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On Hepatitis C Treatment / Re: Mavyret Tx., Treating the relapse
« Last post by LindaBalz on Yesterday at 10:29:06 am »
Congrats to making it to the finish line...

Post Hepatitis C Treatment / Re: The Return of the Beast!
« Last post by lporterrn on February 17, 2019, 02:25:09 pm »
I think we should make your title official, Jester.
On Hepatitis C Treatment / Re: Mavyret Tx., Treating the relapse
« Last post by lporterrn on February 17, 2019, 02:23:36 pm »
Cheers to you!
Post Hepatitis C Treatment / Re: Life After Hepatitis C Treatment
« Last post by lporterrn on February 17, 2019, 02:10:13 pm »
Andrew - I value the skills of a good GP, but I think people with cirrhosis need specialty care. The liver is very resilient and can go a long time without serious problems, but when serious problems happen fast. People who have established care with a specialist have the edge.
Post Hepatitis C Treatment / Re: The Return of the Beast!
« Last post by slats1056 on February 17, 2019, 12:34:48 pm »
 NEWS FLASH!!! My sixteen week re-treatment with Mavyret is officially done! Took My last dose this morning. Will be updating with lab result at 4,12, & 24 weeks post Tx. as they become available! Hope everyone is doing well. Heplandia is a great place to celebrate small miracles . I am glad to have such an extended family even though I have never met any of You personally ! You guys are great! ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

                            The unofficial Jester of Heplandia,
On Hepatitis C Treatment / Re: Mavyret Tx., Treating the relapse
« Last post by slats1056 on February 17, 2019, 12:26:27 pm »
 Well , that is all Folks! Last dose of My 16 week Tx. down the hatch this morning. I guess the train ride is over for now and the waiting at the station begins. All has gone relatively uneventful pertaining to Sxs. and labs when compared to My Harvoni experience. Still cautiously optimistic as to the outcome until I have 4 , 12 , & 24 week labs in hand that state undetected/not detected! ::). Still on the fence as to stating SVR/Cured since relapsing after Harvoni  >:( ! It is My nature to question things and also am a pessimist at heart though I know My chances are extremely good at this point!  :P My Doc is going to be requesting Yearly HCV RNA by PCR Quantitative testing to keep an eye on things. My Liver biopsy and fibrosure tests all show F3 , so I will be watching that as well. Forgot to ask him about fibroscan procedure last week. :-[ . He is still scratching his head , as are his assistants , as to why I relapsed so late post Tx. ! No matter , My second Tx. is complete and all that remains is the post Tx. follow up testing. The results for the new DAA drugs is truly amazing and I am grateful . Especially since I did not have to endure the earlier Txs. that were harsh and damaging to the body! My hat is off to all of You that endured that hell on earth that is the different Interferon and Ribavarin treatments.  Big tough strong guy that I am , I could not justify the pain and suffering or lack of results that came with the early Txs.! Back then My Drs. knew less about Hep C than I did and in no uncertain terms that I was out of My mind when I would not sign the release and refused treatment.
 Oh well that is the past and I will not dwell on it. I will live in the present and look to the future . Hopefully so bright that I can put My cheap sunglasses back on! 8) 8) 8)
 Here is to every ones good health as well as to improving health in the future! ;) ;D :)


Am I Infected? / Re: New here...still trying to figure out what this all means
« Last post by Cd73 on February 17, 2019, 01:02:43 am »
That is a relief, and I go back to see her Monday with so many questions lol
Again thank you
Am I Infected? / Re: New here...still trying to figure out what this all means
« Last post by Lynn K on February 17, 2019, 12:15:02 am »
Normal results aren’t all that important like your HGB etc

ALT and AST which are liver enzymes are commonly slightly elevated in hep c infection and will very likely return to normal on you first on treatment test result.

They used to say just using IV drugs even once is all it takes to contract hep c. But no worries that is the past all we have is today and what we do with our tomorrows.

You will need a test to determine your genotype of hep c to know which of the new treatments will be best for your type of hep c. Kind of like there are different types of the flu like bird flu or swine flu there are different types of hep c but the names aren’t as fancy just like 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b and so on the most common in the US is 1a or 1b

You doctor may also want to do some testing to see if you have any liver damage. But hep c take a very long time to cause liver damage in general they say that after about 20 years of infection only about 20% of people will develop liver cirrhosis so very likely you won’t have any problems with that.

See your doctor and get started on the process to get treatment and get cured.
All of us who were ever infected with hepatitis c will test positive for hepatitis c antibodies because we were once infected in the past. Antibodies are made by our own bodies in response to infection. Antibodies are a part of our own immune systems. They are not the virus and cannot prove you are currently infected with hep c the only way to know if you have an infection with the hepatitis c virus is to have the HCV RNA test.

Just like if you were immunized against the measles or ever were infected with the measles virus you will have measles antibodies this is how vaccines work and how our immune system protects us from future infection.

Unfortunately hepatitis c antibodies are not able to successfully beat the hep c virus otherwise we would have a vaccine for hep c but we are not there yet.

Yes we all unless reinfected will test positive for hep c antibodies forever but will test negative for the virus on the HCV RNA by PCR the viral load test. So if you had a reason to be worried you could have a risk for reinfectuon the only way to know is a HCV RNA test because we will always test positive for hepatitis C antibodies there is no way to change this.
Am I Infected? / Re: New here...still trying to figure out what this all means
« Last post by Cd73 on February 16, 2019, 11:56:53 pm »
Thank you! It just kinda blows my mind because I left the harmful lifestyle 3 years ago. I had always told my roommates not to use razors n things like that because well I always figured I had it.
AST 87             
ALT 176
Hemoglobin 16.1
Hematocrit 46.1
Neutrophils 46.1
Lymphocytes 44.2
C Reactive <1.0
Bilirubin 0.7
Standard Range hepatitis c quant v load “not detected”
Load 104,657 H
The A B and syphilis all were non reactive
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