Liver Panel Lab Results

Anxiously Waiting to discuss liver panel lab results with docs

So, back in November both my internist and my psychiatrist wrote out lab requests for me to fill. Put it off until January because I was nervous as to what the results might be.

Metabolic panel showed high triglycerides. I fasted, but forgot not to take my fish oil that morning. I currently take atorvastatin (LIPITOR®) for high cholesterol and high triglycerides which I had been unsuccessful at controlling using diet and exercise alone. Unfortunately, atorvastatin is hard on the liver…

Liver panel showed high potassium and high albumin/globulin (A/G) ratio which may indicate liver or kidney problems. I take two medications which can damage the liver and kidneys: atorvastatin and divalproex sodium (Depakote®) — the antiseizure medication I take as a mood stabilizer for bipolar disorder.

Thursday my psychologist, who works with my psychiatrist, cautioned me against catastrophizing, reminding me that there were solutions (reducing dose, changing medications, etc.).

Next week I have an appointment with my psychiatrist, and I plan to see my internist. The easiest solution is to go off atorvastatin and see a nutritionist to improve my metabolic blood chemistry.

Time to lower my bad (LDL) cholesterol and triglycerides using diet and exercise. Wish me luck.

37 thoughts on “Liver Panel Lab Results

  1. Viv@Grief Happens April 4, 2018 / 1:27 pm

    I’m catching up on blog reading… My psychiatrist also just requested a full panel of blood work…and I, too, have been putting it off. The liver panel makes me nervous. I like to go off my meds anyway (not wise) and I have such bad anxiety thinking about the possibility of my meds contributing to bad blood work, especially since I am finally on a cocktail that’s working. You’ve inspired me, though. I just have to do it.

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  2. e February 1, 2018 / 10:31 pm

    Prayers up!❤️🙏🏽❤️

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      • e February 3, 2018 / 7:25 pm

        Glad you’re ok! Hugs!🙏🏽❤️

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  3. breakdownchick January 30, 2018 / 7:29 am

    Good luck!!🙏

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  4. atripofthetongue January 30, 2018 / 5:32 am

    sending you best wishes–i just started on depakote and have to go in for my first set of labs later this week. it’s been a strange transition–i like the idea of speaking with a nutritionist–thank you.

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  5. dbp49 January 29, 2018 / 11:37 am

    Myself, I have to stick with what I know, so I’ll be putting in a good word for you with the One I believe created that liver of yours. I also have enough trust in You, that you can handle just about anything life throws your way, and still come back smelling like Spring roses. All the best.

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    • Kitt O'Malley January 30, 2018 / 10:24 pm

      Thank you and God bless. My liver is redeemable, that’s why my providers have me do the tests periodically, to nip negative effects before they lead to permanent damage.

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      • dbp49 January 31, 2018 / 11:24 am

        That sounds like a great plan, and as a person who has suffered the effects of life-long PTSD, the type of on-going care that I understand very well.

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