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Author Topic: Today it starts!!!  (Read 6883 times)

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Offline StillChoppin

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Today it starts!!!
« on: November 02, 2016, 10:27:22 am »
Well i just swallowed my first Harvoni!!
I also just received my first of 3 vaccine shots for  A & B.
I was diagnosed on Sept 20th.
I saw my infectious disease Dr. on October 4th, & onemont later after so much anxiety, stress, fear, sadness & guilt im starting treatment, & I  cannot express my gratitude to my Dr. for the help & speed in which it all happened..
I honestly feel & told himi feel like my life is being given back to me..
I am also extremely grateful for those of you that took the time to make me feel better.
I am looking so forward to beating this & given my geno type 1b he says he is pretty certain it will be cured.
I will continur to pray & keep myself healthy.
Also when this is behind my, my rught hand to God i will make it a priority that i will reach out & help others in my exact position..
I will keep posting as time progresses..

Offline FutureThinker

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Re: Today it starts!!!
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2016, 10:57:48 am »
It's a GREAT day, StillChoppin!!!!!  You are now on your journey to a life w/o HCV on the Harvoni Train.  Mine was a very enjoyable ride, flew by before I knew it and was much more smooth than I'd believed was possible. I hope your journey is the same.

Keep a positive attitude, drink a lot of water to keep dehydration at bay, and you will be on the other side --- the side of SVR --- very soon!

The future is bright, FT
Treatment naive
Likely contracted mid-70s
Diagnosed 1a, 2011
F1-2
Harvoni X 12 weeks, completed 5/17/16
Pre-treatment: VL 3 mil, AST 64, ALT 84
4 week labs: VL 30, AST 21, ALT 14
8 week labs: VL UD!!!, AST 22, ALT 16
12 week labs: VL UD, AST 23, ALT 14
2 wk EOT: VL UD
12 wk EOT: VL UD, AST 22, ALT 13 =  SVR 12! Yay! 
Last hep appointment: VL UD, AST 19, ALT 12 = SVR 39! I AM DONE!

Offline BillT

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Re: Today it starts!!!
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2016, 08:29:58 pm »
Good deal SC and congratulations on beginning.I know how much this means to you and you're going to do just fine.The VA vaccinated me for A and B when I started also.The A took but the B didn't so they had to re-vaccinate me for it.You know we're always here if you have any questions or need the support.Keep us posted.Cheers 
Contracted 1973 Military
Diagnosed 1980
Pegintron treatment 2004 unsucessful
Genotype 1b
FibroScan 10 (F2)
Start Viekira 10.17.2015

AST 40 ALT 69
VL 440k
10.31.2015/Week 2 Labs : AST 14/ALT 17
No VL done
10.14.2015/Week 4 labs : AST 14/ALT 14
VL UNDETECTED!!!
12.11.2015/Week 8 Labs : AST 12/ALT 13
No VL done
01.05.2016/EOT labs : AST 15/ALT 13
VL UNDETECTED!!!

12 WEEK SRV:UN-BLOODY DETECTABLE !!!!!!!!

24 WEEK SVR:UNDETECTABLE!!!! Thank You God.

Fibroscan 6Mo. Post Treatment 7.15.2016-5.3(F1)

Offline Lynn K

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Re: Today it starts!!!
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2016, 10:29:04 pm »
Alright SC!

Hard part done getting through the red tape now to the easy part getting cured

Best of luck to you :)
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 andrew90

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Re: Today it starts!!!
« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2016, 09:32:12 am »
seams we started on same Day :) but im taking my Second pill of Epclusa right now!

good luck!
5/1/17 UNDETECTED!

EOT Blood Testing 1/25/17
UNDETECTED!

Five week blood testing 12/8/16
DETECTED
Viral Load: 35(IU/mL)
AST: 34

Started Epclusa 10/2/16

Genotype 3a

9/19/16
Fibrosis: F2/3
ALT: 459
AST: 189
Viral Load: 6415894 (iU)/mL

Offline StillChoppin

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Re: Today it starts!!!
« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2016, 05:38:10 pm »
 
Same to you Andrew

Offline StillChoppin

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Re: Today it starts!!!
« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2016, 05:38:34 pm »
 
Same to you Andrew

Offline wsv3424

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Re: Today it starts!!!
« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2016, 06:23:00 pm »
how was your first day w/epclusa?
starting this pm .
Also take methadone for serious multiple back pain/issues .
anyone in same boat here?
feel so bad ,anything short of biting the bullet has to be better.
GOOD LUCK ALL, hope I'm right behind you .
God Bless

Offline andrew90

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Re: Today it starts!!!
« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2016, 07:08:40 pm »
no sides at all
5/1/17 UNDETECTED!

EOT Blood Testing 1/25/17
UNDETECTED!

Five week blood testing 12/8/16
DETECTED
Viral Load: 35(IU/mL)
AST: 34

Started Epclusa 10/2/16

Genotype 3a

9/19/16
Fibrosis: F2/3
ALT: 459
AST: 189
Viral Load: 6415894 (iU)/mL

Offline gnatcatcher

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Re: Today it starts!!!
« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2016, 07:35:59 pm »
StillChoppin, wsv3424, and andrew90, it looks like you've found your tribe. People who start treatment at about the same time form a special support group to cheer each other on and keep everyone upbeat. Best wishes to all three of you.

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 wsv3424

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Re: Today it starts!!!
« Reply #10 on: November 04, 2016, 02:03:40 pm »
gnatcatcher et al,
same to you friend, are you cured ?
when do we begin feeling alive again  and w/out the fatigue and cramps?
thanx ,God bless all!

Offline gnatcatcher

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Re: Today it starts!!!
« Reply #11 on: November 04, 2016, 03:53:17 pm »
wsv, I've been cured for over a year now (after having had HCV since 1971). Post- treatment, it took my body a few months to readjust after decades of fatigue, joint pain, and dulled mental faculties, but in recent months my mind has been amazingly keen, the joint pains infrequent for a senior citizen, and my energy level more than I'd had during my forties and fifties. Although everybody is different in how they react during and after treatment, for most of us, it gives us our lives back to a significant degree. Plus, my hepatologist expects me to have a normal life span now. HTH. -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 wsv3424

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Re: Today it starts!!!
« Reply #12 on: November 04, 2016, 04:46:54 pm »
gnatty,
much thanx my friend . I'm 65 and had hep c who knows as was mis-diagnosed as hep b and while I had only slightly elev spoc   spog enzymes I had energy then year before last during routine BW doc says hey you got type hep c , surprize surprize . Since ,its been downhill fast ,muscle wasting bigtime , leg,arm cramps , zero energy so my hopes are just to be able to have a life again w/my sons ,grankids cause currently even walking is a major deal,wow!
so happy for you friend, maybe we'll be able to endure after all and have a life again.best of fortunes and God Bless

Offline gnatcatcher

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Re: Today it starts!!!
« Reply #13 on: November 04, 2016, 05:06:41 pm »
. . . cause currently even walking is a major deal . . . best of fortunes and God Bless
wsv, along with drinking enough fluids, I encourage you to walk at least a little more than you want to each day. I believe my extra walking during treatment was helpful.

If you look below at my signature file, you'll see that my ALT and AST enzymes (what your lab calls spoc and spog; I'm not sure whether ALT=spoc and AST=spog or the other way around) had gotten very high before treatment, but Harvoni brought them back down to normal when I was tested after just 4 weeks of treatment.

Every good wish,

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

 


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