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1008841 tn?1293602560 that is to say, some patients who have hepatic encephalopathy (HE, or confusion due to liver dysfunction) do not have elevated ammonia levels, and sometimes ammonia levels can be elevated without apparent HE -- docs usually use the guidelines Hector provided above to diagnose HE as opposed to just declaring it based on ammonia levels. Flowerchild: you can calculate your own MELD score if you have a copy of your lab reports from bloodwork by using this site: http://www.mayoclinic.
Avatar n tn http://my.webmd.com/content/healthwise/149/37057?UID=%7B941B2BBF-610E-4CF8-A58F-169D2D8B2301%7D This site has a table about 1/2 way down that indicates what normal ammonia levels are at various ages. A little bit further down the article explains that ammonia levels do not necessarily correlate with the symptoms of encepalophy. I hope this helps.
Avatar n tn I saw my very old post above and need to say that that is no longer the recommendation for those with cirrhosis. Although it seems to lower ammonia levels, it lowers other things that you don't want to lower such as the albumin . Joe now eats a higher protein diet and uses lactulose to remove the ammonia and he is getting along well this way.
Avatar n tn Protein breaks down into ammonia and high ammonia levels may contribute to brain fog. Ten or fifteen years ago, I did a low fat diet for a while. My energy level was very high. I was also exercising a lot and had little responsibilities. Six years ago, I tried a high fat/protein diet. I felt pretty sluggish and looking back, I made some bad decisions so I probably wasn't thinking clearly, I also started getting pains in my liver/gall bladder.
Avatar m tn I had asked my rheumatologist to let me try it for fibro due to the side effect of possible weight loss and he hadn't even heard of it. Regardless he won't give me anything not approved for fibro. Luckily I have reduced my Lyrica dosage and am finding my appetitie going down.
Avatar m tn I thought this would result in some weight loss, but instead I'm gaining weight! Then it occurred to me it could be the Solysio/Ovaldi? Going in for 8-week blood draw today. I'll post them when I get them. Thanks.
1896835 tn?1321576203 Can someone please lead to to things he could do to boost the white blood platlets while I wait to get him in to a GI, can someone offer some suggestions about their experience or what I need to know, do, or expect. I am truly at a loss and I feel as though my hands are tied. Again, Thank you for your time.
604197 tn?1292308636 I was 43 when my accident occurred. I will probably not ever be the same again. I suffer from dizziness and loss of balance, loss of coordination and a tremor in my right hand whenever I try to write, eat or do anything that involves fine motor skills. But I still see small improvements after 4 yrs. so don't ever give up. Its a long road to recovery and I'm much better off than I was at first.
Avatar m tn I have a very colorful riba rash, but no weight loss. The joke will be, if I do stop having the pie, etc., weight loss will suddenly appear as a new side for me. The sides seem to arrive at different times.
4043517 tn?1374010173 First get my bowels working and my ammonia down. I'm out for a few weeks right before Xmas, that figures.
Avatar m tn With cirrhosis how can I control my ammonia levels, what are my options in medications,
Avatar n tn He also has hemochromatosis but has not done a phlebotomy in over a year. His ammonia levels are twice as high as the norm. He has had a recent weight loss and is not able to or does not want to stop drinking alcohol. Once a person has advanced cirrhosis and does not stop drinking how long might they live? I am very concerned.
29837 tn?1414538248 Increased ammonia levels are related to liver damage not the treatment drugs. Did your doctor say what the levels were? Did he put you on meds for it? Are you seeing a Heptologist?
238010 tn?1420409872 But I just read in another post that cheese and peanut butter (among other things) may contribute to higher ammonia levels, which in turn may cause brain fog. Any suggestions on what fats to take with riba, both in the morning and evening? And how much fat is necessary each time?
Avatar m tn It is possibly withdrawal for AD's could, and also that low blood sugar could, and also that high ammonia levels could. The only way to ascertain which issue it is is to first, make sure you wean slowly over several months off the AD's, you do not want to suddenly reduce dosage but very gradually. Ask to have a fasting blood sugar drawn one morning, to see if you have developed and blood sugar or insulin issues you must have this test.
Avatar n tn I've just had to stop depakote cold because of ammonia buildup in my system. 19 - 60 is considered normal range...in 1 week my ammonia level went from 68 to 93. True, this is rare, but just beware. You sound like you want to take charge of your health (you should see my files at the house...all that the doctors have). I know that the docs are doing their best, but let's get real...they do see more than one patient a month. Also, don't rely just on one doc. I use my pdoc and internest both.
Avatar f tn In the past, it was thought that consumption of protein even at normal levels increased the risk of hepatic encephalopathy in patients with decompensated cirrhosis. This has been shown to be incorrect. Many people with chronic liver disease are malnourished and require adequate protein to maintain a stable body weight. A diet with adequate protein and energy is therefore recommended.
Avatar m tn Hi. I sent a quick note about weight gain/loss, HepC or something else? Now I remember why I was so concerned about this. I was diagnosed with an umbilical hernia in December, and cautioned by HepC doc not to do anything too strenuous, plus at Stag3/4 in the HepC picture. My usual exercise regime wasn't working, no matter what I did, diet, exercise, blah blah blah. I figured it out.
Avatar n tn In Feb,we noticed considerable changes in his weight,15lb. loss over the previous couple of months and extreem lethargy. Then he became completely incoherent and we took him to ER. Hepatic Encephalopathy was diagnosed with an ammonia level of over 200. 20 years ago my dad was an alcoholic and had surgery for cirrhosis, but hasn't had a drink since and has remained in excellent health to this point.
Avatar n tn In the decompensated stage of liver disease, the liver becomes unable to break down and rid the body of ammonia. Toxic levels build in the blood and brain, causing a condition known as hepatic encephalopathy. Symptoms of this condition include behavior and personality changes, fatigue, drowsiness, slurred speech, confusion, disorientation and muscle twitching. In the last stage of hepatic encephalopathy, seizures, coma and death occur.
Avatar n tn High levels of toxins can affect the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord), although how they do so is not well understood. Increased levels of ammonia are believed to be most responsible for hepatic encephalopathy. Ammonia is a byproduct of the digestion of proteins by bacteria in the intestines; normally ammonia is metabolized into urea by the liver and excreted by the kidneys as urine.
Avatar f tn Nor is an ammonia smell. High ammonia blood levels are a cause of hepatic encephalopathy one symptom would be breath that has a sweet, fecal smell to it. Other symptoms of HE: Early symptoms include forgetfulness, confusion, and breath with a sweet or musty odor. Advanced symptoms include shaking of the hands or arms, disorientation, and slurred speech.
1008841 tn?1293602560 Once in the colon, lactulose is metabolized by colonic bacteria and the pH is lowered. As a result, peripheral ammonia levels are reduced. Rifaximin (550 mg 2x per day) is also used with Lactulose and doesn't have the unpleasant side effects of Lactulose. Common precipitants that may trigger an episode of hepatic encephalopathy in patients with otherwise stable liver disease include: Eating red meats. Patients with HE should get their protein from chicken, fish and vegetables.
5611452 tn?1370974704 I know dealing with your immediate health problems is hard enough but I really think your doctor is right thinking long term and weight loss. With the surgery and weight loss you could feel like an entirely new person in a year! You always seem so strong and good spirited I think you can make this happen! Please keep us posted on how things are going, it's always good to hear from you. BTW I actually like the taste of lactulose, yummy sweet!
Avatar f tn After that my Red Blood, White Blood Cells and Hematocrit levels have been high. Now adding to that Ammonia Levels and Alpha feta protein levels also rising. I went to blood specialist who said we'll just keep an eye on levels, so I'm assuming at this point, the levels are not a big deal. I also recently went to lung doctor who is running autoimmune blood tests. From what I'm reading on the posts, it seems this is mostly related to post interferon treatments.
Avatar m tn FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE AGAINST AMMONIA Removal of ammonia begins with the liver, therefore keeping the liver healthy and well functioning will clearly help to improve ammonia removal. Since a major medical indicator of liver failure is high levels of ammonia in the bloodstream, it follows that detoxifying the liver may well be the best way to remove ammonia from the body.
Avatar n tn I'm wondering what "tx" means. I know it's the abbreviation for my home State, but, it isn't what it is used for in this forum. I've seen it elsewhere too. Will someone explain it to me? Here's my story about "shaking"...I've had Hep C since 1990. Here's the post I just posted in Life Extension Forum's web-site: I had been convinced that BHT would likely destroy Hep C VIrus. It didn't do it for me. Here's the post: I've been tested again, after 3 months of BHT.
873823 tn?1240076548 * Bleeding from enlarged veins (varices) in the digestive tract. * Bruising easily. * Weight loss and muscle wasting. * Belly pain or discomfort. * Frequent infections. * Confusion. My advice is to get seen as soon as possible by either a gastroenterologist or a hepatologist.
5901196 tn?1395547509 If you treated before with peg-interferon and ribavirin (although this combo was not available in the late nineties) you will have to wait for the next generation of treatment which will be all oral drugs without peg-interferon. Ammonia? It is very rare to have high ammonia levels caused by liver disease without being stage 4 (cirrhosis). When was the last time you had a biopsy? In the last 3 years. Are any of your blood levels abnormal besides AST and ALT?