Hepatitis C by the numbers: Fatigue

Hepatitis C by the Numbers: Fatigue

While there are numerous symptoms associated with hepatitis C, fatigue is one of the most prominent and detrimental to a person’s overall quality of life. We asked our community to tell us more about their lives with hepatitis C in a short survey.

102 hepatitis C patients

Completed an online survey that focused on hepatitis C symptoms and symptom management. Most respondents were middle aged females living in the U.S.

Hepatitis C by the numbers: Fatigue

82%

Of those individuals who experienced symptoms at the time of their hepatitis C diagnosis, experienced fatigue. Other symptoms experienced to a lesser extent were muscle aches (62%) and joint pain (55%). Interesting that about 1 in 4 respondents were not experiencing symptoms at the time of their diagnosis.

1 in 20

Of those experiencing fatigue at the time of their diagnosis, cited fatigue as their only symptom at the time.

Only 3%

Of those experiencing fatigue at the time of their diagnosis cited that it had little to no negative impact on their life at the time. Among initial symptoms experienced, fatigue by far had the greatest negative impact – with 79% indicating that it had an extreme negative impact and 18% felt it had some.

Almost 9 out of 10

Hepatitis C patients surveyed were currently experiencing symptoms. Fatigue was the leading symptom to trouble these individuals, cited by 89%. Other commonly experienced symptoms included joint pain (80%) and muscle aches (76%).

Hepatitis C by the numbers: Fatigue

5.3

The average number of symptoms experienced by those having hepatitis C symptoms. So it’s not surprising the fatigue is not the sole symptom that individuals suffer, with less than 5% citing fatigue as their only symptom.

Only 1%

Of those who currently experienced fatigue indicated that it had little to no negative impact on their life. Among symptoms currently experienced, fatigue by far had the greatest negative impact – with 71% indicating that it had an extreme negative impact and 28% felt that it had some. 

80%

Of individuals who experienced fatigue, were apt to suffer it on a daily basis. 16% undergo fatigue a few days a week and only 4% a few times a month.

Hepatitis C by the numbers: Fatigue

2.9

The average number of methods used to combat fatigue. A total of 90% of fatigue sufferers take efforts to combat their fatigue, with staying hydrated / drinking plenty of water (68%) being the most commonly used tactic (68%) and reducing the usage of medications that add to their fatigue being the least used method for combating fatigue (9%).

Only ½

Of those who suffered from fatigue go to bed earlier or utilize coffee/caffeine to fight their fatigue.

Fatigue continues to be the most commonly reported symptom associated with hepatitis C, and it has a profoundly negative impact on a person’s quality of life.

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  • Nancypet67
    3 years ago

    Fatigue has taken over my life…I have absolutely NO energy anymore. Came in slowly and only got worse and worse.my symptoms are worse and worse. I fight it with lots of water, vitamins, protein shakes. Energy drinks, coffee. Nothing works much, I may get a few good days out of a month. My muscles and joints always hurt. I burnt a hole through the lining of my stomache, with Motrin/Ibuprofen, trying to ease the pain. Suffered with gastritis and bacterial infection in stomache, esophagus, and blood, along with sky high triglycerides and cholesterol. Still after being treated for all that…I’m too tired to do much of anything. Can’t work, can’t be consistent or take on a commitment in groups or life…because I never know if I’m gonna feel good enough to make it. I sleep more and more, no matter what time I go to bed, I still find myself waking up at 2-3 in the afternoon, STILL TIRED…feeling like shit

  • Kelly McNamara moderator
    3 years ago

    Hi Nancy,

    I’m so sorry to hear everything you’re going through. One of our contributors recently wrote a couple articles about her experience with fatigue and tips she picked along the way to help conserve energy: https://hepatitisc.net/living/fighting-fatigue-fun/ and https://hepatitisc.net/living/tips-on-battling-fatigue/. With any new or worsening symptom, we definitely recommend talking it through with your healthcare team. Keep us updated with how you’re doing! Wishing you all the best!

    – Kelly, Community Manager

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