I was diagnosed with HCV type 1a awhile ago. At that time they treated with interferon and ribavirin (not sure about spelling) which I couldn't take because my platelets were 27,000. That's how they discovered the Hep C in fact. I gave up alcohol, ice cream, salty food, processed food, and now consume a very healthy diet. My platelets are 52,000 and my hepatologist will be treating with Harvoni as soon as insurance approves. In the meantime, the F1 fibrosis has turned into F4 cirrhosis in 2 years. I've had HCV for 35 years. Can someone help me understand the latest test results? As to what is normal levels and how relatively high mine are? I just can't wait two weeks to see him. I'm anxious to know now how bad it is!
Here are my scores:
Spleen: 19.8 diameter - I know that's twice normal size
Liver: normal size. Scarring on edges but top smooth.
Viral load: 3 million. Increase from 2 million six weeks ago.
ALT: 83 (I don't know what these scores mean, exactly)
Platelets: 52,000. Big jump from 27,000 six months ago!
Lipase: 0.91 which shows swelling in pancreas "but it's not cancer, don't worry very mild".
If anyone can explain normal what range is normal re: this and elaborate/explain a bit more I would be very grateful! Thank you!