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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 4/3/2007 5:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone.
I'm 22 female and was diagnosed with AIH two years ago. I started treatment with a biopsy and was put on imuran when they found some cirrosis.
Since then the meds have been making me sick, so I stopped them due to that and no health insurance a year ago. Recently (a month ago) I got my health insurance set up and did another biopsy, which revealed the liver was even worse.
Now I'm starting on 40mg of prednisone a day for 2 weeks, then lab work, then down from there hopefully!
I'm only on my second to last day of the first week on this drug and already I can tell. I wake up with nightsweats and my back has been killing me! (I work as a caretaker)
I was just wondering if I would feel the other effects only being on this high dose for about one more week. Being younger, I'm a bit worried about the weight gain and moonface.
Any advice and knowledge is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 469
   Posted 4/3/2007 5:29 AM (GMT -6)   

Welcome to the forum. Am glad that you have began treatment again for AIH. I too have AIH and understand your concerns about long term prednisone use. I have only recently in the last several months began to feel the effects of the prednisone after being on a maintance dose of 10 mg's. for six months. I started out at 30mg's and tapered down from there. The real weight gain didn't happen immediately, although at that time I really was more cautious about what I ate and the pred gave me such a relief from the fatigue I felt that I was more active.

Good luck to you and I hpoe you find the support here that I have

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