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In 2008 I was diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis, after

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In 2008 I was diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis, after symptoms had been building up from November 2007: Yellow eyes and skin, generally feeling bad, serious water retention, finally in February 2008 collapsing and taken to hospital very near to death. Miraculous recovery after an enema induced bowel movement, hydration and some kind of (synthetic?)blood infusions. Left hospital after a week, weak but alive. Have been on steroids ever since, starting with 20mg, then very gradually reduced to 7.5. Having regular bloodtests to check the state of my liver etc. and they are all fine. Since last summer I had only taken 5mg, with the knowledge of my doctor and now only 3.5mg. What would happen if I stopped altogether? I feel well, I am 83, play golf and go to the gym once or twice a week. I eat lots of fruit and vegs, hardly ever any red meat but quite abit of fish. I did get shingles beginning of January after a rather exhausting trip to Cornwall and Shropshire by car with my son. It's gone now. I hardly ever have a cold or a cough, do not have the injections.
My main question is - do I still need the steroids?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.
Hi. I'm online and happy to answer your question today.
Even though your steroid dose has been tapered to a much lower dose then you have been taking I DO NOT recommend you stop your steroid medicine cold turkey without the help of your doctor. This could cause all sorts of problems, not the least of which is a return of your liver issues.
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