I have suffered with regular pain and diarrhoea which my GP put down to my PCB. I accepted this and suffered on until it got really bad and in desperation I tried eliminating things from my diet. When I cut gluten (wheat, barley, rye) the improvement was amazing - no more pain or diarrhoea. So GP ordered a blood test which showed antibodies to gluten and an endoscopy followed which confirmed Coeliac Disease. Coeliac Disease is another autoimmune problem to add to my collection (also have underactive thyroid)
Although being gluten free is a nuisance, I am feeling so much better, losing weight without trying too hard and my swollen fingers are going down. I have read that gluten is so inflammatory that it can bring about other autoimmune problems and I am wondering if caused the PBC ! I also have osteoporosis which could be linked to coeliac as it can prevent the absorption of essential vitamins and minerals.
Knowing what I know now, I would have insisted on being checked for other autoimmune problems 12 years ago when they found my underactive thyroid.
I am sharing this in case any of you are the same. Best wishes. Diane