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Symptoms of Hep C

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Symptoms of Hepatitis C

Although all symptoms do not occur in any one case, many combinations have been documented. Interestingly, in many people the presence of symptoms does not bear any relationship to the extent of the illness. In other words, someone with very mild Hepatitis can describe many of the symptoms, while another person who has much more advanced liver disease may have few or no symptoms at all.

Appetite, loss
Anxiety
Arthritis
Ascites (swelling in the abdominal area)
(rare) Autoimmune Hepatitis
Blurred vision
Bruise easily/excessively
Chills, hot/cold flashes
Cold extremities (usually hands and feet; often cold to the touch)
Dark urine
Depression, anxiety, irritability, etc.
Dizziness
Dry skin
Edema (swelling/fluid retention in the extremities)
Excessive bleeding
Eye or eyesight problems (blurred vision or dry eyes)
Fatigue (mild to debilitating)
Fever
Flu like symptoms
Gallstones or Gallbladder trouble
Grey, yellow, white or light colored stools
Headaches (often report onset of migraines)
Heartburn
Hepatalgia (pain or discomfort in the liver area)
Hot flashes
Indigestion and/or gas
Inflammation in the joints (particularly hands, wrists & elbows)
Insomnia
Irritability
Itching (often accompanied by rashes)
Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes)
Joint pain
Loss/decline of sex drive (not directly related to Hepatitis, but most likely due to stress, discomfort and exhaustion caused by the struggle of dealing with Chronic Illness)
Low light vision problems
Mood changes or swings
Memory loss, mental confusion, disorientation
Menstrual problems/changes
Muscle aches
Nausea
(rare) Nueropathy
Oral or mouth sores/problems
Pain or discomfort in abdomen (most often upper)
Pain or discomfort up under rib cage
Peripheral neuropathy (damage to nerves - most often in the hands and feet)
Rashes/Red spots
Red palms (can occur in any Chronic liver disease and are not specifically caused by the virus. Cause is unknown but is speculated that it may involve upset hormone metabolism or microcirculatory changes)
Rheumatoid arthritis
Sensitivity or intolerance to heat or cold
Sensitivity or intolerance to light
Skin problems; dry, itching, rashes, spots (often caused by build up of bilirubin in the skin.)
Skin sensitivity
Sleep disturbances
Slow healing and recovery
Succeptibility to illness/flu
Sweating
Swelling of stomach, legs or feet
Urinary problems; odor, discoloration
Vertigo, dizziness, coordination difficulty
Vomiting
Water retention (extremities and abdomen)
Weakness
Weight gain
Weight loss

Most (if not all) of these can also be symptomatic of other conditions, and it is very important that you maintain appropriate medical care, regardless of your course of treatment
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96938 tn?1189803458
The letters of the alphabet not covered by symptoms are covered by treatment:

Krazziness
Quarrelsome
Temperamental
Xanax
Yelling
Zoloft
Avatar universal
We truly appreciate your serious hard work but I could not resist (well maybe) doing the following:
Although all symptoms do not occur in any one case, many combinations have been documented. Interestingly, in many people the presence of symptoms does not bear any relationship to the extent of the illness. In other words, someone with very mild Hepatitis can describe many of the symptoms, while another person who has much more advanced liver disease may have few or no symptoms at all.

Appetite, loss - Haviing to eat your own cooking
Anxiety  - more grand/gr-grand kids -:)
Arthritis  - you mean my boyfriend Arthur??
Ascites (swelling in the abdominal area)
(rare) Autoimmune Hepatitis
Blurred vision - got my glasses at Binyons
Bruise easily/excessively - forgot my Iron
Chills, hot/cold flashes - need another blanket
Cold extremities (usually hands and feet; often cold to the touch)  - warm heart
Dark urine  - ??
Depression, anxiety, irritability, etc. - menopause!!
Dizziness - sorry, no blondes here -:)))))))))
Dry skin  - too much sun
Edema (swelling/fluid retention in the extremities)  - not going there
Excessive bleeding - n/a
Eye or eyesight problems (blurred vision or dry eyes) - those darn Binyon glasses, again
Fatigue (mild to debilitating) - mild - being a Sr. Cit.
Fever - only had that when he looked better
Flu like symptoms - not since the above -:)
Gallstones or Gallbladder trouble - n/a
Grey, yellow, white or light colored stools  - n/a
Headaches (often report onset of migraines) - I'm a girl -:))
Heartburn - God, I love Mexican food, tho'.
Hepatalgia (pain or discomfort in the liver area)  - not fun
Hot flashes - Meno.
Indigestion and/or gas  - those darn chili peppers
Inflammation in the joints (particularly hands, wrists & elbows)  - That's my friend Arthur, again
Insomnia - shouldn't have watched that movie
Irritability - living with the same man for nearly 30 years -:)
Itching (often accompanied by rashes)  - ?
Jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes) - n/a
Joint pain - Arthur
Loss/decline of sex drive (not directly related to Hepatitis, but most likely due to stress, discomfort and exhaustion caused by the struggle of dealing with Chronic Illness) - Or that lack of "E" up there.
Low light vision problems - Binyons
Mood changes or swings - Menopause & bad BP meds.
Memory loss, mental confusion, disorientation  -- HeeHee - I'm a Sr.  - I got rights!  - - HeeHee
Menstrual problems/changes - God help us all
Muscle aches - Arthur's sidekick
Nausea - Haven't had that since the last baby
(rare) Nueropathy -n/a
Oral or mouth sores/problems - Only when I change feet
Pain or discomfort in abdomen (most often upper) - Serious, there.
Pain or discomfort up under rib cage  - ditto
Peripheral neuropathy (damage to nerves - most often in the hands and feet) - some of this
Rashes/Red spots - none of that
Red palms (can occur in any Chronic liver disease and are not specifically caused by the virus. - n/a, so far
Cause is unknown but is speculated that it may involve upset hormone metabolism or microcirculatory changes)
Rheumatoid arthritis - There he is again
Sensitivity or intolerance to heat or cold - Only when hubby grabs or throws the covers
Sensitivity or intolerance to light - "why did you wake me up?"
Skin problems; dry, itching, rashes, spots (often caused by build up of bilirubin in the skin.)  - some
Skin sensitivity - "Don't touch me!"
Sleep disturbances - Only when he snores
Slow healing and recovery - Need more "waiting on" -:))
Succeptibility to illness/flu -n/a
Sweating - not going there -:)
Swelling of stomach, legs or feet - n/a thank you Lord (especially that first one)
Urinary problems; odor, discoloration - gotta drink more water - ugh!!
Vertigo, dizziness, coordination difficulty - "Honey, don't move so fast"
Vomiting - n/a thank you God
Water retention (extremities and abdomen) - n/a
Weakness - "but Honey, I just can't do this - won't you do it for me,  pretty please?"
Weight gain - PLUUUUEEEEZZZ, not THAT
Weight loss - Oh yes - this is much better

Most (if not all) of these can also be symptomatic of other conditions, and it is very important that you maintain appropriate medical care, regardless of your course of treatment

Hope this does not offend you - Sure don't mean to, because this is a very serious problem and we all need to be aware.  It was just such an awesome opportunity after what FLGuy said -:)))
163305 tn?1333672171
Hey thanks for the laughs. Offense? Como?  Humor makes me happy.  ;)
It wasn't hard work. I stumbled into this and did a copy and paste. You did the hard work!
92903 tn?1309908311
Indigestion and/or gas

I concur.

-- Gassy
Avatar universal
Sure didn't mean to get 2 of those in there.  Seems it's either none or multiples. Oh well. Enjoy.

tmblwd
Avatar universal
oops hit enter to soon. Loss of brain matter another symptom. I have almost everyone of those symptoms and they seem to be getting worse. I am so sick of being tired and so tired of being sick.  Good luck to the rest of you hope the peg-intron and ribiviron work for you. They did not work for me. Going for third Dr. now. Took a 5 yr rest from all treatment now am ready to go back. I broke both legs two yrs ago and they didnt want to do the surgery to repair my legs cuz my enzymes were so high. I told Doc my enzymes are always high just do the dam surgery. Legs are better but from all the pain meds my liver is worse. Dagnabit!!!!!
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