Originally Posted by cathy1952
i was diagnosed with hep c in 96. this year i was also diagnosed with fibromyalgia. is there a connection between the two? I'm genotype 1a, high viral load, but have a history of depresson so my dr. is refusing to try tx with me. i'm not really recieving any treatment and i feel like i'm just sitting around waiting for the axe to fall. my dr. is one of the best in chicago area for hep c. i just feel like i should be doing something. any suggestions ? PLEASE HELP!
Fibro is an automimmune disorder, yes?
I am not well educated in fibro, but I know that interferon will make an autoimmune disorder much worse.
You should be doing a lot actually. Pat close attention to your diet (heart healthy is liver healthy, too!) make sure your weight is maintained at a healthy level, and exercise to maintain strength (or increase it) and to keep your joints and muscles in optimum (for you) shape. Do not allow yourself to become inactive!
Do not smoke (or allow yourself to be exposed to second hand smoke), drink alcohol at all, and watch dietary fats.
My interpretation of the research idicates that these are the basics to staying well with hepatitis C. Interferon is not a magic bullet anyway and, again my opinion, people often expect too much from it.
I hope this helps. Welcome to the board.