Sorry, I haven't been more active on this board. The last three months of 2008 were not the best for my household. I spent 3.5 weeks in the hospital during October & November trying to figure out why I was having diarrhea so bad that I was going every 20 minutes, 24 hours a day. I ended up having two abcesses around perferations of my large intestine. The removed about 2 feet of my large intestine and 10-15% of my small intestine. This also left me with a temporary colostomy. I got out of the hospital from that episode and wasdoing well for about 2 weeks, then I vomitted blood one morning. They put me back in the hospital and did an endoscopy and found that I had developed a major erosion of my esophagus from gastric reflux. I was in about 3 days that time.
Then the week before Christmas, my doctor did an xray of my abdomen and saw a "prominent spleen." I left on vacation the next day. The office called me while we were visiting family and told me what they saw and that he wanted to do a CT scan when I got back. My wife's grandmother had been fighting cancer for about 3 years and finally passed away on Christmas Eve morning. So Christmas was a little down this year to say the least. After we got back home from the trip to Iowa, I scheduled the CT scan. The doctor's office called me on Friday (Jan. 2) and said that I needed to be admitted to the hospital because they found fluid development in my abdomen on the CT and with my history of abcesses they did not want to take any chances. They planned to do a CT guided needle drainage of one of the fluid developments, so I went down to the CT and they took the initial pictures. The radiologist came in and said I have some good news for you. He said the development seems to have shrunk some on its own, so I am not going to do anything with it. He said that this probably means it was just some edema from surgery or something (surgery had been almost 8 weeks earlier, so I doubt that). I was discharged from the hospital the next day. They did put me on Cipro just in case. The only thing that has me concerned now is that I noticed two "masses" in my lower abdomen that I am keeping an eye on. One is on the lower right and the other is under my colostomy opening. They pretty much disappear when I am laying down, but when I stand up they are visible. The are moderately hard but not tender to the touch. I am going to keep watching them and mention them the next time I am in to see my doctor.
Again, sorry for not posting sooner. I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year! I did get some good news in December, I was able to start back to work in my athletic training room at Lyon college after the first of the year. I have really missed this place.
Diagnosed with Crohn's in July 2005. 2 Bowel Resections in 2008.
Currently taking Pentasa 1000 mg 4X/Day, 6MP 100 mg/day, multivitamin, Lopressor 100 mg/day (Blood Pressure), Reglan, Nexium 40 mg/day, Percocet for pain, Lomotil, & Phenigren PRN