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Hepatitis C Chronic With Hepatitis A Ab High
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
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
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
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
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
I have chronic hepatitis C got diagnosed 2 years ago what's the life span with the disease I'm scared?
What is the life expectancy of someone who was chronic hepatitis C that doesn't get treated right away?
My nephew, 52 yrs old, has flu. He also has hepatitis-c at about 3.7. His temp is 103.4 (the high). Average has been about 102.4. What can he take 4 fever?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
What are signs that I can Tell if my chronic hepatitis C is getting worse I have my Liver appointment is Friday?
Signs that chronic hepatitis C is getting worse? I have an appointment with my liver dr in two weeks just wanna knOw?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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