So I just got my 6 month EOT labs back....UNDETECTABLE!....SVR!....CURED!
Not only that, all my other lab values are all in range for the first time since 2011. This feels really good!
I was a treatment naive genotype 3a with the IL28B CT allele. Diagnosed with Hepatic Steatosis. No fibrosis. I started Peg/Copeg TX on Sept 24th 2012 with a baseline VL of 12 million. Went UND at week 5 so since I didn't RVR, tried for 36 weeks of TX but insurance approved 28 weeks instead. I finished TX April 7th, 2013.
During treatment I developed tons of side effects. Psoriasis all over, joint pain, depression, etc. Dr. diagnosed me with psoriatic arthritis....said it was an autoimmune response to the interferon. I was miserable. After TX the psoriasis began to slowly go away. 2 months post TX I had a cortisone injection in my knee. That didn't help so I had another. The Dr. wanted to start me on Humira or Enbrel....I waited.
Long story even longer, ALL my psoriasis is now gone except for under 2 fingernails. But even they are greatly improved and I believe they will be 100% very soon. My joint pain is gone. I had it in my wrists, fingers, left knee. My left knee still has some slight pain but its soooo much better. The muscle in my quad has diminished so much from lack of use that I believe the pain is from that now and once I build the muscle back up, Im confident I will be pain free. Im very proactive in my recovery.
So, Im healing and feeling great. I was worried for a while that I would be dealing with the TX side effects forever but that's not the case.
Of course I want to thank everybody on the forum. Many of you helped me when I was treating and had it not been for you guys my doc would have stopped my TX really early when my ANC dropped low and he panicked. He had never heard of rescue meds but I was able to take him the literature provided by many of you talking about acceptable ANC levels during TX and neupogen which eased his mind. My doc was very inexperienced BUT extremely open to suggestions and listened and was willing to learn. I essentially treated myself from the info I got from you guys that I passed along to him.
You guys are great.
I hope and pray that all those still treating do so successfully and become cured. I also pray for those waiting to be transplanted and that they are able to do so successfully. This disease is awful and it hurts the afflicted as well as loved ones connected to them. God willing, HCV can become obsolete in the future with all of these new meds in the pipeline.
It's great to read your story. Just think there's a doctor now that knows more about hep c. That's so cool that he was so open to receiving your help. Your blood work looks great!! So happy for you!! Now on to your new life!!
Congratulations Evan, you earned it! I'm glad your side effects are diminishing and soon you'll be at full strength. You were a really good friend on here for me and thanks for all your help. Doesn't it feel like a huge load is off your shoulders and that you have a new start?
Take care and enjoy your new freedom from the virus.
That is fantastic news. It was so worth it to go through the tx and put up with the sx to be cured of HCV. Now you are free to pursue your dreams whatever/where ever.
Am so happy for you.
I am very happy for you, Evan! I hope you recover quickly and you find that life is better than ever.
I want to thank you for the valuable information you provided me on IL28B testing etc. for 3a. I was tested and found that I am CT. I am now in my 38th week of 48. I'm not sure I would still be here if if I didn't have this venue for support.
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