Originally Posted by turtles0x0
Hello, I have been looking up information on the web about hep c. I know that different people will show symptoms at different times, but is it possible to start showing them at only 3 years down the road? I have heard of symptoms starting within a couple of months or not showing at all until 10 years later. So does this mean that symptoms can start at anytime in between? It seems so obviouios that the answer is yes but I guess i just want to know from people who have had experiece with hep c if what I have heard is true.
The validity of what you hear depends a lot on where you hear it from.
Symptoms of hepatitis C are nearly always absent. Even people with advanced disease often have no symptoms that are easily identifiable and that can be separated from other things, like aging.
But that doesn't mean that some people do not experience problems early in the disease. (Early in my mind is the first 10-15 years after exposure) We still have a lot to learn about hepatitis C. Fatty liver disease may be more responsible than we thought as it is more common nd , in combination with HCV, can make symptoms worse. Time will tell on this.
The majoriity of patients have no symptoms, even in the acute phase where you would expect to see them.
One thing has emerged and that is that people who have taken really good care of themselves seem to have very few symptoms vs those who have not maintained an active lifestyle with a good diet and regular medical and dental care, low alcohol intake prior to diagnosis, and who do not smoke.
Quality of life studies continually say that quality of life is lower in those with hepatitis C. I have not seen any quality of life studies (non-pharmaceutical) that show improvement of quality of life after treatment. Anyone?
I hope this helps,