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I had no guns in my house to begin with. That was part of the issue. I had already been on anti-depressents and anti-anxietymeds for a long time prior to my diagnosis. I had spent along time believing that the lack of energy, joint pain, etc. that I had been feeling was all in my head, because the docs couldn't find any thing else other than the colitis I was already being treated for. I was seeing a GI for my gut when he noticed remnents of hand made tattoos from the 70's. I was sedated for a colonoscopy and he told me he was going to run a hep abc panel. I had also been on very high doses of prednisone for 5 years and was suffering very bad psychological side effects from that. I did not have good information when I started treatment. It was 1998. If I had known then what I know now I would have waited and had a psychiatrist on board for support before starting. My doc at the time was all about treatment NOW! He spent about 2 minutes telling me possible side effects. Then he scared the heck out of me with options or the lack of them if treatment didn't work. Within about a month I felt very hopeless. I don't have words to describe how I felt. I have never felt that way before or since. It was bad timing for me and it happened way too fast and with no support systems in place. I recomend that everyone take time to get as much information as possible to make good decisions about treatment. If you are already feeling anxious about treatment and haven't started yet talk to your doc. Thaneby is right on with the recommendation for psychological eval first. Get a good shrink on board and keep them there if you decide to start treatment. I was infected sometime in the 70's, I was diagnosed in 98, and I'm not dead yet. We have time to collect information to base our decisions on. I would also like to stress that my reaction was not typical of someone so early into treatment. I don't want to scare anybody. But if you feel that you are loosing touch, feeling hopeless or my want to harm yourself, take those feelings very seriously and talk to your doctor right away. Don't be afraid to be honest. You can be a lot more dangerous to yourself than Hepc will ever be to you. Please talk to your doctor right away. Stay in touch on this board too. I think we all kind of look out for each other here. I work alot and can't always check every day, but if I know you need something like support I'll try hard. Take very good care of your head. You can go farther with a healthy mind and a sick liver than the other way around.
Peace,
Restless





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