It seems like women are affected by some of the most devastating diseases out there. I mean we have breast cancer, ovarian cancer, cervical cancer, COPD, Emphysema, Coronary Diseases, and to top these off we have PBC ( Primary Biliary Cholangitis.) PBC is more common in women than it is in men. PBC is more common in women than it is in men. Approximately 1 in every 1,000 women over forty are afflicted with this liver disease. This means that 90% of people with PBC are women. This is truly devastating news, but it doesn’t mean you’ve received a death sentence. But better information should be provided to patients with PBC.
The 5 Most Common Symptoms of PBC:
- If you’re always feeling tired, wake up like you haven’t slept, or just don’t have any energy throughout the day
- Pruritus – extreme and constant itching
- Your skin constantly feels itchy, nothing at all relieves it
- Abdominal Pain
- Constant stomach aches in your stomach region
- Darkening of the Skin
- You may notice some dark patches on your arms, legs, back, and stomach. It can present on back of hands too
- Yellowing of Skin – Jaundice (left untreated)
- You may begin to notice your skin is yellowing in certain parts or patches
If you experience any or all of these symptoms please be sure to contact your doctor so that the proper tests can be completed and treatment discussed.
While PBC can appear in people younger than 25 years of age, most people are diagnosed between 35 and 60 years of age. Statistics also show that since 1988, PBC has been the second-leading overall cause of liver transplant in women in the United States, behind hepatitis C.
PBC is a progressive autoimmune disease that affects the bile ducts in the liver. It is important to manage the disease and symptoms in order to prevent serious health issues and the possible need for liver transplant. Get more information on the condition and hear from those living with the condition at LivingwithPBC.com
At LivingwithPBC.com you can read other patient’s stories and see how they cope with PBC on a daily basis. There you will meet brave and strong women like Wendy and Nishele. You’ll be able to watch their videos and so much more. You’ll learn that there is more information available to you and your family.
I invite you to click on the images above and download the infographics for safekeeping. They’re filled with helpful information that you can discuss with your doctor.