At the start of January 2011 I got, what i thought was, a stomach bug but after 2 days of being unable to keep food down I went to the local GP out of hours centre, they took a urine sample and said there was an infection which was probably either a urine infection or Kidney stones and admitted me to hospital. I was put on a drip and given anti-sickness medicine and antibiotics, 2 days later they couldn't decide what was going on so discharged me!
That night i was still being sick and was bringing up blood so my partner took me to A & E. This time they decided it was my gallbladder and gave me another fluid drip, more anti-sickness medicine and, as the hospital was full, sent me home.
Two days later, and with no improvement, my partner took me to my GP who in turn called for an ambulance. After several more hours in A & E I was sent home again with them saying it was a virus and it would go in time!
In the end I had 5 trips to A & E, a gastostrophy and THEN they decided it was an anxiety problem! By this time I was unable to walk, was suffering from major muscle spasms and pain and had not eaten for several weeks!
I was then referred to a psychiatrist who put me on diamorphine and arranged daily visits. After several weeks and after adding setraline to my medication I was admitted to hospital - still unable to walk and had lost so much weight I was less that 6 stone. I reckon had I not gone into hospital I probably wouldn't be here now.
In hospital I saw a physiotherapist and with a lot of hard work she got me back on my feet (bless her). By the time I was discharged I could stand, with assistance, but this was after 2 weeks in hospital!
They arranged for a physiotherapist to visit me at home a few times a week and after 3 more weeks I could get around the house by using walls for support. My life as I knew it had changed forever.
I am still struggling but am no longer taking the diamorphine. The muscle spasms only stopped when I found a product called an Infinity Pro band which has tourmaline in it and gives off negative ions. It has also greatly improved my sleep and although it has not made me 100% better it has improved things to the extent that I can see some light at the end of the tunnel :-)
Hopefully (fingers, toes, arms, kids toes, hubby's fingers and the next door neighbours eyelashes - crossed) I will some day get better, even if it's not 100% - anything is better than this!
I just thought I'd share my story with you all :-)
Thanks for reading,
Tracey x x