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Hello All,

It has been a long time since I have posted to this forum, probably 2 or 3 years, and I am curious to know how long have you folks had this disease?

Me? I became infected in 1968 due to many blood transfusions required from an Vietnam war injury.

I was diagnosed with Hep C in 2002 during a routine physical exam at my local Veteran's hospital....needless to say I was shocked and like many of you was afraid about what this all meant.

Well, after 40 years my liver is at what is called Stage 2 where Stage 4 is cirrhosis. My health is good, I have a good diet, and I still have one or two drinks a week. I have read that small amounts of alcohol do not impact how quickly the disease progresses. This, of course, is my own personal decision.

Anyway, I am just curious to know if there are other long time heppers out there and what your experiences over the years have been?

Take care everyone and please try not to worry too much. It is possible to have a long normal life with hep C

ERK
[QUOTE=erk;2772498]Hello All,

It has been a long time since I have posted to this forum, probably 2 or 3 years, and I am curious to know how long have you folks had this disease?

Me? I became infected in 1968 due to many blood transfusions required from an Vietnam war injury.

I was diagnosed with Hep C in 2002 during a routine physical exam at my local Veteran's hospital....needless to say I was shocked and like many of you was afraid about what this all meant.

Well, after 40 years my liver is at what is called Stage 2 where Stage 4 is cirrhosis. My health is good, I have a good diet, and I still have one or two drinks a week. I have read that small amounts of alcohol do not impact how quickly the disease progresses. This, of course, is my own personal decision.

Anyway, I am just curious to know if there are other long time heppers out there and what your experiences over the years have been?

Take care everyone and please try not to worry too much. It is possible to have a long normal life with hep C

ERK[/QUOTE]


I am not a long term hepper...only had it for five to six years from iv drug use that ended five years ago. Have you thought about treatment being at a stage 2?
:mad: [QUOTE=unrealbutok;2835654][/QUOTE]Hi Bunnybabe, doesn't that just upsets you when your doctor seems to not want to explain things to you and brushes the symptoms aside? I say have a biopsy done of your liver to see if there is any damage to it. This will give your doctor and you a much better picture of your liver's condition. The viral load is important, true, but the biopsy is really the best determining factor of the seriousness of your Hep C.

Your symptoms sound like those of a friend of my daughter's, the pain and such in your upper right side. She had gallstones. I wish you luck on your tests. I had a second opinion done and both my doctors were more concerned about the condition of my liver than the viral load. They both came to the same decision that I was in stage three. It's not good but it wasn't cirrhosis of the liver which is stage 4 which was good. The liver does repair itself so when I start my tx and if and when my viral load goes down, I hope my liver decides to repair itself. Hang in there, I think your symptoms are due to some other condition maybe a spinoff of the Hep C. Usually, there are no symptoms with Hep C you only find out if you have the virus through a blood test. Good luck and get that biopsy done you might want to think about having a second opinion as well. Keep us posted.

Joyce





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