I have been reading these posts with great interest.
My primary concern now : there is a family history , for my husband, of cirrhosis caused by auto-immune disorders. Its a bit complicated because his female relatives develop one form of the disorder and males develop another type..if they get it at all.
It affects women the worst.
His mother, never a drinker , died of cirrhosis caused by her variation of the disorder, scleroderma. It did major damage to her kidneys and other organs first.
My husband , niw nas an auto- immune conditiin which is called PMR and it is not scleroderma and is not fatal. His doctors have not suggested he quit drinking, especially as he is cnsidered a light drinker ( at most, 5 drinks a month, and never more than 2 beers in a few hours, perhaps at a party) . I have never seen him drunk.
His liver has never been scanned in any way and he has not been disgnosed with cirrhosis.
He is on steroids and often in pain in his shoulders and back ( typical symptoms).
So I’m wondering if anyone here knows:
1. Are fibroscans available in the US ? So far, we've been met with confused faces when we ask.
2. Do steroids damage the liver? I do research as much as possible by myself but I've found boards like this one can provide info I might miss and people are supportive.
Thanks for any info.