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period of 1 year,ive had 3 blood tests to check viral level..bowel

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hi. i have hepatitis B. over a period of 1 year,ive had 3 blood tests to check viral level. first 2 were normal with sign of virus but 3rd test in march showed the viral load was up. i have ab pain and irritable bowel. last liver function test in march showed liver is ok. ct scans on lower ab and upper GI showed all ok. i do have a hiatal hernia and gastritis though. also,ultrasound showed i have gallbladder sludge. today i noticed awhat could be like a spidervein down at my ankle. again,liver function tests r ok. could gallbladder sludge be causing this?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  CamilleRN replied 6 years ago.
Welcome to JustAnswer Health...and thank you for your question. I am a verified Expert and am delighted to help you today. No gallbladder sludge can not cause this. Spider veins are due to poor blood circulation.... Arteries carry blood from the heart to the body and Veins carry blood from the body back to the heart. Veins have valves that prevent blood from flowing backwards but if the valves become weak, blood can leak back into the vein and collect there..causing spider or varicose veins( varicose veins are larger than spider veins) . Hormone changes, inherited factors, and exposure to the sun can also cause spider veins.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
thank you,camille. could the spider veins be due to poor liver function? again,last liver function test in march showed everything ok.
Expert:  CamilleRN replied 6 years ago.

Poor liver function can cause spider veins but if you had normal results in March, unless alot has changed, this would not likely be due to liver function.

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
could it change that quickly?
Expert:  CamilleRN replied 6 years ago.
It's very doubtful,the spider vein is likely age related. For your peace of mind, if you are concerned, ask your Doctor to reorder the Liver function blood test.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
ok. well,i don't know for sure if thats what it is. maybe im getting upset over nothing. no doctor has told me thats what it is. i keep getting all these tests and all show im ok. i know im a bit of a hyochondriac. what do you think?
Expert:  CamilleRN replied 6 years ago.

II do understand, it's easy to get caught up in a diagnosis and worry yourself endlessly. All your tests are normal... so relax and try to enjoy your life.. there is no need to worry. What can worry do besides make you miserable?

MAny people have spider veins and do not have any liver problems.

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.
thank you again,camille.
Expert:  CamilleRN replied 6 years ago.
you are so welcome;-))
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