Should I get a second opinion?

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hatrabbit
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   Posted 3/13/2017 8:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I'm a 54 year old Asian woman and have had Hepatitis B all my life. Many of my family members also have it and have not had problems as yet. I was recently told my 'numbers' indicate I need to start meds for it and I was prescribed Viread. A little background: in 2015 I experienced an extraordinarily stressful lawsuit. I absolutely went through hell that year. I mention this because that's when my Hep B Virus DNA was at its highest, 63984 < 20 (IU/mL) & 4.80 < 1.30 (LogIU/mL), and I can't help but think stress contributed to the spike. Now, 2 years later, the numbers are lower at 45569 < 20 (IU/mL) & 4.65 < 1.30 (LogIU/mL). My logic says that if the numbers are lower, maybe I don't need to start the meds (I'm told this prescription is something that, once started, can never be stopped). I also had a liver biopsy which indicated a normal but fatty liver.
To those more experienced than I, should I consult another doctor, or does this scenario sound appropriate to start Viread? Any help here will be greatly appreciated.

ppm guy
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   Posted 3/14/2017 10:57 AM (GMT -6)   
hi Hatrabbit, and welcome.. really like your screen name

Are you seeing a GI dr or hepatologist?

Liver enzymes fluctuate all the time.. the condition of your liver, is more important.. thank god, your biopsy showed only mild fibrosis (fatty liver). This makes me think you have the antibodies to the "E" antigen. this antibody helps keep your liver damage and infectability on the low side.

Viread has been successful in slowing or stopping replication of the hep b virus.. We have a ongoing thread, about a clinical trial for Viread (TDF). look at the thread list. a few lines down, youll see hep b clinical trial log. it has lots of great info.

I do think Viread could help you reduce that viral load. Getting a second opinion, is always a option, but I think, I would start treatment..that is my opinion..

let me know how things are moving along.. best to you

ppm guy
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   Posted 3/14/2017 10:59 AM (GMT -6)   
correction!!!!
I meant to say "viral loads fluctuate all the time"

ppm guy
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   Posted 3/15/2017 10:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I just checked my posts and reread my response. So I'm not confusing. I used antibody to E., instead of negative
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