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Long term side effects of interferon
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It sure wasn't taken down because of anything I did.
I don't mind you writing what you want.
Your problem is that I really have no ax to grind. I didn't enjoy interferon and ribavirin treatment and I did over 3.5 years of the stuff. But Rambleon I finally cleared the virus which I believe was critical to the fact that I'm alive now and in the health that I'm in. I could not have waited till now to start treatment. That's a fact.
Some people have to take interferon and ribavirin and I am always searching for the truth about this disease and its treatment(s).
I have no present stake in the new drugs. I did have a stock position but I'm out now so I have no conflict of interest.
I really wasn't saying that you were inane. I did feel that some of your comments were and I posted what I thought.
I am well aware of the side effects of treatment. I'm also aware of the side effects of having HCV. And they too can be serious.
Do you really think that I haven't heard all of this long before you arrived? I simply have what I believe to be a broader perspective. Like I said Rambleon - some people have no choice but to treat with the SOC and they weigh the risks against the likelihood of success and the benefits to SVR and they make their decision.

Mike
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A well stated reply.  

And from my side, I get a message here and there thanking me for saying what I say.  

My perspective is from one who has been grievously injured and felt effects that I never could have imagined before, when I was healthy and strong.  Your perspective is from one who has been wondrously cured.  Perhaps the truth lies somewhere in between.

Thank you,

Jeff
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Yes Jeff, truth usually does lie somewhere in the middle.
And I really do feel for your situation. I know that people have suffered as the result of treatment. And people have suffered as the result of not treating.

Take care Jeff and I wish you good luck.

Mike
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rambleon40 said:
"I questioned the motives of a poster with 8293 posts in less than 10 years"
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Personally I'd be more inclined to question the motives of a poster with 70 posts who has been here less than a year, but in the end, scientific data, research, and discussion should be the debate, not who thinks what of whom and what their intent or ideology might be.

"It is interesting to note that the younger you are when you get it, the less likelihood of serious consequences. Perhaps I'm very unlucky..."
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Perspective is in the eye of the beholder, rambleon; my husband was rather young, probably 18 or 19 when he got it but is suffering serious consequences.  Your opinion has merit just as much as anyone else's but I question what your agenda is; my husband would gladly have acquired any of the permanent side effects you are experiencing if only he had been successful in clearing his hcv -- you wanna trade anytime, give me a holler.
~eureka
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Please get back on topic, and again, if you have something personal with someone, either ignore it, take it to PM or report it.

Emily
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And people have suffered and died after trying TX three
times as well . He was only 26 .

The newer PI's were what we hoped to wait for
I continue to hope and pray with my friends
for  cure for everyone
with it will come horrific sides, terrible and some lasting sides for some

OK , I don't mean to sound mean, I'm not ( you are alive) thankfully.

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What has "how many posts and in what length of time"(by anyone) have to do with anything ...??
I must have missed the significance...
Will
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I am alive without having cleared the virus.  I have never come closer to death than the two times I put a loaded  gun to my head during bouts of terrible despair brought on by what I am sure is organic brain injury from interferon.  I am embarrassed from being so dramatic, but these things are true.  

A side effect of treating my psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis with careful eating is that my liver enzymes have, for the first time in 20 years (and just last month and 3 years after my last bout of treatment), gone within normal limits.  

I do not question whether one should treat Hep C.  I question whether the Big Pharma remedy is the only or even the best way.  I do not believe "best" has been proven as there has been no study quantifying and qualifying long term side effects and then doing a proper cost-benefit analysis.

I just had introduction to a river boat pilot in Louisville on Friday.  52 years old.  Loved his job.  Brain now so addled that he can't do it. Arthritis also.  Depression.  Applying for disability.  

That's a horrible (indeed tortuous) situation, and it counterbalances at least one of the 2 or 3 out of 100 that are saved by interferon combination therapy.  

Remember the other 95 out of 100 would not have died anyway without treatment.  

Living like that is daily torture, many times a day.  
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Many of those 95% are cured by current methods, so no they won't die from liver disease....also many will not suffer long lasting side effects, there will be some i am sure such as your self, but there are many here who say they are ok, and i also personally know people who are ok after treatment...what ever percentage you are in is the most important percentage wether it's 1% or 95%...
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Hi there -

This thread is now closed.  While it is important to know what the side effects of any treatment are, and to hear differing views in order to make the most informed decision for you, it is also important to note that for some, current standard treatment is the only option they may have.

We have members who need(ed) treatment in order to stay alive, and "big pharma" saved their lives.  We also have current members who have lost family members to hep C, or who are very close to death as we speak, and others who have tried everything, and failed. We have members who haven't treated, and are doing fine, and others who are using what could be called alternative treatments.

It's important to note this for new members who may need the treatment and are scared, realizing it's their only option.  

Some have to deal with lingering side effects from interferon, others don't.  It's not a one-size-fits-all situation, unfortunately.

Emily

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Just a reminder that this thread is closed, and we are not allowing new comments on it.

Thanks,

Emily
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