My boyfriend was recently diagnosed with chronic Hepatitis B. He is Vietnamese and contracted it from his mother at birth. He recently had a liver biopsy and his doctor said he looked pretty healthy and would not need any treatments at this point (he is 34). They will just monitor him.
On Wednesday of last week, he found a swollen lymph node under his jaw towards the front of his neck (it's localized and is only swollen on his neck). Over the past few days it has increased in size and is tender (painful) to touch. From Thursday to Saturday he became increasingly fatigued and had headaches whenever he moved (he remained pretty active on Thursday and Friday including basketball, running and softball). He went to the doctor's office on Monday and they are doing blood tests and said they would have results today (they called today to tell him that his doctor was out of the office and they'd call him tomorrow with results). As a note he was tested for all STDs in March and was clean (he tested 12 weeks after any possible exposure to anything). He was feeling slightly better yesterday, but continued fatigue and headaches today.
I guess my question is that can the fatigue be due to hepatitis B? Could he just have the flu and he's having more trouble clearing it because of hepatitis b, or is it possible he has mono or something more complex? I have been with him constantly for 5 months and I feel healthy and fine, so I (anecdotally) do not think it's contagious. Does anyone with Chronic Hepatitis B experience bouts of fatigue and headaches, similarly?
Thank you for your time.