Hi, Metalguitarist, and welcome to the forum. When were you diagnosed with hep C and cirrhosis? Have you had a liver biopsy?
Regarding the removal of fluid from your belly, how often you will need to have it done depends on how quickly the fluid builds up again. If you are having to be tapped frequently, a TIPS (transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt) procedure might be recommended. This would shunt the excess fluid away from your belly. Like any invasive procedure, it carries risks with it. This is something to discuss with your physician.
Since you are feeling quite well, aside from the ascites, I doubt you are anywhere near "the end." Are you seeing a hepatologist? Has the possibility of a transplant ever been mentioned? Have you had "the combo" treatment for hep C?
Post Edited (hep93) : 11/10/2009 4:23:09 PM (GMT-7)
MG, where you will be placed on a transplant list is according to your MELD score which is calculated by adding your creatinine, bilirubin, and INR, not your viral load. The higher the MELD score, the higher on the list you will be. If you are referred for transplant, they may require that you stop taking the herbals that you are currently taking. I don't believe you can "get the hep C under control" doing what you are doing. The only currently approved treatment is the "combo," which is ribivarin and interferon. We cannot advocate specific alternative treatments on this forum.
After you meet with a hepatologist, he will ascertain if you meet the requirements for transplant evaluation. There are many, many tests and meetings with various medical personnel prior to being listed. Please do follow up on this.
Best of luck to you.