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The Need to Monitor Your Chronic Hepatitis

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Chronic Hepatitis and "Blood Activating and Stasis Expelling" (BASE) Therapy
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Dietary Support for Cirrhotic Liver Diseases

Ascites - A Complication of De-Compensated Liver Cirrhosis

Liver Cirrhosis - Portal Vein Hypertension Complications

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PG-IFN and Ribavirin Treatments

Antibiotics and Chronic Liver Diseases

Why is Alcohol Harmful for People with Hepatitis?

Co-infections and Super-infections of Viral Hepatitis

Beware of Medications That Can Cause Liver Damage

Bile Retention and Its Clinical Manifestations (MCM) part 4

Modern Chinese Medicine (MCM) Part 3 
Jaundice and Chronic Viral Hepatitis

Modern Chinese Medicine (MCM) Anti-Liver-Fibrosis Treatments - Part 2

Modern Chinese Medicine (MCM) Anti-Liver-Fibrosis Treatments - Part 1

What is Liver Fibrosis and How is It Different from Cirrhosis?

How does the liver change as we get older?

How is that my LFTs are so good when my viral load is seemly so high?

Comprehensive Care for Chronic Viral Hepatitis

What can Cause Liver Inflammation?  

What Are the Major Functions that the Liver Carries?


 





The Need to Monitor Your Chronic

Hepatitis In general, chronic viral hepatitis is a relatively slow progressing disease that can extend over many years. However, regular checkups with one's doctor should be maintained, especially if certain symptoms worsen or new symptoms surface that indicate advancement of the disease. Below is a list of symptoms that require careful checks on your liver condition by your doctor. 

1. Extreme fatigue that prevents you from carrying out normal daily activities or functioning. 

2. Anorexia due to loss of all the appetite 

3. Continually bloated stomach, especially at night. 

4. Jaundice, dark urine, pale stool, extremely itchy skin, yellowish eyes and skin, and persistent dull pain in the liver area. (These are possible signs of bile retention or problems in the gallbladder.) 

5. Tendency to bleed easily, including gum and nose bleeds. Black and blue bruises in the skin, bleeding spots on the skin and mucus membrane, blood in stool causing blackish stool. (Continuous and uncontrollable hiccups is usually a warning sign of gastrointestinal bleeding.) This requires immediate attention by your doctor. 

6. Water retention in the ankles, face and stomach regions. (Signs of edema and ascites) 

7. The quantity of urine reduced to less than 500 ml per day. (Sign of water retention) 

8. Persistent low-grade fever with WBC elevation. 

9. Mental fogginess, memory loss, dizziness, and mood instability. 

10. Low blood sodium, low blood potassium, and low blood sugar levels. 

Most of these symptoms only occur only in the advanced stages of liver disease, during cirrhosis. If your condition was stable and without most of these symptoms, it is very important to have a detailed check up once some of them appear or become noticeably worse. Generally, as a chronic hepatitis patient, regular blood work is highly recommended to monitor your condition. This should include a complete blood count (CBC) and blood chemical panel (including liver profile) every three months and HCV RNA PCR every six months. If you are in the cirrhosis stage, it is important to check your AFP every six months. Proper monitoring will allow ample time to adjust your treatment protocol and prevent advancement to more serious conditions.

 

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About HCV
Overview
Causes and Transmission

 
Diagnostic Tests
Antibody
HCV RIBA
HCV RNA 
Viral Load

Viral Genotyping

 
Major Signs
Liver Inflammation
Fibrosis
Cirrhosis

 
Peripheral Signs and Symptoms
Fatigue
Jaundice
Bile Retention
Joint Pains and Skin Rashes
Blood Sugar Instability
Portal Vein Hypertension
Ascites

 
Important Liver Function Test Markers
Overview
ALT and AST
ALP and GGT
Albumin
Bilirubin
PT (Prothrombin Time)
 
Liver Biopsy
Overview
Procedure
Inflammation Grade
Fibrosis Stage
 
Interferon Based Treatment
Overview
Ideal Candidate
Possible Side-effects
 
Liver Support with TCM
Overview
Liver Enzymes
Serum Albumin
Blood Clotting Factors
Bile metabolism
GGT
 
Dietary Considerations
Overview
Proteins
Essential Fats
Carbohydrates
Vitamins
 
 

 


 

 

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