I agree, this is a good question. My journey started 3 years ago when my hands blistered for seemingly no reason. Took a few months but I finally got a diagnosis, porphyria (PCT), turns out that I had Hepatitis C and my liver was not processing porphyrins / ferritin levels very high. The blisters came out from the sun due to the liver not doing its job. I had 5 phlebotomies in 10 weeks to reduce the ferritin, then treated with interferon and ribavirion for 6 months. More or less chemo with an antiviral coctail thrown in. I was one sick puppy for 1.5 years.
It seemed like I kept having new aches and pains and had every test under the sun but the fatigue was a killer. I am now 2 years post treatment and am still clear of the hep virus and am actually feeling better that I have in 3 years. I am just thankful that I got everything under control before permanent damage occured. BTW I will always have antibodies to Hep c but the live virus is KILLED, thank goodness.
So all in all I do hurt and am fatigued but I do feel better that I have felt in a long time.
Denise from Pittsburgh, Pa
***diagnosis: high blood pressure, gastritis, fibromyalgia, hepatitis (SVR), disc problems in neck, depression, anxiety & stress
***meds: metroplol 25mg, zoloft 150mg, gabapentin 300mg 3x a day, soma, fioronal, tramadol, zoloft.
***other supps: calcium, vit D 2,000-4,000 per, milk thistle, vit C &E, acidopholos (sp?),
CO-Q 10, flax or fish oil, ginsing, magnesium, B complex,