I am one out of 12 that is infected with the virus, have had it in my body, doing damage since about 1970, found out in 2008 when the damage had been done. I am in stage4 Hepatitis C with Cirrhosis of the liver. My liver is at about 30-35% function, the virus is eating my muscles and calcium from my body, my condition was down graded the other day. My liver is not cleaning my body of ammonia, and this effects my brain. I am retaining fluids, which is also affecting my brain.