I have hep-C. I am desperate.I lost approximately 40lbs. pounds very rapidly over a short period and now have inability to gain.I have a skeletal look to me as now 102 pounds.
At the time in 2005 I had high colesterol and the physician had put me on a drug called Crestor which can have serious side effects ( rhabdomyolisis-disease which causes a skeletal look) if it not agree with you..
I have been tested ( this was ordered by an internal medicine specialist) Jan 2008 to see is the hep c was active..Results are unclear to me as test results just say that I have Hep C virus RNA testing positive. The specialist, internal medicine has never ordered a liver biopsy but was determined to put me on interferon and I was adamant about that as my immune system is so low now. Doctor said that there is bacteria around the pancreas and he was really at a loss as to what to do except put me on interferon.
I am nauseated, weak, and extremely skeletal.
Please advise me on the weight loss and malabsorption, maldigestion issue? Is Hep -c the culprit?
Can hep-c cause this?
It is unclear to me if your weight loss started before or after the interferon therapy.
- If before, you should have an ultrasound to review the health of your liver and an alfa feto protein blood test.
- If the severe weight loss occurred after interferon, you will need to also take nutritional drinks to stave off any further changes in weight.
- I test all my patients for HIV before starting HCV treatment and I would be certain to see if your doctor has done so. I am not suggesting that your weight loss is from HIV; I only suggest that this is part of an extensive evaluation that should be done. This evaluation also includes a chest xray and other blood tests, such as your thyroid function. For example, interferon can cause overactivity of the thyroid gland which can result in weight loss.
- Finally, I hope that you are also on ribavirin, since interferon monotherapy is NOT effective.