Family, Internal Medicine, General Medical Questions/High Ammonia Levels
Hello. I am in my 30's and was recently hospitalized for colitis and am recovering from pneumonia due to aspiration (was on an ventilator for 2 days). My PCP called today and said lab work showed my ammonia level is elevated. I will follow up with a GI at the end of January. I have been very tired, weak, and am sometimes pretty confused. Could the confusion and weakness be related to the elevated ammonia level? Is there anything I can do to help myself before my GI appointment?
I am not sure how high the ammonia level is, but a high level can cause some confusion... that is typically from advanced liver disease but can be aggravated with a big imbalance of the colon bacteria... I would want to know how high the level is and whether you should have a more urgent liver evaluation.