The testimony of Francoise, 55, who suffers from chronic hepatitis B, she has followed various treatments ...
Tell us how the illness started.
In fact, I have been suffering from hepatitis B for almost thirty years. You see, it's not new!
I was extremely tired. I could not get up in the morning. I did not want anything anymore. I could not do anything, or work, or walk, nothing! Even standing up was difficult.
So I went to see my doctor. He prescribed me a blood test. And that's where we saw what I had. The blood test revealed a sharp increase in my transaminases, which is one of the signs of liver damage.
Do you know how you got contaminated?
No. I still do not know it. Perhaps during a delivery, I may have been transfused. I do not know. Maybe through sexual transmission ... My husband is a healthy carrier of the virus.
What treatments did you follow?
In 1989, the hepatologist who followed me offered me a very heavy treatment: interferon and vidarabine. It was hellish. I had terrible nausea, diarrhea, joint pain, and I was still tired. Tired to the point of not succeeding in the small tasks of daily life. But the treatment worked. I did not even need supervision anymore. No more worrying signs. Nothing. Until 2001 when my transaminases are raised again worryingly. There, I was prescribed a new treatment, much easier to bear. I take a lamivudine pills every day.
And now, how are you?
I am still taking my lamivudine treatment. I support it well. I'm just always very tired. I must do with this permanent fatigue. That means I have to rest a lot. I can not make much effort. I have to respect a very strict lifestyle, very healthy. I do not drink, I do not smoke. I can not party, nor sport. But it's livable. The only disadvantage, and one that bothers me a lot, is that the treatment is not effective forever. One day or another, I will have to change some. In any case, if I can afford some advice, get vaccinated and vaccinate your children. This is the only way to avoid liver cancer ...Want to share, share your experience or need advice? Appointment in our FORUMS STD, Sexuality or A doctor answers you!