ladyailith (ladyailith) wrote in hepatitis_c,

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I just got invoices for 2 tests done at the end of August. It seems that my insurance company doesn't pay for the genotype and the Heptimax tests. Has anyone else had problems with their insurance companies not covering the tests?? I haven't had a chance to call the insurance company yet - that's on my list for tomorrow.

Oh, yeah...I'm Kate and I was diagnosed with HCV in July. Chances are more than good that I got it while being treated for Guillain-Barre Syndrome. Treatment for GBS is plasmapheresis (plasma exchange done with a dialysis machine).

GBS is a neurological syndrome that is usually triggered by a virus. The antibodies created to fight the virus don't shut off and begin attacking the myelin sheath on the nerves. Kinda like something munching on the insulation of a wire. Anyway, it can be mild or severe. It's painful - since the insulation is compromised, nerves sort of short circuit. It can also cause paralysis. Fortunately, GBS is fairly rare - 1 or 2 in 100,000 and recovery, while lengthy (2+ years), is around 85%.

If you want to know more, just let me know.
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