Since you have been diagnosed with inflamed
liver and gallbladder...I can tell you what
might possibly be taking place.
Autoimmune disease means that the immune
system of the body is mistaken in determining
what is your own body cells from something
that is foreign entering the body, like bacteria
or virus, etc. Our own cells have certain
markers that only we have. Therefore, your own immune system is attacking your own body's cells.
When the cells are damaged, the immune
system of the body responds to this damage,
also (even if it is caused by your own immune
system) and inflammation will develop.
Inflammation is a normal reaction of the
immune system to keep the bacteria, virus,etc.
from entering the body any further and causing
more damage...however, when this develops
inside the liver, it increases damage done
there because it puts more pressure inside
the liver, since the liver is surrounded by
a membrane capsule. This can cause
the liver to enlarge in size, which can be seen
on a CT scan or ultrasound test.
This is then known as Hepatitis. Hepatitis
is inflammation of the liver cells.
There are also autoimmune diseases where they can attack the bile ducts which start inside the liver and combine to go outside the liver
to the gallbladder and the intestines.
These are then known as Biliary Cirrhosis or
Sclerosing Cholangitis. In this case,
the cells of the bile area are damaged and
can die. The ducts can become twisted or
strictured in nature. Like if you take a
garden hose and put a clamp around it so
the fluid doesn't run through well, or the
hose becomes kinked to stop the flow of
There are many things that can cause liver
cells damage: alcohol consumption,
medication toxification, chemical exposure,
viral infections like Hepatitis A,B,C,etc,
parasite infections, fatty liver disease,
autoimmune disease, mushroom poisoning,
hereditary conditions, cancer/cysts, and
others. I'm just stating this so you can
think about whether other causes could be
If the cause can be found and stopped and
the inflammation is treated, the liver cells
can heal. If it can't ...it can lead to the cells
dying off and scar tissue forming inside
the liver...This in known as Cirrhosis, then...
You should definitely be with either a
gastroenterologist or hepatologist now.
I believe I would get in touch, again, with
the doctors office and let them know you need
a sooner appointment. They sometimes have
certain time slots open for people who should
be seen right away or they can call you if
they have a cancelation. (Let them know
that you were throwing up blood)
I would ask to speak with the nurse that is with the doctor...not the secretary who answers.
I hope this information is of some help.
Best of wishes to you.
caregiver to a liver transplant patient