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Constant dull upper abdominal pain

I'm 20 and was diagnosed with HCV almost exactly a year ago.  I believe I contracted it a little over a year and a half ago from a girlfriend.  Anyway, in the last two weeks I've been having this intense but dull upper abdominal pain; it's usually on the right side but sometimes on the left too.  Its been pretty consistent but will sometimes go away for a couple hours.  I can kind of feel that my liver is just slightly enlarged, or something else is, but it's unlikely.  I have no other of the typical HCV symptoms.  I was told by the doctor after my diagnosis that it would take decades to progress, and now it's just gone from no symptoms to pain and enlargement in just two weeks.  I just don't understand.  Did anyone else experience it this quickly?  Is it possible that it's something else?  And if I did have liver pain and enlargement wouldn't there be other symptoms?  Could it be something else?  If it isn't I assume this has pretty bad implications for how badly this will progress..
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"A Peptic Ulcer or Acid re-flux is one of the many reasons listed  - pain middle or upper stomach but usually not left or right side."

I have dealt with both and under meds to control it, I am quite aware of where and how the pain is. Like I said a doctor needs to be the one to DX these things and run the proper test...
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A Peptic Ulcer or Acid re-flux is one of the many reasons listed  - pain middle or upper stomach but usually not left or right side.  

Dont_Angry, you never know until a doctor hopefully can make a correct diagnosis.  It would be helpful to keep a diary of the pain days, times before or after meals food etc and other symptoms if any etc  to bring with you when you see the doctor.

What Are the Symptoms of an Ulcer?
An ulcer may or may not have symptoms. When symptoms occur, they may include:
A gnawing or burning pain in the middle or upper stomach between meals or at night, Bloating, Heartburn, Nausea or vomiting

Acid re-flux
a burning pain or discomfort that may move from your stomach to your abdomen or chest, or even up into your throat.
Plus other symptoms Bloating, Heartburn, Nausea, Bloody or black stools or bloody vomiting
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"I was told by the doctor after my diagnosis that it would take decades to progress, and now it's just gone from no symptoms to pain and enlargement in just two weeks."
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I agree with your doctor except sometimes it does progress faster in some people but not in a couple of weeks or a year of being infected.

" it's usually on the right side but sometimes on the left too."
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Since the liver is on the right side and sometimes you say the pain is on your left side it is not being caused by liver enlargement. If I was to guess I would ask to be checked for A Peptic Ulcer or Acid reflux but only a doctor can DX that. Remember HCV is called the silent killer for a reason... Best to you
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I am not a doctor but guess the chances that it is HCV related is low

Look here
What Are the Most Common Causes of Abdominal Pain?
http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/guide/abdominal-pain-causes-treatments
What Are the Most Common Causes of Abdominal Pain?
many are listed there

What Symptoms of Abdominal Pain Are Cause for Concern?
If your abdominal pain is severe or if it is accompanied by any of the following symptoms, contact your health care provider as soon as possible:

Fever
Inability to keep food down for several days
Inability to pass stool, especially if you are also vomiting
Painful or unusually frequent urination
The abdomen is tender to the touch
The pain is the result of an injury to the abdomen
The pain lasts for several days
These symptoms can be an indication of an internal problem that requires treatment as soon as possible.

Seek immediate medical care for abdominal pain if you:
Vomit blood
Have bloody stools
Have difficulty breathing
Have pain occurring during pregnancy

How Is the Cause of Abdominal Pain Determined?
See at the link above
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HCV Symptoms
http://www.webmd.com/hepatitis/hepc-guide/hepatitis-c-symptoms

I contracted HCV in 1980 at 33 yrs old (non A non B then) diagnosed HCV 1999 52 yrs old started noticing Abdominal Pain and told my doctor
after test including a colonoscopy and found I had
Diverticulosis  although pain is usually on the left side unusually can be on right side.
http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/tc/diverticulitis-topic-overview

I also found i have a not so severe Lactose Intolerance that if I have too much milk or dairy products i will get Cramps, Painful gas Bloating etc

Symptoms tend to develop 30 minutes to two hours after drinking milk or eating dairy products. The severity of symptoms varies, depending on the amount of lactose a person can tolerate. Some people may be sensitive to extremely small amounts of lactose-containing foods, while others can eat larger amounts before they notice symptoms.

A couple of times i had Kidney stones and many times over the years very mild food poisoning not serious enough for medical attention.  

2014 66 now and my fibrous is in the F3? range so hoping to start treatment soon.

Hopefully and most likely it's not something serious unless as noted above. Only a medical doctor can give you a diagnosis
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How can you be so sure that Hep C is ruled out?  The dull pain is exactly where the liver is, and matches the symptoms of a slightly enlarged liver.
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This is not a HCV symptom... You need a doctor to check elsewhere.

Good luck
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