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Hep b, HCV ab and HCV PCR all negative 2 years post exposure but elevated gpt, got, GGT recently, I just want to keep ruling out viral hepatitis, could i?

Hep b, HCV ab and HCV PCR all negative 2 years post exposure but elevated gpt, got, GGT recently, I just want to keep ruling out viral hepatitis, could i?

Some ideas: Hopefully you've gotten immunized against hepatitis b, and hopefully you're not doing needle drugs to put you at risk for hepatitis c. You'd do well to have labs to look for hemochromatosis, wilson's, and autoimmune hepatitis. Many people have elevated liver enzymes that can be lowered just be getting more physically active. Glad you don't drink. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Do high results of HCV lead to hepatitis c?

Do high results of HCV lead to hepatitis c?

High viral load?: I think you are asking if high hcv viral loads lead to the liver damage we call "hepatitis c disease". That answer is no. It may be surprising, but except for very rare circumstances, the damage caused by hcv is actually from the immune system creating damage as it tries to get rid of the persistent infection. People can have high viral load and no liver damage or low ones and have cirrhosis. ...Read more

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Which is more likely, the acute or chronic form of hepatitis c?

Which is more likely, the acute or chronic form of hepatitis c?

Chronic: Symptomatic acute hepatitis C does happen but is likely rare (ie. Most patients don't report to medical attention) and 20% of patients will spontaneously recover. The other 80% will develops chronic hepatitis C infection which can lead to cirrhosis or liver cancer in about 20% of those cases long term. ...Read more

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I have hepatitis C and I'm notice one thing on my blood work my ALT levels keep going up and down why is this it will be high one year then normal?

No telling: I am very glad that you're taking a proactive approach to your health and following your values. Truth be told, hepatitis c is a chaotic system, more or less active at any time like the weather. I'm going to assume that you're not taking other meds; even an Ibuprofen tablet or two can raise it. I wish you the best and hope that new work in hepatitis c care will help you. ...Read more

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Is it necessary to do genotyping to manage a person with chronic hepatitis c?

Yes: It's important because it helps guide therapy. Some of the newer drugs only treat certain genotypes, and some types are easier to treat with fewer drugs. The genotype helps guide the choice of drugs. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of someone who was chronic hepatitis C that doesn't get treated right away?

What is the life expectancy of someone who was chronic hepatitis C that doesn't get treated right away?

You: Can live a full life without issues with hep c. Eat healthy exercise and avoid all liver toxins and you can keep the hepatitis dormant. So talk to your doctor about the correct lifestyle changes and the different things you can do to protect yourself. ...Read more

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I'm 52, never tested for hepatitis C should I get the blood test? No high risk behaviors that I can recall

Better to get tested: Many people have hep c and are not aware. It is important to get tested since, the infection may be treatable and prevent liver damage. ...Read more

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My 49 yr old son first became aware of high alt#'s in 2008. Tests have ruled out hepatitis c, cirrhosis, and a tumor. What else could cause this?

My 49 yr old son first became aware of high alt#'s in 2008. Tests have ruled out hepatitis c, cirrhosis, and a tumor. What else could cause this?

Some ideas: We want to rule out hemochromatosis first and foremost. Wilson's may still be a consideration even at his age. Autoimmune hepatitis is less likely, and antitrypsin deficiency less treatable, both could be tested for. I trust he did not drink or take any meds including Ibuprofen during the workup. Most likely is metabolic syndrome with a rx for aerobic fitness. ...Read more

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I have high iron 327 fatty liver hepatitis C genotype 1 thyroid osteoporosis my liver is working fine what food I should avoid?

I have high iron 327 fatty liver hepatitis C genotype 1 thyroid osteoporosis my liver is working fine what food I should avoid?

Healthjy diet will h: Fatty liver usually occurs when you are overweight. So you need to eat healthy and lose some weight (also begin daily exercise). You should adopt reduced fats in your diet and reduce refined carbohydrates like sugar and starches. Avoid animal fats and switch to a plant based, low caloric diet with ample portions of veggies and fruits in your diet. ...Read more

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I have hepatitis C genotype 1 osteoporosis thyroid high iron fatty liver can I take reclast (zoledronic acid) infusion?

I have hepatitis C genotype 1 osteoporosis thyroid high iron fatty liver can I take reclast (zoledronic acid) infusion?

You can: To my knowledge, there is no reports of injury to liver with this medication. Chronic liver disease, especially cirrhosis can cause osteoporosis, so it should be treated. I would also recommend to see specialist to treat your hepatitis c, since there are new medications, hopefully get approved end of this year. These are highly effective (>90% cure rate). ...Read more

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What are the available treatment options for chronic hepatitis c?

What are the available treatment options for chronic hepatitis c?

Antiviral medication: The medical treatment available are peg interferon, ribavirin, and protease inhibitors. ...Read more

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My wife chronic hepatitis C patient facing problem low bp, please suggest?

My wife chronic hepatitis C patient facing problem low bp, please suggest?

Go see a doctor: Er if necessary. Without knowing the extent of her hepatic damage, the meds she is receiving, the rest of her medical history, etc., cannot help you. You also do not say what her BP is or whether she is making urine. Take her to a doctor asap. Good luck and hope things work out for the better. ...Read more

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Should a person with chronic hepatitis C be vaccinated against hepatitis b?

Should a person with chronic hepatitis C be vaccinated against hepatitis b?

Yes: People with liver disease should be vaccinated against hepa and hepb (unless they already have hepa or hepb antibodies), to help prevent them from getting another liver disease. ...Read more

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What does it mean if a person has chronic hepatitis C and their virus load is over one million?

What does it mean if a person has chronic hepatitis C and their virus load is over one million?

This is important: The hcv viral load does not predict how severe the liver damage is. It is important to determine whether virus is detected (if someone has active infection). If hcv is detected, the viral load may help determine how easy it is to cure with antiviral therapy. But people can have a viral load of several million and have no liver damage, or viral load less than 100, 000 and have cirrhosis. ...Read more

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What are signs that I can Tell if my chronic hepatitis C is getting worse I have my Liver appointment is Friday?

What are signs that I can Tell if my chronic hepatitis C is getting worse I have my Liver appointment is Friday?

Signs: You will be asked specific questions: pain, appetite, nausea, etc. You do not have to come prepared. Just be honest and try to answer the best you can. You will not be asked if your hepatitis is getting worse. I hope your hepatitis is getting better. ...Read more

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Signs that chronic hepatitis C is getting worse? I have an appointment with my liver dr in two weeks just wanna knOw?

Signs that chronic hepatitis C is getting worse? I have an appointment with my liver dr in two weeks just wanna knOw?

Liver signs: Some things to call your doctor about early include jaundice, that is a yellow color to the skin or eyes, easy bruising, nausea and vomiting, black tarry stools, a swelling or pain in the belly, fever confusion or any other change that you find disturbing. ...Read more

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Good day, is it okay for my husband to take a medication for anti malaria? Under his condition lately he was diagnose of chronic hepatitis c...

Good day, is it okay for my husband to take a medication for anti malaria? Under his condition lately he was diagnose of chronic hepatitis c...

Need vs safety: Sorry to hear of his hepc diagnosis, but this may not cause much trouble at all (should be followed by doc). If he also has malaria, which needs to be treated. If his hepc is not significantly affecting his liver at this point, antimalarial treatment should be fine. It ALS depends on what medicine, dosage, and duration as well. It is best to consult his doc who knows his health status. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long does it take chronic hepatitis C to kill someone im waiting on the new drugs next year to cure me stage 1 chronic hep c back in 2012?

Years usually...: Based on treatment guidelines of the AASLD/IDSA: " it may be advisable to delay treatment for some patients with documented early fibrosis stage (F 0-2), because waiting for future highly effective, pangenotypic, DAA combinations in IFN-free regimens may be prudent." Reference: http://www. Hcvguidelines. Org/full-report/initial-treatment-hcv-infection-patients-starting-treatment ...Read more

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Does smoking marijuana hurt chronic hepatitis c?

Does smoking marijuana hurt chronic hepatitis c?

Unknown: To my knowledge there have been no studies correlating marijuana use with hepatitis or liver problems. Due to lack of medical research, the long term health affects of marijuana are largely unknown. ...Read more

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Does smoking weed hurt your liver if you hsve chronic hepatitis c?

Does smoking weed hurt your liver if you hsve chronic hepatitis c?

Marijuana: This has not been shown to hurt the liver In 7 states, including Arizona, Maine and Massachusetts hepatitis C is an approved condition for medical marijuana use. However, other states with medical marijuana laws, such as Vermont, Montana and Colorado, omit Hepatitis C from the list of approved conditions for a prescription. ...Read more

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How long can one line with chronic hepatitis C? I'm washing on the new treatment diagnosed in 2012 stage 1 little scarring?

A few years: Your age and liver biopsy from 2012 suggest that you have early disease. If your SGOT/SGPT and viral load are not excessively high, then progression will be measured in years. The new treatments for HCV are oral, do not use interferon and much more effective. Many new options will be released in 2015 or 2016, so waiting until then should be safe for you, but keep under the watch of your doctor. ...Read more

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Can chronic hepatitis C cause Yiy to constantly have aniexty and be depressed? I've never had aniexty until hepatitis C? I have GAD now?

Can chronic hepatitis C cause Yiy to constantly have aniexty and be depressed? I've never had aniexty until hepatitis C? I have GAD now?

Seek out therapist: I'm not so clear on the Hep C actually bringing on the psychological symptom of anxiety per the disease itself or per the worry associated with having the disease, its treatments, prognosis in your case, etc. Etc.

I think you need a therapist to discuss the how the knowledge of having Hep C may be affecting you. ...Read more

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I am chronic hepatitis C & my TSH low what is the connection?

Hepatitis C: There is no association between Hepatitis C a viral infection and low TSH a hormonal problem they are two different diseases ...Read more

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Will smoking weed kill your liver is have chronic hepatitis c?

Will smoking weed kill your liver is have chronic hepatitis c?

Doubtful: Although it can cause many respiratory, neurologic and hormonal problems like lung damage, decreased IQ with prolonged use and decreased testosterone level but I know of no liver problems per se ...Read more

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Can I have a normal liver enzyme (e.G., alt) level and still have chronic hepatitis c?

Oh yes: Some patients with chronic hep c may have normal liver enzymes, or normal enzymes intermittently. Liver function tests (lfts) are not the marker of the disease, or success of treatment; viral load is. Inflammation, scarring is more closely related to viral load and immune response to it. ...Read more

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I am on oxycodone 10/325 but recently diagnosed with hepatitis c.What would be a good long term treatment for my chronic back pain?

Treat the Hep C: An even better strategy - given the meds now available - would be to treat and quite probably cure the hepatitis c infection...Once it has been confirmed by the appropriate testing (i.e. An antibody test alone is insufficient). You need an hcv pcr and a genotype test to work out what to do next. Then, of course, avoid the behavior that led to the infection...See a hepatologist (liver specialist). ...Read more

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I am on oxycodone 10/325 but recently diagnosed with hepatitis c.What would be a good long term treatment for my chronic back pain?

I am on oxycodone 10/325 but recently diagnosed with hepatitis c.What would be a good long term treatment for my chronic back pain?

Back pain: Opioids are not helpful long term for back pain. Good strength and conditioning is. There is minimal evidence that long term opioids in back pain helps to get u more active. ...Read more

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I am on oxycodone 10/325 but recently diagnosed with hepatitis c.What would be a good long term treatment for my chronic back pain?

I am on oxycodone 10/325 but recently diagnosed with hepatitis c.What would be a good long term treatment for my chronic back pain?

Need more info: Very few 22 year old men have severe chronic back pain. The approach which seems likely to provide the most benefit would be to be evaluated and learn why you have such severe pain and what can be done about the cause. Chronic narcotic use may not be the best solution. ...Read more

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