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Do you typically loose weight while being on the treatment for Hep c (pegassys & ribo) SP/??
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Yes, unfortunately most people do. If you are concerned talk to your doctor but it's not uncommon. I lost almost 30 pounds which didn't hurt as I needed to lose a few pounds anyway.
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When did you start losing weight? Was it from being naseaus or just in general fatigue or the meds or what?

I lost four pounds last week - probably from nerves alone (and sleeping all weekend).  I dont really have any to lose so I want to figure this out best as I can!

Thanks - good question.
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I lost 30 pounds on tx.  The first few months weren't too bad but about month four I started looking pretty thin.  Eating like a horse and drinking tons of smoothies got me back to within 20 lbs. of my original weight.
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I must be the exception...I actually gained weight.  Since nausea isn't an issue for me, I continue to snack away.  
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like any sides - each individual is different.....i haven't lost weight yet (25/48wks) but just lately noticed things just not tasting like anything at all...and appetite is definitely lagging.....looking forward to losing 20lbs....
michelle
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Didn't want to take up a new thread so thought I would ask my question here. Has anyone had any dental problems? I chipped a tooth last night and all I did was chew on a hangnail that was driving me crazy. It chipped on the back side of my lower front tooth. Does anyone know if these meds make your teeth weaker than normal?
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It might depend on the meds you are taking. I took Pegasys and I did not loose or gain wt, ate all sweets in sight. without the meds eating all that junk would have added poundage to my frame.

nanniega; HCV can affect dental health also, and tx compounds the problem; check liverdisease.com, Dr. Palmer's book, it has a section on women and dental problems.
I had teeth fractures before tx, and during. demoralizing!
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You know now that you mention it it's only going on week 2 but all of a sudden I have been eating more sweets than ever in my life.

It's like I can't help it I crave them. I used to crave salty things (chips etc) much more.

It's been driving me BATTY.
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I lost close to 30 pounds none of which I needed to lose.
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I have lost about 10# in 3 months.  I had nausea at first and didn't feel like eating a lot but I really don't have that nausea now.  I have a cast iron stomach, so maybe that is why I have not lost much.   Perhaps if you have a tendency towards stomache problems, the meds enhance that.

Nanniegea
How long have you been treating? Have you noticed dryness in the mouth? Lack of saliva which is antibacterial, causes more infection in the mouth. Chewing gum is supposed to help. I think the sight to which Cuteous refers has a section on osteoporosis too and TX can definitely have an effect on the bones.  I haven't noticed anything yet, but my doc put me on Fosamax the month before I started tx (unrelated).
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I have been tx since Jan 13, 05 (almost done!!) and yes, I've noticed my mouth is extremely dry. I always have a water by my side and I picked up some thera-mints that has xylitol in it. It is supposed to help produce more saliva and they do seem to help. I think I probably had a fracture and biting down on the hang nail was just what it needed to break.  I am 47 and I noticed changes that I am putting down to possible hormonal/meds, where I think I'm going into menapause. I have an Gyn appt. soon and will bring all of this up with her. I just wish I had some dental insurance. I have been keeping up with cleanings but trying to just pay for that is a burden. Other than the fatique and now this I have been tolerating the tx fairly well but I don't want to lose my teeth. Never is a dull moment on this stuff is there. Hope everyone is doing ok....
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Thanks for the info, I will check it out for sure. There is always something these meds do to you and I can't wait for it to be over. Thanks again and take care..
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Lost 6 lbs the first 10 days.  After that, I really had to watch what I was eating and eat more in order not to lose any more weight.  The nausea and headaches were my worst problem.  But I could eat ice cream and pizza and all that good stuff just about anytime I wanted and never gained an ounce back til I finished tx.  Then it was just hard getting back into the routine of eating a healthy diet again.

Good luck to you.
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I started using Biotene mouthwash and toothpaste, it's suppose to be for dry mouth; I haven't had any problems yet(wk. 13). My weight has stayed stable, the 1st few weeks I may have driopped a few; I'm less than 5 lbs lighter than pre-tx now. I did find my appetite has changed, and I have found I feel better staying on a regular eating schedule; and forcing myself to get down whatever I can get down.
Meal replacement shakes and snacks are good if you can't eat, at least you'll get some nutrition. I'm eating a ton of fruit, I crave it all the time. Just like everything else, it's an adventure; everyone's different.
Anyone getting crusty eyes, the inside corners of my eyes by my nose is raw and my eyeballs feel gritty.    Peace
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Coug said prev: "Anyone getting crusty eyes, the inside corners of my eyes by my nose is raw and my eyeballs feel gritty."

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That's the riba drying you out. For eyes try OTC artificial tears. I like the Genteal brand mild formulation. They also have a thicker version u can use at bedtime.

Try vaseline inside your nose. With me, the raw nose is related to colder weather and exercise. Had a problem last winter, no problems during the summer and it's starting again with the colder weather. Get a good scarf if you live in a colder clime.

-- Jim
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Me too, Me too, and me too.
I have always had really bad gum recession, but now they "see" something "irregular" in the type of erosion. Very "sticky" saliva.  Dentist has me on some special rinse for dry mouth and it has B vitamins. Who knows.
The eyes were a big problem too. Dryness and gritty.  Refresh tears help alot and taking out the contacts.  That sx has passed a bit and I finally went to an opthalmologist yesterday.  He doesnt see any abnormal changes in the optic nerve or retinas.  Just my vision getting worse.  A coincidence?  Who knows.
And, the first few weeks of tx, I lost a few pounds.  Now I am gaining weight.  Maybe b/c I dont do as much as I used to.  Who knows about that either!!!
What an adventure.
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Between eating a bigger breakfast with the riba, and cutting back on exercise, I feel positioned to start reinflating (I've lost 35 lbs over past 3 years). My appetite has tapered a bit, but I'm trying to ignore that to help pack in the riba. I swam some laps last nite and kept looking for the anchor someone had snuck on me. Alas, I WAS the anchor :-(
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You really make me laugh.  Not that being the anchor is a GOOD thing...but your choice of words is precious.

Happy shot day!  Your 3rd - my 2nd.  It's like the Amazing Race...and you're in the lead!  :)

SVR to ALL!
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Well, I've got a  shopping list - Biotene mouthwash, Artificial Tears, and maybe some of the Rooiboos tea TB spoke of on another thread.

I take the teeth issue seriously, having bad gums to begin with and a lot of bridge work already.  When you begin to lose estrogen in menopause the bones thin and so we women must watch the teeth very closely.  Therefore, the mouthwashes sound like a good idea.  I have still not had a dental appt since treating and have not told my dentist.  I am curious to see how he will handle it and if he is in the least bit informed.  The buffoon who was going to do a dental implant for me was totally uninformed about C and I don't think I shall return to him.
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Well, I've got a  shopping list - Biotene mouthwash, Artificial Tears, and maybe some of the Rooiboos tea TB spoke of on another thread.

I take the teeth issue seriously, having bad gums to begin with and a lot of bridge work already.  When you begin to lose estrogen in menopause the bones thin and so we women must watch the teeth very closely.  Therefore, the mouthwashes sound like a good idea.  I have still not had a dental appt since treating and have not told my dentist.  I am curious to see how he will handle it and if he is in the least bit informed.  The buffoon who was going to do a dental implant for me was totally uninformed about C and I don't think I shall return to him.
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not paying attention, I guess
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When my time comes, they'll say "He was the anchor in our lives .... the anchor at the bottom of the pool!"

Good luck on number 2, NY. That will be your first solo shot. It'll be fine. As I mentioned in another thread, looks like my honeymoon is over and I'm ready to start slugging it out in the trenches.

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Got a good laugh out of your post to veggie, thanks. My bx. was the same, went smooth, the worring was the worst part..John
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how you doing Debby, you've been very quiet this week...Hope you're okay!

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