how long is recovery,and what symptoms remain such as body pain, fatigue, dizziness, weakness and memory loss. I had sepsis and gall bladder removal, spent a week in icu,ten days hospitalized and still feel weak and unable to walk fifty feet without needing to sit. my legs and knees hurt, I sweat more than companions, I can watch a movie and completely miss segments according to my spouse. I am 63 was pretty active, now scared and couldn't remember how to work my coffee pot when I got home. it has been about 7 weeks..almost 2 months since my surgery, and I have heard everything from you should be ok now to it might take a year. my family doctor retired,and the place I went for followup gave me a nurse who didnt seem interested and did not even do blood work or touch me. I know I must find a good doctor, but I am exhausted and broke. I would love to hear anything from people with experience with sepsis. thanks so much for your time and input.
Everyone is very different, that is why you have heard so many different things. I would expect for it to likely take a year to be fully recovered and you may not be what you were before, completely. I know that isnt what you wanted to hear. Sepsis is a serious illness. You do need to find yourself a new PCP. It doesnt sound like the one you went to was very good. There are a few ways to try to find a new Dr. Word of mouth is a very good way. Ask family and friends if they like their physician and who they go to. You can also try calling your insurance company. If you have state assistance (sometimes private insurance provides as well) you should have a nurse case manager who can help you find a new Dr and help you with follow up. Call members services number on your card and ask. Many insurances have Dr referrals too. There are also doc finders online. 7 weeks is still pretty early in your recovery and I think you are expecting a lot of yourself to expect to be back to normal.
You may need follow up like a CT scan to see if there is anything going on in the brain to cause your memory and cognitive difficulties or if it was just after effects of medication and infection. Be persistant and proactive in your health and dont hesitate to insist your providers do more. they are working for you not doing you a favor. If they arent helping you, speak up, ask questions and insist they are answered (in a nice way but be persistant) They may not have all the answers now but they should be able to talk with you about what they do know. If you dont get what you want from one doc, go and see another!
My fiance is currently in the hospital, he is unconscious but responsive, he was diagnosed with sepsis caused by his gallbladder. Luckily his white cell count has come down and he is responding to sounds and people's voices. They say they can take his gallbladder when the infection is gone, but I'm worried as to why he hasn't regained consciousness yet. Is it normal to remain unconscious while having an infection? He's been unconscious for four days now, I need some advice.
I'm so glad I found this site. I had severe sepsis four weeks ago following the last stage of reconstruction for Breast cancer. I was in intensive care for three days and then on a ward for another ten days recovering. I had emergency surgery to remove a Breast implant, which was the site of the infection, several blood transfusions and the whole range of IV drugs and fluids which everyone on here will be familiar with. It is still early days for me both physically and psychologically. I am still bleeding from the site of the emergency surgery and need dressing changes every day. My bone marrow is also still struggling to make platelets to help my blood clot. I feel as though my whole life has changed and I fear the sepsis returning.
I don't remember much about what happened to me in the first few days when in intensive care, but I have now started getting flashbacks, which are disturbing. I didn't know much about sepsis before all of this happened to me, but now I want to know as much as possible, especially how long it might be before I fully recover. Reading everyone's posts on here has been so helpful and reassuring in that I know it is going to take me a good while to get over this and that seems to be normal after sepsis. It is good to know I'm not alone in what I'm feeling and struggling to cope with physically at this point in time. Stay strong everyone. Recovering from sepsis is not an easy road, but at least we are still alive to travel it. Others were not so lucky.
Yes I am a CMA and study physical medicine. I am 22 years old and I first got sepsis when I was 16 years old. I have kidney disease, therefore, I make sepsis a very high possibility. And I remember a little and that was that I was sick as a damn dog. But about three days or so after ward I was back to myself.
Yes it can take up to a year not just because of the sepsis but also from all the medications. Get some supplements for infection and gut health. Oil of oregano, liquid silver and turmeric. Rebuild your gut health with probiotics and definitely stay away from sweets. If you are still sweating a lot shows you still are throwing off toxins. Drink a lot of water with lemon. Your body needs a lot of support right now. Don't give up too soon.
I had septic shock seven weeks ago. I was given a 15% to 20% survival rate and lived due to my desire to live and thousands of prayers. I was in intensive care for ten days while on a respirator... two weeks total in the hospital with an extra week of in-home IV therapy.
My enlarged heart is back to normal with no signs of damage, the pneumonia is finally gone, as is my kidney stone which caused by infection (it was my first at 59). Beside complete exhaustion, my toes and feet are numb most of the time. My doctor says this is permanent, but I don't want to believe him. Have any of you had this same experience? I can't believe the only therapy is pain meds.
I went back to work this last week (I work on L.A.'s Skid Row, so I need to be very careful of my weakened immune system). When I get home I have a small bite to eat, then go straight to bed. I've started to drink protein shakes and the doctor aproved me going back on a few daily supplements. I can barely make it up a flight of stairs so I really don't have the strength to start exercising. My family doctor is very passive but I really need to find a way to get my strength back. It's very depressing especially for someone who is used to working 12 hour days. I feel blessed to be alive and don't want to complain so any additional suggestions would be appreciated. I live in Los Angeles.
Hi Guys, I am also wondering about the length of time it will take to recover. It sounds like I have been a very lucky girl and not had it as bad as some, for which I thank God! I am out of hospital with antibiotics after having IV AB's, I am eating little and often, drinking plenty of water and resting, but the more I rest in one position the more kidney, back, hip and shoulder pain I get. My life is revolving around analgesia at the moment and I am getting moments os severe sweating ( not sure if these are menopausal hot flushes though). I am completely confused about my body at the moment and my orientation, intermittent confusion and lack of spatial awareness is stopping me from driving ( which I love) restricting me from leaving the house as I can't walk too far withou getting exhausted. PLease give me clue as to when I will be able to return to work or get close to normal. In my moments when I feel 'well' I feel like a fraud then go down with a crash. Look forward to your answers
Dear Dog Lover
I know exactly how you feel! I had sepsis in July 2014 and still have some after effects - namely fatigue, memory loss and joint pains and especially having to sit down after a very short stroll. - also depression and anxiety about the length of time it's taking to feel better. I do try to be positive and keep hoping I will feel better soon. Keep on smiling and try not to worry to much about it as it is very early days for you.
I can see that you posted back in 2012, but you may look in from time to time to see the responses to your question.
I hope you are feeling much improved - it is a very long journey to recovery - in fact, after 5 years I still don't think I have fully recovered. I contracted sepsis after surgery for bowel cancer, and ended up in ICU for just over a month, with mainly breathing difficulties, but also with a heart attack, seizures, spleen, liver and kidney malfunction. I was taken off a ventilator three times but couldn't support my own breathing - eventually given a tracheostomy. When I left ICU I spent a further 2 months in hospital learning how to speak and walk again - I was so weak that I couldn't stand unaided for several weeks. Five years on, and those who don't know me wouldn't think I was in any way unusual - perhaps I get tired more quickly than some - but they would think I am just a naturally ditsy, disorganised, forgetful person. I was never like this before - in fact I used to own my own nursery school and was so organised that my nickname was 'File-lady'! To this day I cannot remember films that I have seen or books that I have read - after I recovered I decided to take a diploma, and I actually wrote an entire academic essay not remembering that I had already written it. I think I have probably recovered as much as I'm going to - I do miss the person I once was, but I am lucky to be alive and so I squash those feelings of self-pity!
I really hope that you are feeling a lot stronger by now.
I had sepsis in June from surgery and still do. I also lost my ability to walk. And it's now almost October 2016 and I still can't walk. I've been in a physical rehab. My confusion is gone ,however the wheelchair has not. Have u regained ur walking yet? I certainly hope so. My Dr. Seems to have left me in the dark alone an I'm realizing walking IS getting farther away "if I don't do something myself". I've decided to see a neurologist . Please up date me about ur condition. Sincerely interested.
It took me about 3 years to recover, and the longest part was my mind. It is not the same, my memory is not what it was before sepsis but it is mostly back. It it so frustrating that no one tells us this and no one tells us how long it takes. I have my check book ledger from about a year later, and it is really totally illegible. Not any more. It is harder though. Math is the hardest thing for me to recover. I have learned to compensate by writing lots of things down. I call a pad and paper my mind. Humor is good. I couldn't get anyone to address the mind part either. I did get good doctors, bur hospital discharge was pretty poor. How can you follow 5 pages of directions when your mind is not working? Go figure. I also was very active,and am again. Thankfully. You will get better, but it is a long journey. I am finally in the stage of gratitude since I did not die and was not left with terrible disabilities like some are. You do need a good doctor. Hope you found one by now.
I have COPD for 20 years. I have been hospitalized about 20 times in the last two years. The main treatment they give me is solumedrol, A and A NEB's, and levaquin, an antibiotic. It clears me up within an hour. The solumedrol however gives me a massive headache. OK, that's a fair trade. I feel pretty good comparatively for a few months. This last time was different. I started out with a minor sore throat and was coughing up thick green mucus for about a day. Then mucus started coming up clear but a lot more. Almost every 15 to 30 minutes. Day and night. I felt very, very sick. My energy level was non existent. I thought I would wait it out. After week 6, I couldn't take it. I went to ER. I was fortunate to get just the right ER doc and just the right admitting doc. After the NEB's and solumedrol and Levaquin they took blood cultures. That's the first time they did that. They switched my antibiotic to rosephen and, thank God they medicated my headache.
I was in ICU for 5 days. Solumedrol every 6 hours along with 20 milligrams of hydrocodone. My appetite came back in just 2 days. My energy returned quickly and I was released with a tapering dose of prednisone. The first night home I slept 6 hours straight. When I woke the next morning I couldn't believe how well I felt. My energy level was through the roof. My mind was clear and I could think clearly. My emotional status was just as remarkable. I did not know how sick I was for all that time. Apparently I had a chronic infection for years and didn't know it. When it turned into sepsis they finely found it. What amazes me is how quickly I recovered. It's been weeks now and I'm still going strong. I know the struggle you guys must be going through and I pray you will be as fortunate as I have been. Keep your faith and God bless you.
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