Does anyone know what are the symptoms of a flare up? I was diagnosed with Hep B few years ago. For the past few days, I have been experiencing fatigue, loss of appetite, muscle and abdominal pain. I wonder if I am having a flare up. Anyone knows what damage does a flare up cause to the liver? I had a liver biopsy done 2 months ago and the result was stage 1 grade 1. My doctor said not to start treatment at this point. Is it normal to not to start treatment based on the result.
My lab test results were: VL: 114,000, ALT 19, e antigen neg, u/s normal.
First of all, calm down. I'm not sure what you're experiencing but I think fatigue is common among us Hep Ber even without flare. I think your #s almost matches mine with my VL being ~49,500 copies/mL almost 3 months ago and e ag neg.
I've been experiencing join paint, sometimes chest pain, and general weakness overall.
I'm trying to convince myself that it's all in my head. Maybe it is, that all of these worries are getting to me. I've done all the tests, with the exception of CT and biopsy. They have all come back normal.
I think if we go through worrying like this for the next 40 years of our lives, we will not be able to live a full happy life. I'm still trying to convince myself not to worry too much these days.
Anyhow, go see your doctor for a peace of mind. That's what I find useful. We're in this for a long haul until they find a cure for it (God, please let it happen), we have to be proactive and ask the doctor the questions. I find that the more proactice we are about the disease and find ways to help ourselves, the weaker the disease will seem to be, at least from a positive frame of mind. Good luck!
Confuseguy: Thank you for your advice and support. Sometimes it is just so hard not to worry. It is great that all your results are normal and I hope it stays that way for you. Good luck and we are all hoping for a cure soon.
I am in my early forties, don't know when I was infected. My doctor recommended me to start treatment based on my VL, but my ALT and other results are all normal. Since there is no endpoint to my treatment, I told my doctor I don't want start treatment unless it's really necessary. He then suggested a liver biopsy, which my result was grade 1 stage 1. He said if my VL doesn't go up and stays about the same, I can hold off on the treatment but I would have to do another biopsy in a few years.
im in state of shocked and depression right now...both my AST and ALT are both above 400 level which is very high...i dont know what would be the degree og liver damage i have right now..have my doctor appointment in couple of days for discussion of my result....im very very worried....any idea...
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