Let me be the first to welcome you to the wonderful world of hepatitis!! This is a great forum, and you will get lots of support. One of the neatest things about "healing well", I think, is that people will share everything, and be straightforward and apparently honest. I have autoimmune hepatitis, which is non-infectious, but my liver is still inflamed 'n stuff. I also have Crohn's disease, so I get to post on two (!!!) message boards.
the initial shock of the diagnosis is awful, for sure. Ask any questions, and you will get thoughtful, helpful answers.
IceQueen, welcome to the forum! I, too, have hep C, having contracted it in the late 60s. I was diagnosed in '93. I tried the treatment available at that time, but my white count plummeted, so I was taken off of it. I developed liver cancer from the hep C about 2 1/2 years ago, and had the right lobe of my liver removed in May of '07. I have remained cancer free (praise God) ever since. I'm now recovering from a 2nd hernia repair, but will soon have to make a decision about trying hep C treatment (this time "the combo") again.
I hope you will get a hepatology appt. soon to discuss your options. You will find a lot of support here, just as I have! When I was first diagnosed, I went through the 5 stages of grief: Denial, anger, depression, bargaining with God, and acceptance. It sounds as though you are in the depression stage.
The best thing you can do for the depression and sadness is to become an expert on Hep C, as well as your own advocate. Remember, knowledge is power! There is a lot of info here in the older posts and in certain threads. Also, I recommend the web sites for the Centers for Disease Control and the American Liver Foundation. Please feel free to share with us. Believe me, it helps!
Deb, I think that is good news if your liver hasn't been affected yet. Did the doctor mention treatment and when they might begin that?
The symptoms you describe are really not common in hep C patients (I can't speak for the other hepatiitis types.) There is really no pain. Overwhelming fatigue is common, as well as increased liver enzymes. The nausea, etc., sound like someone who has just contracted the disease. However, since you contracted the hep C in the 80s, that is not the case with you. If your liver hasn't yet been affected, then you should not be having symptoms associated with end-stage liver disease.
I suggest you ask your doctor about treatment. He will need to do blood work to get your genotype, if this has not already been done. The treatment you receive will be based on that...at least that's what was told to me.