i have hep c--it has been "in emission" with no detectable viral load and no effect on my liver for 5+ years. I was a drug user and my old circle of friends eventually came down with this disease. I did a course of interferon for 17 months. The treatment was hell but I am completely symptom free today, thank God. At the time of my diagnosis, we think I had had it for about 12-15 yrs. or so, but like I said, today I am fine. I get tested yearly and am grateful I had an aggressive doctor who treated me beyond the recommended (at the time) 6 months. So, don't give up hope. And the test may have been false, like others have said.
If the test is positive, early treatment helps a lot. I also have tattoos that were done after my recovery period but I made sure to get references from other people and asked lots of questions before I was touched with any tattoo needle.
Take care--don't worry--it helps nothing. Get facts, be proactive and keep doing what you are doing. Your healthy lifestyle is a big plus.
Yes, I did Interon A with Riba in 1999. I had a severe reaction to treatment and my Gastro took me off TX 5 days after I started it.
He told me I would have to wait til a new agent came out that didn't have Interferon in it...as Slow as the FDA is on approving new meds that could take forever til a new drugs comes out...so I wait til one does.
I've been doing somewhat ok. Been sick alot lately but my PCP doesn't seem to think it has anything ot do with my Hep C or Cirrhosis of the Liver. LOL,I disagree with my PCP!
I will be seeing my Gastro Doctor in a few weeks. I had a MRI of the Liver done about a month ago and it showed a Lesion on the right lobe of my liver. Of course my PCP doesn't think this lesion is cancer, but he isn't a liver doctor either. That is why i requested another referal to see my Gastro again to see what he thinks about this lesion on my liver.
PCP just do not know enough about Hep C or the Liver so best to go back to my Gastro.
All in all...I guess I'm doing pretty good considering my health problems.
Post Edited (Ark) : 11/8/2006 5:19:37 PM (GMT-7)
I agree with you 100% that I need to go see my Gastor again.
I requested an appt. to see him thru my Internal Medicine Doctor, and he said that the lesion on my liver is nothing more then a cyst and not cancer. I mean how the heck does he know this for sure! He doesn't!
I see my Internal Medice Doctor on Nov. 16 and going to request a referal again to my gastro. I have to get another referal again to see him because it's beenover 3 years since I saw my Gastor last...and if it's been over that period of time, they require another referal.
I'm just floored at my Internal Medicine Doctor as him thinking he knows all about what is on my liver. Well I will get that referal if I have to go to another doctor to do so. I will keep ya posted as to what all comes about.
Thanks for your reply.