I've been having some pain in my upper left abdomen...which is really just a medical way of explaining, just under the ribcage on my left side. Off and on I'll have some pain on my right as well. Sometimes corresponding with the pain on the left. I was diagnosed with Endometrosis some time back and have been doing well after my last surgery and round of treatment for that. At first when the pain began again that's what I thought it was. I went to a gastro doc first because I assumed ulcers. Everyone would likely assume that. My mom has those so I know my chances and there was a lot of stress. This doc sent me back to my gyno which made me an appointment to see an Endometrosis specialist at the same building. I didn't actually have to go into see her she just made me the appointment. Anyways... this guy sent me back the the gastro doc. He did some massage on my back and side that helped. Strange as it seems a doc would even consider anything outta the box. But he didn't seem like an ordinary doctor and it if works.... He said it was a spazism and when he did the massage I felt dizzy. He said most patients pass out because it's a major nerve that runs through the spine.
Okay getting to my point. I went back to the gastro doctor to talk about possible ulcers when to my shock and amazement she was going through my file and found something that I didn't know how to explain. She said that in 2005 I'd tested positive for Hep B. At first it didn't really hit me. I was just like 'okay people get a lotta things when they're younger'. I'm 28 years old now so I'd have been I'd have been 22 or 23...then. She was asking if they'd ever told me. I said no. Noone ever told me that all this time I could have been putting people at risk.
I had requested the test only back then because I wanted to check just be careful. All on a whim I guess. I wasn't sexually active during that time. Just one of those feelings us women get I guess. I don't remember being sick at the time but I've had an upset tummy for as long as I can recall. When I found out I had Endometrosis I just assumed it was that.
Some person at our Pizza hut had Hep B back in the 90s and I was vaccinated back then. So how could I still get it?
The gastro person seemed really upset and it was nice to have a doctor upset about someones neglagence. But at the same time I don't understand what all this means. I don't know if it was acute or serious. I don't know if I could still have it or not and I've stopped reading or watching videos online about it because nothing is specific. Could I have had it even after the vaccine? If so how could I have gotten it?
She ran a bunch of tests but I'm still waiting for the results. It's the pretty horrible point, the waiting..
What should I do in the meantime? If I have Hep B what will have to change?
Thanks for your time.
I honestly don't believe that you can pass HepB along to a said partner. It seems somewhat strange that you didn't have some sort of reaction when you had your Hep needle. Normally there would have been some sign at that point (where injection sight was). I dont' think that HepB can be sexually transmitted, its' the C where you have to watch for anyone bleeding etc. This is when you have to wear gloves to treat someone as such. I would have another HepB shot and she what sort of reaction you get at the needle sight.
Pls. dont' feel that you could be walking around giving this to others. Make sure you wash hands, carry an alcohol disinfectant with you. Use it on your hands prior to going somewhere and coming back, re-wash your hands and apply the alcohol disenfectant. Dont' put yourself in panic mode, it causes' alot of stress, possible more problems with your tummy as well as giving yourself a "headache". This is not something that you have to go around telling ppl. about. Its' possible you may have gotten it from using a bathroom in a restaurant. When using these I myself always, take toilet paper, wipe the seat, and I dont' actually sit right down on the seat. Bathrooms' that everyone uses' are really a "catch all" pardon the expression. Your Physician will soon tell you whats' what. Again pls.don't stress yourself out, but be sure to do a good hand wash. When at home, you don't have to use the alcohol as you know at home these are your own germs. Definetly use it while out and about as well as using it in restaurants. When you wash your hands in a restaurant always use paper towel to dry but also use that towel to shut the water off, even after drying hands. This way your not picking up others germs that have used that same tap. Good luck, and I wish you well, you sound like a wonderful person. Go online and check HepB, there you will find the do's and dont's.
I'm a bit confused because I had the Hep B vaccine in the 90s and then I tested positive for Hep B in 2005 but the doctors didn't tell me then. Did they feel it was false positive? Or was it from one of my two surgerys for something else. I don't know if I have it or not thats kinda what I was curious about was can you have it and not know? After all this time I think there would've been a sign somewhere down the line.
The thing is I'm not a drug user and I haven't had sexual contact of any kind with anyone for quite some time. My doctor seemed confused as to how I could've gotten it.She asked about a tattoo but I don't have any yet and if I ever do I'd do them myself. I don't trust anyone enough to do that sorta stuff.
Thing is I'm not a fan of germex or whatever. I usually just wash my hands. I don't wanna overreact at this point but I'm still trying to find out how I could get it after I'd been vaccinated. Not right after even, years later. When I was younger a relative of mine had hep c. The docs wondered why me and my sister didn't get it.
Can you be vaccinated against hep b and still get it?
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