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Re: Hep C and Arthritis/Fibromyalgia type symptoms

Re: Hep C and Arthritis/Fibromyalgia type symptoms

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Posted by Laura Smith on August 07, 2000 at 20:59:00:

In Reply to: Hep C and Arthritis/Fibromyalgia type symptoms posted by Lee C. on November 18, 1999 at 12:54:55:

: I have hep C with a viral load of under 1 mil. I have developed very bad symptoms consistent with arthritis in the feet, ankles, sometimes knees and hands. I also have muscle pain sometimes that is the same whether I am moving or at rest. One problem is that my enzyme studies are normal. My doctor office has said that they have patients whose liver numbers are very high that do not have these symptoms. They want to send me to a Rheumatologist. I have asked them also to schedule a liver biopsy {I have not had one before}.

: Does anyone have information regarding these symptoms. I often have difficulty walking and standing for periods of over 15 minutes. Stairs are a problem. I require pain medication and am already taking Celebrex.

: Any feedback or information would be greatly. Thanks

This is so weird I 've had Hep C for about 8 years my viral load is 6 million . My enzyme tests are always normal. Just this year I
have been experiencing the saem aching of feet ankles knees and hands. I just started taking the Celebrex. I don't think it's working.
This last flair up has lasted 3 weeks and I don't know how much longer I can take this. I wish there was something to help. I'm waiting
to get in on a study at UPMC. My genotype does not respond well to the current treatments. I'm afraid I may have to go on disability.

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