My husband found out that he had Hepatitis C after donating
blood a few years ago. He was given two options by the doctors
1) get on a transplant list
2) start the interferon treatment.
He was put on the treatment for roughly 80 weeks. About halfway
through his treatment we began dating & moved in together
after years of friendship.
I watched the treatment almost
kill him. He couldn't function in any sense. It was similar
to a severe case of the flu expect that it lasted for a year
and a half and included psychiatric problems. It was horrific!
Then two months before he was supposed to be finished with
the treatment there was a screw up at his company with the
medical insurance policies. His coverage was suspended for
two weeks. When everything got fixed and we got our insurance
back, BlueCross BlueShield said that the Hepatitis was a pre
existing condition and would not be covered for at least eighteen
We are almost at that eighteen month mark and hopefully when
he goes in for the blood work it will show he is still in
remission. Until then we don't know if the treatment even
did any lasting good. What we do know is that it has done
some permanent damage!
He stopped the treatment in September of 2003. He still has
depression and irritability problems. He has dyspnea. He has
diarrhea and stomach pains everyday. We both realize it is
from the medicine. He refuses to go to the doctor until the
pre-existing term ends because he wants to go back to a specialist.
A few months back I realized I could not force him to go
to the doctor and decided to take matters into my own hands
as much as possible. I thought at first he might still be
having problems because of metal toxicity. While on the treatment
he could not go through a metal detector without setting it
off. The guards would use their handheld metal detectors,
but my husband would set it off wherever they moved it over
his body. I started researching the treatment online to see
what kind of metal was in interferon (to no avail).
Everything I found about interferon
said that the side effects were mild flu like symptoms, nothing
like what my husband experienced. I could not understand it.
I knew the treatment made him extremely sick, so why were
all the websites saying there weren't serious side effects?
Then I found the HepCSolutions
website. I had never realized there were two forms of interferon.
Thank you for posting the information for others to find and