need info from real people about hep c and opinions ASAP

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d and a
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   Posted 3/25/2005 8:10 PM (GMT -7)   
My husband found decided to start treatment next week on pegasus, he's mr. tough and says the "flu like symptoms won't phase him.. we also would lile to have children in the future, will this kill his sperm i've heard it will. WHAT CAN WE EXPECT from this? married 3yrs just found out this devastation! support and thought are SOOO welcome!
thank you d & A

i love frogs
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   Posted 3/26/2005 5:01 PM (GMT -7)   
HI I FOUND OUT I HAD HEP-C IN 2001. BEING PREGNANT WITH MY SECOND CHILD. DID YOU TALK TO THE DOCTOR ABOUT HAVING CHILDREN? NOT TRYING TO SCARE YOU, BUT I PASSED IT ON TO THEM. BUT I HAVE IT, MY HUSBAND DOESN'T. BUT THEY SAY THERES ONLY A 1% CHANCE OF THEM GETTING IT. AND ON THE SYMPTOMS, YOU DON'T GET THEM ALL. I GOT TIRED,MY BODY HURT, GOT A RASH AND LOST WEIGHT. DON'T WORRY ABOUT THOSE THINGS. HE'LL DO FINE. ABOUT THE SPERM I DON'T KNOW. I GOT SOME BOOKS ON HEP-C I CAN LOOK IT UP, AND GET BACK TO YOU IF YOU'D LIKE.

wheels
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   Posted 3/28/2005 4:52 AM (GMT -7)   
The meds will not kill his sperm or affect fertility. . . It is important to practice 2 forms of birth control for 6 months after finishing treatment. One of the medications (ribavirin) can cause birth defects, even if it is the man that is taking it. Have you been tested as well ?? Although unlikely to be sexually transmitted, it is a good idea for you to get tested as well, just for a baseline. And like "i love frogs" points out, it is possible for the woman to pass it on to their children, if she is the one with the infection. IMO - you can't be too careful.
Good luck.

d and a
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   Posted 3/28/2005 10:03 AM (GMT -7)   
thank you both for your replies it was uplifting. i do not have it
we,ve had 2 dr.'s opinions the 1st said it would kill sperm the 2nd said it wouldn't one dr. said he wouldn't be able to work the other said he would its just such a bomb being dropped he had a vasectomy 7yrs ago and a reversed 1yr ago which failed so any swimmers that may be out there we'd like to save! i feel for everyone . i'm so STRESSED with having this on mind (treatment) the upcoming year how he's gonna react to it was it successful for you? its so hard to talk to people about it , its like they think its AIDS or something, did you all get depressed really bad?
thanks again

DesertJules
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   Posted 3/28/2005 2:05 PM (GMT -7)   
My husband has been on Pegasus and Copegus for about 6 weeks. He's genotype 1, which is most resistant to treatment. The pills (ribavirin) seem to have more of an effect on him than the shots (peg-interferon).

It's different for every person - watch for mood swings, aches and pains and nausea. There can be depression and rage-control problems - or not. You really won't know until he starts taking it. It does tend to magnify any aches or pains - my hubby's arthritic back gets pretty bad.

Most importantly - as 'Wheels' said - use 2 forms of birth control through the treatment and after. The medication, by it's nature, alters DNA to fight the virus and, because it's transmitted during 'relations', can cause serious birth defects.

DesertJules
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   Posted 3/28/2005 2:36 PM (GMT -7)   
On a personal note - don't stress!  It doesn't do you any good and, believe me, you'll need your energy for other things.  I don't know what you believe, but I can tell you  -  "if God brought you to it, He'll bring you through it."
 
Don't forget to take care of yourself.  Get some 'me-time' - to keep your perspective.  If you can, take a walk or a long soak in the tub.  Especially, on those days when you just know that you could strangle him - with a smile on your face!

We just went through liver transplant surgery last June, after starting hospice care and then battling to get him listed.  (And, yes, I do mean WE.  Since May 2003, I've had to call his family three times to come say goodbye.)

Trust me - this is a cake walk compared to that.

Be strong!  Be happy!  You (both) can do it!

DJ


d and a
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   Posted 3/31/2005 3:54 PM (GMT -7)   
God i love you guys and this forum its been very relieving, i get on the pitty pot easy, man i hope all goes well with everyone please keep in touch, i am too a believer i'm just at a time where i'm like WHY? i'll get over that after i strangle him (HA HA really) but i can't imagine a man with depression i alone can't stand myself at that time of the month!! :)
thank you all SSSSSOOO much i'll keep you updated and vise versa!
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