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#1 Kamlesh

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Posted 01 September 2007 - 08:54 PM

Just went for regular blood tests which I go through every six weeks. Recently, I am not feeling that good, coughing and running out of breath. Some of the things which I noticed, SED rate jumped from 25 to 42, ALT (SGPT) jumped from 42 to 89 (normal range 36-65) and AST (SGOT) jumped from 26 to 40 (normal range 15-37)

Where do I find information on ALT and AST?
Any thoughts?
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Posted 01 September 2007 - 09:39 PM

Hi, Kamlesh. Nice to see you. These are Liver Blood Enzymes. I hope the link will give you the information you are looking for. I have also included a link to the ISN's page on Liver and Spleen Involvement.
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Posted 01 September 2007 - 10:12 PM

What does SED rate indicate?

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Posted 01 September 2007 - 10:22 PM

SED rate is another name for erythrocyte SEDimentation rate (ESR). It is used as a general screening test for many things. It measures the rate at which blood cells drop in a tube.
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Posted 02 September 2007 - 04:56 AM

Is the SED rate what they test before you are allowed to donate blood? I remember not being able to donate because mine sunk...
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Posted 02 September 2007 - 06:25 AM

I wouldn't think so. Lower numbers are good with this test.
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#7 Kamlesh

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Posted 02 September 2007 - 07:05 AM

So it lookslike I need to consult my rheumatologist right away. Now I my liver is being impacted may be due to Cellcept use or something else. I already have issues with lungs, esophagus, and stomach (GERD).
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Posted 02 September 2007 - 07:31 AM

<<Is the SED rate what they test before you are allowed to donate blood? I remember not being able to donate because mine sunk...>>

Hi Jennifer ,

I think you are referring to the hematocrit rate.....whether you have enough iron in your blood to donate. Mine goes up and down. Sometimes I can donate and other times I can't because it's too low. The other reason I get denied is because my blood pressure is too low.

The sed rate indicates inflammation in the body.....not necessarily any one particular disease or illness, though.

Take care, Everyone.
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Posted 02 September 2007 - 07:41 AM

Yes, Kamlesh, it sounds like you do need to see your rheumatologist about this soon. Do let us know what you found out. Hugs to you.
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Posted 06 September 2007 - 12:14 PM

Hi Kamlesh: Been thinking about you as I've not been able to communicate with you in some time. When we hit the lows, we really hit the lows; but I'm finding with each low, I'm feeling the whack a little less and beginning to just live my life.

Please contact me Kamlesh if you wish, as you have always been there in the beginning for me!
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Posted 06 September 2007 - 01:56 PM

Kamlesh,

Just wanted you to know I'm thinking of you and sending positive vibes your way.
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Posted 06 September 2007 - 05:07 PM

Hi All,
Today I had appointment with my rheumatologist. He has asked me go through another blood test end of this month. My AST and ALT continued to rise over last nine months. He thinks, it can be due to Cellcept usage. He has asked me to reduce Cellcept further from 2000mg to 1500mg. He also asked me to go through PFT for my lung problems. His major concern is low blood count RBC 3.64 (normal range 4.5 to 6) and WBC 3.2 (normal range 3.5 to 9.9). He did not suggest any specific items to boost it.

Anyone have a suggestion on boosting WBC and RBC counts?

I used to go to UCSF in San Francisco every three months for PFT, CT Scan, and regular appointment with pulmonary specialist. I am tired of driving to San Francisco and spending a whole day. We have pretty doctors and hospitals locally in east bay here and planning to switch back to local pulmonary specialist. I did not find that much value of big hospital like UCSF compared to local network here. I have appointment with a local pulmonary specialist here in Walnut Creek, CA on 17th.

I am blessed with really nice and supportive doctors – Rheumatologist, Pulmonary specialist, GI specialist, Psychologist, Psychiatrists, as well as John Muir local hospital.

I simply take one day at a time. Some days are good and some days are bad. I have to accept it.

Appreciate every one's support.
Kind regards,

Kamlesh


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Posted 06 September 2007 - 05:18 PM

Hi Truman,

I have been lows for the last three years. Finally, I think I bottomed after accepting my situation. I was diagnosed with Scleroderma a week before I started my new job and moved from IL to CA. I left my entire support network in IL and it has been tough battle to build new support network here.
This network has been great. Sometimes only thing you need is someone to talk to.

I hope you are able to manage your job well.
I know managing full time job and handling Scleroderma along with other diseases is always a major challenge

Thanks Truman and take care of yourself..
Kind regards,

Kamlesh