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November 28, 2014- Day 29

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Kyle Jacobs

Jane, Congratulations! Thank you for joining the discussion!

January 25, 2015

Jane

Hello and thank you for your blog. Last night I completed week 7 of a 12 week HARVONI tx. My vl at start was a little less than 900,000 but my doc thought it prudent to treat for 12 weeks. At 6 weeks my ALT & AST had dropped to 24 & 22. I won't get a viral load recheck until after I complete tx as my insurance pays poorly for everything. I don't seem to have any side effects and I'm looking forward to being cured at the end of treatment. I was dx'd in 2000 and have probably been infected for over 30 years.

January 24, 2015

Kyle Jacobs

Karen, Good morning and happy Tuesday! It's sounds like you have been extremely busy! Wow on your experience regarding the massage place. That's horrible! You are definitely not alone and I am happy that you found us in the blogs to share your story and to read about our! I appreciate your comments. Please keep them up!

December 2, 2014

Karen

Kyle, been busy with new business, just opened and plus thanksgiving. I have read some of the blogs. Regarding teas, I drink a lot of Roasted dandelion Root tea. Very good for your liver. I am very much into natural vitamins and have been taking Milk Thistle for years. I bought a new milk thistle with artichoke and turmeric, which is also very good for the liver but I haven't taken this until I get thru with Harvoni. Sun E vit. is also very good. It helps to break down the fats in the liver. Barb mention about the liver can reproduce itself - which it can. Regarding side effects - tomorrow I have been on it for a month. I have had very little side effects. No headaches, no stomach problems, have been sleepy at night and sometimes a little dizzy. In fact, it seems that I have a little more energy during the day. Sometimes a feel a little anxiety. But I think it is because of stress. I will be seeing my doctor on Wed. And you have raised some questions in my mind about the duration of the meds. and the genotype that I have. I just looked at my blood test results which I can pull up on the computer from my hospital. I don't really understand some of the lists of results but I can compare each time that they draw my blood. Your blog helps me understand and knowing that I am not alone. I have dealt with HVC 10 years all by myself. In fact I had been getting massages at this one place for 3 years and I told the person who was to give me the massage that I had Hep C, she told the manager and she came in said that they could not give me a massage. Needless to say how rejected and ashamed I felt. But now I know I am not alone and I am not ashamed anymore. Well, I think I rattled on to long. Have a good evening.

December 2, 2014

A Guest

Thanks for an interesting topic. I think limiting any drug treatment to once in a lifetime is a bad idea. I think if we open the door to that with HCV drugs, what's next? Lung Cancer treatments? Transplants? STD antibiotics? I generally reject the notion of placing blame or further consequence on people for contracting an infectious disease. Bugs are bugs.Thanks for letting me share my opinion.

November 29, 2014

Kyle Jacobs

Peter, I hope your weekend is going well. My blog is about my experiences while taking Harvoni to treat and hopefully cure my HCV infection. I am not a medical professional. Quite honestly, I have the same questions as you do about the experimental vaccine and would be very interesting in being vaccinated if it ends up working as expected and without any unintended side effects.

November 29, 2014

Peter Haritakis

I think the insurance company should look at each patient individually. If they get reinfected by poor life choices like drug abuse and sharing needles, I don't think the insurance companies should bear the brunt of this, but if an individual is reinfected through no fault of their own, then that's another story. I don't think that Harvoni gives people a license for reckless living, just as an abortion should not be used as a means of birth control and cause an individual to live a promiscuous sexual lifestyle. Personal responsibility is to be expected. Another thing: you never responded about the forthcomimg HCV vaccine that may be coming out in 2015. That should help in this areas of reinfection. After SVR is reached, can a person receive this vaccine to protect themselves? There is a significant lapse in your diary as far as reporting is concerned. Many days are missing. Do you intend to answer any of our questions?

November 29, 2014

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