Here's the total biopsy report:
H&E sections show a core of liver tissue. Within the portal triads, a chronis inflammatory infiltrate is present. The infiltrate is comprised predominantly of small lymphocytes and scattered plasma cells. Focally, the infiltrate does extend beyond the limiting plate and into the surrounding hepatocytes. Within the lobule, focal chronic inflammation is present. Portal arteries, veins and bile ducts appear unremarkable. Central veins also appear unremarkable. A trichrome stain highlights fibrous expansion of the portal triads and focal extension of the fibrosis into the lobule. No bridging fibrosis is identified. An IRON STAIN highlights focal iron deposition, predominantly in Kupffer cells.
thank you so much for the reply.
The reason that treatment scares me is from what I have read on this and other forums. That the treatment is worse than the disease itself. Some of the stories are downright horrific.
Furthermore, if I did go on the treatment, I would most likley have to go on disability, at least for a while and there are alot of people that depend on both at work and at home.
Since quitting drinking and changing my diet, I feel a little better each day and today I feel great. Not to say that the disease will not progress and the symptoms return and treatment become inevitable. So on that note, let me ask you, have you been on the treatment and what was your experience? Why should it not scare me?
Oh, by the way, I expect that I have had this for probably over 30 years. I was in a hepatitis ward in Tripler Army Medical Center in 1972. I didn't have hepatitis, I had a VERY bad case of erythyma multiforme (Huge open sores all over my body) They think I got it from wandering around in the swamps, but not sure. Anyway, the conditions of the ward were anything but sterile and tranference was most definately a possibility.
Post Edited (Puresteel) : 4/12/2007 9:06:35 AM (GMT-6)
Thank you so much for the reply, your time and your obvious compassion. I have had a short stint, couple of months, of fatigue but seem to be coming out of it now. I have had many other stints in the past or maybe they were hangovers, or both. Now, I can sleep about 6 hours and wake up refreshed. As far as stamina, I can out work most people both in the office and on the farm. I am an engineer and was the Vice President of my company. The fatigue and stress got so bad that I had to leave the big city (Miami) for home, in the country of NC. When I gave up my vice presidency the comapny decided to set me up in my home to do designs as my health allowed. So I am unbelievably blessed in that regard. I am feeling good now and can work a full day in the office and until dark on the farm. Hard work has been my life and I sure hope that I don't have to give it up. The change to the country has helped and giving up the drinking has helped even more.
The counts are low now, I feel well and the one thing that I didn't say about the biopsy was that the final diagnosis was that the HepC activity was "minimal". I am 51 now. I just pray that the good Lord will allow me another 15 or 20 years of health so I can maintain my work on the farm. After that I will consider I've had a good life and the HepC can go to hell while I go the other direction. Then I will be rid of it! OR maybe they will develop a real cure that isn't so dramatic.
Thanks again for your thoughtful insight and attention. I feel bad for taking up your time for it appears that there are others on the board that are much worse than I, or maybe that's where I'm heading. Lord only knows. I am committed to praying his blessings on all battling with this demon.