What's The Cause Of My Liver Damage?

I’d really apprecaite some feedback on this. I’m a 30 year old male, 5’10, slim, in reasonably good health. I do suffer from depression and anxiety and have taken medication for both conditions.
Recently, I have had some blood tests. My GGT came back 95 and my ALP came back 129. My bilirubin is normal and there is no swelling in my liver. No jaundice either. Yesterday, I had an ultrascan in light of these high values. The report is cellular liver damage due to either ethanol, drug induced, or inflammation. I also have high cholesterol (6.3), and certainly do not exercise enough.
I do not take drugs, seldom drink, and have a conservative sexual history. I have, however, taken various anti-depressants (Prozac and Citalopram). I have also taken diazepam through the years, here and there.
Symptomatically, I experience tiredness perhaps once or twice every week. I experience headaches and mild dizziness, too. It is often to assess whether these symptoms are due to depression/anxiety.
My question is: (1). what could I be dealing with? (2). Whose opinion would you value more – a radiologist or a GP? I ask this because, when the radiologist saw my scan, within 2 seconds he said drug induced liver damage. Whereas the GP somewhat disputed this.

Does Anyone Get Profound Euphoria From Methadone?

Have been on opiates/opioids since age 13 since I have chronic myelogenous leukemia since then, and even before that, it took years to diagnose, so I was probably ill for quite a while.
I’ve been on every painkiller available on the market here is order of the drugs I first took.
Pentazocine, Nalbuphine, Codeine, Oxycodone, Morphine, Hydromorphone, Fentanyl, Methadone.
I have also tried various other medications including: Nabilone (analogue of THC the main chemical in marijuana) Marinol, Flurazepam, Clonazepam, Lorazepam, Diazepam, Temazepam, Triazolam, Zopiclone, Zolpidem, Zaleplon, and even Ketamine, which I thought was strange.
Turns out Ketamine is prescribed to humans in my country, and it’s the most effective pain reliever I have ever used, the problem is it makes you feel very dissasociated with your body, and you literally feel nothing. You could chop off your arm, and not feel it. Your body becomes numb. It comes in a vial, and u inject it into your skin on your arm or hip. also, it can be used under the tongue. I felt really depressed on it and I had to stop taking it, but it’s really an amazing drug for pain.
Methadone is the last pain reliever I tried, at age 18, and it gives me profound euphoria unlike anything I ever experienced, except with Oxycodone when I first started taking pain relievers.
The euphoria is what distracts me from the pain in my body, and it’s an amazing painkiller BUT, I’ve read on the internet it’s not addictive and produces little to no euphoria. I find this to be totally false. Its EXTREMELY STRONG, and makes you feel extremely inebriated/intoxicated.
Does anyone else find this?
I think it’s actually pretty dangerous, It slows my heart rate to 55-60bpm, when normally it is 80bpm. I also become quite itchy all over and warm, sweaty.
It’s very detrimental to my sex life as well. But I would not be able to live without it.
I think the reason I’ve made it this far (Leukemia for 11 years) has something to do with not being in pain and having a better state of mind and not being totally tired out and stressed from pain.
Does anyone else find it is causes profound euphoria?
Or is it just me and my body chemistry?

A Question On Lexapro?

I started off on 5mg of Lexapro, and have now reached 60mg. I intend to raise it to 70mg, then to 80mg, then 90mg, then 100mg. And if that doesn’t work, I will run it up to 150mg. I am on Diazepam and Bromazepam (Sedatives). Also, I’m on Seroquel, which sometimes I need up to 2000mg a day, (2 grams). The problem is I’m agitated and nothing helps take it away. When I go over 1500mg of Seroquel, it starts having a reverse effect and I get severely restless. My question is…What can I take to stop the anxiety and the irrratability? I NEED a really hardcore, powerful drug, stronger than Seroquel. What drugs are more sedating? What drugs are more tranquilizing? I want something to blow my head off. I need to feel relaxed. Any ideas?

Mri Concerns.?

A friend of mine is soon having an MRI because they injured their shoulder.
They have many allergies and have already experienced anaphylaxis from a bee sting in the past. They told me they already spoke to their doctor as far as contrast material, and they were told that only distilled water will be used. Is that possible — distilled water with nothing mixed to it? Also, my friend had two major brain surgeries a couple of years ago, and the doctors said the MRI might cause problems because of that, but apparently that’s the only test they’re willing to perform.
My friend was also told to take 5 mg of valium 30 minutes prior to the test, and such dosage of diazepam always literally knocks them unconscious for hours. They suffer from arrythmias and used to take blood thinners in the past.
Is there any real expert in the medical field who could tell me anything useful I might want to let my friend know before they go in for the test?
Thank you.

When Should You See A Doctor About Back Pain?

I know it’s one of the most common things doctors see, and normally I wouldn’t consider going with back pain, but right now I’m in excruciating pain – the slightest movement makes me feel sick and as though I’m going to pass out. Pretty much all I can do is lie flat on my back at the minute. I’m taking tramadol, kapake (cocodamol 30/500 – the really strong stuff), diclofenac (voltarol) and diazepam regularly and I’m still in agony.
Is it worth seeing a doctor or will they just tell me to persevere with the painkillers and give it another few days?

Did I Do The Right Thing???

My doctor gave me ativan to withdraw from klonopin. I was on konopin for 1 FULL month taking 3 mg. every other night. I am progressively getting worse to the point of breathing problems. Ativan is making me WORSE each day and feel like I am getting a panic attack but it just wont come. I never had one before.
I understand 1 mg of clonazapam is equivalent to 20 mg. of diazepam. Found a schedule of how to correctly withdraw from klonopin from a Professor I think is with aston tate? bottom of page is: http://www.benzo.org.uk/manual/bzsched.htm
Schedule 6
Can someone please reply ASAP. I am going to start this schedule before I end up in hospital. Need professional advice only. This is almost an emergeny situation as my doctor actually got me MORE sick. Please look up schedule for me on above website I listed. It says you should decrease klonopin and take valium along with klonopin to withdraw.

How Can Someone With Depression Or Anxiety Even Get To A Doc?

I know I have a problem with anxiety and also feel a mild constant depressed feeling. This has been going on for years…….years! I have been taking diazepam which seemed to clear the fog and set my thoughts straight for the past 4 years. I feel too ashamed or embarrassed to tell my doctor about this. My husband says I must get a doc’s prescription for medication (I know and I want to) but the thought of sitting in a doctors office and telling him the mental problems I have is just overwhelming! I don’t know what to do. If I run out of my meds, I will definitely not be able to go. Does anyone think my gp can help me or will want to deal with this issue? I feel lilke he’ll think “oh, another hysterical woman”. Or should I go straight to a psych.?

Please Just Try & Help Me?

I’ve posted this, and got few-to no answers. So I’m reposting.
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What do I do about this situation ?
I have been depressed for so long now, since probably aged 13. And i have been on and off meds since I was about 16/17. Things never seem to get better for me, I’m in this constant state of misery, I feel like a black cloud is hanging over my head. I go through intense lows, and question everything. I often feel as If I’m trapped inside my own head- and nothing seems to work, not anything. I feel broken. I know the depression is a combination of things- things that have happened, my views on myself- and just in general- if im on my own, im depressed. I’ve tried exercise, jogging in the morning, i didnt feel any better for it- just more drained of energy than usual (and i always feel drained, espicially emotionally, but physically too. Its like i cant be bothered.) I’ve tried talking to people- but it doesnt help, because noone seems to understand, or knows what to say. I know they will listen, because they care…(even though i question that sometimes) but i feel like, i cant go on about it 24/7 and its on my mind all that time- if i did, it would be unfair, it would drain them too. I’ve tried councelling, and i didnt think it helped me,, ive been on anti depressents- fluxoetine (made me worse) citalopram, and sertraline. Oh and diazepam (valium) for anxiety. My doctor said he wouldnt prescribe me diazepam anymore as its addictive, but i felt that at least helped relax my mind. I don’t know what to do?

How Can I Help People With Insomnia Without Drug?

I have had insomnia problem in the past. I depended on diazepam, and other phsycis drug for 2 years. The last time, I almost died due to overdosis in 1999. Now, I could have slept without any drug since 1999 til now. It’s cured without drug at all. Hence I want to help other people with love. If I had much money, I wish I could build a lodge for insomnia sufferrers. For the time being, how could I help them? My e-mail is also open 24 hours a day.

Does Benzodiazepine Tolerance Go Away?

I used to be so dependent and tolerant on Ativan that i had to go through detox using benzo withdrawal diazepam (which is the chemical name for Valium) treatment. I now have to take Ativan for a surgery I am having on my knee in two weeks. My orthopedist knows about my use of Ativan, and lord knows I’ll never get hooked on that garbage again, but said he felt it would be ok for me to use it to help me relax the days after surgery. So my question is that will me tolerance to Ativan have gone away? I took my last diazepam (2mg) right before Christmas. He prescribed me QTYx15 1mg Ativan. 1mg used to do shiitake for me, but now I’m wondering will my tolerance to lorazepam (Ativan is the brand name) have gone away by now and will only a 1mg have a strong affect on me?

Please Just Try & Help Me?

I’ve posted this, and got few-to no answers. So I’m reposting.
Your Open QuestionShow me another »
What do I do about this situation ?
I have been depressed for so long now, since probably aged 13. And i have been on and off meds since I was about 16/17. Things never seem to get better for me, I’m in this constant state of misery, I feel like a black cloud is hanging over my head. I go through intense lows, and question everything. I often feel as If I’m trapped inside my own head- and nothing seems to work, not anything. I feel broken. I know the depression is a combination of things- things that have happened, my views on myself- and just in general- if im on my own, im depressed. I’ve tried exercise, jogging in the morning, i didnt feel any better for it- just more drained of energy than usual (and i always feel drained, espicially emotionally, but physically too. Its like i cant be bothered.) I’ve tried talking to people- but it doesnt help, because noone seems to understand, or knows what to say. I know they will listen, because they care…(even though i question that sometimes) but i feel like, i cant go on about it 24/7 and its on my mind all that time- if i did, it would be unfair, it would drain them too. I’ve tried councelling, and i didnt think it helped me,, ive been on anti depressents- fluxoetine (made me worse) citalopram, and sertraline. Oh and diazepam (valium) for anxiety. My doctor said he wouldnt prescribe me diazepam anymore as its addictive, but i felt that at least helped relax my mind. I don’t know what to do?