good morning!I hope all of you out there know Jesus christ as well as he knows you.Makes me feel wonderful in side knowing Im still in a world where people enjoy the finer things in life! I am having a variety of problems,my hands and feet have been cramping also my throat seems to be to small at times in places to where I cannot swallow food no acid reflux only chewed food comes up never reaches stomach.I have quit drinking on a daily basis and also do not take tylenol period.Ive had hepc since 1999,And I have never had treatment due to drugs and alcohol abuse at that time I was satsfyed to die.How ever my life has changed and my attitude has also.Are these symptoms of a much worse stage? Can someone out there determine from these symptoms what stage I am at? Its like my throat has swollen shut in places at times early in the morning or after lying down it seems worse its seems the food gets so far and forces its way back up,accompanied with pain at times due to over size amount in area.It was water only for 2-3 yrs now food also at times.IM a 49 yr old and female smoker. I am genieo type one.I do not have low salt or pottasium levels unless my nutients are not being distibuted n the proper manner due to my liver malfunctioning from the disease? help?Also I noticed some time when I cough my liver? feels very tender.Someone mentioned calcium levels beng low causing muscle pain.And before my doctor resigned she had me take vitamin D at 50,000,00 units once a week for a month Since then( yr ago)Ive tryed to be sure I consume a proper amount of vitamin D and also calcum since one needs the other in order to work properly.My hair and finger nals are prettier than they ever have been long and thick.
Good Morning misled, I also have Hep C, gotten from a blood transfusion in 1997, I am not iligable for treatment due to being bipolar and having a spinal fracture. The issues with your throat are pretty common, its simply stomach acid, and most doctors would give you a good antacid to take with food 3 times a day which would really really help. The muscles in your hands and feet are very unfamiliar to me, but the first thing I would suggest is potassium, as mine went too long more then once and required hospitalization, and the symptoms were severe muscle cramping. I do tend to get liver tenderness at times and I wish I could tell you what stage my hep was at, but I am too much of a coward to go get a biopsy done to find out.
Since you were using drugs and alcohol for so long, you do truely need to get in with a doctor, and find out what is going on. Are you showing any symptoms are jaundice? Yellowing of the eyes or anything? That is usually the first thing my doctor checks for. The fact that your nails and hair are growing and healthy is a good sign. Vitamins my friend, are always something that will help. Get a good daily vitamin, lots of bananas or else potassium, some fish oil, some b-12, things like that. Those can do wonders. Ask your local pharmacist what he recomends. These days, there is a vitamin for almost everything, and they actually do help. Acadopholis is great for the stomach, its what is found in yogurt, but can be got in vitamin form, and it may help with all of the problems with your throat.
Good luck, and I hope i was at least a little help.
Most of your symptoms don't seem related to hep C, more like allergic reactions to something you are taking or acid reflux. the only relevant one seems to be the tender &/or swollen liver itself. Lab tests are the only way to find out how bad it is unless you get jaundice-yellow eye,skin. have you ever tried Milk thistle. I just started a thread about it but I'll quote myself here.
"I don't seem to see anyone out there using milk thistle for hep c - Please try it if your labs aren't too bad-before trying that awful interferon stuff (that's really just chemo therapy) I take good quality (mine is from the Eclectic institute and I get it at our local Co-op); I take 600mg(4 in am & 4 in pm) and my lab levels have stayed fairly low & much the same for over ten years.
Except 1 time when I started drinking for a while - Hey, I was getting some $100 bottles of red Wine from a closed place and it was too good to pass up & I would have been ok if I'd quit when they ran out;I was only drinking 1 - ok some days 2 glasses after work.
Anyway I've been back on track for over a year - at least not drinking. I take meds though, for pain and depression and we all know our livers have to work with all the processing but my labs are still stable and I truly believe it's the MILK THISTLE!!! It isn't cheap, but neither are meds; and NO SIDE EFFECTS from thistle. That's right no side effects and no interactions. My Dr has started recommending it to others and I have heard other MD's are too. Try it- I promise more than they can with interferon."
Hopefully helpful yours, SharonH
I also have hep c since 1998 or 1999 and I have cramping in my hands and feet to. I researched it and it seems only people that have cirrhosis get cramping in there hands legs and feet. I don't have cirrhosis though. My hepatologist swears it has nothing to do with the hep c. Crazy coincidence me and you had hep c at the same time and we are going through this cramping.
I have Hep C and I now bruise very easily, get headaches off and on, loss of appitite off and on, fatigue, sleep problems, a very vague feeling of not feeling quite well but not really sick. I got a biopsy and found that I have fibrosis and need to start treatment. justicedr, don't be afraid and not get a biopsy. It could be good news that will make you feel better and if not you can be treated and cured of Hep C. I was a little afraid about the biopsy and I'm afraid now but you can't bury you head in the sand and do nothing. I encourage you to get a biopsy for you own good. Do it for yourself and your loved ones.
I have had hepC since diagnosed in 92. Went on Interferon and Ribavirin for a year and did not work. It was an awful experience. My viral load still escalates. Now I am going thru the paper chase with Sovaldi and Ribavirin. Get this... For a 28 day supply of Sovaldi is $28,000.00 Per Month. Crazy!!! For those of you without insusrance, or a low totem pole income, the medication Solvaldi, is Free. Call the pharmaceutical company and they will work with you. There is also a program called Healthwell (I found on the internet), that can give you a $30,000.00 grant (which I qualified for). You need to exhaust your health insurance costs first. I do have private insurance and after the insurance takes out their part, I pay $2,250.00. But I have the pharmaceutical company called Gilead , offering only a $5.00 per month cost on my part. I have Rhuematiod Arthritis which is commonly from HepC. I inject myself every other month.. I hate this.
I was an intravenous drug user for 20 years and now I despise any kind of needle. I had a biopsy done in around 1995 and was a Grade 1. There are three grades for liver cirrosis. Grade 3 is doomsday. I am to have another on Tuesday. This is a requirement from my Medical Insurance to approve before I start the therapy. Any insurance company requires a biopsy and blood work before starting therapy. For those of you taking milk thistle, check out a website called Puritans Pride. It is a mail order warehouse for any and I mean Any, kind of herbal supplement. They are extremely cheap, because of it being wholesale. You will find no other place that beats their prices. If you are tired,try amping up on Iron. Back to the biopsy... don't get all flustered about it. They nock you out with fentanyl (which is what Michael Jackson OD'd on.) You won't feel a thing., or remember anything. The first one I had., they gave me a lousy 5 Mg. valium., and the Doc kept. hitting my ribs. The monitor was not working, so he went freesytle. I have been through a lot worse in my life., and having a biopsy or going thru treayment again is just a walk in the park. Just remember,,, it's mind over matter. Your brain can create and play out anything you tell it to., so relax. Be positive and the outcome will always be positive.
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