Starting treatment after a surgery this week.

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Shari72
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   Posted 12/19/2016 11:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello!

I was diagnosed 4 yrs ago. I received my Solvaldi & Ribivirin last month around the same time I was scheduled for surgery to have an Intrathecal pain pump installed on 12/22/16 (this Thursday), so I decided to wait to start treatment until after my surgery.

I've been reading a little but in the forums about some members treatment experiences & am coming to the conclusion that I better wait until I am healed up & have my staples removed since the side effects from treatment can be pretty brutal for some people.

I haven't spoken to my gastro since my surgery was scheduled.
The PA said that my side effects should be nothing more than some headaches.
I am glad to have come across these forums & love the amount of support from everyone here!

Am I correct in assuming that I should wait until after surgery to start my treatment?
Cervical/Lumbar DDD, Ruptured & Herniated discs, Stenosis, OA,
Scheduled surgery for Intrathecal Pain Pump 12/22/16

Hypothyroidism

GERD, Gastritis, Barretts Syndrome

HC+, GT 2b, Sol/Rib start after surgery.

ppm guy
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   Posted 12/20/2016 12:29 PM (GMT -6)   
hi Shari72,
Waiting another month or two, will not cause any problems.. chronic hep c infections are slow moving.. unless alcohol is involved..

Brutal side effects, are not part of todays hep c treatments..Sovaldi can cause headaches, and in some, they get nausea at treatment onset. drinking lots of fluids, help to reduce side effects.. my dr asked me to drink 3 liters of water and Gatorade daily..many patients have no side effects at all.

Ribavirin can cause a little anxiety. eating something with your riba, can help..Riba can cause a little fatigue, because it lowers your red blood count..your dr will monitor your blood counts to make sure you remain safe..

let me know how things progress. I also deal severe stenosis, of cervical and lumbar spine. I had a 4 lamina in my neck, removed and reconstructed with hardware earlier this year. it helped a lot. Im also considering a intrathecal pump, for pain and muscle relaxers..

If you have questions or concerns while on treatment, we are here for you. let me know how your next viral load comes out. the very best of luck to you on your treatment

Shari72
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   Posted 12/20/2016 8:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your reply.
I figured waiting would be a good idea, I probably wouldn't heal very well from surgery while taking those meds. That's just an assumption, but better safe than sorry!!

Sorry to hear of your spinal issues. It's a rough life. I was going through my pre-surgery paperwork and came across my MRI report for my lower back. It's really sad, especially for a 44 yr old and I've had issues for over 15 years.
I will certainly keep you posted about my success with the pump & when I start my treatment. I'm not worried about any damage due to my postponing my treatment, I don't drink, and my fibrospect and ultrasound all looked good. I just can't wait to say that the virus is gone!!!

You take care & Merry Christmas!!!

Shari72
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   Posted 1/9/2017 6:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi again....
I did start my meds 2 days ago, Jan 7th.
I felt like crap after the first dose, but it wasn't too bad, just felt sort of exhausted.
I did start to get a nasty headache a few hours after my morning dose today, but some excedrine took care of that. I'm normally a water drinker, so taking in more water isn't going to be a problem.
That's where I'm at right now

Good health to everyone!
Shari

ppm guy
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   Posted 1/10/2017 5:01 PM (GMT -6)   
hi Shari,
glad to hear you got started. You seem to be handling the side effects quite well. Your positive attitude, and a little Excedrin, should get you through this treatment just fine.

How did the pain pump implant go? im hoping it is giving you some relief. Im going to ask my pain specialist to give me a trial. A single intrathecal injection of my specific meds for MS, and pain.

let me know how your next viral load comes out, and I cant wait to hear those words: The virus is gone!!
happy new year
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