In 1993 I got
the letter lived in a daze until the tests came back saying
my kids and my hubby were all fine. Not knowing anything,
as no text book I could find had anything on HCV just A &
B if there was any information at all on this condition I
was told I have. I ran to the WWW, there on the net was one
place called SHN.
Long before 1993
I had found out in my own time that not using Rx.'s and using
"some" herbals and making diet changes had helped
how I felt. You see the joint pain and swelling with a arthritis
factor showing up caused my Dr. to give me pain killers muscle
relaxes and arthritis pills. All of these are HARD on the
Liver and my life was in the trash. The longer I took the
pills the Dr. gave me the worse I got. Then a liver panel
showed that things were not right. But all tests ran showed
nothing there was no A, no B, no Non-A Non-B. Not AIDS,
but something was not right. After many weeks of my body not
dealing with the Rx..s I gave up.
I stopping all Rx.s and each time I did cave
and take one I would be sick again!
I found that drinking
the right amount of water was a key factor in how my body
About two years ago I found that the "pain" in my
side was not my liver as much as a very, very badly infected
Gallbladder.. (Note on Gallbladder at the follow-up visit
with the Dr. who took it out he stated; "This is not
something that just happened this was going on for a very
long time." When I replied with an agreeing statement
as I had lived in pain for many years. He then asked. "How
did you stand the pain?" I explained I thought it was
just my liver as I knew I didn't have stones, and had learned
I have HCV. I told him I used (My Fiber Drink) and just kept
on living, if I had a bad spell I'd note what I'd ate that
caused me to feel worse and would avoid it afterwards.
So at the time
Dr. was in there taking out the gallbladder a Biopsy was done.
Since I'm infected for over 30 years I'm not doing (that)
bad. Grade 2 Stage 2. I am not going to try and paint a picture
of perfect health I have my moments and sometimes they last
for hours, but it is now rare I am having very much true pain.
Since I have Genotype 4 I need to just hold my own as at this
time there is not a good outcome from the "treatments
I do what ever
I can to spread the word about HCV. "How it is spread
and what the (Chances) are of being cured that (Trying Treatment)
is not what I am willing to do as I think for myself. Also
from the start of this I had a honest Dr. who told me treatment
is really rarely a cure"...
In my time spent
on message boards, I've seen many people come and go. Some
will never come back to type to me, as they have crossed from
their physical bodys to go on to the other places. Kevin,
Gibby, Lester Tucker many more that have crossed over since
I got to know them.
Some tips I've learned over time.
Do not read the board fights it will just get you down. "Unless
you feel you must add your own 2 cents it's best to just leave
those folks be."
Oh, and about herbals,
yes! I do use them, but I no longer tell others what they
should use. So if you write me off board asking for herbal
advice I will only tell you what I use, and tell you to see
your own Dr. for a referral to a herbal Dr.
I do tell you to find out for your own self all the risks
be it treatment, or non-treatment. You know your own body
and you know what makes you sick and what makes you feel good.
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