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An_192550 posted:
Hi everyone, I'm from TX and used to come on board back in the early 2000's after I was diagnosed in 9/01. I had gone to the dr due to extreme fatigue and my bloodwork showed HCV, genotype 1A. Since then in 2007 I treated with Peg/Riboviran for 3 months and was a non-respnder. I was stage 2 after my last biopsy two years ago. I have kind of put the whole thing out of my mind and not even thought about treating again until my last labs. My gastro doc wants me to consider tx again. My AST is 37, AFP 13.7 and HCV RNA 4,151,192. Do those numbers seem really high? Anyway it feels good to be back on board again to meet and share with others as well as find those who used to be here when I was last here.
LeighannV responded:
I've been coming to this website since it's inception! (I was mydodge back then!) I've also been a non responder and have done every drug out there. None of them worked. Your viral load will fluctuate naturally. Mine has been as high as 25,000,000 and as low as 475,000. It's just a number. Most people don't even look at the AST because so many other issues will cause a rise in it. The ALT is the one most Dr's check, and it can be deceiving as well. If I were you, I would not consider treatment at all again until I had another biopsy. If you are still in Stage 2, I'd wait. More new drugs are coming out by the handfuls and maybe there is something better on the horizon. The biopsy is the gold standard and if you haven't progressed to stage 3, why put yourself through treatment again. Most of us Genotype 1's remain non responders. My liver specialist @ USC told me that an AFP of 13.7 is not high. She said when it gets up into the 100's and higher THEN she worries.
OLDTIFF47 replied to LeighannV's response:

LeighannV replied to OLDTIFF47's response:
Hey Tiff!! It's great to see you too!
more2c replied to LeighannV's response:
Hi there, I do remember you as mydodge. Thanks for the info, it was good to hear from you again.

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