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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
Hepatitis c is a virus that replicates (makes copies of itself) in the human liver. People can be infected by exposure to even very small amounts of blood. Over 20 to 40 years it can cause scarring of the liver, and severe scarring is called cirrhosis. People can be tested for exposure with an antibody test. If that is positive, they need a test for the virus itself ...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
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