Liver abnormality

Hi I am wondering if anyone else has had a blood test done , where it shows an abnormality in the liver. I have just been on my 1st visit to the early arthritis clinic and was told about my liver showing an abnormality. The consultant has taken more blood test and has referred me for a scan before organising any treatment. He says I have inflammatory arthritus , and possibly rheumatoid arthritis.

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  • Hello Jillygirl

    I don't have any experience of this, so can't answer your question I'm afraid but I wanted to say "hello" and that I am sorry you have been told you have inflammatory/rheumatoid arthritis. I'm sorry too that the consultant is concerned about your liver but I am pleased he is being thorough and organising a scan to check what's going on. Hopefully you won't have to wait too long for the scan so that you can put your mind at rest and get started on some arthritis meds.

    Thinking of you.

    Tillyx

  • Hi Tilly, Many thanks for replying. Like you say its in the hands of the consultant. Its just thing niggle you when they are out of the ordinary. Especially as he asked if I had any alcohol and I don`t drink. Anyway will just have to be patient. Thanks for caring. :)

  • Hello, sorry to hear that you too have this disease. Many of the more common drugs used in the treatment of RA are rather hard on the liver, so the doctors are extra careful to check before choosing which drugs to start you on. Therefore even a little abnormality could concern them, even tho' in other circumstances if you didn't need to take strong drugs a doctor might say it wasn't anything to bother about. So do try not to worry - especially if you don't drink - and hopefully once the tests are done it will prove to be something minor, and livers are very good at repairing themselves. take care. Polly

  • Many thanks Polly, it`s reassuring to know these facts. No doubt will be back on this site again when I have got more information etc. :)

  • Hi,

    I am on methotrexate 25mg which can upset your liver (alt blood tests). Mine was high at 64 last month. Someone recommended increasing my vitamin c intake and this month it's gone right down to 54. Also my brother inlaw had part of his liver removed due to cancer. He was also told to increase his vitamin c intake and he is doing really well.

    Might b worth a try.

    Tina

  • HI nottsexsportfanatic, Thanks for the info. will try that. :)

  • Hi Jillygirl

    Unfortunately it's not uncommon to be told that you have a form of inflammatory arthritis, but to not know for certain initially if it is RA or another form of arthritis. As others have said, they probably checked your liver function to see if they were happy to put you onto one of the medications that can affect the weather.

    If you want to talk things through any further, please feel free to call our helpline. We are available Mon-Fri from 9.30-4.30 on 0800 298 7650.

    Kind regards

    Victoria

    (NRAS Helpline)

  • Thanks Victoria, just got appointment through for end of the month for scan will go from there. Thanks for your help. :)

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