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Elevated Liver Enzymes?

megsspunky
on 12/31/09 4:50 pm
RNY on 11/11/09 with
I just spent 5+ hours in the ER....
I was dehydrated.... I think I have a touch of the flu... 
I have been working out and not drinking enough....
Last night I had killer gas all night....
Well... they did a lot of blood work....
Apparently my Potassium is low?  2.2.... I was given fluids and potassium via IV.... and also a supplement to take daily...
In addition... my liver enzymes were high.... The ER doc said it can be a side effect of the surgery...
They are also running more tests but I will not have the results until Monday...
I really do not feel bad.... Has anyone else experienced this?
Journey Started 11.11.09.... 
From couch potato to gym rat... 

Starting Weight: 299
 
Current Weight (4.30.09): 199

100 pounds LOST in less than 6 months!  Holy Gastric Bypass!

vitalady
on 12/31/09 4:53 pm - Puyallup, WA
RNY on 10/05/94
How high? "slightly elevated"?

OK, so you got that not enough water = hanging in ER all night. You taught yourself that one. And you feel really lousy.

Yes, "slightly elevated" appears to be the norm. How high? Ours were only a bit high, so we experimented with milk thistle and it tucked them nicely into the normal ranges.

Michelle
RNY, distal, 10/5/94 

P.S.  My year + long absence has NOTHING to do with my WLS, or my type of WLS. See my profile.

megsspunky
on 12/31/09 4:55 pm
RNY on 11/11/09 with
 Looking at the numbers... Seems really high... ALT 324 and AST 368 ALK Phosphate 170- this one is slight..... 
The ER doc said it is likely from the fast weight loss.... 
I would think they would check the liver before surgery?
I am hoping that makes sense to you?
Journey Started 11.11.09.... 
From couch potato to gym rat... 

Starting Weight: 299
 
Current Weight (4.30.09): 199

100 pounds LOST in less than 6 months!  Holy Gastric Bypass!

vitalady
on 12/31/09 5:04 pm - Puyallup, WA
RNY on 10/05/94
are your labs showing a range that tops out around 40-ish?

Cuz if it is and you're puishing 400, I'd ask for a new test.

I had levels like that and I figured if I was in liver failure, I might notice SOMething. But it turned out to be a lab error. Redraw put 'em back around 36 again.
Whew.

Michelle
RNY, distal, 10/5/94 

P.S.  My year + long absence has NOTHING to do with my WLS, or my type of WLS. See my profile.

megsspunky
on 12/31/09 5:07 pm
RNY on 11/11/09 with
 Yes my labs are showing that!!  

I will ask for one from my primary care or surgeon!  I was pretty dehydrated and have had a bit of the flu... so I am guessing that can trigger abnormal range too!

Thanks so much!!  I was freaking a little!
vitalady
on 12/31/09 5:46 pm - Puyallup, WA
RNY on 10/05/94
I am extremely OCD about my labs. My lab people all run for cover when they see me coming. LOL

So, when my lbs printed out that day, and my LF were sky high, vites A and D were also out in space somewhere, I said, as I often do when an imperfect page is in my h and, "This page is not mine. If I'm in liver failure, wouldn't I feel something?" It was so ridiculous that none of my docs even called me! LOL

But as I said, reran 'em and they all feel right where I like them, poof.

However, livers are a one time issue item. You can't just wait for them to go on sale and get a new one, right?

So, if somebody starts flapping and schedules you for a liver biopsy (not bad but not all that much fun), ask if you could please have a new draw first.

I'm not saying ignore it, so I want to be clear, just recheck it before anybody goes sticking things (other than a needle to draw) into your tender self, double check.

Michelle
RNY, distal, 10/5/94 

P.S.  My year + long absence has NOTHING to do with my WLS, or my type of WLS. See my profile.

clsino
on 12/31/09 7:45 pm
RNY on 10/06/09 with
Mine were elevated prior to surgery and they are still elevated.  The surgeon PA says this is pretty common with the rapid weight loss.

I have no other symptoms.  My PCP is pushing me to see a GI specialist.  I might go, but they were high prior to surgery because of fatty liver.  I doubt much has changed other than rapid weight loss.

I haven't decided whether I will see a GI doc or wait until my next labs in early April to see where they are at.

Christy
rbb825
on 12/31/09 9:22 pm - Suffern, NY
If you have them redrawn and they truely are in the 400's, then you need to see a Gastro doctor - they specialize in liver disorders.  Our liver enzymes do elevate after rapid weight loss but not that high.  Do you still have your gallbladder?  It is possible that you have blocked billary ducts to your gallbladder and that needs to be checked out.

 

Kathy P.
on 1/1/10 1:49 am - Port Orchard, WA

Dont panic about your liver enzymes and Potassium. I had same experiences.
        Mine were elevated at 3 months post op, then dropped down again as my cholesterol level did. All labs were completely normal and actually excellent at 6 months. There is a lot of fat leaving your body, which will affect your enzyme levels.

Drink your water, but if Potassium is low, they may have you eat a bannana once a day too...Potassium will go down with dehydration...DRINK DRINK DRINK.

Take care, listen to your body, and keep in contact with your doc!

Happy New Year, and Hugs,
Kathy

Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up.
It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed.
Every morning in
Africa, a lion wakes up.
It knows that it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve.
It doesn't matter whether you're a lion or a gazelle
when the sun comes up you'd better be running.

RNY 2/9/09  Buh bye Gallbladder 8/28/09; 100% EWL (181 lbs.) on 2/19/10;
megsspunky
on 1/1/10 8:15 am
RNY on 11/11/09 with
 Thanks so much ladies!!!  

I actually think it may be gall bladder.... It looked fine on the pre-op ultra sound... However I have slight pain in that area.... and have symptoms consistent with it.....

I will be speaking with the surgeon and my PCP next week!

I really appreciate the support... I was starting to freak a hair!
Journey Started 11.11.09.... 
From couch potato to gym rat... 

Starting Weight: 299
 
Current Weight (4.30.09): 199

100 pounds LOST in less than 6 months!  Holy Gastric Bypass!