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hep c

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 5, 2007
  • 05:48 AM

Three years ago I was found to have low platelets. I was sent to a highly regarded hemotologist. He did alot of tests including a bone marrow biopsy. He dianosed me with an auto immune disorder(ITP) and treated me with high dose steroids for 6 months. They didn't really raise my platelets and I finally weaned myself off of them though he wanted me to continue or have my spleen removed. I was monitered for 2more years and them changed primary care Doctor and told her that I had low platelets and other symtoms like swelling feet and extreme fatique.( I told the hemo dr. that also) She ran other tests and I was dianosed with hep c last summer. All the symptoms that I had are signs of end stage liver disease. Also, the steroids made things much worse! They basically shut down your immune system and that was the only thing fighting the hep c virus. So much for the specialist.....Now I am undergoing treatment with interferon and ribaviran.(it's rough) Of course if I had treated 3 years ago my chances would be much better.

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