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    As many of you know, I started taking MTX in pill form about four weeks ago.
    Week one I took them and the side effects where not too bad, but week two just about killed me with nausea 24/7. Then week three I went to MTX shots and tolerated it pretty well, but my rheumy wanted me to get my blood checked. After the second pill dose, my liver enzimes where pretty high, then we went to the shot, which was a lower dose, because he wanted to see if the liver enzimes would either go down or at least stay the same. Five days after the shot, I had another blood test and the enzimes have trippeled. The rheumy called me monday night to tell me stop everything, we have to find out what is causing your liver enzimes to rise, he said it is unlikely the MTX, because he has lowered the dose.
    I couldn't talk to him yesterday, his office was closed, because of the snow storm.

    My question now is, since Lupus can be blamed for attacking organs, like kidneys and heart, can it also attack the liver? Does anybody else have liver problems?

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    Hey Debbie,

    Sorry you are having a hard time. There is a very interesting page on Lupus and the Liver at Lupusk.org. . I am pasting a piece of the page but the link to the full page is below. Hope this helps

    Lupus and the Liver

    Daniel J. Wallace, MD, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, UCLA School of Medicine.

    Involvement of the liver in SLE is a frequently misunderstood complication of the disease. The liver can be affected as a result of lupus itself, as well as the medications used to treat inflammation caused by lupus. There is also a specific inflammatory disease of the liver related to SLE, sometimes known as lupoid hepatitis. This article attempts to reconcile our differing perceptions of what "lupus in the liver" really means.

    Lupus can affect the liver in numerous ways that are delineated below:



    http://www.lupusuk.org.uk/latest-new...-and-the-liver
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    Thank you very much, I will read it right now.
    I am worried about my liver, but also what it would mean for any medication, right now my rheumy stopped everything.

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    Oh wow, I have read it, that is some scary stuff.

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    Debbie,

    The one good thing is you seem to have a doctor who is very hands on with your health management. Thank God he was looking immediately for affects on your liver and not 3 or 6 months down the road.

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    Sandy,

    That is very true. He is on top of things, that is for sure.
    I am still waiting for his phone call now, to see what we will do.

    Debbie
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