I was acute so do have a time frame. While I can't tell you the time lapse between the actual exposure and on set of symptoms, this is the time frame. I did have symptoms late Spring of last year, brown urine and extreme fatigue. I give blood every 6 months so know it was between December of 2009 and June of 2010. My two known possible exposures were a removal of a hemangioma in February and a tetanus shot the first of May.
The only symptom I am confident is caused by my hep c is acid reflux, which became a very regular occurrence about 15 years after infection. The reason I am confident it is from my hep c is because it has been greatly reduced during tx.
Other issues that may or may not be hep c related
psoriasis - broke out on my feet and knees at 39 years old (15 years after hcv)
depression - always been prone to it but in recent years it has been tougher to fend off.
insomnia - always has been an issue but has been worse in the last few years.
Hope you have a sense of humor - I guess you have to with this eh? I had a rash as well and my doctor told me to take a milk bath. I said "past ur ized?" he said, " No, just up to your boobs. " past your eyes-heh heh
Thanks for your answers.
The research is being used in a 'metanalysis' that has been in progress since 2006 on Fatigue in patients with HCV.
We are nearing the end of it and have found that no study has asked the question about when symptoms occurred and how soon after becoming infected that you became aware of them.
Well I have fatigue...I have itchiness...under treatment for depression(even more depressed now)...I found out I had it just by chance during some routine blood tests 2 months ago...when I got it??...have no idea...perhaps dentist...
still getting used to the idea...
With all honesty I would say I contracted HCV about 1986-1987. However I was not tested for it until 1992 when my test came back positive. I had no symptoms other than fatigue that I have battled most of my life, which could of been associated with depression. Also, at about 1995, I started having symptoms of the skin disease Hidradenitis suppurativa. It is not a contagious disease, however it is not well known , nor its cause, and I think somewhere there is a link to HCV. ( but just my opinion)
After I was tested in 1992, I pretty much went 10 years without any sx other than fatique and then in April 2002, my world crashed, lost my job over 23 years and ended up with a major breakdown. I was hospitilized for 3 months with major depression & panic and anxiety disorder. During the time frame from April of 2002 until Oct 2010, I have had many liver biopsies where came back stage 0 until Oct 2010 and then showed up S2 G2. My liver panels have always been normal, never any elevation of any kind. My viral load in 1992 was at 1 mill copies and over the years came down to a neg <55 non existent ??? GI always thought my body was trying to fight off the HCV. He would not treat me with the depression until I got it under control which took a good 8 years. Finally Sept 12 2011 I got blessed and started Triple therapy with INC. So Far , So Good. VL at start 15,000 , 4 weeks UND Im in week 11 now and will find out in 2 more weeks if I am UND AGAIN :)
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