I thought I might try and document (very loosely) my journey to SVR. I am probably (and hopefully) repeating a journey many others have been on.
1 week down, 23 to go. After feeling buoyed by two of the best nights sleep I've possibly ever had on days 1 and 2, reality set in on day 3 and for the rest of the first week I had a pretty rubbish sleep each night. I take my pill with breakfast each day and a slight headache sets in by 9am. As the week has progressed, I'm finding serious tiredness setting in by 8pm (I get up at 6am each day without fail). Usually by 8:30pm I'm either asleep on the couch, or wearily making my way to bed. I feel i'm in a vicious circle of not sleeping well at night which is making me tired during the day and therefore exhausted by evening. Repeat. Related to lack of sleep, I have noticed how irritable I have become. This was a major side-effect of the peg-interferon/ribavirin treatment in the past, and I recognise it coming back again, albeit to a much lesser extent. I'll reiterate that it is likely more sleep related than medication related.
I should point out I am not a hypochondriac, or a compulsive moaner. I'm just documenting the things I have noticed - don't judge me! I have a positive outlook on the treatment and look forward to experiencing the massive lift most people describe after a few weeks.
I had hoped to share a base level viral load with you, however... My blood had been drawn at the local hospital several days prior to starting treatment. The requisition had stated "Hep C viral load". I picked up my results yesterday (7 days into the treatment). Scanning through the two pages of digits, I was frantically looking for a number around the 500,000 mark. Suddenly, I realised that the hospital had decided to do a qualitative test! Idiots. Thanks for confirming that Hep C was detected!! It has been a couple of weeks since the blood was drawn and they are trying to locate my serum and re-test. I'll let you know what they come back with!
SVR 24 (10/17/17): VL UND / ALT 25 / AST 17
SVR 12 (7/25/17): VL UND / ALT 21 / AST 14
SVR 4 (5/31/17): VL UND / ALT 21 / AST 19
EOT (5/1/17): VL UND / ALT 32 / AST 22
T+19w (3/27/17): VL UND / ALT 23 / AST 20
T+4w (12/12/16): VL UND / ALT 31 / AST 24
T+0w (11/19/16): VL 343,484 / ALT 36 / AST 28
Previous treatment in 2012: 48 weeks peg-interferon/riba, relapsed at some point in the 24 weeks post treatment (around 2014). Found redemption trials and applied in Aug 2016.