Posted By Patrice on June 14, 1999 at 22:44:09
I am 33yrs old I have 3young children. I was diagnosed with automimmune hepatitis with "early cirrhosis" in October,1991. I have since been on prednisone. But I havent had a liver biopsy since. I deal with a lot of side effects, such as bruising, extreme nausea, diarrhea, mild itching, severe fatigue etc. I was just diagnosed with osteoporosis of the spine and right hip.
But its going on eight years now and every story that Ive read about has had a repeated biopsy within a couple of years. I cannot figure out why my doctor has not requested another biopsy to be performed to see what stage the cirrhosis is in now. I really want to know. I feel so blind about my disease. I have been diagnosed with gallstones, and bacteria in my stomach or g.i. tract which I had to take a load of antibiotics twice a day. I think that if I wasnt suffering from so many side effects it wouldnt make too much difference to me to have another biopsy, but because I am, and a lot of doctors have never heard of autoimmune hepatitis. Lately Ive been very lightheaded also. Please send any info. Thanks a bunch.
Posted By Lisa on June 21, 1999 at 16:46:34
I am also a 30 year old mother of three littles ones and am currently being considered as having autoimmune hepatitis. A few months back after having my gallbladder removed for stones, I had some follow-up bloodwork done to check the levels of my liver enzymes. All of the enzyme readings came back mildly, but significantly high, so I was sent for Hep A,B,C screens as well as a battery of other tests. Everything came back normal except for a weak positive ASMA. My specialist said that I might now be a candidate for autoimmune hepatitis, so I just had a liver biopsy done last week. I am still waiting for the results. I was just wondering though, when you were diagnosed many years ago, did you have any symptoms at that time? Currently I have no sysmptons that fit the description of autoimmune hepatitis.
In regards to your question about having another biopsy, I would think that it is time to have another one done. My biopsy procedure went really well with minimal pain and I was back on my feet the next day. The only rotten thing about it is that I can't lift my kids for the next 2-4 weeks which is pretty hard since one of them is only 9 months old.
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