About Me: Female, United Kingdom, member since Sep 2009
After a routine blood test which showed too high enzyme levels, I had a second test, which showed positive for Hepatitis C antibodies. This came as a total shock and was completely unexpected. Many years ago - in 1958 and therefore before blood screening was the norm, I
[More] had heart surgery. I assume that is how I contracted Hepatitis C, But so many years ago? I feel physically OK and have an appointment so see a gastroentorologist next month. But it is still difficult to come to terms with the diagnosis, and frankly, I am down and up like a yo-yo. I've read a fair deal about the virus and think I have taken on board many of the facts - but emotionally I find it very difficult. It would be relaly good to hear how others cope and come to terms... Inge153
"I am due to start on Peg Interferon and Ribavirin next Tuesday, and I am suddenly getting a bit apprehensive. Is there anything I can do to make the biginning of treatment as easy and painless as possible? I'm geno 1a, so it is the full ..."
"I so absolutely agree with your attitude - accept facts and move on with as much positivity as possible. I have been v e r y tempted by quite a few of the supplements on offer ove rthe internet, but I've decided to just live healthily - ..."
I started last Wednesday, and the side effects are rough! 3 days later I am just starting to feel semi-normal again.
yes I agree even though the treatment shots make be really sick, I know there is no other option, I want to kill this virus and get healthy again.
I wish you all the best on your treatment, and hope you don't have to suffer with any side effects!
All the best,
Yeah, you and I are kind of on the same page. I had never done any type of iv drugs (except when in the hospital and what the doctor would provide when I was sick) and I was so shocked. Hopefully what will happen to you is the same that happened to me. Do you know if you have RA? The gastro doctor told me that it was common to test false positive with that disease? What tests have you had done? Have you had the RIBA or the RNA test? THOSE are the correct tests to run to confirm. I know your scared (I was terrified) but maybe whats going on with you is the same that happened to me. Let's hope. I'm sorry about your long wait. I couldn't do that!
It's good to share your thoughts and feelings, and believe me I know exactly how you are feeling. Terrified, scared, and racking your brain? Do you have any idea how you may have contracted this disease? I'm just wondering because I didn't have any of the typical issues (blood transfusion, drug usage, tatoos, etc...) but I had a lot of surgeries and that was my worry. Of course I'm glad to be in the clear but I'm still concerned because the rheumatologist is still treating me bad.
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