Itchy skin and elevated Liver enzyme.. scared and confused

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Hey guys, so for the past 3 months i've had some issues with itching all over the body 

Last year i had so much trouble with my stomach and abdomen which have recently been resolved, had Ultrasounds etc and in the end i was diagnosed with a Hernia.

So for the past 3 months i've had itchy skin, seen a few doctors till eventually i was taken in for some bloods.. I had all the bloods done, thyroid diabetes etc and everything was ok

However i had elevated Liver Enzymes which concerned my doctor, i switched doctors for reasons and saw another doctor today.. he explained the bloods and said 4 enzymes or something were checked on the bloods as routine and 3 of my liver results were perfectly normal, however one was slightly high this certain enzyme needs to be 5-35 and mine was 50

He explained that he doesnt see my itchy skin being related to this and said it could be raised due to me being overweight and having fat on my liver and so its causing the escalation but hes adamant 50 isnt exactly seen as shocking or alarming.

What do you guys make of this? never had issues with my liver before, and i never drink alcohol but i am pretty unhealthy 

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    Hi. That's not very high. Everything is fine.

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    Hi problems with the liver can cause itchy skin which I get Alot at night,however it can be a result of being dehydrated, and also a reaction to some medication but the only definitive answer if your doctor cant tell through blood tests would be an allergy test, but I will say there are a vast array of reasons for itchy skin, why don't you ask your G.P if he can prescribe an antihistamine to try and stop or at least help it, you may also find that a G.P will advise you to get fitter loose weight and if you smoke try to stop, I'm not a doctor but I speak from personal experiences over many years. Hope it helps and good luck with getting to the bottom of it

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    Let me add as well the your doctor says he doesn't think its liver related and yet he tells you it could be because your overweight and have fat around your liver !!! Strikes me he's the one confused, ask for a definitive yes it is or no its not related because from what you've said he thinks it might be related.

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    I also am having issuews with my liver and have done a lot of research.  I ran nto the problem of itchy skin.  Sorry I can't remember exactly but I think it was related to an auto-immune problem.  You might Google it.  My ANA was abnormal.  That is a test that helps to diagnose auto-immune problems.  You might want an MRI of your liver if u have not had one.  Forget the ulta-sounds.  Mine shows nothing even though I have a tumor shown on CT scan, MRI and PET scan. It is on the top back of my liver and was not accessible by CT sacan or ultrasound for a biopsy,  Good luck with your problem.

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      I have Lupus and Sjornes disease but the last couple months I've been having a lot of crazy symptoms and feeling horrible. I just moved out of state so Im having to find all new Drs. I went to 2 urgent drs and now a 3rd dr, my primary care which is nerve-wrecking in itselfI have itchy skinin the skin is tendermy abdomen is swollenevery night I start feeling bad get a real bad headache feel dizzy my stomach swells up worse. Been extremely fatigued. I didn't think much about my upper abdomen swelling at first bc I take fluid med and was swollen all over but I got fluid down everywhere else and I've noticed the top of my stomach is hard and swollen. It hurts if I press on it but no stomach aches just aches muscles. I always have back, neck, leg pain so extra pain isn't any obvious to me with Fibromyalgia and Lupus Arthritis. But something is wrong. My blood pressure is perfect, my thyroid and other blood work tested fine but she just did a CBC I don't think she checked my Liver. And no Urine test. I have a splotchy rash but with Lupus she didn't blink twice. It's not normal rash, I'm worried my liver or something is wrong, I've gained 45lbs in less than 3 months. I've been the same weight my whole life except during pregnancy and when I have bad Lupus Flares I loose weight quickly. I'm usually a size 4 130lbs at very most. Now I look 6-7 pregnant and but feel way worse! Any ideas or help is appreciated! My old Dr knew me and my history so he knew I never complained unless something was wrong and that every problem wasn't a Lupus flare.

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    Sometimes itchy burning sensation of skin could be related to immune system. 
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    Could be hemochromatosis. Are your ferritin levels elevated? Check out the haemochromatosis forum on here.
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    Sam916133

    Reading your post from over a year ago, I too am having many of these symptoms. First off, I am a person of many autoimmune diseases, and I am fully aware that any or even all autoimmune diseases can or will attack any of the human body organs at anytime without any warning. I will list my diseases, followed by how long I’ve had them. 1)Crohn’s Disease-27yr; 2)RA-12yr; 3)Lupus-10yr; 4)Ankylosing Spondylitis26+yr 5)Sacroilyitus26+yr 6)Hashimoto Disease-10+yr 7)Sjorgen-8yr.  I have found through both, life experience and research, that ONE-when a person gets one autoimmune disease, more are highly likely to follow~TWO-when new symptoms/problems arise, It’s pretty convenient to blame it on autoimmune-no one will dispute this theory because each disease is very unique, each case/person even more unique, AND the treatment of the diseases are “hit and miss” because there are no cures-YET! ?? I’ve seen some discrepancies in the different posts on here about many different things, one of which are “testing factors” that are used to diagnose the autoimmune diseases. Again, I am no expert, but know my illnesses, how they react in my body, how they react to treatment and how each/most were pinpointed or diagnosed. Some diseases, such as the Lupus in my case, I discovered FIRST through self research mainly online due to new symptoms I was experiencing only to find that by the time I would schedule a dr appointment with my GP, and get in to be seen, most or all of these new symptoms would temporarily subside or completely go away. I started “tracking” my physical and mental activities days leading up to the symptoms becoming active again, learning what caused a flare, what would exaserbate the symptoms and what would keep them at bay, or cause them to linger on. Just to be clear, I was 18when first diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease, this also my first ever autoimmune disease to be diagnosed with. I didn’t take it to be too serious at this age, I only knew that I had this ugly disease, only to see it rear it’s ugly head at its worst just 9yrs later when I discovered a “lump” in my side, actually the side of my stomach, in my intestine. I had only searched for a gastroenterologist 2months prior to finding this very painful spot in my stomach. I went in for a regular first time “check up” with this specialist who treated Crohn’s Disease and other GI diseases and within seconds of he lying me on the table, he asked if he could bring in another Dr to get a second opinion and I agreed. Again, within seconds of this second Dr feeling this lump in my side, a very shocking discovery was made. They both agreed that the Crohn’s disease had built up scar tissue, causing the intestine to be blocked and both physicians agreed that I needed an emergency surgery- a small bowel resection. This meant that they would remove the section of intestine that was blocked, clean it out, stitch and staple it back together, place it back inside me, staple the incision from the bottom of my breast bone all the way down to the top of my pelvic bone bone which was also the old scar to both c-section surgeries delivering my babies. This surgery, along with an elevated blood count kept me in the hospital for over a month. Thankfully, this surgery gave me another 10wonderful years of a pain free, surgery free, symptom free Crohn’s disease period yet! It was another 10yr before I had any issues with Crohn’s disease or anything autoimmune related. It was a particular stressful time for our family and my GP called me to tell me that the last lab work I had done gave her some concern and she wanted me to see a reumetologist. The family was in the middle of a huge move to a new location, many things were going on and I told my GP that as soon as I was moved I would make an apt with the new reumetologist. We stayed busy, got the children settled into a new school district, meanwhile I began to feel very sick. I did not complain in life, always considered myself to be physically tough, made the best of things even when it was nearly impossible. It was also around this time when my “old” Gastroenterologist wanted me to begin a new med to treat Crohn’s disease. I wasn’t keen on the idea, but he had me convinced that I was feeling so crummy only because symptoms of the Crohn’s were coming back and I needed to seek treatment. I HATE to take medicine! But, maybe I was wrong-maybe preventative was the way for me to think. I began a series of new medication that absolutely changed my life as I knew it. Any patients with autoimmune diseases know that any preventative medications or any medications used to treat most autoimmune diseases means most likely that the medication is either 1.Steroids, 2.Chemotherapy or 3.Immunosuppressants ALL of which are in my opinion only, pure toxins put into our body! Keep in mind that while starting this new medicine, I had forgotten about scheduling an appointment with a reumotologist, or even knew what this “specialist” actually treated! In my simple mind, I had a regular GP and a Gastroenterologist so I was set. Before too much time had passed, I began to go downhill and fast as far as health concerns went. My joints were swelling, red, had fever in them, I was running a fever usually around 102degree all the time. I soon found out that the specialist who prescribed this new medication for me was supposed to run a manditory TB testing, none of which had been done. I continued to grow weaker, joints were getting larger, more painful. Simple tasks such as holding a glass of water became impossible. Showering was also impossible. The regular family Dr was trying to manage my pain with prescription pain meds but was unsuccessful in doing so. The dr ran test after test every weak, but was getting nowhere. I began to do my own self research and started finding answers. I called my old GP to see exactly why she wanted to refer me to a reumetologist & My suspicions were correct. After putting in all my symptoms, crossing every “T” and dotting every “I” things were looking very evident.  All symptoms, every ache and pain, all the sleepless nights were all beginning to look like additional autoimmune diseases. Particularly- Lupus. Sure enough, my old GP had ran a full Lupus panel, checking my ANA levels-all showing I did in fact check out to having Lupus. This had shown in my blood work and this was why my old GP wanted to refer me. When I begged my new family physician to run the lupus panel, he was very hesitant, telling me I was just waisting both our time, but because insurance would pay, he ran it. A week later, he was looking me in the eyes apologizing for telling me I was crazy. The new medicine I was taking that should have been taking care of the autoimmune part of Crohn’s and Lupus, for some reason had just the opposite effect on the Lupus. It made the Lupus very mad! It was making everything worse instead of better. The “symptoms” that became actively again, were actually NOT Crohn’s related, but were Lupus instead. Anyway, I guess my point of responding to your post from over a year ago, was this-no two autoimmune diseases are the same. No two patients will ever have the same autoimmune illnesses AND have ALL THE SAME SYMPTOMS. It just doesn’t happen! And, autoimmune diseases will come and go, slip into “remission” and can come back acting in the body completely differently than it did before. I’ve suffered with a lot of pain in my life, but never as much as I have with autoimmune issues. The 2 c-section deliveries I had were 100 times easier than anything ever experienced with autoimmune. It can come in as one thing, leaving as something entirely different, each completely unpredictable. There are no “sure fire signs” of autoimmune. The greatest fear in my life is not what pain I will face with autoimmune, but the greatest fear would be what I may have done to my two baby girls, not even knowing it, will be the worst. My fear is unknowingly passing down the genetic markers, the genetic traits/symptoms of any of these ugly autoimmune diseases to them.  I can take the sneers and judgement that I see when others stare in disgust. I can take physical pain that I deal with everyday. I have become very humble being faced with disabilities of autoimmune-coming from a life of NEVER  leaving the house without every hair in place, or without ALL my usual makeup on would NEVER have happened 10yr ago. I certainly appreciate the value of everyday blessings now. I would do whatever I could just to ensure that neither of my children have to endure the “silent” disabilities of autoimmune. I originally wanted to respond to your post because I too have recently been struggling with very itchy skin-everywhere, elevated Liver Enzymes, and pancreatitis. Do u haven anything further in what could be causing the high Enzymes or itchy skin? Also, it doesn’t matter if someone’s levels were elevated to 100 or only 51. Yes, normally it wouldn’t be caught, but after the dr pulled the last 14labs I had done, it showed that the last 10 were slightly elevated. Something is causing my liver to be sick! We need to find out what It is BEFORE it causes serious trouble. I am not a drinker, so it’s NOT alcoholism. I’m just frustrated knowing that for the last 6mo at least, ive been begging for a dr to pay attention to the fact that something if very wrong. I’m vomiting yellow bike for a reason! My stomach gets descended and tight almost to the point of ne passing out. Something has to be the reason.

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    I know it’s been awhile since your posting this, but did u ever find what was causing elevated liver enzymes, itchy skin, distended stomach? I am having the same issues here and I truly believe that itchy skin is somehow related to elevated liver enzymes. Mine were not terrible high either, but something is causing this! I am ridden with many autoimmune diseases, one of which is Lupus. This can cause issues with any or all of the major organs. There is at least one other autoimmune disease that can effect the liver. So far this is all I have-Crohn’s disease; Lupus; RA; Sacroiliitus; Ankylosing Spondilitus; Sacroiliitus; Hashimoto Disease; Sjorgens
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