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Hair loss/thinning. 1 week 2 days ago #29240

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Hi. Im Valentino and 30 years old. I recently diagnose Hep C without liver cirrhosis.

So this is my story on 2017 I started to notice my thick hair is thinning and I have this flu like symptoms and fatigue that I never experience but I careless about it because I thought I need good night sleep and it shall be gone.

Skip time to 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021. I lost my hair lustrous crown into thinning. Got more tired. Depress, anxious that I never experience. I look older than my age and stop exercise due to that “mental problem” and fatigue. I use to be very extremely athletic, cheerful guy, very social but now.. that life seems to only in my dreams. Nowdays I just stay at home trying to get up to where I was but it seems I cant until I get that treatment.

So I do blood test 3 times and Confirmed I got hepatitis C (reactive). It wreck my life “Big time”. I never lose hope but now im waiting for treatment that has 95% cure rate.

So my question is does this Hepatitis C Virus cause hair loss? And will grow back after no virus detected in the blood? And all fatigue, skin itchIness will be gone? Thank you.
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Hair loss/thinning. 1 week 39 minutes ago #29242

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Hi Valentino, welcome to the forum! First, sorry about all what you went through. Your story is very familiar, most Hepatitis C sufferers go through the same down spiral. Hepatitis C is a terrible virus that is capable of turning people's lives upside down. The good news is that it's now curable as you know, the new DAA medications eliminate the virus with 95% success rate on the first try. As a matter of fact, almost all people say after just 1 week of treatment that they haven't felt this good in years.

Hepatitis C symptoms (such as fatigue, mental fog and skin rash) definitely go away after successful treatment. The only symptom that I'm not sure if it's related to Hepatitis C or not is hair loss. Dr Freeman who is a Hepatitis C expert and who founded FixHepC answers all questions posed here, I'm sure he will let you know.

Hopefully you will start treatment and get your life back very soon, best of luck to you and keep us updated.
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Hair loss/thinning. 6 days 11 hours ago #29243

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Thats great news. I have to hold on a little bit longer for the treatment. Probably in May or June. Hopefully it wont take too long. The doctor need to CTScan my liver and wait for my blood test result for genotype,

It will be amazing to have my life back after cure.. I never felt as myself for at least 3 years now. It feels like living in a dream and yet Im not dreaming.

I forgot to mention it gives brain fog such as confusion like you cant think straight and lots of indigestion. I cant eat any fatty food too. I vomit it back all of the fats.

About that thinning hair I look around some say yes and some say they are not sure if Hepatitis C cause hairloss/thinning unless during treatment but not the cause of that Virus. Hopefully I can found answer for that soon.

Is this normal for those got the (hep C) virus? Thank you for replying.
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Hair loss/thinning. 5 days 10 hours ago #29244

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Hi Valentino,
Treat you HCV as soon as possible, once genotype has been identified.
If you get your Med’s within the next month or two you’ll be HCV free by summers end and back to your old self. There is no reason to put it off.
You’ve got this!
Contracted HCV 1980's
Geno Type 1a
F3 ( doc says once treated I'll be F2 maybe F1)
Meds shipped 6/17/2016 arrived early 7/2016

Viral count - 3,471,080

4 week quantitative bloods: August 17, 2016. I have been diagnosed as <15 (told undetected)

8 week quantitative bloods: September 14th. I have been diagnosed as <15 (told undetected)

11 week PCR RNA Qualitative bloods: September 26th 2016 - Undetected

December 19th 2016: Cured!
Viral count: zero!!!
2018 viral count: still zero!
Cured!
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Hair loss/thinning. 4 days 9 hours ago #29245

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Hi Sven. Thank you for the encouragement. Yes, I Got This! I have faith and believe I have all my health back after treatment.

Can you and anyone tell me how does it feel to be free from this virus completely?

Throughout this years I got infected I only have few hours of window to feel “alright” and then brain fog, confusion, slight headache at some point I cant talk like slur speech /stutter because of tiredness and cant eat any food unless its bland like soup with less ingredient.

Sometimes I become anemic, malnutrition, skin itches etc and the list goes on.

God help me go through this ordeal.
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