KMD, the ultrasound is painless. It is ordered to get a better look at the liver, watching for signs of cirrhosis or tumors. They will use a sensor and a type of jelly (it's cold!), and will run the sensor over your entire abdomen, focusing on the right side under the ribs, where the right lobe of the liver is. You will be asked to take a breath and hold it a number of times. You will probably also be asked to turn on your left side, and perhaps your right. There is a monitor the technician looks at as she's doing the test. It takes about 35-45 min. You will then be asked to wait while they make sure they got all the pictures they need. If so, you can go home. Your doctor will give you the results of the ultrasound. Try calling your doc on Mon. for results.
How did you happen to get diagnosed with hep C? Were you having fatigue? It normally takes many years before symptoms even appear, except for flu-like symptoms when you first contract it (which I don't remember having.) For example, in my case, I contracted my hep C through IV drugs I used for a short period of time in the late 60s (sharing needles.) I didn't have symptoms for nearly 30 years. I was also positive for hep B, but I have the antibody...which means I cannot get it again nor can I give it to anybody else. My immune system knocked out the hep B.
There is almost no chance of getting hep C via sexual intercourse. In fact, I have personally never heard of anyone getting it this way, although I have read that it is a possibility, as well as using the toothbrush of someone with hep C. I would think the only way that would happen is if both parties had open sores in their mouths and shared a toothbrush. Hep C is a blood-borne disease, and is usually contracted through a transfusion or IV drug use with shared needles.
If you have AOL, you can IM me if you see me online. (Put me on your buddy list.) I don't want to download AIM or another program, as I have a lot of programs on my puter already and memory is low.
Take some deep breaths and try to calm down. You are going to be okay. You can get treatment, if necessary, and you WILL beat this disease!