After you have been diagnosed how can they tell how long you have had it?I read many poeple who say they have had it for 10 yrs 20 yrs etc.Is that 10 and 20 years after they have been initially diagnosed?Or does your liver biopsy tell somewhat because of damage?
I checked my medical records and estimated from the time that I first showed elevated liver function test results. That coincided with the time I worked a job that involved my only known risk, as well as some dental surgery. These are only guesses, but between the risk factors and the LFT results, I believe I was infected in 1979.
We only guesstimate the dateline by what we were doing when. Personally I know I did a lot of drug snorting in the mid80s onwards, had major surgery with transfusions in 88 - so although things have gone on since then adding the fact in that I am/was stage 3......figure it must have been at least 20 years. Also blood has been better screened since the early 90s so that basically takes transfusion out of the equation mostly (although there is always a chance for human error).
But no if you never did drugs and never had a needlestick at a job or transfusion before the 90s or gotten a tattoo or piercing ..... - it really is impossible to tell. Just no way to know for sure.
I had an acute case, turned yellow and itched, was followed by a doctor until bilirubin dropped back near normal. I think a lot of people go by when they had a transfusion or were engaged in behavior that may have resulted in exposure.
Most of just figure the time that we were at the highest risk was when we were infected. For me, it was about 30 years ago. Over those 30 years, I put my liver through hell. My biopsy showed me at only stage 1. Now, I am starting to have my doubts that I was infected when I was at my highest risk. For curiosity, I would like to know but I know that is imposable.
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