brokenpheonix159 karma2013-02-03 18:50:37 UTC
I just had 20 inches of my small bowel removed due to my Crohn's Disease. I'm laying here, wishing I had more pain medicine, and stumbled across your post on the front page. You've given me hope that maybe this surgery will take away some of the pain and I'll be able to live a normal, healthy life.
Thanks for your post! Sorry I don't have any questions for you. I have to go on a walk now!
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brokenpheonix18 karma2013-02-03 21:00:21 UTC
They took away my epidural yesterday so my pain has been steadily increasing all day. It's driving me crazy and all I can do is sleep. But I'm glad I had it done because it's gonna help me a lot in the long run.
brokenpheonix13 karma2013-02-03 23:07:36 UTC
The worst part of any surgery is thinking that you're the only one in pain. That the rest of the world is normal and healthy and happy... it just makes you feel worse! Then you think about it and realize that your life didn't end with that pain at first. That your brain will forget this pain eventually because who wants to remember that! And then you realize that maybe you've experienced worse pain and you lived through it. That's what gets me through my pain. Knowing that at some point in my life I felt worse pain and I'm still alive.
brokenpheonix9 karma2013-02-03 21:01:40 UTC
They connected them back together. I'm glad since my bowels showed no signs of out of control 'crohns' except for the part that needed to be removed. I asked and he said he would decide when he got in there. Turns out I was a perfect candidate for the rejoining! Couldn't be happier about that.
brokenpheonix7 karma2013-02-03 22:37:34 UTC
I was the odd one out with the weight problems involved with CD. I didn't have trouble gaining weight since all I could eat seemed to be junk food. Chips didn't bother me, veggies did. It was crazy!
Now that my problem area is taken care of I'm hoping I'll be able to lose weight. I don't look like I weight a lot but I know I do. I hope it'll be able to life my poor self esteem once it's gone. I got lucky and the surgeon removed the huge scar on my stomach because he knew how much I hated it. This entire surgery is to help me be more accepting of my body... I'm rather hopeful for the entire process!
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