View Full Version : Hep C - can body cure itself of it?


jennifer1
02-15-2009, 05:27 PM
Daughter called today and said her blood work is great, her body cured itself of Hep C afer just a few short years in prison. Unlike me she believes everything someone tells her (why she is where she is) and just dont think this sounds right. I looked on internet and cant find this. All I can conclude is that they are lying, in order to not treat her or she never had it to begin with. Any input on this will be appreciated. We will have her checked when she is released in Sep. I like miracles just dont see too many.

light at end
02-15-2009, 05:56 PM
You should post this in the hep c forum. I know you will get lots of responses.
http://www.prisontalk.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=190

jennifer1
02-15-2009, 06:35 PM
I didnt know this forum existed when I posted however am reading now and I think my question has been answered somewhat.

light at end
02-16-2009, 11:16 AM
I hope it was the answer you were wishing for.

LovedBySLUGO
03-08-2009, 09:06 PM
My husband before we were married had hepatitis C, stage 2 I believe it was. They put him on Pegylated Interfuron A2B. its a 48 week course of injections. he was cured of his hep C 3 months before the course was over. but the interfuron is very hard on the body. they wont start it unless you know you can handle it. but it does work. My husband was the 8th person to ever recieve this treatment. at the time is was experimental.

StacysWar030
03-08-2009, 09:10 PM
You dont actually "get cured" even with the interferon treatments. What CAN happen is the body goes into remission. It's like cancer, it can come back at ANY time. Not many actually go into remission either. My sister-in-law went thru the treatments and went into remission. Her blood tests came back negative for like 5 or 6 years. Just recently, the disease reared its ugly head again :(

Stacy

LovedBySLUGO
03-09-2009, 10:47 AM
You dont actually "get cured" even with the interferon treatments. What CAN happen is the body goes into remission. It's like cancer, it can come back at ANY time. Not many actually go into remission either. My sister-in-law went thru the treatments and went into remission. Her blood tests came back negative for like 5 or 6 years. Just recently, the disease reared its ugly head again :(

Stacy

he hs NO TRACE of the hep virus in his system, his liver and completely healed and regenerated, the drs. consider him to be healed. the pegylated interfuron a2b was expiremental at the time he go the treatments, he was the 8th person ever to recieve it.

saracmc
03-09-2009, 02:56 PM
A good friend who's incarcerated at Parchman was recently told that the virus "cleared" from his body. This is explained at the Center for Disease Control website (do a Google search for "CDC" and "hepatitis C"). I hope that this is helpful!

SugarGirl
03-09-2009, 05:18 PM
It is possible for the body to cure itself of acute hep c but I have never heard of it happening after several years. I suppose it is possible but not probable. Was your daughter treated in prison? I think she should have another test when she gets out.

Stacy, it is very rare that hep c comes back after going into remission for more than a year. It is more likely that somebody would reinfect themself. I am sorry this happened to someone in your family.

mary77
03-09-2009, 10:09 PM
the body can fight it off that what happening to a friend of mine that hasnt drank in three years

only1love
03-15-2009, 04:06 AM
I never drank and never took drugs. I got Hep C from a blood transfusion that was meant for my patient. ( I am a critical care RN) I was acutely ill, and was sent to a specialist at a huge university hospital. I too was in a study, but it was the first study ever done with Interferon. It was 1987! My doctor and I are featured in JAMA, November 1988. Hepatitis C lays dormant like remission once the virus is cleared. The length of time in remission varies depending on genotype, and dose of Interferon. This medication is dose sensitive meaning the higher the dose, the greater the chance of response. When I was in the study, I was on the highest dose for that program, and I was a complete responder. My dose was 10 million Units 3 times a week for a year. Once the FDA approved it, they did not approve it for my dose due to the side effects. It is only approved at 3 million units, whether given alone or in combination with riboviran. I was in remission for 10 years, still never drank, still no drugs, not even cigarettes! In 2000 my viral load was literally in the millions. Biopsy confirmed Stage III with bridging Fibrosis, no cirrhosis. The virus has spread to the spleen, and it will continue to attack! The key factor is that for now, my liver functions normally in spite of the virus. The day the liver wears out from so much overwork, I will be placed on a transplant list.
No, you can not fight it off, and no, it does not disappear. If people are in remission, that is wonderful, but this is like having a black cloud over your head. I am no longer a candidate for Interferon therapy since I did not respond to the last 2 attempts using 3 million units. Hepatologists are slowly moving away from a biopsy and here is why. If you think of a piece of swiss cheese. Imagine that every hole is where the Hep C has invaded the liver, and just imagine that since the biopsy is done through the skin and the doctor can not see where the needle is going, it is highly possible to stick the part that is NOT infected yet. Therefore a negative biopsy, may or may not be the best way to decide remission. What they do instead is viral titers and if they are zero, and in 6 months remain zero, then they feel that the patient is in remission. This information came from UC Davis Univeristy Hospital and Liver Transplant Team. There are severl videos on U tube about this.

Inspiration
03-22-2009, 10:08 AM
Thank you for this information. Although disheartening, it is at least truthful. I'm am just learning about Hep C and of course read every thread that speaks of a "cure" for Hep C. My fiance has it, although it is currently in remission. I worry so much about the day that it rears it's ugly head again. Right now he is doing a bid and is not drinking any beer or doing any drugs, so I think he is very healthy right now. I also have him taking a lot of vitamins and trying to eat as best as he can. But when he is home I am afraid that he will start drinking beer again and maybe do some harm to his liver. Right now the docs say that there is no trace of Hep C in his blood. I know from reading this forum and doing other research that it is just hiding for the time being. But I can't help but to hope that some day there will be a cure. It hurts to think that some day this horrible virus may take him from me prematurely! :( Thanks for your info only1love.

I never drank and never took drugs. I got Hep C from a blood transfusion that was meant for my patient. ( I am a critical care RN) I was acutely ill, and was sent to a specialist at a huge university hospital. I too was in a study, but it was the first study ever done with Interferon. It was 1987! My doctor and I are featured in JAMA, November 1988. Hepatitis C lays dormant like remission once the virus is cleared. The length of time in remission varies depending on genotype, and dose of Interferon. This medication is dose sensitive meaning the higher the dose, the greater the chance of response. When I was in the study, I was on the highest dose for that program, and I was a complete responder. My dose was 10 million Units 3 times a week for a year. Once the FDA approved it, they did not approve it for my dose due to the side effects. It is only approved at 3 million units, whether given alone or in combination with riboviran. I was in remission for 10 years, still never drank, still no drugs, not even cigarettes! In 2000 my viral load was literally in the millions. Biopsy confirmed Stage III with bridging Fibrosis, no cirrhosis. The virus has spread to the spleen, and it will continue to attack! The key factor is that for now, my liver functions normally in spite of the virus. The day the liver wears out from so much overwork, I will be placed on a transplant list.
No, you can not fight it off, and no, it does not disappear. If people are in remission, that is wonderful, but this is like having a black cloud over your head. I am no longer a candidate for Interferon therapy since I did not respond to the last 2 attempts using 3 million units. Hepatologists are slowly moving away from a biopsy and here is why. If you think of a piece of swiss cheese. Imagine that every hole is where the Hep C has invaded the liver, and just imagine that since the biopsy is done through the skin and the doctor can not see where the needle is going, it is highly possible to stick the part that is NOT infected yet. Therefore a negative biopsy, may or may not be the best way to decide remission. What they do instead is viral titers and if they are zero, and in 6 months remain zero, then they feel that the patient is in remission. This information came from UC Davis Univeristy Hospital and Liver Transplant Team. There are severl videos on U tube about this.

only1love
03-22-2009, 09:58 PM
You're welcome. That is why I visit this site. To help others with the truth.
When taking vitamins, be sure that they do NOT have iron in them since the virus feeds off of the iron. Vitamin A, and Vitamin E are also bad. Beta Carotene is essential and is not the same as Vitamin A. Basic rule of thumb is that water soluable vitamins are fine, fat soluable vitamins are not good

Inspiration
03-23-2009, 10:08 AM
Wow, I didn't know that Vitamin E And Vitamin A are bad. I did know that he should stay away from iron, but I didn't know about the other two. He does take extra Vitamin E right now. He was taking it for heart health. Right now he is experiencing some anemia, I told him to try and make sure he eats the right foods with iron in them as opposed to taking iron. But I will tell him about the Vitamin E. Again, thanks.

You're welcome. That is why I visit this site. To help others with the truth.
When taking vitamins, be sure that they do NOT have iron in them since the virus feeds off of the iron. Vitamin A, and Vitamin E are also bad. Beta Carotene is essential and is not the same as Vitamin A. Basic rule of thumb is that water soluable vitamins are fine, fat soluable vitamins are not good

ShyCharla
07-26-2009, 08:44 PM
Daughter called today and said her blood work is great, her body cured itself of Hep C afer just a few short years in prison. Unlike me she believes everything someone tells her (why she is where she is) and just dont think this sounds right. I looked on internet and cant find this. All I can conclude is that they are lying, in order to not treat her or she never had it to begin with. Any input on this will be appreciated. We will have her checked when she is released in Sep. I like miracles just dont see too many.


Since I had a blood transfussion when I was 13 years old. I found outr about the Hepititis C when I turned 18 years old and went to visit a plassma center with my boyfriend. I've been in remission for years.......

only1love
07-27-2009, 10:34 PM
I am so glad for you that you are in remission. Many people have this happen and it can last for many years. It is not however, a cure. The disease is not "GONE" it is just at rest, not active and therefore called "remission".

No one knows for sure what kicks a person out of remission. There are many theories such as illness, drinking, taking street drugs, excessive use of tylenol and / or motrin and traumatic emotional stress.

Missinhim24/7
07-29-2009, 01:04 AM
Actually, I was told by a specialist that in some cases the body is strong enough to fight of the virus on it's own, and the body may cure itself!!!

HereKittyKitty
07-29-2009, 09:06 AM
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OOPS, Deleted. I see that this info has been posted.

ShyCharla
07-29-2009, 12:09 PM
I am so glad for you that you are in remission. Many people have this happen and it can last for many years. It is not however, a cure. The disease is not "GONE" it is just at rest, not active and therefore called "remission".

No one knows for sure what kicks a person out of remission. There are many theories such as illness, drinking, taking street drugs, excessive use of tylenol and / or motrin and traumatic emotional stress.



for years that my three daughter I had in my 20's might catch hepitits c from me. But thankfully they didn't. I watched my dad die of liver cancer from cirrosis of the liver. He had been an alcoholic since he was age 13 and he had stopped drinking during the last 20 years of his life. In the end though it didn't matter cause the Alcohol still killed him in the end, or should I say was the cause of killing him... :(

fieryvixenqd
08-04-2009, 03:24 PM
Actually, I was told by a specialist that in some cases the body is strong enough to fight of the virus on it's own, and the body may cure itself!!!

This is true. I've had several liver specialists tell me about this (I'm one of those people that asks 5 million ques). They are called the 1%ers. Because only 1% of people who are "exposed" to Hepatitus C are able to fight it off and never actually develop acute Hepatitus like the rest of us.

They thought I was going to be one of them. My levels teetered at barely detectable for 4 years before my body decided enough I guess. I remember my doctor saying "well aren't you lucky..." I, of course asked him why and had it explained. Unfortunately, I did not turn out to be so lucky...

only1love
08-04-2009, 04:50 PM
That is such a small percentage of individuals and I suspect that it is further stratified by genotype, which is why I prefer not to deliver false hopes. When statistics fall that far outside of the bell curve it is just that!

The birth control pill is only 99% effective too, only 1% chance of getting pregnant on the pill.... very, very, rare, as is the scenerio you have presented here, but thanks for the information.

Jocenana
08-05-2009, 02:37 PM
About 7 years ago when my husband was in prison he was diagnosed with Hep C...did what he could, quit drinking, ate better the whole nine yards...when he went back to prison this time there was no sign of Hep C....did he have it? Yes, we had 3 different tests done and yes he did...does he now? No. I have heard that a liver can regenerate itself...so I am saying yes, the body can cure itself...

jensdannyboy
08-14-2009, 08:52 PM
Daughter called today and said her blood work is great, her body cured itself of Hep C afer just a few short years in prison. Unlike me she believes everything someone tells her (why she is where she is) and just dont think this sounds right. I looked on internet and cant find this. All I can conclude is that they are lying, in order to not treat her or she never had it to begin with. Any input on this will be appreciated. We will have her checked when she is released in Sep. I like miracles just dont see too many.

Just to let you know, according to the CDC, Hep C CAN actually be cured by the bodies own immune system. it is a rare event that doesn't happen too often, but it DOES happen. You may want to ask your daughter if she has had labs done to see if the virus is still in her system or if the levels are just at normal ranges. Usually what will happen is that Hep C will cause the ast and alt, liver enzyme levels, to rise but the body can compensate for this and get the levels back tonormal for a time. She needs to have a Hep C panel done by the prison to determine if the disease is still present or not and go from there. just a little info that might help you out...If you have any other questions, feel free to ask because this is an issue that I know a LOT about and have studied for many years because it is SO prevalent in the system now...I did almost 15 years inside and when I first went in it wasn't really a problem, but now 1 out of 5 prisoners inside have it or have had a positive test result...Needs to be addressed by the prison system and the rest of the world as well...

SMK52
08-15-2009, 12:52 PM
From the CDC website:

"Is it possible to get over hepatitis C?

Yes, approximately 15%25% of people who get hepatitis C will clear the virus from their bodies without treatment and will not develop chronic infection. Experts do not fully understand why this happens for some people."

Check the website for more useful information, http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/index.htm.

Inspiration
08-16-2009, 12:30 PM
From the CDC website:

"Is it possible to get over hepatitis C?

Yes, approximately 15%–25% of people who get hepatitis C will clear the virus from their bodies without treatment and will not develop chronic infection. Experts do not fully understand why this happens for some people."

Check the website for more useful information, http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/index.htm.


Thanks for the link! This is really good information!

SMK52
08-16-2009, 06:33 PM
Here's another one. If you go to the Mayo Clinic home page, you can find information about every disease you can think of, and medications too.

Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hepatitis-c/DS00097

At the CDC website read both "For the public" and "For health professionals" Good luck! :thumbsup:

SMK52
08-16-2009, 06:34 PM
Here's another one. Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hepatitis-c/DS00097

If you go to the Mayo Clinic home page, you can find information about every disease you can think of, and medications too.

At the CDC website read both "For the public" and "For health professionals" Good luck! :thumbsup: