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Elevated Liver Enzymes, Night Sweats, VERY VERY TIRED

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  • Posted By: FlorenceN
  • March 20, 2007
  • 08:09 PM

Hello, someone pls help.! I have had elevated liver enzymes for over 2 yrs now, and now over the past few months I have really bad night sweats where I wake up soaked! I also feel so sluggish and very very tired and have put on 30 pounds in over 1 1/2 years!!! I had a hysterectory at a very young age of 29, and was on hormone replacements for a very long time. Had appendicitis a little after but nothing since, been pretty much healthy and seeing my primary dr. once a year.

My problem is I have never really felt so bad as I do now. I once had so much energy, up to maybe 2 yrs ago and my health just seems to be going downhill. I am 51 yrs old and feel 80! I weigh 143 pounds compared to the 109 I once weighed a year or two ago. I am a very upbeat person and not at all depressed, just wish one doctor, just one doctor could diagnose my problem. I have had blood tests, which constantly show the elevated liver enzymes, but with no other problems, my dr felt this wasn't too uncommon. At this years' annual exam my blood pressure seemed to be elevated (182/101) and is high at times and I sometimes will find myself at a store and all of a sudden I will feel a flush come over me and my heart starts feeling like its going to jump out of my skin, and I am told this is PCVs. Can someone pls tell me what is going on?:confused:

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  • I had elevated liver enzymes too. My name is Eatafruit78.Very tired and night shakes and panics as well.http://forums.wrongdiagnosis.com/showthread.php?t=7286You are not alone. Stick around.Hope this long link help/
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  • Hi FlorenceN. I am not a doctor but your symptoms sound quite similar to those of menopause with respect to the hot flashes. If you had a historectomy and then had hormone therapy, it would seem logical that the missing estrogen was supplemented, but (as I assume you stopped) now with it missing, the hormone levels return to what they would be in a post-menopausal woman.Of course the extreme tiredness and elevated liver enzymes...this is actually one of the symptoms of infectious mononucleosis, however mono lasts only about 3 weeks and the white blood cell count is elevated to around 2X the normal level, usually along with severe tonsilitis and fever. On the other hand, the Ebstein-Barr Virus (which causes mono) has arguably been linked to a condition referred to as "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome" (CFS); you may want to ask your doctor to test for antibodies to EBV just to see if you have been infected. Usually after the mid 20's, it is rare for a person to actually come down with mono and thus it's presumably possible to have the virus (especially since you can get it from someone else's saliva- sharing a drink, eating utinsels, etc). Unfortunately there doesn't seem to be an actual test for CFS but if you have antibodies for EBV it might at least explain something. What liver enzyme is elevated? Is it Billirubin?
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  • Have you had an ultrasound on your liver and gall bladder? My elevated alt and ast numbers returned to normal after getting my gall bladder removed.--Mary S.
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  • Have you seen a specialist? Elevated liver enzymes can mean any of several problems, like Hepatitis A, fat cells seeping into the liver, Biliary Cirosis of the liver (no, you don't have to be an alcoholic to get this kind of Cirosis), and several other problems. Go see a gastro-interologist and have a complete workup done. And in the meantime, keep a notebook with symptoms and when they occur. Look for things like darkened urine, if whites of your eyes look yellowish (jaundice), joint pain, flu-like sympoms, diarrhea, abdominal pain/cramping, etc. That will be helpful to your doctor in concluding a diagnosis. But go see a specialist - soon. Your primary doctor should have aleady referred you.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 14, 2007
    • 03:32 AM
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  • Dear FlorenceN... I too had horrible night sweats...from my 20's into my 30's. I was told I had everything from perimenopause to cancer and was even tested for leukemia and lymphoma. That's how ill I was. I was finally properly diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. I had a list of over 70 symtoms. I was dying. Someone here referred me for NAET or BioSET therapy. She said that she didn't have a "diagnosis" either but she had all of my symptoms and this stuff worked! I went to a BioSET practicioner. After my first session, my joint pain disappeared. After my first 3 sessions, my condition improved 85%. I have now gone back to my "real" (haha) doctor and he is astounded!I have also returned to work after being told to apply for SSDI. I would never be able to work again...at age 38. I have lost 30 lbs without effort, my hair, eyes, skin and nails are healthier than ever and I even have cycles with no PMS!!!! I am so astounded that next year I will become a practicioner myself.I'm a believer.Please give it a shot...at this point, what have you got to lose? take care and best wishes.....moommy cat
    mommy cat 1,654 Replies
    • November 15, 2007
    • 03:46 PM
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  • For a long time I have had night sweats (7 years) and a year ago I started having bloating, heart palpitations, severe blood sugar problems and fatigue among other things. No one has been able to tell me what is wrong. I started to watch my diet carefully and removed gluten from it which has helped with bloating and malabsorption, completed a series of cleanses, started taking vitamins, enzymes (helps with digestion and nasty cough that I get otherwise) and probiotics and did a handful of liver/gallbladder flushes. I don't know exactly what did it but I don't have heart palpitations or night sweats anymore (as of 6 moths ago), my fatigue is gone, and I only rarely get hemorrhoids these days. The thing that I had worried most about were the heart palpitations and they seemed to disappear after about 3 or 4 liver/gallbladder flushes. The night sweats are also very rare unlike the previous nightly occurrence. I still avoid gluten because I don't digest well when I eat it and I also still watch when and what I eat to avoid blood sugar problems, otherwise several of my symptoms are gone and I am so relieved- there is hope. I spent many a night worried and scared. I have had a side ache (for 5 years), never mind rectal bleeding, that I have finally determined as intestinal pain and am getting a colonoscopy in two weeks to find the cause of the pain. I hope that my experience helps you.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 30, 2008
    • 09:05 AM
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  • Your symptoms sound very similiar to suffers of panic and anxiety disorder. Particulary waking up at night with sweats and such. It is also common with this type of disorder for the attack to come at the same time each night. Additionally, the panic that ensues during the night and loss of sleep can lead to to the weakness experiened during the day etc...Of course there are pharmaceutical courses of treatment for this such as xanex, etc..Eventually you will find that the root couse of you panic and anxiety is psychological in nature. Not to fear even further by the stigma of a potential psychological issue here at all. In fact there are an enormous amount of people who suffer and recover very effectively once they learn what their triggers are. There are many excellent sources of education to help you understand the internal dialouge that goes on inside your mind that ultimately is the cause of the panic and anxiety attack.One book in paricualr that many people have found helpful is by Eckhart Tolle - A New Earth. Althought his book deals with many topics, it delvs deeply into how the ego deals with panic and anxiety.All that being said I do not recommend this as your only source of therapy. However, it certainly would not hurt along with your MD's continued advice and care.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 10, 2008
    • 01:35 AM
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  • Hello,I suffered from many of the symptoms you describe. The elevated enzymes may not be taken seriously at your age but they should be. Not sure where you live but Im in California and finally went to see a biliary specialist at UCSF Medical Center. It not as common to have biliary issues as a young adult but it happens to many many people. Dr James Ostroff was the only doctor who knew what he was looking at. He did an ERCP and found that my common bile duct as well as my pacreatic duct had narrowed (possibly from stones passed, undiagnoised i might add). He opened the ducts and the pain was gone. See a specialist, someone who knows about the biliary. Not all GI doctors really know about biliary problems as a specialty.Good Luck!
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  • Hello, someone pls help.! I have had elevated liver enzymes for over 2 yrs now, and now over the past few months I have really bad night sweats where I wake up soaked! I also feel so sluggish and very very tired and have put on 30 pounds in over 1 1/2 years!!! I had a hysterectory at a very young age of 29, and was on hormone replacements for a very long time. Had appendicitis a little after but nothing since, been pretty much healthy and seeing my primary dr. once a year. My problem is I have never really felt so bad as I do now. I once had so much energy, up to maybe 2 yrs ago and my health just seems to be going downhill. I am 51 yrs old and feel 80! I weigh 143 pounds compared to the 109 I once weighed a year or two ago. I am a very upbeat person and not at all depressed, just wish one doctor, just one doctor could diagnose my problem. I have had blood tests, which constantly show the elevated liver enzymes, but with no other problems, my dr felt this wasn't too uncommon. At this years' annual exam my blood pressure seemed to be elevated (182/101) and is high at times and I sometimes will find myself at a store and all of a sudden I will feel a flush come over me and my heart starts feeling like its going to jump out of my skin, and I am told this is PCVs. Can someone pls tell me what is going on?:confused:Please ask your doctor to test you for Alpha-1 Antitrypsin. It is a simple blood test.
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    • September 2, 2009
    • 11:33 PM
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  • Hello, someone pls help.! I have had elevated liver enzymes for over 2 yrs now, and now over the past few months I have really bad night sweats where I wake up soaked! I also feel so sluggish and very very tired and have put on 30 pounds in over 1 1/2 years!!! I had a hysterectory at a very young age of 29, and was on hormone replacements for a very long time. Had appendicitis a little after but nothing since, been pretty much healthy and seeing my primary dr. once a year. My problem is I have never really felt so bad as I do now. I once had so much energy, up to maybe 2 yrs ago and my health just seems to be going downhill. I am 51 yrs old and feel 80! I weigh 143 pounds compared to the 109 I once weighed a year or two ago. I am a very upbeat person and not at all depressed, just wish one doctor, just one doctor could diagnose my problem. I have had blood tests, which constantly show the elevated liver enzymes, but with no other problems, my dr felt this wasn't too uncommon. At this years' annual exam my blood pressure seemed to be elevated (182/101) and is high at times and I sometimes will find myself at a store and all of a sudden I will feel a flush come over me and my heart starts feeling like its going to jump out of my skin, and I am told this is PCVs. Can someone pls tell me what is going on?:confused: sphincter of oddi dysfunction!!!
    JamieM28 1 Replies
    • September 25, 2009
    • 06:59 PM
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  • Hello, someone pls help.! I have had elevated liver enzymes for over 2 yrs now, and now over the past few months I have really bad night sweats where I wake up soaked! I also feel so sluggish and very very tired and have put on 30 pounds in over 1 1/2 years!!! I had a hysterectory at a very young age of 29, and was on hormone replacements for a very long time. Had appendicitis a little after but nothing since, been pretty much healthy and seeing my primary dr. once a year. My problem is I have never really felt so bad as I do now. I once had so much energy, up to maybe 2 yrs ago and my health just seems to be going downhill. I am 51 yrs old and feel 80! I weigh 143 pounds compared to the 109 I once weighed a year or two ago. I am a very upbeat person and not at all depressed, just wish one doctor, just one doctor could diagnose my problem. I have had blood tests, which constantly show the elevated liver enzymes, but with no other problems, my dr felt this wasn't too uncommon. At this years' annual exam my blood pressure seemed to be elevated (182/101) and is high at times and I sometimes will find myself at a store and all of a sudden I will feel a flush come over me and my heart starts feeling like its going to jump out of my skin, and I am told this is PCVs. Can someone pls tell me what is going on?:confused:Sounds like menopause symptoms to me.
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    • October 6, 2009
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  • Please ask your doctor to test you for Alpha-1 Antitrypsin. It is a simple blood test.I know exactly what you mean, I'm going through the exact same thing, It is not psychological unlike one of the responses suggested, i have tested positive for elevated liver enzymes for 2 years, to the point the doctor is concerned about permanent liver damage, not to mention the rest of the symptoms that have been mentioned. I have had all the tests that everyone's responses have suggested and more, that is how sick i am. I have days where it is difficult to say awake for 12 hrs much less 6, then i have days i'm so tired i can't sleep at all. I'm going to check into the alternative therapy mentioned in one of the blogs. But for today, try vitamin's D and B complex, i'm on high doses. check with your dr as to how much you should take. With in a couple months taking the vitimans,my enzymes went back to normal. I also used Oregon Chai tea (in the purple and yellow box) it actually reduces the swelling in my joints. I know the more processed foods and fast foods the worse i get. The other thing i'm trying now is, drinking water with lemon wedges, I read it is supposed to clean out liver cells. Good Luck
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 29, 2010
    • 07:42 AM
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  • Did you get help or find any answers? I feel the same way and I also have elevated liver enzymes and I had also had a hystirectomy at a young age.
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  • Hello,There have been many different theories posted here, some of which may be possibilities, it's impossible to truly diagnose you here. However, I would like to add something very important. All of the symptoms you have described, night sweats, night wakings, weight gain, extreme fatigue, high blood pressure, etc... are symptoms of a sleep disorder known as sleep apnea. Snoring is also a symptom. This can develop at any age to men or women. Your age and previous surgery only adds to the likelyhood of this diagnosis because of hormonal changes that commonly contribute to sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a breathing disorder during sleep, where you stop breathing for periods of time. It can be mild to severe. The person sleeping is not aware of these disruptions and experiences disruptions in the sleep cycle among a whole list of other disruptions. It's a viscious cycle, like a domino effect. You begin to develop sleep apnea and the longer it goes untreated, the worse it becomes. Weight gain only makes it even worse. Untreated, you will continue to develop other serious complications such as increasing blood pressure, extreme fatigue, depression, anxiety, hormonal problems, possible thyroid problems, elevated cholesterol, etc, etc, etc,... ultimately leading to a possible heart attack or stroke. Diagnosis and treatment are easy and life changing - for the better! You will be sent to a hospital or better yet, a sleep clinic, for a sleep study. There you will be hooked up to machines that will monitor things like your oxygen levels and brain wave patterns (so they will know what stage of sleep you are in). It's not at all invasive, they just use stickers to put the monitors on you. Then you will be left alone to sleep. If your apnea is severe, the staff will wake you and ask you to try a c-pap machine. This is the most common treatment for sleep apnea. It is a breathing machine that will ensure you get the proper levels of oxygen during your sleep and that you don't experience sleep disruptions so you can have restful sleep. Although most sleep apnea sufferers initially hate the machine, if they consistantly use it they will tell you they could not live without it. Most describe it as life changing. There are some new surgical techniques that can help severe sufferers too if you decide to go that route. Most sufferers are satisfied with the machine though. I hope you will consider this information. I am very very knowledgeable about sleep apnea because my husband is severely affected by it. I have spent 3 full years studying this condition and have spoken with some of the leading experts in the country about it. I can't write everything I know here, I'd have to write a book, however you can research it on your own. If your physician will not at least refer you for a sleep study, I would urge you to find someone who will. In that case, that physician is not serving you well. Remember YOU are paying for a service. You have every symptom and reason for this diagnosis. You must be an advocate for yourself when it comes to your health or you will suffer unnecessarily! I wish you the best.
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  • Bull**** on the PANIC DISORDER. DO NOT TAKE THIS ROUTE.. and YES you will be tagged psycho and it will be in yourrecords FOREVER asnd the doctors will never listen to a ****ing word you say form now on. You best take care of the "medically prven" health FACTS that are causing your problem.Let me say this.. I started taking the ***n benozos ( because I liked the feeling not because I needed them) at an early age. Pretty soon I was dependat on them They are ***l to come off of and could have life long lasting effects on your overall health. and PLEASE don't take any of the other pyshco meds they will try to push on you. They will make you ILL. I have type-II diabetes caused DIRECTLY from psych meds.. yes.. a lifelong disease that is causing me health issues one after the other. DOn't do it ! Stick with what is medically scientifically PROVEN with your health.And if YOU feel you are "anxious" and have "anxiety" then don't let the medical profession get a hold of that as a ***n DISORDER. IT is PART OF LIFE.. some people are just anxious. PERIOD. DOn't do it. You will be going down the wrong path. ALSO , I have damaged liver from psych meds ad well as the diabetes and high blood pressure ALL CAUSED BY MEDICATIONS. now I havwe to take tons of pilss to counter act what the psych meds have caused for the rest of my life. If you don't believe me just do a quick google and look for yourself. And if you think this is all BS then look for the thousands of PHD/MASTERS degree holders in psychology that will tell you the TRUTH about the psychiatric industry. Deal with your anxiety OTHER ways besides drugs.Sincerly,Damaged body from psych meds VICTIMYour symptoms sound very similiar to suffers of panic and anxiety disorder. Particulary waking up at night with sweats and such. It is also common with this type of disorder for the attack to come at the same time each night. Additionally, the panic that ensues during the night and loss of sleep can lead to to the weakness experiened during the day etc...Of course there are pharmaceutical courses of treatment for this such as xanex, etc..Eventually you will find that the root couse of you panic and anxiety is psychological in nature. Not to fear even further by the stigma of a potential psychological issue here at all. In fact there are an enormous amount of people who suffer and recover very effectively once they learn what their triggers are. There are many excellent sources of education to help you understand the internal dialouge that goes on inside your mind that ultimately is the cause of the panic and anxiety attack.One book in paricualr that many people have found helpful is by Eckhart Tolle - A New Earth. Althought his book deals with many topics, it delvs deeply into how the ego deals with panic and anxiety.All that being said I do not recommend this as your only source of therapy. However, it certainly would not hurt along with your MD's continued advice and care.
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  • Has your kidney function been checked? I had all of that (minus the hysterectomy) caused by my kidneys. It took me two years to track down a doc that could figure it out.
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  • I am 26 years old. A mother of 3. Had a hysterectomy at 24 years old. Havent taken my hormones like i need to. After having the surgery done I had problems sleeping so they put me on anbien. Now about 6 months ago, I started getting bad pain. Joints hurting bad. Doc refereed me to a arthertis doc. he pout me on pain med and did a bunch of bloodwork. They called me 2 days later with results which said my liver levels are high. Right after I found out about my levels I had a bad gallbladder attack which i had never had before. I thought i was having a heart attack. I havent had one like that but i have had a few little ones and I just went to the doc and found out that i have 2 gallstones. they are what Is messing with my liver levels. Doc said after they take my gallbladder out things should return to normal. I cant wait for the day to come my body dosent hurt like having the flu. I too have the fast heartbeat and i get it over nothing. dont have any engery at all. dont even claen my house or worse get to play with my kids like i want to do so bad. This is my story. The gallbldder is due to come out within the next 2 weeks. I will keep you updated with results. I hope this might help you.
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  • Please ask your doctor to test you for Alpha-1 Antitrypsin. It is a simple blood test.Have your doctor investigate an adrenal gland disorder.
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  • Hello, someone pls help.! I have had elevated liver enzymes for over 2 yrs now, and now over the past few months I have really bad night sweats where I wake up soaked! I also feel so sluggish and very very tired and have put on 30 pounds in over 1 1/2 years!!! I had a hysterectory at a very young age of 29, and was on hormone replacements for a very long time. Had appendicitis a little after but nothing since, been pretty much healthy and seeing my primary dr. once a year. My problem is I have never really felt so bad as I do now. I once had so much energy, up to maybe 2 yrs ago and my health just seems to be going downhill. I am 51 yrs old and feel 80! I weigh 143 pounds compared to the 109 I once weighed a year or two ago. I am a very upbeat person and not at all depressed, just wish one doctor, just one doctor could diagnose my problem. I have had blood tests, which constantly show the elevated liver enzymes, but with no other problems, my dr felt this wasn't too uncommon. At this years' annual exam my blood pressure seemed to be elevated (182/101) and is high at times and I sometimes will find myself at a store and all of a sudden I will feel a flush come over me and my heart starts feeling like its going to jump out of my skin, and I am told this is PCVs. Can someone pls tell me what is going on?:confused:Hi There, I can totally relate to what you are going through, I also have all of those symptoms and I am def. going through menopause, even at the age of 46 my FSH was at 81, which is a post menopause number, along with that lovely change does come the night sweats, etc. And I have recently been told my liver enzyme was high... Alkaline Phosphatase to use her words, I also have what they say is a slightly enlarged liver. I was so scared and panicked and thought omg I am going to die...and still am freaked right out worried about cancer and all that sort of thing that goes through the mind, however, I also hear that it could be caused by a fatty liver...the rise in the level and the swelling, I am just guessing but the hike in your weight coupled with the menopause symptoms might be a fatty liver. Did you have an abdominal ultrasound done yet of the liver? Thinking of you and wishing you good health.. I understand your fears...on top of all of this, I have anxiety disorder...so I am totally freaked out! I am hoping to god that all is well as I am a 46yr old single mom. Sigh...
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  • If you haven't been checked, have your doc test for Human Parvo virus (a related, but not the same bug that pets get). It exhibits lupus-like symptoms: rumatoid pain, fatigue, etc and can last for quite a while. If the virus hits the liver, the enzymes will elevate (mine are pegging the chart). It's at least worth a check. My doc said they don't typically test for it. Finally did... it was positive.Hello, someone pls help.! I have had elevated liver enzymes for over 2 yrs now, and now over the past few months I have really bad night sweats where I wake up soaked! I also feel so sluggish and very very tired and have put on 30 pounds in over 1 1/2 years!!! I had a hysterectory at a very young age of 29, and was on hormone replacements for a very long time. Had appendicitis a little after but nothing since, been pretty much healthy and seeing my primary dr. once a year. My problem is I have never really felt so bad as I do now. I once had so much energy, up to maybe 2 yrs ago and my health just seems to be going downhill. I am 51 yrs old and feel 80! I weigh 143 pounds compared to the 109 I once weighed a year or two ago. I am a very upbeat person and not at all depressed, just wish one doctor, just one doctor could diagnose my problem. I have had blood tests, which constantly show the elevated liver enzymes, but with no other problems, my dr felt this wasn't too uncommon. At this years' annual exam my blood pressure seemed to be elevated (182/101) and is high at times and I sometimes will find myself at a store and all of a sudden I will feel a flush come over me and my heart starts feeling like its going to jump out of my skin, and I am told this is PCVs. Can someone pls tell me what is going on?:confused:
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