LFTs Bilirubin just outside of normal

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Hi I'm new here. Had to get a copy of my last FBC test, which included LFTs for an appointment with a Cardiologist. This test was done last October. Had a quick look through them and noticed the bilirubin was 22 just outside normal. Also the Serum urea level just outside normal, both stated satisfactory, no action is required. I've got myself into a bit of a state,  my anxiety has kicked in big time, convincing myself I've got liver disease. I'm 68 and did like my wine at weekends, but gave up completely 2 years ago, and the year prior to this had cut down quite a bit. Didn't drink much during the week. I have made an appointment with my GP to discuss these. Wondered if anyone here could throw any light on this, or have had similar. Feeling stressed Much appreciated in advance for any replies.

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    My bilirubin was just outside the normal range once but it went back afterwards and has stayed normal since.I don't think you have anything to worry about.Thank you for not wrongly inserting an apostrophe in LFTs like most people do.

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    Hi please try not to worry about your LFTs, there no where near a dangerous level and as he has put on the direction for results no further action required.

    Do you know why cardiologist requires these results, hope you don't mind me asking.

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      Hi Alexandria, thank you for your response, and I'm feeling more rational today. The reason I went to see the cardiologist is that I suffer from ectopic beats, more noticeable when I'm stressed and have a panic attack. I suffer from health anxiety, so I'm my own worst enemy. His secretary requested the Blood Test, as the Cardiologist was a private appointment. 

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    Lthough i am not medical i do have Liver faliure and fron wahat you have said there doesnt seem to be a problem however if ou are stressed about the whole thing then i would advise you speaking to your G.P  as yousaid ou are and hopefully he can reassure you, but i would say that steering clear of alcohol is a great idea and im ot trying to be a kiljoy i just dont want other people to go through what i am going through and i do understand why your stressed after all we are the patients who are not the specialists so we are not expected to know, you have a right to a full and frank chat with your G.P to aleviate the worries you have.

    Good luck

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      Thanks Helen, I really appreciate your response. I did really panic, as I know you can have perfect LFTs and still have liver disease, which is why it's sometimes called the silent killer. I'm sorry that you have been through a rough time, liver disease is no joke, hope you are keeping well. I certainly won't be drinking again, I don't really miss it now and wished I gave up much earlier. I hate the way the media still brainwashes us into thinking we can't enjoy social events, unless we have alcohol inside us. Look forward to sharing with you.

       

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    The media always labels us as alcoholic aswell, i worked 50 hours a week and although i did drinki told the local liver team of my mums liver faliure aswell and my diabetes, it is onltnow that i have attended the liver transplant centre in Leeds that they have finally listened to me and they have said th liklyhood is non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and not alcoholic fatty liver faliure, i havnt had an alcoholic drink since 2015 but now i require a transplant and should hear if i will be put on the list at the end of march, as i say i do understand and thank you for your caring and good luck in the future.
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      Hi Helen, first of all well done on being sober since 2015, be proud of yourself. Do hope you get accepted on the transplant list, you deserve every chance and should not feel guilty why you got liver disease. No one should judge anybody else, as none of us are perfect. My Mother is 90 and has drank all her life and as far as we know hasn't got liver disease. I wouldn't say she was an alcoholic, but she was a heavy drinker, still has the odd vodka now and then! Yet I have known people that haven't drank as much and developed liver disease, we are all different. I did have an dependency on alcohol, although I wouldn't have classed myself as an alcoholic. Have had to find other ways of relieving anxiety and depression, and have and still find that challenging. At 68 you would have thought I would have my life sorted!! haha. Wishing you the best Helen.

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      Hi again

      I would just like to thank you for the mail and say the support I have received on here has been great.i suppose I'm just very nervous now of the unknown but the transplant team have been great.

      Thanks again

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