Originally Posted by sam78
I just had this diagnoses on a CT scan. I am having a tremendous amount of pain. Does anyone have any insight into this condition? They arent doing anything beside pain meds.
I had epiploic appendagitis 4 years ago - and yes, it's very painful.
Apart from pain killers there is nothing more that can be done as it's a self correcting condition. Officially doctors say it clears after 7 days - but in my case took much longer
I was in hospital for 10 days and then it took me 3 months of rest at home to fully recover. Additionally I developed a back problem as a result of my core stomach muscles wasting away from all the bed rest.
But I don't think that's the norm so don't want to concern you. Most people I think are fine after a couple of weeks
- Rest and be patient. I was so keen to 'get back to normal' as quickly as possible that I had set backs and took me much longer. So be patient and listen to your body.
- Find distractions to cope with pain (read or watch something funny or inspirational. But not too funny as it hurts when you laugh!)
- Drink plenty of water and eat lots of fibre. I was on morphine for a few days in hospital and then a pain killer called Tramadol (which contains morphine) for a few weeks after for several weeks after. All of which constipates you and is not very pleasant. So high fibre, lots of water and very little processes food helps
- Start walking - after about 10 days once the pain has reduced, start walking daily. I could only walk a minute or two before getting out of breath when i came out of hospital. but built up slowly and gently
After 3-4 days the pain starts to subside...... so hope you're feeling better soon
P.S. There is such little info about this on the web - and when there is it's written in technical medical language. So I've set up a Google search under "epiploic appendagitis" and every time i get an alert i comment and give my thoughts! It's the info I wish was out there when i got the condition..