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    Old 03-18-2008, 03:27 PM   #1
    whyme78
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    Is being diagnosed with Hep C the end of the world?

    really?

    Ofcourse as my doc put it, if you had your choice of the test coming back positive or negative you'd surely choose negative, but being positive is NOT the end of the world he says.

    WORST case scenario, youre diagnosed (which i am) you take the confirmation test to see if the virus is active in the blood, if it is and your doc feels you should start medication, you do so. Fingers crossed your body reacts well with minimal sides, and beat the damn thing!

     
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    Old 03-18-2008, 06:29 PM   #2
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    Re: Is being diagnosed with Hep C the end of the world?

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    your doctor is right it is not the end of the world. there are far worse diseases you could have, some that can not be "cured" like HCV can. you did not say how you felt before being diagnosed but if you felt bad now you know why. i do disagree with if your doc say to treat then you treat, this is a decision you have to make after getting all the information first. make an appointment with a hepatologist (liver specialist), then get a liver biopsy to see what condition your liver is in. then make a decision to treat. if you are a stage 1 or 2 then i would wait for the better drugs that will be out in the next few years. best of luck
    hey frank
    for the first time i got a primary care physician, and he ran every damn test known to man on me, lol.. since im covered in tattoo's he specifically ran a hep c test that came back at 1.93.. could it be the tattoo's? sure i guess, but ive always known my place to be very sanitary and sterile..

    the only symptoms i have on an everyday basis are

    fatigue (probably due to my mild sleep apnea)
    vision changes (most likely due to sinus's)
    nasal congestion (sinus's)
    pressure behind my eyes (sinus's)

    i dont know if these are hep c symptoms or not? my next step is an abdominal ultrasound on friday morning and after that ill see what my doc says to make an appointment with a gastro..

     
    Old 03-18-2008, 08:03 PM   #3
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    Re: Is being diagnosed with Hep C the end of the world?

    I tested positive finally when I was 27 I think. I was pregnant with my first and only child. I thought I had it for a year or so but they were obviously doing the wrong test...cuz go figure i was. Anyway...my now husband was positive to and he went through the treatments first. We both smoked then and we drank a few nights a week. All of which are terrible for a person having hep c which we were newly diagnosed. Anyway he went first and did not feel good but almost two years later he is negative and the liver function tests are those of a very healthy person...we did quit smoking but we still drink like we did and actually we do exersize. I finally did it almost a year ago and have been negative since awaiting my yr post tx test. However before i did the tx my liver functions were like 250 and 175 and the normal range is under 30 or 40 and the minute i went undetectable i went into almost normal range and the minute i went off the tx i went way below normal...like 24 and 30....just like a normal person. they are still that now. my point is ....most docs do that test and if they are elevated they then might do a hep test and others because elevated liver function tests mean you liver is getting damaged. so take what you want out of it. i like knowing mine is not and it was before the tx and it was not the worst thing in the world but i am young and had no sides from the hep but not sleeping well.

     
    Old 04-18-2008, 05:05 PM   #4
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    Re: Is being diagnosed with Hep C the end of the world?

    Jessy,

    I can tell you from experience that drinking is one of the worst things you could do with hep C. My frist round of tx I cleared the virus. Then I got divorced and started bienge drinking. The HepC came back stronger than ever. I had a 10million viral load. I went through bx after bx Only to be told that you need to stop the drinking. I have stopped drinking, but its alittle to late. I am now in End stage liver dieases. I am not a candatite to do tx again. I also ended up with kidney failure and congestive heart failure. So please stop drinking. Every time you take a drink your weaking your liver's ablilty to fight and stay with your svr.

    Vanilla

     
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