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Do I have hepatitus?

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  • Posted By: yajnaya
  • October 17, 2007
  • 05:16 AM

Hi!

I've had a spinal condition for many years. I believe this problem was compounded during my childhood and adult years. I think my back is "broke" in the middle to a certain extent as well as problems with the cervix area and the lowest vertabrae. I think this has affected my whole system from my head to other bodily functions.

Lately I have noticed some symptoms could be the first signs of developing Hepatitus of some types. I hope and pray I am wrong. I have little notes of sharp little pains in the area of my liver on occasion and have occasioned some strange feelings of nausea accompanying this sharp little pains. This is mainly in the last few weeks I have noticed.

I have also had some problems with the "runs" or diarhea for a number of months now.

I have noticed these are some of the symptoms associated with hepatitus.

*liver pains
*nausea
*diarhea

I don't take any pills other than some sinus medicine from time to time. I don't drink or smoke. I think I kind of take better care of my liver than a lot of people. That is why I think it could be taking a long time for the hepatitus to show really serious signs and symptoms.

I do not have medical insurance and so I am not going to go to the doctor for testing until the symptoms get bad enough. I was just wondering if anyone had some advice.

Thanks, CJ

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  • Go to your county health department; many times they will check for hepatitis for free. People who are around you need to know so they don't catch it. Could be gall bladder or anything, actually...better to catch it in the early stages than wait too late and die from a little pain that could have successfully been treated three years earlier.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • October 18, 2007
    • 00:34 AM
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  • Thanks! After Katrina there has been some re-arranging of public health assistance. The place I go charges a sliding scale. But, they would prefer insurance of some kind. I neglected to mention a strange health episode I experienced. The clinic could not give me a definite on what caused this. 3 or 4 months ago I started feeling ill one evening. The next morning I started feeling really sick. There was some type of nausea and discomfort. I wanted to scream, but was too weak to scream if I am remembering correctly. I tried to get up from bed to get some water. I thought that might somehow help. I got up and started stumbling like I was blacking out. Then I pee-ed on myself uncontrolled. That is when I started to feel better. I am having trouble remembering all the details of the symptoms. The clinic did a blood test on me later that day. It showed some signs of infection due to whiteblood count, but they could not specify. It showed possible borderline diabetic condition. Otherwise, the doctor seemed baffled as to what else it could be. The sign of infection has added to my worries about hepatitus. But, so far the symptoms that remind me of hepatitus are not very pronounced. Thanks again, CJ
    yajnaya 2 Replies
    • October 18, 2007
    • 05:18 AM
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  • I think you would certainly know if your back is broken. If this is an old injury or birth condition, you probably have more information about the prognosis of whatever the spinal condition is. You could have e coli and you can catch it from yourself, especially if there is a leak between your bowels and the rest of your body. I really don't think you should wait on this. Have them run an e coli check. You could have had the flu or food poisoning. It could be anything, so get that scale out for the sliding fee.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • October 19, 2007
    • 01:59 AM
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  • Thanks! I was thinking the obvious conclusion would again be to go in for more testing. I think I would have to go to a spinal specialist in regards to my back. But, I don't want a spinal tap if that can be avoided. I don't want a spinal operation if that can be avoided. My way of handling my spinal condition has been to be careful about the weights I lift and physical activity. I try to do mild stretching exercises regularly. And I no longer have the insurance I would need for a spinal specialist. The slidingscale clinic is not a spinal specialist to my knowledge. But, I would like to get an assessment by a spinal specialist as soon as that may become possible. E coli or some other infection is something to consider. I don't know what they could determine and what they could do about "whatever" if they find it. I don't know about infection getting in from my intestines or bowels. I don't believe I have had that much injury. I have to go in for testing in the near future. I was kind of waiting at least a year since possible contact with an infected person. I have read that it can take a whole year if not two for incubation to finally show evidence of being infected with Hepatitus or some other "difficult to cure" disease. I have to go in for testing in the near future so that I will be more careful when possibly getting into physical contact with other humans. Just the thought of possibly having some "incurable" disease has had a profound effect on my emotions. I would have to be very careful about any physical contact with others. Thank again! Sincerely, CJ
    yajnaya 2 Replies
    • October 19, 2007
    • 08:18 AM
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