Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Liver Biopsy Results

Well I had my follow up appointment with my GI doctor today. Here are the conclusions

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) or Ulcerative Colitis (UC) Problems
Test markers reveal that I definitely have IBD. The medication that I am taking right now seems to be working. I will continue on the same medication for an undetermined amount of time (1-2 years) to hopefully send the IBD back into remission. We believe the few days of high fever were an unrelated sickness...just my weak immune system.

Liver and Biliary Problems
The liver biopsy did not show any scarring - which would rule out fibrosis and cirrhosis (this is excellent news). The biopsy did, however, show some inflammation. The type of inflammation is similar to someone takes lots of herbal supplements. Because I do not take any type of supplement....we will keep a close eye on it.

Are They Two Problems Related?
My doctor believes there might be some correlation between the two problems, but does not want to jump to immediate conclusions. Maybe my liver enzymes will go down as my colitis gets better.

What Now?
I will continue my medication for colitis and we will continue to monitor my liver enzymes. If the enzymes do not go down, then I might go to Mayo to see a liver specialist in order to get a 2nd opinion and find some answers (What is causing my liver inflammation? What is the severity of the overall situation? etc). We are being very methodical about how we approach everything because jumping right into more testing, procedures, and surgery usually cause more problems and complications.

How Am I Feeling?
I am feeling much better these days. I am slowly getting more energy each day. The two root canals, days of high fever, and broken toe were definitely set backs that put me in a bad mood. But those are all past and I am very positive about the near future. I feel closure on 1/2 of my GI problems and am happy that I have a medication to help it.

Thank you for all the thoughts and prayers.

1 comment:

LJFredricks said...

It must feel good to know you are on the road to recovery. I am so glad for you! I will keep praying for you!
By the way thanks for your wonderful blog. I have laughed out loud so many times that my kids think I am going insane!


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