Pamela Anderson: 'I'M Going to Cure My Hepatitis C'

Oct 25, 2007 Full story: PR-inside.com 82

“Every time I get tested my doctors tell me I am getting healthier. I believe I'm going to cure my Hepatitis C.”

Actress PAMELA ANDERSON is adamant she will cure the Hepatitis C virus she contracted from ex-husband TOMMY LEE. via PR-inside.com

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Dragon Fighter

El Paso, TX

#67 Nov 3, 2008
Her attitude is great. I believe we all wish we could really get rid of this virus. The final outcome is actually unknown to us all. I think that the positive attitude does help to go on though. Some may think she and others with her way of thinking are in denial. It might be so but it never hurt anyone to find a way to cope with this too. I hope those of us who have to live with it can get rid of it soon. In the meantime, we fight it on a daily basis. Good luck to her and the others.
eman

San Jose, CA

#68 Nov 12, 2008
Didn't pam also say that HCV will kill you in five years?
Watch hert ape if you like, but don't look to her for medicaal advice.
HCV is not considered an STD, it's spread blood to blood. It's in the blood, not the sexual fluids.
Blood to blood is the thing. Know that, and take aprpriate precautions.
Also, interferon very much does cause anger all by itself.
I can tell because my stress level is so much higher on shot night and goes down through the week.
I find that treatment exagerates all emotions. Anger, but also, I am weepy. Then to, I have experiances of increadible compasion and gratitude.
Your emotions will be exagerated. You have to learn to live with it. Don't take anything you think on shot night seriously.
Our thoughts and emotions have no arms, legs or teeth. How, then, are they able to harm us?
If you are already feeling suicidal, take some anti depresants and get stable before starting treatment.
Good luck!

“Doot de doot”

Since: Oct 07

doot doot da...!

#69 Nov 12, 2008
eman wrote:
Didn't pam also say that HCV will kill you in five years?
Watch hert ape if you like, but don't look to her for medicaal advice.
HCV is not considered an STD, it's spread blood to blood. It's in the blood, not the sexual fluids.
Blood to blood is the thing. Know that, and take aprpriate precautions.
Also, interferon very much does cause anger all by itself.
I can tell because my stress level is so much higher on shot night and goes down through the week.
I find that treatment exagerates all emotions. Anger, but also, I am weepy. Then to, I have experiances of increadible compasion and gratitude.
Your emotions will be exagerated. You have to learn to live with it. Don't take anything you think on shot night seriously.
Our thoughts and emotions have no arms, legs or teeth. How, then, are they able to harm us?
If you are already feeling suicidal, take some anti depresants and get stable before starting treatment.
Good luck!
I wish you the best of luck with tour treatment. It is tough! My docs actually made me go to a psychiatrist and a therapist before I could begin treatment. I did about a year of counseling and various antidepressants before they'd let me start the interferon. I've kept going to the therapist once a week for the last three years or so and I still go to the shrink every three months. I firmly believe that good mental health support has made a world of difference in my life. I still need a transplant and I still have problems but I haven't jumped off a bridge or anything stupid!
Good luck, Take care and hang in there.
stupid girl

Trenton, NJ

#70 May 4, 2009
Was diagnossed with Hep C-1B three years ago. Paying the price for my careless life in the 70's. I am in week 6 of a clinical trial. My viral count was over 2 million when I started and today it is down to 12,080. I just started to feel sick last week. Was Rx Procrit because my hemogloben was low. I feel like shit. Please advise!

“Doot de doot”

Since: Oct 07

doot doot da...!

#71 May 4, 2009
stupid girl wrote:
Was diagnossed with Hep C-1B three years ago. Paying the price for my careless life in the 70's. I am in week 6 of a clinical trial. My viral count was over 2 million when I started and today it is down to 12,080. I just started to feel sick last week. Was Rx Procrit because my hemogloben was low. I feel like shit. Please advise!
I don't have any advice for you. It's a bitch! I took interferon& riboviran and needed procrit for my hemoglobin as well. I wish I could tell you some secret I learned that'd it make it easier. But I don't know what that'd be.
On second thought, I do have a couple of thoughts, for whatever they're worth...
1. Zofran. If you're have nausea, if they haven't prescribed it, get it.
2. People get sick of hearing how crappy we feel. We still need to how crappy we feel out loud to another person. I started seeing a therapist every week just before I started Tx and I've continued now for about three years. It helps.
3. If you don't object to it, marijuana helps with the depression and anxiety, alleviates nausea and improves the appetite. Sadly, I'm not able to use it because the transplant team takes a dim view toward "recreational" substances.
Above all, do whatever you can to keep your attitude as positive as you can!! Peace, Girl
paul

Ireland

#72 May 7, 2009
yes its good news but i dont think she said that she is going to cure her virus,she said she was getting healthier,but news as always makes up storys and people then call her an idiot please,i think she knows more about itas she lives with it every day for the rest of her life,please give her a break people
Robert

New Orleans, LA

#75 Mar 22, 2010
I've been "cured" of HEP-C for over 10 years. Once cured you still test false - positive, You need a diffent test to detemine if you have it. I believe it's called G-nome. Not sure but believe I got if froma tatoo. My wife and kids never tested positive. So much for passing it on through sex.
Robert

New Orleans, LA

#76 Mar 22, 2010
Feeling like shit...stay with the treatment...when I went through it interferon-ribiviron the cure rate was reportedly on 30-35%....much better now. Good luck
Roach

Charlotte, NC

#77 Jul 12, 2010
Why is this woman still alive? This post is 3 years old. Someone just let her go ahead and die already. And while they're at it, Kid Rock can go ahead and die too.
cvsnow

Prescott, AZ

#78 Sep 3, 2010
blagh wrote:
I think you should reread about Hep C to update your knowledge. It is transferable through sexual fluid, so yes you can get hep c from having sex with someone else who have hep c. it is a STD!!!!
It is extremely rare to contract Hep C through sexual intercourse.

“It's not personal Its business”

Since: Jan 08

Fluffya

#79 Sep 4, 2010
I have not posted here for some time, and wanted to share my experience with all who are interested.
I continued to take the Interferon and Ribovirin for the full 72 weeks, and it was very difficult. I wound up on thyroid treatment-apparently the interferon taosted my thyroid gland. No big deal, it is one little pill a day-$10 for three months worth from Walmart.
My virus level became undetectable shortly after my last post here, and remained so until summer of 2009, about week 67. I had to dose reduce the ribo because of severe hemolytic anemia, and apparently this allowed the virus to reemerge.

I experienced some harsh side effects, and I think many of them were a result of poor quality sleep. lack of good sleep may be the cause of many,perhaps most of the other psychological effects-mood swings, depression, etc. and much of the fatigue and weariness. it got to the point that i coulkd not stay awake for a whole workday.
I refused to take any of the drugs which the doctors recomended to help with this, but eventually gave in and agreed to try Provigil. It helped tremendously, and I was once again able to work a full day with no problem. But now i could not sleep at night-it was worse than before. So I agreed to try Ambien. It really worked like a charm. I was able to get a good nights sleep for the first time in many months, and woke up fresh. These two drugs helped me tolerate the treatment better than I ever had been able to do before.

It has now been almost a year since I discontinued treatment, and I feel really strong and healthy, despite still having the virus.

Three rounds of Interferon and Ribovirin since 2003-once for 48 weeks, once for 24 weeks(with teleprevir but no ribo), and then 72 weeks with Debio 025 for the first month, means I have been on that stuff for three years out of the past seven.

I believe that this allowed my liver to regenerate itself, because even though the virus reamins, it was held in abeyance and this allowed my body to restore itself.
Remember the liver has the ability to completely regenerate itself-in this way it is different from almost any other organ in your body.
I am more hopeful than ever about the chances for a cure despite my lack of success thus far. The new treatments and knowledge gained in the past few years will allow doctors to do genetic tests to determine who will benefit most from a given treatment.

I wish all of you courage, wisdom and strength, and that you may face your challenges with a brave heart and an educated mind.

Keep the faith.

I love you all.

-Menicholas

“Doot de doot”

Since: Oct 07

doot doot da...!

#80 Sep 5, 2010
Michael Corleone wrote:
I have not posted here for some time, and wanted to share my experience with all who are interested.
I continued to take the Interferon and Ribovirin for the full 72 weeks, and it was very difficult. I wound up on thyroid treatment-apparently the interferon taosted my thyroid gland. No big deal, it is one little pill a day-$10 for three months worth from Walmart.
My virus level became undetectable shortly after my last post here, and remained so until summer of 2009, about week 67. I had to dose reduce the ribo because of severe hemolytic anemia, and apparently this allowed the virus to reemerge.
I experienced some harsh side effects, and I think many of them were a result of poor quality sleep. lack of good sleep may be the cause of many,perhaps most of the other psychological effects-mood swings, depression, etc. and much of the fatigue and weariness. it got to the point that i coulkd not stay awake for a whole workday.
I refused to take any of the drugs which the doctors recomended to help with this, but eventually gave in and agreed to try Provigil. It helped tremendously, and I was once again able to work a full day with no problem. But now i could not sleep at night-it was worse than before. So I agreed to try Ambien. It really worked like a charm. I was able to get a good nights sleep for the first time in many months, and woke up fresh. These two drugs helped me tolerate the treatment better than I ever had been able to do before.
It has now been almost a year since I discontinued treatment, and I feel really strong and healthy, despite still having the virus.
Three rounds of Interferon and Ribovirin since 2003-once for 48 weeks, once for 24 weeks(with teleprevir but no ribo), and then 72 weeks with Debio 025 for the first month, means I have been on that stuff for three years out of the past seven.
I believe that this allowed my liver to regenerate itself, because even though the virus reamins, it was held in abeyance and this allowed my body to restore itself.
Remember the liver has the ability to completely regenerate itself-in this way it is different from almost any other organ in your body.
I am more hopeful than ever about the chances for a cure despite my lack of success thus far. The new treatments and knowledge gained in the past few years will allow doctors to do genetic tests to determine who will benefit most from a given treatment.
I wish all of you courage, wisdom and strength, and that you may face your challenges with a brave heart and an educated mind.
Keep the faith.
I love you all.
-Menicholas
I am happy to see your post. I'm sorry the treatment was not as effective as you'd hoped. You have endured a great deal!
I hope a cure is found. Hep C is a much bigger problem than most realize.
As for me. I got pretty sick for a while. Spent most of the fall of 09 in hospital. My meld score got up to 26. I was on the way out. Then in December 09 they called to tell me they had a liver! Everything since the transplant has been a piece of cake.(Relatively speaking)
I felt better when I woke up in the ICU and I get better all the time. I don't have words to express how fortunate I feel. The docs and nurses were amazing. Brilliant team.
Best of luck to you, MC and to all those with Hep C.
Theotis Maximus

Mecosta, MI

#82 Sep 14, 2010
blagh wrote:
I think you should reread about Hep C to update your knowledge. It is transferable through sexual fluid, so yes you can get hep c from having sex with someone else who have hep c. it is a STD!!!!
I disagree with Hep C being an STD. I have been positive since my combat service in Vietnam.I didnt find out I was positive until another soldier from my unit died from complications in 1999.I have been married for thirty years.
My wife has not contracted the disease.
Transmission from sexual contact is less than 2% for single partner sexual contact.
This percentage go's up for a person who has had multiple partners, people who engaged in drug abuse, alcohol abuse or questionable behavior.The most common form of transmission is IV drug use.
Theotis Maximus

Mecosta, MI

#83 Sep 14, 2010
stupid girl wrote:
Was diagnossed with Hep C-1B three years ago. Paying the price for my careless life in the 70's. I am in week 6 of a clinical trial. My viral count was over 2 million when I started and today it is down to 12,080. I just started to feel sick last week. Was Rx Procrit because my hemogloben was low. I feel like shit. Please advise!
Many say that the treatment is worse than the disease. I am a "non-responder" meaning that I cleared the virus during treatment but it returned within three months. My viral load was 1,000,000 in 1999, its now 18,000,000 after tens years.

Dont beat yourself because of ignorant behavior in your past,now is the present and I suspect you have been leading a normal lifestyle.

Biggest thing is to eat something before you medicate, I also used Marijuana to help with the chemo,(I still use it for diet control) which worked as advertised.

Also, I used Xanax 1.0 4x a day to help ease the anxiety, good luck, you will be able to overcome this, the biggest hurdle to me was the length of treatment which should be addressed with the new meds comming online.
NABFIVE

New Haven, CT

#84 Oct 6, 2010
JOE, WAS DIAGNOSED AT METHADONE CLINIC. i USE IV DR. AT A YOUNG AGE TOO. 1980S. HEPC POS 2001 WENT INTERFERON YOUR RIGHT WHAT A NIGHT MARE.. MY MD SAYS HCV UNDETECTABLE. BUT YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT KNEW A LOT OF PEOPLE AT TH CLINIC WOUND UP W/LIVER C/A AND PASSED ON..

STEVE GOOD LUCK
Badar sandhu

Lahore, Pakistan

#85 May 11, 2012
my age is 22 and i diganosed with hcv in 2011 and now am on treatment peglated interferon and ribavirin after 1st month of treatment my hcv pcr become negetive and now am looing fowrd svr ...
1stHandexperienc e

London, Canada

#86 Oct 9, 2012
Ive actually beaten hep c using INTERFERON and RIBIVIRIN, I only had gene type 3 (very small) and now it's in my body but dormant, I can't pass it on and it's not attacking my liver, there's antibodies around the virus all the time, good luck Pam !! I had to do 6 months of 4 pills a day and a shot every Friday, it's very intense treatment lots of side effects like depression, loss of appetite, hair loss etc
Rob

Stoke-on-trent, UK

#89 May 22, 2013
A lot of mis information in this thread. There are different types of hep c. Type 3 only requires 6 months of peginterferon treatment. But type 1 can require 12 months. Side effects of peginterferon vary some suffer very little side effects. I had type 3 and did treatment for six months it did make me run down and low but not all that bad some suffer hardly any side effects I would encourage everybody to do it. Your tested at 6 months after treatment if isnt showing at this time its called sustained viral response which means the virus has gone ie your cured. Its a relatively new treatment so doctors are reluctant to call but once your virul load is zero at 6 and 12 month tests theres a very tiny percntage chance of it coming back so it is all but a cure. I appreciate in America more people are type 1 and this does take 12 months treatment but if you can get through to 6 months try and see it through its worth it. Dont be put off by anybody elses horror stories everybody is different. Taking adepressants before starting the treatment may be a good option for some discuss it with your doctor but it can be done and I have friends that have done the treatment for 12 months type 1 and are now virus free.
I figured I could be miserable and run down for the next twenty or thirty years or do the tratment for six months, as my viral load appeared to have cleared after 1 month they actually reduced the treatment to 5 months. You wont know untill you try, the sooner you go the more likely the treatment will work. I found the key to my treatment was to keep eating it goes against how you may feel when I felt a bit sickly I would eat and this tokk the sickly feeling away. Hope I've not offended people who have had a hard time on the treatment but it can be done and many have done it. In my eyes it is a cure and certainly prefferable to a liver transplant. Fortunately I live in the UK and treatment is payed for by the NHS I'm not sure how it works in america.
Rob

Stoke-on-trent, UK

#90 May 22, 2013
Another word of advice the two people I know where the treatment didnt work both stopped taking the Ribavirin early you must continue both meds to the end. It might sound a bit obvious but dont drink whilst your doing it. Its surprising how many do.

“It's not personal Its business”

Since: Jan 08

Fluffya

#91 Sep 16, 2013
Hi. I am logging on to tell anyone who is still here that I am finally cured.
Got enrolled in a study for a new Gilead two drug combination pill. Took one pill a day for twelve weeks.
No interferon. No ribavirin. No side effects.
One bottle of pills did what a suitcase full of interferon, ribavirin, Telaprevir, and a whole boatload of possibly deadly side effect did not do.
So, again...I am cured.

Do not take interferon, or ribavirin. MY opinion only.

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