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Offline ugot2bkidding

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Got First VL Today
« on: January 12, 2015, 11:35:26 pm »
My viral load came back at 5.5 million and my PCP has referred me to a GI.
So glad God is in my corner.
 

Offline Lynn K

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Re: Got First VL Today
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2015, 12:30:10 am »
First question for your doctor what is my genotype

Next question what medication is recommended and when can I start?

Good luck
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 ugot2bkidding

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Re: Got First VL Today
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2015, 12:35:46 am »
I've read that riba and interferon have horrible side effects.  I'm also curious to find out how much damage there's been to my liver. 
« Last Edit: January 13, 2015, 12:39:46 am by ugot2bkidding »

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Re: Got First VL Today
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2015, 03:39:12 am »
Well that depends on who you ask I did Interferon and Riba 2 times and previously interferon shots 3 times a week which was the first treatment that came out I did that in maybe 1993 or so.

All I had were the flu like symptoms they mention felt like a was just getting over the flu for 6 months achy and tired and the riba dropped my hemoglobin so I was even more tired. I worked full time thought out  my treatments but no it was not a lot of fun.

So to find out how much damage to your liver you need either a liver biopsy or a fibroscan if you can get one. Fibroscan is not invasive and no big deal to do. But a liver biopsy has been considered the gold standard to determine liver fibrosis status.
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 ugot2bkidding

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Re: Got First VL Today
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2015, 07:07:40 am »
Thanks for the info. Given the cost of the new, but successful treatments, are people generally experiencing resistance from the insurance companies to approve treatment?  It appears that drugs like Harvoni are having near 100% success rates but the cost of the drug makes it hard to get approved for. 

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Re: Got First VL Today
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2015, 05:19:27 pm »
The cost of the new treatments are high. I was denied treatment two times. I had peg Interferon Ribaviren and Solvaldi. The price for 84 tables of just the Solvaldi was $84,000. There is a way to get the treatment. First there is the appeal system within your medical insurance. Also each manufacturer of the drug have assistance programs. I contacted Gilead and they helped me with the appeal, and they told me that if that effort failed I could get the Solvaldi at a reduced cost or no cost. So don't worry about the cost. Above all don't hesitate to be proactive. No one see the situation as you do. Do whatever it takes to calm yourself so not to get overwhelmed. You should be ready for the battle. You will probably be misinformed along your path to getting rid of the virus. There are only a few other things that could help you along the way.
   * Stay positive. The new medicines kill the virus. There are many who have walked in your shoes and have been liberated.
   * Be kind to yourself. Take good care of yourself and those close to you.
   * Be confident. Strength comes from within. Nurture that strength. You may need a large amount someday.
   * There are many caring people in this space if you need to communicate or vent

Nice to have you with us.
Tested positive 2007
Non respond-er to treatment 16wk of 48wk
Started I/R/Sol May 2014
Hep C returned as of Jan 2015
Started Harvoni Sep 16, 2015
1st Test V/L:20
2nd Test V/L: undetectable
Dec 2015 EOT V/L undetectable
12 wk SVR :undetectable  Mar 25,2016
24 wk SVR: undetectable  Jun 24,2016
52 wk SVR undetectable   Dec 16,2016   -- I,m past it!!!
Shambhala

Offline ugot2bkidding

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Re: Got First VL Today
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2015, 06:52:46 am »
Thank you for taking time to reply. I'm positive, focused, and ready to take on the challenge.  I can do all things through Christ.

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Re: Got First VL Today
« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2015, 11:21:33 am »
Welcome ugot2bkidding! As has been said there are many on here that will help both with facts and emotional support. We are here to listen and lend a shoulder if you need one.

One addition to the basics is to drink a lot of water. As you read through other posts you will note that this is key to keeping headaches and nausea at bay.

Best wishes and stay strong,


AL
Genotype 1A

Diagnosed 1989
Biopsy-cirrhosis stage 4 2000, no starting VL this round

3 rounds of Int+Rib
(Combo/48wks,Peg/26 Wks,Triple with Incivek/16wks)
UND with Incivek, Relapsed
Started 12 weeks Harvoni and Rib Jan 2nd,2015
4 weeks Undetected
8 weeks Undetected!
EOT at 12 weeks Undetected
EOT at 24 weeks STILL UNDETECTED
Completed TX Mar 26th,2015

EOT plus 4 weeks UNDETECTED
EOT plus 12 weeks UNDETECTED !!!!!!!!!!! I am DONE!

NO LONGER a member of the "WAITING GANG"

Offline SZTahoe

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can I work??
« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2015, 09:07:47 pm »
I am  flight attendant who works 12-14 hours a day. for 3 days in a row. exhausting. Will I be able to work? I keep reading about insomnia,headaches, nausea,rashes. I really have to be on top of my game at work.I can easily get a medical leave and have savings to pay my bills. any thoughts? or advice?? help!!!

Offline SZTahoe

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can I work??
« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2015, 09:11:03 pm »
I am  flight attendant who works 12-14 hours a day. for 3 days in a row. exhausting. Will I be able to work? I keep reading about insomnia,headaches, nausea,rashes. I really have to be on top of my game at work.I can easily get a medical leave and have savings to pay my bills. any thoughts? or advice?? help!!!

Offline KimInTheForest

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Re: can I work??
« Reply #10 on: September 24, 2015, 09:18:21 pm »
I am  flight attendant who works 12-14 hours a day. for 3 days in a row. exhausting. Will I be able to work? I keep reading about insomnia,headaches, nausea,rashes. I really have to be on top of my game at work.I can easily get a medical leave and have savings to pay my bills. any thoughts? or advice?? help!!!

Hi SZTahoe, and welcome to the forums! :) Do you know what treatment you will be on? Have you gotten that far? If ribavirin is involved, it can certainly make things more difficult in terms of energy level (it induces anemia) and some other issues (mood, attitude, "riba rage"). Yet many people on these forums have worked through 12 weeks or even 24 weeks of treatment involving ribavirin.

If ribavirin is not involved, then where those other side effects are concerned, it seems to be a really individual thing. I was on 12 weeks of harvoni+ribavirin and never once experienced headache or nausea. The rash for me was very minor and localized on my chest, was not terribly itchy, and certainly would not have kept me from working. But really, it is all quite individual and so it is hard to predict what side effects anyone may have.

On Harvoni for example, some people find it elevating to the point of insomnia, others find it fatigue-producing. Some people find it an appetite suppressant and lose weight on treatment, while others find it makes them hungry and they gain weight on treatment. It's all over the map.

Maybe someone else will have more useful advice. In some ways, however, the kindest thing to do for yourself would be to take a medical leave if you are in a position to do so - not necessarily because you will need it. But rather so you can focus fully on your healing, pamper yourself, reflect on the healing process. Because although it initially seems to all of us that healing is just about the eradication of the virus, most of us discover it is a much deeper experience.

best,
kim
« Last Edit: September 24, 2015, 09:20:07 pm by KimInTheForest »
Kim Goldberg (Nanaimo, BC)
1970s: Contracted HCV (genotype 3a)
2015: Cured with Harvoni + ribavirin (12 weeks)
MY STORY: https://pigsquash.wordpress.com/2016/01/28/undetectable-my-hep-c-story/

Offline beto

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Re: Got First VL Today
« Reply #11 on: September 25, 2015, 01:53:52 pm »
SZTahoe,

I am pushing 60, infected with HCV 40 years and nobody's sweetheart  :).  Anyway, I am in a job that requires me to travel quite a bit.  I am on and of airplanes, light rail, taxi's and trains regularly and then ride around big city markets with a sales rep and I do all of the talking.  Sometimes the job requires me to host late night dinners and I am pressured by superiors on a daily basis.  I have 9 more harvoni pills to take.  So, I have been traveling and working while on Harvoni...throw in cirrhosis symptoms.  I also work out.  I have a friend that started treatment while doing and 500 mile pilgrimage hike through Europe.  She is in her 50's and also cirrhotic.  She had great energy, or so she reports.  That said, some folks have a rough time.  I agree with Kim, argue for Harvoni no ribo.
Maybe take the 1st week off work (or two weeks) most of the symptoms occur early.  You are going to be OK.  Peace.
HCV/nonA,nonB acute phase 1975
HCV detected active 1990
HCV persistent chronic diagnosis 1995
1995 liver enzymes mild elevations
1996 Biopsy F2 fibrosis
treatment naive geno 1-A
2000-to early 2015 Viral load 150, 000 to 800, 000
recent liver enzymes before treatment alt/ast 59to209,  Fibroscan F4,cirrhosis
start tx Harvoni 7/11/2015
6.5 week-UD-ast/alt 25/25
9wk-UD-ast18 alt23
10/3/15 completed tx
11/5/15 new fibroscan f0-f1 amazed
6wk EOT UD ast/alt 20/20
12EOT-UD-ast/alt19/21
25wk-SVR! 19/18

Offline Lynn K

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Re: Got First VL Today
« Reply #12 on: September 25, 2015, 02:43:56 pm »
Just to chime in I did 24 weeks of Harvoni and I asked to add Ribavirin because of my treatment history. So I took Ribavirin for 15 weeks of those 24 weeks.

Not everyone gets anemia with Ribavirin but I did. It did make it a tougher go but still I worked full time took one college class did a quick trip for a week to Italy while treating. Also I have had cirrhosis for 8 years and I am 57.

So if your doctor feels you need Ribavirin I would say go for it but unless you have cirrhosis and are a multiple treatment failure like me that is not likely that your doctor would even suggest Ribavirin.

When I was just on Harvoni all I had was a couple of mild headaches which may or may not have been from Harvoni. Other that that at least for me Harvoni was a cake walk.

Best of luck to you
Blue skies and tailwinds
Lynn
« Last Edit: September 25, 2015, 02:47:45 pm by Lynn K »
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!

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Re: Got First VL Today
« Reply #13 on: September 25, 2015, 07:57:03 pm »
Welcome ugot2bkidding and SZTahoe,
I am fairly new to the forum, but wanted to let you know you have come to the right place.  There is a wealth of information, knowledge and experience here.  And the support is phenomenal. 

The road to treatment and recovery can be arduous, but do not give up.  Your GI doc will help guide you through this process and help determine the best course of treatment for you. Educating yourself helps you become an effective advocate in your care. 

As others have mentioned, take care of yourself too!  Don't let this virus stop you in your tracks!!  Eat healthy and stay active!  There will be set backs (likely denials), but stay strong and focused.  Many people here have been successful in accessing treatment (myself included).

MaryC
GT 3a
Dx'd 4/15 not known when contracted
Labs 7/15:
-VL 537,000
-AST 32
-ALT 41
-Fibrosis score 0.46 (F1-F2)
Started tx 9/17/2015 with Daklinza + Sovaldi
6/6/16: 24 week EOT SVR!  Cured!

Offline TexasC+

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Re: Got First VL Today
« Reply #14 on: October 10, 2015, 10:06:00 am »
On Ribaviron and sovaldi, finishing week 19. I work 10-15 hours a day. It's not easy but I love my job.
Side effects vary, plan to do well, be positive and stay informed on meds and options.
My insurance denied but that's not unusual. I picled a doctor who was known for being able to not only treat but do the paper work. I got my meds on my first appeal
Genotype 3a
diagnosis date 4/29/15
treatment naive
viral load 6 million
unknown date of infection
Sovaldi and ribaviron  24 weeks started 6/1/15
End of treatment date 11/15/2015 VND last 2 labs
3 month follow up 2/22/16 NEGATIVE !! NOT DETECTED

Offline beto

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Re: Got First VL Today
« Reply #15 on: October 10, 2015, 11:55:02 am »
TexasC+

You are a very strong person and an inspiration to all.  Wonderful that you love your job.  I may lose mine soon, though I have a love hate experience with it...so probably time to move on.

Overall the bottom line is, the newer drugs, even with ribo are generally much easier and for some a piece of cake.  Then there are those that have difficult sides that are just so happy to be on meds that actually work 80 to 95% of the time, rendering the symptoms moot.  I have said this before, the sides to me are a sign the meds are working.  These are designer drugs that are very strategic and specific down to genotypes.  Nice to know when we are uncomfortable with side affects that we stand a very good chance of cure.  Of course, that does not take away the anxiety we all encounter awaiting our blood results.  My next one is my first EOT and that one is a bit scary.
HCV/nonA,nonB acute phase 1975
HCV detected active 1990
HCV persistent chronic diagnosis 1995
1995 liver enzymes mild elevations
1996 Biopsy F2 fibrosis
treatment naive geno 1-A
2000-to early 2015 Viral load 150, 000 to 800, 000
recent liver enzymes before treatment alt/ast 59to209,  Fibroscan F4,cirrhosis
start tx Harvoni 7/11/2015
6.5 week-UD-ast/alt 25/25
9wk-UD-ast18 alt23
10/3/15 completed tx
11/5/15 new fibroscan f0-f1 amazed
6wk EOT UD ast/alt 20/20
12EOT-UD-ast/alt19/21
25wk-SVR! 19/18

Offline MaryC

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Re: can I work??
« Reply #16 on: October 10, 2015, 12:54:33 pm »
I am  flight attendant who works 12-14 hours a day. for 3 days in a row. exhausting. Will I be able to work? I keep reading about insomnia,headaches, nausea,rashes. I really have to be on top of my game at work.I can easily get a medical leave and have savings to pay my bills. any thoughts? or advice?? help!!!
I, too, was fearful I would need to take a leave from work during my treatment.  I was able to avoid interferon-based treatment (per my insurance company's medical policy the first line of tx for GT 3 is peginterferon +riba + Sovaldi x 12 weeks).  Fortunately my denial for Daklinza and Sovaldi was overturned on appeal and I am on tx day 24!  I am able to work full time and run 4 days a week on this med combo.  I even registered for a 10K trail run this coming weekend!

TexasC+
I have said this before, the sides to me are a sign the meds are working.  T
I hope my lack of sides doesn't mean my tx isn't working.  I guess I will find out next week when I go for my first blood draw. 

There is a light at the end of the tunnel for all of us!!

Mary
GT 3a
Dx'd 4/15 not known when contracted
Labs 7/15:
-VL 537,000
-AST 32
-ALT 41
-Fibrosis score 0.46 (F1-F2)
Started tx 9/17/2015 with Daklinza + Sovaldi
6/6/16: 24 week EOT SVR!  Cured!

Offline KimInTheForest

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Re: can I work??
« Reply #17 on: October 10, 2015, 01:34:30 pm »
I, too, was fearful I would need to take a leave from work during my treatment.  I was able to avoid interferon-based treatment (per my insurance company's medical policy the first line of tx for GT 3 is peginterferon +riba + Sovaldi x 12 weeks).  Fortunately my denial for Daklinza and Sovaldi was overturned on appeal and I am on tx day 24!  I am able to work full time and run 4 days a week on this med combo.  I even registered for a 10K trail run this coming weekend!

Fantastic that you are able to do a 10K trail run on this Daklinza/Sovaldi combo, Mary! Good for you. Glad to hear the tx is going so well.

kim
Kim Goldberg (Nanaimo, BC)
1970s: Contracted HCV (genotype 3a)
2015: Cured with Harvoni + ribavirin (12 weeks)
MY STORY: https://pigsquash.wordpress.com/2016/01/28/undetectable-my-hep-c-story/

Offline beto

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Re: Got First VL Today
« Reply #18 on: October 10, 2015, 01:36:49 pm »
Maryc

Your lack of sides means the meds are super working.  :)

Tongue n cheek aside, I was not suggesting that sides "were" a sign that meds were working...just staying positive.  Truly, I am one of those with few sides.  I too have been working out and energetic.  I have had a few difficult things like some bouts of dizziness, but my energy has been over all good.  There is a rapid virus die off with the meds.  that might affect some and not others.  I am just a guy with hep c that talks a bit too much.  You are rocking this thing Mary.  I cleared at 5 and 9 weeks and you will too. peace
HCV/nonA,nonB acute phase 1975
HCV detected active 1990
HCV persistent chronic diagnosis 1995
1995 liver enzymes mild elevations
1996 Biopsy F2 fibrosis
treatment naive geno 1-A
2000-to early 2015 Viral load 150, 000 to 800, 000
recent liver enzymes before treatment alt/ast 59to209,  Fibroscan F4,cirrhosis
start tx Harvoni 7/11/2015
6.5 week-UD-ast/alt 25/25
9wk-UD-ast18 alt23
10/3/15 completed tx
11/5/15 new fibroscan f0-f1 amazed
6wk EOT UD ast/alt 20/20
12EOT-UD-ast/alt19/21
25wk-SVR! 19/18

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Re: can I work??
« Reply #19 on: October 11, 2015, 10:02:57 pm »
Fantastic that you are able to do a 10K trail run on this Daklinza/Sovaldi combo, Mary! Good for you. Glad to hear the tx is going so well.

kim
Thanks Kim.  I'm guessing I won't be running too fast, but will enjoy the adventure on the trails. 

Maryc

Your lack of sides means the meds are super working.  :)

Tongue n cheek aside, I was not suggesting that sides "were" a sign that meds were working...just staying positive.  Truly, I am one of those with few sides.  I too have been working out and energetic.  I have had a few difficult things like some bouts of dizziness, but my energy has been over all good.  There is a rapid virus die off with the meds.  that might affect some and not others.  I am just a guy with hep c that talks a bit too much.  You are rocking this thing Mary.  I cleared at 5 and 9 weeks and you will too. peace

Thanks Beto!  I plan to follow in your footsteps. 

Mary
GT 3a
Dx'd 4/15 not known when contracted
Labs 7/15:
-VL 537,000
-AST 32
-ALT 41
-Fibrosis score 0.46 (F1-F2)
Started tx 9/17/2015 with Daklinza + Sovaldi
6/6/16: 24 week EOT SVR!  Cured!

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Re: Got First VL Today
« Reply #20 on: October 14, 2015, 12:59:06 pm »
Just trying to sort out my profile....

My VL is 9 million

Offline beto

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Re: Got First VL Today
« Reply #21 on: October 14, 2015, 01:26:24 pm »
Welcome El Dee,

Have not seen a post from you yet.  You will get a lot of support here...a good bunch.  I am assuming that you have not started treatment.  Were you just recently diagnosed?

Geno type?  Fibrosis score.  Anyway.  Just get sorted out.  You will find a wealth of info here.  Many folks have VL's in the millions.  They are all over the place.  I have has low VL but bad liver scores.  The good news is that you can expect a cure and tons of support.  Peace

Beto
HCV/nonA,nonB acute phase 1975
HCV detected active 1990
HCV persistent chronic diagnosis 1995
1995 liver enzymes mild elevations
1996 Biopsy F2 fibrosis
treatment naive geno 1-A
2000-to early 2015 Viral load 150, 000 to 800, 000
recent liver enzymes before treatment alt/ast 59to209,  Fibroscan F4,cirrhosis
start tx Harvoni 7/11/2015
6.5 week-UD-ast/alt 25/25
9wk-UD-ast18 alt23
10/3/15 completed tx
11/5/15 new fibroscan f0-f1 amazed
6wk EOT UD ast/alt 20/20
12EOT-UD-ast/alt19/21
25wk-SVR! 19/18

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Re: Got First VL Today
« Reply #22 on: October 14, 2015, 02:08:06 pm »
Beto.....I'm 1A....Antibody test in 2010...PCR last month...I was waiting on new treatment options...Treatment naive....Currently reading the "Side effects of Harvoni" and on page 19 of 27....Some dang long pages but I will read every post....Those are the only tests I've done...It's all outta pocket for me...

The good news is I have a bottle of Harvoni...I tried to get my Doc too prescribe 12 or 16 weeks...He prescribed 8...Upon hearing I'd been accepted into Wellpath he said he was concerned that 8 weeks wasn't enough...I've gotten this far and now my main objective is getting approval changed to 16 weeks...I would settle for 12 weeks...Just got that bottle of pills and still waiting on all that to sink in before calling Gilead..

Before pill 1 I will finish the side effects thread....I will finish things I've got going on and prepare for a restful treatment period...Sorting my diet and trying my best to remove anything unhealthful...I also vaporize nicotine with an electronic cigarette...I will also quit that before taking Harvoni...It may be OK but I want my chances of undetected to be as high as I can make them....

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Re: Got First VL Today
« Reply #23 on: October 14, 2015, 02:28:35 pm »
Welcome, El Dee. We share genotype 1a and VL of 9 million (although mine jumped around quite a bit). I recently finished 12 weeks of Harvoni. As you can see below, already at the 4 week point, my VL was undetected and my very high ALT and AST liver enzymes had returned to the normal range. Harvoni is amazing! It's good that your doctor is pushing to extend treatment from 8 weeks to 12, because that ups the odds of a cure slightly, but even on 8 weeks, your odds of a cure are very high.  -Gnatty
9/29/71 transfusions
HCV genotype 1a
7/09/15-9/30/15 Harvoni

Before treatment:
Viral Load 9,490,582
FibroScan 19.5 kPa [F4]
ALT 262
AST 217
ALP 183

Most recent:
VL still UNDETECTED (SVR 102)
FibroScan 7.6 kPa [F1-2]
ALT 15
AST 20
ALP 85

Offline beto

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Re: Got First VL Today
« Reply #24 on: October 14, 2015, 08:49:43 pm »
El Dee,

What Gatty said.  Also, I would advise you to get your ducks in a row ...meaning, make sure you can get the full course with no gaps, before heading into that beautiful bottle of cure.

I would not worry about the side effects, most folks find it a breeze especially given those old meds Peg/ribo etc.  If you have been reading all the "sides" stories than I guess you have a pretty good idea.  Have fun reading...some of the posts are hysterical.  But the great thing is how close you become with so many new friends that share your journey.  I think my wife might be jealous I spend so much spare time yakking away with my hep homies.

Hope you get everything sorted out.  12 does the trick, but depending on a lot of things 8 can be all that is needed.  I have seen reports of 2 weeks near UD even one 3 day near UD. Best to you.
HCV/nonA,nonB acute phase 1975
HCV detected active 1990
HCV persistent chronic diagnosis 1995
1995 liver enzymes mild elevations
1996 Biopsy F2 fibrosis
treatment naive geno 1-A
2000-to early 2015 Viral load 150, 000 to 800, 000
recent liver enzymes before treatment alt/ast 59to209,  Fibroscan F4,cirrhosis
start tx Harvoni 7/11/2015
6.5 week-UD-ast/alt 25/25
9wk-UD-ast18 alt23
10/3/15 completed tx
11/5/15 new fibroscan f0-f1 amazed
6wk EOT UD ast/alt 20/20
12EOT-UD-ast/alt19/21
25wk-SVR! 19/18

Offline El Dee

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Re: Got First VL Today
« Reply #25 on: October 14, 2015, 11:12:26 pm »
Gnatty...Beto...Thanks for the replies...I sincerely hope both of you remain undetected for life....

Just to clear it up I first suggested 12 weeks to my Doc....He filled out his part of my application and prescribed 8 weeks...Upon hearing I'd been accepted he said his only worry was that he hadn't prescribed 12 or 16 weeks....I'm no expert other than what I've learned on the thread...I'd be fairly confident at 12 weeks....16 weeks even better...I'm gonna work on that...

The side effects thread....I was scheduled to start a clinical trial at UNC Hospital...Interferon....They wouldn't agree it wouldn't be used...I didn't go...I began reading the thread when I received my application...I'd no idea what the sides were...A thread where the day to day lives of actual Harvoni patients are posted...Worth it's weight in gold...or Harvoni....I've learned what steps to take to hopefully breeze through treatment...What I've read there made me decide the nicotine must go...No one there vaporizes nicotine but what I read and knowing nicotine is a vaso constrictor....Well...Time for it to exit the building

 


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