I was diagnosed with Autoimmune Hepatitis in January this year, but my blood levels began to return to normal even before I had started the steroid treatment, which has mystified my consultant. I thought that the AIH was the reason I have felt so lousy for such a long time, but actually I feel worse now than I did when my blood levels indicated an acute 'attack'!!!
I am constantly exhausted, especially mornings, and can sleep for 15-18 hours but this doesnt make me feel refreshed and well. I have various symptoms which come and go, including severe itching (usually hands/arms, feet/lower legs, and face); bad muscle pain and stiffness (mostly legs, back and shoulders); severe pain and swelling in my right wrist, a painful lump has appeared and has been there for about 4 weeks now; grumpiness/mood swings; extreme thirst; severe pain in my hips, especially if I rest/lie on either side.
Please, please, does anyone have any ideas at all why I feel like this? I have been off work since January due to the AIH, I was due to return mid April but I am beginning to wonder if I will ever feel well enough. If anyone else has experienced symptoms like mine, please post a reply as I would dearly love to know what on earth it is..........I am an optimistic sort of person but recently I have begun to feel so low - no one seems to be able to find out what is wrong and how to put it right!
Thanks very much xxx