Sunday, February 2, 2014

Day 13, Riba Rage

I've pretty much narrowed down my side effects to the taking of Ribavirin. Sovaldi by itself isn't causing me any sort of side effects after taking the daily pill, but I have noticed within an hour of Ribavirin, the effects enhance tremendously. There was a saying back in 2006 when I took therapy with Interferon and Ribavirin from a message board support group I was involved with. That saying is "Riba Rage." It fit so well with side effects, and how up and down the drug can cause one to feel. So, I'm resurrecting this old term, and saying that my RibaRage has returned, and my head is stuck somewhere in the clouds.... "Pretty bird..." That was a silly Dumb & Dumber reference, but seriously, I can feel the ups and downs of this drug in my system after taking it. The more fattier meal I eat, the more severe and harsher the side effects manifest. Side effects for me at this moment include brain fog, dizziness, lethargy, chills, sweats, muscle cramps and stomach ickyness. One side effect drives me bonkers, often after taking the pills-AM/PM-I get this feeling in the back of my head like pressure, followed by a sense of wanting to faint, but not fainting, a sense of light headedness. I just knuckle down, and endure. No one said slaying a dragon was going to be a walk in the park, but with all victory comes a season of suffering.

1 comment:

  1. That sounds like a very unnerving feeling. Hopefully these side effects pass quickly!