Effects of high ammonia levels on the brain

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High <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>amm<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span>ia</span> levels lead to <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>brain</span> fog. I used 2 amino acids (arginine and orthinine as suggested by Dr. H. Clark in her book on HIV, only one page was about HCV).
Other people can smell when a person has high <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>amm<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span>ia</span> levels <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span> their breath. I have never heard <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> a patient who could. As with other body smells, the patient is accustomed to their own smell and can not smell it. the smell from ammonia buildup due to advanced liver disease is called "foetor hepaticus". It is the odor of the breath in patients with severe liver disease caused by volatile aromatic substances that accumulate in the blood and urine.
Although removal of ammonia appears to be important in the treatment of hepatic encephalopathy, the relationship between ammonia levels and <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> pathogenesis <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> disease has yet to be confirmed. <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> other hand, an elevated <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>amm<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span>ia</span> level above 250 μmol/L in an individual with fulminant hepatic failure is a key issue and bodes for an extremely poor prognosis.
Are <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effect</span>s <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> elevated amonia levels reversible? After <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> levels have been brought back down and other complications due to the levels will a person not be confused and unresponsive? Someone I love dearly had ulcers the were bleeding in the lower part of her esophagus. That and the history of a liver disease caused the amonia levels to get high enough that she was comatose. they got the levels down and removed her ventillator but she still has a blank stare and is not responsive.
He presently takes Lactulose, but has been hospitalized in <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> past to help with <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> high <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>amm<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span>ia</span> levels. A low protein diet sometimes helps with <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>amm<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span>ia</span> levels, but not always. the only thing that has recently helped my brother with symptoms is the "Alzheimer's patch." I won't mention the name of the medication or the pharmaceutical company, and no--I'm not a rep for the company. It is being used off-label by my brother's doctor and his quality of life has improved dramatically.
Cindy, 21-50 micromoles per liter (mcmol/L) is the normal range depending upon the lab you use. Higher than norm ammonia levels are usually due to a problem with protein being broken down in the small intestines. It is then process by the liver and eliminated through the kidneys in your urine. So any problems in this part of the digestive system can result in higher than normal ammonia level.
My platelets went from 109 or 107 whatever.. <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> 1st to 85 <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> 12th. All <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> numbers are just a lil worse <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> creatinine, bilirubin etc etc. So yeah, I'm sure my number is different now. @sunru I haven't even heard of Kristalose...I'll have to ask about that. Thanks. How does it taste? It's not thick is it? I am trying to be as proactive as I can.
Rather than commenting on a thread that was started in 2011, you can open your own thread by clicking <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> orange ‘post a question’ button near <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> top <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> page. Include mention <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> cirrhosis in the subject line so others will see it and offer their thoughts.
It really is our only defense against the high ammonia levels. I take 8 to 16 shot glasses per day. I hate <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> taste <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> it and I can't stand <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> texture <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> it, but the alternative is worse.
Abdominal bloating and a sweet taste in <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> mouth are <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> principal adverse <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effect</span>s associated with normal doses <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> lactulose. None <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> us likes taking, I took it for 6 years myself, it has a nasty taste, it but if we don't then the HE can not be managed and high ammonia and the resulting brain symptoms will occur which can be fatal if a person goes into a coma. Lactulose is a liquid laxative that binds with ammonia and removes it from the body via stool.
However I am told I am far from cirhosis which is generally accepted to be <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> main cause <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> high <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>amm<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span>ia</span> levels in those with HCV. Would it be strange to have a 40-50 year old develop plaques/alzhiemer's? Would you think it more likely a 40-50 year old person with HCV and problems with memory be more likely to be suffering from plaques/alziehmer's or that the virus is causing the problem. there are those who would automatically assume drugs or alcohol (stigma). Thanks for the thought.
Regardless of how or why the magnesium taureate is causing your side effect symptoms, it sounds like it's not going to work well for you or your mom. That's too bad for <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> two <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> you, because I really like <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> effect <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span> my blood pressure. I've gone from taking four blood pressure medications to two, and I'm working on dropping a third medication. But if it was causing heartburn, I wouldn't take it. I had that issue with niacin for high cholesterol.
2) Remember that each of us brings our own personal set <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> issues to <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> table. If you look at <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> side <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effect</span>s from Cosmos...<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> study <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> S/O...there were more sides experienced from folks with more advanced cirrhosis than those with little to none. For example, I personally had early cirrhosis(I Hope lol), no diabetes, cryo, Thyroid, high blood pressure etc and I had practically NO Side effects.
I went in on a Thursday, had the surgery and walked out <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> hospital <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> next day! So something might be going <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span> there! But life goes <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span>. And all in all life is good! I am ready for the crisp fall weather!!! And then I will be on my second tx. Well, I hope you are doing good and I wish for you the VERY best! Talk w/ ya soon....
I also like a real good whole-milk organic yogurt with live culture -- the kind with the cream on the top is delicious and I often have it for desert. one <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> few things that taste good <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span> these meds and it goes great with cut-in Mango.
Some people can even experience uncoordinated muscle movements if <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>amm<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span>ia</span> levels are high enough. <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> common treatment to decrease <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>amm<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span>ia</span> levels is lactulose. It is a syrupy sweet laxative. It binds with ammonia in the gut so it can be excreted in stool. Unfortunately, you may need to titrate the doses so you have 6-8 stools per day. of course this is not pleasant but it is the onLY way to rid the body of excess ammonia. It does work though.
My dad is in his late 50s he has spent most of his life locked up in prison in results to his Heroin use . He is in his late stages <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> this disease with <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> add <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> serosys <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> liver. this disease has been very unperdictable , in and out of the hospital thinking this was it and comes home. I guess what im looking for is anything that educates me on this diseases levels so im more prepared.
Cannabis users have slower reaction times, impaired thinking, reduced levels <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> alertness and poor memory compared to non-users. This leads to higher <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> job accident rates and defective or dangerous workmanship. With 2.5 million new users of marijuana in 2012 age 12 and older (6,800 new users per day) legalizing marijuana will dramatically increase these numbers. Marijuana use in elementary, middle and high school will become common.
I was on a trial and it seems much info was left out Back then I was diabetic and was on Metformin but doc said he didn't think I needed it since my weekly draws were so good. To be fair they were just starting to talk about <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effect</span>s <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> IR and Diabetes <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span> success <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> tx, I wonder if that would have helped me.
This thyroid hormone also regulates the levels and actions of serotonin, noradrenalin, and GABA (gamma-amino butyric acid), now accepted as the main chemical transmitters implicated in both depression and some anxiety disorders. Maintaining normal serotonin and noradrenalin levels in <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>brain</span> depends to a great extent <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span> whether <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> correct amount of T3 is available.
the jury may be still out <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> long-term <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>effect</span>s <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> various types <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> sleep deprivation but my money is <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span> that being very damaging. Certainly I wonder if it causes some of the psychosis, depression, moodiness that many people experience. Sleep deprivation doesn't seem to be the whole story though. I want more, more, more, information.
If she had gyrate atrophy then the source is genetic and she has a mitochondrial disorder and there should also be lab abnormalities such as high lactate, and <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>amm<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span>ia</span> levels, there should be a reduced activity <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> ornithine aminotransferase in her fibroblasts and other tissues. I would make sure that there are or are not lab abnormalities before I decided on a diagnosis. That will help possible treatment.
Antibiotics are usually prescribed if you have yellow or green nasal discharge from one side of the nose, or both sides <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> face, localized pain <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span> one side <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> face, or evidence <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> pus inside <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> nose. Doctors rarely take a sample of pus from your nose and actually test it, in order to determine if it is a bacterial or viral infection. However, it’s a safe bet that a bacterial infection is present, because most of us already have bacterial in our upper respiratory tract.
the clean blood then goes to the lungs to get oxygen before going to the heart. <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> heart then pumps <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> blood to all parts <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>of</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> body, including <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>brain</span>. With this condition, there may be a problem in the blood flow into the liver. This happens when blood does not easily go into the liver because of liver disease. When blood cannot flow into the liver, it uses other blood vessels to return to the heart. This then leaves the blood uncleaned of harmful substances, including ammonia.
Kalio 1 knows some good supplements for helping you with your nutrition if you can't keep your food down. For your <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>brain</span>, what is your <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>amm<span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>on</span>ia</span> like? If <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> levels are high you can take lactulose. It cleared a lot of my brain fog. I've had trouble with labcorp also (and quest). If it says that you are to get a copy on your order, call them and make a fuss. I've found the labs are better at faxing. If you don't have a fax # you can use, try www.efax.
one item that caught my eye was <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>the</span> statement <em>" current data suggest that retreating patients with genotype 2 or 3 for a longer duration does not affect SVR because 24 and 48 weeks of therapy yield similar rates of SVR"</em> and they cite <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?CMD=search&DB=pubmed">Hadziyannis'06</a>. My hunch is that the 800mg of the good stuff may have been a significant factor.