Hep c can be removed through treatment. Very few are fortunate enough to have their own immune system eliminate this virus as it mutates to a new state in which the immune system will not recognize in the immediate and must regroup to battle the new version. If you currently drink alcohol or misuse drugs of any kind; street or pharma, you might consider stopping these activities. To me stage 0.0 - 2 since 2000 seems fast paced progression of liver damage. Stay on top of this, God can only do so much and the rest is up to you.View Thread
Tiff said it best... quit worrying, it only adds undue stress.
It has been my experience that the progression of hep c is very slow unless you are a drinker/drug user... and I mean slow.
I am 58, had the infection since the mid to late 80's, been through triple therapy recently with no success and still am only level 1.2 of 1.0 - 4.4 (in other words 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4 etc.; 4.4 is full blown cirrhosis needing transplant). I may very well die with it rather than from it.
Chance of transmission is extremely low in cases of shared razor, tooth brush and sex; it is 100% transmitted intravenously or blood to blood. The virus has been known to survive up to 1 week on surfaces outside the host; even then transmission via open sore contacting the same surface is low.
Three things I would suggest; 1) get your gallbladder checked for sludge or stones as this may be your side pain (the liver does not ache to my understanding), 2) have a blood test done to determine whether or not you have contracted hep, and 3) do not worry because the stress is as much a health issue as the one you are worrying over.
If you have a return diagnosis of infection, still do not worry, stop drinking if you do drink alcohol and mind those times you cut yourself in much the same way as anyone else would; contain, cleanse, wrap in bandage and go about your business as usual. I wish you the best outcome over all.View Thread
If you've been to just one or two docs, get another opinion; then if that still indicates no relation to your 11 diagnosis, look into what other issue may be causing these symptoms? This is what I'd do and just for the record I am no where close to being medically trained so this is the best I can do.View Thread
I was able to work past the 6th month but then had to take MLOA for the final 5-months. It's different for everyone; some can do the full stretch without going out of work, others it kicks butt within weeks.
I was the first on triple therapy in my area and my wife is the nurse for the gastro-doc... my 6-month post treatment RNA check came back with me in the minority... it's back.
My wish for all like yourself is to be in the 80 percentile of success. View Thread
Does the current phase 3 trials being conducted using a two drug therapy (with hopes of availability in 2014) involve ribivirin as one of the drugs?
Do you know what genotypes they are using and related percentage of success. Success with HCV? I have heard they are achieving 100% success, but that would be easier with genotype 2 & 3; are they conducting these trials on genotype 1?
Finally, after involvement in a blind study at Duke three years ago (in which it was noted I had ribivirn and not a placebo) and having recently completed 48 week triple drug treatment (using interferon, ribivirin and boceprivir) which failed to eradicate HCV infection; what are the chances the virus would become resistant enough to not work if it is in the upcoming two drug, non-interferon therapy?
My treatment involved Victrelis (Boceprevir) with pegatron and ribiviron. I don't see or read much in this community about this 'other' protease inhibitor; however, it too has its fair share of impact during treatment, it is taken for 36 weeks, is reportedly a bit less effective than Incivek, but also has a lower drop-out rate. Boceprevir is an alternative; it does impact white cell count yet, has less intense side effects than reported with incivek use. I chose to avoid incivek because of reported rash; don't think I would have faired well with my sensitive skin. Ribi-rash was enough to endure and still after 3 months post treatment there is still trace elements of the lower leg rash that developed. I do wish anyone success when going through treatment.View Thread