New with Hep B, no clue what to expect

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Shutter_Mom
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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 3/8/2008 9:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone, i'm glad i found this place!!
I just want to tell you a little bit about myself so you kind of know who am i and what i'm dealing with.

I was born and raised in Belarus (former Russian republic) and we came here in 1992. I have a 17 year old son who was born back home in 1990.
I don't like doctors and i try to avoid them unless something is bothering me, the only doctor i visit frequently is my Gyno.
She discovered some ovarian cyst and sent me for a complete blood panel before she wanted to do a surgery. Well, my blood came back showing something out of norm for my liver, she sent me to see a specialist and here i am. I did my cyst surgery and everything went fine.

Back to liver now. My GI diagnosed me with Hep B virus HBsAg positive, low HBV DNA and slight elevation in serum ALT (i'm sorry, i don't really understand all that), and he told me that i am an Inactive carrier.
I have no clue where i got this thing, i went back to my medical records for my son that i brought from home, and sure enough, while i was pregnant i was a Carrier for Australian Antigen (which is Hep B). So i had it for a long time, but i never knew it?? How come no one back home did nothing about it? I'm really upset about the whole situation, the mistreatment and ignorance of doctors over there! I don't even know if my son was vaccinated after he was born, i can't understand some of the handwriting in this record of mine. He was vaccinated here (3 vaccines), but if he already had the virus, what good will it do??
nono

I'm sitting here and crying my eyes out, thinking back of my past and how many stupid mistakes i made that might have lead to this B thing. I've never done drugs or used needles. but had couple of boyfriends who might had carried a disease, may be even my ex
I am mostly scared for my son and my boy-friend of 12 years. I don't drink, well, only when there is an occasion, x-mas, b-day, whatnot. I do smoke, i actually cut down to may be 5 cigs a day, but i never smoked more then 1/2 pk a day if that. I know i need to quit period!!!

My mom, my son and my BF are going for a blood work this coming Tuesday. I'm just praying GOD that they not contracted anything, i know chances are 0 and i'm deathly afraid of the future of my son, he's so young and has so much to do and live for, he has all his life ahead of him and i'm blaming myself every day now for my stupid mistakes.
I don't know what to expect from all this, my doc just wants to monitor me, and every six month do blood work.
I went and bought Milk Thistle, and some Dandelion tea, don't know if that will do anything or not. I do drink coffee and i'm not willing to give it up anytime soon :o)

So, i'm just here to read all of your stories, progresses and make some friends-in-crime to say. I've noticed that there are a lot of you with Hep C, which i tested negative for, and i would like to know more about Hep B from some of you who have it and your experiences. I've been reading and educating myself a lot, i think i know more about Hep B then i need, but it always good to keep yourself educated.

Again, sorry for the long vent, i'm keeping my fingers crossed for my son, my bf and my mom. Not so much for myself.

Take care everyone and may you all stay strong through your battles. mad

Pink Grandma
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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 3/8/2008 10:06 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Shutter_Mom and welcome to HealingWell. This is a great site for information and support.
My husband died of Liver Cancer caused by Hep C and Cirrohsis. And one thing that I do know is now you really should not drink alcohol at all. Your Hep B is distroying your liver enough without adding fuel to the fire. We do have members here that have the Hep B virus. Hopefully one will come on soon to give you some information. In the mean time please read over some of our older posts. I know that there are some about Hep B.

Have a great day and take care............
Pink Grandma
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When the going gets tough....the tough get going! Don't always know where I going but I get there anyways.


frustrated_n_wv
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Date Joined Aug 2006
Total Posts : 469
   Posted 3/9/2008 6:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Shutter Mom

I am so glad that you found this site. As Pink Grandma says there are several people here with Hep B and hopefully someone will come along soon to answer your specific questions. What I have found with this site is that although the cause of our liver problems might be different, our experiences are much the same. I, like you, originally went to the doctor for another problem and they inadvertently found my liver enzymes were up. It is very shocking, at least it was to me, that something can be so wrong and never detected or been told about previously. Just want you to know that all the rush of feelings you are having are normal and expected, and that we are all here to help you with support and listen to your feelings. May this all turn out positively for your sone and b/f. Keep us posted my thoughts and prayers are with you.

Lucy

Shutter_Mom
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 3
   Posted 3/9/2008 8:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Pink and Lucy, i appreciate your ongoing support, i will definitely keep you all posted of what is happening.
Take care of yourselves and stay strong. We are so much stronger then this dreadful disease!!
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