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Hold on a second... Is it me or am I cured? 1 month 4 days ago #27563

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So... I've just went to the lab after 3 months and 26 days after ending my treatment and did a viral load exam and came back undetected.

Can I celebrate or can the virus come back to slap me in the face? I don't want to celebrate too early.

I was G1 treated with Viekira Pak and Ribavarin and still don't know if I have cirrhosis or not.

CT normal, MR normal, two ultrasounds normal, Philips ElastPQ no fibrosis and Fibroscan 21.6. Go figure. Labs mostly normal except a 1.16 INR during 45 days into treatment and 108 glucose also during treatment from 94 before treatment. I'm waiting for the numbers after treatment. Also ALP went from 60 before treatment to 112 during treatment. The maximum value is 100. Platelet over 250. And still a lot of abdominal fat to go.

The only thing I've noticed after treatment is that my fingernails got pink again. They were kind of white before, which is weird because my albumin levels were always over 4.2 but still good news. Hands still kind of red though.

So, am I cured? What should it be my next steps?

Also, I would like to give something back to this amazing community. You guys helped me a lot, especially Dr. James, and I was wondering if I can help you in any way.

Thanks
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Hold on a second... Is it me or am I cured? 1 month 4 days ago #27564

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Sounds like the good news to me John! Woo hoo!
#magic# #magic#
Genotype 3 30 years, 2x treatment interferon/ribavirin non responder. Cirrhosis 17 years. Fibroscan, decompensating, 40 down to 22 by 29/3/16- now down to 6.5, normal, no cirrhosis. Started Buyers Club Sof/Dac 14 Nov 15. SVR 12 29/0716
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Hold on a second... Is it me or am I cured? 1 month 4 days ago #27565

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Congratulations JohnSmith, that's fantastic news :cheer: :cheer: Cure can be declared with 99.7% certainty once a patient is undetectable 12 weeks after end of treatment (called SVR 12). When patients reach SVR 24 (undetected 24 weeks after end of treatment), cure is confirmed. The chances of relapse post SVR12 are 1 in 300, this is very rare, and you are far more likely to be in the 299 than the 1. I'll take these odds. Your next step is take the test in 12 weeks one more time to confirm cure, but I would say that you're pretty much cured #woohoo!
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Hold on a second... Is it me or am I cured? 1 month 4 days ago #27566

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Hi John,

Thanks for the kind words. Here is a cryptic clue...



As Mar says we are 99.7% certain you’re cured so it’s fair to say the fat lady is definitely warming up.

In another 8 weeks (SVR24) undetected is cure. At the moment it is >300:1 in your favour.
YMMV
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Hold on a second... Is it me or am I cured? 1 month 4 days ago #27567

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That's a classic audition Dr James :cheer: :cheer:
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Hold on a second... Is it me or am I cured? 1 month 2 days ago #27578

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What I love about this forum is that's the only place online where you can find kind words backed up by hard science.

Thank you so much you all for your support and for the kind words.

I love this song Dr. James. I love the musical too and it's the best song from the musical in my humble opinion. That is a classic audition indeed.
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Hold on a second... Is it me or am I cured? 1 month 1 day ago #27580

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JohnSmith wrote:
What I love about this forum is that's the only place online where you can find kind words backed up by hard science.



Great observation John! One sentence to describe so much....
Genotype 3 30 years, 2x treatment interferon/ribavirin non responder. Cirrhosis 17 years. Fibroscan, decompensating, 40 down to 22 by 29/3/16- now down to 6.5, normal, no cirrhosis. Started Buyers Club Sof/Dac 14 Nov 15. SVR 12 29/0716
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