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Le Dude
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Date Joined May 2008
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   Posted 5/28/2008 6:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Diagnosed March 2008 by accident. How long positive who knows. Signs and symptoms..just feel tired now and then. Blood work for liver function normal. Ultrasound normal. Viral load 11,900,000. Recovering alcoholic with some drugs mixed in for flavor. Recovered from those as well. Have read about the treatment regimen and its potential for side effects, the possibility of not clearing the virus after treatment and can get the medications. Have a good Doc and Nurse backing me. Type 2 genome. Questions.......start treatment or no. Advice from the Gurus would be appreciated. Hello to all the new and current members and my thoughts are with you. THANKS, le dude.

Pink Grandma
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   Posted 5/28/2008 8:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Le Dude and welcome to HealingWell.

Sorry that you are dealing with this, but you came to the right forum. We do have numerous members with Hep C and I believe we have a few Type 2's as well.
My husband died of liver cancer complicated by cirrohosis and Hep C. But his hep C was undetectable by the time I met him. He's body must have cleared it. So I don't have any first hand knowledge of it.

Stick around someone with experience hopefully will post soon.

Take care.........thoughts and prayers.........
Pink Grandma
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   Posted 5/28/2008 10:40 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi, LeDude and welcome to the forum.  The only thing I can offer is that type 2 responds better than type 1.  My hepatologist had told me that most Americans have type 1 and that it is difficult to treat, and is the type that has to go on treatment for nearly a year (48 weeks, I believe.)  I have type 1.  eyes


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   Posted 5/30/2008 10:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Le,

Type 2 is a very good diagnosis as far as genotypes go - you have the best chance for success.

Other variables for success:

- age - are you under 50?
- weight - normal or thin are better
- lifestyle - soundsl ike you have this one under control
- stress - can you control/minimize it?
- help at home with simple tasks & diet

As a type 2 I'd consider it. Also remember you can't win if you don't finish so be prepared before the long haul of treatment. Talk about all treatment side effects & what you can do to prepare now - like start on an antidepressant, what are you going to do if anemic, in pain can't sleep, have no energy? There are meds for all these common side effects if you are prepared to work with them., and jump on them right away.


Le Dude
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   Posted 6/4/2008 11:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the input. Know 3 positives in my area through family and friends spoken to them as well. Take all your advice and thoughts to all. D
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