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    My 2cents,on Hep C, For what its worth
    CipsaroP posted:
    Hello Everyone, I have recently joined a couple support groups for Hep C suffers and those that have tried treatments or are currently being treated. As expected there are many different side effects that can appear. Since 1991 when I was first diagnosed with Hep C I have tried three different trial studies without success. Each time I was closley monitored by my GI doctor. In none of these instances did I go to my PCP. Since there are so many different things that can show up I would highly recommend that you do this through a GI MD. In particular one that sees patients that are being treated with these meds. They know the details and will know what you should do to ease the side effects or can tell you if and when you should stop the treatment. In all three trial studies I did not suffer much from the side effects other than depression. I attribute this mostly to the fact that the monthly blood test were not showing signs of improvment.
    I am now one week away from completing the 48 week TX treatment and can now say that I can see the light shinning brightly at the end of the long tunnel. The depression seems to be a non factor this time as I have been testing negative for the virus since week 6. In addtion I was helped along by seeing Physchiatrist from time to time during the process. I found it better to talk to someone face to face rather then reading and typing on the computer. Crying is ok and having someone there to cry to is a great relief. I have also been lucky or forntunate in that I was still able to maintain a rigours workout program of bicycling and walking without any problems. I must say that most of this is done as early in the day as possibe. Fatigue is still a factor but I am able to maintain by going to bed by 8-9pm. Of course not everyone is the same. Just do what you can try to have a postive attitude. I wish everyone could be as lucky as me but my advise is to do what you can and try to maintain a postiive attitude. Most of all do what the MD tells you and do not drink alchohol or take any meds other then what is allowed. Even some over the counter meds can be a no no. If you are unsure about anything ask. If I can help anyone who is having issues please feel free to ask. I do not know everything but certainly can relate my personal experiences to possibly help ease your mind. Good Luck to everyone and may you all have MANY MANY more Happy New Years.
    BTW. I will be 60 years old this May. I keep telling anyone who will listen that "My next 30 years will be the best years of my life" now that I have rid my body of the virus that has occupied my mind for the last 20 plus years.... God Bless you all CIP
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