Ask the Expert: Symptoms You Should Share With Your Doctor

Many people in our community ask regularly about hepatitis C symptoms and what to share with their doctors. We asked our expert, Barry, and here’s what he said below.

Barry’s Response:

Barry Edge

Symptoms

  1. Bleeding from anywhere
  2. Swollen feet, ankles, hands, distended belly
  3. Abdominal pain
  4. Right side pain
  5. Muddled thinking (brain fog) – Why did I come into this room?
  6. Short term memory problems
  7. Dizziness – especially when standing from a seated position
  8. Nausea, vomiting
  9. Yellow-tinted skin or yellow in whites of eyes
  10. Blisters
  11. Fatigue
  12. Swollen glands
  13. Elevated temperature
  14. Night Sweats
  15. Depression or anxiety
  16. Loss of appetite
  17. Bladder or bowel irregularities
  18. Insomnia, or over-sleeping
  19. Dehydration, dry skin
  20. Sores that won’t heal

Procedures

If this is your first visit to a gastroenterologist or hepatologist, he/she will likely recommend two procedures. You should follow your doctor’s recommendations.

  1. Upper Endoscopy: This is an easy procedure. An anesthesiologist will put you to sleep, so you’ll feel no pain, stress, or discomfort. Once you’re asleep, the doctor will insert a camera down your esophagus to check for varices – varicose veins in your stomach. These veins can cause stomach bleeding. Your doctor will treat them to eliminate danger of bleeding.
  2. Colonoscopy: The purpose of this test is to look for intestinal polyps HCV-related, but they will eventually turn into cancer if not removed. Your doctor will remove any polyps, and send them off to a lab for testing.

If you experience any new or worsening symptoms not included above, we definitely recommend you still talk them through with your doctor or healthcare team.

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