Can't add much to what Dany said. I have had AIH for 16 years now. Live a normal life, It is a shock at first but generally people with AIH do very well. But it takes a bit of time to get your head round it.
Undoubtedly the hardest thing is getting the balance of meds right. I think Uceris is budesonide right? (I am from UK and we tend to refer to meds by their generic name and have different brands so it can get confusing!). Most people do get on better with that than prednisolone/prednisone but no one med suits everyone from my experience. There are lots of meds for your hep to try.
Most people with AIH are fine once they find the right meds for them. Sometimes they develop cirrhosis but effective treatment can prevent any further damage. I know one person with AIH who was diagnosed 25 years ago with AIH and cirrhosis for example who works full time, has married and has 2 kids and just lives a normal life. Very few people with AIH need transplants (although some do). It is one of the few liver diseases that can be controlled well with medication.
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