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jasonD2

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Now I am convinced that I have non-alcoholic steatohepatitis. I read that it can be caused by bacterial overgrowth. my liver ALT was a bit high this time last year and interestingly enough it went down 10 points after completing a course of alinia, which probably helped w/ my bacterial overgrowth. all the more reason to address the overgrowth once and for all but does it seem like i may actually have this?


Endoscopy & blood panel all negative 12/09 after being strict w/ gluten free diet

As of 8/09 - Candida Overgrowth, C.difficile overgrowth, elevated fecal anti-gliadin, elevated putrefactive SCFA's

Developed severe lactose intolerance, IBS and food sensitivities in 02 after contracting Giardia from a river in Oregon

Had negative celiac blood work in 02

Elevated stool anti-gliadin Ab (21 with 10 being cutoff for normal) - 2008

Positive for DQ8- 2008

Tested high positive for egg, dairy, soy, ginger, mustard - 2008

Lactulose/Mannitol (leaky gut) test indicated slight intestinal permeability

Improved with gluten free diet but still have spastic constipation

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Now I am convinced that I have non-alcoholic steatohepatitis. I read that it can be caused by bacterial overgrowth. my liver ALT was a bit high this time last year and interestingly enough it went down 10 points after completing a course of alinia, which probably helped w/ my bacterial overgrowth. all the more reason to address the overgrowth once and for all but does it seem like i may actually have this?

Obviously something is causing your elevated ALT. Your observation that your ALT decreased after taking Alinia is significant. What does your doc say about your decreased ALT after Alinia treatment? I agree that you need to kill off your bad bacteria ASAP. However your elevated ALT may be a clue to why you keep getting gut infections. So that's worth investigating.


Gluten, dairy, soy, egg, cane sugar, vanilla and nutmeg free. Enterolab diagnosed gluten/casein intolerant 7/04; soy intolerant 8/07. ELISA test diagnosed egg/cane sugar IgG allergies 8/06; vanilla/nutmeg 8/06. 2006-10 diagnosed by DNA Microbial stool tests and successfully treated: Klebsiella, Enterobacter Cloaecae, Cryptosporidia, Candida, C-diff, Achromobacter, H. Pylori and Dientamoeba Fragilis. 6/10 Heidelberg capsule test diagnosed hypochloridia. Vitamin D deficiency, hypothyroiditis, hypochloridia and low white blood cells caused vulnerability to infections. I now take Betaine HCl, probiotics, Vitamin D and T3 thyroid supplement to maintain immunity.

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NASH is marked by both elevated liver enzymes and fatty deposits.

http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Steatohepatitis

The diagnosis is confirmed with a biopsy.

I dealt with this diagnosis with my husband, and in my opinion, it is the diagnosis for alcholics in denial and a way for Drs. to allow them to stay that way. Just like Drs. can tell people "oh, you have IBS" as a generic catch-all term so that they can walk around with a label (diagnosis) and feel better that they "know" what is wrong with them.

NASH is a cheater diagnosis, and unless you have a serious drinking problem that you refuse to acknowledge, I doubt that this is the answer. Oddly enough, my husband's liver tests all came back normal once he stopped drinking.

Sorry Jason, maybe others will have more insight for you, but this comes from my personal experience, and what I researched during that time.

If you do think you have NASH, I do encourage you to stop all drinking, even just if it is 2 drinks a week. Elevated liver enzymes indicate a damaged liver, and putting your liver through more strain with processing liquor is not a good thing.

Best of luck.

-Daisy


I haven't got the slightest idea how to change people, but still I keep a long list of prospective candidates just in case I should ever figure it out.

--David Sedaris

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Thanks but I don't have an alcohol problem..trust me ;)


Endoscopy & blood panel all negative 12/09 after being strict w/ gluten free diet

As of 8/09 - Candida Overgrowth, C.difficile overgrowth, elevated fecal anti-gliadin, elevated putrefactive SCFA's

Developed severe lactose intolerance, IBS and food sensitivities in 02 after contracting Giardia from a river in Oregon

Had negative celiac blood work in 02

Elevated stool anti-gliadin Ab (21 with 10 being cutoff for normal) - 2008

Positive for DQ8- 2008

Tested high positive for egg, dairy, soy, ginger, mustard - 2008

Lactulose/Mannitol (leaky gut) test indicated slight intestinal permeability

Improved with gluten free diet but still have spastic constipation

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Didn't think so!! But I'm also not one to presume--safer that way! :D

Take care.

-Daisy


I haven't got the slightest idea how to change people, but still I keep a long list of prospective candidates just in case I should ever figure it out.

--David Sedaris

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How elevated is it and is your doctor concerned? Too much self diagnosis is not always a good thing especially when someone tends to worry a lot. If it is high talk to your doctor about it and see if they can help figure out why. That is what you are paying him/her for.


Courage does not always roar, sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying

"I will try again tommorrow" (Mary Anne Radmacher)

Diagnosed by Allergist with elimination diet and diagnosis confirmed by GI in 2002

Misdiagnoses for 15 years were IBS-D, ataxia, migraines, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, parathesias, arthritis, livedo reticularis, hairloss, premature menopause, osteoporosis, kidney damage, diverticulosis, prediabetes and ulcers, dermatitis herpeformis

All bold resoved or went into remission in time with proper diagnosis of Celiac November 2002

 Gene Test Aug 2007

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 1 0303

HLA-DQB1 Molecular analysis, Allele 2 0303

Serologic equivalent: HLA-DQ 3,3 (Subtype 9,9)

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