I was put on treatment 6 1/2 yrs ago i went thru the 48 wk treatment and it didnt get rid of the dragon so i asked the doc if a year and a half on it would do it seeing that it gets rid of it while im on treatment he agreed that it may work but to my dismay it did not so he put me in a trial for 48 weeks and that didnt do it. so i waited then i got a call from the trial nurses who said they had new meds and a new trial so i agree so lo and behold out of 300 plus patients me and 1 other guy got the placebo so thats another 48 weeks. at the end of that we were offered the real medicin so i took it and after 48 more weeks we cleared the virus and now after almost 2 yrs it is still gone.
My question is I have not felt right ( dont sleep, i am exhausted all the time, no energy, etc) and was wondering if the meds have done this to me? im physicaly in decent shape but i feel malaise all the time and cannot think clearly or focus and its hard for school seeing i cant remember alot of what i read, Does anyone else have this problem even after being off the meds for awhile?
See desrt's post on the thread "Is it worth it...?" It answers your question better than any I have seen yet.
I would also look into getting good supplements as the virus and the meds may have depleted important vitamins and minerals.
The answer to that is going to be different for everyone. I think that even if you felt "very!! healthy prior to starting treatment" most people really don't have a good idea of what's going on inside their bodies on a metabolic and immunologic level, especially as they grow older. I've noticed that most who comment on this subject -- regardless of which side of the issue they come down on -- really have no evidence one way or the other whether their post-tx side effects were caused by the meds or the fact they carried the virus around in their bodies for so many years or simple aging. Or some combination of the three factors.
The answer is going to become even more 'different for everyone' as more people add a third drug to the mix and different types of drugs are tried for which we may not discover the side effects until years down the line.
I did a short course of PEG/riba ten years ago and remain virus free, so I'm happy, even though I take a few more meds for problems I didn't have back then. I really can't say whether my health would now be better or worse if I hadn't txd, but I'm satisfied with the decision I made and now lead a happy, active life."
That is so weird that dontworry_behappy said that about your thyroid. I just saw my hep/gastro doc and he said after looking at my blood labs from a few weeks ago that my platelets and my thyroid level was low and put me on meds for the thyroid....said it should help with my energy and sleep levels....we'll see. I also take Xifaxan for HE and memory loss but I was always a ditzy person...my mind always has gone in twenty directions at once so I agree with rivil that the fog could be a combination of several things.
Brain fog.....uh yeah. Just today I tried on a sweater I bought this weekend with my daughter. I asked my daughter what she thought and she replied "I told you on Sunday when you tried it on I love it" well, I don't remember trying it on! It's amazing all the side effects associated with these meds. I'm on the homestretch of treatment and among other things I hope my brain finds its way clear of this fog.......
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