*Results may vary. The information in this site is NOT to be construed as medical advice. Cirrhosis of the liver is a serious condition and if you have it, you should see a doctor. I am not a doctor and am not able to dispense medical advice. My husband saw a doctor (many of them) and they were able to do things for him that I could not. However, they were unable to recommend alternative treatments, and in MY OPINION they were VERY beneficial to my husband, so I am providing some of that information here. My husband and I tried all of these alternative therapies at our own risk, and if you try them you will be doing the same. At your own risk. No promises are made in this blog. I am not saying there is a cure for cirrhosis or any other condition. However, I believe most people can get well, like my husband did. My husband is alive, happy, productive, functional and has his energy back. He no longer worries about having to go on disability or getting a $577,000 liver transplant. Cirrhosis is a serious condition. He is currently in the fibrosis stage (Stage 2 liver disease), which is still serious. I cannot guarantee you will have the same results. I just want you to know about what worked well for my husband. I hope you will share what you learned with others, and share your story with us as well. This blog was made for YOU! Thanks for visiting!

Friday, September 11, 2015

How to Read a Liver Panel Test

I found a really good site that explains a "Liver Panel Test" .... something I never quite understood, and I am sure there are many other people who don't quite understand how to read the test, either.

I found this on THIS PAGE. I want to give a huge THANK YOU to LabTestsOnline.com for explaining all of this... because even my husband's doctors never bothered to explain it!

Cirrhosis is just so overwhelming, I never had time to look all of these definitions before, and all the acronyms on Jake's charts just looked downright confusing... ALT, ALP, AST, TP.... and I kept getting Albumin and Bilirubin mixed up.... and then I had no idea which ones were supposed to be high, and which ones were supposed to be low!!! How to keep them all straight??? I could barely remember my own damn name when Jake was going through all this (there should be some kind of term for when someone is dealing with their spouse's cirrhosis... like how men start showing funny symptoms when their wives are pregnant... women start losing a few brain cells when their husbands become encephalopathic, just due to all the stress and lack of sleep!)

But here is the info I could have used a year and a half ago!  Hope this helps some of you. Scroll all the way to the bottom (past the chart) to see all the definitions. This is a great list!!!  You can see more info on THIS PAGE.

Liver Panel 

Formal name: Hepatic Function Panel

The Test

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