Butterflygirl, I'm glad you found us. You can get a lot of support and information here. As PG said, we do have members with autoimmune hepatitis. I suspect that your cirrhosis is a result of that disease. I also have cirrhosis, but it is from hep C. Cirrhsosis is basically scarring of the liver. As the liver disease continues to attack the organ, the more scarrring occurs. There is no cure for cirrhosis, but you can slow down the progression of the disease somewhat by eating well (no red meat), getting plenty of rest, and basically taking good care of yourself. I'm really glad to hear that you have found someone to take good care of you, but you must also be good to yourself.
I'm not sure what the issues would be about having a child. Since you have an immune system disease, it could be that the disease would be passed on to the infant. I hope that you will find some definitive answers at your doctor visit in TN. Please be sure to come back and let us know the results.
Again, welcome to the forum.
Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville has some very good heatologists. They also run a very tight ship in their transplant program. If you are close enough to see them I would try. HOpe this helps.
Hi, I have AIH, too. The course is unpredictable, so you really have to take one day at a time. You may be able to have a child, or not, but the most important thing is that you do the most you can to stay healthy and take your pills. You can have children without having to give birth,too. We know it is hard to make any decision with a unpredictable illness hanging around. Just dont hesitate to ask us and your doctors about specific questions you have.
I'm curious Who is the top liver specialist in the south?
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