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Offline Layla123

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Those with symptoms....
« on: February 25, 2017, 10:34:05 am »
Okay, so this is my last question for the day (maybe)....I have been infected for 9 weeks and definitely am suffering from symptoms. I am hoping these symptoms are generating due to my body beginning to attack the virus, unfortunately in my last blood test the doc did not check for antibodies...which were not found at the the 8 week mark....anyway, my question is..has anyone who has had similar symptoms from HEP C (I know most people were not aware that they were infected this early on but Im hoping someone has experienced similar symptoms and can educate me)...Currently I wake up at night with night sweats (20-30% of the week)....I usually wake up with a very mild headache (25% of the week)....Fatigued, somehwat...but im normally tired for the past 8 years based on boredom (retired way too young, skin itching is a big one...(50% of the time, my face is itchy....)...Ive noticed today that my stool has become much lighter in color...kinda like the smiley faces above...sorry....Can someone tell me if they have had this experience? Can I expect them to get better or worse in the near future? Is there anything I can do to alleviate some or all....Sorry for all the questions.....but THANKS FOR ALL OF THE GUIDANCE AND HELP.....

Offline Angelica

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Re: Those with symptoms....
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2017, 04:22:46 pm »
Hi,

I did not have the same experience. I can tell when I got infected because, it must have been a few months later when I was really ill. It was like a very, very strong flu, the type I only ever got as a child. I remember being so weak I had to pace myself even when eating. Of course I had no idea at the time and it was only when I was diagnosed that I looked back and I understood what that was.

Offline Lynn K

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Re: Those with symptoms....
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2017, 12:00:38 am »
Here is a list of common hep c symptoms from

http://hepc.liverfoundation.org/diagnosis/symptoms-of-hep-c/

What are the Signs & Symptoms of Hepatitis C?

Most people (about 70% – 80%) with an acute Hepatitis C infection do not experience any symptoms or show signs of the infection.  If Hepatitis C symptoms do occur, they usually appear within two weeks to six months after being exposed to the Hepatitis C virus (HCV). If you do develop symptoms related to Hepatitis C, they’re generally mild and flu-like and may include:

Feeling very tired
Sore muscles
Joint pain
Fever
Nausea or poor appetite
Stomach pain
Itchy skin
Dark urine
A yellow discoloration of the skin and whites of the eyes, called jaundice.

As your test for HCV RNA by PCR came back with a viral load there is really no reason to have the hep c antibody test it is only used to screen for possible hep c infection. Your detected HCV RNA test confirms you do have hep c.

Hope this helps you out
« Last Edit: February 27, 2017, 12:03:42 am by Lynn K »
Genotype 1a
1978 contracted, 1990 Dx
1995 Intron A failed
2001 Interferon Riba null response
2003 Pegintron Riba trial med null response
2008 F4 Cirrhosis Bx
2014 12 week Sov/Oly relapse
10/14 fibroscan 27 PLT 96
2014 24 weeks Harvoni 15 weeks Riba
5/4/15 EOT not detected, ALT 21, AST 20
4 week post not detected, ALT 26, AST 28
12 week post NOT DETECTED (07/27/15)
ALT 29, AST 27 PLT 92
24 week post NOT DETECTED! (10/19/15)
44 weeks (3/11/16)  fibroscan 33, PLT 111, HCV NOT DETECTED!
I AM FREE!

Offline Layla123

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Re: Those with symptoms....
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2017, 06:50:36 am »
Thanks folks for the responses...I guess I'd like to have seen the antibody test to know for sure that my body has started fighting this virus.

Offline Layla123

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Re: Those with symptoms....
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2017, 11:07:56 am »
All, so I drove myself crazy all weekend worrying that I might be HIV positive as well as HCV (which has been conformed).....At 8 am prompt I called the blood bank for a second time and asked them to confirm that they definitely tested my body for HIV RNA in addition to the numerous other blood born viruses they had listed on the letter they sent me regarding the positive HCV RNA test result...They conformed that they would always continue the testing and check for co-infection...so a weekend wasted bringing on symptoms from anxiety!!!! They told me I am not HIV positive....Time to get healthy!

Offline andrew j

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Re: Those with symptoms....
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2017, 08:55:05 pm »
It must still have been a relief to hear it from the horse's mouth.
Thank God, eh?!


Offline Layla123

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Re: Those with symptoms....
« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2017, 07:34:08 pm »
absolutely...now I want to be tested again to definitely rule it out.....Thanks

Offline Lynn K

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Re: Those with symptoms....
« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2017, 11:25:25 pm »
I think you can rule HIV out. Only reason to test would be for your own peace of mind but you have already recently tested negative.
Genotype 1a
1978 contracted, 1990 Dx
1995 Intron A failed
2001 Interferon Riba null response
2003 Pegintron Riba trial med null response
2008 F4 Cirrhosis Bx
2014 12 week Sov/Oly relapse
10/14 fibroscan 27 PLT 96
2014 24 weeks Harvoni 15 weeks Riba
5/4/15 EOT not detected, ALT 21, AST 20
4 week post not detected, ALT 26, AST 28
12 week post NOT DETECTED (07/27/15)
ALT 29, AST 27 PLT 92
24 week post NOT DETECTED! (10/19/15)
44 weeks (3/11/16)  fibroscan 33, PLT 111, HCV NOT DETECTED!
I AM FREE!

Offline Layla123

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Re: Those with symptoms....
« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2017, 05:21:21 am »
Thank you Lynn...amazing how simple words are very encouraging. Im a worry rat. Worry about everything...going to give up worrying for lent!  :o

Offline Lynn K

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Re: Those with symptoms....
« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2017, 01:16:25 pm »
I am giving up McDonalds breakfast's lol :)
Genotype 1a
1978 contracted, 1990 Dx
1995 Intron A failed
2001 Interferon Riba null response
2003 Pegintron Riba trial med null response
2008 F4 Cirrhosis Bx
2014 12 week Sov/Oly relapse
10/14 fibroscan 27 PLT 96
2014 24 weeks Harvoni 15 weeks Riba
5/4/15 EOT not detected, ALT 21, AST 20
4 week post not detected, ALT 26, AST 28
12 week post NOT DETECTED (07/27/15)
ALT 29, AST 27 PLT 92
24 week post NOT DETECTED! (10/19/15)
44 weeks (3/11/16)  fibroscan 33, PLT 111, HCV NOT DETECTED!
I AM FREE!

Offline Layla123

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Re: Those with symptoms....
« Reply #10 on: March 02, 2017, 02:05:45 pm »
Im worried that maybe a tough one!!!! ha ha ha...good luck with that! no more worrying!!!! Enjoy your day.

 


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