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Offline almost done

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side effects for an active old person?
« on: January 22, 2015, 11:00:08 pm »
hi all

I'm 64, work part time, exercise, bike and have had hep c 1a for 40 yrs...   I'm scheduled to start Harvoni shortly. I wanted to know if I will feel crappy enough during treatment to not want to work or exercise or do all the activities that I do now.

I tried treatment yrs ago unsuccessfully.  Dr said Harvoni is the real deal.  I have never felt bad...all these years, but am wondering if I'll feel even better after treatment.

Any suggestions, tips or feedback on whether energy will change dramatically during treatment?

Thanks to all.

Offline Lynn K

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Re: side effects for an active old person?
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2015, 03:13:09 am »
You will be fine especially as you are already active this should be a breeze for you.

So not getting out of going to the gym this time no excuses ;)

You can do it!
Genotype 1a
1978 contracted, 1990 Dx
1995 Intron A failed
2001 Interferon Riba null response
2003 Pegintron Riba trial med null response
2008 F4 Cirrhosis Bx
2014 12 week Sov/Oly relapse
10/14 fibroscan 27 PLT 96
2014 24 weeks Harvoni 15 weeks Riba
5/4/15 EOT not detected, ALT 21, AST 20
4 week post not detected, ALT 26, AST 28
12 week post NOT DETECTED (07/27/15)
ALT 29, AST 27 PLT 92
24 week post NOT DETECTED! (10/19/15)
44 weeks (3/11/16)  fibroscan 33, PLT 111, HCV NOT DETECTED!
I AM FREE!

Offline kate0b1

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Re: side effects for an active old person?
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2015, 06:00:30 am »
good morning and welcome almost done, I could barley walk the dog around the block on triple therapy lol. I did work but that was about all I could do.  This is a whole new world we are in, I took it a little easy at the gym the first week just to make sure i wasn't going to pass out ! after that i went back to my reg routine (i wish this routine worked better though lol). there is a ton of support here for sides/vents and anything else you can think of. Grab a bottle of water and jump in.

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Re: side effects for an active old person?
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2015, 04:46:15 pm »
Almost done - You probably won't get much sympathy for your age - I know people over 80 who did well on this treatment. I took Harvoni (with ribavirin) and stayed active. I even went dog-sledding. It was my 3rd treatment, and it was much easier than the older regimens, although it would have been much easier without the ribavirin.
« Last Edit: January 29, 2015, 11:53:10 pm by lporterrn »
Lucinda Porter, RN
1988 Contracted HCV
1997 Interferon nonresponder
2003 PEG + ribavirin responder-relapser
2013 Cured (Harvoni + ribavirin clinical trial)
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Offline Lukey

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Re: side effects for an active old person?
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2015, 06:53:38 pm »
Hi AD and welcome,

I'm 63 and I had headache and flu like side effects for a few days, then they went away. Ask to see if you can take some Tylenol for a few days, it can really help. Chances are you won't have much trouble at all with Harvoni.

Keep us updated on your progress.

Joe
Male -  HCV since 1982 - Born 1951 ~ Geno 1a

Did 8 weeks of Harvoni in 2015. Got normal AST & ALT and undetected VL by week 5, then relapsed 4 weeks post.
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July 5, 2018 : began 12 weeks of Vosevi with a VL of 540,000 and AST & ALT of 65 and 105.
2 weeks in : AST 19, ALT 20
5 weeks in : AST 18, ALT 12, VL "<15 detected"
10 weeks in : AST 19, ALT 14, VL "<15 not detected"
4 weeks post : "<15 not detected"

Offline Bob V

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Re: side effects for an active old person?
« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2015, 10:34:45 pm »
Hi Almost Done.
Today was Harvoni dose 47 for me. I'm 62 and I swim, bike or run everyday. Knowing that I was going to start Harvoni I cut back on the intensity and the distance of my training. I don't work so I nap in the afternoons.

 "For me" the first couple of weeks I didn't notice anything different. Then one day it hit me, went for a run and my legs felt like I was running in dry sand, no power...same thing on the bike. Along with this I also started feeling like I was over trained or coming down with a cold. I kept doing my SBR each day and gotta say the overall feeling has improved the last two weeks. I still have no power and I'm slow. Ex my regular 6.5 mi run pre tx was an easy 1:05 now it's a tough 1:20.
 
Most people on the forum say they feel better after a couple of weeks and my brother felt much better after starting Harvoni, so your experience might be different.

Good luck and if you feel up to it keep riding the bike.
Bob
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Dx hep non AB 1972, Hep C 1991
GT 1A
VL 3.7m pre Tx, 1/13/15- less then 15
Liver B 1992, unremarkable
Liver ultrasound 2014, normal
Treatment Interferon 90's x2 failed
Started Harvoni 12/08/2014

« Last Edit: January 23, 2015, 10:41:18 pm by Bob V »
Male 64
Dx hep non AB 1972, Hep C 1991
GT 1A
VL 3.7m (pre tx)
Liver B 1992, unremarkable
Liver ultrasound 2014, normal
Treatment Interferon 90's x2 failed
Started Harvoni 12/08/2014 (12wks)
Finished Harvoni  3/1/15
5wk lab detected <15
8wk lab UND
EOT lab UND!
12wk post lab UND!
24wk post lab UND!
58wk post lab UND!

Offline davefisher15

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Re: side effects for an active old person?
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2015, 10:41:48 pm »
I am a 64 year young male, I too hit the wall at week 4. I am working through it. Some days you just take a time out. If it doesn't get any worse that this it will be a piece of cake.

And speaking of cake, has anyone's appetite gone crazy?

Offline Bob V

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Re: side effects for an active old person?
« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2015, 01:15:52 am »
Welcome Dave. Yes my appetite has gone crazy too. I hope it does get any worse for you.
Good luck Bob
Male 64
Dx hep non AB 1972, Hep C 1991
GT 1A
VL 3.7m (pre tx)
Liver B 1992, unremarkable
Liver ultrasound 2014, normal
Treatment Interferon 90's x2 failed
Started Harvoni 12/08/2014 (12wks)
Finished Harvoni  3/1/15
5wk lab detected <15
8wk lab UND
EOT lab UND!
12wk post lab UND!
24wk post lab UND!
58wk post lab UND!

Offline TC

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Re: side effects for an active old person?
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2015, 09:56:42 am »
Hi you old guys...I'm an old gal. 67. I've been on Harvoni 2 weeks. A few headaches and slowed down very little. Gym: lift light, yoga once a week, spin classes 3x week and walk outside weather permitting. First week had daily stomach aches taking drug at night. Now take it in morning with yogurt, resulting in fewer stomach aches. I drink plenty of water all day..Maybe that helps

Offline Bob V

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Re: side effects for an active old person?
« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2015, 11:17:20 am »
Hi TC and welcome. Keep up with the spinning and yoga. Remember it's ok to skip a day if you're not feeling it.
Bob.
Male 64
Dx hep non AB 1972, Hep C 1991
GT 1A
VL 3.7m (pre tx)
Liver B 1992, unremarkable
Liver ultrasound 2014, normal
Treatment Interferon 90's x2 failed
Started Harvoni 12/08/2014 (12wks)
Finished Harvoni  3/1/15
5wk lab detected <15
8wk lab UND
EOT lab UND!
12wk post lab UND!
24wk post lab UND!
58wk post lab UND!

Offline TC

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Re: side effects for an active old person?
« Reply #10 on: February 04, 2015, 01:28:47 pm »
Thanks Bob. Good advice. Forgot to mention loose stools. Anyone else?

Offline Jdemaris

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Re: side effects for an active old person?
« Reply #11 on: February 05, 2015, 08:49:02 am »
We are all different. No one can say with certainty that you won't feel effects.  I'm 62 and very active. Still doing heavy physical work every day.  I probably had Hep C  for 45 years.  I'm on my 10th week of Harvoni and have had some vertigo to the point I could not work for a week. At that time I could hardly drive.  Headaches and a lot of fatigue also. Had a few mornings that after I was up an hour, I felt like going back to bed.  Just have to fight it. Still have the headaches and fatigue but the dizziness is pretty-much gone.

 


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