The liver is the largest internal organ, located behind the ribcage on the right side of the abdomen. It weighs approximately three pounds in the average-sized man and is about the size of a football. The liver is responsible for some 500 functions. It processes virtually everything you eat, drink, breathe, or absorb through the skin. The liver converts food into energy and the building blocks for muscle tissue, hormones, clotting factors, and immune factors. It stores glucose (sugar) and many vitamins and minerals for later use. Liver cells produce bile, which helps digest food (especially fats) and absorb nutrients. The liver also detoxifies substances that are harmful to the body. Unlike other body tissues, the liver can regenerate itself; as much as three-quarters of the liver can be removed and it will regenerate within a few weeks.
Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. This may be caused by viruses, toxic chemicals or drugs, heavy alcohol consumption, or other factors. The most common types of viral hepatitis include hepatitis A virus (HAV) hepatitis B virus (HBV), and HCV. These three viruses are unrelated, other than the fact that they all affect the liver.
Symptoms Reported by People with HCV
ACUTE HEPATITIS C
•Flu-like illness •Diarrhea Fatigue(mild to severe) •Indigestion or heartburn •Headaches •Night Sweats •Muscle or Joint Pain •Loss of appetite(anorexia) •Abdominal pain •Nausea •Abdominal bloating •Vomiting •Jaundice
CHRONIC HEPATITIS C
•Fatigue(mild to severe) •Muscle or joint pain •Fever •Abdominal pain •Loss of appetite(anorexia) •Depression •Nausea •Mood swings •Indigestion or heartburn •”Brain fog” •Headaches
LATE-STAGE HEPATITIS C WITH CIRRHOSIS
•Fatigue(mild to severe) •Frequent urination •Loss of appetite(anorexia) •Jaundice •Nausea •Bleeding varices •Vomiting •Depression •Indigestion or heartburn •Mood swings •Headaches •Cognitive dysfunction •Muscle or joint pain •Lack of concentration •Abdominal pain •Mental confusion •Abdominal bloating •Dizziness •Fluid retention(edema) •Peripheral vision problems •Abdominal fluid accumulation(ascites) •Poor sleep cycles •Bleeding problemsKnow Your StatusFree and Anonymous HIV and Hep C testing and CounsellingRAPID HIV AND HEP C TESTINGGET YOUR RESULTS IN 20 MINUTESCall for appointment 556-1139