Why bother with treatment?

Why Bother With HCV Treatment

Why bother with Hepatitis C treatment? I hear this all the time from readers who just found out they have the virus. They say things like:

But I don’t feel sick.

I don’t have any symptoms.

My doctor said it’s ok to wait.

To some, getting treated for Hepatitis C feels like a waste of time.

It kind of makes sense. I mean, some people may think of HCV treatment as an elective surgery, like a nose job. However, would you have surgery to stop the bleeding and rebuild your face if you get facial injuries that crush your nose and cheekbones? There is no longer a choice, right? It could shorten your life.

Would you get rid of a virus that was multiplying by the millions? Well, if the virus replicated in your liver, yes you would! As long as you have HCV, it is reproducing at a fast pace 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There is not a thing you can do to slow down the process. The ability of the virus to reproduce has to be stopped. That is what treatment does. It stops the virus from having a feast on your liver.

This is important, because the reproducing activity causes scarring in your liver. Picture it red, angry, swollen, and hot. Some scarring, or fibrosis, is also created by dead liver cells. As the virus kills these hepatocytes, it signals your liver to try and heal itself. The healing process is called cirrhosis. The longer your body tries to heal the liver, the more cirrhotic tissue is formed.

The process of scarring can take years and no one can determine how long it takes for a person to develop liver disease. Factors such as genetics, diet, and lifestyle all come into play.

Take my story: I lived a super charged healthy and active lifestyle. It included a fairly organic diet. I had a slight addiction to exercise and yoga. These things were in my favor as far as my general health and energy level was concerned. However, they did not stop the virus from replicating. I rode my bike in triple digit heat one day and my liver failed the next. The Hepatitis C Virus has silently destroyed my liver over the years without warning.

I immediately wanted to treat but was denied because my liver and other organs were in trouble. My doctors and I spent a year getting my body in good enough shape to take the new drugs. Thankfully they worked and I am now Hepatitis C free. Unfortunately, the damage is done and I still live with end stage cirrhosis.

Getting cured of a life threatening virus that silently destroys your liver is not an elective medical procedure. No one gets by for long with Hepatitis C. It destroys your liver. With the medications available today, there are not a lot of valid reasons to postpone treatment. If you have HCV, ask your doctor how soon you can start.

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  • Scarlet Hartwell
    4 years ago

    Your so right. People need to know there are new kinder treatment out now.

  • Karen Hoyt author
    4 years ago

    Scarlett,
    You’re so right. Many do not know that there is treatment available and just continue to get sicker. There is a growing number of television commercials and they help to get the word out!
    Thanks for stopping by and for your comment.
    xo Karen:)

  • David R.
    4 years ago

    I had HepC for yrs had no symptoms.started to get very tired and fatigued. Harvoni saved my life.life.liver is scared but HepC is gone.Dont wait ask Dr.for help

  • Karen Hoyt author
    4 years ago

    Thank you!! More people need to hear positive stories like yours. The old treatments were so hard. Now the new ones make it easier to get rid of that virus and get on with your life!!!!
    I wish you all the best. And thanks for encouraging others..
    xo Karen:)

  • Janet
    4 years ago

    The reason many aren’t treated is due the side effects of treatment and or the cost of treatment. I’m a disabled vet and it’s like pulling teeth to get treatment.was 1st diagnosed in 2012.was having abnormal liver function.I’m still waiting. The VA has long time between appts in the meantime you proceed to get worse.The last year and a half my health has gone downhill. I’ve finally been approved for treatment just waiting till they decide to start.they’ll probably wait till I’m dead. Please keep this private as I feel shame having hep c. Thank you

  • Karen Hoyt author
    4 years ago

    Oh honey, I just want to hug you right now. I was in the hospital getting my liver transplant when you posted this. I’m home now and it breaks my heart to hear how you are having trouble getting treated.
    Is there any type of patient advocate that can help you? I have heard that those with Hep C can have problems with the VA, but many others are able to get the help they need.
    I am SUPER encouraged that you are getting treatment soon. NO. They will not wait until you are dead. I am going to believe that you will get it soon. Keep pushing!!
    xoxo Karen:)
    PS This website does not post any private info like email and stuff. Your privacy is safe. But you have NO reason to feel ashamed. Check out my site for a blog on feeling ashamed with hepatitis c…. hugs

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