I have edited header. I am now treating with Harvoni.
Geno 1a, early 50's, and in reasonably good health.
I have not found any posts where people are including interferon in their regimen. My doctor recommended that if I can stand it, I should take the interferon. He didn't mention any off-label treatment, and neither did a hepatologist I visited for a second opinion. The hepatologist said that I would SVR after concluding treatment. I thought that was pretty bold since I did 48 weeks interferon and riba in 2000 and was a partial responder.
So, here I am. I hope people will share their treatment experience on this thread.
April 7, 2014: I took the riba at work around 4 p.m. I started feeling weird around 4:25. Probably anxiety. Ten minutes later on my way home from work I was good. Took the $1k pill and did the shot of peg in my left thigh. I fumbled with the syringe a bit, but figured it out, and it didn't hurt a bit, 5:33 p.m.
I prayed that this time I will be healed.
I watched Thrones reruns for a few hours and drank plenty of water. Around 7 - 8, I started feeling a little achy and was stretching and noticed that my normally sore knee didn't hurt. That was strange. Around 9:25, I decided to hit the sack. When I stood I was all of a sudden chilled.
When I got upstairs I had major chills. My skin was very warm to the touch, but it was like I was in a freezer. I mentally focused to stop shaking, but it required great concentration. I quickly brushed my teeth, drank a glass of water, and put an extra blanket on the bed before jumping in.
No doubt I had a fever. I fell asleep pretty quick and slept four hours. When I awoke, I noticed that I wasn't sweating even though I had added an extra blanket on the bed. I drank about
8 ounces of water and laid awake about
two hours. I then slept for a few more hours.
April 8:I felt alright. I believe my prior experience and my expectations cause me to react differently to treatment this time. I went outside and worked for a couple of hours and didn't think of therapy.
April 9: I'm sleeping pretty good considering I am full of some strong medicine. (Thank you, Father.)
I wonder why I am handling this so well. It's still early in treatment. I remember my prior experience with interferon, 3 shots a week, and the headaches.
I'll try to post on a weekly or bi-monthly basis.
Another thing, my doctor is not monitoring me very closely. I have two lab sheets. One for a month from now for a liver panel and another liver panel and viral load for the end of treatment. Back in 2000, I went for visits twice a week for two weeks and then once monthly and probably lost a pint of blood for all the tests he wanted.
Post Edited (Dog LeDon) : 1/29/2015 7:38:11 PM (GMT-7)