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I have hepititis C and was wondering what the early signs of liver failure?

By Anonymous January 5, 2012 - 7:31am
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I am 53 years old and was told I have hep C about a year ago and would like to know without treatment what the best treatment I should receive and the symptoms when it gets to a dangerous point.

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Hi Anon

Thanks for your question and welcome!

Signs of Hep C are the following although bear in mind each person is different:

Eighty percent of people with hepatitis C have no symptoms. Over time, the disease can cause serious liver damage.

Symptoms may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and skin)
  • Darker colored urine
  • Light or chalky colored stools
  • Loose, light-colored stools
  • Abdominal pain
  • Aches and pains
  • Itching
  • Hives
  • Joint pain
  • Cigarette smokers may suddenly dislike the taste of cigarettes
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Chronic hepatitis C infection may cause some of the above symptoms, as well as:

  • Weakness
  • Severe fatigue
  • Loss of appetite

Serious complications of hepatitis C infection include:

  • chronic infection that will lead to cirrhosis (scarring) and progressive liver failure
  • Increased risk of liver cancer

You can read a lot more here: http://www.empowher.com/condition/hepatitis-c

I hope this helps and thank you for writing!


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