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[QUOTE=TattPayne;5080319]There are several potential causes for elevation of these liver enzymes: A wide range of health problems can lead to elevated liver enzymes.

Some common causes include,

•Adrenal insufficiency (inadequate levels of hormones released by the adrenal gland)
•Alcohol abuse
•Alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency (a disorder caused by defective production of the glycoprotein alpha-1-antitrypsin)
•Autoimmune disorders of the liver and bile ducts, such as autoimmune hepatitis
•Celiac disease
•Elevated triglycerides (fat tissues) or high cholsterol
•Excessive use of certain herbal supplements, such as comfrey, kava, pennyroyal, and skullcap
•Hepatic steatosis and steatohepatitis, and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) .A condition called "fatty liver"
•Infections such as viral hepatitis and mononucleosis
•Medications including certain nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like Aleve;, cholesterol-lowering medications, antibiotics, anti-seizure medications
•Metabolic liver disease such as hemochromatosis and Wilson's disease
•Muscle disorders such as Muscular Dystrophy
* Crohn's disease
* Some chemotherapy drugs
•Thyroid disorders
•Tumors of the liver or bile ducts
*It probably is a familial problem-unrelated to any individual problem.
*Different infections, toxins, medications, and a host of other causes can cause elevation of liver enzymes
* Almost any drug would cause liver inflammation
* Hepatitis A, b or C.
* Over-the-counter pain medications, including acetaminophen (Tylenol, others)
* Autoimmune Hepatitis
* Cirrhosis
* CMV(Cytomegalovirus ) infecion
* Epstein -Barr Virus
* Heart Attack
* Pancreatitis
* Severe burns
* Acute hemolytic anemia
* Gangrene or shock.[/QUOTE]

Fortunately I can cross a large number of these off my list of possible issues. I'm really not too concerned with the liver enzymes alone as I know that doesn't necessarily mean something is terribly wrong. I've read a lot about ultrasounds possibly being off so we will see what the CT scan shows. What bothers me most is the pain. I couldn't sleep last night because of it. It wasn't crazy strong, but it was constant and just strong enough to make me very uncomfortable and keep me up. When I finally did fall asleep, my daughter woke me up and on my way back to bed I got another strong, stabbing pain which was followed by a constant, dull ache and it was really bothersome. As time goes by it just gets stronger or more constant and I want it to go away.

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