Sashakate, have you had any treatment for the hep C? After trying it in '93 and not doing well on interferon, it was stopped. From that point until 2 years ago, I pretty much ignored the fact that I have hep C. Aside from fatigue and only being able to work P/T, I felt okay. I was having sonograms once a year to monitor my liver. The one I had 2 years ago showed a huge cancerous tumor. It was treated as a death sentence at Shands, so I went to Mayo and they saved my live. I'm living on just the left lobe of my liver now, and treatment is again being considered...this time the "combo." I have to have a 2nd hernia surgery before that, though.
I think you know what you have to do. You wouldn't have posted if you weren't concerned about what might be happening with your liver. I will say that I haven't had a drink of anything alcoholic for nearly 22 yrs., so that did not play into the creation of the tumor...that was caused from untreated hep C. So I urge you to go to a hepatologist or GI doc and have another biopsy to know where you now stand...and then decide what to do after that. And please--don't drink anything alcoholic at all. That is the very worst thing you can do to your liver. You can go out and have a good time without drinking alcohol. Drink no-alcohol beer if you are tempted to drink and your friends are drinking.
I've done the ostrich thing (head in the sand), and I'm telling you it's a very dangerous thing to do.
Post Edited (hep93) : 5/15/2008 11:34:12 PM (GMT-6)
you really need to stop drinking, it's the #1 best advice anyone can give you besides finding a good hepatologists so they can help you.
John, thank you for your very informative and interesting post. At the time I was diagnosed with hep C ('93) through blood work, I was told that the only way to know if it was chronic active was through a biopsy. Perhaps that is no longer, true...I don't really know.
Sashakate, so glad you are being seen for your hep C! That's the first step to a healthier you.