Thanks, Rick. Regarding the LP, I've never heard of a connection between that and hep C. Doesn't mean one doesn't exist...I've just never heard or read of it. My Mosby's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary says that lichen plantus is thought to be caused by stress and that there might be a genetic component. It also says it is treatable, though it does take some time to get rid of it.
When I first had an MRI with Gadolinium, I was told that if cancer was anywhere in my body, it would "light up like a Christmas tree." Now that I am 2 years cancer free, they usually do CT scans with both an oral and an IV contrast. I believe the IV contrast they use is specifically to look for cancer...and, of course, that is why they are doing the test.
In your case, certainly you should ask for tests for hep B and C, if you are concerned. Hep C has absolutely nothing to do with drinking...except that alcohol is the worst thing you can do, but it is a blood-borne disease which is usually contracted via transfusions prior to '92 or the sharing of needles during drug use. Hep B can be contracted through close association to someone who has it, including through saliva. If these tests are negative, then you can rule out those diseases. However, you might want to find a GI doc who will do a biopsy to determine if you have cirrhosis.
I had been sober for 6 yrs. when I was diagnosed with hep C. However, had I still been drinking, I don't think I would have lived very long.
Let us know what you find out, and again good luck to you.
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