Hello everyone. If you were following my post "liver flare" you know I have been having some liver pain. It turned out that I had an ovarian cyst that was bleeding into my gut and ended up twisting. I went into the ER last week in so much pain they were throwing everything at me to stop the pain, stuff I normally would never take with my liver issues. But I had little choice. I was given morphine, dilaudid, probably demoral too. I was in surgery in less than 12 hours later. I had lots of gas in my belly as well, pain in my shoulders etc. Once I got home, my lower abdominal pain was gone, but the upper pain, my liver side etc, and gas was still there. It has improved somewhat over the past few days, but its still bothering me quite a bit. I assume that my liver is inflamed from the blood loss and the pain meds. I can barely wear my bra more than a few hours without it really hurting. My last surgery in December caused me some discomfort, but not like this.
Does anyone have any experience like this? I didn't take the morphine long (I know its metabolized in the liver), but I am really uncertain how much I got. The CT I had of my abdomen also saw a low density lesion on the right side of my liver that said "too small to characterize" but my liver was normal size, etc. The report said that it was more than likely a small cyst. I doubt it is causing the pain either, but I didn't have anything on my liver like this the last time it was tested, but that was about two years ago when I was diagnosed.
I know it will take time to recover from all this, but I guess I am just worried that the pain meds made my PBC worse and made my liver worse. According to the doctor I had nearly two pints of blood in my abdomen and my blood count was so low that if I had gone much longer I would have had to had a transfusion. My HGb was 10.6, but dropped lower right before my surgery. Honestly, If I had have waited much longer to go to the hospital I would have died.
I have to go back to work Monday and I am worried more about my liver than the recovery from the surgery. The recovery from this surgery has been far worse than the one in December. I imagine, mainly from the blood loss. Thanks for any input.