the sides and who gets worst case vs. who gets few to none. You are not the first person to ask this:)
My husband treated with the old treatment, interferon/riba. Twice.
A lot of Hep C folks have treated multiple times. The older meds were not so efficient.
The first treatment themister did, he had a difficult time for 2 days after his interferon shot. He gave that to himself on Friday's. So, the worst sides of interferon were when he was off work. Then he would manage the next 5 days pretty well. He never felt good after his bloods tanked from the riba at about
12 weeks in, but he only missed a couple days work in 6 months. He failed that treatment and relapsed before his 4th week post EOT(end of treatment).
The 2nd time he treated... 5 years later. Same combo of meds, same dosage. He did ok at first. He had same problems the 2 days around his interferon injection .....until about
Everything become different. He was jittery, had insomnia, could not walk without being totally breathless. He was nauseous, had a nasty rash on face, trunk, legs. He had wooly spots in vision, and he was bedridden the last 3 months, except for about
2 hours in the morning hours. His gallbladder became sick and he got an infection that was life threatening. He developed an egg size cyst on his neck, that was benign. His gallbladder crapped out and he was hospitalized needing platelets, transfusions, and rescue meds. They removed the gallbladder.
I wanted him to stop treatment because frankly, I was afraid he would die. But, the specialists convinced him he could continue. He only missed one does of riba in that time. And he now has been cured of Hep C since he went undetectable in Aug 2011.
So back to you question. Why do some people get awful side effects when others get minimal to none? Even the same person... on the same treatment... can have different sides when treating more than once. It makes no sense.
Keep plugging along, kiddo, you are almost done! I will watch for your last days countdown. Big Hugs
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) : 11/20/2015 11:51:14 AM (GMT-7)