Part 4: The Purpose of Liver Biopsies & What They Can Tell You

Welcome back to the fourth and final installment about my liver biopsy experience! If you missed Part 1 (all about the actual procedure), Part 2 (preparation and recovery), or Part 3 (everything about pain management) definitely check them out! Here’s the table of contents so you can go straight to the parts you’re most interested … Continue reading Part 4: The Purpose of Liver Biopsies & What They Can Tell You

What to Expect for a Liver Biopsy Part 1: The Procedure Itself

On February 6th, 2020 I had a liver biopsy at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta. I have an unofficial diagnosis of Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC), which is a non-alcohol-related, autoimmune, progressive liver disease. We hoped a liver biopsy would help give us some answers. I was EXTREMELY nervous for my liver biopsy, but I couldn’t find … Continue reading What to Expect for a Liver Biopsy Part 1: The Procedure Itself

What to Do If You Develop Antibodies to Your IBD Biologic

Have you ever had to switch biologics because your body developed antibodies? It’s stressful, switching IBD medications. There’s uncertainty and hope and fear all at once. But did you know there’s a specialty blood test you can do to check the effectiveness of the biologic medication you’re taking? The test analyzes the level of drug … Continue reading What to Do If You Develop Antibodies to Your IBD Biologic

3 Reasons to Get a Bone Density Test if You Have Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s Disease

Three reasons why you should talk with your GI about scheduling a bone density test If you’ve taken steroids for long periods of time You’re not exercising enough You’re suffering from vitamin D deficiency You’re not spending enough time outside You experience malabsorption You’ve had a bowel resection What does a bone density test scan … Continue reading 3 Reasons to Get a Bone Density Test if You Have Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s Disease

PSC Awareness Day: How Half of Your Liver Can Save a Life

Happy Sunday, friends! But it’s not just any ordinary Sunday. Today is PSC Awareness Day! What’s PSC? you might ask. Why does it need awareness-spreading? Why is it on your blog about inflammatory bowel disease? Is this the same PSC you mentioned in your last post? Today, I’ll answer all these questions by explaining what … Continue reading PSC Awareness Day: How Half of Your Liver Can Save a Life