Hep C Symptoms – How Do Yours 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.
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.
Many people with hepatitis C experience a wide range of annoying skin issues, including rashes and itching. These symptoms may also be confused with other conditions as they may be confused for conditions like eczema or an allergic reaction.
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.
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.
Depression and anxiety
Depression and anxiety are common, but not often talked about, symptoms of hepatitis C. For many people living with chronic health conditions, physical health and mental health are often cloesly linked.
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.
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.