Agree with everyone here, good thread DT
I haven't wanted to put too much stock into my HCV-free self. I'm trying to be realistic with a shade or 2 of optimism! The last couple of years have been 'frightening' for me regarding a rapid progression of certain conditions and a show of new symptoms. All the endless tests, scans and medicos I've seen but no real answer - things either lumped together as 'polyarthritis' and its varying effects or dismissed as 'age-related.'
OMG! Even the scary fluoro orange explosive diarrhoea - my toilet bowl wearing a safety vest
- that would last 5 days p/m - still told 'nothing to do with your HepC!' (BTW this hasn't occurred since Tx)
Actually it's been interesting that NO-ONE I saw thought anything was related to HCV (including the Gastro Specialists), it was only when I came on here and did some research, spoke to Dr James etc and discovered many off these symptoms/conditions I have are related to HCV.
As DT says, I look forward to months down the track when I've completed Tx and have hopefully sustained SVR and see what has changed and what I'm left with. Afterall, isn't it possible to have some permanent damage to our bodies from decades of constant viral attack, constant inflammatory response? Maybe, my joints are too damaged and my nervous system is too because given our age now (those of us who've had it for decades) our bodies just don't bounce back and repair themselves as well as they did even 10 yrs ago. Hell, for me it's even 3 yrs ago!
So far, on Tx, I'm ending week 7, the only improvement (other than the orange thing) has been the absence of my usual persistent daily low-grade anxiety and agitation. I won't know of this is actually a lucky side effect until after EOT. The energy I had in the 1st month has gone, so I'm back to dragging myself around every day to get things done. Acute anxiety attacks still happen and everything else is there with days of exacerbation.
It really is still a 'WAITING GAME'