Hepatitis – a patient’s story

At our low cost acupuncture clinic here at Wellpoint we treat many conditions and symptoms, including recovering from hepatitis.

As one of our patient’s related to us: “I feel very grateful to have the Wellpoint team on my doorstep. They have played an important part in the recovery of my health and strength after having hepatitis.  Seeing them each week has helped birth a whole new chapter of my work and life.” Nick Williams, best selling author of 10 books, speaker, mentor and coach.

Hepatitis is a term used to describe inflammation (swelling) of the liver. It can occur as a result of a viral infection or the liver is exposed to harmful substances, such as alcohol.

Some types of hepatitis will pass without causing lasting damage to the liver. Also the liver is an organ that regenerates itself if the damage is not too severe.

Other types can persist for many year and may cause scarring of the liver, known as cirrhosis. In the most severe cases it may lead to liver failure or liver cancer. When it lasts longer they are known as chronic hepatitis.

Initial symptoms of hepatitis caused by infection are similar to the flu:

  • muscle and joint pain
  • high temperature
  • feeling sick
  • being sick
  • headache
  • occasionally jaundice (yellowing of eyes and skin)

Symptoms of chronic hepatitis can include:

  • feeling unusually tired all the time
  • depression
  • jaundice
  • a general feeling of being unwell

In many cases hepatitis causes no noticeable symptoms, so when it is caused by a virus many people are unaware they are infected.

Similarly many people with hepatitis caused by  alcohol are unaware that their drinking is affecting their liver.

Below are the most common types:

Hepatitis A

This is the most common type of viral hepatitis caused by the Hepatitis A virus. It occurs in the UK but is more common in countries were sanitation ans sewage disposal are poor.

Hepatitis B

Caused by the Hepatitis B virus. This can be found in blood and body fluids such as semen and vaginal fluids. So it can be spread during unprotected sex and sharing needles for injecting drugs. It is not common in the UK except among certain groups like drug users.

Hepatitis C

This is the most common type in England. Caused by the Hepatitis C virus it is particularly concentrated in the blood and so usually transmitted through blood-to-blood contact. In England it is most commonly spread through sharing needles to inject drugs.

 

 

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