PSC of the liver

Posted by hiker1 @hiker1, Nov 2, 2011

I was diagnosed with PSC in ’04. Transplanted in ’09. Enjoying a healthy and active life.
Would be happy to talk with you.
Rosemary

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thank you for responding… i have had PCS for about 6 years and doing very well. a couple of weeks ago my liver discided to go down hill. I have had a MRI done to see if there is a blockage in my ducts of the liver. blood test show very high ALT and AST all of a sudden. Doc put me on a very strong antibodic and feeling much much better. My question to you is did this happen to you? I have done so well these past years and I’m puzzled as to why it down hill so quickley…

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@hiker1

thank you for responding… i have had PCS for about 6 years and doing very well. a couple of weeks ago my liver discided to go down hill. I have had a MRI done to see if there is a blockage in my ducts of the liver. blood test show very high ALT and AST all of a sudden. Doc put me on a very strong antibodic and feeling much much better. My question to you is did this happen to you? I have done so well these past years and I’m puzzled as to why it down hill so quickley…

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Yes, That is what happened to me. I was doing fine; then my numbers started to climb. At the same time I began to exhibit jaundice and itching. I do not recall if there antibiotics at that particular time. My GI referred me to our transplant clinic for a consultation and they took me on as a patient; they said I would need a liver in the ‘near ‘ future and that was not what I had expected to hear! I was also told that everyone can have different symptoms. And sometimes if it is blockage and not progressed to cirrhosis they can use stents to help drainage. My wonderful medical team kept me under close watch. My condition did continue to get worse., though.

There is nothing that you did to cause this to happen (I assume you have been under doctor supervision and taking care of yourself) That is the nature of PSC. So don’t burden yourself with guilt. Follow your doctors advice, follow lab schedule, eat healthy, exercise. That way you will be ready when/if you will need to have a transplant.
It was frustrating to have a disease that few have heard of. If you haven’t already done so, spend some time exploring the Mayo Clinic web site (diseases and treatment) for information on PSC. By the way, Mayo is the world leader in this disease.
Hope this helps.
If you want to communicate in a more private setting, I think there is a way on the ‘friends’ inbox. (I’m new at this technology)
Rosemary

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@rosemarya

I was diagnosed with PSC in ’04. Transplanted in ’09. Enjoying a healthy and active life.
Would be happy to talk with you.
Rosemary

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My mother has PSC and now possible bile duct cancer. Did you have transplant at Mayo? we live in Cleveland Ohio and I am thinking about making an appt at Mayo to eval my mom. I was reading about the program at Mayo and they seem to be more aggressive in treatment for liver cancer, etc… here than Cleveland Clinic. Please respond back, thanks

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@rosemarya

I was diagnosed with PSC in ’04. Transplanted in ’09. Enjoying a healthy and active life.
Would be happy to talk with you.
Rosemary

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My local doctors suspected that I might have cancer in the bile ducts. They sent me to the Mayo Clinic because that is where the experts in cholangiocarcinoma are located.
I, by the way, did not have cholangiocarcinoma. Yes, I recieved my transplant at the Rochester Mayo Clinic.
Completely satisfied and healthy!

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@rosemarya

I was diagnosed with PSC in ’04. Transplanted in ’09. Enjoying a healthy and active life.
Would be happy to talk with you.
Rosemary

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Did your local doctors think bile duct cancer from a test or did they just assume. My mother had CT scan only, the surgeon looked at it and stated he was 90% sure it was bile duct cancer. ALL labs are normal, except for CEA level that was 8.3. But AFP, CA 19-9 and CA 125 and liver profile are all normal. I am seriously thinking about second opinon at Mayo. She is scheduled for PET SCAN, biopsy and colonoscopy this month. We are very anxious and frightened. How was your experience at Mayo?

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@rosemarya

I was diagnosed with PSC in ’04. Transplanted in ’09. Enjoying a healthy and active life.
Would be happy to talk with you.
Rosemary

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Rosemary, What symtoms did you have after being diagnosed. I asked my doctor what to expect and he told me that so little is known about PSC, he couldn’t answer my questions. I have some bile duct blockage, but my liver is still showing healthy tissue. I questioned if I could have stints put in my bile ducts while my organs are still healthy and my doctor replied that they won’t do that until I am near death. It just seems like it would be pro-active to keep the body from getting to that stage. I am here because I don’t like taking “NO” for an answer. Thanks for any response.

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@rosemarya

I was diagnosed with PSC in ’04. Transplanted in ’09. Enjoying a healthy and active life.
Would be happy to talk with you.
Rosemary

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My early symptoms were occasional fatigue and occasional mild nausea. When my liver began to decline, then I developed the more bothersome symptoms likejaundice, itching, nausea, and extreme fatigue

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@rosemarya

I was diagnosed with PSC in ’04. Transplanted in ’09. Enjoying a healthy and active life.
Would be happy to talk with you.
Rosemary

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Go to the mayoclinic web site and look up PSC under diseases. It is the best source information that I have found. I wish I had known about it early in my disease. You will find a complete list of possible symptoms.
I was told that everyone who has PSC that leads to cirrhosis will not experience the same symptoms or time table. .
They will not do stents until absolutely necessary because it might not be the solution for you; and there is risk of causing damage/infection with invasive procedures.

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@rosemarya

I was diagnosed with PSC in ’04. Transplanted in ’09. Enjoying a healthy and active life.
Would be happy to talk with you.
Rosemary

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Thank you so much for the reply!!! I have all the above symptoms except for jaundice. I will check out the mayo site that you recommended.

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Hi my husband was diagnosed with PSC 15 months ago. Unfortunately we hae now seperated due to his unrasonable, agressive and abusive behaviour. We were together a long time so i am wonering if the PSC could have anything to do with the personality change? I asked my / his gp and he said no PSC would not explain his behaviour.

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Hi! I am going back this weekend for a second ERCP, labs, cancer sweeps and a colonoscopy. First visit 8 weeks ago was good with no cancer found. I have had PSC at least 15 years since diagnosis and just had serious symptoms and bad labs crop up in January, 2012. Liver hurts, chills , fever and abdomen pain and discomfort that does not end. I am hoping they will remove more infection this trip and i can reach another satisfactory plateau. If one has a transplant , was the probability pretty good at getting a liver at mayo? Did you have cancer too? Even with insurance the cost is daunting. I am happy to find some other peers to visit with. Rod Edwards

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