I actually work in a lab and take blood from patients. I don't do the testing, but I am familiar with some of the reasons why patient's liver enzymes can be high. Many times it's the medications they are taking, such as for for cholesterol, or even acne medications, but there are many others as well. If you are only taking Zoloft or any anti-anxiety/depression medication, as far as I know, it shouldn't affect your liver enzymes. Alcohol and diabetes can also elevate your liver enzymes among other ailments.
I'm sure you've searched the net for answers, since your doctor doesn't seem to know why either, but a good site I found is www.mayoclinic.com/health/elevated-l iv er-enzymes/HQ01011 and I'm sure there are many, many others out there as well. You've probably already come across that site since it's a popular one.
Regarding the biopsy, I guess it's to rule out anything serious. At least you'll be sedated and it should be a simple procedure but that doesn't mean you won't get anxious about it. I know I would. I guess that's where CBT comes in, think positively, breathe, try to take care of yourself and treat yourself a bit (not with food necessarily!). I've recently uploaded (we can still do that legally in Canada) some sounds of nature or other meditation tracks. I find the sounds of rain and thunderstorms very relaxing. Maybe you can listen to some favorite music or nature sounds for example when you feel really stressed and anxious. It really does seem to help, at least for a while but that's better than nothing!
I wish you luck and I hope it's nothing serious. Feel free to keep asking for advice or even venting about your anxieties here. I sure will and do.
Hope that helps and feel free to e-mail me if you have any personal questions you do don't want to post here. I can't promise that I'll be able to answer them, but I'll do my best.
Back in August I went to the doc because I was sick to my stomach for over 3 weeks. I had taken pregnancy tests and they all came back negative but I wanted to be sure. Well after a complex blood test I found out that I had high liver enzymes and was referred to the Gastroenterologist. After more blood tests she told me she didn't know what was wrong, and wanted to wait 3 more months then test again. Well around that time is when I went in and found out that the stomach problems may have been caused by anxiety and was put on medication. Well the upset stomach went away after being on the meds for a month and my over all attitude has improved. Well today was my appt with the Gastro lady again. We went over the blood that was drawn last week. Well my liver enzymes are sill high and that means that she is going to do a liver biopsy. It will be done on the 31st. I am sure that all will be fine but I am scared to have this done because I will be sedated and well I just don't want to be poked at. I need you all to help me stay positive and not go depressed regardless of the outcome. I am also afraid that the progress I have been making with my weight loss will come to a halt....yet another reason I fear of going depressed or start stressing out. Thanks for reading. Melissa
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