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Offline Francis60

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7 month post treatment advise
« on: November 11, 2015, 08:37:44 pm »
Hi All,

I will get my viral load test back next week (24 week) and feel confident it will be negative.I got all my other bloods back and my  alt/ast etc. are within range.I just  wished i was jumping for joy!

I was starting to get more energy back, but the last month it has really dropped.My platelet count after steadily rising over the last 3 months has dropped from 160 to 139 (within a month) the ref range is 140-440.Would this be the cause of my tiredness?...It is very frustrating as I was just getting a glimpse of what it would be like to feel "normal" and now I feel like I am back at square one. Had my iron levels checked and they are ok and I try and eat al the right foods.I also cut back on the amount of exercise I was doing as it was making me feel more tired.

Not sure what to do here and wondering anyone out their have any suggestions?. Thank you all for being here, I read the board regularly and feel truely grateful that I found it.



Offline gnatcatcher

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Re: 7 month post treatment advise
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2015, 07:52:23 am »
Liam, a low platelet count can cause fatigue, but would a count that's just 1 point below the normal range cause fatigue? I don't know. When I was in college, at one point my platelets dropped suddenly to a count of (on your lab's scale) 1 (yes, ONE). I bruised easily and had purple spots on my legs, but I wasn't fatigued. I was scared -- until a doctor finally put a name to what was going on.

Is your present fatigue connected to HCV? treatment? post-treatment immune system readjustment? none of the above? I'm clueless. If I were in your shoes, I'd start with whichever doctor (internist, hepatologist, hematologist, ___) is the best diagnostician. Here's hoping that whatever's going on, it's easy to fix.

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:
FibroScan 7.6 kPa [F1-2]
ALT 15
AST 20
ALP 85

Offline lporterrn

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Re: 7 month post treatment advise
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2015, 10:10:32 am »
Hi Liam,
Low platelets don't usually cause fatigue, however, fatigue is a common symptom of problems with the liver and so are low platelets. It sounds like something is going on, and it may not be related to treatment. What does your doctor say?
Lucinda Porter, RN
1988 Contracted HCV
1997 Interferon nonresponder
2003 PEG + ribavirin responder-relapser
2013 Cured (Harvoni + ribavirin clinical trial)

Offline Francis60

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Re: 7 month post treatment advise
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2015, 11:27:52 am »
Hi Lucinda,
I am back in Thailand now and have not seen a doctor yet. thanks for getting back.


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