Hmmmm well things are all a bit weird over here. I went back to my GP yesterday for a follow up on the bloods she took last week and had some pretty whacky results. 1. My liver function is out. That kinda freaks me out a bit. It mustn’t be out by too dramatic a level as she is just going to leave it and retest again in a month. We reduced my Vitamin E as I was taking a big dose but she didn’t seem to think the rest of the supplements would be doing it. I forgot to mention while I was in there but I had a ruptured bile duct when I was 14 after a motor vehicle accident. I had surgery to sort it out but there is always a chance it could fail as it was a bit experimental at the time so I’ve had to email them to point all that out. I haven’t heard back yet so I’m guessing we are good so far. For those curious about the bile duct…well it comes out of the liver – bile from the gall bladder goes through it to help process your food after the liver is done with it. If the bile leaks into your tummy instead it poisons you, you get jaundice and you would eventually die if they didn’t fix it. It is also very fucking painful. I’m not jaundice at the moment nor am I in any pain so I think it’s fine but it could be a slow leak so I just want to be on top of it. 2. The folate in my body is SO high it is not measurable. So my body isn’t processing all the folate I’m eating or the folic acid I’m taking. She puts this down to a few things.
- I’ve been taking pre-natals for almost 2 years now hence the build up
- I most likely have a SNP in my MTHFR gene (yes it is actually called the MTHFR gene) which is why I’m not processing it. The SNP means I should be taking folinic acid – slightly different to folic acid.
3. My copper is really high and my zinc is reeaaaaaaally low. Apparently she doesn’t want me falling preggers with zinc so low. I don’t really know why this is. I’m just going to take her word for it – (just went to research…pays to have your zinc levels up when preggers for you and baby – can be linked to miscarriage, hemorrhage at the birth and other things). ******* NOW back to the folate. Apparently there is evidence to say that increased folate can cause FERTILITY issues. FERTILITY. Motherfucker. However it is the sort of evidence that is yet to be part of a double blind controlled trial (what they need before they say YES this is true). So in the meantime my Dr has me off all leafy greens which is just hilarious as I’ve been scoffing them down like nobodies business in an effort to be the epitome of health. Also, I have been tested for this MTHFR gene issue. If it comes back there is an SNP then that will explain the folate business blah blah. There has actually been a lot around about this gene recently, in particular this woman’s story about how its malfunction seemed to be causing her anxiety (which I battle with) and a quick dose of folinic acid every day seems to have largely solved her problem. Interesting. Look, it is still slightly fringe science from what I can see (more about it here or here or give it a quick google). Not everyone is on board but many medical professionals are. Either way I have some dodgy stuff going on in the old bod bod at the moment. Interestingly I feel better than ever lately so that’s bizarre. I’m slightly freaked out about the liver function (and annoyed as I’ve been off the booze for so long and I have a dodgy liver – wtf?) but I feel great so let’s hope it all balances out again soon. If anyone out there has any experience with this MTHFR gene then I’d love to hear from them. Oh and I know there is a Dr who reads my blog. What are your thoughts on dodgy liver function???? I welcome any stories and anecdotes about any of these so I can rightfully become overly paranoid about what will end up returning to normal in no time at all. Ha!