I was DX with AIH May 2010 - Got back from Bermuda and everyone thought I had the perfect tan until having dinner with boyfriend when he noticed my eyes were yellow.
I immediately went to primary MD, had labs AST 1550 ""YIKES"" all other enzymes followed.
I was introduced to a brillant liver doctor, he is awesome. Had biopsy but the inflammation was so bad they could cut through to decide serverity of damage. Fred (MD) of course want to immediately start pred and Imuran.
Knowing a little about medication I suggested only prednisone (knew I had to bring down inflammation) 30mg and want to try western and eastern medicines together, want to try to get to the root of the problem.
So, started 30mg pred and a few week later my AST 96 ALT 71, we were all very excited. Tapered down to 20mgs eventually went into within normal range, at 20mg we started a slow taper 0.5mgs, got down to 3mgs and started to elevate, enzymes between 70-90.
Couple of weeks ago I was down to 3mgs again but started to feel enzymes were elevating again so I had labs done AST 91 ALT 71. Went back up to 5mgs prednisone.
Trying to stay away from other immunosuppressants. I have done so much research and have try different things (of course under md's supervision)
Think Sandra Cabot has a great product but some how we have to figure out how to stop the immune system from attacking liver.
Has anyone heard of the Autoimunnity Bible and Norton Protocol? May want to google, very interesting. It is an ebook about $23.00.
Currently I am using the Norton Protocol and seem to be holding my own.
Fred (liver doctor) admits he only knows western medicine, I am determine to teach him something new (haha). Fred keeps a close eye on me, I have labs done often and have them faxed to him, if he doesn't like them he will call me and that is the last thing I want.
I also work with an alernative MD and was having acupunture on weekly basis (Fred over looks everyone).
HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY
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