Hepatitis C Community
13.4k Members
Avatar universal

What Do I Ask?

Okay its me again.  My husband is on his way to the doctor. Remember he is the one that they have not done the biopsy yet because of his iron level which was causing the Porphyia. The biopsy is scheor June 3rd.  However he is sick and they wanted him to come in immediatley.  What counts can I find out without the biopsy?  I am dying to know so much.  Can I get the Viral count?  Also remember that the ultra sound showed cirosis.
11 Responses
Avatar universal
hi creed, see if you can get the dr take blood for complete blood count with diff/and platelets, hepatic function panel, hcv RNA (the viral count), hcv genotype, thyroid tests like the TSH, AFP alpha feto protein tumor marker, coagulation like PT and INR, iron/hemalogic tests like iron,TIBC, and ferritin levels, electrolites, renal metabolic tests like bun, creatine, GLUC...(THESE ARE THE TESTS YOU WILL WANT LATER to be able to compare them to these same tests he will get while on treatment)...

i know it's alot but stick to your guns and let them know you want all these...they will probably want them too though. it shouldn't be a big deal unless your insurance is an HMO or something...

here is some questions that janis and friends list as possibilities for asking the dr. perhaps you will be interested in some of them for your husband...cut, paste and go.


hope this stuff helps you, let us know his labs when you get them back...my prayers are with you guys...

Avatar universal
creed see my comment below too on the fevor and stomach pains.
Avatar universal
3a means 24 wks of tx

sorry to jump in here and change the subject.  was feeling somewhat better over the weekend and got out in the yard to do some gardening... wore a hat, long pants, etc.  Guess what...COVERED in poison ivy.  Can I just say I thought riba rash was itchy!  nothing compared to this.  i have never had this before and am trying to keep a sense of humor.  at work last week i was told I am being taken off my project, because I am sick alot, not at the top of my game, etc.  I was really down about it, but it is true, and not fair to the client.  then today I am told I need to be at a kick off meeting tomorrow for the same project.  now I am thinking, if I looked sick before, wait till they see me now!!!  not only that, but just how am I going to sit in a conference room for 2 hours and not scratch?
heard that song today on the radio "I need a new drug" and just started laughing out loud.  anyway, just needed to vent a little, am having a pity party here tonight.
85135 tn?1227293372
Welcome back. Sorry you have not been feeling well. Try some Calamine lotion. It’s still the best thing for Poison Ivy. It comes in clear or flesh tone. If you are heavily covered with rash, watch out for blood infection.
I had Poison Ivy in my 2nd week of tx. I thought it was Riba rash. Lol.

Avatar universal
Here is what I found out.  His viral load is 60/90,Genotype is 3A, Liver function: ASF 42,ALF 75, LP81.  What does this mean? They put him on a stomach medicne, motion sickness medicine and a anti depressent.  Is genotype 3a bad?
Avatar universal
How awful. I am allergic to poison ivy and I can't imagine having that on top of the riba rashes. Have you informed your physician, you may need to be referred to a dermatologist--healing is so dang slow on tx.  I hope you get better soon.
Have an Answer?
Top Hepatitis Answerers
317787 tn?1473362051
683231 tn?1467326617
Auburn, WA
Learn About Top Answerers
Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Ask a question
Answer a few simple questions about your Hep C treatment journey.

Those who qualify may receive up to $100 for their time.
Explore More In Our Hep C Learning Center
image description
Learn about this treatable virus.
image description
Getting tested for this viral infection.
image description
3 key steps to getting on treatment.
image description
4 steps to getting on therapy.
image description
What you need to know about Hep C drugs.
image description
How the drugs might affect you.
image description
These tips may up your chances of a cure.
Popular Resources
A list of national and international resources and hotlines to help connect you to needed health and medical services.
Here’s how your baby’s growing in your body each week.
These common ADD/ADHD myths could already be hurting your child
This article will tell you more about strength training at home, giving you some options that require little to no equipment.
In You Can Prevent a Stroke, Dr. Joshua Yamamoto and Dr. Kristin Thomas help us understand what we can do to prevent a stroke.
Smoking substitute may not provide such a healthy swap, after all.