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just wondering lol, my derm said we can skip on the blood test this month yet he's bumped me to 60mg.

i get paranoid lol if i get a stomach ache or a headache that my liver is being killed haha. is there any signs that your liver enzymes or whatever have risen without blood tests? :think:

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http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/cirrhosis/

In cirrhosis of the liver, scar tissue replaces normal, healthy tissue, blocking the flow of blood through the organ and preventing it from working as it should.

Cirrhosis has many causes.Alcoholic liver disease.Chronic hepatitis C.Chronic hepatitis B and D.Autoimmune hepatitis.Inherited diseases.Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH).Blocked bile ducts.Drugs, toxins, and infections.

Symptoms

Many people with cirrhosis have no symptoms in the early stages of the disease. However, as scar tissue replaces healthy cells, liver function starts to fail and a person may experience the following symptoms:

exhaustion, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, weakness, weight loss, abdominal pain, spider-like blood vessels (spider angiomas) that develop on the skin.

As the disease progresses, complications may develop. In some people, these may be the first signs of the disease.

Complications of Cirrhosis

Loss of liver function affects the body in many ways. Following are the common problems, or complications, caused by cirrhosis.

Edema and ascites. When the liver loses its ability to make the protein albumin, water accumulates in the legs (edema) and abdomen (ascites).

Bruising and bleeding. When the liver slows or stops production of the proteins needed for blood clotting, a person will bruise or bleed easily. The palms of the hands may be reddish and blotchy with palmar erythema.

Jaundice. Jaundice is a yellowing of the skin and eyes that occurs when the diseased liver does not absorb enough bilirubin.

Itching. Bile products deposited in the skin may cause intense itching.

Gallstones. If cirrhosis prevents bile from reaching the gallbladder, gallstones may develop.

Toxins in the blood or brain. A damaged liver cannot remove toxins from the blood, causing them to accumulate in the blood and eventually the brain. There, toxins can dull mental functioning and cause personality changes, coma, and even death. Signs of the buildup of toxins in the brain include neglect of personal appearance, unresponsiveness, forgetfulness, trouble concentrating, or changes in sleep habits.

Sensitivity to medication. Cirrhosis slows the liver's ability to filter medications from the blood. Because the liver does not remove drugs from the blood at the usual rate, they act longer than expected and build up in the body. This causes a person to be more sensitive to medications and their side effects.

Portal hypertension. Normally, blood from the intestines and spleen is carried to the liver through the portal vein. But cirrhosis slows the normal flow of blood through the portal vein, which increases the pressure inside it. This condition is called portal hypertension.

Varices. When blood flow through the portal vein slows, blood from the intestines and spleen backs up into blood vessels in the stomach and esophagus. These blood vessels may become enlarged because they are not meant to carry this much blood. The enlarged blood vessels, called varices, have thin walls and carry high pressure, and thus are more likely to burst. If they do burst, the result is a serious bleeding problem in the upper stomach or esophagus that requires immediate medical attention.

Insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. Cirrhosis causes resistance to insulin. This hormone, produced by the pancreas, enables blood glucose to be used as energy by the cells of the body. If you have insulin resistance, your muscle, fat, and liver cells do not use insulin properly. The pancreas tries to keep up with the demand for insulin by producing more. Eventually, the pancreas cannot keep up with the body's need for insulin, and type 2 diabetes develops as excess glucose builds up in the bloodstream.

Liver cancer. Hepatocellular carcinoma, a type of liver cancer commonly caused by cirrhosis, starts in the liver tissue itself. It has a high mortality rate.

Problems in other organs. Cirrhosis can cause immune system dysfunction, leading to infection. Fluid in the abdomen (ascites) may become infected with bacteria normally present in the intestines. Cirrhosis can also lead to impotence, kidney dysfunction and failure, and osteoporosis.

But i wouldn't be concerned about missing 1 blood test.

I am on a 5 month course of isotretinoin. My Derm ordered 1 blood test before i started, and a 2nd blood test after 6 weeks, and a 3rd one at the end of the 5 months.

So a blood test each month is not neccessary.

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You need a blood test each time your dosage is raised, and both at the beginning and end of your course. Also, after the first month.

You can get blood tests yourself from a general doctor. You can give the results to your derm the next time you seem him, or you can check them out yourself. Usually, good reference values are given for all the statistics, so you can compare with that. Otherwise you can use google to search for reference values.

I would recommend having a blood test. It's the best way to be sure you're alright.

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cheers for the replies guys! i think i'll go get one from the doctor.

i just get really paranoid haha. when i pull my eyelids down, the undersides of my eyes are yellowy. is this normal? see how paranoid being on tane makes me! lmao :shifty:

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