Hey lovelies! I honestly didn’t think that I would make it to a year without being in hospital for my migraines or stomach issues but I have made it and I’m super proud even though I’m still suffering. I may be a year after the last stay I had in hospital but I’m not well and it’s something that I do think I should write about. I am starting from the beginning so you can see what has gone on!
February and March 2015
At some stage in February 2015 – I was severely ill with cramping, dizzy spells and vomiting a lot. I went to my GP a number of times and each time, she sent me to Accident and Emergency as I had suspected appendicitis. I say in February, I visited the local Accident and Emergency around four times. They did scans, blood tests and even examined me thoroughly – no doubt they missed something. I was sent home three out of four times as they had no clue what was wrong. I was in agony, couldn’t walk in a straight line or even keep food down. It was like someone was stabbing my sides constantly.
After going into Accident and Emergency three times already, they decided to keep me in the fourth time. They did more blood tests, scans and kept me fasting. Nothing came back on the scan, so they decided to do Key Hole Surgery. I was in Accident and Emergency for two days while fasting and then I was brought up into a ward. On the ward, I was fasting for another day and then at 11pm that night I was brought up for surgery.
While operating, they found a ruptured cyst on my ovary and took out my appendix. They couldn’t do anything for the cyst as it had already burst and it was something that every women has but they don’t always cause a problem. On the note of them taking my appendix out, there was NOTHING wrong with it – they took it out to prevent future problems which I got but found it weird.
I was out of the surgery and had a bad allergic reaction to Morphine – high temperature and I was vomiting my guts up (at least I know that I’ll never be a heroine addict). I was vomiting up that much stuff which caused me to have a hiatus hernia which is right on the valve in between my stomach and my Esophagus – I found this out three months later as I finally went to the doctor about it as I thought it was a tumor, like anyone else would.
2015 to 2016
I was let out of hospital 2 days after my operation. I went home with 15 staples altogether – they said they were going to stitch me up but didn’t. During the surgery, they pumped me with this gas so they could get around my organs without damaging them and said the bloat should go within a couple of days. I recovered quite quick from the surgery itself – I went to work on St Patricks Day!
After waiting two weeks, I noticed the swelling never went down and I was back in agony. I had no idea what it was. I went to visit my GP and she sent me back into hospital. The doctors just said that it was my body healing and the bloat should go down soon.
Two months later, I was still in agony in my side, bloat never went and I couldn’t even press on my stomach because it was so sore. I went back into hospital, I had a CT Scan which showed up clear and so did my Ultrasound – doctors had no clue (I haven’t included a lot of detail of other hospital trips into this as it was basically the same thing).
January 2016 the day after New Years, I went back into hospital and this time I wasn’t going to let them do nothing as my life was affected. I was still in agony, on a lot of tablets and couldn’t live my life. I went and had an Endoscopy which is a camera down my throat to the start of my intestines – that was all clear other than my Hernia and having Gastritis which a lot of people have anyway.
I had a number of different visits between January 2016 and November 2016. I had a lot more Ultrasounds and three more CT Scans which was a lot of radiation for someone my age.
Come November 2016, I was fed up and in tears as it wasn’t a life that I want to live. I was healthy up until I turned twenty one years old and until that operation happened. I was in hospital for two and a half weeks. I had another CT Scan, Ultrasounds and an MRI as they had no clue what else to do. They were all clear so they had nothing else to do. They ” officially ” diagnosed me with IBS with a query of scar tissue. They put me on the
FODMAP Diet which was useless as it didn’t help. They also put me on the waiting list for another key hole surgery and a colonoscopy.
The Present Day
I’m still not well, I still have my off days and the bloat hasn’t gone. I have very bad pains when I press down on my stomach – which isn’t normal. All of my symptoms are definitely not IBS as it wouldn’t affect my life this much. I haven’t heard from any of the waiting lists that I’m on. It’s been a year of hearing nothing. When I left hospital the last time, the doctors and nurses told me to not come back as there was nothing else that they could do for me. None of the surgeons or Gastric Doctors want to take responsibility of me being ill.
I have lost hope. The waiting lists shouldn’t be this long, the health system is a joke. My life has been altered because they took out my Appendix when there was nothing at all wrong with it and has caused me to be extremely ill.
Love, Bee ox