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Post Info TOPIC: Epclusa First Week by: Ditman
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Hi Angel,

Welcome! I'm pleased to hear you're underway and taking the good stuff. Epclusa is 'da bomb' and it sounds like you're already doing marvelous.

Canuck mentioned starting your thread in the On Treatment section, don't worry about that, I moved this one to that section. We've got so many categories, sometimes it's hard for me to put things in their place. I'll just blame that on my 20 years of seniority (?) on you, lol!

It's difficult for a lot of people to know how they were infected by this thing we fondly call the Dragon. All it takes is exposure to a microscopic drop of blood from any infected source. The virus can be transmitted on hard surfaces like toothbrushes, nail clippers, and any of a dozen other ways. Doesn't matter how you got it. The important thing is getting rid of it and moving forward. I found out I was infected at roughly the same age you are now and had been packing it around for 20 years before that. I'm happy to say that too is all in the past, as you will.

Keep up the fight and if you have any questions, we'll do our best to answer them. As Canuck mentioned, filling in your signature line with basic information gives us a quick reference to your treatment and history. The red link in mine spells that out. Good luck to you!



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Hey Angel!

So glad to read another post from you! Wow, already one week done on epclusa! I remember your first post on the forum, on "Epcluser's Corner", on your "day 2".

I am so glad you have it figured out, about the importance of drinking LOTS of water, and your need for a bland diet, and taking good care of yourself first and foremost. I hope you are striving to consume that gal of water per day.

Being that you are "On Treatment", you could open up your own thread (the ongoing details of your journey) under the section called "On Treatment", or keep posting under the (group) "Epcluser's Corner" where you first posted, I am thinking more people might be better able to follow all of your particular details and progress in one spot rather than over 3 dif. areas. You might consider creating yourself a "signature line", like most of us have (your basic info at a glance, GT, etc., just makes it easier for folk to converse and respond), Tig56 has a good "how to" link in his signature line.

I'm glad you are posting, and glad you are handling everything in a positive way.smileC.



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First I have to say I was scared sh!tless when I was diagnosed with HepC #2. I've never had any blood transfusion or did hard drugs, smoke a little weed here & there, but never injected any foreign objects into my body, nor am I between the age it suggests to get tested for., and only been with 2 partners my entire old life... so imagine my surprise! Any who, here I am finishing up week one on Epclusa & no evening wine, URGH! Well, I do have to say the side effects aren't as bad as I intisipated. Yes, my head hurt like a b!tch, but not like a normal migraine, threw up after dinner a few times (notice this mostly when I ate Italian food or anything w/ red sauce, like pizza), tired, very tired, vision sometimes blurry, dizzy, & sometimes could not sleep. I've found that eating bland foods, veggies, chicken broth, protein shakes, & lots of water is the ticket!! Lastly, somedays were actually better than other days, and am trying hardest to keep a positive mindset that tomorrow is gonna be a GREAT day and if not, it's ok right not cause I need to take care of myself before taking care of anyone else right now & it's ok! So, for those affraid of starting Epclusa, don't be, yes it's a change, but stay positive & strong cause it's better than the alternative - Positive Thinking Leads To Postive Outcomes! Remember, this too shall pass! , Angel

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