I was diagnosed with Hep C when I gave blood at the blood bank some 25 years ago. Who knows how much longer I have really had it. I am so sick of the stigma attached to it, as though anyone who has it is a junkie. Even if you are, or regardless of how you got it, you still have to deal with it.
I investigated treatment some 12 years ago and was told by my very knowledgeable GP when I was living in another city that she advised against treatment, being as it was so harsh and my liver function was pretty good.
Recently, I blew up from under the breasts down, didn't put weight on anywhere else, looked like a barrel on legs. Fainted in the street last week and taken to hospital where they seem to think the faint had nothing to do with my other problems. They drained 8 LITRES of fluid from my body - leaving about 2 litres of fluid which I am supposed to get rid of with diuretics. Also given 3 bottles of albumin. I keep thinking of 4 x 2 litre cartons of milk and that I had that much fluid removed. Lost 5 kgs in one day. The pain in my back, no doubt caused by all that weight, has been much alleviated.
Was told by the dietician that they wanted me to "open my bowels" (an expression I hate) twice a day. Hey body, even though you've only gone once a day all my life, I now command you to shit twice daily! On massive doses of laxatives which hardly work - I've only been once in 3 days and not really urinating much either. Was told that the procedure may have to be repeated in maybe 3 weeks, maybe a year, maybe 10 years, they couldn't say.
I've since found out the treatment has been revolutionised and there is an extremely good chance of clearing the Hep C from my body. When the clinics resume in the new year I will be right onto it.
In the meantime, I am terrified if I don't void that I will end up massively bloated again. Feel terribly tired all the time, and just want to sleep. So scared and depressed!