Elevated Transaminases

RA Guy Adventures of RA Guy

The irony of living with rheumatoid arthritis.

For the longest time, each time I went in for my laboratory tests I always expected the worst results. They always came back normal, though, and I continued to move forward with my treatment plan of Arava, Plaquenil, and Prolertus.

So when I went in for my laboratory tests last week, I finally told myself not to worry (first time I did so!)…everything had gone well in the past, and I was sure it would continue to go well in the future.

Until today.

The results indicate that my transaminases are way out of range. They are right below the 3x level, which means that I can continue with the Arava – although we are immediately cutting the dosage in half. Alcoholic beverages are now an absolute no-no, and the hope is that in the coming months my liver enzymes will return to normal. If they don’t lower, obviously I will have to stop my current medicines.

The funny thing is that the FDA warning earlier this month about Arava and liver damage prompted me to call my rheumatologist in order to schedule this recent laboratory test. Who would have known?

Stay tuned…for the next adventure of Rheumatoid Arthritis Guy!