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Posted by sean
on November 02, 2000 at 16:19:02:
In Reply to: Re: HELLO SEAN posted by Don on October 30, 2000 at 21:18:32:
: : This will strike you as strange, perhaps, but for the majority of people who test positive for hep c, it will have no effect--i said NO effect--on their expected life span. It may cause some symptoms (why were you at the dr's?), exhaustion and headache, for example, are common. But for most--yes most--it will do little else.
: : Hep C is a serious matter because for SOME it leads to real liver disease. For this group hep c is very serious indeed. still, it is a minority of us.
: : For others, the liver damage may not be so serious, but the symptoms such as tiredness can get so strong as to impair one's life quite a bit. This group too, is a minority of suffers. Probably a bigger group than the serious liver disease group, tho.
: : And for some, perhaps many, they may live their whole, long lives without ever knowing or caring about it.
: : To know more about your case, you'll want to get further tests, the first and easiest being liver enzyme tests. these will give important hints (as will whether you have symptoms or not)as to whether your case merits concern.
: : It's very very important to have a dr. who specializes in the liver, and who you can talk to easily. There is much to learn and discuss with this disease,nothing is simple or black and white.
: : It's much too early to start to worry about how long you'll live. I have had hep c for 35 years, as near as we can pin down the date of infection, and my tests show only moderate liver disease after all this time.
: : Read up a little on it, talk to an understanding doc, and RELAX til someone gives you more info and more cause for worry.
: : --sean
: : : Hello everyone I am pleased to have found this Website. Especially after finding out today
: : :
: : : I may have HEP C. I'll find out friday for sure. My doctor wants to talk to me about the results
: : : of my Hep C test so I probably am positive why else would he keep me in suspense?
: : : Anyway, if I do have it how long can I live with It?
: : : PLEASE RESPOND
: Hi Sean, Thanks for answering my question the other day. I appreciated that.
: Sean do you know why it affects everyone differently or is this what researchers are trying to find out now? I feel kind of stupid asking these questions but if there is a way I can slow down the symptoms then this is what I'll do.
: I haven't had a chance to talk to my doctor I was afraid to show up for my results.
: After reading what you had to say maybe I should go see a Liver Specialist to find out where I stand I have to find out sooner or later RIGHT?
: Again thanx
yup. a liver specialist is strongly advised. hepatitis c was unknown when most drs. were in school, and i have not been impressed by what i've heard of the advice most people seem to get from otherwise fine drs. when it comes to hep c.
you should scroll through this board for more info on the disease, visit www.hcop.org and follow interesting links. i like kathy's page, at http:/pages.hotbot.com/health/kdreyer/.
the MOST important things right now are to get information, especially info about your own body--go get those test results!! followed by good diet of healthy foods--pile on the fresh veggies and fruits--NO drinking.
come back when you've learned your numbers.
But remember, don't worry! you may be one of the hep c folk who have to take action, but there's an even better chance that you are going to be okay.
ciao for now
- sean thanbey 19:36:42 11/02/00