Chestnut here, doing good - finally found a great doctor that will start me in a trial without the interferon, which I hope will bo the trick for me. Hep C -1A for over 30-35 years with chirrois. Say a prayer for me as I think of you often. I think you were the first person I shared with when I found this web page. lol ChestnutView Thread
You definately should stop drinking alcohol because that is like pouring gasoline on a fire. Drinking will not help your liver especially when everything you eat and drink has to be filtered by your liver. If you continue to drink, it will just be cutting your chances of healing to slow down considerably. Prayer helps!
Is there a time limit regarding progression of my liver getting to the point beyond be able to have treatment? I haven't started yet, but have been very depressed and the Dr. said he would not treat me till the depression was under control. This dr. is my 2nd opinion for treatment.View Thread
Thank you for the information on the side effects of the new drugs. My white count has been down ever since I had breast cancer, hopefully I won't get anemic . Thanks so much for the[pst. Chestnut - smileView Thread
Why do we have to be posted at the bottom of this discussion and go through 148 posts to see an update, should be the other way around - the most recent first. Posts that are 5,6 or 7 eyears old need to go to the end and the recent post to the front. Just a suggestion. What do you think?
My name is chestnut and I've posted serveral blogs or posts and there is not much activity as I first signed up. One question I did have, are the drugs being used now to treat hep C have as many side effects as the older drugs, like the ribavarin and interferon? Any approximately how many weeks are involved in treatment? Thanks for any information on this.
I hope I'm at the right place now to post, if I'm not please let me know Well, here I go again. I hope everyone had a nice Christmas and will have a good start at the New Year of 2012. Whew, what a year or two. Tiff, you were talking about odds, my doctor said I had about a 30 percent chance of beating Hep C with the new treatment and I've gone ahead like I said on the last post, I went ahead and let them take a whole lot of blood last week. Just to give y'all a little on my background, I've had Hepatitis C around 40 years from prior drug use. I been cleaned for years ...don't smoke, drink, do drugs and am a vegetarian. I just got over going through breast cancer 2 years ago September 29th of 2009 and went through rounds of chemo and then weeks of radiation. One of the chemo chemicals were taxotere which was very hard on me. My white cells fell well below the acceptable line and I landed in the intensive care for a week. Now I thought I was really doing OK until I saw two liver doctors. One did a biopsy and told me I had Stage 3 inflammation and Stage 4 cirrhosis and I needed treatment. He had done a cat scan of the liver also and I wanted to see it and he told me I would never see that so I went to get a 2nd opinion and this doctor did an endoscopy and blood work and said my throat & all was fine but I needed to start treatment right away. He asked me why hadn't any doctor before now treated me. I thought I was doing fine because it had been years since my first liver biopsy. My numbers have been fine all these years until I had the chemo. I feel the chemo is the thing that affected the liver......I'm so confused. Both doctors say if I don't get treatment I'll get liver cancer or possibly die How could I be fine one minute and the next have these numbers so out of whack? I'm scared to death to take these new treatments because of all the horrible stories I read about. My doctors say I have a 30 percent chance of being cured. I'm not a big person (about 107 lbs). I'm already really depressed and don't know if my body can take this medicine. I really scared to death and just wonder is this just another way for some doctor to line their pockets with just about all I have left to my name? Please pray for me and I'll also keep you, Tiff and everyone else I've read about in my prayers. Waiting for a miracle! Love you all. ChestnutView Thread