Living with hepatitis C

If you have hepatitis C you may not become ill. If you become ill, you may feel fine for a while and then feel very tired for a few weeks.

Treatment for hepatitis C is available and it works.

Feeling tired

Fatigue is tiredness that doesn't go away with rest or sleep. It is the most common symptom. It ranges from mild to harmful.

The amount of fatigue you feel doesn't depend on the severity of your illness.

When you don’t feel tired you might try to make up for lost time. Don't overdo it.

If you feel tired:

  • Recognise when you feel tired.
  • Don’t push yourself.
  • Rest as often as you need without feeling guilty.

Aches and pains

You may have different types of aches and pains. Constant pain over a long time is a great stress.


Hepatitis C can make life very difficult. You might find it difficult to cope and this can lead to depression. You should not ignore this as it can be harmful to you and your family.

Tips for coping with depression with your family:

  • Talk to them and explain how you feel.
  • Explain that you are not angry with them.

Support services information.