The word “Hepatitis” is usually associated with dirty things, but that is not always true. In 2009 I was diagnosed with hepatitis C. At the time, I also considered myself to be a very active alcohol consumer being completely oblivious to the damage that I was causing my body; ultimately resulting in “alcohol hepatitis.”
It all started when I noticed that I had been feeling extremely tired and confused.
After a few days of this growing fatigue, I decided to get myself checked out by a doctor. If you have these symptoms or a yellow tint to your skin, you should also get checked, these can also be signs of hepatitis. After failing the liver function tests that were given by my physician I was diagnosed with hepatitis C. I was confused, I had no idea that this was even possible to contract from alcohol. Nor did I know that it affected my liver so much.
Luckily for me we caught the disease at an early stage.
My case was not severe, as severe alcohol hepatitis can cause liver failure and or death. My doctor recommended that corticosteroids be used for my treatment based on my function score. We started the treatment process right away, and my body reacted well so there was no need to further explore in treatment options.
The most challenging part of living with hepatitis is that it changes your entire living routine forever.
Its also hard to talk about with people or loved ones. Having to explain that it isn’t always some kind of disgusting sexually transmitted infection can be a hassle. A good thing about having hepatitis is that I can share knowledge about taking care of your body. Alcohol consumption could have very well been the death of me. Contracting hepatitis was a huge warning telling me to stop, and I listened. Another thing I learned was that there are lots of things that can affect your liver and cause you to get hepatitis. For example, over the counter drugs such as acetaminophen if taken frequently in high doses.
Although I was lucky enough to catch my illness early, it doesn’t always work out that way.
Some other types of hepatitis show no symptoms at all. It is always best to get regular check ups and blood tests done to insure that your health is not in danger.