Lialda and liver

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I took myself off my meds in March and I still have symptoms of my UC for sure. Was on Lialda 4 pills 2x's daily for 3 years. I don't drink, I do smoke on the weekends but not during the week. Any idea on what could be going on?
1 Ambein (10) per night since 8/2002; 4 Lialda (1.2) in morning since 7/2012; 1 Protonix (40mg) per day since 3/2012 and Xifaxan antibioctic (could not tolerate cipro and flagyl) since 7/2012. All my blood work is coming back normal, except elevated white blood count. Liver counts are normal. I have never experienced a high from taking Vicodin and I have taken it faithfully 1 evry 6 hours since 2007 (I even set my alarm to take it at 4:15 am).
1 Ambein (10) per night since 8/2002; 4 Lialda (1.2) in morning since 7/2012; 1 Protonix (40mg) per day since 3/2012 and Xifaxan antibioctic (could not tolerate cipro and flagyl) since 7/2012. All my blood work is coming back normal, except elevated white blood count. Liver counts are normal. I have never experienced a high from taking Vicodin and I have taken it faithfully 1 evry 6 hours since 2007 (I even set my alarm to take it at 4:15 am).
I was diagnosed with UC in late 2007. Since then, I've responded well to treatment via Rowasa enemas typically every other night, and nightly if I have a flare (of which I've had one since 2007). About 8 months ago, I started experiencing abdominal pain that is very difficult to pin down. It doesn't appear to be relate to what I eat and doesn't appear to be in a specific spot (general abdominal discomfort and what sometimes feels like swelling).
But hosptial called me back and said they did a blood test that confirmed positive in the range of chrons/colitis, mind you this was before my 2 colon/endo. My liver and pancreas test and all blood work comes back pretty normal. My crp on blood test usually run high (signed of inflammation) My Lipase was 17 (22-51) Can someone please help me? What are the doctors missing? I am in so much pain and so sick work and school are on a hold.
I have done exceedingly well on mtx , although it can be very toxic to the liver and bone marrow. At the start, I had to have blood tests each week for about 3 months I think, then every 2 weeks, and now monthly. I used to have severe rectal haemorrhages that put me in the ER many times, but since taking mtx I haven't had a single bleed. I am doing so well on it - but have had to change from oral tablets to self injected, as my diarrhea came back.
The LFT panel is absolutely necessary as these drugs, can and do, affect the liver. I also have occasional C-reactive protein level marker and B12 tests. If they are out of range my gastro prescribes antibiotics for the CRP or hospitalises me. The norm should be less than 5, but mine recently went up to 270, so a week in hospital on various IV drips.
I quess it supposedly is normal due to the morphine and the meds they give you in surgery. Sometimes your body just reacts and can't take it all in. What is scary about it - is you are so drugged you come in and out of it and there is all this excitement going on around you and you don't understand it. Like 9 or more people all dressed in dark blue outfits (i think they were all from respitory department) were suddenly hovering all around me.
I have been on prednisone for the last 3 1/2 weeks, starting at 40mgs and tapering down by 5mgs each week. The medication was prescribed to treat and autoimmune liver disease, and so far so good in that it is doing its intended job. I struggled with an eating disorder for over 10 years, so as one could imagine, hearing the potential list of side-effects of this medication was beyond terrifying for me on multiple levels. However, I want to echo what FrankieD said in a previous post.
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