Learning that you have hepatitis B or hepatitis C can be confusing and frightening. While medical science has made a lot of progress in learning about hepatitis, doctors still have many questions about it, and now you do too. Everything your doctor learns about your particular case of hepatitis (and about you, as a person and a patient) will help him or her give you the best of care. The more you know, the more you can work with your doctor for better health, and the more you can do for yourself.
BE IN CHARGE chapters 1 to 12 will hopefully help many patients cope with hepatitis and all it’s ramifications.
- Chapter 1: Learning that you have hepatitis B or hepatitis C can be confusing and frightening. While medical science has made a lot of progress in learning about hepatitis, doctors still have many questions about it, and now you do too.
- Chapter 2: What is the most important organ in your body? You might say your heart. After all, it pumps your blood. Or maybe you vote for the brain, because it controls your every action. But after reading this section you will no doubt include the liver among these candidates for most important organ.
- Chapter 3: How do the hepatitis B and C viruses work? How are these viruses different from bacteria? What is the difference between an acute and chronic illness? This section should help to explain the symptoms hepatitis C patients feel, and how these diseases are treated.
- Chapter 4: How are hepatitis B and C spread? How can your family and friends be protected? Find out what doctors know about how hepatitis is spread, and what you can do to protect others from this disease.
- Chapter 5: How does your body fight the hepatitis B and C viruses? What are the effects of this “battle” and what other clues are used to diagnose these diseases?
- Chapter 6: Unless your body has fought off the infection by itself, treatment may be your only hope of controlling chronic hepatitis B or C. What should you expect from treatment? How can you cope with side effects? This section offers an easy to understand overview of treating your hepatitis B or hepatitis C.
- Chapter 7: When a person is infected with the hepatitis B or C virus, many questions may arise. How do you take care of your symptoms? How do you cope with other infections as well as other health conditions? Hopefully, you will find some answers in Taking Care of Symptoms and Other Health Conditions.
- Chapter 8: What you eat and drink can and does affect your liver. When you have hepatitis, eating well and avoiding alcohol are important steps in your treatment plan. Here are some guidelines for developing good eating habits, which may help your body heal, and help you keep up your energy to fight off fatigue.
- Chapter 9: Although having hepatitis might mean you have to make some changes in your life, it doesn’t mean you have to stop living your life. Each patient with hepatitis faces different challenges, but today there are also more effective treatments, better ways to relieve symptoms and side effects, and a growing number of professional and community supporters to help you face those challenges.
- Chapter 10: Now that you have been diagnosed with hepatitis and are learning more about the virus, you may be thinking about whether you should share this information with family members and friends you trust. What are some of the most important things about your condition that you should tell someone close to you?
- Chapter 11: Managing your work and finances can be challenging. Here are some helpful ideas which may help you deal with work and your employer.
- Chapter 12: The search for new treatments for hepatitis B and hepatitis C has been slow and sometimes frustrating. New treatments are being tried that may be able to help you even more in the future.