New poster here, so bear with me. I somehow contracted Hep B recently. I have no idea HOW I got it, but I do know that it was not sexually transmitted (I know for fact all women I have been with, are clean) and it was not done by sharing needles (I am against drugs and would never consider).
So I've narrowed it down to nicked with a dirty razor at the Barber or stuck with a dirty needle/utensil at dentist office (He has admitted he has other Hep B patients) or even doctor's office, though have no proof on any. I believe those would be the common ways to get it. Is there any other uncommon way?
One of the major symptoms I am getting is some form of vertigo feeling. It doesn't seem to happen all the time but seems to be whenever I'm sitting on something elevated. An example would be at a football game or even in a movie theatre. I sit down and have to hold onto the chairs for dear life because I feel like someone is pushing me forward and I'm going to fall. I've actually stopped going to the games because I was afraid I was actually going to fall at those points. I've seen number of specialists for this (Neuro, ENT, Cardio) and nobody could find the cause, all suggested vestibular dysfunction.
Besides this, I've lost approximately 15lbs in the months I have had this as well as became very weak, especially in the morning when first waking up, as well as shaky hands. Symptoms were a lot worse a couple of months ago, to the point where I was tired and listless and slept all day and then eventually developed insomnia. However, those symptoms have passed. My doctor said this was all from stress and anxiety from the Hep B. I told him the vertigo feeling was happening before I even knew about
the Hep B. He wanted to put me on anxiety meds.
So, has anyone else experienced a Vertigo type of feeling?
Also, as far as me and my doctor know, I have only had this virus for about
3-4 months. If it goes to 6 months, he wants to send me to an Infectious Disease Specialist. Should I be going there or another type of doctor? If I do go there and end up going on meds, what is my best option? Preferably the one with least side effects and that will make me generally feel better.
Just for numbers' sake:
-My AST and ALT have been going down each blood test. AST went from 72 to 53 to 42. ALT went from 129 to 119 to 92.
-My HepBe Antigens were negative however, the Antibodies were also negative
-My viral load count has gone up. Approximately 272,000 to start and last blood test revealed around 5 million? I asked my doctor about
this and he said it was normal. One day it will be low, the other day it will be high. Mentioned it fluctuates.
Thanks for any advice!
Would taking Milk Thistle help out any?
Post Edited By Moderator (hep93) : 11/10/2013 12:09:30 PM (GMT-7)