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Currently in the hospital

Postby ToughCookie » Sun Jun 22, 2014 6:53 pm

Hi all.. Thursday night I started getting very bad stomach pain which kept me up most of the night. The pain got worse through Friday and I ended up making an emergency appointment with my doctor. She did some basic checks and sent me off to the hospital as my heart rate was much higher than she was happy with.

At the hospital, they gave me some tramadol and prednisolone and let me go home, telling me to go back if I still kept getting worse.

Saturday came and the pain continued to get worse throughout the day, so in I came. I started on IV steroids last night as well as fluids and tramadol. They are working with the assumption that it is a crohns flare.

The consultant that saw me this morning has said they will ask my surgeon to come and see me and they will maybe want to do a scan. Other than that it will be down to my IBD specialist to work out what to do.
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Re: Currently in the hospital

Postby Helhit » Sun Jun 22, 2014 11:15 pm

Sorry to hear that you're not so good. Here's to a speedy recovery.
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Re: Currently in the hospital

Postby dotty lotty » Mon Jun 23, 2014 7:24 am

Wishing you a speedy recovery. :teddy-bear:
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Re: Currently in the hospital

Postby Gilly52 » Mon Jun 23, 2014 10:21 pm

So sorry to hear you are in hospital.

Here's hoping they are able to sort you out real soon, and you will be homeward bound.

All the best, gentle hugs X :-)
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Re: Currently in the hospital

Postby denys » Mon Jun 23, 2014 11:23 pm

Hope you feel better soon and get home quickly :hugs: :hugs: :hugs:
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Re: Currently in the hospital

Postby ToughCookie » Wed Jul 02, 2014 10:58 am

Hello all.. I'm still in the hospital. On day 11 now.

I'm being kept comfortable with various pain meds , started out on IV steroids but managed to switch to oral on Friday. So far it's kept me stable. My hips and back are not impressed with the change from my comfy bed at home.

I'm currently waiting for the results of an MRI I had on Friday which my consultant is chasing up, he's fed up of waiting because it's affecting my treatment now.

I'll let you know when I hear the results
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Re: Currently in the hospital

Postby denys » Wed Jul 02, 2014 7:26 pm

Sorry to hear you are still there TC hope you get those results soon and things start to happen for you :-D :-D
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Re: Currently in the hospital

Postby FluppyPuffy » Wed Jul 02, 2014 8:11 pm

Hope things are speeded up for you TC :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed: Being in LimboLand is never good, and LimboLand in a hospital bed certainly isn't the comfiest of places :( :( :( :(
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Re: Currently in the hospital

Postby ToughCookie » Sun Jul 06, 2014 8:14 pm

Hello all.. I'm finally home

The MRI showed no signs of active inflammation in my digestive tract, but it was done after a week of being on IV steroids, so whatever was going on may of just settled down by that point.

I'm still taking steroid tablets and paracetamol and tramadol for the pain as well as a medication called omeprazole for reflux. I'm also taking vitamin D supplements to try and protect my already fragile bones as I have osteopenia but can't take calcium tablets because I have too much calcium in my blood.

I will receive a letter for an outpatient appointment in the post.

This is my first proper crohns flare since being diagnosed with fibromyalgia and it's safe to say the two aren't making friends. My back feels like it's been impaled with daggers and my hips and thighs feel like the bones have been replaced with hot pokers. The steroids have made my hands swell and they are stiff and sore.

I'm hoping a few nights in a properly supportive bed will help get things settled.

At least if nothing else I know I can keep taking my painkillers with the amitryptiline.
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Re: Currently in the hospital

Postby FluppyPuffy » Sun Jul 06, 2014 10:41 pm

Glad to hear you're back home Nicola :flowers: :flowers: :flowers: :flowers: :flowers: Being back in your own home can help boost how you feel, so hopefully you'll start to feel a little more settled soon :hugs: :hugs: :hugs: :hugs: :hugs:

Chrons and FM don't seem to be able to make friends very easily, they seem to be constantly sparring with each other to see which one is going to be in control :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: :facepalm: Maybe you'll be able to find a way to keep a truce going between them :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed: :fingerscrossed:
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Re: Currently in the hospital

Postby dotty lotty » Mon Jul 07, 2014 7:22 am

Glad to hear you are home. Hospital is fine when you are ill but I have always found it to noisy to be restful.
Hope your crohns stay "quiet" for the foreseeable future.
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Re: Currently in the hospital

Postby ToughCookie » Mon Jul 07, 2014 6:36 pm

Fluffy - Thankyou! it's definitely nice to be home, my nice firm mattress is already making a difference and I've been making good use of my new tens machine the past few days.

One of my biggest issues at the moment is fatigue, a friend of both crohns and fibromyalgia. I had to go to the jobcentre today to make sure everything was sorted after missing it for two weeks and I feel like I ran a marathon. Came home and fell asleep for two hours, which really isn't like me, especially when on steroids. My advisor says I look awful (thanks).

As soon as I can get in with my GP I'll get a sick note for a few weeks or so while I recover as I'm simply not well enough right now. I did try to book myself in earlier but they don't have any prebookable appointments until next week, so I'll have to call at 8am. I'm going to take tomorrow to rest and then I'll give it a try wendesday.

One day I will convince my body to get along with itself!
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Re: Currently in the hospital

Postby ToughCookie » Mon Jul 07, 2014 6:42 pm

Dotty - Thankyou. The gastrointestinal ward I was on for the second week wasn't too bad as I was in with people over 70 who slept all the time, which was boring but it at least ment I could sleep without being woken and the nurses were pretty good about only waking you if they had to. The registra even left it as late as possible to wake me if she saw I'd managed to settle down for a nap in the day. But the wards before that were awful, kept ending up next to really loud snorers and being woken at stupid times for little or no good reason. Got woken up once to have a shower when I'd had one the night before -_-.

Hopefully the aggressive steroids will kick it into touch and it'll get the message that it's not welcome haha.

I can eat as much chocolate as I like ;) infact my medical team actively encourage me eating high calorie food as I struggle to keep my weight. I went down to 49 kgs in the hospital. I have to have special gluten free cake though, as I have the lovely coeliac disease as well.. If I eat gluten my immune system attacks my gut.

Autoimmune disease - because the only thing tough enough to kick my bottom is me ;).

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Re: Currently in the hospital

Postby dotty lotty » Mon Jul 07, 2014 7:34 pm

Have you tried M&S gluten free chocolate loaf cake? It is delicious and can thoroughly recommend it although if I did not free some who knows what would happen :yikes: :yikes: :teddy-bear:
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Re: Currently in the hospital

Postby ToughCookie » Mon Jul 07, 2014 7:52 pm

I haven't, I find m+s food very expensive and it's a treck to get there (10 miles to the nearest one) but sounds good for a tasty treat :) I mean we're allowed to spoil ourselves right? ;)... Tesco stock a brand called udis that do stunning gluten free muffins and I find genius bread and cupcakes to be very good, pretty easy to get hold of too :). I love making my own when I feel well enough :) and my mum makes an awesome chocolate fudge cake :). Are you gluten free too?
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