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I hope you get a reply because I am in the same boat right now. I had biopsy done in 96 and was found to have mild hep c. I did nothing for 11yrs. All my numbers are elevated, had biopsy done 6 wks ago and it showed cirrhosis. Moderate. My Md is saying I need to go on the tx. I am geno 1 and he gives me a 40% response to tx. My liver is funtioning well at the present. Like you I have heard all the horror stories and I am terrified to go on tx. I see md on thurs so I have to decide what to do.
Hi Chuck
I'm also a nurse I'm guessing I contacted it back in the 70's. Did'nt always use gloves or universal percautions also had a c-section in 1969 I'm not sure if they gave me bld then. I'll prob do the tx It would prob be irresponsible not to give myself a chance I keep tellin myself if I had the tx 11yrs ago I might not have cirrhosis now.
Hi Chuck and Lorraine,

My name is Karen and I have HCV. I'm also a nurse; was dx in '95 after trying to donate blood for surgery for my mom. I was 38 then. Thought it was a mistake, felt fine, ya da ya da... I've had a total of 3 liver Bx's, 1st two were unremarkable, last one 7/07 showed mild fibrosis. In answer to your question, the 4 stages are inflammation, fibrosis, cirrhosis, cancer. I waited for 12 years for something better than interferon/ribavirin to come along. While they are making headway, I/R is still the treatment protocol. So...after my last liver bx, went to my GI/hepatologist and we talked...my enzymes were almost always normal or 1-2 pts. elevated, viral load always around 400,000-500,000, again, not as high as most. Oh, and I'm Geno I. Reason I chose to go ahead: it gets really tough going thru the tx the older you get and sicker you get...if you can go thru it before you get to that point you'll have a better success rate. I entered a Valeant Pharm. research study for Taribavirin (along with Peginterferon). The Taribavirin is having some success in preventing the anemia that's common with Ribavirin. It's a Phase II study and is available in several states. If you want more info, let me know. I begin my first treatment Thursday, 9/13. Am thinking of starting my own Hep info site but need to figure out how ;) I hope this info is helpful; there are alot of great people on this site and I have found it to be very informative; keeping informed and being able to communicate with other heppers will keep you sane;) Hope to hear from you again, best wishes!!

Karen
[QUOTE=karen328;3198484]Hi Chuck and Lorraine,

My name is Karen and I have HCV. I'm also a nurse; was dx in '95 after trying to donate blood for surgery for my mom. I was 38 then. Thought it was a mistake, felt fine, ya da ya da... I've had a total of 3 liver Bx's, 1st two were unremarkable, last one 7/07 showed mild fibrosis. In answer to your question, the 4 stages are inflammation, fibrosis, cirrhosis, cancer.
Karen[/QUOTE]

Hi All, I just took my 16th shot yesterday, I'm Geno 1, 67 yrs. old, Fibrosis State 3. My side affects have been minimal, however, the last three weeks I have this itchy skin and red blotches that started. I just came from the doctor and he prescribed me some meds for this. I too was a bit uncertain about taking treatments due to side affects. I've been lucky thus far. I hope I don't development any down the line but I can only pray. I just take my weekly shot and pills daily. One good thing my viral load has gone done tremendously, so for me, the treatments are working. I still work and do my normal things. I don't feel too tired, just irritated at times. Think about it, it is your life you are dealing with. It is worth a try, I'm doing ok and others have completed the treatments. Each of you have to make your own decision. You have the final say! Good Luck to you all, and like Karen keep posting you get a lot of information from those Heppers that have been there and you also get information on those that treatment didn't work. You need both insights and the medical information is very helpful. Have a good weekend everyone. Joyce :angel:





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