Madwolf - hepatitis questions

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Applyn59, Jun 3, 2003.

  1. Applyn59

    Applyn59 New Member


    Reading these boards has made me start thinking about past occurrences.

    In 1982, while I was a phleb., an operating room nurse stuck me with a needle from either a known hepatitis patient or one who may have been. I don't remember.
    I was sent to ER for immuno glob. I believe.

    I am wondering if it is possible that I could still have
    hepatitis even though I had the antidote? I have
    some symptoms but have had regular liver function
    tests and they are fine. I am not sure if I have
    ever been tested for hepatitis. Do you know
    what the blood tests would be for hepatitis?
    I have tried to do some research but it is all giving
    me a headache. I did have an ANA in 95. that
    was okay. Should I investigate further??

    PS. Upon further investigation I found out that
    Mexico is high risk! I was in Mexico in 87 and came home the sickest I have ever been in my life (not counting FMS).

    Sorry for all the questions. If you don't feel like
    answering, I will understand! LOL

    Thanks for your help,

    PS why do you call yourself Madwolf? LOL

    [This Message was Edited on 06/03/2003]
  2. Applyn59

    Applyn59 New Member

  3. Applyn59

    Applyn59 New Member

    Thank you for responding. I have been told that you
    can have normal liver tests and still have hepatitis.
    Your answer makes me think you don't concur
    with this. Do you?

    It has been suggested that I see lyme specialist
    to rule out Lyme and that he can do the hep tests.
    I would think any dr. could do the hep tests.
    I live in CT and don't think I was ever tested for lyme.
    However, I am not aware of any tick bites or bull's
    eye rashes.

    Thanks so much for you help.
    Nice of your to honor your friend.
  4. Applyn59

    Applyn59 New Member

    Thanks for your response. It really is nice of
    you to answer our questions. Especially when
    one is too sick and tired to pick up a phone and
    call a doctor - who most likely isn't receptive.

    I appreciate the info.
    Is the name of the test for Lyme the one you mentioned?


  5. QueenM

    QueenM New Member

    Hi Lynn,

    The labs already stated here are right: Liver Function Studies and the Hepatitis profile. For the chronic type, Hep C, which if you have it, this is probably it; it can also be diagnosed through needle biopsy of the liver. Have you had MRI done to look for any spots on the liver. That would be where they would do a biopsy.

    Good Luck!
  6. Applyn59

    Applyn59 New Member

    I haven't done anything, yet.
    Wasn't sure if I needed to but after talking with a few
    people online and doing research, it seems as though
    I better get tested.

    I have fatty liver which I found out when I had an
    ultrasound on my gallbladder a few years ago.
    Liver panels come back ok. Don't know exactly
    what the hepatitis panel is.

  7. Annette2

    Annette2 New Member

    I was told I might have a "fatty liver". What does that mean? How do you fix it? My liver function test was elevated too. Thanks in advance for answer!!!! :)

  8. Applyn59

    Applyn59 New Member

    Hi Annette,
    This is from my computer files.
    My doctors told me they don't know why
    I have it and not to worry about it. My aunt
    and uncle have it so it maybe hereditary.
    Hope this helps.

    What made your dr. think this? Elevated enzymes?
    mine are always fine! Except for right before
    and after gallbladder surgery.


    Fatty liver

    What causes fatty liver?
    What are the symptoms?
    How does fat get into the liver?
    Can fatty liver lead to other liver disease?
    How is fatty liver treated?
    How can I avoid fatty liver?


    Fatty liver is not a liver disease as such. It simply means there is more fat in the liver than normal. A person with a fatty liver is not necessarily ill.

    What causes fatty liver?

    Fatty liver can be caused by certain chemical compounds and by nutritional and endocrine disorders. Drugs or poisons that can cause fatty liver include alcohol, tetracycline, cortisone, phosphorus and carbon tetrachloride. Of these alcohol is by far the most common cause.

    Nutritional causes of fatty liver are starvation, obesity, protein malnutrition and intestinal bypass operations for obesity. In obesity the fatty deposits are occasionally accompanied by some inflammatory changes and scarring of the liver. The endocrine disorder diabetes mellitus often leads to fatty liver. In juvenile diabetes the fat may be rapidly deposited leading to tenderness in the upper right of the abdomen.

    Fatty liver of pregnancy is a serious condition occurring near term. Premature termination of pregnancy may be necessary. Delivery of the baby by Caesarian section may be a life-saving measure.

    What are the symptoms?

    Uncomplicated fatty liver does not usually produce symptoms because fat accumulates slowly. A doctor may be able to detect that the liver is enlarged by palpation (an examination by touch). When the fat content is increased rapidly the liver expands, stretching its covering, and pain results.
    In fatty liver of pregnancy there may be nausea, vomiting , abdominal pain and jaundice.

    How does fat get into the liver?
    Fat enters the liver from the intestines and from the tissues. Under normal conditions, fat from the diet is metabolized by the liver and other tissues. If the amount exceeds what is required by the body it is stored. In obesity some of the fat accumulates in the liver.

    Can fatty liver lead to other liver disease?
    Fatty liver in people who drink too much alcohol is sometimes followed by more serious liver damage in the form of alcoholic hepatitis. Serious liver damage is less common in diabetes and obese people who don't drink but it does sometimes occur.

    How is fatty liver treated?
    Treatment of fatty liver is related to the cause. Underlying conditions such as diabetes require treatment. Fat is decreased by removal of any drugs or other chemical compounds thought to be responsible. Nutritional causes are treated by altering the availability of fat coming into the liver. This is accomplished by providing available carbohydrates or by adding protein to overcome a complete or large deficiency in protein needed to make lipoproteins (proteins linked to fat and not capable of being dissolved in water).

    How can I avoid fatty liver?
    Do not drink to excess: alcohol can decrease the rate of metabolism and secretion of fat, leading to fatty liver. Overweight patients may have fatty liver, and are also at risk for several more serious conditions such as high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes and heart disease.
    It is a good idea to watch your diet: starvation, excess dieting and protein malnutrition can also result in fatty liver
  9. Annette2

    Annette2 New Member

    This really helped! I'm going to copy it and send it to my sister. My twin sister and I both have elevated liver function tests and she's having an ultrasound today. I'm really anxious to see what the results are! You are wonderful!!!!

  10. Applyn59

    Applyn59 New Member

    I am glad you both found the info of use.
    I know when I was told I had it no one told
    me much about it. Whenever I asked, they said
    it was nothing to worry about. The GI just told
    me to get my liver enzymes checked. Of course,
    I was about to have GB surgery so that was the
    number one problem.

    I am a computer nerd and a love research, so I always research every little thing.

    I am glad I helped someone else in the process.

    Annette, does your sister have FMS?


    I always wanted a twin