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Question: RUQ pain/ High bilirubin

 RT - Tue May 10, 2005 10:29 am

I am 30 years old with a 10 year history of heavy drinking. I used to drink 8-12 beers a day, but now I've cut back to 8-12 beers a week.
Back in August I went to see my doctor for sinus problems and while I was there he discovered that my eyes were jaudice. He ordered a hepatitis test and full LFT's and my bilirubin was a 6 but all of the other tests were normal. He told me to cut back on the drinking, and scheduled at CT scan. After a week of not drinking, I began to have a dull pain in my upper right abdomin under my ribcage. My CT scan came back normal, so my doctor ordered an ultrasound, then a hida scan which were also normal. I had 4 more blood tests since Aug and my bilirubin is down to a 3 and my other tests are still normal. I was referred to a specialist that diagnosed me with gilberts syndrome, but could not explain the abdominal pain. My question is: Could I still have liver problems even though all of my tests say that i don't?
 RT - Tue May 10, 2005 11:44 am


My gallbladder checked out ok too.
 RT - Wed May 11, 2005 7:24 pm

Here are the results from my last test

ALP 90
AST 20
ALT 37
Total Bili 2.36
TP 7.5
GLOB 2.8
ALB 4.7
Conj. Bili .53

Gilberts syndrome is the logical cause for my elevated bilirubin, but that doesn't explain the pain.

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