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Old 12-22-2006, 08:51 PM   #1
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My mom went to the doctor and got her blood work done and the test came back something about the liver. They said that they were going to do a hep C test because its most likely that. I dont know anything about it really and I was wondering if she would live a normal life with it or will she die at a young age.

 
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Old 12-22-2006, 11:18 PM   #2
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Re: Can you live a normal life with hep. c

If she does end up having hep C tell her there's a supplement called milk thistle. It gets rid of toxins in the liver.

 
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Old 12-26-2006, 10:38 AM   #3
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Re: Can you live a normal life with hep. c

Yes, you can live a normal life with Hep C--some changes should be made--for one, if your mom is positive for HCV she should stop drinking alcohol and never drink again--ever. Also, just general good health habits should be followed. HepC is blood borne, so don't share toothbrushes or razors with her. My husband of 30 years has HCV and has had it for 40 years. No symptoms for 35 of those 40, except occasionally fatigue, but he is a real energetic go- getter type of guy. There are treatments, but you'd have to discuss them with the doc, some are very unpleasant and don't end up working for one of the genotypes of HepC but if it does work, you're cured. If your mom does have this she sould be seeing a doctor who is really up on the latest treatments. Don't panic, it's not as bad as it sounds.
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Old 12-26-2006, 07:16 PM   #4
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I dont really know much about hep C. I'm getting ready to have a baby in 5 weeks and I live with my mom. Shes my best friend and she seems so worried about it. Shes not sure if she is postive for it yet but she will know soon. She has fatigue her imzines*spelling* is high in her liver her stool is very dark in color and she sometimes bleeds from her bowels. How can I prevent me and my child from getting it from her besides not using razors and toothbrushes? I'm also going to have myself tested the next time I go back to my OBGYN because I have mixed my razor up with hers before. Hopefully she doesnt have it and its just an infection or something.
Thank You for your comments and help we need all the help we can get!

 
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Old 12-26-2006, 10:04 PM   #5
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Re: Can you live a normal life with hep. c

It would be almost impossible for you to get it unless you had a blood transfusion from your mother or shared a needle. I have 5 children with my husband, he was infected whenI met him (no way to test 30 years ago) and so obviously it's not sexually transmitted.
Use general good hygiene sense. I mean, I brushed with my hubby's toothbrush and shaved with his razor and I didn't get it..none of kids have it, so it must be very, very hard to get. Does your mom know how she got it?
You & your baby are safe, I'm positive, but have a blood test to put your mind at rest, and talk to a dr. In the intitial stages, it's pretty yucky, which is what it sounds like your mom is going through. My hubby remembers being really sick in boot camp....but he's never had a transfusion, so we don't know how else he could have contracted it. Calm down, if possible and good luck.

 
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