that responds completely to treatment....
In all fairness, Lyme isn't the first thing or even the 4th or 5th thing that jumps to mind when you see elevated transaminases (ALT/AST) on labwork. In most cases I ask about alcohol and tylenol use in the week preceeding lab work. I also think about viral hepatitis, fatty liver and hemachromatosis because those are fairly common. More common than lyme disease infectious causes of elevated transaminases would be mononucleosis or cytomegalovirus. But you live in a Lyme-endemic area and something about your history must have tipped your doc off about tick bites....so good catch on his/her part. Glad you're getting the correct treatment.
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I'm hoping for the best for you, but when it comes to Lyme do some research on your own- it is very likely it will take 2 or more months to get right, not 2 weeks as you were told. Seems like your doc is a bit of a quack. Unfortunately, too many are. As soon as you suggest something, they will dismiss it out of hand because you don't have MD after your name.
Tell the truth.