- Dear Connie:
I hope by the time you get this, you have been to the doctor. I
could list multiple problems that might fit the pattern you wrote about,
and some can be serious. If you have not done so, you need to see your
physician, or go to the ER.
I am not saying this to scare you, for the sake of being scared,
but, with the abdomen, the treatment, the rash and everything else, you
need IMMEDIATE evaluation. If thats not enough to get you to see someone
now, then maybe this might be= you could DIE, if this is serious.
Whenever you are dealing with the abdomen there are so many
potential problems that can occur. Some of these problems are a nothing,
and some can be life threatening, and there are a variety in between.
All your symptoms may be related, or they may not, but you need to find
out! Also, if these are related, then why, and what if anything should
be changed. If there is something else going on, it may or may not need
You must understand that pain and swelling do not always pinpoint
the source of the problem. If it is your liver, then why? If you are
getting something called ascities, (that is fluid that collects in the
abdomen because the body is not getting rid of it properly, frequently
seen with liver disease), you may need the fluid taken off, which is not
the most pleasant, but it is not bad if done properly. Too much fluid
will cause your organs to shift, and create pressure on your diaphragm,
bladder, etc., and can become very, very uncomfortable, and dangerous.
Some people feel it as chest pain, some feel it on the opposite side of
where the problem is, etc.
From your symptoms, until other things are ruled out, this may have
nothing to do with the HCV, and may just be coincidental. But, a kink in
the bowel, a ruptured appendix, an ulcer, an infection, etc., can happen
to anyone, and can be very dangerous to anyone. Thats the problem, you
don't know until certain tests are run and you are sure what it is not.
If it turns out to be nothing, then you spent some time getting
tests you may not normally have needed. If it is something, it needs to
be treated. I live in Central Florida, so I can not even advise which
Hospital to go to. But, I have this motto that has not failed me yet;
"When in doubt, send them out". That means to the ER where they can get
the MRIs, lab tests, X-rays, etc., done immediately, and give you some
clue as to what is next.
Please, for your own sake, make sure you get this evaluated as soon
as possible. Also, if you want, please let me know what happens. I'll be
thinking of you, and hope the best. Marty