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hello all! i am new to this forum and will try to make this post as brief as possible without leaving out important details. i am a 24 year old female from the united states. i was diagnosed with hepatitis C type 1a when i was nineteen years old. my fiancé and i are ex-addicts, (i actually got HCV from him), but have been clean off of all hard drugs and alcohol for three and a half years. i have had other health problems, including a fibroid, (benign tumor in the uterus), that was the size of a baseball that had to be removed through major surgery about a year and a half ago, and arthritis. i have been sick ever since i contracted HCV, but recently my symptoms have taken a turn for the worse. i FINALLY got to a GI doctor after years of issues, as the healthcare system in california is awful, and he is ordering a colonoscopy to start and gallbladder functioning tests after that. unfortunately, the beginning of the tests is over a month away still. my question is, does anyone have these symptoms, and if so is it related to your HCV or something else? (my OBGYN thinks i have IBS, GI thinks it is something worse. but i know that some of these symptoms also fit HCV symptoms). my symptoms up until a few months ago for the GI aspect of things was acid reflux, (which i have been diagnosed with and take medicine for), moderate to severe nausea, (which i also take medicine for, promethazine, which used to help but now just makes me dead tired and need to fall asleep right then and there), frequent bowel movements, and odd pains when i'm hungry. as of a few months ago, my symptoms escalated. i am now so ill that i call in to work constantly and even miss classes at school. i have severe pain all over my abdomen, and depending on where it is at it feels different. i have burning pains in my lower right belly area, burning and stabbing pains in the gallbladder area, horrible pain and cramping in my stomach, and bowel discomfort. all are very painful. i can only eat healthy foods or liquidy foods, and even those backfire and leave me nauseous and in pain. i also have diarrhea many times a day, and am running to the toilet often. my nausea is not always accompanied by vomiting, but sometimes it is, and last night actually i threw up seven times. also, TMI, but my bowel movements also are wrong in color. they can either be pale, (not as common for me), or orange-ish, (which happens most of the time and is not due to orange or red colored foods). i am incredibly weak, exhausted, constantly in a brain fog. i also suffer from muscle spasms and muscle and joint pain. i'm sure i'm leaving things out because i am suffering from so many symptoms it is ridiculous. on top of it all i recently slumped into a deep depression because i have been sick for so long. first it was just the HCV, then the fibroid and HCV, and now i don't know what to think. cancer runs in my family and my father is a survivor of both prostate and colo-rectal cancer, (he has an ostomy bag). i feel like i am so young to be having all these issues. it really is ruining my quality of life and i'm in a bit of a pickle because i am too sick to work but cannot afford to stop working. i am desperate for answers as the pain is excruciating and i feel like there is no one else out there with these problems. that coupled with the fact that i don't know if this is due to just HCV or something much worse really scares me. also, i am currently being submitted for HCV treatment, but am using medical marijuana as a way to ease my stomach pain, and here in the US you cannot use any form of marijuana and get treatment. but the pain is so bad i feel i need it. (i am clean from everything but the medical marijuana and am not a cigarette smoker anymore either). sorry this was so long winded. thank you in advance to anyone who reads or responds ?
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