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damage to the liver is hard to predict and often only time can tell if your liver enzymes revert back to normal once you stop drinking.
the liver is a very strong organ and can repair from quite a bit of damage.
but there is a level of damage where it can't repair from.
you don't want to follow in the foot steps of your mother.
have you sought out help for your heavy drinking?
i have gone through a very difficult work situation, got depressed had to retire on ill health, started to take a drink to help me sleep at night, and gradually started to drink more. I am just recently found an occupation for myself and feel much happier, know that i can go for long periods without drinking, but recently a group of us reached our 50 birthday and we have had a lot of celebrating
well, I hope your work situation stays more stable.
and you stay away from using alcohol for those bad reasons.
by using alcohol only in moderation, your blood counts will improve.
continue to follow up with your doctor regularly and continue to check your GGTP and AST and ALT.
your total bilirubin at 7.3 is quite high.
do the blood results indicate i have done damage
you need a liver ultrasound scan or liver MRI scan to see why the bilirubin levels are so high.
you could have a blockage causing the bilirubin to be high like this.
are you having any yellowing of the skin?
or any yellowing of the whites of your eyes.
no i have none of those symptoms, is this serious
it is not serious, but you need to follow up with your doctor and make sure your bilirubin level goes back down to normal.
you could be passing a gall stone which can cause temporary elevation of your bilirubin level.
do you have any other questions?
is the bilirubin raised due to alcohol
GGT is a better measure of alcohol use and liver inflammation from alcohol.
bilirubin is the bile level in the blood.
if the bile flowing from the liver to the gall bladder to the small bowel normally, then the level should be normal.
if you have a blockage anywhere in the flow like from a gall stone, or inflammation of the gall bladder, then the bilirubin level can go up.
thank you, XXXXX XXXXX should have mentioned that i am on Coversyl plus 10mgs for blood pressure
in rare cases coversyl (also called perindopril) can cause damage to the liver as well. in rare cases.
Thank you Dr David, you have given me reassurance that I can change this around if I change my habits.
you are welcome
best of luck to you
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