Hello, my name is Stephanie and I live in Wellington nz. I contracted HCV in the USA in 1996ish in because I didn't know that bleach did not kill the virus. Anyway my life changed and I got clean in 2003, but picked up the bottle, finally getting sober in 2010.
I did treatment interferon and ribavirin in 2012- unsuccessful.
For the last 3 years I have had a full on job and moved around for work a lot.
Nov 2014 my AFP was elevated. My blood work was stable and as it was at the time of quitting alcohol:
GGT AST ALT IN THE 90s, normal Alk Phosphate, low album 32
This year I have had an ultrasound, ct scan, fibro scan, and blood tests. The results were fatty liver, something to follow up in the bile duct (CT SCAN) Additional biliary uss awaiting. Fibro scan Kpa: 16.6. I am under the care of a gastro specialist.
This year my blood work has gone very badly, despite my lifestyle choices improving:
GGT 186 AST 130 Alk Phospahte 100, low album 30
On Friday I have had an insulin test HbA1c at 56 (no real diabetic symptoms) recommended to retest in 3 months.
AFP stable at 19. Was at 22. (0-10 normal range)
One possibly related /unrelated thing my ears are ringing terribly. It's like my body's alarm isgoing off in my ears for the last 6 weeks.
My eyesight has deteriorated rapidly in the last year. Put it down to being 44, and high iPad, screen user.
Any advice, recommendations, will be greatly appreciated. Health care in nz is overall pretty good but languishing in I don't know what is awful. I'm grateful I'm resourceful and keep my own records. I just don't know what it all means, and I'm scared.
Thanks everyone who replies