Posted 7/21/2012 11:30 AM (GMT -7)
Hi, Robert, and welcome to the forum. I am very sorry that you have relapsed. I understand how frustrating and depressing that can be (going through something similar with a non-healing wound.) There has been so much initial success with the 3-drug treatment, I'm sure you weren't expecting this. Have you discussed this with your hepatologist? I'm not aware of any different treatments right now, although I know that a treatment without Prednisone is in a study.
What symptoms are you having from hep C (aside from fatigue, which is very common and is often the reason for being tested?) How elevated are your liver function tests?
I hope that someone here can offer more information. If you cut out red meat, you will probably feel better. The reason for this is that red meat is the most difficult thing for the liver to process. With liver disease, eating red meat will cause your liver to work overtime trying to digest it. It stresses the liver, which is not a good thing. Lots of fresh or frozen fruits and veggies are good, along with beans (rinse if canned), and soy products for protein. You can eat fish, shellfish, fowl, pork, and dairy...just not red meat. Have you tried milk thistle? Some say it improves liver function. My hepatologist told me that it may not help me but it wouldn't hurt me, either. So I tried that for a time, but found it made no difference.
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