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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: 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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Post Hepatitis C Treatment / Re: Celebrating 7 years SVR Free!
« Last post by Lynn K on December 10, 2022, 01:26:11 am »
Hi Greg my fellow class mate!

I also started treatment in November 2014.

I was diagnosed F4 cirrhosis in January 2008 with a liver biopsy.

Haven’t been quite as fortunate as you I’m still F4 on my last Fibroscan spring 2022 by my liver functions are normal. I did have sone anomalies show up on my ultrasound two years ago that were suspicious for cancer so I've been having CT scans now ever since to be more watchful. They haven’t changed so my doctor is optimistic they are not cancerous.

So other then that scare its been “steady as she goes” still hangin in.

Happy to hear from a fellow alumni happy holidays and all my best to you and yours. :)
Post Hepatitis C Treatment / Re: Celebrating 7 years SVR Free!
« Last post by iana5252 on December 05, 2022, 01:35:33 pm »
Thanks for sharing your update Greg. Happy to hear things are going well.
Post Hepatitis C Treatment / Celebrating 7 years SVR Free!
« Last post by I fightis thetitis on December 01, 2022, 11:19:29 pm »
I know its a bit of a ghost town around here, and, I miss the check ins so I thought I would treat myself to a bit of celebratory news. Even if its only for me.

I started my treatment on 11/24/2015. Seven years ago. For the most part everything went smooth.
I was F4 and considered cirrhotic and I always had chronic right flank pain, most likley liver or gall bladder related. Certainly HCV realeated.

I feel great now and thanks to treatment I suppose I have been given extra time.  I'm enjoying life more than ever and pray for continued health.  Love to all my fellow class of 2015/16 and I hope you're all doing well in cured land.

Peace and Love!


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