hbv is a benigne disease, the only danger comes from the fact that it is silent so most of the people around has hbv or hcv infection and is not aware, this way without taking drugs at older age after 50yo it turns in to cirrhosis and liver cancer
early cirrhosis can even be reversed, so the problem is getting to know you have it before you dye, it is not hbv itself to kill you but liver cancer after a whole life of infection without any sign
yes you cant live long with high bilirubin which is due to liver failure on active hbv, cronic hbv carriers would dye in 1-10 years
there are 2 type of damage:
acute, which can make liver failure but no permanent damage if you recover in a short time.this damage has inflammation but no fibrosis or almost none (fibrosis is not correlated with liver failure)
cronic, slow damage with fibrosis but no liver failure.you may reach liver failure after cirrhosis and decades of severe damage.this damage is due to oxidative stress but not directly due to the virus.those with strong antioxidant defence in the system will never develop cirrhosis or severe damage despite the active virus
My eye sockets, face and body feel warmer to the touch than in the past - do you believe these symptoms may be associated with the hep b virus. I cant seem to deal with heat, as it feels extremely hot for me. For example today its 75 degrees out, but it felt like it was 100 degrees.
unless you make all blood test here ou can have anything, hepatitis hbvor hcv or all the other viruses cannot be detected by synthoms, blood tests are needed at minimum.all the rest is wasted time and just talking
I actually am going to see my doc this week as i took some tests via Quest, where i can discuss with him some of the details involved. perhaps i will know for sure where i stand in terms of my symptoms and the hbv virus is going...
if you haven t taken blood tests you can have any hepatitis virus not hbv, there are as many viruses as the whole alphabet...also consider that 1000 diseases make the same synthoms you have not only hepatitis
just be sure it is a very expert liver specialist because most are ignorant, if it is a normal doctor 99,9% ignorant.
in any case interferon, tenofovir and entecavir are the only safe tretaments available.the first cures 11% patients at 5 years, the other 2 are useless on virus and just stop liver damage
the combo of interferon+those antivirals increases cure rates at minimum 30% in 2 years therapy
since therapies available now are almost useless on infection and extremely expensive without healthcare coverage be sure you have liver damage before starting or you just waste money and take sides effects for nothing
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