Hi, Starboard, and welcome to the forum. I was diagnosed with hep C in '93. I have cirrhosis and survived liver cancer. I initially tried interferon, which was the only thing available at the time, but it made my white count plummet, so I was taken off of it. The common treatment now is a combination of interferon and ribavirin. However, there is a new treatment which adds a third drug, telaprevir. It is expected to be available next year. With this treatment regimen, there is a 60% cure rate and it only has to be taken for 24 wks. The bad news is that due to side effects a large number of people have to drop out of treatment. Personally, I am not doing any type of treatment right now except to eat a diet free of red meat and lots of fruits and veggies.
I tried milk thistle even before the interferon and it did nothing for me. In fact, my liver enzymes increased a bit. That is the one supplement that has had some success, though.
I'm glad to hear that you are avoiding "miracle" cures. Some things can be very harmful to an already damaged liver. I just take a multivitamin daily, along with vitamins C and E.
I find that I bruise easily and am chronically fatigued. I have arthritis and some muscular pain, but don't know if it's related to the hep C or not.
I hope this helps a little.
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