... side effects are horrible. Does anyone know if the side effects are also treeated with other medicines. I have heard of having bone and muscle pain. will my dr prescribe pain medicine?
18 Aug 2011
I've been through interferon treatment twice for hep c. Other than the "horror stories,"neither time did I experience the least bit of discomfort. There are many variables about this treatment: genotype, your sex, age, health, etc., so I can't say you'll have my same experience; however, the 2nd time took & I've been virus free 2 years. Moreover, a good friend had no problems, either.
I will say that, my doc would have provided whatever meds I would've needed, & I'm sure you'll be treated likewise. Go for it..it's better than dying a slow, painful death due to liver failure!
16 Aug 2011
The only think I can say is that it sucks that you have to go through this but I am glad that you are getting treatment because when I was doing my residency rounds I got to know a lot of patients who didn't get the proper care. It is important to understand hep c and don't let it rule you. That may be easier said than done but if you keep a positive attitude and you are sure to take proper measures to protect you and others then you will be okay. Hep C is miserable and if your doctor doesn't prescribe you pain medicine to help get you through then something is wrong. At the same time you are going to need to try to find other ways of coping with pain because the pain medicine will not always do the job. Please, if you are having any concerns with treatment or anything like that message me, I will try to get back to you as often as I can to maybe help get you through this challenging time. Good luck.
17 Aug 2011
Hi Heather. Welcome! We're here to help you & give you support. :)
I don't have hepatitis but I'd like to comment on your concerns. If anyone requested pain medication for Hep C, there would be no way that the doctor would consider you an addict, especially if you don't have that sort of history. Please be open & honest with your doctor. You'll need to take your prescriptions as directed.
Heather, I'm glad that you've joined the Hepatitis C support group here at Drugs.com Also, if you type "Hepatitis C" into the search bar, you'll pull up related information.
New drugs are always being developed & tested. In fact, 2 new drugs for Hep C were just recently approved by the FDA. Hepastitis C affects 4 million Americans presently. YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
I wish you all the best, Heather! We truly do care! Please keep us posted.
from Wendy :)
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