Alt slightly raised worried sick

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Had bloods done came back normal apart from raised ALT at 61 docs don't seem to be worried and have to repeat in 2 weeks but I'm so worried about cancer or that something is seriously wrong with my liver I am 27 female had gallbladder removed 3 years ago, don't drink or smoke, eat really healthy exercise 3 times a week but had flu and was taking co codemal the week before the test. Could that affect it? Any advice would be great.

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    co codemal, is codeine and that is metabolised through the liver, so there is a possibility. Other painkillers are also partially matabolised in the liver, but not in the same way, which is why codeine takes about half an hour before it kicks in. Aspirin is meant to be the best for flu.

    Stop worrying and wait your two weeks, stress is not going to help your wellbeing.

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    Hi, i'm waiting for my ALT blood test form to come through, it also checks my cholesterol.  I don't drink, or smoke, i'm not much of an exerciser though.  But i do have an inherited liver condition called Alpha 1 Anti-Trypsen deficency.  I could get Emphysema when i'm much older, i'm 40 now.  So don't worry, it could mean anything, i have a liver specialist i am seeing in April, he did a batch of blood test's, over 6 vials of blood!.  But they tell me not to worry, even though i've had a scan that checks for scarring on the liver and came back as some on there.  I get on with my life, and continue to see the drs when i'm supposed to
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      They start talking in medical talk, and i get confused, all i know is have this inherited liver disease.  I'm hoping my cousin will come with me in April to my meeting with my liver specialist.  Good luck,xx
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      Well, when you go with your cousin, ask for a print out. Even if you don't understand it, if you ask questions here where it may be relevant, then other people can probably interpret them for you.

      Ask him if he has done any cancer tests on you. I believe they are meant ot ask your permission first, but mine didn't. I too see a hepatologist, my liver problems were brought on by alcohol.

      But because my results were confusing and that I'd had a blood plasma transfusion (another thing i believe consent is meant to be sought, but wasn't), he decided to check for a rare type of blood cancer. I won't bore you with how I found out, but it was by accident.

      The reason cancer test may become a concern is:

      Possible problems with insurance

      In the future you may find it harder to get health and life insurance after having a genetic test. Currently the Association of British Insurers (link is external)(ABI) and the Government have agreed to a temporary ban on asking people for the results of genetic tests for cancer. This agreement is called a Concordat and Moratorium. The Moratorium lasts until 2019 and will then be reviewed.

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    Hi Abbigail,

    Your ALT is not too high and you are still on a healthy lifestyle so don't worry.

    To help your condition, try juicing half a lemon each morning add 2 teaspoons of honey and 2 teaspoons of olive leaf extract mixed with30 ml of warm water to drink first thing in the morning. This will help to akalinze your body and reduce the acidity in your body.

    Keep me posted. Take care.

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