I wonder if you can describe your experiences of hep b?
How did you get it?
When did symptoms start and what where they? How long has it lasted and do you still have stinging in the upper right ab even though the doctor said you have cleared it? How many months was that after contracting it?
I think i maybe have contracted it in March but only really getting stinging in upper right abdomen and my stools are floating (possibly slightly more yellow than before but no diorhea). No nausea or weightloss etc. Maybe slight fatigue (sleeping well) but can still go running fine. No loss of appetite either.
As much info about your experience as possible would help...thanks!
I suffer with a chronic case so want to reply... and answer your questions.
How did you get it?
Don't know. For all I know, I had it most of my life. I was never tested for it until I wasn't feeling right in 2013. That is when they discovered it was most like a chronic case but wanted to watch me for 6 months (as the virus was now active in me). They say most people who are chronic either got it early in life or from birth. Since my mother has been long passed, I would never know if she had it or not.
When did symptoms start and what where they?
I started to notice major symptoms around August 2013.. mine were different. I felt like something was attacking my head/brain. It slowly progressed for a month or two. Rapid weight loss, loss of appetite, extreme tiredness (followed by a 2 week long fight against Insomonia), weakness, tinnitus & itching. Most or all of these have gone away, the tinnitus and itching still remain but are VERY mild to the point where it's bearable. I'm sure there's more I'm missing out on but yeah, those were the worst ones I can recall. Like I said, nothing that was typical of Hepatitis B and when I brought it to my first doctor, he said Hep B wasn't causing this and it was just "anxiety" and in my head. Meanwhile, I've never experienced anything like this in my life.
do you still have stinging in the upper right ab even though the doctor said you have cleared it?
As of 5 1/2 months ago, I still have not cleared it. We'll see the next tests I have or not. I suspect not (based on my having some small lingering symptoms) but I think I'm VERY close.
For me now, I'm waiting for the day I clear it. I've been fortunate enough to be on clinical trials and am so glad they continue for a few years. I try to do what I can and live my normal life again as best as possible (there are some aspects where and when I can't). For me, that includes light exercise, playing ice hockey, doing yoga, hanging out with friends in social settings, etc. The cases that I struggle with are odd cases. Mainly when I need to sit for long periods of time, I struggle since my body is weaker than it used to be. Movie theaters, big concert events, sporting events, etc. I can't do those any more. I just enjoy the simpler aspects so sitting at home and watching these on TV or going to these type of events in smaller settings are good enough for me.