After Hepatitis C treatment is completed, What happen’s next? Two specific things happen in post treatment: One, recovery that your body needs from treatment. The time for the treatment meds to leave your system and recovery varies somewhat with each patient. Second, monitoring with blood work, and physical check up’s with your physician.
The recovery process does not happen overnight. Rest and recovery, pacing yourself with getting back into a normal routine takes time. Be good to yourself and be patient with the process. From personal experience and doing treatment three times, it has been somewhat different after each treatment. Here is why.
1995 I did my first treatment with Interferon only. That was the only treatment available at the time. I was a partial responder in this treatment. At the time chances were only 20% that we could even get the virus to go into remission. When treatment ended, I still remained tired and weak but I bounced back from side effects within 4 to 6 months. After treatment I did retain some side effects with memory issues, and nails extremely brittle.
In 2000 I did the second treatment, with Peg Interferon in combination with Ribavirin. This treatment had a higher percent of putting the Hep C virus into remission but unfortunately I developed complications with side effects and was not able to complete the entire treatment regiment. I was a partial responder for a short time.
In my case, I have auto immune disorder, but I do not have auto immune hepatitis. The type of auto immune disorders I have are Hyperthyroidism and Vitiligo. I have also been tested for other auto immune panels. Because of this condition I had to have more blood work and physical exams to make sure other problems did not arise.
When the combination treatment ended, I was very ill from side effects and complications and it took me longer to regain energy. My thyroid had gone wacky and medication was changed, also I had developed severe gastro problems. It took at least 6 months for me to fully recover.
Blood work, physical exams, sonograms and a second liver biopsy was done. Blood work, physical exams were every 3 to 6 months, then taped off to 6 months to a year. With sonograms being done once a year.
Stay tuned tomorrow for Part 2 of After Hepatitis C Treatment is Completed: “What Happens Next.”
More to read:
- American Liver Foundation; After Treatment Ends.
- Hepatitis C Treatment Side Effects and How to Get Through Them.
- Length of Treatment
- Post Hep C Treatment: I’m Back in the Saddle Again.