Couple of questions

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RickG16
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   Posted 5/25/2017 11:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Have a few questions, and welcome any replies from those with knowledge or first hand experience.

I was diagnosed with acute HBV on March 15th. Had no symptoms prior, but they came pretty quickly by early April. After experiencing dark urine, headaches and fatigue, they all went away (apart from a little fatigue) by the end of April, but now I am left with the pain / discomfort in the upper right abdomen. From my limited medical knowledge, it feels like this is the disease 'making itself at home' in my liver after the symptoms have passed. Does anyone know if this is a sign I am more likely to be chronic, or is it just a normal symptom of acute to have for a nearly two months? (It has still not gone away)

On diet - I have refrained from alcohol, only had 1 or 2 cigarettes (literally) and tried to follow advice of lots of fruit and veg, with whole grains, hardly any dairy, no fried food etc. A typical dinner for me is grilled chicken, brown rice and salad. I am naturally a big eater with a very quick metabolism which means I don't get fat (I exercise a lot which is probably a factor) - as such, the change in diet has left me feeling a bit weak. I am tempted to throw in a few more naughty carbs (maybe cake every now and then, dairy etc)to give myself more energy and help me fight the disease. Is this advised?

Those are my two main questions, on the ab pain and diet. Any suggestions welcome...

ppm guy
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   Posted 5/26/2017 12:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi RickG16 and welcome,
Protocol for diagnosing chronic hep b, is monitoring blood work for a period of 6 months. By September 16th if you have not passed the virus, you may be considered chronic. Your dr will check your blood periodically for antibodies to appear..

During that 6 month window, some patients become symptomatic. Some don't..regardless of symptoms, 95% of patients clear the virus by
Your immune system..

Your discomfort in right side may be inflammation that causes the liver to swell.. sounds like the inflammation has decreased, and hopefully your liver will return to normal..is your dr ordering blood work every month or 2?

In my opinion, staying away from alcohol and limiting sugar, is enough for now..if you become chronic, you will make more lifestyle changes.

Let me know how your progressing

RickG16
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   Posted 5/26/2017 10:57 PM (GMT -6)   
ppm guy said...
Hi RickG16 and welcome,
Protocol for diagnosing chronic hep b, is monitoring blood work for a period of 6 months. By September 16th if you have not passed the virus, you may be considered chronic. Your dr will check your blood periodically for antibodies to appear..

During that 6 month window, some patients become symptomatic. Some don't..regardless of symptoms, 95% of patients clear the virus by
Your immune system..

Your discomfort in right side may be inflammation that causes the liver to swell.. sounds like the inflammation has decreased, and hopefully your liver will return to normal..is your dr ordering blood work every month or 2?

In my opinion, staying away from alcohol and limiting sugar, is enough for now..if you become chronic, you will make more lifestyle changes.

Let me know how your progressing


Thanks PPM guy,

Doctor hasn't ordered regular blood tests, just to come back after 6 months. I am in a foreign land where asking too many questions usually confuses people.

Glad you think it sounds like the inflammation is decreasing - I am more worried now, because although the initial symptoms have gone away, I can't seem to shift this upper right ab pain.

Fingers crossed and I guess I'll continue to play the waiting game.

Is it possible to feel ab pain in that area after the virus has passed?

Cheers

ppm guy
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   Posted 5/27/2017 1:15 PM (GMT -6)   
hi rick,
Waiting six months will work. but It doesn't help with your anxiety, and doesn't take that long in most cases.

once the virus is resolved, the liver can repair any damage occurred during the acute phase. one of the hundreds of jobs the liver has, is to regenerate itself..

RickG16
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   Posted 5/29/2017 3:21 AM (GMT -6)   
True... but the thing is when I get tested I would rather know definitively whether it is chronic.

If I was tested now and still had it, I would be even more anxious until I next got tested. So I prefer to live the right lifestyle and bide my time until September. Then I will know for sure.

Because I was diagnosed in mid March, does that mean it must have been at least 30 days prior that I was infected. In that case could I get re-tested in mid August and know it had been six month?

Cheers

ppm guy
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   Posted 5/29/2017 6:05 PM (GMT -6)   
It takes 2 to 9 weeks for the virus to be detected. One of our members posted last week that protocol is;
"6 months from the 1st detection". that would be march 15- sept. 16th..

do what is comfortable for you.

i was infected with hep b in 1968, and passed the virus.. so i understand the"waiting game".

RickG16
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   Posted 5/29/2017 10:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks. In some ways I would be happy if the ab pain is from the HBV, as hopefully it will go. Will be annoying if I pass the HBV only to learn there is another problem with my body.
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