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Daisy lo
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Joined: Mar 2013

Hi everyone, so today is 1 month since I had my open radical to remove Raider(5lb tumor) and my right kidney amongst other tbings. I should be celebrating but I just got home from being in the hospital  since Mon.. I started having pain and swelling Fri, by Sun I was stuck in bed and nauseous, Mon i was feeling like the first day of surgery all over again but with a 102.4° fever and excrutiating pain so  I ended up in the Er. 

They quickly admitted me, telling me they thoughg i was having septic shock and that my heart rate was extremely high. They ordered tons of blood work and blood cultures, ct scan w/wo contrast, chest xrays, ekg's and more. My cbc showed normal white cell count but they said my urinalysis had a high white cell count but i didnt have a UTI or anything. About 1inch above my surgery site is where my pain was n it was swollen, but the drs all said it was just imflammation nothing to worry about. Anyway I was there until today, when my final cultures showed nothing bad, they never found a reason for my  fever or pain, Should I be worried about this? I mean Im glad my scan didnt show anything but i ran a fever on and off for a few days, and my sodium chloride level was low, they had me on antibiotics. Has anyone else experianced something like this around 4weeks after surgery? 

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Djinnie
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Joined: Apr 2013

Hi Daisy,

I am sorry to hear that you have had such a scare. I was wondering had you been doing anything different before the pain started? I only ask because I was pretty much pain free, so much so that I had reduced my meds. I felt reasonably well, and went off for a check up at my doctors, my husband drove of course. By the afternoon I was in extreme pain and felt vey bloated and uncomfortable. It was pretty much like the symptoms I had experienced in the first week, I am now two weeks post op. Although the car journey had not been very long it was enough to increase the inflammation, the vibration was obviously too much.

How are you doing today, has there been any improvement?

Djinnie

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Daisy lo
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Joined: Mar 2013

Hi, no i really hadn't done anything different.  So far this week  I'm doing fine. I had many post op yesterday and my Dr said that for 1 year it's possible that I can keep getting high fevers like that because of many insiders all settling in the correct place. New scan in 3 months, hopefully everything will remain good. 

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foxhd
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Joined: Oct 2011

Sometimes recovery mirrors the severity of what you have gone through. We can't take this too lightly. Take all the time you need. But keep making progress. It will all be a memory in a few years. Now if you could help settle your innards into a "correct" place, where would you put them? Definitly not in your smile. don't change that. Don't wait until your next scan to tell us how you are.

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Galrim
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Joined: Apr 2013

...a bit in line with what your Dr told you. Post-op my surgent said, when I asked about the recovery phase in general, that sometimes they saw the body react in a manner of strange, even though ultimately harmless, ways to the surgery. Basically because having a large organ removed sometimes sparked a series of reactions, which all basically was a result of "confusion" over the missing organ. It could be both systemic and anatomic reactions and impossible to foresee.

/G

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foxhd
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I've mentioned this several times. There is a life long "body memory" After a physical insult, the "afferent" nerves (those are the nerves which take sensory info from the body and send it to the spinal cord, which in turn send it to the brain) have significantly altered or absent  signals. The reflex's of the cord or brain send "efferent" messages back to the nerve distribution of origin. Lots can happen. Generally protective responses. Also remember that there is an area of the brain dedicated to constantly recieving information from specific sites. Interrupt that message and the brain goes, WHOA! something is NOT RIGHT. So it trys to stop potential further damage and shuts things down. 2 examples are the withdrawl response. Touch a hot stove and your hand pulls away much faster than you would have done voluntarily. The other is if you slammed a car door on your thumb. First there is withdrawl, second, you temporarily are unable to move it. It didn't get weak. It was neurologically inhibited. Ooops, my PT is showing.

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Limelife50
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Joined: Nov 2011

I guess the saga continues for you wow talk about being challenged,well if that smile is any indication it would seem as though you are rolling with the punches.Hang in there Daisy better days are coming.

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