I checked back and see your liver is not cirrhotic. You are F2. You shouldn't expect, nor have any of the issues of high ammonia, hepatic encephalopathy, portal hypertension, ascites, or the other side effects of decompensated cirrhosis.
Luckily, you were diagnosed early enough to treat before this worst stage of liver disease.
I think when we "compare notes" on treatment experience and advice, we need to be mindful that each person is unique. Some have sicker livers than others. Each has their own health issues, genetic issues, and ability to tolerate certain medications.
Treatment symptoms "are NOT" the same as symptoms as those with decompensated cirrhosis. Those are:
-Portal hypertension which is secondary to liver fibrosis; this impedes venous circulation and causes the pressure in the portal vein to rise. It can promote hemorrhaging by bursting esophageal varicose veins.
-Ascites which is the formation of a liquid effusion in the abdominal cavity, which can become infected.
-Hepatic encephalopathy which corresponds to neurological disorders by the accumulation of toxins that are not broken down by the liver.
-Primitive cancer of the liver, which is a final complication, and can also be called hepatocellular carcinoma.
Fibrosis is reversible if the cause of the disease is treated. You are really lucky to have found out you have Hep C early in the disease process!
I personally think anyone who feels they may have Hep C should be tested. I also feel at home testing is not advised when we are dealing with such a serious disease. Not a good do it yourself project. Testing should be done by a reputable lab, in my opinion.
To my knowledge there are no special diets for your treatment. We always suggest a heart healthy diet with low sodium for those with liver disease.
Tell your doctor if you use any medications with this treatment, especially:
•St. John's wort;
•seizure medication - carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin; or
•tuberculosis medication - rifabutin, rifampin, rifapentine.
You are doing fine and this treatment should be over before you know it! Always run anything by your doctor if you are concerned. I hope this info helps some. 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) : 2/2/2016 2:15:38 PM (GMT-7)