Well, three weeks ago tomorrow I went in for my operation – its gone past so quickly! I’ve come a long way since then, had a few little blips, most of which I’ve mentioned in previous posts on here. Each one I’ve taken, understood and worked my way around it with the help of some brilliant people around me: family, friends and medical staff. The last few days I’ve had a few problems with back pain. Initially I though that this was down to the back muscles over-compensating for the damaged and weakened stomach muscles. These aches got a lot worse, and a few of nights ago I had really intense, painful muscle spasms in the lower right hand side of my back.
Meanwhile, I hadn’t noticed until it was pointed out to me that the right hand side of my wound was looking red. I was informed that these two symptoms could be the early signs on an infection setting in. Being assured that this was nothing to worry about imminently I decided to wait until Monday and go to see the doctor. At the time I was slightly more comfortable lying down, so spent a few days mainly in or my bed trying to move as little as possible. Two nights were spent in this fashion, just sitting it out and waiting for it to pass. Then, thankfully, yesterday the redness disappeared, and the back spasms ceased. Now both sides of the back feel stiff and sore, which I am reliably told is a good sign as this is more likely to be the back over compensating for the stomach.
I was a little unsure as to why an infection in the stomach could cause pain in my back. The way that its since been described to me is that if the infection was under the skin, there would likely be some swelling involved as the infection has no where to go. This swelling would then press on nerves in the area, which of course stretch all over the body. The swelling and infection to the right of my wound just so happened to touch on and trigger the nerves leading to that muscular area of the lower back, causing them to spasm and hurt in a different area to the root of the problem.
Through a combination of my body being a stubborn sod, and the wonders of modern science represented in this case by antibiotics, the infection seems to have cleared, the red has gone, and the back spasms have disappeared. As a result: I finally managed to get a decent nights sleep last night!
I am hoping to go to the doctors surgery tomorrow afternoon in order to get every other stitch taken out from the other Friday. The remaining two will stay in until Thursday, when they will also come out hopefully leaving an intact wound that behaves itself.
The other thing to report on is another dose of iron infusions. I had my first of three last Wednesday, and have the rest tomorrow and Wednesday. Before the last one I was really lethargic, had no energy, and was going to bed ridiculously early. Since then I have had a lot more energy, felt a lot better. So its nice to know they work!
Well thats a bit of an update for you!