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I have hep C extreme lower back pain, like kidney pain.

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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.

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replied October 17th, 2011
Kidney Conditions Answer A27770
Hello and welcome to e health forum.

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 ‎problems resulting from abnormal "thickness" of the blood (such as stroke or blood clots in the eyes leading to ‎blindness) and inflammation of blood vessels, referred to as vasculitis. Vasculitis of arteries can result in blockage of ‎arteries leading to damage to the organ(s) supplied by the affected blood vessels, such as in the skin, kidneys, or ‎elsewhere.‎

The most primary goal of any treatment regimen for MC is elimination of the HCV infection. When the level of virus ‎in the serum decreases, patients usually experience a decrease in symptoms as well. For this reason, Interferon-a is ‎the current drug of choice. ‎

The secondary goal of MC treatment is alleviation of the symptoms, which requires immunosuppression. Non-‎steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are used to treat minor symptoms such as purpura, weakness, and joint pain. ‎Steroids are prescribed for more serious symptoms such as sensory neuropathy and glomerulonephritis.‎

The most seriously life threatening conditions, such as acute progressive glomerulonephritis, motor neuropathy, ‎and hyperviscosity syndrome, are treated with plasma exchange therapy accompanied by immunosuppressive ‎drugs.‎

You might consult with a immunologist and hepatologist for a proper and effective treatment of your symptoms and condition.

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