I was diagnosed with chronic hep c gene1 last month and Im scheduled to see a GI specialist in two days . i am 34-male and i was tested for hep c due to pain in kidney and liver area as well as flu like symptoms and pain in joints and old injuries . my ast is 69 and asl is 97 and my RNA results were 798,884 . Is this bad and will GI doc help with pain and how long until I get on treatment? Does this pain get worse?
Hi rickyisler66. Hopefully by now all of your questions have been answered by your Dr. In my personal experience with this infection I've gathered this: viral load is the amount of virus found in our blood. It fluctuates so much that if we had a viral load test 3 time's in the same day we would have different amounts of virus detected each time. Some people with very high viral load's (in the millions)have little to no scarring or inflammation,while people with much lower viral loads have advanced scarring and/or inflammation.I know the pain you're describing.I've had it come & go,I also notice this pain when I'm coming down with a cold or flu.there are too many differentiating factor's that contribute to when we are ready for treatment,though all equally worthy of consideration, they are based on a case by case basis. Your G.I.Dr is the only one qualified to make that decision,with your approval of course. Wishing you the very best!!
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