How Do Your Hepatitis C Symptoms Compare?
Community members here at HepatitisC.net often note that many people in their lives don't recognize the full impact of hepatitis C. Because many of the symptoms of hepatitis C are invisible or lesser known, it can be hard for others to understand.
What symptoms, if any, have you experienced? Weigh in and cast your votes below to see how you compare to others in the community.
Fatigue can be caused by a number of conditions, but it's also one of the most common symptoms of hepatitis C. Hep C fatigue is not the same as everyday fatigue. Community members have described it as like all of your energy has been taken away and you constantly feel tired.
Do you experience fatigue?
Muscle or joint pain
Muscle aches and joint pain are common symptoms for people with hepatitis C. For most people who are cured with the newer treatment options, such as direct-acting antivirals (DAAs), these symptoms will likely resolve after being cured. For others who have treated with older drug regimens, these symptoms may be a long-term side effect.
Do you experience joint and muscle pain?
Do you experience skin rashes?
Brain fog or memory problems
Brain fog may feel like you're more 'zoned out' than normal. You may also feel like you have memory problems, or you have trouble finding the words for something. Extreme brain fog can be a symptom of a condition called hepatic encephalopathy, which can occur in people with more advanced liver disease.
Do you experience brain fog or memory problems?
Nausea and stomach troubles
Hepatitis C can also cause nausea and vomiting. Many may describe it as feeling sick to your stomach. The liver works with the digestive system and when the liver isn't functioning normally due to hep C, digestive issues may occur. People with hepatitis C may also experience a decreased appetite or weight loss.
Do you experience nausea or stomach troubles?
Do you experience depression or anxiety?
Abdominal pain, particularly on the right side, is a common pain noted by members of the hepatitis C community. Many others note swelling or a distended abdomen, which could be a sign of ascites.
Do you experience abdominal pain?
Whether you have one or all of these symptoms, we know how frustrating and scary life with hepatitis C can be. Do you have other symptoms not listed here? Share with us in the comments.
Do you experience long-term side effects from hep C treatment?