I have hep C due to sharing needles. Lately i have had extreme lower back pain, like kidney pain. My circulation is all screwed up; numbness and tingly sensations in my extremities. I am tired and cold all the time.
From the description of your symptoms it seems that you may be having Mixed cryoglobulinemia, which is a form of vasculitis resulting due to association with Hepatitis C infection.
Cryoglobulins in the blood (cryoglobulinemia) can cause conditions throughout the body. These conditions include âproblems resulting from abnormal "thickness" of the blood (such as stroke or blood clots in the eyes leading to âblindness) and inflammation of blood vessels, referred to as vasculitis. Vasculitis of arteries can result in blockage of âarteries leading to damage to the organ(s) supplied by the affected blood vessels, such as in the skin, kidneys, or âelsewhere.â
The most primary goal of any treatment regimen for MC is elimination of the HCV infection. When the level of virus âin the serum decreases, patients usually experience a decrease in symptoms as well. For this reason, Interferon-a is âthe current drug of choice. â
The secondary goal of MC treatment is alleviation of the symptoms, which requires immunosuppression. Non-âsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are used to treat minor symptoms such as purpura, weakness, and joint pain. âSteroids are prescribed for more serious symptoms such as sensory neuropathy and glomerulonephritis.â
The most seriously life threatening conditions, such as acute progressive glomerulonephritis, motor neuropathy, âand hyperviscosity syndrome, are treated with plasma exchange therapy accompanied by immunosuppressive âdrugs.â
You might consult with a immunologist and hepatologist for a proper and effective treatment of your symptoms and condition.
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