Post Edited (Allison K) : 1/30/2016 8:26:59 PM (GMT-7)
taken bp meds for hypertension for 20 years. What happened with the Ribavirin
is that it "jacks up" the nervous system ... but I'm sure you have
realized this by now... if not, drink a cup of coffee , don't eat, and take 3
pills and hang on for the ride!
actually do this because you'll be climbing the walls in about an hour and if
you don't eat you will be hyped for several hours. These side effects of the
riba started peaking when I past 8 or 9 weeks --- and my body had become so saturated that it stared
causing a heart valve to FAIL to RELAX -- a known side effect. You can know
this is happening because you systolic bp will go up...maybe way up and the
diastolic pressure will not change a lot... so it's NOT easy to fix with just
bp meds because when you take more the diastolic pressure will go toooooo low and you won't
have energy and will easily faint. The solution is to reduce the riba, and until
it leaves your body after treatment you'll need a vascular dilator to relax the
arteries. Hopefully you won't have a heart attack or stroke before you can get
the systolic pressure back down.
this hasn't been a problem for most people... or they don't write about it in
the Hep C forums.
for eating chocolate... it seems the human body can't really distinguish
chocolate from coffee once the chocolate breaks down. Several religions are
aware of this and for example Catholic missionaries to South America that had
coffee on their "do not consume" list, ALSO added Chocolate. I think
the Mormons also avoid coffee and chocolate.
I have read several sources that say research has concluded that coffee
INCREASES the success rate of Hep C treatment when 3 or more cups were consumed
a day.... so I would eat dark chocolate ...because it has benefits and not the
sugar that is in milk chocolate.
for the brain fog, lethargy, confusion, forgetting etc... I'm totally convinced
that's mostly coming from elevated ammonia levels. Ammonia is TOXIC to the
brain (see OSHA studies if you want more evidence). When the liver can't break
down ammonia to uric acid and pass it through the kidneys, it builds up and
causes all these brain problems and fatigue and can even put a person in a
coma. about the only solution is to take lacunose - a laxative (requires RX -
if you don't order from Australia) AND to AVOID foods high in ammonia like cheese,
wheat, soy, oatmeal, etc. You can easily google to get a list.
is no at-home test for ammonia but the aquarium ammonia stick test sold in pet
stores for $10 can give you a pretty good idea of how elevated the ammonia is
in your urine. A healthy person will be about 3 parts per million but I had at
least 4 times that much... off the charts. I would have had to drive 2 hours
and pay $33 for every ammonia test at a lab... which was impractical. When I
avoided foods high in ammonia and took lactulose it came down to no more than
double...about 6 parts per million (60 ul/dc) (took about a week) and let me
tell you... my brain fog and dizziness and confusion cleared considerably.
(PLEASE NOTE... this is ONLY my personal experience... not professional
for headache meds etc.... I was fortunate that they weren't severe but they
were there and I tried to avoid medicine because it seemed that nearly all
headache meds are pretty tough for the liver to process. I took Naproxen twice
the whole time. I even stopped taking herbs that cleanse toxins ….that I had
been taking for years… because they can react with Hep C treatment.
I did have an ear infection and took an antibiotic called Cipro and that made me so sick I really thought I was about to die one night. The sickest I have ever been. So be careful about taking anything that is not totally necesary during treatment.... especially St. John's Wort.
Also, someone mentioned cheetos .... I tried to avoid salt... I've read several messages from people undergoing treatment that said they felt bad every time they had too much salt. I doubt there is actually cheese in cheetos.... probably only artifical flavoring but cheese is probably the food HIGHEST in ammonia.
Post Edited (Allison K) : 2/2/2016 12:04:24 PM (GMT-7)