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11884887 tn?1421837546

Trying to Interpret Prelim Lab Work

Good Morning-

My fiance and I have scheduled an appointment with our pcp, but were wondering aside from just a blatant scary warning, that we need to see the doctor, I am hopeful that someone can shed some light into these numbers... 127 Platelet Count, 103 AST, 114 ALT, 334 GGT. In addition, there has been a previous dx of hypertension and biological father has HEP-C as well as Diabetes.

We understand that a true answer will not be found until after being seen, but the waiting is very difficult. Any help is greatly appreciated!
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317787 tn?1473358451
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Hello, how are you feeling?  The platelets are low, is the person on any aspirin or  advil?  That can affect number.  The AST and ALT are elevated but I am thinking you may know that.  Based on a lab range I have they are a little over double.
The GGT seems to be elevated, I "think" that has to do with the Kidneys but I will check and come back.
I will be back soon, Dee
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317787 tn?1473358451
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Is the person who is getting tested drinking?  There are medications that can thin the blood and alcohol can as well.

If not then the doctor will probably test for other things.
When my platelets were found to be low 67, I was sent to a blood specialist who tested me for lymphoma, leukemia, Hepatitis C and another one I can't remember.
I found out I had Hepatitis C.  After I was found to be positive the next step was to check my viral load and my geno type. I immediately thought it was a death sentence.  It isn't.  there are new medications that are of a shorter period of time and are not as harsh as they were back when interferon was part of it.
I have now been cured for 3 years.

I am only sharing my story as I know how scary it can be when one is waiting.  Take care, breathe, drink water.
Please let me know how you are doing.
Dee
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11884887 tn?1421837546
Thank you so much for responding Dee!

The waiting I think makes it harder. My fiance is a social drinker, maybe a few beers a week? He has stopped since prelim bloodwork, tho...

We have started changing our diet, we are in this together plus I need to make health improvements as well. I have always leaned on Atkins as my go to for losing weight, but all that I've read shows that protein can be hard on the liver and kidney? So I'm trying to get him to eat more fruit and less pop. Any suggestions would be great!

I hope that all is well with you and I appreciate you taking the time to respond!!!!!

April
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11884887 tn?1421837546
Dee- that is awesome that you have been cured. You are giving us hope.
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317787 tn?1473358451
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Hi there, I wanted to say that there are many other forums  here.  So if you all find that you have a problem you can always join one of the others.
For right now it is ok if he eats protein, you don't really know if there is a problem yet or what the problem is.
One thing you want to stay away from is fast food, processed lunch meats, frozen dinners.  Fruits and veggies are good too.  Water is very good as it will help his liver work better and will flush his system.  That is very important.
I know it is scary.  You have come to a really good place, there are many nice supportive people on here.
No matter what the problem others will want to help you.
I think the way you asked the question was very good.  You are asking for help, every one can understand that.
Until you know more it is a good idea that he not drink as he will get a better picture of his health the next time blood is drawn.
When I found out that I had HCV my children were tested and found they did not have it.  Thank God.  It is only transmitted blood to blood.  I remember being afraid as I could not remember if I had shared a razor or toothbrush with them.   There are new treatments that are 8 12 or 24 weeks, so much shorter than in the past, not as hard on the brain/body and they are curing people.
I hope you will keep in touch.  Hang in there
I will check back in tomorrow
Sleep well
D
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11884887 tn?1421837546
Thanks Dee, I think that we will both sleep better tonight.
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317787 tn?1473358451
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Good Morning, after looking around the GGT  has something to do with the liver.  Is it possible that he had a drink the night before the testing?  It can affect the ALT and AST as well, just a thought.
Hang in there, Dee
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