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Hep C, viral load dormant. Taking Suboxone. Pain in abdomen. Advice?

I have Hep c and last yr when tested they said my viral load was dorment? can you tell me when should i see someone about getting treated and what are the signs, i also take a numerous amount of pysc meds and currently on suboxone but i dont want to take the suboxone all my life ...lately i am having alot of pain in abdomen area
Asked On : Thu, 10 Oct 2013
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Hi,

Since you apparently had very low Hepatitis C virus RNA levels, your doctor told you that the virus is dormant. This means that you do not need to start treatment now. You need to be screened at least one to two times a year to assess if the virus has started replicating and the status of your liver function. If your doctor finds these test reports worsening, he will suggest that you start treatment. Till then you need to take care of your health by avoiding alcohol and other substances including opioid analgesics like suboxone which can harm your liver. Please take steps to prevent the spread of the virus. Also immediately inform your doctor if you experience yellowish discoloration of eyes, skin and nails along with nausea and loss of appetite.

Hope you find this helpful. Best wishes.
Answered: Fri, 11 Oct 2013
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