Side effects on my liver from all the meds I take....

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Jbrat
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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 5/30/2006 5:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I am wondering if I am beginning to have some problems with my liver from all the meds that I have been taking.  My meds are listed below,( I'm too lazy to type them in again). I keep having really severe pain in my upper right side just under my ribs.  But I now also have the muscle spasms on my left side.  I figure some of it is the chrondritis, but I am not totally sure if there might be some other problems coming up. confused
 
I have tried to reduce some of the meds I take, but when I do, then I get sick again. I have been off the breathing treatments for over  2 months, now, But with this heat and humidity, I feel like I need to go back on them The muscle spasms got so bad on Sun. that I took extra potassium and slow mag. I also had to take an extra fluid pill, my feet were twice their size.  That swelling has went down.  But I have gained over 30 pounds in less than 3 months. 
 
It just seems to be a vicious cycle for me.  I feel worse as each day comes on.  I am trying to get rest before I go to a DAV Convention on the 8th.  I have to be there and need to be a mobile as I can.  I can colpase (sp) after the 11th.
 
But back to my original question, can and what does these stupid pills do to your liver?????
 
Thanks in advance for answering.  smurf
Current medications, when I take all of them: Accolate, Albuterol, Atrovent, Celexa, Flexeril, Floriner, Fosamax, Lasix, Librax, Lidoderm patches, Locacet 10 mg. Micardis, Micro-K, Nexium, Potassium CL, Prednisone, Premarin, Zocor, Calcium w. Vit. D, Vit. D, Centrum A-Z, Stoll Softener.
 
I have Addison's Disease, from the prolonged steroid use, GERD, oster-arthritis, osteoporis, Depression, IBS, Chronic pain, ruptured disks in back, fractures in back and feet, and GOd knows what else I will end up with.


CaMama
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   Posted 5/30/2006 6:38 PM (GMT -7)   

I have a lot of problems with my liver now....and meds do affect them. PCP says I have autoimmune hepatitis now. I don't know about all of the meds you take, but I know the ones that have liver warnings will affect a sensitive liver (and it's important to note that pretty much EVERYTHING goes thru your liver - it's just a matter of how much they affect it.) I have the same upper right quadrant pain when mine acts up as well as a spasming when it's really bad.

If you think your liver is starting to get affected, talk to your doc about getting a blood test to check the enzyme levels. That will be a first indication. You can also get a sonogram (or is it ultrasound - is there really difference?) on it to see if it is enlarged. It might be good to get one anyway to check for other things such as your gallbladder, spleen, and kidneys to ensure it's not something else that is causing this pain.

If your liver enzymes are high, you'll have to reasses your situation with the doctors to see what you really need to take, if there are other options, or if there is something else you can do to help out. I wouldn't stop taking meds w/o a consult w/your doc.

For me, I had to stop taking birth control and I'm down to just Plaquenil with the occasional motrin.  I really have to monitor how much Motrin or NSAiDs I take, not over do the vitamins (espeically A, K, and E), eat healthier, etc.

To help with energy, I would suggest to NOT eat any fatty or greasy foods for now, try to eat as healthy as possible (raw veggies), lots of water (it really helps flush it), etc. B vitamins (folic acid as well) are good for energy and do not affect your liver. I take only a B complex when I'm hurting to help with the fatigue the liver is causing. Get as much rest as you can before your convention as well.

Good luck.***
 


Jbrat
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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 5/31/2006 5:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks CaMama.  I am trying to get as much rest as one can get, but my house looks like another hurricane has come through. Hubby does the vacuuming and cleans the tub.  I won't let him near my laundry. nono
 
I think my sister takes Plaquinel for her lupus. It seems that all in my family has some sort of illness. My brother had liver cancer, mom arthritis and bad back pain, dad 2 heart surgeries and then little on me with all my "stuff".   Some days it just gets you depressed, but then I think well, there is always someone in worse shape than us.
 
This forum is good for me to ask questions, that you just don't want to ask someone that doesn't know what you are going through. tongue
Current medications, when I take all of them: Accolate, Albuterol, Atrovent, Celexa, Flexeril, Floriner, Fosamax, Lasix, Librax, Lidoderm patches, Locacet 10 mg. Micardis, Micro-K, Nexium, Potassium CL, Prednisone, Premarin, Zocor, Calcium w. Vit. D, Vit. D, Centrum A-Z, Stoll Softener.
 
I have Addison's Disease, from the prolonged steroid use, GERD, oster-arthritis, osteoporis, Depression, IBS, Chronic pain, ruptured disks in back, fractures in back and feet, and GOd knows what else I will end up with.


bucci
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   Posted 5/31/2006 8:36 AM (GMT -7)   

Jbrat,

how do you know about the addisons?

Did you take the special acth test at the hospitol where they take blood
and then inject you with ? ( i forget if it is acth or something like it)
and then check blood atfter that and then again a third time?

What are you taking for addisons? Prednisone? Or is that how you got
the addisons?

Are you working with an endocrinologist?

My doctor put me on cortosone and fludrocortizone.

Problem is i have hep c and my liver doctor says it will drive up the viral load.

I am whiped out completely. I just saw 2 new endocrinologists last week.

It has gotten to the point that what good is a second opinion without a thiird.

I'm still not sure what is making me feel worse. Maybe it's the $650.00 and the $325. Checks i had to write
to these doctors because they don't take my insurance.


I notice you are on a lot of meds. Have you seen another doctor?

You know they are like hair dressers. "oh my, who has been cutting your hair?!"

they all have their version fo what you should be taking.

I am stuck between a rock and a hard place with all this. I haven't worked in 4 yrs and am going out of my mind.


Take care

Bucci

 

FROM MODERATOR:  I edited your post, to just take everything off of CAPS.  I didn't change any of the text.. Duck

 

Post Edited By Moderator (Ducky) : 5/31/2006 12:16:41 PM (GMT-6)


Jbrat
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Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 116
   Posted 5/31/2006 10:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Bucci, my pulmary (SP) doctor told me that I have Addison's from having to take steroids for over 4years. My adrenal glads does not produce like they are supposed to.  I had a test about 2 years ago to confirm that.  I was put on the large dose of steroids to help heal my lungs, which were damaged from aspiration from my stomach.  I had a Nissan Wrap about 2 years ago for the stomach, but is has taken my lungs all this time to almost heal. I take floranief (sp) and prednisone for the addison's and for my other problems. ALso, with all the lung problems, I have COPD from the acid that burned my lungs.  I had been able to go off my breathing treatments but now with the heat, I ned to start them again.
 
If you haven't been able to work for 4 years have you applied for social security disability?  You really need to. It is a long hard frustrating process, but you have to keep plugging away at them.
 
I haven't tried an endo dr. yet. I am so tired of doctors.  I have the pan clinic dr., the pulmary (SP) dr, the PCP dr. the ortho dr. I am just doctored out!!1 eyes
 
Current medications, when I take all of them: Accolate, Albuterol, Atrovent, Celexa, Flexeril, Floriner, Fosamax, Lasix, Librax, Lidoderm patches, Locacet 10 mg. Micardis, Micro-K, Nexium, Potassium CL, Prednisone, Premarin, Zocor, Calcium w. Vit. D, Vit. D, Centrum A-Z, Stoll Softener.
 
I have Addison's Disease, from the prolonged steroid use, GERD, oster-arthritis, osteoporis, Depression, IBS, Chronic pain, ruptured disks in back, fractures in back and feet, and GOd knows what else I will end up with.


Jbrat
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Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 116
   Posted 6/2/2006 5:58 AM (GMT -7)   

UPdate on liver.  I finally got in touch with my PCP and he ordered a liver panel and other blood work.  I am having TERRIBLE mad leg, chest, rib muscle cramps/spasms.  It will stop me in my tracks and I can't move until it goes away.  I also stopped takig the zocor and my hew hormone tablet. Both are know to cause muscle spasms. My pul. dr. told me not to take the zocor if I get muscle spasms. Something has got to give with the cramps/spasms.  I am going to fall and really get hurt if they don't stop soon.  I did go get some banas and started eating them.  At this point I am desperate!!!!!

 


Current medications, when I take all of them: Accolate, Albuterol, Atrovent, Celexa, Flexeril, Floriner, Fosamax, Lasix, Librax, Lidoderm patches, Locacet 10 mg. Micardis, Micro-K, Nexium, Potassium CL, Prednisone, Premarin, Zocor, Calcium w. Vit. D, Vit. D, Centrum A-Z, Stoll Softener.
 
I have Addison's Disease, from the prolonged steroid use, GERD, oster-arthritis, osteoporis, Depression, IBS, Chronic pain, ruptured disks in back, fractures in back and feet, and GOd knows what else I will end up with.

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