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Extreme Fatigue/Brain Fog
By October 27, 2012 at 1:04 pm 1,519 24
I am Gen. 1a, Stage 3/4, treatment naive, 65 years old. 40+ years HCV. I am considering doing triple tx but weighing the pros and cons at this point. Frankly, I am very afraid of the sides of the meds because of my age.
Currently, I am experiencing near debilitating fatigue. This has me so stressed out that I am even MORE fatigued from that (stress). Of course, in stressing so much, I am exacerbating my already very sick liver. Body/mind connection. Having a hard time, really hard.
I have serious brain fog - forget things, a long list of problems with that. I've basically gotten to the point where I stay home and TRY to focus on everything I do when I do it, in hopes I'll remember it. I have checklists then don't trust that I've actually done what I've checked off (take meds, glaucoma drops, feed animals, etc.). I don't dare even drive anymore.
But this fatigue… overwhelming. Does this indicate that the virus is replicating faster now? I guess it does but your thoughts would be appreciated.
I will be seeing my doctor again in a few weeks, so we'll talk about all this. But another issue I'd like your input on is diet - for late stage fibrosis/early cirrhosis. The fear of decompensating is another huge issue.
My last biopsy in May was deemed "indadequate" due to fragmented tissue and an insufficient amount of samples. My new doctor sees no need for another biopsy - and I certainly don't want to go through that either. Enough can be gleaned from the tissue from that last one to indicate Stage 3/4 - "…bridging fibrosis, moderate to severe piecemeal necrosis…" - we know I'm late stage.
What can I do as far as diet and anything else to try to salvage what's left of my liver function? I also have steatosis, and it's not about my weight. I am extremely thin. I have been a sugar addict all my life, so that is stopping. And I smoke. Oh, I hate to admit that.
ANY help you can give me, please do. Thank you.