Post Edited (hep93) : 2/19/2010 9:34:23 PM (GMT-7)
JustTina, was your rheumatoid factor positive? If so, that could be the cause of your pain. You need to see a hepatologist for your hep C, not a GI doc. When you call the medical center, ask to make an appt. with the Hepatology or Liver Transplant dept. If I were you, I'd also change my PCP, if possible, as he doesn't seem very knowledgeable.
Spironolactone (Aldactone) is a prescription diuretic. It is usually given in conjunction with Lasix, to maintain potassium levels and also to give extra duretic effect. You can also take potassium tablets alone, but you really should not take anything without consulting with a hepatologist. The OTC potassium pills aren't regulated and are not in the strength you would need and you don't even know if you need them.
My understanding of the diagnosis for fibro is that a person must have at least 7 of 12 (?) positive pressure points or points of pain in the body.
The most important things to remember for a hep C or liver diet are: No beef, fresh or frozen fruits and veggies, low salt, and filtered water. Avoid processed foods as much as possible.
I'm never done home canning, so I don't know what is used. If it's salt or brine, then no...you shouldn't. That is the objection to canned veggies from the store. They are high in sodium. So nothing pickled. However, if your garden veggies are put up in jars with no salt, that should be fine.
JustTina, there are salt substitutes in the grocery store. Lemon juice is also a great substitute for salt. Soy sauce is loaded with sodium, so steer clear of that. So much the better if you can keep away from the hormones in meat. The reason we say no beef is that it is the most difficult thing for the liver to digest. If the liver is damaged, it puts extra strain on it. In addition, we don't need the fat in beef. If you use salt at all, try sea salt in a grinder. It's lower in sodium than regular salt and the taste is more intense so you only need a tiny bit. I think Kosher salt is also lower in sodium.
If you can raise your own chickens and veggies, you will be healthier than most of the population.
Post Edited By Moderator (hep93) : 2/21/2010 10:45:20 AM (GMT-7)
ArtistGuy, welcome to the Hepatitis forum. I see you also post in the Crohn's forum. Sorry you have the misery of that disease.
I tried 2 courses of interferon when I was first diagnosed with hep C back in '93. Both times, my white count plummeted and I was taken off treatment. Therefore, I haven't been anxious to try again with the combo, but am considering the new trio of drugs that will be available in about a year (in trials now.) I didn't, however, have any abdominal pain with treatment.
Your hepatitis is slow to affect your liver, but don't assume that you will be okay. I've had it for 42 yrs. now. It wasn't until I'd had it for 37 yrs. that I was diagnosed with liver cancer. Thanks to treatment at Mayo, I've been in remission for nearly 3 yrs. now. If you have chronic active hep C, it is continuing to attack your liver. Have you considered going on treatment?