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Question: I believe I may be having signs/symptoms of HepC

 Jess23t - Mon Jan 30, 2006 8:44 pm

Age: 21
Sex: Female
History: IV drug user (cocaine)

I described some things that are going on & a friend said that I may be having symptoms of Hepatitis C. I do not want to make a Doctor' s appt. unless it is something to worry about because I do not have insurance. Here is a list of some of things that I am experiencing:

-Swolen lymphnodes (top of neck & under chin on left side on on right underarm)
-More bowel movements & softer then normal
-Pain in the joint of my knee (feeling almost like growing pains)
-Palpitations (forcefull heartbeat. Sometimes irregular beat when forcefull)
-Today I felt nauseous (Not severe, and only for a short period of time)

I know that I am not pregnant

Are these possible symptoms of anything & should I be worried?
Thank you for your time.
 MaryAnn N, RN - Fri Feb 03, 2006 5:42 am

User avatar If your swollen lymph nodes continue, I would have it checked out. The other symptoms that you list are not necessarily symptoms of Hep C. If you are concerned about having had contracted Hep C, you should be able to visit your local Health Department fro free or reduced cost testing..
Up to 75% of those with Hepatitis C do not have any symptoms. Symptoms can however include, yellowing of the eyes or skin, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, pale colored stools, tea colored urine, upper abdominal pain, malaise (generalized achy feeling), fever. There is no preventative vaccine for this disease, but it can be treated. New research is ongoing with higher cure/ remission rates occuring.

MaryAnn RN

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