I am here because I am scared to death because my husband of almost 20 years has been diagnosed with Hep C. We of course had no idea, he is a healthy 44 year old man, works steady and a physical job. He has always drank quite a bit of beer, usually 3 or 4 (maybe more) per day and a 12 pack or more on the weekend. Well mid September he was getting ready to mow the yard and comes in and says I dont feel really good, I turn around just in time to see him fall into the wall and start to pass out. I jump up and catch him and help lower him to the ground and he has a full blown seizure. Never before has he had this. He drank 2 quarts of beer the night before, but we had been running erands all day and he was fine.
Well he spent 3 days in the hospital and they did every test you could think of CT, MRI, EKG, EEG, etc, etc. The only thing they told us was that his CT or MRI showed some white matter demylenation and the did say one side of his heart was a little larger or thicker, but that could have been because he played a lot of sports and worked out a lot when he was younger (probably not, is what I am thinking). His blood pressure has been up the last few visits in the 140/90 range I think.
He had several surgeries when he was a kid and that included one case where he received blood. Unfortunately after he left home in the early 80's he says he stupidly was experiencing everything he could after being so sheltered and did try IV drugs a few times................sigh. He tested positive for Hepatitis he said in like 84 (we met in 1988) but I guess they didnt know and he was young, recovered so didnt worry about it. When we met I did learn that he had had Hepatitis, but I didnt worry, my brother had had Hep A before and he was fine.
We have also talked about other symptoms and I mentioned to him that "you havent had blood in your stools or anything" and he said sometimes...but he thought it was just hemroids, but yes sometimes in the stool/toilet. He has drank beer almost everyday that I have known him and I think it has gotten worse since we moved out to a rural area. I think he was drinking more than we knew. He has also changed a lot over the last 5 years personality wise. He used to be very easy going, never really got upset. After my weightloss (had gastric bypass, lost 200 lbs) he seemed to change, be more moody and just didnt seem to be happy or have fun. I kept telling him he seemed like he was in a bad mood all the time and didnt enjoy being around me and the kids. He could never see it and still doesnt see it when I point out he is over reacting. And the last year or so has complained of muscle aches and been more tired, taking naps etc. I figured that it was because of all the changes in me and my weigtloss etc and just getting older. Now I am beginning to wonder. He also seems to take longer to ask questions during conversations, I noticed this about a year ago, was like I always wanted to speed him up.
His last blood test showed
ALT 101 ( up from 72)
AST 58 (up from 47) says he wasnt drinking, but I reminded him he had had several beers (that I know of) in the preceeding weeks.
HEP C ANTI BODY 78.18 Positive
Viral Load 2,810,000
So, we have an appt with a GI Dr. on Nov 13 and and ultrasound on Nov 19th. I am really getting scared............it seems like this isnt looking good at all. I am also feeling very alone in this because he doesnt want to tell anyone.
I am scared, very scared, but I am doing my best to be there for him. I was the one to tell him to tell the Dr. he had had Hepatitis before when they started talking about his liver because of the seizure and drinking.
Any thoughts........am I reading too much into this. I dont know what to do. I keep researching and looking for more information and I get the same stuff and is scares me to death.
Thanks, looking forward to some support and I do apologize for the long post.........