"And do y'all have to go to your primary care Dr. to get your side effects treated? "
I dont know about the ear thing...Ive never heard that before. I brought up all my side effects to my treating doc. He dealt with the minor stuff like nausea and tried to deal with the Psoriasis but when it got out of control he referred me to a Derma. Likewise with the joint pain...he referred me to a Rheuma.
"I also have been having increasing problems with my emotions, and rage! I have been so short, snappy, and I cry about everything!!! Does anyone know any suggestions for coping with TX and keeping and maintaining my positive attitude, that I seem to be losing! "
I had a lot of the same issues so my treating doc sent me to a psych. They put me on Welbutrin and it seemed to help.
"Has anyone gotten disability while on TX? My Dr.'s office told me if I needed it, they would get it approved, but, only while on TX. Now that I have relied on that, my Dr. is saying to speak to my Primary Care about Disability. I would not ever be willing to go on this, but, I am so sick and need to figure out something. "
There are members who have gotten disability but I'm not sure what the criteria is for that.
"Also, any tips on the nausea?"
My doc prescribed Ondansetron for nausea.
The first time I did treatment I switched from a GI to a hepatologist ( liver specialist) and was so glad that I did.
You obviously were not properly prepared for the sideeffects of this strong treatment. Depression is one of the common side effects.
I suggest you start researching NOW about interferon and ribavirin treatment and the side effects. It is doubtful you will experience all of them but you should not be surprised when they pop up.
I can suggest ginger, in all it's forms for helping to settle your stomach.
The ear bleeding is new to me. Do call your doctor and do be proactive with your treatment.
Many of us seemed to have these roving side-effects, more so, in the first 12 weeks of Interferon, because the levels are still fluctuating.
I also got an abcess right away, or what I thought may be an abcess...it was a painful tooth-ache, with a horrible smell :( My Treatment Dr prescribed an antibiotic right away.
It sounds like you may need a Specialist, for the ear problem, so you would go to your PCP for the referral, to either a Dermatologist, or an Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Dr.
It is best to treat the side effects right away, as they come along...which they will. I also had the crying problem, but when I got my 4 week viral load, and found out my Hep C had gone Undetected, that ended, and I was inspired.
The rage I encountered, I also managed, by avoiding getting over-tired, and avoiding people that behaved in an annoying manner towards me.
I found I could avouid nausea, by always keeping some food in my stomach. I used yogurt, and peanut-butter on a tortilla. Good luck~
Oh, I forgot to comment on you being eliglible for Disability. If you are going to try to get it, it would be a good idea to go to the Dr for all your side-effects, like your PCP can prescribe Zofran, for the nausea, and make copies of the prescriptions and somethingin writing, from the Receptionist, documenting your visit, the reason, etc, stamped ny the Dr's office. It is good to have this official paperwork, for a Disability lawyer to send in, to the SSI office.
If you are low on funds, there are sometimes Law Centers for low-income, also. If you apply for Disability your-self, chances are you may be denied several times, where-as a lawyer that specializes in helping people get Disability, will be able to get it going quicker, but I've never seen anyone get it immediately, it generally takes sevarl months to get going, and then it is retroactive, dating back to the day that you applied.