Posted 12/18/2011 9:20 PM (GMT -7)
To give you a little bit of back story-
A couple weeks ago I started having some problems with urinary incontinence. I didn't have any pain while urinating or anything else, and it was very mild, so I took a wait and see approach. Well, it developed into an entire urinary tract infection. That UTI involved everything, including my kidneys (also to a mild degree). In fact, the only pain I had was in my kidneys, like a dull ache. A week ago, I woke up at about 4 in the morning with severe nausea and vomiting and dragged myself to the ER where they told me I probably had a kidney stone because they couldn't find any infection in my urine (they never did any blood work, only an x-ray which they didn't see anything on). I went to see my doctor the next day and she did a urinalysis which showed blood and infection in my urine. She started me on a 5 day course of cipro....which has completely taken away my kidney pain. Also, to try to get the infection to go away faster, I was drinking a lot of water.
However, now that I only have one cipro dose left...I have a fever that just won't go away. It's pretty mild, too, the highest it has been in 99.8 in the doctor's office and 99.5 at home. Tylenol won't bring it down at all. Also, I'm very fatigued. My bowels seem to be okay, other than the occasional cramping (cipro seems to have helped calm down my intestines).
I'm worried that I have a more serious infection going on. I see my doctor again on the 27th. I really just wish that I could calm down about this. I'm worried that my potassium is low (I've had problems with low potassium frequently in the past, especially when I am drinking a lot of water). This disease has made me so paranoid about being sick at all. My Crohn's started with a stomach flu on Christmas 4 years ago that never went away. Now I'm afraid that I have another problem that won't go away (I was also diagnosed with endometriosis several months ago...which has been a battle as well). I just want this anxiety to go away. I'm tired of constantly worrying about these things and whether or not I'm going to die young. I never talk about this with the people around me because I know they'll think I'm severely overreacting. And...I know that I am, but I can't help it. :(
Ever since my Crohn's diagnosis I haven't been able to live the life that I want. The life that I have is fine, and I've adjusted nicely, but I feel like I've had so many of my dreams either put on hold or completely taken away from me. I don't want anything else to screw things up even more and force me to give up even more of my life. I'm sorry I'm complaining so much. I know so many people have it worse than me...but if anyone understands, it's you all.
20 year old female
GERD for as long as I can remember, Crohn's dx in May 2009; Celiac disease dx August 2010
Entocort, Humira, occasional bursts of Pred, Cimzia, Probiotic, Phenergan, Tramadol, Prilosec