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Welcome.   I'm 65 and also have panic disorder. Don't worry. The Harvoni won't be mean to you.  I finished my 8 week treatment with little side effects, just woozy the first week then a few headaches and the fatigue.  That's all. The weeks will fly by and soon you'll be rid of that pesky virus. 



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5 weeks VL undetected. AST 16  ALT 10

VL 5,930,000  AST 29 ALT 29

Fibroscore .40 Stage F1-2

Treatment naive, starting Harvoni 9/23/18 8 weeks

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5-1-18 wrote:

hi lil, it sounds like you are getting your routine down. awesome.

i didn't feel anything for 2 weeks, then a few sides hit me and i was so disappointed. i felt sad that i had to rest more and just let the medicine do it's job rather than lead a more active lifestyle.

we are here if you decide you have something to talk about more than once a week; but i'm so glad you posted today

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 Oh 5, you hit it on the head there!   I find that being active is the best way to handle my anxiety, it seems that when Im moving, my brain has less room for the constant noise of worry.  Besides that, I'm a bit hard on myself since I retired, thinking I have to find other ways to stay relevant and productive.  

That being said,  the treatment has forced me to slow wayyyy down.  It actually feels kind of good to give myself permission to just ....rest.



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Age 62

Diagnosed 2007

Hepatitis C Genotype Type 1

HCV PCR Quantitative 3,763,192 IU/mL

FIBROSIS SCORE 0.64

FIBROSIS STAGE 0.01

FIBRO ALT 102 U/L

FIBRO AST 68 U/L

GGT 76 U/L

FIBRO BUN 9 mg/dL

FIBRO PT INDEX 103 %

FIBRO METAVIR CLASS F2

INFLA PT SCORE 0.73

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I was on twice a day treatment and had to accomodate the daylight savings time change, so I moved my pill times in small increments.

 

 


 Thanks Observer and all the kind souls here who are so supportive.

Actually, my dear hero of a husband was expressing concerns over me moving my dosing time, my doctor was very stern about me taking the pill at the same time every day.  I scoured the Giliad website and others and found its okay to move it in the way you described.  I plan to do it in 30 minute increments.

Just a bit more, to maybe 7:00 pm should be good.   

 

 

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Age 62

Diagnosed 2007

Hepatitis C Genotype Type 1

HCV PCR Quantitative 3,763,192 IU/mL

FIBROSIS SCORE 0.64

FIBROSIS STAGE 0.01

FIBRO ALT 102 U/L

FIBRO AST 68 U/L

GGT 76 U/L

FIBRO BUN 9 mg/dL

FIBRO PT INDEX 103 %

FIBRO METAVIR CLASS F2

INFLA PT SCORE 0.73

INFLA METAVIR CLASS A1/A2

 

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Thanks for the update, Lil. Sounds like you have things firmly under control and that alone will make your journey much smoother. The first few weeks are an adjustment period for most people starting these DAA’s. As long as you continue to be proactive with the issues you’re having in the beginning, the remainder will go by much smoother!



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Really nicely written discription Lil... 

you are really tuned in to your body and on top of developing good on treatment lifestyle. 

I was on twice a day treatment and had to accomodate the daylight savings time change, so I moved my pill times in small increments.

 

when I got headaches on treatment , I found that drinking extra water usually sorted them, but I do remember one or two times when I needed pain relief.

Looking forward to next weeks update 

 



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hi lil, it sounds like you are getting your routine down. awesome.

i didn't feel anything for 2 weeks, then a few sides hit me and i was so disappointed. i felt sad that i had to rest more and just let the medicine do it's job rather than lead a more active lifestyle.

we are here if you decide you have something to talk about more than once a week; but i'm so glad you posted today

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Hi everyone, I decided early on to post updates one week at a time, this is day seven of my Harvoni journey.

First of all, for anyone who is not familiar with me, I posted in the Newcomers thread back a while ago. There, I gave background on my history with HepC, and my issues with panic disorder,  and general anxiety issues, so I won't go into that again ;)

 

This is the meds and supplements I take in case anyone is curious: 

 Beta blocker for PVCs and PACs,  NOTE:  MY primary care physician decided to lower my dosage on this for the duration of treatment just as a precaution.  So far, I have noticed no difference, with the exception of one night when the PVCs got really annoying at bedtime.  This, however, was very early in my treatment (I think Day 2 or 3, so my anxiety was still pretty high, and I had breakthrough PVCS even at the higher dose when I was particularly anxious.

I have been prescribed Xanax for panic attacks and when my anxiety becomes uncontrollable.  I am only given a certain amount a year and am very careful never to abuse it.  I take the lowest dose and have done so for 4 years. It has changed my life, as I was increasingly fearful of leaving my house because of the unpredictable nature of panic attacks.  I used the Xanax on the first few days, but have not needed it since'

The only supplements I am comfortable taking right now is a multivitamin every other day, with a B complex on alternate days.  I take fish oil as well for my joints every few days and B12 every day on the advice of my doctor since I do not like meat and eat very little of it.   I stopped my magnesium for now,  choosing to eat high magnesium content foods instead.

What is funny and surprising is...it was hard for me to put my supplements away for this time!  Since I was diagnosed, and having to live with HepC,  I became almost obsessed with supplements and eating healthy.  In the early years, I spent hundreds of dollars on all kinds of stuff to help my liver.  Over the years, I backed off, but still have some staples I really loved taking, because I really did feel the difference in my well being.  I pretty much put them all away except the few I mentioned.   

The first day, I was a mess.  It was almost like I EXPECTED side effects.  The second day....again nervous, but curiously I was feeling fine physically.  It might as well have been a placebo, I felt nothing different except what my anxiety was giving me.

Every day that passed, I relaxed more.   I actually felt nothing from the Harvoni. AT ALL,  Until...

The fifth day,  the fatigue hit me like a ton of bricks, about two hours before and two hours after I took my pill.   Luckily I chose to take it in the evening so It didn't affect my day much.  In fact, I had not slept that good in a long time .  I would wake up refreshed, feeling nothing until about 3:00 PM,  then I would fade.  Also on day five, I got a bout of awful diarrhea,  but it cleared up quickly in a few hours.  I mixed Gatorade with my water during that time, and have had no more issues with my gut since.  

Yesterday the fatigue didn't happen as drastically as it had the day before,  even after a really busy day, but it was still there. I am thinking of actually pushing my dose back by a bit every day until I get to about 8:00 PM if this doesnt clear up soon.

I have had one headache this week that got close to pounding.  and for the first time in a LONG time, I took an extra strength Tylenol.  I was reading on the Harvoni website and they suggest NSAIDs such as Advil and Aleve are not suggested because they may cause rebound headaches.   Luckily my husband had some Tylenol and took one 500 mg pill and went back to bed,  in one hour the headache was gone and has not returned.

All in all this last week was kinda of anti-climactic from what I made it out to be in my head.  I am cautiously optimistic and will update next week.  

OH,  I was to say one thing...the water drinking thing haha, has been a challenge,  so I figured out a way that it works for me.  I fill up my bottles in the morning, and I set a timer.  I put 8OZ in a glass and by the time the timer goes off it has to be empty...  I found guzzling from my water bottles had me drinking too much at one time,  make it so I was constantly running to pee.   This way, my body seems to be able to absorb more, and I pee less,  but when I do it is nice and clear.  Oh, I stop all water two hours before bed, the day before I did this, I was up SEVEN times peeing.  That was just not gonna work for me lol.

 

See you all next week 

 

 

 

 



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Age 62

Diagnosed 2007

Hepatitis C Genotype Type 1

HCV PCR Quantitative 3,763,192 IU/mL

FIBROSIS SCORE 0.64

FIBROSIS STAGE 0.01

FIBRO ALT 102 U/L

FIBRO AST 68 U/L

GGT 76 U/L

FIBRO BUN 9 mg/dL

FIBRO PT INDEX 103 %

FIBRO METAVIR CLASS F2

INFLA PT SCORE 0.73

INFLA METAVIR CLASS A1/A2

 

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Well done, LilB! I like your strength and positive message. I have every reason the believe you are going to slay more than one Dragon with this treatment. You started by believing in yourself and the good that these new medications will deliver. This is your time to shine and you’ll do it!



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congrats LilB

i take 1mg valium before bed if i have to work the next day. i get good sleep and that makes my work nite better for me.

i love that my doctor put me on them 10yrs. ago. , my dose has remained consistent and gives me better quality of life.

i needed 2mg during the harvoni but went back down to 1mg soon after eot.

your body will let you know.

i carried hcv for about 36yrs and going thru treatment was soooooo worth it.

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Congratulation Lil!!  I too have had this dragon in my body for probably over 40 years and have dealt with anxiety and panic.  I have wanted so many times to quit Lorazepam but I think it might be what gets me through my treatment too.  Then we'll see.  I can only hope this disease has been contributing to the anxiety issues and fatigue.

I'll be following your journey and praying for you.  Hopefully I won't be far behind you.  We've got this!

 



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gender F
genotype 2
fibrosis stage unknown but bloodwork shows no liver damage
HCV diagnosis date Oct/18
Waiting for appointment with liver specialist Jan. 31/19
HCV medication(s) none yet but probably Epclusa
HCV lab results (viral load 2,950,000, AST unknown, ALT 10
No prior treatment



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Well done LilB, the first battle won, such an important step on your path to becoming hep-free - keep going!

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58 y.o, recently diagnosed whilst on chemo - resolved B, chronic C (3a), most likely from early 1980s.  Nov 2018 AST 238 ALT 234 Fibroscan 7.9. 

Epclusa 12 weeks - SOT Dec 15, 2018, EOT March 9, 2019. Simultaneously Entecavir for B (to prevent reactivation).



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Congratulations on making friends with that marvellous medicine and getting started on your dragon slaying.

Long term HCV wreaked havoc on my nervous system, heres hoping your anxiety will become less of a burden to your life when you rid yourself of the hep c.

 



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Good on you LilB!  Not only are you getting started on a major and new found cure, you are facing your fears, big time.  Sometimes the intruders are in our livers, and sometimes they are in our heads!  You've just made some excellent choices.  Chalk one up for LilB.



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Hey lilB,

Congrats on your start - Day One! yay! I did post you back on your prior thread "New here ..." - you are sounding strong! Good going.  : )  C.



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First of all, from those who have read my "New Member " introduction post,  I have carried this virus around for a long time.  I have suffered Panic Disorder for years, and the general anxiety that comes with it.   It sucks, and I kind of wondered all these years, how much the HepC contributed...Oh, and I have a drug phobia. 

I  was in the midst of a horrid panic attack when I first got my Xanax prescription.   I stared at it for 30 mins before I got the nerve to take it.  The relief I felt when the medication set in, was something I will not soon forget.    My therapist thinks it is because I abused pills in my youth and I associate it with all the bad things in my life.  She told me I had to rewrite the narrative I had about drugs.   The Xanax is medicine for me, as the Harvoni is.  Any medication I take, I have to become friends with.

That being said,  starting the process of beginning treatment was stressful, to say the least.   I had a panic attack when I received the pill bottle.  I took a deep breath and just ripped the band-aid off.  I swallowed the magic medicine with a prayer, knowing my Xanax was there in case I could not control the panic.  

So here I begin my journey to be rid of these intruders in my body, thanks to this little orange pill.  It's going to be interesting how much water I can shove into my body, but I have my Nalgene bottles filled and ready,  and I'm hoping on the Harvoni train.

 

LilB

 

 



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Age 62

Diagnosed 2007

Hepatitis C Genotype Type 1

HCV PCR Quantitative 3,763,192 IU/mL

FIBROSIS SCORE 0.64

FIBROSIS STAGE 0.01

FIBRO ALT 102 U/L

FIBRO AST 68 U/L

GGT 76 U/L

FIBRO BUN 9 mg/dL

FIBRO PT INDEX 103 %

FIBRO METAVIR CLASS F2

INFLA PT SCORE 0.73

INFLA METAVIR CLASS A1/A2

 

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