Is your sister seeing a doctor? Has the condition of her liver been evaluated?
There are many new meds to treat genotype 1 hep c
Some names are
These new meds have about a 95% or better cure rate depending on prior treatment history and extent of liver damage. But even those like myself who have treated multiple times in the past and have advanced liver disease to include liver cirrhosis are being cured.
Your sister needs to get a referral to at least a infectious disease specialist. If she does have liver damage she should see either a gastroenterologist or better still a hepatologist (liver specialist) but whichever doctor she sees they should have experience in treating patients for hepatitis c.
Best to you both
thnxs a lot flyinlynn for your answer!
my sister is 48 now and has had hep c for about 30 yrs.
she had two treatments so far but not cured.
she had the last treatment with interferon 12yrs ago.
she had a very hard time during the treatment ,lost a lot of weight,anaemia,depression and her mental state got worse.she hasn,t seen adoc or had any tests since then.
now her feet are swallen and i don't know what to think.is this alawys a sign of cirrosis or is it another symptom of hep c???pls answer if you know anything
another problem is that in my country in Europe the new treatments for hep c are given for free only to people with fibrosis stage 3 or 4 or chirrosis.if your disease hasn't advanced they only give you the previous treatment with interferon which is out of the question for my sister.
the medicines are really expensive to buy aren't they?
sorry for the long text
pls answer if you have any idea or information
After 35 years of having the virus, my feet suddenly began to swell. A manifestation of HepC can be Glomerulonephritis which causes inflammation in the kidneys and impairs their ability to perform their filtering capabilities.
This was my case. After I treated with Harvoni, and my subsequent SVR, the swelling went away. Removing the insult to the kidney was key.
I would strongly suggest consulting with a physician. There are simple tests to determine kidney troubles. Whenever the kidneys are involved there is a time component to prevent permanent damage.
I have some mild edema and mild ascities as a result of my liver cirrhosis for which I take a diuretic. I cured my hep c last year in May when I finished my 24 weeks of Harvoni treatment. However so far I have seen no improvement in the condition of my liver.
I was diagnosed with liver cirrhosis 9 years ago so maybe with more time I may also see a reduction of the symptoms of my liver disease.
thank you both for your answers!
the news for the new medicines are sooo great!
I 'll try to conveince my sis to go to the Dr but its not easy since as i told before her psychological condition is no good .
i'll also try to find some info about new medicine and their cost in my country.
i really admire your courage and strength!
keep on being strong and i wish you all the best!
As flyinlynn mentions, things have changed A LOT with Hep C treatment in the past year or two. Hep C is curable, even if you've been treated before, and I'm sure these benefits extend to Europe as well. Get your sister to a specialist and have the swelling looked at and ask about Hep C treatment. Here is a guide to common treatments from MedHelp.org as well. It doesn't include Epclusa, the newest treatment, but side effects are on par with Harvoni and the manufacturer is the same.
thank you very much editor !the article about the new treatments is very helpful!
how long ago was harvoni avaliable to people in the US?
Does SVR remain after two yrs time?what are the statistics of relapsing?
do non-responders to previous txs take ribavirin as well?
pls answer if you know
Everyone has given you wonderful advice. I understand your sister not wanting to take the interferon. The good thing is she would not have to take it. As Lynn said since it didn't work she could try one of the new shorter treatments.
She really needs to be seen by a doctor. My friend was experiencing swelling of the feet along with a lot of coughing and she found out it was her heart.
She changed her diet, was put on diuretics and is doing really well.
Before I treated my HCV 4 years ago I had slight swelling in the bottom of my feet. That is now gone.
Good luck to you and your sister!
thank you all for your answers and the courage you give me!you are all amazing people here!
lynn your answers were so enlightening!loads of thnx!
god bless you and take care of yourselves and the people you love!
i hope there were such forums in my country as well but still i'm lucky to know some english