Are you finished with all your surgeries ? Are you back at work? |
Which med did you have to stop? Hope you are doing better. Fam
I am much better, thank you! The abdominal distention was very frustrating, creating a number of problems along the way. After several months, it finally resolved on its own in December and has returned only once for a few days. Most of the annoying GI symptoms have gone with it. I am convinced that the abdominal swelling is unrelated to my hernia. I believe it is an extention of my peripheral edema, caused by fluid retention in the tissue. It certainly is NOT fat -(not all of it, anyway!
) as one doctor-not mine- suggested initially. My abdomen looks almost normal right now.
Thanks to the long waiting lists I can expect a year and a half -long wait for the hernia surgery - shocking, isn't it? Fortunately, eating smaller portions of food minimizes any GI discomfort and nausea. Reglan is a great drug for relieving both gastroparesis and nausea. I took it mostly for nausea. Because it can have very nasty side effects, it is prescribed for a maximum of only three months. I started to develop side effects after five months of therapy. For me, it worked like magic, making my GI symptoms managable. I've been off this drug for 4 1/2 weeks and, surprisingly, the nausea has not come back so far.
I intend to return to work next month, if nothing changes. Unfortunately, I won't know last months' test results for some time yet. I can't help feeling anxious and will try my best to think positive. It will be interesting to see my doctors' theory confirmed or ruled out.
How are you doing? Is your thyroid well controlled? How is your blood pressure? Do you find that it fluctuates with your thyroid hormone levels? Mine is great - well bellow 120/80. It is mostly in the 100-115's/70's. I am very grateful for that.