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Re: tested HCV positive and Dr.'s

Re: tested HCV positive and Dr.'s

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Posted by Scott on August 04, 2000 at 00:50:27:

In Reply to: Re: tested HCV positive and Dr.'s posted by thanbey on August 01, 2000 at 01:11:52:

: : Tested positive for this damn virus in June. Additional tests beginning of July for genotype and RNA levels.
: : No results yet. The testing lab stated that the results they recieved were "strange" and that they are
: : going to retest with the same blood samples. I am taking milk thistle,( 100mg am, 50mg pm) which my
: : Doctor (PC) said is OK. I am wondering if this could cause strange readings? Biopsy 7/27, no results yet. My
: : PC Doctor wants to handle my case. He stated that "combo therapy" is what I should do. This was stated
: : after the positive test showed HCV antibodies. ALT and AST #'s are what started the extended testing.
: : Values are 142 & 83, respectively. He also states that it is OK to drink a (1) beer " now and then", i.e.
: : every 2-3 weeks. From what I have read, I think I had better go to a specialist. Any opinions, suggestions
: : or recommendations. Is anyone aware of clinical trails for PEG in the Portland, Or. area?

: I am in Portland, OR. I agree with you that you should see a specialist. We have several fine GI's and hepatoilogists in Portland.

: thanbey

Thanks for the quick response, got the results of the biopsy and I am at stage 3. Genotype is 2 and the reason the lab did a second series of tests, is that my viral level is the highest they have ever seen. That was told to my wife by our PC doctor while she was in the hospital recovering from a full hysterectomy( she comes home tommorow and is doing fine). He still hasn't spoken to me yet, and when I attemped to get copies of the reports from his office, they where unable to find them!!!!! I have made a appointment with a gastroenterologist, but will have to wait untill Oct due to his schedule. Are you aware of anyone else in the Hillsboro/Beaverton area. My referal is to Dr. Watson, but 2 months seems like along time, considering the comment about the viral level. Thanks in advance for all your help.
Scott



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