Hepatitis C Survivor  




Symptoms  of  Hepatitis C

By:  Teri Gottlieb







Hepatitis C is often referred to as "The Silent Killer" because there are usually no signs or symptoms of the virus until serious liver damage is present. There are symptoms, but as you can see, they are very common ailments and many pass them off as not just feeling well. This is not to say that if you have these symptoms that you definitely have Hepatitis C. The only way to know for sure is to get tested.


Symptoms That MAY Occur In Cases of an Acute Hepatitis C Infection (First 6 months of infection):


* Flu-like illness

* Fatigue (mild to severe)

* Fever

* Night Sweats

* Anorexia (loss of appetite)

* Headaches

* Nausea

* Diarrhea

* Vomiting

* Indigestion

* Muscle and/or joint pain

* Abdominal pain

* Abdominal bloating

* Jaundice


Symptoms That MAY Occur In Cases of a Chronic Hepatitis C Infection (Past first 6 months):


* Fatigue (mild to severe

* Fever

* Anorexia

* Nausea

* Indigestion

* Dry and/or itchy skin

* Clay colored stool

* Headaches and/or Migraines

* Muscle or joint pain

* Abdominal pain

* Depression

* Mood swings

* Brain Fog


Symptoms That MAY and Usually Do Occur in Late Stage Hepatitis C With Cirrhosis:


* Fatigue (mild to severe)

* Anorexia

* Frequent urination

* Jaundice

* Nausea

* Vomiting

* Indigestion

* Headaches and/or Migraines

* Muscle or joint pain

* Abdominal pain

* Abdominal bloating

* Fluid retention (edema)

* Abdominal fluid accumulation (ascites)

* Bleeding varices

* Depression

* Mood swings

* Cognitive dysfunction

* Lack of concentration

* Inability to multi-task

* Mental confusion

* Dizziness

* Peripheral vision problems

* Insomnia and poor sleep cycles

* Bleeding problems