Sorry, I don't have an answer to your questions, but I wondered if we are supposed to get regular bloodwork while on Remicade or was yours a special case, i.e. you were experience side effects that led your GI to test you? Please update us when you hear back from your doctor.
Sara, my GI ordered bloodwork to be done before I started Remicade in order to be sure that my liver enzymes were not already elevated and that I didn't have Hepatitis B. Then, after three infusions, she ordered the same tests. These tests didn't surprise me, as I thought I already knew that liver damage is a potential problem with Remicade, and a friend who was on 6-MP was required by his GI to get regular liver function tests done, as well. I also was asked about
tuberculosis, since Remicade carries an increased risk of TB as well. I have been having regular TB tests for my volunteer work so I could assure my GI that I was clean.