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Welcome to the Hep Forums, a round-the-clock discussion area for people who have Fatty Liver Disease, Hepatitis B, C or a co-infection, their friends and family and others with questions about hepatitis and liver health. Check in frequently to read what others have to say, post your comments, and hopefully learn more about how you can reach your own health goals.

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On Hepatitis C Treatment / Re: Hair loss after epclusa
« Last post by KevinK on February 10, 2023, 05:07:53 am »
So sorry for your hair loss!
On Hepatitis C Treatment / Re: Insomnia
« Last post by Mugwump on February 03, 2023, 06:17:39 pm »
Fortunately I was not get double exposed to both HCV and HBV as some have been over the years. Insomnia during treatment was a real issue at the end of Harvoni treatment for me though as I caught a really bad flu of some description in Feb of 2015 close to the end of my treatment. Now at 70 years of age and 8 years post treatment all I need to do is not progress to type two diabetes and stay exercised in both mind and body as much as is possible for us senior baby boomers ;D  Harvoni and getting rid of chronic HCV has without a doubt added years of productive life as I worked right up until last summer cooking in a seniors care residence not all I need to do is avoid needing to become a resident of one for as long as my lucky stars will allow!
On Hepatitis C Treatment / Re: Hair loss after epclusa
« Last post by Askinator on February 03, 2023, 03:09:13 pm »
First, you need to make sure that hair loss is the result of epilepsy treatment. Sometimes people confuse it with seasonal hair loss or hair breakage, which can be overcome with strengthening products. My wife knows how to take care of her hair, and I can ask her what balms will help you in such a case. But if you know it's alopecia, try consulting a trichologist. He may be able to prescribe you a good treatment or recommend a great hair transplant clinic. I've had a forehead hair transplant, and I can share my experience.
On Hepatitis C Treatment / Re: Insomnia
« Last post by FinleyMorse on February 03, 2023, 07:59:03 am »
On Hepatitis C Treatment / Re: Insomnia
« Last post by FinleyMorse on February 03, 2023, 07:57:15 am »
That sounds like a tough situation. It can be hard to manage stress and sleep disturbances when you're dealing with a chronic illness. I'd recommend talking to your doctor about your sleep issues.
Fatty Liver Disease / What is Fatty Liver Disease?
« Last post by iana5252 on January 30, 2023, 11:15:22 am »
Fatty liver disease, also called non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), and its more severe form, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), are conditions caused by fat accumulation in the liver, known as hepatic steatosis. Heavy alcohol consumption can also lead to fat accumulation, a condition known as alcoholic fatty liver disease. 

When fat accumulates, the liver becomes inflamed and damaged, leading to fibrosis (buildup of scar tissue), cirrhosis (advanced scarring), hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common type of primary liver cancer and liver failure that necessitates a liver transplant.

In many cases, liver fat accumulation is associated with obesity and diabetes, so it is sometimes referred to as metabolic-associated fatty liver disease (MAFLD).

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is evident in around two thirds of people with overweight or obesity, according to the results of a meta-analysis published in The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology.

“Obesity is a well-known risk factor associated with NAFLD,” Jingxuan Quek, MBBS, of the National University of Singapore, and colleagues wrote. “[T]hese findings could be pivotal in improving the stratification of the disease burden for future early clinical intervention in overweight and obese individuals, especially at the level of primary care.”

Arising from the accumulation of fat in the liver, NAFLD and its more severe form, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), are responsible for a growing proportion of advanced liver disease worldwide, mirroring a global rise in obesity. As a result of inflammation, NAFLD can lead to liver fibrosis, cirrhosis and even liver cancer. With no effective approved medical therapies, management depends on lifestyle changes such as weight loss and exercise.

On Hepatitis C Treatment / Re: Hair loss after epclusa
« Last post by ColemanHarryw on January 24, 2023, 06:11:48 am »
My husband’s hair began falling out about five weeks into treatment. He was trying to grow his hair long. At that time, we were thinking to try hair transplant, as we discovered a reliable clinic in our region. But, suddenly he was hit with diarrhea that eventually caused heavily bleeding hemorrhoids. We visited more doctors that confirmed he had Hepatitis C. After four weeks after completing the treatment,  the diarrhea subsided. His thick hair began coming back about three months after the treatment. So, my advice is to be patient and wait for the effects. They're definitely going to appear.
On Hepatitis C Treatment / Re: Hair loss after epclusa
« Last post by FinleyMorse on January 24, 2023, 05:59:24 am »
Oh, I feel you. Epclusa didn't work well for me and caused severe hair loss and low appetite.
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