I am stage 1 currently und.with 1 week left of tx.my queston is I was thinking about having a drink or 2 after a month of being done with tx like to celebrate.I'm just worried that it would cause my body to relapse.anyway let me know what you think?
Mike, you’ve been around this forum long enough to know how contentious this subject is; but here we go anyway.
Alcohol won’t make ‘your body relapse’. This disease is a result of viral infection; if the virus is gone, it’s gone.
You should discuss the alcohol with your doctor. If you have stage 1 fibrosis, and don’t have a history of alcoholism, your doctor will likely tell you drinking in moderation isn’t an issue. Different story for those with advanced liver disease of course. Check with the doctor though...
Bill is correct........ Since drinking small amounts does not stop you from even treating then its safe to say it doesn't cause you to relapse. not sure what reason anyone could think of causing a relapse.
Patients with Ongoing Alcohol Use
in those who completed HCV therapy, SVR was similar in drinkers and nondrinkers . Thus, alcohol users should not be excluded from antiviral therapy but treatment adherence should be stressed
Mike, having read your posts for awhile, I'd say you'll cause yourself some unnecessary stress as you'll worry needlessly and wonder what harm you might have done yourself. It won't cause you to relapse but I'd hang in there until you know you're clear. You've waited this long, right? I'd suggest you wait until you get that 6 month PCR that tells you if you are SVR or not. I can tell you that a wee drink at SVR is definitely sweeter and more celebratory...and worth waiting for. Just a thought for you.
And congrats Mike, on making it through treatment with only one week to go! Hoping to see that SVR post from you not too far down the road.
I would find another way to celebrate. .Don't you think your liver could use some love. I mean really, maybe the virus is gone but my Dr described it as throwing gasoline on a fire. As my friend would say Love your liver. If you have to wait for SVR.. Happy you have had a great outcome thus far..
Beets -- for your blood
Pie -- because ya can't go wrong with pie
A Shirley Temple
A virgin Mojito or Margarita
A vacation, a cruise, indoor sky-diving
A rollercoaster ride, where you can scream your head off and nobody will point and stare
If I were you, I would feel safer celebrating with a joint of green budd. If anything can mess with your liver, it's alcohol. I am so thankful I quit drinking 20 yrs ago, after being diagnosed with Hep C, and dont miss it at all. Not only do I not miss it, but I cant stand being around drunk people, they always say the same thing over and over, like, "ya know what I mean, buddy?"
Hmm. Why not have some ice cream or a cherry pie or a thick juicy steak and have a fake beer with dinner? Seems like partying so soon is an aggressive want versus a smart decision. Give yourself some time - even three month is better than nothing.
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