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Post Info TOPIC: Hep C Itching! (non-treatment problem)


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i'm not sure if you have figured this out yet since the last post was june. But if not, talk to your doc about gabapentin. Its an anti seizure med that they have found also works on chronic pain and also happily enough, chronic itch. If you are like me, it wont go away totally but it will make it bearable. I'm currently on the max does of 3 300mg pills 4 times a day, and while I don't feel normal, at the very least i can get to sleep, go out to eat, work a full time job and have something like a normal existance. Honestly I dont know what I would have done without it. I might not still be here, that is how bad it was. Anyway, I really truly hope this helps if you havent already found a solution. I know how bad it can be. Good luck and happy holidays.

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this is really late as I am just now reading this.  I too had elevated viral load and enzymes a few years back and had severe itching....also not on treatment at the time.  My doctor said that when bile salts are released into the skin it can cause itching.  The liver sometimes releases too much bile and it can make the skin itchy.  If this is the case they can perscribe medication that binds to the salts and helps take the itching away! :)



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Dang that's a bummer. I wonder if the "Sarna" lotion would work for you, or hydrocortisone? I hope you find some relief soon.   Blessings, Iris



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Hi there Urbansquaw and a warm welcome to the forum from me. smile

Sorry to hear about your treatment and hope the new treatmements work better for you.

Here's a link that a member posted a while back and she swore by these methods. smile

http://hepcfriends.activeboard.com/t33841765/vinegar-can-help-stop-itching/

This link may also be of some use to you.  

http://hepcfriends.activeboard.com/t47033577/side-effects-favorite-helpers/

I hope you find some relief from this soon.

Hugs

Heather xxx



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Hoping for some suggestions on dealing with pervasive itching I had prior to treatment and, again, post-treatment as the medication failed.  My enzymes and viral load are very high.  I get itching, worse at night, where I am scratching incessantly and causing lesions on my skin.  There is no rash and it seems to strike my inside of the arms, breasts, neck, feet and calves the most. 

I've consulted with three dermatologists to no avail.  My dr. tried a treatment that I mixed with water (didn't work) and I'm now on Ursodiol with little to no results.  Oatmeal baths do little, as well.  It feels like it's the INSIDE of my skin itching and it's been suggested that the toxins not processed by my diseased liver are finding their way out of my body through the skin.

Since my treatment failed, I need to be able to cope for a few years minimum till the next drugs come out.  Nighttimes are nightmarish and I'm itching during the work day.  Please help!





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hepatitis C, genotype 1a, initial "standard of care" treatment failed in '99, incivek treatment begun 7/12 never became undetectable.  Failed after 17 weeks.

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