Preparing for Hep C Treatment

By robertoj Latest Activity April 6, 2012 at 9:47 pm Views 1,325 Replies 11 Likes 1

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Today I saw a psychologist today to educate me about the psychological implications of treatment. She did suggest that I begin a low level of anti depressants. I declined. Afterward I had a visual acuity check so all that's left is a hep c class and scheduling the treatment

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  • robertoj
    robertoj November 6, 2012 at 6:45 pm   

    I got a call today from my GI doctor because of my anemia. They don’t know if it’s because of bleeding or lack of absorption. I have to get a test of my lower intestines to check for bleeding. If none is detected I have to take another test but that may take time due to a worldwide shortage of barium. It is going to be awhile before I can begin the treatment. I had been feeling weak but I feel a lot better now. I’m taking it day by day and as long as I feel well I’ll be okay. Even if I don’t I expect that I’ll be in good spirits.

  • John Lavitt
    John LavittPA November 8, 2012 at 7:07 pm   

    Roberto, anemia can be so tricky because there are so many root causes and it is the most common disorder of the blood. I know how exhausting it can be. Hold on and have faith that the doctors will work it out and follow their directions while asking the right questions. PubMed Health is a good site for decent info about types and causes… http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0...

  • robertoj
    robertoj November 8, 2012 at 7:13 pm   

    That is the plan.

  • robertoj
    robertoj September 23, 2012 at 6:10 pm   

    I’m continuing to wait to begin treatment. I’ve seen my hep c coordinator. The meds have been ordered and I have been instructed in how to use them. Now I am waiting for the meds and for the doctor to sign off on suspending some of the meds I’m on. I just got the results from a CT scan I took a week ago. They detected Bibasilar Atelectasis which isn’t too surprising as I have asthma, aortic atherosclerosis,cirrhosis (not surprising) a small amount of ascites and degeneration of the spine are also not completely unexpected. It’s a lot to digest since I only got the results yesterday. I had noticed that I have been feeling weak lately, not in performing everyday tasks but on long walks and bike rides.

  • John Lavitt
    John LavittPA August 19, 2012 at 3:16 am   

    Roberto, as Carol pointed out, you do not need anti-depressants, but they did prove very helpful to me. They gave me a little space and perspective when my head entered that dark place. Always keep your options open and take care of yourself. That is the number one priority. There is never any stigma involved when it comes to taking care of yourself and ensuring the ongoing quality of your life.

  • dks10
    dks10 August 27 at 10:55 am   

    I'm already on anti-depressants and going to be starting the Hep C treatments soon. Any advice?

  • robertoj
    robertoj August 19, 2012 at 3:25 am   

    I'm an alcoholic and an addict so I have to be careful. I have a depression support group as well as support of others that have gone through the treatment. We have two hep c support groups in the area as well.

  • Carol2x
    Carol2x April 10, 2012 at 3:21 am   

    Good for you -you don't need any anti depressants. Good luck with your treatments.

  • robertoj
    robertoj April 10, 2012 at 4:18 pm   

    I have a lot of support. I'm not likely to suffer depression and if I do there is a depression support group around the corner from my house.

  • Carol2x
    Carol2x July 9, 2012 at 2:52 am   

    Hey how are your treatments doing? Are they working for you?? I hope so.

  • robertoj
    robertoj July 9, 2012 at 8:06 am   

    I'm still waiting.