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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 10, 2010
  • 06:29 AM

My husband is 28yrs old, non smoker, non drinker, average weight, and is a welder. About a year ago he started feeling weak, just tired all the time and started getting sick more often and just felt run down so he went to the doctor and they did bloodwork. Everything came back normal except for slightly elevated liver enzymes, the doctor said not to be too concerned but to keep an eye on it so he went for blood work again about a month later and the levels were back to normal. Since then he has still been feeling the same way so he went in to see the doctor again and they did more bloodwork, this time they found he had low thyroid levels so they put him on synthroid and gave him another requisition to get more bloodwork done a few months later to follow up. After these last tests they found that the synthroid was working great, his levels were normal but now his liver enzymes were high again and his blood count was low. He is not the type of person to ask doctors many questions so this is what we have been left with knowing. It doesnt make sense to me that his liver enzymes are fluctuating, his thyroid levels were low before but now are fine and now his blood count was low. If anyone can explain to me what this all means and if we should go back and get more testing done to investigate this it would mean a lot as we are concerned as to why this is all happening and what it could mean. ANY information is helpful!!!!

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  • My husband is 28yrs old, non smoker, non drinker, average weight, and is a welder. About a year ago he started feeling weak, just tired all the time and started getting sick more often and just felt run down so he went to the doctor and they did bloodwork. Everything came back normal except for slightly elevated liver enzymes, the doctor said not to be too concerned but to keep an eye on it so he went for blood work again about a month later and the levels were back to normal. Since then he has still been feeling the same way so he went in to see the doctor again and they did more bloodwork, this time they found he had low thyroid levels so they put him on synthroid and gave him another requisition to get more bloodwork done a few months later to follow up. After these last tests they found that the synthroid was working great, his levels were normal but now his liver enzymes were high again and his blood count was low. He is not the type of person to ask doctors many questions so this is what we have been left with knowing. It doesnt make sense to me that his liver enzymes are fluctuating, his thyroid levels were low before but now are fine and now his blood count was low. If anyone can explain to me what this all means and if we should go back and get more testing done to investigate this it would mean a lot as we are concerned as to why this is all happening and what it could mean. ANY information is helpful!!!! His thyroid levels are up because of the Synthroid (more than likely) but it's not unusual for the thyroid to fluctuate high and low. The Synthroid just helps balance it out. I've had a low blood count for years, it could be that he needs iron in his diet to help get that back up to normal-it's very constipating so I only take it when I'm really tired and the count is still OK but lower. He needs to ask the doctor about that, if he's not the type to ask questions, go with him & do it yourself. I tend to blank out when getting a diagnosis of test results or whatever-at those times my husband goes with me so HE can do the remembering for me. My liver enzymes have been out of whack, as well. The fatigue can be from the low blood count, I've had that, too. Is he taking any medication other than Synthroid? I take Synthroid and other medications, there are a lot of drugs that affect the liver, it's their favorite organ. If not, does he consume a lot of alcohol or do recreational drugs? That's one you have to be honest about, consumption of alcohol can affect the liver big time. What might seem like a drinking or drugs might be too much for your husband's body. At one time I was consuming waaay too much fatty foods that accumulated giving me a fatty liver. Also, there are a gazillion diseases out there that could represent his symptoms. I have fibromyalgia (fatigue, pain, etc.), hypothyroidism and several others. Have you researched his symptoms online? Have your husband go to a different physician to get another opinion-make sure you go with him there, too. That's always one good thing to do when you can't get the answers you're looking for. It could be the doc he's seeing isn't concerned about the enzymes because they're not in the danger zone yet & don't warrant any further investigation. As long as he keeps rechecking things, he's got his eye on what's going on-that's a very good sign. I recently had a test that indicated something about being a risk for heart problems. The highest level was 128, I tested out at 164. I called my GP and she said she's watching it and will order a retest at the appropriate time and that it's OK even tho it's a little high. Sometimes we have to do maintenance things like that and/or get help (like when your husband won't ask questions-go with) or get a second opinion. Whatever makes both of you rest easier is what you should do. Good luck & keep us posted, OK?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 12, 2010
    • 04:02 PM
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  • His thyroid levels are up because of the Synthroid (more than likely) but it's not unusual for the thyroid to fluctuate high and low. The Synthroid just helps balance it out. I've had a low blood count for years, it could be that he needs iron in his diet to help get that back up to normal-it's very constipating so I only take it when I'm really tired and the count is still OK but lower. He needs to ask the doctor about that, if he's not the type to ask questions, go with him & do it yourself. I tend to blank out when getting a diagnosis of test results or whatever-at those times my husband goes with me so HE can do the remembering for me. My liver enzymes have been out of whack, as well. The fatigue can be from the low blood count, I've had that, too. Is he taking any medication other than Synthroid? I take Synthroid and other medications, there are a lot of drugs that affect the liver, it's their favorite organ. If not, does he consume a lot of alcohol or do recreational drugs? That's one you have to be honest about, consumption of alcohol can affect the liver big time. What might seem like a drinking or drugs might be too much for your husband's body. At one time I was consuming waaay too much fatty foods that accumulated giving me a fatty liver. Also, there are a gazillion diseases out there that could represent his symptoms. I have fibromyalgia (fatigue, pain, etc.), hypothyroidism and several others. Have you researched his symptoms online? Have your husband go to a different physician to get another opinion-make sure you go with him there, too. That's always one good thing to do when you can't get the answers you're looking for. It could be the doc he's seeing isn't concerned about the enzymes because they're not in the danger zone yet & don't warrant any further investigation. As long as he keeps rechecking things, he's got his eye on what's going on-that's a very good sign. I recently had a test that indicated something about being a risk for heart problems. The highest level was 128, I tested out at 164. I called my GP and she said she's watching it and will order a retest at the appropriate time and that it's OK even tho it's a little high. Sometimes we have to do maintenance things like that and/or get help (like when your husband won't ask questions-go with) or get a second opinion. Whatever makes both of you rest easier is what you should do. Good luck & keep us posted, OK?My husband does not take any recreational drugs and actually never has, he is very catholic. We also havent drank in probably 3 years, before that we would drink occassionally, like once a month. He grew up in Nicaragua and El Salvador- lived there for 13 years. He did used to go to the gym nearly everyday and was taking protein shakes quite frequently, probably twice a day. He is taking Synthroid right now and he is also taking Milk Thistle and Kelp (natural medicines). He is a welder by trade and has been doing that for about 6 years now. Those are all the things I could think of that would be of importance with regards to this situation.I was going to go with him to the doc but we couldnt get a babysitter and my daughter ended up falling asleep in the car on the way there and she is such a light sleeper that we decided it best for him to just go in and I would wait with her while she napped. He just went to a medicentre, to whatever doctor was on... which kind of worries me because the doctor he saw obviously doesnt know that his enzymes have been fluctuating or about his other symptoms.Does anyone think any of these things could cause liver damage or even if thats what it is?? My mom suggested that he had hepatitis at one point, but then when they started fluctuating she said she was at a loss.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 13, 2010
    • 05:12 PM
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