Hi! I’m new to the forums and thought I’d introduce myself as well as ask a couple questions all in one post 😀
I’m a 36 year old Single Mom and I was diagnosed with Hepatitis C in 2013. My genotype is 2b but I admittedly know little as to what that means in regards to symptoms, treatments and prognosis.
I live in Philadelphia, PA which is home to a few nationally renowned hospitals—one of which specializes in Hep C treatment—Jefferson University Hospital. I have my first appointment on May 1, 2018 to discuss my treatment options.
I was diagnosed by my GP who also tested for my genotype and routine liver functioning/viral loads etc. When I was first diagnosed in ‘13, my labs did not indicate I needed immediate treatment and I was told newer, more “successful” treatments would be FDA approved so I might be better off waiting until then.....and so I waited and waited. More like spent years in denial while secretly hoping this “reminder of my past” would miraculously go away on its own. Now, 5 years later I’m ready to take the steps to rid my body of this virus, hopefully once and for all.
I have a history of mental illness, specifically an Eating Disorder and PTSD which left me unable to work and I’m currently on SSI/SSDI. I mention this because my depression (also dx bipolar but who knows?) has been VERY difficult to treat, especially when compounded by Complex PTSD. I take some medications that are for off labeled use in order to treat my depression which lately has become resistant to those medications as well.
(My GP has also diagnosed me with Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome but I am not sold on either diagnosis, especially the former.)
I have many new physical symptoms that have alarmed my (new) doctors as they do not know of my Hep C diagnosis. The GP who diagnosed me with hepatitis C says these symptoms could be due to an autoimmune disorder, as the others are suggesting or they could be the result of my Hep C.
This recent increase in symptoms is one major reason I am seeking treatment now. (To either arrest these symptoms or know for sure that something else is likely going on). The 2nd reason is because I am planning on finishing my masters degree in Spring 2019 and the application process needs to be completed in the next couple months.
I had to drop out of my graduate studies when I unknowingly dated & married a Narcissistic Sociopath who is now my ex husband. After years of mental, physical, sexual & emotional abuse as well as other torturous things he put me through, I was again diagnosed with PTSD.
only recently have I felt well enough to continue my graduate school studies which will hopefully lead to a fulfilling career in Social Work (w/an emphasis in Domestic Violence Treatment) as Id graduate with an MSW + a state certification in DV.....and a career that will also financially support both me and my young daughter.
I have read a lot of conflicting information regarding Hep C treatment so id greatly appreciate anyone who can answer these whether anecdotally or with research QUESTIONS:
- What Treatments are available, specifically for Genotype 2B?
- Any Significant Side Effects?
- Average Length of Tx?
- Any medications used to help alleviate these side effects?
- does it seem feasible for me to complete Hepatitis C treatment in time to start graduate school in January of 2019 and/or can I undergo treatment while taking advanced degree coursework?
- Depression? Fatigue? Issues??
Thanks in advance for taking the time to read my post and for any advice and/or information you provide...
Current & Recent Meds:
- Adderall IR 60mgs (30mg x2 day)
- Lyrica 150mgs (I take off and on)
- Prozac 60mgs (recently stopped taking)
- Klonopin 4mgs or Valium 20 mgs per day
- Antipsychotic meds to augment SSRI (recently stopped taking)
- Lithium 300-600mgs (stopped taking 2 months ago)
- Ambien- 15mgs at night (PRN)