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  • September is Pain Awareness Month. We want to hear how you manage pain from hepatitis C?

    Are you afraid to talk about your hepatitis C? Some people want to learn more about hep C, but also want to keep their diagnosis private. At, there are ways to get information and connect with others, without revealing your identity. Click here to learn more about how to talk about hep C anonymously.

    I read on the CDC that even microscopic blood can transmit hep C. How? Can you get hep C from touching a blood smear from a piblic place with a small cut on your hand? And can you get it from a nail file if there was supposedly microscopic blood on the file and you took it home amd used it and got a few small cuts from it?

    Hopefully, you took our poll- and landed on this forum topic. But we'd love to hear symptoms you experienced after being cured of Hep C.

    I had hepc for 6 years. I lost a tremendous amount of weight 100 lbs. I was treated with Harvoni and now I'm gaining the weight back. Has anyone else experienced this?please if you have respond to this post.

    Just started my 3rd week of mavyret. No side effects the first week. The second week to now has been bad. I walk across the room and feel like I just wind sprinted. Difficult breathing, tightness of chest, and lungs burning. Do not like this stuff, feels like it's going worse everyday!

    My husband finished his eight weeks of Mavyret last Saturday night. However, he is still extremely nauseous and gets sick daily. He's lost 24 pounds total, and is really discouraged and tired of not keeping anything down. Is this normal? Will it go away?

    After 15 years of having Hep C And never having any treatment I was instructed by my doctor my body was ridding itself of the virus with no liver damage. How is that possible.

    I am new to this site, not new to Hep C! I just started treatment w/ Mavyret. I am on my third day without any problems. I was wondering if any one else has taken this?

    Is 11m viral load incurable? I see on google high viral loads are hard/impossible to get rid of? Am I going to die lol? Sorry I just found out yesterday I’m positive for hep c and can’t get a specialist appointment yet. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I have no symptoms as of yet.

    If you are newly diagnosed consider yourself lucky all around,. You are lucky because now you know and you can take steps to safeguard the health of your liver. Also, it isn't like the "old days" when interferon was the only treatment. In those days less than 50% of people were cured and the treatment was difficult at best. Today close to 100% of people can be cured in less time, with few side effects. So, if you have to be diagnosed, this is the best time.

    The itching is insane. I’ve tried everything. I can’t stop, and it hurts from drawing blood, and creating sores from digging so much. Ughh. Any OTHER ideas?

    I am about to begin treatment, and the doctor wants me on new drug mervyrek sorry if spelled wrong. But I guess if you have had hep b, which I do, its inactive this medicine can reactivate. Is this common with other treatment options? I would prefer more initial side effects then ending up with a reactive hep b. Thoughts please?

    Just wondering when should i get bloodwork done to check if this drug is working been over 2 weeks since istarted? Dont have doctors appt till jan22. I failed viekirapak it was undetected for 2 months then it came back. My fibroscan is f2. Is anyone else on vosevi? Thanks alot chis.

    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 Hep 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 HepC 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 symptomology 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 Hep 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)

    Hi Gang, Retired at 62 and receive SSI, 2018 will be auto enrolled in Medicare A & B. At this time have private insurance with my last job. They are offering the option for retired employees an insurance plan that cover 20% of what Medicare Part B doesn't and Prescription coverage with the same co-pay as my private insurance did. The cost is roughly $166 a month less the cost of Medicare Part B which is roughly $100 a month. So the total for insurance when I reach 65 would be $266 a month. The deductible is $3,500. * Need some direction on what I should do. Cleared HCV in 2005 but have a preexisting condition. Type 1 Diabetes.

    I'd like to know where everyone itches. Especially females.

    Hello, I have undergone three rounds of treatment and still have hep c. I have needed quite a lot of dental work since being diagnosed with hep c. Yesterday I was told I have severe gum disease. My dental crown has become loose and it is about to fall off anytime. I'm 45 years old. I'm planning to undergo an emergency dental treatment from a clinic in Toronto ( ). I did a quick web check yesterday and found that there is an association between hep c and dental problems. Can anyone here share some experience or knowledge on this subject? I was also just diagnosed with hep c related osteoarthritis.

    My mom died because of a brain tumor. At first, she is experiencing severe headache from time to time. We went to a doctor to ask whats happening to her but they said its only a migraine, so he gave a medicine to cure the pain. She was bedridden at that time. 1 month later when were busy on something i heard my mom shout because of her head and that point we ran to the nearest hospital but sadly her journey is over. Yes, she died when that thing happens to her. We don't know if who's fault is that because the doctor in that hospital told us she has a brain tumor and all this time we only know that its a simple migraine. It's been 11 years now but i still remember what happened to her. I am experiencing migraine now and i am afraid maybe one of these days it can happen to me also. But i read this article that maybe marijuana can cure a migraine, i don't know if this thing works so i want an opinion here. If somebody uses it already? Can you help me with th is?

    I had no idea that there even was such a thing, but apparently there is and I'm one of the really lucky ones. I did something I rarely do today. I answered my phone and it was the Veterans Affairs Department calling to tell me that hepatitis C was no longer detectable in my system. That just about blew me off my feet. I've been living with this disease now for well over 20 years and even as recently as last year it seemed to be getting the better of me. Four months ago my gut was swelling way out of proportion. I was convinced I wasn't long for this world so I scheduled appointments and had blood drawn several times and each time I was told that my viral load was getting better. Today I was informed that the virus is no longer detectable. The swelling is gone as well. I guess this is what happens when you eat radioactive spiders.. The person from the VA hepatology department are at a loss to explain it as well so they had been drawing blood regularly. The only thing in my life I'm doing different is that about 4 months ago I stopped eating meat and dairy products instead choosing a vegan diet.. I guess radioactive spiders are part of the diet and I was never told.. Strange things happen..
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