Almost a year ago now, I had a possible exposure to HCV during high risk unprotected sex, (Im a gay male). I had, and still have numerous symptoms, from severe blotchy red palms, blotchy rash on my torso, swollen glands, loose stools, pain on my right side and awful fatigue but insomnia despite. I have been to the doctor many times, and she has taken many tests, the latest being about a month ago, FBC, ESR, many more and liver function included came back normal.
I had a negative HCV and HIV eight months after the possible exposure, and am vaccinated against HBV so they refused to test for it.
My doctor says these symptoms are caused by stress but I find this difficult to believe. I have of course been worried, but not to such an extent that I can see it being the sloe cause of all these symptoms. Do you think that with these tests all being normal, Hepatitis or liver damage can be definitely ruled out?
I've just moved to Germany and feel anxious about going to see a doctor because of the language barrier, yet Im still feeling pretty ill, I desperately need some advice!
Thanks for your replies, I am feeling a bit more relaxed about it now, but am still baffled as to what is causing all of these symptoms, the ones that concern me are the red hands....extremly red and blotchy, sometinmes a little painful, the same on my chest, and the fatigue, everything i read on these says liver!... If these symptoms were caused by cirrosis of the liver would all of my past blood tests been normal, i know you're not doctors, but an informed opinion would be great.Does the hep b shot always work? I am concerned about this and a little baffled at why they wouldnt test me for it. I mentioned in my last post that i ahd just moved to Germany, im trying to find a doctor to get a second opinion but its proving difficult at the moment. If it did turn out that i had HBV, do you think i would be able to handle the treatment and work? I have just started my dream job and dont want to have to give it up and move back home...
Once again, thanks for any advice you can give me!
Will let you know when i fifnally get to a doctor!