I have had hep c for 25 years nows,its been hell for the past 8 years,extreme fatigue for which I just started taking ritalin and wow what a godsend.For the first time in years I actually have some energy,it has been years since I have had any energy.The only problem with that is I also have RA so I have to take pain meds.I just found out today thru my Dr that I am starting to get ascities and I'll call them man boobs.This sucks but going to counseling to keep away from depression which I really don't need at this point.From others experience, what stage of cirrhosis could I be into at this point.Symptons are starting to show up more and more so getting worried.I am new here as of today.God bless you all,Thanks for any replies
Welcome to the site! This is a wonderful site for wondeful supportive people. As far as your liver staging, this is really a question to ask your doc. There are many things that factor in. Generally, patients do not develop symptoms of chronic infection with HCV until they have extensive scarring of the liver (cirrhosis). Some individuals, however, may have fatigue and other non-specific symptoms in the absence of cirrhosis. A liver biopsy may be used to assess the amount of liver damage (liver cell injury and scarring), which can be important in planning treatment. Blood tests may show elevated levels of liver enzymes, a sign of liver damage, which is often the first suggestion that the infection may be present. As cirrhosis develops, symptoms increase and may include:
loss of appetite,
breast enlargement in men,
a rash on the palms,
difficulty with the clotting of blood, and
spider-like blood vessels on the skin.
In patients with advanced cirrhosis, the liver begins to fail. This is a life-threatening problem. Confusion and even coma (encephalopathy) may result from the inability of the liver to process certain toxic substances.
Increased pressure in the blood vessels of the liver (portal hypertension) may cause fluid to build up in the abdominal cavity (ascites) and result in engorged veins in the swallowing tube (esophageal varices) that tear easily and can bleed suddenly and massively. Portal hypertension also can cause kidney failure or an enlarged spleen resulting in a decrease of blood cells and the development of (anemia), or the development of low platelets (thrombocytopenia), which can promote bleeding.
In advanced cirrhosis, liver failure causes decreased production of clotting factors. Patients with advanced cirrhosis often develop jaundice because the damaged liver is unable to eliminate a yellow compound, called bilirubin that is formed from the hemoglobin of old red blood cells.
To find out how damaged your liver is, you really need to talk with your Dr about it. Anytime a person has a chronic condition, attitude has a lot to do with how well you do. Staying positive is vital. This is a great spot to find support. We try to be here for each other. So welcome!
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