I fear that my hep c has come back -- please comment

How many people think that it is possible to revive hepC after 3 viral load tests confirm it has been cleared?
Yes, very possible - 66.7%
Possible, but highly unlikely - 0.0%
No, not possible - 33.3%

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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 1/25/2007 7:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I have an anaplastic astrocytoma grade III (malignant brain cancer) and somewhere along the way (politically correct way of saying it) I picked up hep c.  I have no high-risk life style issues (intraveneous drug user, alternative life style etc...) but I have had five trips and five surgeries in major hospitals.  Hmmm, seems to me that this might have been high on the list of candidates even though if you ask a doctor they guarantee that I am in the category of "well 40% of the new cases in this country, we just don't know where you caught the disease".  Ok, so as long as we are being "honest", here is an honest question from an honest, down-home kind of guy to any doctors on this list:  is it possible to "shock" the virus back into action after having three viral load tests that confirm it is gone:
- test 1 <50 iu immediately after 1yr half of treatment
- test 2 <1000 iu six months after test 1
- test 3 <1000 iu six months after test 2
(the astute observer will notice that the last two tests were strangely not done at 50 i.u. but at the old 1000 standard--gives doctors an "out")
Now, I am on chemo for my brain cancer and my ALT enzyme has suddenly shot up after taking over the counter drugs for a common cold.  Wisdom would say, give the next blood test a chance to show that the enzyme is decreasing.  But I fear the worst and am running out of faith.  Can someone confirm that this is even a remote possibility--that after three viral load tests, the hepc could be coming back?  AFter scouring the internet, i came across a pretty good site:  www liverdoctor com.  (I took out the dots so that anyone could type into their favorite browser--ask any security specialist why this is important).  Which confirms that an over stressed liver could cause inflamation--high ALT levels. 
So, in closing, if my hepC is back because of a crummy cold than....than I suppose I will have to deal with it. 
ANy and all responses would be greatly appreciated--esp from any doctors on the list. 
And if you have read this far my story probably seems like I am venting, but I hope you have had a good read anyway--see, there are people with worse problems out there.
thank you 

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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 1/25/2007 8:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi banon and welcome,
I am not sure what is going on with your numbers,,but I do know that over-the-counter meds can make your liver flare,,,,especially since your liver has had hep c attacking it before you were treated. I wouldnt panic until you have more bloodwork done to see if the hep is back,,,,,,meds can do strange things to your liver but that does NOT mean your hep is active again,,,,,,,,,good luck and get retested as soon as possible so you can stop worrying,,,
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Date Joined Jul 2005
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   Posted 1/26/2007 12:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Banon, I'm not a doctor (don't think we have any here, although there are a few nurses), but just because your ALT is elevated don't assume your hep C is back. Aside from OTC drugs, your liver may also be reacting to chemo.

I also have cancer, but of the liver. Have gone through some treatments, but hep C has taken a back seat while I had a hip revision and trying to decide if I want a liver resection.

Best of luck to you!
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