In my hepatitis C Facebook group the question is regularly asked about how one gets back to 100% health after hepatitis C treatment. For many people this happens quite easily but for others the damage caused by hep C is difficult to come back from.
Today in my Hep C Facebook group a member asked:
“Once you are cured and finished treatment (without cirrhosis), do people gain back their energy and life quality becomes normal, I mean no depressions?
Here are some of the responses
LB: I finished Epclusa last April… I had no liver damage… In good health… Im no longer worn out… I get tired but just a normal tired… I feel great again.
MM: I’m really happy for you, but does that started happening when you finished the treatment or while in it?
LB: I felt good again within a few weeks… There were a few irritating things that showed up… But they vanished quickly… 2 weeks before I finished I had an upset stomach for 3 days… Then about two weeks after I was done…I felt a little depressed but it passed…
Lisa Kaye Gray: I’m 2 yrs cured with cirrhosis an my energy now is amazing.
DG: Little change for me… still low in energy.
DLS: I have three weeks left of treatment and I’m already feeling so much better. I actually hiked nine miles on Friday. I could never do that before. My joint pain is gone and I have lots more energy. Its incredible.
RS: I do have cirrhosis and got my energy back. I started lifting weights and got my strength back too. I was doing fine, but lately have insomnia problems that may or may not be related.
CSs: Yes Yes and Yes… I had hep C for 24 years and stayed an F0 the entire time… I actually didn’t have any issues until I started treatment… Once I was done with the meds I still didn’t feel well. I started exercising and eating better and low and behold I have never felt better!!! I am 20 months cured!!! Being non symptomatic for so many years I wasn’t sure what to expect… Now, its like I have the energy of what I imagine a 25-year-old would have and I’m 46…. It gets better, trust me!!
How Do I Regain Health After Hep C
This is a very interesting question and one I have worked on for a long time.
If I may answer briefly.
Once the virus is gone there is still a lot of damage to the body that needs to be repaired.
Getting rid of the virus is the first step.
Once the virus is gone you must create a situation where the body has the best chance to repair the damage.
This means a very healthy lifestyle
- Good diet
These are the two critical things.
Sensible, healthy diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables. Not too much red meat, no processed foods, no junk foods.
A solid exercise program that will build muscle tissue and fitness.
Once the virus is gone it requires effort and commitment if you want to regain 100% good health.
For a more in-depth answer, please watch this video of life after hepatitis C treatment:
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