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lil B,

Glad the prep is going seamlessly and FAST!, and that you will soon be able to start.

I bet it feels some nerve racking but ALSO reassuring, and sort of exciting, that you now have everything set up and ready to go, that you have taken the steps and finally have the right help to get rid of this virus forever which has had a long enough ride hitch hiking on your back and harming you!

Do confirm whether you got 8 or 12 weeks of Harvoni. As Tig mentioned, if your VL count is below 6 million they might have chosen 8 weeks for you. Just clarify these things so you know what length you are on, and can plan accordingly, anticipate timing dates for things. 

When you first arrived you shared some of your medical data (that you knew of), and since added some, all those details could be included in a signature line for ease of reference - it makes it so much easier for discussion purposes (instead of scrolling within a thread to pick out bits of info here and there). If and when you can do up a signature line that would be good.

I wanted to get back to my first post to you (on the first day you arrived), where I was asking (other than that biopsy you had in 2013) if you had had a recent fibroscan or an abdominal ultrasound, and suggested (that if not), to inquire about getting those done. They are good to have under your belt, easy to do and easy to repeat in future - good info to have pre-treatment and then useful as ongoing feedback in the future after your cure. I also assumed they had already assessed fully your hep A/B immunity levels, and sussed whether you need any immunizations like those (or for flu). Double check on these things, that they have finished looking at these assessments, before you start your Harv.

Good that things are moving along - you will soon be cured, and you will feel good to have achieved this important accomplishment.

I am glad you found the visit with the hep doc informative and helpful, I hope you feel a bit stronger and more confident about things now, with him your other docs and all of us at your side, all supporting you to help get you to this wellness. You mentioned feeling nervous excitement versus anxiety per say, most of us can well relate to that - for me, i was SO relieved when i found out I was about to get my treatment (just knowing it was going to happen was such a comfort), but ya, we hear ya about the nervous - but you are going to do great, you'll see! wink C.



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Gosh.  That was fast.  Looks like you're up and running. Congratulations!

 



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UND at 2,4,8 and 12 wks during treatment but ribavirin crazy.

ALT/AST normal EOT

SVR12 8/13/2016!!!!!!!!!  I WON!!

EOT 6 Months 11/12/2016  CURED

 

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Hello,

If they use the 9 Million viral load as current, you require 12 weeks of Harvoni. Below 6 Million and meeting all qualifications, they can give you 8. Given the choice and with the low side effects profile these DAA’s present, I’d do 12 weeks, every time. 

See you over in the On Treatment section! Things are going to turn out great. Keep those updates coming!



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biggrinbiggrinbbiggrinf yay annie!



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I didn't think I would be back so soon....but guess what!   I got a call by the specialist drug store (didn't know there WAS such a thing..)  That they got the prescription from my doctor, that I had been approved for Harvoni by the insurance company.    I forgot to ask if I am doing the eight weeks like he had thought I could, or if I am going to do twelve.   I was told he wants all the meds sent to him, so he can do blood work at those intervals.  Fine by me.

I am going to be moving my updates to the Harvoni "In treatment " thread... I was told I may even get to start next week... I think I am in a bit of shock right nowbiggrin

I will add my lab results to my signature as soon as they are all posted in my doctors portal.

Guess I'll be around a while ;)  

 

 

 

 



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Hey Lilbrownie,don't sweat the small stuff.Insurance companies know it's cheaper to treat someone now vs serious liver disease later.They're just being ins.companies.There won't be a problem.I know what you mean about nervous excitement,I felt the same way.Think of it as a quest with a life changing prize at the end.We're all rooting for you,kill that dragon!



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6 wk labs ALT 12 AST 18 V/L NOT DETECTED EOT 12/05/2018 NOT DETECTED



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In a couple of years you'll be saying to yourself, "that treatment was chicken-feed compared to losing my life to liver failure",... well maybe you will.

Some of us, depending on the severity of our liver disease and the treatment (cure!) we were prescribed have had some side-effects and surprises. I had a sudden outbreak of ocular (eye) herpes that looked like it might leave me blind, but eventually cleared up, and left me with very little loss of sight.

So it's true, anything can happen, but most of the really bad stuff is guaranteed to happen if you continue to suffer with HepC. My experience with Epclusa was a very easy one. The hardest part was remembering to Drink A Lot of Water. But people here in this Discussion Group reminded me a lot so I never forgot.

Can't wait to hear you are SVR!

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Good news, indeed.  What a relief it must be for you to get this going.  Can't wait to hear your test results - and to hear your progress.

I've never heard of taking SSRIs  "just in case" but it's good to know they are available if you decide you would benefit.  I don't see them as creating stress on your body but you can sort that out with your gastro.

Thanks for the wonderful news.  We get pretty excited around here each time someone hits Delete on HCV.

Happy for you,

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ALT/AST normal EOT

SVR12 8/13/2016!!!!!!!!!  I WON!!

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How exciting!!! Here's to the insurance co expediting your request. Mine hemmed and hawed for years. I think you'll do fine without an antidepressant in the mix. Look for some of those you tube videos on meditation, and remember to breath, a few long slow deep breaths helps me tremendously.

We'll see ya soon!, bb, Iris



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4 weeks=UND, 8 weeks=UND, 12 weeks=UND (EOT= 09-23-2018)

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Hi Anne,

That‘s a wonderful update, thanks for sharing! It is a big relief once you get all the questions answered and better yet when they are explained, so you can understand them. This whole process tends to get confusing and that has brought undue stress on an already difficult time. So I understand the relief you’re feeling and that will help immeasurably as you start treatment. 

If you have a minute to add your lab results and genotype in your signature line, along with future updates, like treatment drugs and start date, it will keep your particulars front and center. Helps us when replying, too. You can do that from your profile page.

Stay in touch and let us know when you get the green light from insurance. Get ready to slay your Dragon! It doesn’t stand a chance... wink



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Back with an update, finally got in with my gastro, and feel much more reassured after my visit. I had tons of questions, he answered all of them and more, it's amazing how real information can be key to overcoming fear.

 

 After a crazy amount of blood tests , the insurance company came back with requests for even more tests.  I was told the whole approval process could take up to three weeks, which I totally get,  since it is  so expensive.  

The reality is finally setting in that I may actually have a life without HepC after all these years, and the anxiety is being replaced by a kind of nervous excitement. 

I have decided against going on an SSRI prior to treatment.  Someone here had a good point, in that my body will already be stressed by the treatment meds, and adding an antidepressant to the mix may complicate things.  

 I am curious to see my test results, last one I had, I was at a VL of 9 million,  with 90 ALT and 69 AST, with a 1A genotype.  I was told I didn't need another biopsy ,as my last on in 2013 was F0.  Apparently liver damage comes slowly, especially if one takes care of themselves, which I have. 

 

Now ,  I wait,  no big deal , been waiting for many years.



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Thank you all SO much for your kind and helpful words. It comforts me more than you know ! Oh and Tig, your photo made me smile, I WILL remember the water I promise! I'll keep you all posted, and again, thank you all !!

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yep, try to think about the water as being part of the treatment



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We are not kidding about the water. Fill a gallon jug and make sure you drink a full gallon of water a day when you are taking your Hep C medication. We all have learned from experience that the gallon of water a day is key to minimizing side effects. This is one area where our advice may differ from that of your treating physician.



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Welcome lilbrownie,You couldn't have found a better place.I waited 18 years for the new DAA's but still had a lot of anxiety about treatment.I still work so I didn't know how TX would effect my job.What if I can't work?What about side effects?What if,what if,what if.I was making myself nuts.My Doc prescribed lorazapam.It really didn't do much for me.The thing that really carries me through are the good people on this forum.The good folks here have celebrated my highs and carried me through my lows.You have found a brotherhood(or sisterhood) if you will.I started Mavyret 11 1/2 weeks ago,3 days to go Yeaaaaa.Take it 1 day at a time.You can do this.After you start treatment and you get your first bloodwork back and you see that word UNDETECTED! It's a feeling you can't put into words.And, in case you havn't heard.DRINK LOTS AND LOTS OF WATER.  All Aboard.



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6 wk labs ALT 12 AST 18 V/L NOT DETECTED EOT 12/05/2018 NOT DETECTED



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Hey Lil! Glad youre here. Drink a full gallon of water each day, get as much sleep as you need even if its 12 hours a day, and try to meditate if you can. Let us know any and all questions you may have. Please dont hesirate to bring us your questions and concerns.



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Welcome lilbrownie!! You found the right place as you have most likely read and realized already. We are a great support group here, plus many folks that are knowledgeable on HepC and related illnesses. You will hear a lot about drinking plenty of water on a daily basis once you start your treatment. We are here to help -- smile

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Greetings Lil!

I understand having fear about the unknown, that is enough to really get one going down the scary road in our minds..I do it too.  Hoodie and I try to meditate whenever possible, We've found that it really is a stress reliever. (check out you tube there are tons to choose from, start short though 2 to 5 minutes) One of the things that used to make me panic all the time was living in the next moment instead of this one right now. When I could break from that I started to feel better, so one of my favorite is active listening...just sitting and listening to the sounds around me, without putting too much analysis in what is making the sound, another one is Body scan)

Personally I wouldn't add another drug to the cocktail if you are getting treatment. But your hepatologist should know if it is safe to add. I wish you the very best on your healing journey, smile You got this!

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Hi lilbrownie, Welcome  to the forum and your new HepC free life ahead. You will find plenty of people to help you in your journey around here.  Follow your instincts and try not to stress!



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hi lilbrownie, welcome to the new day of daa's

i too used to enjoy the drugs and now fear them , seems a bit odd but that's how it is.

i'm so happy you found us here and are ready to get rid of the hepC. 

we are all here for you

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Hi lilbrownie,

Welcome here.

Good for you to get things underway. You can make it right now. Your long awaited treatment. You will not be sorry you decided to dump this virus.

Work ahead, but it won't be bad - you WILL get through this, and be so much better for it.

Always listen to your instincts - you said .... "I am more anxious about being on an SSRI than any hepC meds ", heed this, do not get feeling "stuck"in a rx war between your docs, just remember YOU are also party to the decision, YOU DO have the deciding say-so about whether it is wise/best or necessary to take SSRI's now, in future, or ever.

Just see how things play out as far as the "consensus" about you starting a new drug at the same time that you would be getting rid of your HCV, decide how you feel about doing so, and go from there. And keep in mind, any decision can be changed in future should you all decide to do so.

I have found, that just the fact of oneself taking control of a situ, such as making the decision to go ahead and get rid of this HCV, the taking of this strong position and stance in making this decision, helps greatly in carrying us through to the end with strength and conviction, even when we have fears and doubts, the good gleaned will far outweigh any bad we are afraid of. You will find no shortage of folk around here who will remind you that what you have decided to do is correct and good. There is only one direction to go, forward, the direction you are already going in!

Be happy in your decision, be hopeful and brave - it will turn out good! You'll see.

If you have not had a fibroscan done, or, a recent abdominal ultrasound done, ask about getting those done as well (aside from getting the blood work you mentioned), also make sure they have tested and assessed your immunity levels for HepA/B and whether you might need an influenza shot and other immunization.

Do you know what GT you are, or what drug treatment choiced the doc has been thinking about for you (you mentioned Mav or harvoni)?

A signature line will be helpful once you can do one up. 

Welcome again. Glad you found us and this place. It is a good place to find and come to! C.



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Hi lilbrownie,

A big welcome to the forum! You are in the right place. Before I was treated earlier this year my Hep C was progressing more rapidly and I was having a terrible problem with anxiety which my psychiatrist handled. I had to take Xanax for panic attacks and the problem was severe to the point I was put on Valium daily. Since the Hep C was the major stressor in my life once I took Epclusa for three months and was cured I have been able to wean off the tranquilizers.

I almost never have a panic attack anymore but do have Xanax prescribed if I do. I had to wait until I was covered by Medicare to afford treatment or I would have gotten Epclusa a year ago. I do have a problem with depression and anxiety so have been taking Remeron for years. Not familiar with Lexapro but I agree the fewer drugs the better if you can get by with an occasional Xanax.

You are starting treatment at the best possible time because the new direct acting antivirals have a very high success rate. We need to know which one of the six genotypes of HCV you have and other test results like liver enzymes and viral load to let you have a second opinion (from the perspective of patients who have been cured) on what the best options for you are. The fact that you were F0 five years ago is good news, do you know if your treating physician is going to order a FibroScan to non-invasively check your F score or is ordering a FibroSure blood test?

I can tell you my gastroenterologist mainly prescribes Mavyret and Epclusa now rather than Harvoni. Great to have you here and waiting for you to be able to provide those test results.



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Welcome lilbrownie.  Yes, this place has been of great help too many.  It's hard for anybody who hasn't been through this to understand all of the personal nuances and variations.

I bet you will cut your anxiety way down when you get rid of this beastly virus. It's been nagging you for a long time.  Do your doctors consult with one another?  It seems that if Xanax has things under control that you may not need the Lexapro.  Why not wait to see if it is needed before doling it out?  I don't even play a doctor on TV but personally, I alway go with the least treatment necessary.  There will probably be others here who can shed more light, and more research, on the matter.

The main thing is that you have decided to start treatment!!!!! Good on you. Let's get your doctors talking with one another.  The gastro will probably have the final word.

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12 wks Sovaldi/Ribavirin, SOT 2/25/16, EOT 5/17/16

UND at 2,4,8 and 12 wks during treatment but ribavirin crazy.

ALT/AST normal EOT

SVR12 8/13/2016!!!!!!!!!  I WON!!

EOT 6 Months 11/12/2016  CURED

 

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Hello Anne,

Welcome to the forum and your new group of friends! You’re very welcome here and after you get to talk with these good people, your anxiety will hopefully begin to melt away. We all know where your head is right now and I my best advice is to just take a deep breath and do your best to relax.... You’ve made a great decision and treatment now is a piece of cake. It’s short and extremely effective. Add to that the low side effects and you’ll be virus free in no time. I’m sure of it!

The anxiety is real and if it’s the thought of treatment causing it, let it go. Let your mind find that happy place. We will do our best to help you secure the confidence you need to sail through this, without fear of failure or judgement. You see, we know you’re going to be successful.

Get onboard the treatment train, first class accommodation awaits you! You’re going to do great. When you have the information on your tests, share them in your signature line. Knowing your genotype, viral load and liver function tests, help us when replying. You can see how we set ours up. There’s a link to instructions in mine if you need help. I’m glad you’re here. If you need anything, just holler!



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Hi everyone, I'm so glad I found this site.

I was diagnosed in 2007,  in 2013 I had a biopsy that showed F0 damage, only slight inflammation.  Since I suffer from Panic Disorder and a drug phobia,  I decided to forgo treatment, which at that time was Interferon and ribo.

It is ironic that I used to misuse drugs, and now I have a phobia hmm    I have come to the conclusion that living with HepC is actually adding to my anxiety and panic, as it is ALWAYS in the back of my mind.  I just want it gone.  I see commercials on the television, and finally realize I don't have to do Interferon, and why not give this a try. 

 

My therapist wants me to go on Lexapro prior to treatment,  for my anxiety,  but my primary care physician adamantly disagrees.  He notes that my panic is well under control with Xanax, and does not want me to have even more drugs to be anxious of, on top of whatever treatment option my Gastro discides on. (I assume Mavret or Harvoni).   It is kind of disconcerting to be in the middle of their disagreement, although he is right.  I am more anxious about being on an SSRI than any hepC meds.

At any rate, I go in for bloodwork next week, my insurance company has approved it.  I will be on this site regularly for the foreseeable future, so.................Hello!



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