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Old 03-13-2007, 02:04 PM   #1
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Just got my results. What should I expect?

I found out that I am infected with Hep C. This was detected during a routine exam; Never showed symptoms. My ALT is 84; AST 47. This sounds kind of strange, but I don't know how I got infected: no drug use, tatoos, or infidellity. I've had several physical exams over a span of 10 years and it never showed up. I am very sad because I probably infected my wife. Today, my wife had blood test and I had a second. I am praying that this is just a bad nightmare. What should I expect now? I have an appointment with a Gastro doctor next month. Will a biopsy be needed?

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Old 03-13-2007, 05:17 PM   #2
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Re: Just got my results. What should I expect?

My situation is similar to yours. I found out in routine physical just over 3 months ago. Have you seen a specialist yet? They will do alot of bloodwork to determine what type of hep c you have(type 1,,2,3) Type 1 is the most difficult to treat. That is the type I have. I did not have to have a biopsy as they had a new blood test that was not quite as accurate, but almost. As for your wife, it is not very likely that that she would contract hep c from you. I've been married 25 years and my wife was negative for hep c. My dr. said the chances were about 1 in 20 for a 20 yr. relationship; this can't spread without direct blood to blood contact.

 
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Old 03-13-2007, 05:33 PM   #3
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Re: Just got my results. What should I expect?

Thanks for the reply. I feel a little better. I am very protective of my family and it hurts...I know my wife (100%) has been faithful. I feel like I let her down. She is so loving and supportive she held me as I was crying. I can't believe this is happening... I keep playing over and over in mind every step I've made to contract this. I have my blood test results in hand; How can your tell if it is type 1, 2, or 3? Also, I have an appointment w/my Gastro doctor next month. BTW, what are you treatments? Details? Did you have any symptoms? I am thinking maybe it was dormant for years because I have always be health conscious: diet, exercise, no smoking or drinking.

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Old 03-14-2007, 11:13 AM   #4
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Thanks for the reply. I feel a little better. I am very protective of my family and it hurts...I know my wife (100%) has been faithful. I feel like I let her down. She is so loving and supportive she held me as I was crying. I can't believe this is happening... I keep playing over and over in mind every step I've made to contract this. I have my blood test results in hand; How can your tell if it is type 1, 2, or 3? Also, I have an appointment w/my Gastro doctor next month. BTW, what are you treatments? Details? Did you have any symptoms? I am thinking maybe it was dormant for years because I have always be health conscious: diet, exercise, no smoking or drinking.

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Those healthy ways are wonderful. You are lucky you have been living that way. I am on treatments and for me....everyone is different.....it has been body aches, fatigue, a little nausea and depression. All of these things have been bearable and treatet with minor pain meds and anti depressants. Both of these things have made a huge difference and most days I feel really good. I do get tired more than normal. I have had this for five years. I did not show symtoms of it untill the end of last summer. I just got tired. I was not living a healthy life style. I drink and I smoke. You will be told what your geneotype is. I am not sure how to tell on your blood work papers.

 
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Old 03-14-2007, 05:53 PM   #5
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Thanks for the reply. I feel a little better. I am very protective of my family and it hurts...I know my wife (100%) has been faithful. I feel like I let her down. She is so loving and supportive she held me as I was crying. I can't believe this is happening... I keep playing over and over in mind every step I've made to contract this. I have my blood test results in hand; How can your tell if it is type 1, 2, or 3? Also, I have an appointment w/my Gastro doctor next month. BTW, what are you treatments? Details? Did you have any symptoms? I am thinking maybe it was dormant for years because I have always be health conscious: diet, exercise, no smoking or drinking.

Thanks...
I had no symptoms, am in pretty good shape, and only drank moderately, but apparently my liver had sustained damage. I have F3 fibrosis; F4 is cirrosis. If I had been told I had little or no frbrosis, I probably would not opted for treatment. As I said, I have type 1 hep c, and treatment for that is almost always for 1 year. Treatment is 1 shot a week and pills twice a day. I've only had two shots so far(only 1/4 dose each). So far its not too bad. Your Gastro will determine type and discuss options.

 
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I had no symptoms, am in pretty good shape, and only drank moderately, but apparently my liver had sustained damage. I have F3 fibrosis; F4 is cirrosis. If I had been told I had little or no frbrosis, I probably would not opted for treatment. As I said, I have type 1 hep c, and treatment for that is almost always for 1 year. Treatment is 1 shot a week and pills twice a day. I've only had two shots so far(only 1/4 dose each). So far its not too bad. Your Gastro will determine type and discuss options.


I'm like Owen P, I have Geno 1A and F3 fibrosis and will be 67 yrs old in August. How my treatments will go I can only hope as well as the rest of you. Considering I have the hardest to treat, I'll pray a lot and wait for my first 4 week test results. I am waiting on my meds now. I thought hard about even doing the tx but I have to at least try them. I will have to take one shot a day, 2 pills in the morning and 3 at night. Sounds like a lot to me but this is what my doc prescribed. Ugh, I hate taking pills. I just hope they are big pills. lol. You'll be ok Rev57, we're all here to listen. Once I start tx after three days of it, I'll post and let you know how I'm feeling. Joyce

 
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Old 03-17-2007, 09:16 AM   #7
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Re: Just got my results. What should I expect?

Thanks for all of the responses. After reading the posts on this board, I decided to defer treatment. I have requested a second bloodtest w/PCR and RNA analysis. I have also decided to change PCP because of the lack of knowledge and rudeness, lack of kindness, and support from the office assistant staff. I was told by my PA that they have never treated a patient w/Hep C before and did not have a process in-place for dealing w/this kind of issue. My goal is to continue to live a healthy life style (i.e., no drinking, smoking, no red-meat or fast foods) and eliminate sugar from my diet. I will probably - haven't really decided - cancel my Gastro appointment. I need input from the community on this decision? Also, I will schedule another blood test in six months to re-check my liver enzymes. As a note: I believe the reason for my high liver enzymes was due to being on anti-biotics for several weeks b/c of an abscess. My goal is to wait for future treatments. I can't afford to gamble on tx that can cause complications b/c I am the main provider for my family. I will probably (most likely) get the Hep A, B vaccine. I will update this post when my (and my wife's initial test) second bloodtest and PCR/RNA results comeback. BTW, I did receive good news from my Cardiologist. My PCP diagnosed me w/a Incomplete Right Branch Block (IRBB) and enlarged Aorta. My Cardiologist said that their EKG showed no IRBB and the reason for my enlarged Aorta was due to mary years of weightlifing. Thanks...

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Old 03-17-2007, 04:13 PM   #8
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Your Gastro is where you will get the answers you need to make an informed decision. Your family needs you now, but they also need you in the future. I've not missed any work yet and my job is very physical; though I'm only a few weeks into treatment. Defering treatment may well be your best course, but knowing the extent of liver damage will help in that decision.

 
Old 03-18-2007, 04:35 PM   #9
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Re: Just got my results. What should I expect?

I went to a gastro. He was okay but my hepatologist is really getting to the bottom of things.

 
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Re: Just got my results. What should I expect?

Mine is a gastro also. He is very informed, kind and really helpful.

 
Old 03-18-2007, 05:47 PM   #11
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Mine is a gastro hepatologist.

 
Old 03-23-2007, 12:14 PM   #12
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Update: My wife's test came back negative. I am still waiting for my PCR/RNA results.

 
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Good news about your wife. I think it is hard too to make that decision with out knowing the status of your liver. It is your decision. I am at wk 11 and have not missed work either. I also have a very physical job. The other day I worked very hard in 85 degree weather with long black pants on and a long oxford shirt for 14 hours straight. I was ok. I was tired and a bit out of it the last few hours but who would not be? I am young though....I have heard that sometimes age makes the difference.

 
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After the advice from the board, I decided to schedule a Gastro appointment after I get my PCR/RNA results. I am so thankful my wife is negative. This is truly a blessing. Having HCV has changed me: I no longer listen to the news or talk radio; I stopped looking at television. I have been focusing on positive thoughts and spending time in prayer. I use to get upset at the small things but they don't matter anymore. I need to find a way to connect w/my wife b/c I feel sorry for myself and sometimes I am very depressed. I guess this is a normal stage when you find out you contracted something like this. I have to hold off on the sex thing for awhile b/c my mind is not there. I keep thinking how I could have destroyed my family. It hurts... I've been tracing my steps on how I contracted this and the only thing I can think of is major dental work done in 2003. 5 - 6 months after the dental work the dentist sold his practice and dropped off the face of planet. He no longer practices - anywhere. Very strange.... He was very young and energetic!

 
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After the advice from the board, I decided to schedule a Gastro appointment after I get my PCR/RNA results. I am so thankful my wife is negative. This is truly a blessing. Having HCV has changed me: I no longer listen to the news or talk radio; I stopped looking at television. I have been focusing on positive thoughts and spending time in prayer. I use to get upset at the small things but they don't matter anymore. I need to find a way to connect w/my wife b/c I feel sorry for myself and sometimes I am very depressed. I guess this is a normal stage when you find out you contracted something like this. I have to hold off on the sex thing for awhile b/c my mind is not there. I keep thinking how I could have destroyed my family. It hurts... I've been tracing my steps on how I contracted this and the only thing I can think of is major dental work done in 2003. 5 - 6 months after the dental work the dentist sold his practice and dropped off the face of planet. He no longer practices - anywhere. Very strange.... He was very young and energetic!
The dentist thing is weird. If you might have only contracted hep c a few years ago and live a healthy life style most likely you probably have no damage to your liver. Have you had any operations ever? As far as your wife...and connecting...you just need to have a heart to heart. It is much easier said than done. I am married too and I might start out with that intention and some how it turns into a different kind of conversation. And usually one that gets us no where. Eventually you will need to have that conversation. This is not your fault. And yes at first it is hard to have sex because you think about the what if factor. Do some research of your own. Sometimes it can make you feel better. Sometimes it will just scare you more. The good news is that if you live a healthy life style most likely you will die with hep c and not of hep c. Good luck and god bless. There are new treatments on the horizon as this is a newly treated virus in the medical world.

 
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