NY Veggie, Don't let me scare you off the surgery. What is going on with me is a complete fluke. I have had 4 resections. My second one I had to wait a couple of months for. While waiting, I was on complete liquids, no solid food at all, my stricture was so narrow no solid food could pass. I was in pretty rough shape by the time I hit the operating room. The third resection, the doctors were not sure if I had scar tissue or inflammation. I was put in the hospital on high doses of prednisone and TPN for several weeks. When that didn't work, they finally decided it was scar tissue and to do the resection. Once again, I was in pretty rough shape. I was down to the lowest weight I have been since before I hit my teens, well under 100lbs. Both of these times I recovered without a problem, and I was taking care of 2 little ones and working part-time without a problem in 6 weeks. I was tired by mid afternoon, but I was functioning at a pretty high level. This is just a weird thing that none of the doctors have seen go on for this long. I actually have a friend who had an ileus (not a CDer) from an emergency surgery for an ectopic pregnancy 20 years ago. Hers lasted 18 days. She is the only other one I have every heard of.
As for the neurontin, that was one of the options that my doctor considered. He put a call in to someone to discuss 3 or 4 different options, and they thought the effexor was the one to start with. However, I just started today and I am now nauseous and have a headache, both side effects. If it continues, it will be on to the next option. Not sure what plan it is: Plan Q or Plan R at this point
I agree on the doctors getting along point too. My doctor wants me to see either the doctor I have seen off and on for 10 years or one other doctor in the same group (They all, my doctor included, trained with the same GI doctor I saw 20 years ago). The other doctor was actually on Mystery Diagnosis on Discovery, and I she was the doctor of my hospital room mate when I was in patient at that hospital a few years ago. So I am pretty comfortable with either of them.