Hi all, I haven't been here for awhile. Lately, I've been so tired that I just can't do much of anything. It's very depressing. To let you know what's been going on with me...Last February I had surgery - a bowel resection. I had scar tissue narrowing my intestines due to a prior bowel resection. My liver was out of whack, so while the surgeon was there he took a biopsy of my liver. Apparently, it squirted bile like he's never seen and would not stop leaking for some time. I left the hospital seven days later and started to heal. I thought I was doing well until I started having very bad pain in my URQ and then high fevers, up to 103.8. After a CT scan, they concluded I had an infection. I was hospitalized two more times for about
10 days each time. I finally went home May 1st with a PICC line in my arm and instructions for how to give myself two antibioctics by IV which I did five times a day until the middle of June. The infection seemed to be gone, but I was left with pain in my URQ. Doctor after doctor couldn't tell me what was causing it or if it would go away. I ended up on Fentanyl patches and Oxycodone for breakthrough pain. I seem to be getting better. I just started a 75 mcg patch on Sunday night, down from the 100 mcg patch I had been wearing. I think I'm handling the lower dose well. I'm not sure that I'm having any withdrawal issues. My problem since this whole thing started more then a year ago is being tired. Some days I have energy, but most days I don't at all. Am I pushing myself too hard? Am I asking too much of my body? Maybe I'm just being impatient. I don't know. I've never had to deal with an infection like this. I did have an infection back when I was 21 and I had my first resection. I'm 41 now. Maybe I'm just getting older and it's harder to recover. I quit my job back in October because it was just getting too hard to go to work everyday. I guess I just want someone to tell me I'm doing ok and that things will get better.
Sorry this is long and drawn out. I thought the more details I gave the better I would be understood. Thanks for listening. Any help or advice would be great!