Could it be hepatitis?

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brooke1989
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   Posted 11/27/2016 6:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Ever since July I haven't felt the greatest, and my symptoms seem to be getting worse. I already have herpes, so my immune system in general isn't the greatest. Was also a prior IV drug user, who used the same needles, and shared occasionally. I've recently started having bad right upper quadrant pain with itching all over my body, nothing helps it...(also an alcoholic, slowed down to just beer recently). Drinking is the only thing that seems to make the itch/pain go away. I've also noticed blisters on my fingers, but honestly I'm not sure if they could possibly be from when I was trashed drunk and possibly burnt myself with a cigarette or something. I also have bad lower back pain. Went to the doctor last Wednesday and I'm currently waiting on hep c/hiv results. Was at the ER earlier with a temperature over a 100 (been running a low grade fever for a while now), but all they did was give me iv fluids, wrote me visteril for the itching, did blood cultures, and sent off a test for lyme disease. And also told me just to wait for my hep panel results from my regular doctor. Please don't judge me, just asking for opinions and if anyone else has had any of the same symptoms? I know I've made plenty of bad decisions, so please keep the negative comments to yourself. Thanks, for hopefully kind replies.

ppm guy
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   Posted 11/27/2016 9:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Brooke and welcome,
We are here to help and support you at this time.. I'm a iv drug user. And alcoholic.. I have had hep A and B andC. I will be the last to judge you. Again welcome to our forum..

Your symptoms of upper right pain, is a common symptom of hepatitis.
I started getting pain there with moderate liver damage. I was drinking at that time.. Liver disease is mostly asymptomatic, until some damage
Is done.

I quit drinking, when I Went to the dr.. I got the news. I was on my way to cirrhosis.. I got cirrhosis anyway.. doctors could not cure many patients, who had hep c..

Without your test results, I can't guess at your status. When you get your test results.. I would be happy to go over them with you.. not to diagnose, but to help you understand what each one means, and answer any questions I can.. please ask your dr or nurse for copies of your blood work. If you have a positive hep test, your doc will send you for another blood test and possibly a ultrasound..

Everybody here are supportive and knowledeable.

Best to you

MamaLama
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   Posted 11/27/2016 10:19 PM (GMT -7)   
hi Brooke

I am not the liver patient...my partner has had all that you describe...drugs.and alcohol. he has drug free for nearly 40 years. and alcohol free since Sept 2010. he was positive for hep c, Epstein barros, and cmv.

the local docs treated him like he deserved to be I'll, but when he got to a major liver doc, that all changed. he was very very ill...pain, weakness, mixed up sleeping schedule, edema in legs, terrible itching, AND he was,acting kinda,crazy/angry all the time. he had cirrhosis for sure. very advanced.

that was 2010. now he is sober, post liver transplant, cured of hep c, and back to his life.

it would be great if this has not gone too far for you...and that quitting drinking will be enough to slow down any liver damage.

let us hear from you.
hugs,
mama lama
MamaLama, Forum moderator - Hepatitis
Partner received liver transplant (May 1, 2011) FL
Hep C 1a Treatment - Sovaldi/Olysio (March - May 2014)
Undetected since week 4. Undetected 12 weeks post treatment.

brooke1989
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   Posted 11/28/2016 4:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks to the both of you, I'll be sure to keep you guys updated. I have an ultrasound scheduled for Friday, I'm hoping maybe I'll get some results back today (would be nice to know something anyways). I have school Monday-Thursday, woke up in cold sweats, running a fever...and nauseated. I'll just pop some Tylenol and hope I can make it through the day. I've been having to force myself to eat, thankfully the semester ends in a couple of weeks, and I hope I know what is going on with me so I don't feel like this over the holidays.

I'm glad your partner was cured mamalama, that's always good news :)

& how is your cirrhosis ppmguy? I know the liver can heal itself, but I suppose that is incurable? Has it improved any?

Thanks again to both of you for your kind replies, I appreciate it.

ppm guy
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   Posted 11/28/2016 4:43 PM (GMT -7)   
hi Brooke,
glad to hear your doc ordered the ultrasound before your bloodwork comes back.. right upper pain can come from many issues. Ultrasounds of the abdomen, can rule out many of these issues..as well as help with diagnosis..

My cirrhosis has indeed healed somewhat. A fibroscan showed most of my liver has regenerated.. A small portion remains scarred, but my hepatologist said my liver is full function. I still have ultrasounds every 6 months to look for cancer. MY twin has liver cancer from hep c and alcohol.

may I ask how old you are? Just curious!!! chronic liver disease moves very slow. I got hep c in the 60s, and finally cleared it in 2012.. I was very lucky!

MamaLama
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   Posted 11/29/2016 9:37 AM (GMT -7)   
hi brooke,

same here...mike was infected with hep c for 3I5 years before it made him sick, sick, sick. It wasn't even diagnosed as a separate disease for most of that time. They called it nonA-nonB hepatitis and had only one treatment...Interferon and Ribavirin. It was a difficult treatment and did not work for Mike...so he was sick as a dog for about a year with that. His hep doc told him at that time...2003...that if he stayed sober he could get another 15+ years of of that liver. he did not stay sober, and his liver only had half that time left.

as ppm guy says, if your cells are not totally gone, they can regenerate. mike's liver was SHOT...no chance of improvement and thus the transplant in 2011.

let us hear from you,

hugs

mama lama
MamaLama, Forum moderator - Hepatitis
Partner received liver transplant (May 1, 2011) FL
Hep C 1a Treatment - Sovaldi/Olysio (March - May 2014)
Undetected since week 4. Undetected 12 weeks post treatment.
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