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Anyone who has ever watched the news even a couple of times knows that Hepatitis is a very commonly covered topic. Hepatitis C specifically seems to be a popular topic. This serious disease is known for attacking the liver which can cause scarring, cirrhosis of the liver, liver failure and even cancer in some cases.

While the liver takes the brunt of the damage, Hepatitis C also affects other organs such as the stomach in those who suffer from it.

Overlying Symptoms of Hep C

The symptoms below are most often experienced in spurts or “flare ups” that can last anywhere from one to three months at a time. The National Institute of Health recognizes the following as the most common symptoms of Hepatitis C:dreamstime_xxl_44168728

  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Loss of Weight
  • Darkened Urine
  • Jaundice
  • Excessive Diarrhea
  • Light Colored Stools
  • Stomach/Abdominal Pain

Additionally, Hepatitis C can cause swollen blood vessels in both the stomach and the esophagus, due to high blood pressure in the portal veins that connect the stomach, esophagus and other vital parts of the digestive tract to the liver. If this goes untreated, it can lead to a rupture which will cause bleeding and potentially death. If you experience two or more of any of the following symptoms at the same time, you likely are bleeding internally and should visit a hospital immediately as this is considered a medical emergency:

  • Shock
  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Dark, Tarry Stools
  • Vomit that Contains Blood
  • Dizziness
  • Rapid Heart Rate

While there are plenty of treatment options for Hepatitis C in general, often the other problems that come with with disease, such as stomach problems can be overlooked despite how uncomfortable they are. If you need a consultation regarding your stomach issues due to Hepatitis C and you live in the Los Angeles area, consult the incredible doctors at West Gastroenterology today. Our team has experience treating a number of gastroenterological issues, which makes us knowledge on both Hep C and all that comes with it. We may be able to help you find the relief you are searching for, simply make the call and find out now!

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