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    Liver enzymes

    Just wondering if any of you have problems with your enzymes being high. Are any of you using a type of liver cleanser? I heard of various herbal cleansers, but would like to see if anyone had succes with any of them.

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    My liver enzymes were off the charts from taking so much over the counter pain medication that the doctor was convinced I had hepatitis, even though I knew that was impossible. I was sent to a specialist, of course the tests came back negative. I just had to cut out alot of the meds and suffer. Luckily, the liver can heal and regenerate rather quickly, then back to destroying it once again.

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    I appreciate the feeback. I have cut my meds all but four pills a day and take some vitamins. i have been drinking a lot of water. I guess maybe the heat this summer and must have to drink more. At least the liver can heal as you mentioned.

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    I think the important thing is to try and remove or correct what is causing the injury. Talk with your doctor about possible referral to a gastroenterologist to determine where this is coming from (if the family doctor cannot tell you). Pain medications that contain tylenol can affect the liver over time but it is a catch 22 because some people develop kidney damage when taking NSAIDs long term like ibuprofen. Other medications can be responsible too such as those for high cholesterol.

    I am not a big fan of most herbal products but perhaps look into milk thistle. I don't think there is any definitive evidence out proving its benefits but there are some reports of it helping the liver.

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    Noryn,
    I appreciate the feedback.

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    Mine were of the charts last week to so I go for more tests Tuesday. I'm hoping it's something simple and fixable too.
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    I don’t know anything about SCI causes. I second meds like Tylenol as a possible cause. Other meds are kown to be threatering to the liver, such as interferons. I have no idea but I wonder if heavy metals toxicity—for which some alternative labs test using hair—could strain a liver. I had non-viral hepatitis secondary to mono in college, could feel my liver objecting strenuously to the overload (unless it was my spleen- -forget what side). So if you’re really tired, you might want to check into that.

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    Mine were high because I got Hep C in 1977 from a blood transfusion. In 2003-04 I did 48 weeks of ribavirin and interferon to get rid of it....mercifully it worked. My LFT's are normal now. Everyone ought to be checked for Hep C these days.....particularly with elevated LFT's. You wouldn't even know if you had it until it's too late.

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