I found this web page very help in understading complications of chronic hep c
Hope it helps
Thanks Keith I will have a read
It has been my understanding through everything I have read and been through that the sooner you start treatment the better. I have a similar ALT/AST count (40 million) and have the same symptoms you do but not all the time. I know that I can live a long time with this but I would rather catch it and control it before it causes any damage and I would say that's what you should do as well.
I should have said this is my first post since 2005.....all has been well up til 6 weeks ago when daily body aches starting occurring..My health has been very good except for gout attacks and frankly even forgot about HCV as I felt good and was even having a couple beers a day....Its odd to me that for the first time in 10 years my alt and art have been normal the last 3 years but my VL in the 25-35 mil range..So, as I asked, wondering if having a very high Vl with normal alt/ast and liver bio could be causing these daily body aches and fatigue or perhaps something else like gout even when the gout does not seem present..I know gout is auto immune and even though it might not have manifested itself until 3 weeks ago perhaps it was causing these pains.
Are you genotype 1???If I thought I had even a 40% chance that the God awful Interferon.Ribavarin therapy would eradicate the virus I would start today..My Doc says with this Genotype I have less than a 20% chance..So, since I have been feeling really good til late I haven't been concerned about HCV..I go for my blood tests every 6 months and have my liver Bio every 5 years..I have had 3 liver bio's and show no deterioration of the liver in the 11 years I have been diagnosed with Hep C.
I'am trying to determine if my aches and pains are something else or related to Hep C.
Also wondering if the use of roxicet for 7 months,only 1-2 pills a day, for shoulder pain, thats another story, might be the cause...I have stopped taking the roxicet now for 5 days and must say the last 2 days I feel better.
Once again, just trying to determine if the effects of Hep C, body aches and fatigue, are likely even though my liver enzymes are normal and my liver bio normal but have very high VL.
Thanks for your thoughts. Dave
Probably the most common symptoms of HCV that almost everyone experiences is aches / pains and fatigue.
Not sure who told you the current drugs won't be effective but there are new drugs that are very effective 75%+
With that high VL I would treat. The symptoms you are feeling is your body telling you it is time.
Having normal blood tests are good but not always an indicator of how much liver damage you have. Only a liver biopsy can tell you this. Keep in mind HCV is a very silent disease and has a way of sneaking up on you and biting you in the @ss. Sometimes the person already has severe liver damage by the time they find out.
Best of luck
Thanks...my liver bios have been stage 1 for 11 years with the most recent one done in 12/09...My Gastro doc said with Genotype 1 existing treatment is very ineffective.He said the new meds only decrease the time most need to take the combo but is no more effective in eradicating the genotype 1 virus...Should I seek another opinion or does that sound about right?
Its time to find a new gastro with the new meds the sucess rate has gone up from 40-50% tyo 75-80% for a geno1. Any GI treating someone with hep should know this information...even my dad who never had hep saw it in the news...........
Get a second opinion from a heptologist if you can.
Just a FYI... I'am 64 and still go to the gym 4x a week even with the body aches.I actually feel better after I workout albeit stamina is not as good...Strength wise...I'am still benching close to 300lbs and have stayed between 185-195 for several years..My appetite is still very good even with the body aches...Not sleeping well at all but that could be do to getting off of the roxicet.
I don't mind going on interferon/ribavarin etc if I have a good chance it will eradicate the disease but with my liver bio still stage 1 and up til 6 weeks ago feeling good I have been reticent to go on those god awful meds.
So,I'am trying to see if my aches/pains etc might be associated with something else before revisiting the drug therapy option
Thanks......I think I'am going to see how I feel in a week as I have been feeling better the past 2 days....appreciate your input..Dave
I have not started treatment yet and was just recently diagnosed with hep c. For the past year or so I knew there was something wrong with my body. Never knew it was hep c til now. I started getting tired very easily and having no energy. I get headaches and sore muscles. Sometimes have trouble focusing and concentrating. Some days just an overall sick, sluggish feeling. I am not over weight and am only 34. I just thought I was too young to be feeling this exhausted all the time. So in answer to your question, yes...I do have symptoms for hep c. I know a lot of people don't.
May I ask what your alt, ast and viral load are?