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I had a liver bio in 2006 and the liver spec said I was at the end of stage one going into stge 2last year in brokyln,va i had  a cat scan done,they told me stage 2. When I moved to japan,did some yard work,and anyway my sleep I scratched
my leg and well hep-c people are very prone to germs and thats how my leg blew up.
I take 2 kinds of med  for water reten.spironolactone 100 mg daily plus furosemide 40 mg daily
I will give you my numbers on my blood work white blood cells 61,red is
355 hemaglobin?11.8  the other is 34.1(hematoligy)
mcv 96.1,mch 33.2, mchc 34.6 plt 9.2 st 3.0 seg 70., l 14.0, mon 12.0, crp 1.61, s-ast 46,s-alt 43, alp 200, ldh 143
y-gtp 52, t-bil 1.3  ok this is in japanese but the normal reading is 0.65-1.09 my number is 0.84, bun 14.4, s-ua 6.8
na 135.5, k 3.8, cl 104.7, I hope that you can understand this? at any rate I called my primary doctor in america
and he said stage 2 I believe him!
I must have eaten to salty pickels japanese style,my swelling is coming down as  of 4/12/2011
can you decifer my numbers  for me please.
]                                                                     Thanks for your help
                                                                           williechas

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Willie, it’s obviously difficult to determine online whether your edema (swelling of the legs) is due to your HCV or perhaps from infection as you say.

You obviously have an issue with salt retention if the doctor has you taking diuretics (water pills), but it’s unclear if they were prescribed specifically for the edema.

Of note regarding your lab results, your hemoglobin is slightly low at 11.8.

I see ‘plt 9.2’. If this refers to platelets, perhaps they use a different way of expressing platelets in Japan; here the reference range for platelets is generally 150,000-400,000 U/L; you would preferably have a result somewhere in between there somewhere.

Japan generally has excellent doctors; and while I certainly can’t speak for the competence of the individual you’re seeing now, I imagine he/she can manage your care well. We're not doctors here; just patients like yourself with HCV.

I'd ask them why they feel your hemoglobin is suppressed; that’s a bit puzzling. Good luck and take care-

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