Each person will experience hepatitis C differently, having some, many, or no symptoms at all. Symptoms vary and their severity and intensity may rise and fall over time. It is therefore important to have an ongoing relationship with a qualified health practitioner who is knowledgeable about hepatitis C. Hepatitis C can also compromise the immune system so that other underlying health problems may begin to reveal themselves or become more debilitating. In addition, the symptoms of hepatitis C may mask the symptoms of other emerging health problems.
For this reason it is important for people with hepatitis C to be aware of how they are feeling and to consult their doctor or other health practitioner if they have any new symptoms.
Some of the symptoms that people with hepatitis C may experience include:
- Flu like symptoms: alternate chills and fevers
- Pain in the liver region
- Tiredness: chronic fatigue or sudden attacks of exhaustion
- Night sweats
- Abdominal bloating
- Increased perspiration
- Poor concentration and forgetfulness
- Joint and muscle pain
- Itching and skin problems
- Depression, irritability, mood swings
- Adverse reactions to alcohol
- Loss of appetite
- Irritable bowel syndrome