I am 52, but don't look like it. I feel 65 though. I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at age 16 but did not have to start treatment until 4 1/12 yrs ago when the symptoms got very bad. I also have Hep C which I acquired about 25 years ago when I was an RN..when we didn't have to glove to start IV's and such. I must have pricked myself and BOOM..Hep C was diagnosed 5 years ago with liver enzymes out the roof. I was started on Tx for Hep C, but 3 weeks into it, I became someone I didn't know at all! I became suicidal, couldn't get off the couch at all, thrashing all around and passing out all the time. The Tx stopped after 3 weeks due to an Interferon reaction. My enzymes are pretty much within normal range now, but the virus I have ( 1A) is still replicating and now I am manifesting new symptoms such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Edema in legs, feet, arms and hands not relieved by Lasix or Cortasone. It is extremely painful. I have a very low prothrombin time, which I hear is due to Hep C. I haven't had a biopsy since I was dx about 5 yrs ago (which showed cirrohsis) and don't know if I should have another one or not, especially with these new symtoms coming on. I am a petite 5'4" weighing 124 lbs. Xrays are now showing bone infarts in both knees and both ankles. I just had MRI's, but no answers yet..they are coming next week. I am VERY SCARED.
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