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Re: Viral Load, Enzymes, worries, etc.

Re: Viral Load, Enzymes, worries, etc.

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Posted by thanbey on August 20, 2000 at 11:33:18:

In Reply to: Viral Load, Enzymes, worries, etc. posted by Graham on August 18, 2000 at 18:18:11:


Your numbers are definitely elevated.

The real information you will need will be contained in the biopsy report. INSIST ON A BIOPSY.

Do not allow you doctor to tell you that it is unnecessary or that you will be treated anyway, so why bother? That is the sign of a problem physician.

My position in these matters is to work 'with your physician to elevate his/her level of knowledge, rather than confront or challenge your way into a tense relationship with him/her.

There are many physicians who have gained a great deal of knowledge, about HCV and biopsy, about what HMO'S WILL pay for if you press them within the system, and about the importance of gathering all the data and looking at ALL the treatment options and the contraindications to treatment (there are quite a few).

A better educated physician wiull not only help your personal situation, it will benefit those who come after you. have heard from physixi\cians across the country who worked with patients to learn that treatment is not for everyone, that there are several very good options when considering treatment, and that there are resources availalbe for doctor and patient outside the industry resource.

For a place to begin your research, go to www.hcop.org and click on favorite links on the main menu.

Good luck.

thanbey

www.hcop.org

: I has diag'd with hepc two weeks ago... Here are some test results I've gathered (some pre-diagnosis).....

: 11/96 ALT 150
: AST 40

: 2/97 ALT 236
: AST 91

: 7/2000 ALT 186
: AST 86

: 8/2000 ALT 196
: AST 75
: PCR 616,000 copies

: So I'm thoroughly alarmed at that last number. I presumably caught the virus in 1996 via IV drugs (gave them up in late 1997.) I'm 25 years old.

: I have a good doc, and my genotype isn't back.

: What concerns me is that I have consistently high ALT levels, and the viral load is high. I understand the disease usually takes a while to become chronic and cause elevated levels-- it seems I skipped that stage, or at least it passed very quickly.

: So... They say my genotype will be back after _another_ long week of waiting.

: I've heard about people using milk thistle as treatment? should I try this? Also, anything I need
: to be watching in terms of food?

: Thanks,
: Graham
: gstreet@bellsouth.net




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