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  • Posted By: Leafsfan21
  • March 25, 2007
  • 04:31 PM

Hey guys, just reg'd here, this site looks awesome.

Anyways, about 3 months ago I noticed the white parts of my eyes were yellow. I decided to see what would happen if I kept an eye on it, and after a couple weeks it was getting worse. I went to the hospital, after a few weeks of tests and tests (ie. for jaundice, hep A and C, etc) all they could tell me is that my Billirubin level is at 53 and its supposed to be at 19 or so? I am SO frustrated that they cannot tell me more, and walking around with yellow eyes is really kind of embarassing. I don't drink much at all, and he only other explanation (which they didn't really consider) is that I used to eat McDonalds a lot (ALSO, I AM ONLY 18!!). Please help me out guys, if I posted this in the wrong spot I am sorry. I just want to get my white eyes back!

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  • Well the immediate reaction is a liver problem and, given your high levels of bilirubin, it seems possible. Wikipedia lists the following:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bilirubin#InterpretationIf possible, try and obtain blood counts from past tests; it might tell you if you have a naturally high level of bilirubin, or if this is something new.Did you tell the doctors running the tests that you consume alcohol? That might clue them into something, but if your liver enzymes are normal (except for the bilirubin) then it seems highly unlikely you have juandice, all the more so because they tested for it already. Also, have you been to an opthalmologist? You might have an eye-related problem that has nothing to do with your liver. Coats disease is the only thing that comes to mind, but since you don't mention any other problems it is probably something else.Do you wear contact lenses? Do you drink enough water? Do you consume a lot of caffeen?
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  • Hi LeafsFan,You really haven't quite given enough information.Take a look at this page: http://www.med.umich.edu/1libr/aha/aha_bilirubi_crs.htmAnd then come back and explain exactly what your test results were (they are generally given as a x/y kind of number, not just a single number).If your bilirubin numbers are high, you should not be drinking any alcohol at all.Do you have health insurance? What about through your parents?Shula
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