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Re: Thx for resposes...a few answers

Re: Thx for resposes...a few answers

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Posted by Amanda on February 14, 2000 at 12:42:29:

In Reply to: Thx for a few questions posted by Tina on February 10, 2000 at 12:29:03:

: I appreciate your responses...any info I can get now is good info. Than, what is the Peg therapy
: you mentioned? How does it differ from Intron? Amanda, what was life life...u have those symtoms
: the entire month?

I started treatment when my daughter was 6 months old. We stopped breast feeding to do so. I had my first shot on a Friday night just before bed. I woke up in the wee hours of the morning freezing and sweating at the same time. I felt like I had been beaten with a baseball bat. I had a fever of 104 and rising. I phoned my doc and he told me that was normal for the first time and to take some aspirin but to call back if the fever continued to rise. I layed in bed shivering praying to die! Eventually I fell back asleep. By about 10am I felt much better but not good. I was no longer praying for death. I felt like I had the flu, headache, body aches, and very tired. This lasted for about a day and a half. By the time I was to get my next shot I was feeling almost back to normal. The next shot was not nearly as devistating. I went back to feeling like I had the flu but, not nearly as bad. Every shot ther after got just a little bit easier and a little bit easier until the worst part was the actual stick of the needle. The entire time I was on treatment I felt tired. Not bed ridden tired just enough that I really looked forward to taking a nap (some of that could also be because of the new baby!) I did experience some brusing on my legs from all of the injections. My hair also thinned towards the end of treatment and was very, very thin once I stopped. But I am grateful to say that it has all grown back. I have been off treatment for over a year now and feel just fine. Even though I was told I had no responce to treatment I am in no rush to start a new one right now. I plan on taking my time and doing more research before I commit myself to that. Not to mention I am expecting our second child this summer. I know that the doctors made me feel like I had to start treatment immeadiately but looking back I wish that I had explored my options and taken my time. This is, by the way, a very slow progressive disease. Take your time and get informed of all that is out there. Good luck with whatever you decide. If you need to talk more I'll be here... looking for more options and information for myself.

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