Just diagnosed with Autoimmune Hepatitis

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   Posted 4/7/2017 10:28 PM (GMT -6)   
im 45 mother of 5. I just got diagnosed with AIH. Will have biopsy results on Wednesday. I'm terrified but I am trying to be proactive. I also made a appointment with my MD/naturopath to get some alternative therapies. In the meantime, I've stopped eating gluten, meat, dairy, sodas, sugar except in fruit and caffeine. I gave up these a long time ago: processed foods, preservatives, artificial colors and flavors, nitrates and nitrites, artificial sweeteners). I don't use chemicals and I only buy beauty and hair products with no parabens, Phalates, sodium laurel sulfate, no fluoride, only drink distilled water, aluminum free deodorant, organic food, grass fed beef and wild caught fish. But yes I still was diagnosed with AIH. I am going to focus on my leaky gut, start taking my garden of life probiotic, eat only vegetables mostly cruciferous, take fish oil, selenium, zinc, vitamin d3, vitamin c. And pray for the best. Some people I've heard took a leap of faith and healed themselves. Not sure if it will work for me but a life with medicines dictating my happiness is not okay with me. Has anyone else tried this at all? I read a book called Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman and he's really onto something. Currently I'm ready a book called "wheat belly" by William Davis and "curing Courtney" by Denise Otten. I know I just started prednisone yesterday but I'm willing to try anything.

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   Posted 4/8/2017 12:05 PM (GMT -6)   
hi akifeelsyucky and welcome,

sorry about your diagnosis. You definetly have the right attitude.
I notified one of our moderators, who has AIH also. please look for her reply

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   Posted 4/10/2017 5:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello AkiFeelsYucky,

I'm not big on holistic medicine for treating this disease. That being said, I think it also depends on individual circumstances. My initial presentation was quite severe so there was absolutely no way around Western medicine. If you have a mild case, I say try it out but be sure you are also monitored by a hepatologist so they can stay on top of inflammatory changes. I'm happy you are on pred much as most people have a love/hate relationship with that drug smile Also know that not all supplements are good for a troubled liver. The ones you're taking are likely fine, I'd just let your hepatologist know.

The longer you stay in an inflammatory state, the harder it is on your liver and you risk scarring (cirrhosis)...you don't want to do that.

Look into the inflammatory diet stuff while you're at it too. There's one out there called The Plan by Lyn-Genet Recitas.
Most people abstain fully from alcohol as there is no need to stress your liver out. Some people after they have been stable for years are allowed by their doctors to have an occasional glass. I opted to never have any more. You should definitely not have any until you are considered stable.

Your line of "a life of medicines dictating your happiness" seems a bit skewed. My meds keep me alive. I make my own happiness because I'm alive. Without them, I would've died years ago because I was so sick when first diagnosed. It is a potentially fatal illness so do take that seriously and make sure that you have very regular blood work while trying out the natural way to heal.
If your inflammatory markers do not improve, you may want to seriously consider going on immunosuppressants. They are better for you long term than pred. They are considered "steroid-sparing" medications.

Let me know how your biopsy results turn out.
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AIH Jan 2007
CMV June 2008
Raynaud's February 2010
Meds: Azathioprine 100mg & Ursodiol 250mg BID
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