Hello, I was diagnosed with AIH early this year, in March. I had been sick for 3-4 years with fatigue, joint pain, skin lesions, elevated lft's, and nausea. My MD kept giving me pain plls for the arthritis, sent me to a dermatologist, but didn't address the high liver enzymes except to say, we will watch them. It's probably your anti depressant causing it, but offered nothing to do about
it. I continued to get worse and could hardly function from fatigue. Also, he kept telling me that the fatigue was depression of post menapasual. I knew better.
I changed MD's early this year. She immediatly sent me to a GI., he got a biopsy report that was very troubling, (his words) I have fibrosis that is very close to cirrhosis, am on prednsone. The ltf's are under control. But I have great concern about
my life and quality of it, as I'm sure we all do. I also have Psoriatic Arithritis, another autoimmune disease.
I think we all deserve a medal for living with and dealing with all this. I for one want to pat everyone on the back, including myself for helping ourselve and others on here. It's a wonderful way of support and education.
the stress. I do believe it is a factor in relapes, definately, and possibly in bringing it on. From what I have read and researched, it just sometimes happens. Were/are you on any medicaiton when the relapse occured. Where you getting regular tests done? Did you feel it comng on? Just wondereing.. What kind of treatement has your doctor started you on?
What stage are you in? Sorry for all the questions. just curious and am wanting to help all I can.
A woman in my yahoo group that has lived with AIH for 20 years. That give me a lot of hope, even though most of what I read points to me going into cirrhosis, even with agressive treatment. I know of some very good research sites if you want me to post them for you. I'll give you all the support I can. I am sure you are horrified that after all these years, you have relapsed. But, you realize that is usually not the case. You were bessed with a remission for so many years. Did the doctor keep you on something for maintenance?
Btw, I lost a total of 3 family members and 2 close friend within an 18 month period in the late 90's which included my husband and mother. I also had 3 surgeries in 3 years during 2002-2005. Stress is definately a major player in AIH. I believe that it can be with any autoimmune disease.
I hope this has helped.
Healing and Wellness to all,
"Hope is seldom found in the things we can see;it is the sweet fragrance of grace."