Liver Patient Stories

As part of our Liver Support education mission, here you’ll find stories that have been shared to benefit those with liver concerns and liver disease. These stories come from direct experiences or from experiences that are shared by their loved ones. We hope they are helpful, comforting and insightful.

Others could benefit from knowing your personal experiences. What have you done? What have you learned? What do you wish you had done differently? What is most important for others to know?

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One Man’s Battle at Overcoming Liver Disease


Just found out a few months back I have liver disease but that's it. I don't know what to do from here. I quit drinking. I also have Lupus. Would that make me never qualify for liver? Any recommendations on my diet or some advice
Please and thankyoy

Heidi R Sep 9, 2017

I had a massive blood transfusion in the mid '70s, By the late 80's I was feeling something was very wrong health wise, fatigue, joint pain, brain fog etc. Doctor after Doctor said nothing was wrong with me. I bought medical text books and started reading until I found a case that fit. I asked my Doc for a test in '97. Hep C positive, viral load 9million per ML. Two genotypes, 1a & 1b. I treated from early '98 to late '99, 80 weeks with INF and Riba. I felt worst after treatment than before. Four years ago I found a product called Reset. It has given my life back.

Pop S Sep 9, 2017

I've had the HepC virus for 15 yrs (didn't know). Last 5 years I've suffered IBD, severe skin issues, lots of colon & intestinal problems, diverticulitis, etc. Took several bouts of antibiotics and steroids which worked short term but conditions came back with a vengeance. Saw several doctors, colonoscopy, etc. 2 yrs ago I started researching the internet (tell you in a sec). About 9 months ago my PCP did a complete blood panel showing vitamin deficiencies, H.pylori, Wilson's disease, poor circulation causing skin ulcers that would not heal & more but mostly the HepC virus. He recommended several vitamin supplements as well as other supplements for inflammation and suggested a "Paleo Diet" (NO sugar, NO processed foods, only FRESH or FROZEN veggies (no canned), lean beef, white meat chicken and cold water caught fish. I started all this immediately and with further intense research online started taking more supplements (about 35). Expensive but worth it. I'm elderly and disabled and on low income disability. My supplements are costing me about $475 per month. Most of them were for liver, cell & tissue regeneration, DNA repair, inflammation, circulation, etc. about a month ago my PCP referred me to Hepatologist (keep in mind I started these supplements almost a year ago). No blood work was done other than the initial one which showed everything, mostly the HepC virus which worried me to death. Anyway Hep Dr. scheduled me for liver biopsy.....RESULTS WERE STUNNING !! Even the Dr. was surprised !! Pathology report & additional blood work revealed NO HepC virus at all NONE. It had been completely eradicated. Liver was perfect, no scarring, no cirrhosis, no fibrosis, not in bloodstream, completely 100% perfect. For my benefit I asked my PCP for another blood panel (peace of mind) which is scheduled for 9-12. My tons of research including the LiverSupport website GAVE ME MY LIFE BACK. All the supplements & vitamins I am taking are expensive but well worth the price. You can't put a price tag on LIFE. If you are interested in the supplements I was & still am taking, you can email me at: [email protected] (Long list). Anyway that's my story. HAVE A LONG & HAPPY LIFE ?

Vicky Miller Sep 8, 2017

i am a recovering alcoholic i have severe liver disease my consultant told me if i drink i will die i also used a lot of drugs iv been clean for over 2 years now an i must be one of the few becouse i dont want an y addiction in my life anymore i sit in pubs with mates and dont feel the need to drink my liver is damaged so much it will not heal its self i had the last rights heppetitis of the kidneys i suffer with a lot of other illnessess cos of the life style i had im on tabs for the rest of my life but i live a clean an as healrhy life as i can and i often think of all the wasted years cos of my addiction so it is hard if you let it but i think if you put your mind to it you can do it thanks for reading

chris o Aug 24, 2017

Boy reading these stories brings back memories and not good ones either. I have a similar story to tell. I have always gone to the doctor for ailments, flu, cold, etc, nothing earth shaking. With all of the blood tests I've had over the years, nothing turned up at all. I have never even tried any drugs, and was just a social drinker with a 1 and a half drink limit because I would fall asleep. After having my second son, I hemorraged and needed many blood transfusions. Advance 40 years and I'm finding out I have Hep C, what a shock. I felt so embarassed because I didn't do anything. So common I find out. I had 2 different treatments with Interfuron and Ribavirin, both very hard to get through, long treatments and both didn't work. Then by chance I find out I have liver cancer and end stage liver disease with about 1 year to live. I'm already on the transplant list and bumped up so I get a liver transplant in 2009, and I'm so very blessed and fortunate. After about 6 months to a year, my liver numbers start to go up and the Hep C is attacking my new liver. My doctor puts me on Solvoldi and Olysio for treatment and the pharmacy called to find out where they should be delivered. Sounds easy huh? I asked how much my co pay was and almost hit the floor. It was almost $10,000.00 and I had to stay on this for 3 months. They got me some help and I went on the drug and success. No body says I'm cured but they tell me there's no sign of Hep C in my blood tests. I am so very blessed and fortunate. Thank God for this help. The older treatments are very hard for the Hep C not so much for the cancer. I just wish I had kept a journal about this disease and treatment. I think sometimes you have to go back and reflect on what you have done and how you have fought the good fight and won. It's good to know you can fight.

Patricia B Jul 25, 2017

I contracted HepC when I was 16yrs old - 50 years ago. At that time, the doctor said it was HepA. I was sick and out of school for two months, (traumatic for a teenager) but once cured it was cured, right? They didn't know about HepC in 1968. I don't know why, but over all the years, I always let my doctors know about the HepA, and so they typically ran liver function blood test which were always fine (even now). A couple of years ago, a new doc recommended I be checked for the Hep C virus because of the CDC's new protocol- and blam- there it was! He put me on a regimen of that nasty shot and pills and I got sick (almost as bad as chemo when I had breast cancer) and it didn't work for me. Three years later another Liver Doctor introduced me to Epclusa. No side effects and so far no evidence of the virus in blood work. It is a miracle drug. The downside for me is that in the 3 short years between diagnosis and successful treatment with Epclusa, my liver went from mild inflammation to cirrhosis. But that's okay. I'm grateful to be alive and ready to fight another day. Now is the time. Get checked, Get treated, Live!

Marlene L. Jul 25, 2017

I am 56 and was diagnosed when I was in my 30s...I contacted Hep C in the very early 80s thru drug use. Due to the nature of my work and my interest in a natural health, I worked toward eliminating all drugs and alcohol from my diet. I also focused on my health and strengths and did alot of meditation and moderate exercise. It has been a holistic process for me. I have always been able to keep my liver count down to almost normal. I had shingles many years ago and think it was brought on by stress. I feel that i work very hard on my wellbeing and drink lots of water with lemon and when I was younger, I use to do a yearly fast. I only know what works for me and have learned to trust the wisdom of my body. I have also done years of accupunture and herbs. I try to always take Milk Thistle and Vit D. Am now also doing Tumeric. I believe that everyone is different and I am only responsible for what works for me. I have no judgements about what others do. We are all different and that in my opinion needs to be respected. I can honestly say, I have never been sick a day in my life with Hep C. I finally got a doctor a couple of years ago and when I feel at the top of my game, I get blood work done. I don't make decisions based on fear and I don't let others decide what is best for me. I trust myself. I see my Hep C as a reminder to take care of myself. I don't do things that will make it worse.

M A Jul 20, 2017

When I first found out I had contacted Hepatitis C, I was in denial. Backwards tracking, I researched all aspects of my life. It all came together when it was determined the Hep C came from the USMC tattoo I got in the military. Apparently, back then, the cleanliness of the tattoo parlors weren't yet under government scrutiny like now. The Hep C symptoms didn't start until 6 years after being notified by the county health department due to a blood donation I had been giving yearly. Ascites, tiredness, loss of appetite, and hepatic encephalopathy symptoms became more prevalent. Trips to the hospital for stomach/ lung fluid drainage increased. My body was failing, and I knew I was near my life's end. I asked my father in heaven to give me the spiritual strength, and positive attitude to help myself through the suffering. I felt like I was carrying this cross, this heavy burden, up a mountain. After returning home from my primary doctor's appointment one day, I said to my Lady, I don't know how much more I can go. I'm failing fast. Then about 45 minutes after being home, the phone rang. It was the hospital stating they had found a perfect match for my liver replacement. I had been on the liver transplant list for 3 years, up to that point. I felt like I had reached that mountain top, and there waiting for me was God, with an answer to my prayers. Waiting so long in denial resulted in cirrhosis of the liver, which had advanced to stage 4. Even though, after the transplant, the Hep C virus was still in my body, which was then cleared with antiviral drugs; Daclinza: Ribavarin This August will be my cure date. God is Great, Life is Good !! Live it to the Fullest ! AND HAVE FAITH !! ?

Bart R. Jul 20, 2017

Suprise diagnosis - tried to donate blood & Red Cross sent envolope with the "bad news" (which was due to a blood transfusion @ daughter's birth some 20 years prior!). Did LOTS of of homework, on line, about boosting our bodies' immune system, and underwent a course of weekly belly injections + 4 capsules / day. Prescribed by a university hospital. Cleared the virus in LESS THAN A MONTH. Nobody could believe the "luck"... Don't ever give up. Get involved in your OWN CARE. Get those immune soldiers fighting your battle ... it is more than possible to win! Good luck & keep the faith

Kate J Jul 20, 2017

I'm 48 years old an have stage 4 chronic hep c an cirrhosis I have fatty liver infiltration on top of it. I have had it since I was 15 years old an never knew it until 2010 when I put on lots of weight an had so much fluid build up doctor said probably had 12 pounds of fluid in each legs fluid in my lungs. Well I no how I got it it was from sharing dirty needles with couple friends. I did the inferon an ribavirin for a yr. It showed it wasn't active. I have bn sick from liver not filtering. so I got sepsis. I am so terrified of the extra suffering when it's my time to go to heaven. In an our of hospital at times. I stay sickly a lot of the time my belly is huge from enlarged liver an spleen. It's pure hell for me but if you happen to catch it early plz take care of yourself cause it's a gruesome death. No alcohol or drugs. I never even heard of it when I was 15 so never think ur invincible cause you will be where I am for u kids. I accept it an thank God for all the understanding of my mind during treatment. I'm living my life to fullest. Hope my story helps someone. Thank you for letting me tell it. Yours truly Brenda. God bless

Brenda M Jul 9, 2017

I was in the navy and remember a corman giving several of us shots with the same needle and when he finished each injection he placed it in a cup of alcohol . this took place in 1972 and a short time later I felt the effects of hep and was told it was serum hepatitis . after discharge I was shooting dope and became yellow and sick for weeks. Years passed and I quit drugs at that time was diagnosed with C and B . I take responsibility for my disease and am looking for treatment near the cincinati area . The VA claims Harvoni is not prescribed due to cost.

Skip S. Jun 16, 2017

Had Hep-C for probably 35 years contacting it through blood transfusions in a 1980 operation. Luckily I have NO liver damage at all and was treated successfully with Harvoni. It's been almost a year since I finished the drug treatment and after two tests no sign of the virus. Have been trying to get my energy levels back to normal as the drug regimen left me very exhausted...also the cost of the drug at 1,000 a day per pill is outrageous and shameful. My medication was fully covered by Medicare but the cost remains a disgrace... recommend lots of greens and fermented vegetables for people trying to recover...in addition a lemon in water first thing in the a.m. helps stimulate the liver to cleanse...milk thistle is another supplement I use....

Mary B. Jun 2, 2017

Hello since last year January I went for some general check up with my wife after some month I go back doctor tell me that I have hepatitis b chronic is like my word is gonna be end that very day .. ..my pont is ..now i have a lot of pain in my chest and my stomach and my doctor say then cant not give me drog now because the varis is not much on me.. What can do now

Moses O. May 1, 2017

Hello I'm Svetlana Scheiwein Bulgarian 43 year's old *homeless living in leicester city England more than 6 year's absolutely alone i didn't have . Everything started at 2014 with horrible pain days and nights, months because I was living alone it's was really hard depressed for me. Remember that i was going to many to hospital and the doctors telling me every time that im OKAY! !! At may 2014 is strat my itchings , cant walking distance tired my hands ,body and face was red can't eat and drink my dayli life was extremely bad. Then i been to the GP she chek my blood pressure is was really high she get blood test and the end she tell me yhat i have liver problem she refer me to gastrointerologe and 10 month i was waiting for meeting up with the gastrointerologe. He do new blood test agane more high all my liver enzymes. I was in X ray, MRI ,scan all but not seeen noting then he refer me to liver biopsy after 8th month i bedn there but get scared and back . From this day till this year February i didn't know nothing about #Primary billiar cirose autoimmune hepatitis# Now im waiting agane to meet the gastrointerologe at 30/06/2017 with out any treatment. Dear friends my local Advice and support Down centre in leicester they don't want to me to help me . They always says to me that no place for me because is busy last 3 years . I don't have benefits zero financial no social care help All they tell me go back to Bulgaria. Im on the street at the moment alone i ask my GP practical doctor for Urosofalk 250mg and she give me. No foods no roof no best friend. Im on depresion+panic attacks +schizophrenia . I apply to many times for ESA they send me letter im not allow for ESA because law say that and because I didn't pay NATURAL CONTRIBUTION

Svetlana S May 1, 2017

I was diagnosed of hepatitis B disease since 2013. I live in abject poverty and have been treating it myself hoping that God will bring healing to my body. I also thank God for helping me to discover this website. I believe I'll discover advice and encouragement from others. God bless!!!

John J Feb 26, 2017

I was diagnosed in 2006. I didn't believe my results and had my doctor re test me 3 times. Yes all three said Hep C. I also was diagnosed with a fatty liver, high cholesterol and hypothyroid all at once. Once I found out I went through the lows of knowing but trusted that with my strong mind set I would clear the virus on my own. Sounds crazy but during one of my specialist appointment the doctor came in and said "what exactly are you here for" so I told him and he said "but you don't have Hep C" . I went back to my family doctor and got checked and rechecked and TRUE I had cleared the virus. Every year I do all my blood work and always Clear. I'm sharing this because even though I cleared the virus I have been suffering symptoms since. It has progressively gotten worse where I have liver pain, itchiness, periodic fatigue, irritability, inflamed saliva glands, adrenal fatigue, high iron, candida and those are only Some of my symptoms. I keep following up with my doctor but he just reassures me that my blood test are clear and my liver function test always come back good. For years I thought all these symptoms were due to working out at high intensities (as I'm a fitness intrustor) but that is not the case. I quit exercising for a year thinking it was making me sick and I only got sicker. I have all the symptoms of Hep but no Hep? Makes no sense to me but it's real.

Karen T Dec 11, 2016

Thanks God for all , first of all i am hoping for each person to recover from that disease . i get it from where God know , i discover it 2006 , i cope with no medicine except milk thistle and ginseng nature until 6 months ago , i got the new medicine sofaldi , i use it for three months with other 2 liver medicine according to the protocol , i analyses 2 times and i got the negative result hoping it will not be back again , and i am active now not like before at all and thanks God in the end

Dec 3, 2016

I have had hep c for decades now . I am awfully lucky. I had a very good friend that just found out he had hep c. He died 2 weeks latter. That scared the hell out of me.
I also had an affirmative with an alcoholic....found out later she was drinking one gallon of cheap vodka a day.
She had it in her purse. Being a man that like to use women in sex I went with it.
Finally I kicked her put, she took a bus back to Apalacia and died on the bus broom lever disease.
Of course now I am freely really shameful and much more aware.
I saw a specialist that had a unique method for looking at my liver. Instead of a biopsy he inserted tube down my throat to liver with a small camera. Works well.
Anybody try this? Anyway I was told I had cirrhosis. I have been clean now for about 2 years and was amazed that my blood test showed me almost cured! I was also taking milk thistle. From all I read, I still think the test was wrong, because I don,t think the liver ever regains good cells to rid of scaring. Any body else have this experience with blood tests? I believe there was an error but my doctor won,t test me again.

Glenn H Apr 26, 2016

I am 65 years old and I found out 5 years ago that I had Hepatitis C just from a routine checkup. My doctor reminded me that I had never had a physical and asked if he could draw my blood and have it tested. Sure I said I didn't have a problem with that. When the results came back I was floored. I did remember when I had my 3rd child back in 1977 my urine was discolored and I was told I had Hepatitis but not to worry an antibiotic would clear it, and it did. The only place I think I could have gotten it was after the Vietnam war when my husband to be came home with it and was a drug user. I had an ultrasound and a biopsy done which showed that my liver wasn't damaged. Mind you I had no symptons whatsoever. My doctor wanted me to go on interferon and ribavirin but after researching the treatment and reading testimonies that the treatment was horrendous I decided to wait until new treatments came out that I was reading about. I waited 5 years and kept getting my levels checked yearly. Then in 2015 Harvoni came out as a treatment. I took it for 8 weeks with absolutely no side effects and my viral load went from over 4 million down to zero. There is hope so never give up

Fran T Apr 5, 2016

I was diagnosed in 1994 with chronic, active Hep c. I tried interferon but had to stop from convulsions. I have cirrhosis, COPD, high blood pressure, and hemochromatosis iron overload load disease.

I started Harvoni I on Sept 13th. I will be finished December 11th. I was told by my doctor that is was a cakewalk. Maybe a few headaches, trouble sleeping, and general fatigue. That has been anything but true. I have been unable to work because it is way beyond general fatigue. It's called “can’t get off the couch” many days. I feel that these Drs have not been educated on all of the side effects therefore the patients find out the hard way.

I have been cured and am very grateful however when I started having a lot of side effects Dr dismissed me like I was crazy so I got on the internet and did my own research and found many people having the same problems . So my advice to you is to do the homework. Don't trust your Drs info, get your own.
Godspeed to everyone fighting this battle with a cure we have waited so long for. If I can just help one person that will make me feel great. Getting ready to rock my new lease on life soon! God bless to all! We have fought the dragon!

Dec 1, 2015

First of all I was diagnosed with non alcoholic cirrhosis in 2004. I drank somewhat but for depression and boredom. So it wasn't hard to lay the drink down for good. I received a liver transplant Aug. 2003 and almost died as my donor was allergic to Bactrim (as sulfa antiviral) and they couldn't find the cause of my platelets being hardly 2000. After 4 weeks, and after process of elimination, they found it was due to donor liver being allergic. I was also diagnosed with Hep-C and they said was at very low levels. Even after the transplant I received a liver biopsy every year for 7 years, for about a total of 10 in 9 yrs. I still have Genotype 1 and my transplant nurse said I was an ideal candidate for the Harvoni and Ribavirin. I started taking it 2 weeks ago. Headaches, metal taste (which faded), and my right side hurts. Would like to know how other post transplant patients faired with their treatment. I have 10 weeks to go. Pray for me. I get confused at times and very tired but I want rid of this disease. Let me know how you are and thank God for all who have been cured and for those about to be and for those who are waiting. I will be praying for you all.

Patricia B Jan 16, 2015

I am a nurse and have been for 26 years. I was stuck by a dirty needle 20 years ago before anyone was screening for Hepatitis C. I was getting a routine lab a year and a half ago and found out my platelets were low and liver enzymes elevated. After further testing I was diagnosed with stage 3+ beginning cirrhosis genotype 1a. I started triple threat immediately. I was on Incivek, Ribavirin, Pegasys for 48 weeks. I had to go the full length since I had cirrhosis. I wanted everyone to know that the treatment is hell (mainly the first 3 months) but I am undetected!!! I just had my 3 month after treatment lab and it is still undetected. I cannot say I am cured until after I get my 6 months lab. I was fortunate to have a lot of support, I had some of the many side effects but minor compared to others I read about. But do it people. I was tired, weak, nauseated, but I am cured!!!!

Char S Jul 30, 2013

In 2013 in the month of February, I had done a liver function blood test for some of my symptoms like nausea, constipation, weight loss, weakness, insomnia, and the result came with an increased level of sgpt, sgot, bilirubin count. The local doctor prescribed me some medicines but they are of no use since I am taking them for 15 days. I go to another doctor and she told me to do a hepatitis blood test and it came back hepatitis b positive and hdseag positive. My doctor described it to me. I got so frustrated. They say I can't do anything with the virus. There is no medicines or cure for it. They only suggest medications when there are signs of liver damage. My usg was normal. Right now its July 16 2013 and my symptoms are still continuing. My weight reduces by 5kg and I am very weak. My life has become a hell and all of my dreams are shattered.I left my lover for this....

Soumen W Jul 15, 2013

HELLO EVERYONE,

MY NAME IS MILTON AND I WAS INFECTED WITH HEP A, B, AND C ALMOST 41 YEARS AGO. AT THAT TIME THERE WAS NO INFO ON HEP C, I BELIEVE. I GOT HEP C THROUGH SHARING A NEEDLE WITH 2 FRIENDS OF MINE AS A TEENAGER. THIS WAS DURING THE INTRODUCTION OF THE DRUG PLAGUE IN NYC, IN THE LATER 60'S AND EARLY 70'S. I EXPERIMENTED WITH DRUGS AND I HAD TO PAY THE PRICE.
I HAD GONE TO GET A CHECK UP 2-3 YEARS AGO, AND I FOUND OUT I HAD CIRRHOSIS, AND HEP C. WITH ENLARGEMENT OF THE LIVER. AT FIRST, I PUT OFF TREATMENT, BUT THEN, IN JUNE OF 2011, I DECIDED TO GO TO WESTCHESTER MED. CTR. IN VALHALLA, NY, TO THEIR SPECIALIZED HEP C RESEARCH DEPT (I HAD BEEN THERE 2 YEARS BEFORE, BUT INCIVEK WAS NOT OUT YET).
THEN, IN MAY OF 2011, INCIVEK HAD JUST BEEN APPROVED FOR TREATMENT IN COMBO WITH INTERFERON AND RIBAVIRIN. I OPTED TO DO THE TREATMENT AFTER MUCH PRAYER AND SOUL SEARCHING. THANK JESUS CHRIST THAT I DID. I STARTED ON JULY 11, 2011 AND I FINISH IN JUST 2 MORE DAYS, ON DECEMBER 25, 2011 OF ALL DAYS. TALK ABOUT A CHRISTMAS PRESENT FROM GOD. THAT WILL COMPLETE 24 WEEKS OF THE TRIPLE COCKTAIL.
MY VIRAL LOAD WAS 400,000 AND I WAS COMPLETELY CLEARED OF THE HEP C, IN ABOUT A WEEK TO A WEEK AND A DAY-AS SHOWN BY MY WEEKLY BLOOD LABS. I HAVE BEEN HEP C FREE THROUGHOUT THE 24 WEEK REGIMEN AND I HAVE BEEN ASSURED BY THE MEDICAL STAFF THAT I WILL STAY THAT WAY. I DO NOT SMOKE, DRINK, OR USE DRUGS, I JUST MADE MISTAKES OF DISOBEDIENCE AS A TEENAGER. I HAVE AN APPOINTMENT ON JAN 3, 2012, AND THEN IN 6 MONTHS. AFTER THAT, I WILL JUST TAKE MY USUAL ANNUAL PHYSICALS AND VISIT MY DR EVERY 6-12 MONTHS, WHICH I DO ANYWAY.
I DO NOT WANT ANYONE TO THINK THE TREATMENT WAS EASY, IT WAS NOT. THE SIDE EFFECTS ARE SOMETHING ELSE, AND YOU MUST FOLLOW THE MED REGIMEN AND YOUR MEDICAL PERSON'S COUNSEL, AT ALL COSTS. OF COURSE, THEY MUST BE COMPETENT AND IF HEP C IS THEIR SPECIALTY, DO AS YOU ARE TOLD!!! MY RESEARCH NURSE WAS SUCH A GREAT SUPPORT SYSTEM, THAT SHE WOULD RESPOND TO MY CALLS AND EMAILS ALMOST IMMEDIATELY. IT HELPED JUST TO HAVE A MEDICAL PERSON WHO GENUINELY CARED ABOUT WHETHER I LIVED OR DIED, TO BE IN MY CORNER. SHE WOULD EXPLAIN THE SIDE EFFECTS, MAKE APPTS. FOR ME, AND EVEN MADE SURE I RECEIVED MY MEDS MONTHLY BY U.P.S. I CANNOT SAY ENOUGH ABOUT MY NURSE. AT THE CORE OF MY STRENGTH WAS JESUS CHRIST, OF COURSE. MUCH PRAYER, BIBLE READING, CHURCH, AND HAVING OTHER CHRISTIANS AROUND JUST KEPT ME GOING.
JUST TO MENTION SOME OF THE SIDE EFFECTS I EXPERIENCED; (AND REMEMBER, AFTER TREATMENT, THESE SIDE EFFECTS LEAVE OR HAVE LEFT PRIOR, THEY HAPPEN PERIODICALLY-AND SOME PEOPLE DO NOT EXPERIENCE THEM)- WEAKNESS, NAUSEA, CHILLS, MUSCULAR PAIN, ITCHING, COUGHING, LOSS OF APPETITE, INSOMNIA, MINOR DEPRESSION, HEADACHES, MAYBE RASHES, VISION BLURS (NOT OFTEN), ETC. I COUNTERED EVERY SIDE EFFECT, WITH OVER-THE-COUNTER PRODUCTS. FOR COUGHING I JUST HAD COUGH LOZENGES, FOR ITCHING I JUST BOUGHT ANTI ITCHING CREMES, AND I DID ALSO BUY ELOCON®
brand of mometasone furoate cream Cream 0.1%, FOR THE ITCHING, BUT CHECK WITH YOUR DR FIRST, BEFORE USING ANYTHING. FOR OTHER SIDE EFFECTS JUST TALK TO YOUR DR AS TO WHAT TO GET AT THE PHARMACY OR STORE.
IN SPITE OF THE SIDE EFFECTS, YOU WILL ALSO FEEL VERY ALONE AT TIMES AND MAYBE EVEN SAD, BUT YOU CAN DO THE TREATMENT, JUST KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE PRIZE, YOUR NEW LIVER!!! YOU CAN ENDURE AND DO THIS, BECAUSE THE ONLY OTHER ALTERNATIVE COULD BE DEATH. THOUGH NOT EVERYONE WILL DIE FROM THE HEP C-BUT WHY TAKE THE CHANCE WITH YOUR LIFE? STOP PUTTING OFF THE CURE, NOW!!! LOOK AT THIS MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGH AS YOUR RESURRECTION AND HEALING. JUST BE SURE TO TAKE THE HEP C COCKTAIL WITH THE 3 MEDS. THERE ARE NEW MEDS ON THE HORIZON, SUCH AS vx-950 and xv-222, WHICH HAVE YET TO GET FDA APPROVAL, AS TRIALS ARE STILL UNDERWAY FOR THESE 2 NEW HEP C KILLERS.
MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND I PRAY I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO HELP AND ENCOURAGE SOMEONE OUT THERE. AFTER ALL, THAT'S WHAT CHRIST DID!

MILTON R-HEALED AND FORMER HEP C PT.

MILTON R Dec 23, 2011

Hi to everyone . I wanna share my problem regarding to my condition by the way im from philippines. I have hepatitis B i discovered this when i was in college im nursing student at that moment when i found out that i have hepa b i was so sad, all my dreams have gone. Now im still ok and i already accept it , live like normal. But theres one problem i cant find regular job.Im already 26 yr old but i cant find regular job because of my condition. i failed in medical . i really need to find regular job , i feel discriminated because of my condition. but i dont lose hope may be God have other purpose for me..Thank you

ella s Apr 21, 2011

I was diagnosed with hepatitis b in the early 70's. I was kind of sick for a month and oh so yellow. Then i was better. Blood tests for the following 30+ years showed only antibodies to the hep b and all doctors told me my body had fought off the virus.

Now, 33 years later I find out by accident that I am possitive for hepatitis c. I was shocked. I'm not sick at all. Additional blood tests show that i have an undetectable viral load and the doctor says no treatment is necessary. Seems that back in the 70's there was no test for hep c and i've probably had the hep c all along. It's strange, i feel different but not sick. Doctor says my immune system basically put the hep c in a neat little package and tucked it away. I can't find much on the internet as far as a story like mine. Anyone else ever heard of anything similar?

barbara b Jun 10, 2010

I was diagnosed with Cirrhosis with Portal Hypertension after passing a kidney stone about 4 months ago. I went to a local doctor and he said it was because I was an alcoholic (I haven't drank in 20 years) and when I did it was for about 4 years from about 17-20 years old! After some labwork the doctor told me that it was HCV. Now that made more sense. The doctor said that it was because of drugs! But I never used needles! I told him that I was a nurse and had been for about 20 years! I have been exposed to blood on more than a dozen episodes where I came up on a wreck or when I was working as a EMT. I decided to get a second opinion and that is where I found out the truth! I have been on Interferon and Ribaviron therapy for going on 6 weeks. I do great from Monday to Thursday, but on Friday evening I take the shot and I feel like crap the rest of the weekend! Some weekends have been not so bad! While others are terrible! I try to exercise during the week and I play full court basketball 2-3 days during the week for about 1-2 hours each time. In the beginning I had a terrible bout of depression and felt like the world was coming to an end and I was taking Wellbutrin! The doctor raised my dose to 100 mg three times a day and that seemed to do the trick! I still get a little emotional at times and have to be careful about watching movies that can make me cry! LOL!

My wonderful wife and three daughters have been very supportive for me. I have two that are away to school (19yo, 21yo) and one left at home (16yo). I have a very supportive church family as well! I do not know what I would do if I did not have Jesus as my personal Savior and Lord! I found out this last week that my viral load was down significantly and the doctor is very excited at the progress of the eradication of ther virus! I am able to work and am thankful of having a flexible schedule! There are days that I wish that I would just die and am about to lose hope, but those are the days that I have to reach way down and pull myself up by the boot straps! Some time you have to just put on your big boy pants and just deal with it! I am 44 years old and have alot to live for! More importantly, I am not afraid to die since I know where I am going, I think that is what keeps me going! The only problem that I am having is that my platelets stay really low (thrombocytopenia)! And that does concern me! I just keep focused on God, family, work, and a hobby (I am building my own camper). One day at a time!

Eric L Apr 25, 2010

My daughter was an alcoholic and was drinking very heavily right before her death. She felt like she had the flu so she was taking a lot of tylenol. Before we knew it she was in need of a liver transplant but didn't make it to ever receive the transplant. She died very young and very tragically and it is something I never want to see anyone go through again. I would love to share my story with everyone to prevent this from ever happening again.

eileen v Feb 15, 2010
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