symptoms of liver disease/problems

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bookgal77
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   Posted 7/9/2009 1:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I've read a lot about people with Crohn's having liver problems or liver disease that pops up because of either the CD or the many meds we are on for CD. So knowing I'm at risk for that, I have no idea what type of symptoms I should be looking for in terms of liver problems. I had my gallbladder removed about two years ago in addition to the CD, but had no complications from that surgery.
**Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2001; diagnosis changed to Crohn's disease in 2009 (but still only impacts colon)
**Asacol (4800 mg daily), 6-MP (100 mg daily -- recently switched from Imuran), Prednisone (8 mg daily...for a few more weeks), Flagyl (250 mg every other day), Nexium (40 mg daily)
GOAL of one day being immunosuppressant free...still working on my doctor on this one but I am a world traveler who desperately wants to go to Africa one day!


kiki87
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   Posted 7/10/2009 4:27 AM (GMT -7)   
does your doctor give you blood tests to check your liver enyzmes?

catpower
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   Posted 7/10/2009 7:10 AM (GMT -7)   
People with liver disease often have jaundice and swollen ankles (from salts not being processed properly). Blood work would be the easiest way to detect liver problems. If you are on any serious medications (like Imuran, 6MP, Remicade, etc), your doctor should be testing your blood every 3 or so months.
Dx with Crohn's Colitis; Meds: Pred and Imuran; female in late 20s.


bookgal77
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   Posted 7/10/2009 8:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, I'm having the blood work done, but he only tells me when something is abnormal, not normal, so hopefully everything is okay. I'll ask next time just to make sure.
**32 year old female; Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2001; diagnosis changed to Crohn's disease in 2009 (but still only impacts colon)
**Asacol (4800 mg daily), 6-MP (100 mg daily), Prednisone (8 mg daily...for a few more weeks), Flagyl (250 mg every other day), Nexium (40 mg daily)
**Thankfully only two major flare-ups...2001 and 2009. Hoping to have another 8 years in between the next one (sadly, I do know there will be a next one).
**GOAL of one day being immunosuppressant free...still working on my doctor on this one but I am a world traveler who desperately wants to go to Africa one day!


littlemissmuffet
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   Posted 7/10/2009 2:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I have fatty liver and have my liver enzymes tested every 8 weeks. Whilst on azathiroprine I developed liver problems. Itching, yellow skin,eyes, urine and stools. Sickness and loss of appitite. Believe me if you have severe liver problems your body will tell you!
Diagnosed 2005.
 
Current medication  -  infliximab infusions, ranitidine, ferrous sulphate, Vitamin B12 injections, asacol


moedon1
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   Posted 7/11/2009 9:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Always ask for a copy of your lab work. They might grump a bit but it's handy to have. I don't say this so that you can self diagnose but rather so you can be sure when something comes back different. Liver enzymes will indicate liver issues. Check you sed rate and alk/phos. These to can easily be off from the medications but you can point these out to eleviate some of your fear. I am currently waiting on a liver biopsy because my enzymes have been off for years. Very easy to blame the meds but I want to know that they know what
s going on. I also had my gall bladder removed last summer with the hope that it would eliminate the high right side abdominable pain. It didn't. This pain can also indicate something in the liver area. Please don't hesitate to ask your doctor questions or get another opinion.
Donna
 Formal diagnosis 3/2006, IBS 1992, Degenerative Arthritis Facet block and RFA, Seizure Disorder, Severe Carpal Tunnel both hands, SVT arrythmia, 2004 cardiac Ablation
Cushings Syndrome(thanks Prednisone), Asthma, Multiple Laps for ovarian adhesion to bowel, C/5 & 6 disc herniation - plate with screws, resistant to anethesia/most pain meds.  Chronic fungal infections.
Multitude of Meds. Have tried most Crohn's meds.  Gall bladder removal and Intestinal Lap. June 08.- Intestinal blockage July 08 moved on from on Humira..now on Cimzia. .Off the Cimzia 7/8/09.  Back on Humira.  Systemic fungal infection.  Waiting on Liver Biopsy & Hepatitis results.


Keeper
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   Posted 7/11/2009 1:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Second moedon1. It's always a good idea to look over those numbers - doctors can miss things just like the rest of us.
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