I have had Hep C since 2009, stage 4 with Cirrhosis. I went through the treatment twice, but I think that the second on (Invicik) has cause serious damage to me. I have read that Interferon treatment can cause Neuropathy in Hep C patients treating. I am not sure how true this is, but there were some scientific studies on the subject.
My Neuropathy cam out of nowhere, as I was at a pool party last summer and my legs just gave out, since this time I can not walk on my own. At first I had no idea what could had caused this, after many doctors and final a nerve test I found out that I have Neuropathy, not only does it cause me from walking it hurts. I did ask the doctor what would cause this, one minute I was standing, walking, and then I just fell and could no longer to that.
The Doctor told me that the Neuropathy was cause my Hep C but when I was him how, he would not tell me. I don’t know the doctors don’t tell us why, maybe they think we are stupid. I started to do my own research, and the pickings are slim. Basically there are two types of Neuropathy, one from blood sugar, and one from nerve issues, I have the later.
If your peripheral neuropathy is caused by damage to the nerve sheaths due to elevated blood sugar, there is no guarantee the damage would reverse itself even if the blood sugar situation was corrected. Nerve tissue is the slowest to heal. My peripheral . didn’t manifest until 6 months post-tx and my blood sugar / weight gain was normal.
- inability to walk
- losing my balance
- falling when not careful
- Extreme shaking
I was told at the Physical Therapy center that the Neuropathy would not go away, and in fact it might get worse in time. Me I just life one day at a time 🙂