Welcome to the Hep forum, Dennis.
I am sorry to hear you have cirrhosis. Hard to believe when one feels ok, isn't it? Harvoni is a great treatment and you should have very few, if any, side effects. With cirrhosis, you do want to learn what to watch for, see the best hepatologist your insurance will allow. I like those affiliated with transplant centers. Not because you need a transplant now, or ever will...but because the level of care is much better, I have found.
My husband, themister, had a routine physical at 55 years old. He had great health other than some odd, recent fatigue he figured was older age. He had a heavy labor job, ran his own company, owned horses, was strong and fit. But, that routine physical showed some bad liver numbers.
After more testing, he was diagnosed in 2005 with Hep C, and his biopsy was Grade 2, Stage 4 cirrhosis. He is GT3a. Just like that, a seemingly healthy man with a very serious diagnosis. Who knows how long he had cirrhosis before he was diagnosed?
Themister, like you, did not drink alcohol, he ate a healthy diet, was the right weight, and no one would have known he had the Hep C virus.
Things changed with a sudden, gastric bleed 5 years ago, and things started to be more difficult with each new complication. He has end stage liver disease now and the last 5 years have been rough on him. I won't sugar coat it. He is on the transplant list and we hope he soon will get a transplant.
We care. There are many here who have been where you are, and where you may travel with liver disease. Big Hugs
I failed to mention my husband did treat twice with interferon/riba. He relapsed within a month the first time, but did obtain SVR (cure) the 2nd time. So thrilled you will have a superior treatment, Dennis. Hang in there.
Wife of themister, a fine man living with ESLD. Transplant list-2013
“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” Kahlil Gibran
Post Edited (themiz) : 3/7/2015 12:39:18 PM (GMT-7)