Sorry I've been gone. My last liver biopsy was an ultrasound guided one and basically what they do is use a baby ultrasound thing as they insert the needle so they can get what they want. I've had four or five, sad I've lost count, liver biopsies. I'm so so so sorry to hear about
what is going on with your liver. I've had fatty liver and inflammations but nothing like what you are describing. Lets hope that they are wrong, as we've found medical professionals can be, and it is something not bad, a shadow or something. I hope you get this in time. You must be awake and alert
for a liver biopsy, because you will have to breath a certain way when they insert the needle. There is some risk, less with the ultrasound. I've found the docs that do them are good and the bad ones probably aren't allowed to do them, so it will go fast. I think the pain afterward is the worst and you will need to lie very still afterward for at least a day. I always took like three days off work and I laid still most of the time. I didn't lift my kids or anything because you want it to clot and heal. If doc says 8 hours, take at least a day. They have never gotten one and believe me you won't feel like doing a whole lot. Be a baby and get good pain meds for after, if you are hyper, make sure that you get them so you will lay still. Definitely have someone walk with you and be careful on the stairs. I fell after my last liver biopsy because I was impatient to get in the house and lay down and I darted from the car before anyone could help me and fell right on the biopsy site and it hurt really bad and I got sick and had to go to ER, though it was ok thank God. I mean the edge of the stair smacked right on it. Sorry, don't mean to gross you out. Anyway, I'm going to end this so you can get it. Not to change subject, but I had the same reaction to pred as you , I can't take it, not anymore. Anyway, you know I have hashis my TPOS was only 1000, but wondered if it was because of the hashis hypothyroid or the hashis encephalopathy that you have the problem. I had a post out for you but with all this going on. Emmi, I will pray for you that all the people who care for you and treat you are guided by God, that you will be ok and get through this and hopefully by some miracle that this is not as bad as it seems and all the bx are negative, or that for some reason, the scan is wrong. ((((hugs)))) now because you will have to be careful afterward. They will offer you a living will and all that and I did it, finally, the last time, but its a formality like when I had neck surgery. With the ultrasound, the risk is much lower because they can see where the needle goes. I had one in a medical college where the doc just tapped my side and the nurses were laughing and joking so loud he couldn't hear to do the biopsy and he did it really fast, he was good at it, I was sitting on a cold metal tx table in a not to clean room of a small medical college. I was really scared, but after the first one, I don't get too scared. They just hurt and they can't give you anything and don't look at the needle. If he's good you won't see it. If you can't tell, I'm really feeling for you emmi and I wish I could go with you and reassure you, I wish everyone was well. Liver things, the big thing the docs don't take seriously is how many meds they give us. You need to be careful of doses and if you really need it. Narcotics aren't so bad as non-narcotic pain stuff. If I can help in anyway, I will be around if you want to chat, or have more questions, let me know.
--Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less in human beings of whom they know nothing.--Voltaire (1694-1778)
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