Thought it was cancer when it was really Hep C

I found this interesting article and wanted to share it here.  {{{{ HEALTHY VIBES TO ALL WHO ARE BATTLING }}}}

Cancer? She thought so, and so did her doctor - Sandra G. Boodman, The Washington Post

Published 7:27 am, Sunday, September 3, 2017

Wells turned out to have a rare disorder caused by hepatitis C known as Type 2 mixed cryoglobulinemia.

It occurs when cryoglobulins - abnormal proteins in the blood - thicken and clump together, restricting blood flow to surrounding organs and causing damage to blood vessels. Cryoglobulins often develop in response to hepatitis C or an autoimmune disorder; roughly half of those with a chronic hepatitis C infection are believed to have cryoglobulins circulating in their blood, but fewer than 30 percent of them develop symptoms. Those signs include fatigue, abdominal pain, weakness, neuropathy and Raynaud's disease, a reaction to cold temperatures or stress that can result in a narrowing of blood vessels. Cryoglobulinemia is three times as common in women as in men. Most cases have been reported in those between ages 40 and 60.

Thanks, Fark. (I seem to be saying that a lot lately. You've posted some very interesting things.) smiley

Never heard about that, Fark. Thanks for the info.