Hep C and perimenopause

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Just dx with hep C have been having severe joint pain for 3 months now which I think is perimenopause. I have severe anxiety and panic attacks since teen years which got worse after getting PTSD. Have hormone migraines since teenager and now they have become worse and unpredictable and periods are irregular. Question is what can I do to help joint pain that won't thrash my liver and if I get hep C geno type 1 tx will it make the sx of perimenopause worse. Also I have severe itching and my hair feels like dry hay. I'm 45. Have 2 teenagers husband is in prison my stress level couldn't get any higher. High stress job on feet 13 hours a day and commute 1 1/2 hours round trip. Bout to loose my mind and hurt so bad I could die

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    Wow sorry to hear you are having such a rough time. What medications are you on for your Hep C? Before I started my treatment which has only been tomorrow 1 week I was so scared due to everything I was reading regarding the side effects and since I already suffer from anxieties it really brought it on even worse but once I told myself I want to be cured I went ahead and started the medications. I just two days ago started feeling discomfort in my back area it could be due to the medication cause if I read it right people may experience discomfort/pain. I sometimes get headaches but again for me it's bearable. I don't see how you are keeping it together cause with everything going on in your life you sound as if your a very strong woman. Stress can lead to many things and can bring on a lot of other health issues. Have you seen a doctor yet? If not you may want to start there first and battle one issue at a time. Stay strong,heathy. God Bless
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      My family doctor is looking for a specialist to accept me so I'm not on meds yet. Just dx this week. We are in a very rural area. The pain has been constant for about 3 months and was tolerable with Tylenol ibuprofen and Naprosyn but now i can't take so the pain is severe and so are migrains. And that's just the half of the stress thing. In the past 2 years I have lost my best friend to suicide and found her hence the PTSD then 3 months after my mom lost her fight to cancer the day after I lost my job of 14 years due to the company selling out and now my husband who had just accepted Christ was adopting my youngest son and had 20 months of parole left was revoked to prison for something that was an accident. So yea I'm stressed but God Is my strength and my husband is my courage and prays me thru to every next day just when I think I won't make it. Thanks for your response and what med are you on. What type us yours and I will pray for you if that is ok.
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      I'm sorry to hear about your mother, and your friend, as well as the situation your husband is in. Yes you are a strong woman with all of these things you have had to deal with. Have you considered going to a hospital and possibly get admitted so they had pin point exactly what's causing these pains? Hep C brings on so many issues for instance back pains. I started on the Viekira Pak and I am also on Ribavirin. Thus far I don't feel as bad as I had in the past and though it's only going to be a week I'm on in tomorrow I feel a whole lot better. Does that sound strange?
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      No, hopefully it's a positive sign for you. And I don't have time to take off. As I am the only one paying bills right now. I just have to have faith aand will know more after I can see a specialist. I will keep you posted. You keep me informed of how you do on your journey with this battle. What were your viral load counts and type if you don't mind me asking if not I understand.
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      I understand it's hard. I feel for you, the medication before taking it I was saying as many of us who suffer from this horrible disease Hep C, how am I suppose to work? But actually one can work and it's alright. I am Gen type 1 my viral load was very high so yeah my doctor recommended that I start treatment. This type 1 is common in the US. I just never knew how many men and woman are affected by this disease. It's a silent killer and you can show no symptoms for many, many years and trust it's not going to go away and will silently attack your liver. I will keep you up to date with my progress and thank you for communicating with me. I hope it gets better for you. If you need someone to talk to I'm here always.
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      Hopefully I will find out exactly how high mine is in a few weeks and can start treatment soon. I wish you well. I am adding you to my prayer list now. Please lmk how it is going. Praying for your full recovery. Love in Him, Steph
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      Your numbers are not as high as mine thank goodness for that but who knows what your doctor may recommend, when I was first diagnosis many years ago I was extremely stressed out and angry cause I had no idea where or how I got this disease. At that time the doctor I had said that I may just be a carrier of this disease since I was showing no symptoms but now I'm glad that at that time I was not out on medication because the medication they had out there was brutal with so many dangerous side affects so with that being said there's a reason for everything. Now the medication is tolerable and people are being cured. Thank you for your well wishes, and wish you well in your recovery and good health.
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    Hi I was also recently diagoised and went to a specialist, my insurance is now changed and am waiting patiently/not so patiently to be seen by another specialist I was turned down for the Harvoni treatments on the first go round because the specialist I first saw was not covered by my insurance and therefore not approved to rx meds.  So here we go again.  I have no symptoms so far as far as I know but am on pain killers for a nerve disease..The stress is horrible and I understand exactly where you are coming from..But there is an end to all of this it just takes awhile to get there..I worry everyday about more damage to my liver before treatment also geno 1 and carrying a load of 5 million...God Bless you and it will get better so sorry you are going throug all you are...
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      lori13 the medication is extremely expensive but they have programs that can help pay for the medicines. I could not believe how much it cost and no one can afford it, it's ridiculous. I make less that 60,000 a year so I was able to get both my medications. This disease is annoying to say the least I hope you get your medication as soon as possible.
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      Thankyou angelina1956 I was born in 1956 if that means your birth year, I am on a good plan now and yes I know how expensive, a 12 week course is almost a $100.000 dollars which is insane for 1 capsule a day thats what the Harvoni costs.  I am only going to have to do 8 weeks but still crazy.  I wish you luck in your treatment and so glad you are being treated.  Thanks for the support I am scared thats the truth.. God Bless you and will be praying for you to get better...
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      Omg lori13 how did you know amazing. I am taking Ribivarin and Vikera Pak for 12 weeks, I started on Mothers Day no issues as of yet so after tomorrow I'm 11 weeks away. Yes I'm counting everyday to be closer to being cured. Thank you for your well wishes, and I wish you well and you too will be cured, God Bless and stay healthy oh mm y the way drink a lot of water to flush that medication out
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