Aa
A
A
Close
Avatar universal
Treatment
Do most people start treatment right away or do you wait if you are not symptomatic?  I keep having these moment where I need to know all the answer and all the next steps.        And then for a moment I'm ok.  Is it better to get my body in shape before undergoing treatment (kind of like preparing for battle).  I all ready have aches and pains and am over-weight.  Would treatment intensify this?
Cancel
6 Answers
Page 1 of 1
Avatar universal
When to treat depends on many factors, one of which is your stage of liver damage. Have you had a liver biopsy?
Advocate1955
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
3093770 tn?1389742726
I think is important that you know what is the level of damage on your liver. There are people who are asymptomatic yet have cirrhosis.

Maybe a first step will have to determine through a biopsy where you are at and then consider your options again
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
Avatar universal
Hi,

To your question "Do most people start treatment right away?"

From what has been posted plus my intuition on the question, the most common answer may be the condition of one's liver.  If it is at stage 3 or 4 for inflammation and or fibrosis.  Then there is an urgency because the liver doesn't regenerate as quickly in these later stages.  If however, the liver damage is minimal and in the early stages then one may choose to wait for the new and improved treatments that are in the pipeline.

Surely some more experienced people will have more to say about this.  But, they may ask you to provide some more details about your condition.

I too am a bit on the heavy side.  Don't have much of an appetite
since starting tx.
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
766573 tn?1365170066
I saw one of your earlier posts and I can imagine how overwhelmed you must be since you just found out you have Hepatitis C. Once you find out your genotype and the state of fibrosis you are you might have an idea how to plan. In many cases Hepatitis C is asymptomatic so going by how you feel might not be the most reliable treatment indicator.

In the short run be sure to obtain copies of all your lab tests from now on.  I do remember getting tested for Hepatitis A & B and getting vaccinated for both of those conditions.
http://www.medicinenet.com/hepatitis_immunizations/article.htm

Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
Avatar universal
Thanks for all the posts.  Its nice to have a community to discuss this.  I am married and me and my husband have said a word on the subject since I got diagnosed.  He knows he needs to get tested but wants me to have all the facts at one time and then give them to him.  We are opposites I need to know he doesn't want to know.  Will let you know how the Dr. goes tomorrow. Just in the few responses I feel less alone.  Thank you all so much.
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
3230925 tn?1397619565
  To add to what other posters have said.Being over weight with HCV increases your risks of diabetes,fatty liver,heart diseases.If you can try to lose weight before starting treatment it will increase your chances of having a successful treatment.
Comment
Cancel
Comment
Avatar universal
Comment
Comment
Comment
Post Comment
Your Answer
Avatar universal
Answer
Do you know how to answer? Tap here to leave your answer...
Answer
Answer
Post Answer
A
A
Recent Activity
Avatar universal
Blank
jimgreg on now 400 mg of lamctal,,a... Comment
11 hrs ago
Avatar universal
Blank
Avatar universal
Blank
Blank
Weight Tracker
Track your weight over time
Start Tracking Now
Top Hepatitis Answerers
317787 tn?1473362051
Blank
DC
163305 tn?1333672171
Blank
Rural Mural, CA
446474 tn?1446351282
Blank
San Francisco, CA
Avatar universal
Blank
1747881 tn?1358189534
Blank
Greeley, CO
2059648 tn?1439770265
Blank
Hepatitis C Community Resources