Recovery from sugery with Crohns

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   Posted 6/2/2009 11:34 AM (GMT -6)   
HI everyone.  Well....I had the cyst removed from my ovary (drainned actually) and the DR found that my right ovary was attached to my utuerus, so he fixed that as well. 
I have been at home recovering the last few days and I have to tell you that my fatique is emormous.  It is so much worse than I thought it would be.  For example,  I fold a load of laundry and I am tired (walking it to the bedroom or where it needs to go).  I do the dishes and I am tired.   I am so happy right now that I only have a one floor home.
I don't remember being this wore out after my gallbladder sugery, which was last Aug.....any thoughts or ideas?  I am to go back to work next week and I am wondering if I will be able to. 

36/f   proud single mom of 2

Diagnosed with GERD/Acid Reflex 2002

Diagnosed with IBS 2007

Diagnosed with UC, then Crohn’s 2008

Current medications: Imuran 50 mg daily,Endcort 3mg 2X daily, Pentasa 2 500mg caps 2X daily, Prilosec 20 mg 2X daily (if needed), Probiotics, Calcuim/Mag/Vit.D. Flinstones multi with Iron and Vit. C 500mg daily

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   Posted 6/2/2009 12:08 PM (GMT -6)   
The lower on the abdomen surgery is the longer it takes to heal.
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   Posted 6/2/2009 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi HM it takes a long time for the body to heal after any surgery I think belly is the worse though,but a question 4 u have u had your blood checked lately maybe its low and that is why u are so tired or what about your B-12 injections if u get them that can make u really tired,or perhaps its just the operation u went through and the body heals from the inside out as well as u well why u are sleeping its obvious u need the rest but it couldn't hurt to get some blood work done or go back to your family doc and see what he has to say I would say going back to work u likely won't be able to keep up I would take a few more days of until I felt better.Jenn smilewinkgrin :-) smilewinkgrin
Had Crohns 17 years had numerous bowel resections,fistulas,fissures,hemmies,kidney problems,fibro,arthritis,dignosed at 13 had GI feeding tube,nasal feeding tube,cental lines,ports,4 ruptured bowel emergency surgeries,TMJ,depression,current meds are Hydromorphone,30 ,Hydromophome,8 ,Ketoprofen,100 ,Trazadone,50 ,Lorazepam,10 ,Zopliclone,5 ,atriplyine,75 ,Losac,50 Tylenol Athritis ,B-12 injections ,Iron injections ,Gravol,75 Predisone,5mg ,Humira,40mg once a week.Still looking for the doctor with all the answers if you find him forward him to me please.P.S my bathroom is the nicest room in my house cause i spend so much time there,i am thinking about installing the computer and maybe a hot-dog stand.

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   Posted 6/4/2009 1:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I wondered about that. I went for my series bloodwork today, so I will see how it looks. I am still pretty tired. I thought about going to work today and seeing if being more active will help, however I changed my mind due to the pain in my stomach still being there. I really had hoped this would help with that. I think it still might because it hasn't even been a week and I am still healing.

I guess I will have to wait and see what the female doc says today. I really don't think he will know though.

36/f   proud single mom of 2

Diagnosed with GERD/Acid Reflex 2002

Diagnosed with IBS 2007

Diagnosed with UC, then Crohn’s 2008

Current medications: Imuran 50 mg daily,Endcort 3mg 2X daily, Pentasa 2 500mg caps 2X daily, Prilosec 20 mg 2X daily (if needed), Probiotics, Calcuim/Mag/Vit.D. Flinstones multi with Iron and Vit. C 500mg daily

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   Posted 6/4/2009 2:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Any surgery is really considered major surgery. And surgery takes alot out of you as well as the anesthesia will do a number on you too. I think its a little too soon for the fatigue to go away at this point. I would give it a little more time. Maybe try to walk a lit bit each day, and slowly increase the amount you walk everyday. If that doesn't help, I would suggest getting your blood tested to make sure is all okay there. Good luck!
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   Posted 6/8/2009 10:13 PM (GMT -6)   



I know that feeling. After having an abscess drained and setons inserted, I could barely move. And then trying to put on a load of washing was not difficult, it was impossible. I had to ask my BF to do my laundry, dishes, and go to the grocery store for me. Walking from one side of my (small) lawn to the other was so difficult, and being like this at age 23 was pretty scary.


I think it is normal, especially with the type of surgery you have had. I was the same and did not expect to be so completely knocked out (I heard stories of people returning to work after 2 days). I had to take an extra day off work and then when I did go back, it was too early. I had to sleep in the bathroom at lunch from the exhaustion. Don’t feel bad about not going to work because you will only realise when you’re better, just how sick you really were, and how exhausted.


I don’t think I kept my liquids up enough for my body to heal so I would recommend drinking as much as you can, taking a good probiotic yoghurt and just being super-gentle with yourself. I hope you feel better soon…

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   Posted 6/9/2009 9:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Just being a single mom with 2 kids ...would fatigue me! :)
I've had twelve different surgerys. Never healed fast after any of them... Even if I look back 20 years ago after having my first C-section...I didn't bounce back like most. It was so frustrating to me. Having an auto-immune makes you a different canidate for healing. Give yourself time and be patient. Try not to worry. Hopefully your Dr. can write you something to give you more time to stay home and rest. I read somewhere once, (by just having surgery) can send you into a "flare" even if your in re-mission. Sometimes Dr's will follow up surgery with heavy antibiodics just in case.
Good Luck! and Take care of yourself!
 41 yr old woman with 12 surgerys under my belt. Diagnosed in 2005 CD. Gullbladder taken 2000, Hysterectomy 2005, Back surgery 1998 with herniation L-4, L-5, S-1. Re-section on small intestine 18 inches in 2006. Diagnosed with PTSD in 1999. Been getting kidney stones:( bummer! The good news...finding this website.
                Meds: Imuran 200mg daily, occasional flagyl and cipro, high blood pressure meds, paxil 25 mg, potassium, synthroid...& try to get alot of laughter in.

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