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Joint and Nerve Issues with Hep C

Joint and Nerve Issues with Hep C

Shortly after my diagnosis, I began feeling tingling in my feet, a numbing sort of feeling. That spread then up my leg to my thigh. Thinking it was a pinched nerve I ignored it. It was not till I began noticing sensitivity to hot and cold water on my feet and a gosh awful pain if I was to walk barefoot. That then turned to a huge issue when water from the shower would cause me to tear up as it fell on the tops of my feet. The pain was horrible.

Dealing with Constant Pain

I started to remember back when my mom was fighting end stage liver disease from hep C and she would always be crying out in pain over the nerve and joint pain she was having. Doctors put her on doses of pain meds to assist and ease that pain but with every medication, it took several minutes to enter her system and begin working. She would lay on her bed and curl up in a ball and just rock back and forth in pain. When all this started happening with me, I remembered back to exactly where I saw my mom… crying out in pain. I too began having the same exact issues. There is nothing worse than a pain you can’t fix by rubbing out.

It has been over 10 years now since my mom passed and I recalled a remedy my father would do as a nightly ritual to help speed up the comfort and ease the nerve/joint pain until the medication kicked in for her. He would toss a blanket in the dryer on high until it was HOT, then run to the back room where she was and wrap her body up in the soothing warm blanket. Instantly she would loosen up and her body no longer cramping in pain. He then would go back throw another blanket in the dryer and repeat. Keeping her body warm was the ticket he found to help ease her severe nerve pain.

Going through exactly what she did, I have refused to be on heavy harsh pain killers. I do take a low dose of tramadol for which I use only in the excessive pain days. This helps ease the shocking nerve shocks that travel from my head to my feet causing very bad pain as it travels through. I know when to expect these as it is on days I have overdid myself. I was on my feet too long or did far too much walking. The legs will begin to swell and hurt to touch them. I have taken on the secret for fast relief and keep blankets around my dryer handy and throw them in the dryer as soon as I get home.  I even have gone as far as getting into a warm bath for even quicker soothing.

Warms Blankets to Ease the Pain

I am still learning what causes all this. I have been to specialists which have diagnosed me with peripheral neuropathy. A condition that affects the nerves in your body. It has even been suggested that maybe my prior treatment on Interferon to cure my hep C is the blaming force. There is no cure and I am learning daily what works for my body. I will say that the cheapest form of therapy and the quickest way to calm the raging nerves is to use the warmed up blanket technique.

I promise it works and it works FAST. Talk to your doctor if you are experiencing nerve/joint pain.  Make sure your medical team is up to date with all your symptoms.

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  • Rimpdebbie
    5 months ago

    Cured of hep c but have lots of joint pain. Any suggestions?

  • Lauren Tucker moderator
    5 months ago

    @Rimpdebbie, Congrats!!! Glad to hear you are cured! We have a few articles on joint pain and others in the community may be able to chime in on what has helped them, but in the meantime here is an article that may be helpful: Additionally, someone asked a similar question on our site you can find here: There are some great answers that I thought you’d like to take a look at! Reach out to us anytime and I hope the joint pain gets better for you. Best, Lauren ( Team)

  • Kimberly Morgan Bossley moderator author
    2 years ago

    Most importantly is knowing your own bodies limits. We have to learn to work around our physical limits to avoid overdoing it and causing more pain.
    This took me a long time to learn but giving myself time each day for a “time out” helps me get through my day. Even if you work- on a break sit back close your eyes and regain that strength to continue your shift.
    It is ok to take of you first. Hard to do if you are a do”er” for others but fighting a Health issue such as hep c you must get rest, plenty of fluids and healthy diet
    You are no good to others if you are suffering yourself.
    Not without a Fight!!!

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