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My husband got his blood test results back and his levels of alkaline phosphatase were high he s a healthy 26 year old who has never had any other problems the week he got blood work done he was on vacation and he had beers almost every day since he was o

My husband got his blood test results back and his levels of alkaline phosphatase were high he s a healthy 26 year old who has never had any other problems the week he got blood work done he was on vacation and he had beers almost every day since he was o

Hard to say: If the alkaline phosphatase was high while other liver enzymes were normal, it can indicate many things - gallbladder or bone problems would be high on the list. Additional tests to break down the alk phos and additional tests of liver, gallbladder and bone function can help make a diagnosis. However, it is not uncommon to have mild-moderate elevations of alk phos and never find a cause. ...Read more

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Hi kidney profile blood test. Result is below reference range. Sodium 134 mmol/l range is 136 - 145. What does this mean please. Thanks?

Hi kidney profile blood test. Result is below reference range. Sodium 134 mmol/l range is 136 - 145. What does this mean please. Thanks?

Almost normal: 134 may be normal for you. Normal tests are the central 95% of the distribution in health people. In other words, 5% of normal people have some abnormal lab values. ...Read more

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Got the results of a blood test. Low sodium and creatinine..I'm on lisinipril and hctz. Could that have caused it? Also have pain under low-right ribs

Got the results of a blood test. Low sodium and creatinine..I'm on lisinipril and hctz. Could that have caused it? Also have pain under low-right ribs

Too much alcohol: The combination of lisinopril, HCTZ, and 3 alcohol drinks a day can cause low sodium. That's too much alcohol - sorry. The pain under your right ribs may be originating in your liver or gall-bladder as both live there. That should be checked. Low creatinine (even below the lab reference) is not harmful and reflects your muscle mass and normal kidney function. (I presume you're pretty small). ...Read more

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I take 25 mg thyroxine sodium tablet every day (tsh 9.6) will taking medicine affect repeated blood test result?

I take 25 mg thyroxine sodium tablet every day (tsh 9.6) will taking medicine affect repeated blood test result?

Yes!!!: But you'll need to take enough of it. In other words, you should repeat your TSH in 6wks after starting your levothyroxine. In fact, check every 6wks after a dose change. Tsh should decrease as you take higher doses. But watch for side effects, too. Aim for TSH in lower half of your lab's reference range w/o suffering from palpitations, tremors, anxiety, insomnia, etc. Keep in close contact w/doc. ...Read more

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My wife had a second blood test and results as follows. Creatinine 36.0 umol/L. Sodium 1.38 umol/L and potassium 4.4 umol/L what does this mean?

My wife had a second blood test and results as follows.  Creatinine 36.0 umol/L. Sodium 1.38 umol/L and potassium 4.4 umol/L what does this mean?

Hard to interpret : Blood tests can't be taken out of context. They are only a part of any physician's evaluation and must be interpreted along with the history and physical exam. Also need to know the normal ranges for the particular laboratory. I suspect the sodium is 138, not 1.38, and that is usually within the normal range. So is potassium. Creatinine = 36/88.4=0.41mg/dl seems low. High creatinine is worrisome. ...Read more

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What would cause your sodium levels to be slightly low on a blood test?

What would cause your sodium levels to be slightly low on a blood test?

How low?: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, your "low" sodium may still be in the normal range. It may appear to be low if you drank a lot of water before the test, had excessive sweating recently. See this site for info. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003481.htm ...Read more

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My doctor said my sodium level is very low.. from a blood test..she mentioned something like hypo something but what could be the cause?

My doctor said my sodium level is very low.. from a blood test..she mentioned something like hypo something but what could be the cause?

Hyponatremia: Low blood sodium can happen if one looses too much of it usually from the urine or one is retaining too much free water that it is diluting it in the blood. There are several causes for either condition . I am sure your doctor did not stop there after telling you you have hyponatremia .she must have told you what possibly cause it. If not call her/him back ...Read more

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