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Phil64
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I'm still recovering from a 12/5 liver resection. I had 40% of my liver removed and gallbladder removed. I received 2 pints of blood as well. I did have a flu virus over Christmas and that came with chills, fatigue, fevor, night sweats, deep cough, muscle aches and pain. Luckily no nausea or appetite or digestion issues. The bad cough was painful and probsbly caused a suture to come loose based on significant increase in surgical drain activity.

Fast forward 10 days. I thought I was over the flu. However I'm still experiencing fatigue, joint pain, and cold chills. Note that I experienced these same symptoms pre flu as well. 

I do believe I may still be anemic and other blood count issues. Last blood tests were done on 12/24.

I am also having a hard time sleeping (amnesia).

Have any of you faced these symptoms during liver surgery recovery? What can I do to get relief from chills and joint pain?

I did go back to work yesterday, 1/2 days. I seem to feel good im the AM but the chills, fatigue, joint pain seems to come on heavy in the afternoon. 

Do you think the flu virus may be trying to make a resurgence? Maybe I'm going back to work too soon? What do you all think?

Fight for my love
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I think you go bak to work too soon. Did you do any followup with the doctors after surgery? I think these followups are very important and you should do it on time. You should complain your symptom to the doctors. Hope you get well and feel better soon.

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I did have one followup on 12/24. He told me if I was too tired he would extend my out of work. Keep in mind my work is office work and I did feel good in the morning. I honestly think I'd habe the same issues if I stayed home. I also like working and miss it too.

Fight for my love
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I understand that. My husband is anxious getting back to work just like you. But please keep in mind that you would still be more relaxed at home, you will have the options of laying down, or do whatever might help you to relax, but you don't have these options in office. So I keep my husband at home after doctor extended his leave of absence. I would like him to have a full recovery rather than going back to work, feeling bad and come back home to rest more again.

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I will likely be staying home tomorrow (Or until I figure this out). My Onc prescribed Ciprofloxaxcin (antibiotic) as a precaution against infection. He told me I to take this if I run a fever. Just started it and hoping it helps. I'll take a hot shower later as well.

I will take more time for a full recovery.

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PhilG:

Please don't take any chances.  I have been having kidney problems for the past couple of months (early Nov). (This is the short version of the story...).

Mid November I started getting the chills pretty bad. Took my temp and it was 105.  Went to the hospital ER and was admitted for sepsis (septic shock).  Blood pressure was WAY low/temp WAY high.  Next step:  organs would have started shutting down without treatment.  Now, I wasn't on antibiotics immediately prior to admission - had stopped a few days prior - but they pumped me full of every one they could get their hands on (since the culture wouldn't produce/grow bacteria due to my prior use of CIPRO).  I was also DX'd with a fungus in my blood - so I needed anti-fungals, too.  I'm still not 100% - and running a low grade fever of 99.5-100.5.  Watching that now...

I'm sure you'll take better care of yourself and take the Cipro (which I've been taking off and on now for a couple of months).  Be sure to monitor your temp and make sure you DONT overdo it! Stay home from work, if you can, as those co-workers are a breeding ground of bacteria! :)

Stay Healthy!

Best,

J

 

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J,

Thank you for sharing your experience. I am definitly taking the cipro. And given continued recurrence of the chills I'm going to email my onc tomorrow morning and explain my symptoms and self treatment. Today I felt some chills start coming on at noon. I checked temp and it was 100.5. I took some Ibprophen and a nap and woke up feeling better. Now waking up at 2:00am feeling a little cool (not sure if chills or simply feeling cold). No temp this morning. I will email and monitor as you suggest. I wasn't thinking possible kidney issues but I suppose that could be a concern.

FYI. PhilG is a different Phil. I'm Phil64 (born in 64).

Thank you once again.

 

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Sorry for the confusion.  I must be delirious from the fever. Cool

I'm glad that you are keeping track of your temp and consulting your onc.  Maybe it's just the flu/virus/bug, but better safe than sorry.

Unfortunately, my temp keeps rising - along with my kidney/flank/ab pain.  So, I sent off a e-message to my urologist tonight.  This is just like the kidney infection that I had that led to sepsis - so I want to stay ahead of it!

Take care and feel better!

 

J

jen2012
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My vote is take it easy a little longer.  You have been through a lot.  Can you do some work from home?

get rest, feel better and call the doc!

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While there are various strains of the flu out there, and one does not always get all the same symptoms, one thing they seem to have in common is that for the very young, the very old and those of us with compromised immune systems it will linger on for a long time.

I have had issues off and on for several months now. The only time I received any meds was when I finally got a fever, then got an antibiotic.

You definately need to take it easy, and stay away from crowds and others who may be carrying those flu and cold bugs.

Stay in close touch with your doc, especially about fever.

Feel better soon.

Marie who loves kitties

hippiechicks
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It definitely sounds like you should be at home resting and in contact with your doctor!  Either way,  flu or from surgery, your body is telling you something!!  Best to listen, rest and fluids!! Naps and a good movie or documentary maybe?  

Wishing you well soon!! 

 

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I had my liver resection in September. I had no joint pain but I did have crazy night sweats that soaked my bed, I ended up sleeping on towels to stay dry. No other symptoms, just that. Sounds to me like you're not over the flu just yet. I would take it easy, you're body has been through a lot, modern painkillers and anesthesia have just made it less noticeable to you. I took a month off of work. Good luck and get well!

Easyflip/Richard

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I went to see my family doc today. He ruled out influenza. Prescribed an additional antibiotic (Zaflex). I have gone the whole day without a fever. Also noticed more drainage from surgical drain and fluid seems to be less cloudy and thick as it has been this week. Perhaps this is related to relief from fever.

The latest issue is an intensifying pain in my right shoulder. I felt some pain in that shoulder right after surgery. Thought it might be from sleeping on it or maybe the moved my arm during surgery. Tonight my wife wanted me to go to the emergency room to get checked for a blood clot. She did some googling and now wants to rule out a blood clot. 

I hope the pain subsides so I don't have to go...  

Blah I hate dealing with all this stuff!

Time to try and sleep.

jen2012
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The worrying sucks...can't remember the last time I slept though the night.   Worrying doesn't change anything....yeah yeah I know.   I hope you are sleeping now but that right shoulder pain triggered a memory from my husbands original surgery.  His most intense pain was his right shoulder.  George, one of the nurses getting him settled into the room after surgery, said it was pain from the air they pump in during surgery to get a better look.  I googled it and saw George was right.   Surgeon and PAs looked at us like we were crazy when we brought it up.    Not sure it would still be affecting you now but thought I'd mention it.

glad you are on it and it's not the flu.  Hugs to you and the wife..try not to worry, I hear worrying doesn't change anything.   But just go to the er if it's enough to keep you up.

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herdizziness
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usually after surgery if you get shoulder pain and boy can it be intense (had it twice) is due to air that they fill you with during surgery, for some reason it goes to the shoulder if not all gotten out and is extremely Painful.  Hope you feel better soon.

Winter Marie

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Phil64
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Well, I have had the air pain before. That is more internal and under the shoulder blade. This pain is in my shoulder joint and is more painful to the touch.  I'm going to go to the ER hopefully to rule out a blood clot. 

 

hippiechicks
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Thanks for the update!  I had been wondering how you were feeling!  Sounds like things are getting a bit better .. hope it is just a minor issue with the shoulder, but it is probably a good idea to get it checked if the pain is persistant. 

 

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