my 14 yr old son was just diagnosed with hep c

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BLESSED1
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   Posted 5/28/2008 12:42 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know where to start or what to expect

frustrated_n_wv
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   Posted 5/28/2008 2:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Blessed1

Welcome to Healingwell. I am so sorry to hear about your young son being diagnosised with hep C. There are several people here that have that disease and I am sure they will be willing to write and and share their experiences. This is a wonderful place for inforamtion and support. There is some good articles on this site for hep c and also the American Liver Foundation has good information. Educating yourself on the disease and preparing questions for your sons doctor(s) is very important. Make a list so that you are prepared when you go to his next appointment. Also don't be afrarid to ask questions or have them explain things further if you need them too. Keep us posted on his progress.

Lucy

hep93
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   Posted 5/28/2008 4:28 PM (GMT -7)   

Welcome, Blessed1.  Who diagnosed your son?  Lucy gave you good advice, but I also would suggest that you find a gastroenterologist (GI doc) or preferably a hepatologist (doc that specializes in diseases of the liver.)  I've never heard of a person that young going through hep C treatment.  You need to find out if his hep C is chronic or chronic active.  If it's chronic, it means that he has contracted it but his immune system threw it off and no treatment is required.  If it's active, it means that it's still attacking his liver.  You then need to find out if he can have treatment.  Just take it a step at a time.  You will find a lot of info and support in this forum.

Hugs,

Connie


Pink Grandma
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   Posted 5/28/2008 6:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Blessed 1 and welcome to HealingWell.
I too am very sorry that your young son has Hep C. It must be very scary for the both of you.

Both Connie and Lucy gave you great advice. The only thing that I would add is to get him retested. I have not ever heard of someone so young having it either. And before you start him on any treatment I definitely would get a second opinion first.

So how did it come to pass that they tested him for Hep C? Was he experiencing any of the symptons? Or did it show up in blood work?
We have several threads that list some of the symptons. I'll see if I can find one and bump it to the top for you.

Take care......thoughts and prayers..........
Pink Grandma
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When the going gets tough....the tough get going! Don't always know where I going but I get there anyways.

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