I was diagnosed with PBC four months ago after having a series of confused / dizzy spells leading to scans, blood tests. So I did all the practical stuff, I read the leaflets, improved my diet, took my Ursofalk and bar a few stomach upsets it was business as usual. From what I've read at this point I was considering myself pretty lucky.
In parallel to this I have degenerate disc disease. Since a spinal fusion a few years back this goes through occasional flare ups which need rest and extra painkillers but over time I've been increasing my physio and this seems to have been reducing the flare ups and my recovery time is quicker. Again so far so good.
Returning to work in the new year I had a really busy week at work and traveling to other sites in the UK, carting around an overnight bag etc and my back goes into agony. Now for the bit I wasn't expecting. This was the first time my back has had problems since getting any symptoms of PBC and it absolutely knocked me off my feet. For the first 4-5 days I slept most of the day and since then have been completely exhausted all the time sleeping 12 hours at night and still needing a nap in the afternoon. Is this normal? In other peoples experience when there are other problems should I expect to see my PBC symptoms get worse? It's all very confusing for someone new to the condition. I need to talk to my manager about how my condition will impact my work and frankly I have no idea what to expect! Any thoughts / advice??