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Do I Have Hepatitis C
Testing first: OK..firstly theres a couple things we need to know. There are several genotypes to hepatitis C...we need to know which you have. Second check a viral load. Third, liver function tests, AFP, CEA and GGT. A Hep C Fibrosure will indicate if there is liver fibrosis. There is a new med just out called Harvoni. Before this..treatment was with interferon and ribaviron. ...Read more
Hep C Rx: Treatment options include: Direct antiviral agents (DAA's). DAA's are a group of different antiviral agents taken orally for a much shorter period of time than the other medications and will probably revolutionize the treatment of Hep C. Both new pills - Olysio (simeprevir) and Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) - work better than the current treatment for hepatitis C. They cure it more often & in less time ...Read more
For days now I have been having horrible pain under my left rib cage I can't hardly sleep at night it sometimes shots up my left arm I do have hepatitis c but it's never bothered me before what could it be?
Left rib cage pain: May be constipation( try milk of magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) x 2 days), could be gastritis, with or without h pylori, try maalox or ranitidine or prilosec, rarely could be pancreas( blood work),gallbladder (sonogrm) or cardiac( EKG,echo) or clot( d-dimer. Are you on any medications? could be related to that as well? Liver is on the right but pain can always occur in unusual places. F/U w/ urgent care/ ER today ...Read more
A virus: Hepatitis c is a virus that affects the liver. It is transmitted by blood contact. About 20% of people fight it off quickly. The rest it keeps attacking the liver for years/ decades. Some people get fatigue, some don't notice it. Around 20 years of this attack the liver develop cirrhosis and even failure. There are treatments available, although work is being done on better options. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cause of Hepatitis C: This is one of the viruses that cause inflammation and prolonged damage to the liver. The main viruses are given alphabet labels to distinguish them from each other. Hepatiits a is food and water born and some oral ingestion. Hepatitis b is at high risk in blood and body fluid transmission . And hep c is found predominantly in the drug using populations, especially injectors. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Often nothing: Most cases of hepatitis c infection in humans do not manifest any symptoms unless cirrhosis or liver cancer occur. Many cases are picked up by screening in people with abnormal liver tests but many have totally normal liver tests. Complications are higher when the chronic carrier drinks a lot of alcohol. Acute hepatitis c is rarely diagnosed. ...Read more
Yes...maybe : Here are two extremes. A monogamous heterosexual couple has one partner who finds out he has hcv. If the other partner is negative the cdc does not recommend condom use. On the other hand, we have an epidemic of hcv in men who have unprotected anal sex with other men. Condom use is strongly recommended in this case. New partners should use condoms for hcv, hiv, hep b, syphilis, gc, chlamydia, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Asymptomatically: This is a viral infection which over time causes liver damage. It is typically transmitted from one person to another by sharing needles, Cocaine straws and by blood transfusions received before 1991. It can cause fatigue but most have no symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Contact with blood: One can catch hepatitis c from an infected person by getting the infected person's blood into oneself by activities such as: sharing needles during drug abuse, accidental needle-sticks, being born to a hepc+ mother, sharing razors or toothbrushes, or having sex. Transmission of hepc virus during sex can happen, but is uncommon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Start liver disease: When someone is exposed to hepatitis c, the virus can be detected in the blood by 2 -4 weeks, and antibody by 3 -6 months. Initially there is a lot of inflammation of the liver as the immune system tries to fight hcv (about 25% of the time the body wins and clears hcv). For 75% of people, over the next several decades there is slow development of scarring, which can lead to cirrhosis. ...Read more
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