OK.. three weeks ago was diagnosed with Hepatitis C which i could have contracted from a blood transfusion 50 years ago or a brief period of drug use 40 years ago. My ALT level has been 75 for some years but now reads 92 (I think it is ALT anyway), Had ultrasound when reading was 75 but no hep C blood test, liver was fine. Had another ultrasound 3 weeks ago and was told some evidence of fatty liver and also cysts on liver and left kidney but i believe these are nothing to worry about. I have been overweight for at least a decade so this could account for evidence of fatty liver but from what i have read hep c can also cause this. Have now been referred to specialist.. My main symptoms are tiredness ranging from general fatigue to complete exhaustion, brain fog, pain to liver & spleen area, aching joints, weakness to leg muscles, blurred vision which the first time was quite scary as i could hardly see, and occasional breathlessness.. Most of these symptoms come and go though the tiredness is more constant. I have changed my diet which i believe has helped along with an intolerance to foods i used to eat (cheese, chocolate, pastry, cakes) so that's good.. I must admit i'm a bit freaked out with it all as it was so out of the blue. I not only stopped drugging all those years ago but haven't drank for nearly twenty years.. Can anyone give me an idea of what i can expect from the NHS - i understand treatment is rationed so will i have to wait until i'm really poorly to get treatment?
My sister suggested i have a private consultation to include a fibroscan which i could do though it would mean going into debt and i definitely couldn't afford to go private for treatment.. Your thought would be most welcome..