Tammy Richardson

First post: Feb 28, 2017 Latest post: Jan 23, 2021
Everything started in January, 2017, just not feeling like myself and feeling fatigued, lots of long naps (very uncharacteristic of me and I thought I was in a depression)  I started having a lot of heartburn so I started a dose of Prilosec.   Several days later I noticed discoloration in my urine and stopped the Prilosec.     I went to my family physician  after a few days and they treated me for a UTI with a high dose 5 day antibiotic.   After several days, nothing had changed.   On February 2, 2017, I  noticed severe yellowing of my eyes (jaundice) and called them back, they immediately sent me for labwork.     My billirubin was elevated and my liver enzymes were high.    We spent a weekend in quarantine thinking I had contracted some form of hepatitis or mono.      All of this time, I have had zero pain.

After the weekend tests came back negative and since I was feeling well they thought it was a virus.   Repeated bloodwork showed all levels doubled so off for a CT on 2/8,.   That will be a birthday I will never forget (2/7/17 age 53)     Almost immediately after the CT I received a call they see a blockage and I need to head straight to the ER.     

Original thoughts were that I had gallstones, an ERCP and a EUS were scheduled, cancer markers were high and everything pointed to Pancreatic cancer,    All biopsies were inconclusive,         Almost 3 weeks later and day to day changes, another hospitalization due to infection, we are still seeking complete answers.

I appreciate your thoughts and prayers as I travel this journey

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