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Fatigue/no Joy

hey folks!

i used to be spineless, now i'm just spleenless! from an accident almost 10 years ago i lost my spleen. doctors never warned me of side effects. these days i notice i have no joy, all the things i loved are void of enjoyment. i am very moody, been diagnosed as bipolar but all the meds do nothing. i have researched to no avail why since my splenectomy a light has gone out. i used to be different, had the rise and fall of everyman but i feel left out.the fatigue and lack of drive have me jumping from job to job and before my recent marriage, relationship to relationship. i am worried that my wife will suffer from my lack of joy or optimism. i feel very indifferent and lifeless. i have tried all angles of mental health help but it seems more related to the spleen removal. no sob story, i just need others to be candid if this seems spleen related.

thanx for your ear.

hhaayy hhaayy 36-40 33 Responses May 2, 2009

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Splenectomies have a rather high-rate of post-op depression, and it sounds like that might be what you're experiencing. Additionally, life without a spleen compromises immune function, which can contribute to overall feelings of fatigue and malaise which only perpetuate the cycle. Please visit your doctor to discuss your symptoms, and also be proactive in taking care of yourself. I was able to mostly solve these problems for myself by putting my health first and eating a whole foods diet, getting enough sleep every night, and exercising regularly. It can be a lot of work but you will feel like your light is back and it will be totally worthwhile. Best of luck to you!!

I had my spleen removed 12 years ago from a motorcycle accident. I would have thought that I was going to get sick more often etc, but honestly I haven't been. I have only had the flu once in the last 4 years, and I usually get a cold about once or twice a year. The only small side effects I notice is that I do get tired a tiny bit more now, and I do get a little depressed from time to time but that passes. I am very successful with work, and I am for the most part, pretty positive. I am sorry to hear that most people out there have these severe side effects from no spleen. And I hate to hear people say that we are on borrowed time - I refuse to believe that's true.

I found increasing my veggie intake like kale, spinach, lemon, ginger... And praying every day, has help me keep amazing energy.

Hi, Hhaayy Go to God in prayer. I have been in Christ for a long time, and I find that prayer is the most effective. I have prayed many times when I was sick, and I was healed by god. Give God a chance. Let Him prove it to you. I will pray for you. God does love us all.

I don't know why you have had that kind of response as i lost my spleen in 1986 and except being more careful to not get the flu or other fungas infections and of course always be able to have antibiotics on hand life has been normal in most ways.

Now i feel like real **** "thanks",

I lost my spleen in 2009 due to an accicent. <br />
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My advice ba<x>sed on my experience so far:<br />
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Make sure these 3 things are part of your day...<br />
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Sunlight <br />
Exercise<br />
Good diet<br />
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You could say that treating your body the way it was designed to be treated and allowing it to run to its full potential may alleviate any bad feeling that you may have assosiated with having no spleen. I.e I feel rough...it must be my spleen<br />
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I THINK THAT IS THE HARDEST THING TO GET YOUR HEAD AROUND.<br />
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Am i feeling like this because i have no spleen!? After 3 years im starting to think otherwise. <br />
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I think the light at the end of the tunnel is that your body will always be fine tuning itself and adapting to its internal environment. Perhaps the same mechanism that allows the human body to survive in multiple environments, is working right now to make your body run better with what it has.<br />
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Is my spleen gone forever? Google....Splenosis. It might just be coming back. :-D

I've been without a spleen since 1975 and I take vitamin D supplements, i used to feel very flat and tired all day, but this me has worked, i feel much better, I hope that helps.

I was having pain on right side of abdomen along with nausea. This was in fall of 2010. After tests, my gastro Dr found my spleen had a cyst. Years before I was told it was a hemangioma and not to worry. Surgery was required due to size and concern of rupture. Surgery was Feb. 2011. Spleen was huge. Size of letter size paper and cyst was wrapped around it. My energy levels were awful but improving. i think B12 vitamins has helped along with a multi- vitamin. I tend to get sick much faster from contact with something. I try to stay away from sick people and wash my hands a lot. Depression...always had it and take med. Therapy was must. I just wish doctors knew more.

As you I had a cyst, I got 1/3 of pancreas tail ( I am not diabetic), and removed my spleen, the year after the surgery went to Switzerland and climbed the alps.... Not all it was a 5 hour hike in the snow... Amazing. I am also an acupuncturist and I see sick people all the time with colds and flu at least 10 a week,I do wash my hand a thousand times, and so far all good... I purchase the "up" from jawbone to improve my sleep and diet.

I lost my spleen about 30 years ago in a car accident. I am really pretty well, and havw been under the care of a d.o.m. For a couple of years now.<br />
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my question esp. @ kazmazza is, how do you boost spleen meridian when.there is no spleen? What do you do to compensate?

Exactly, a meridian is not an organ, so the spleen meridian, does not need an organ to function as a meridian,., the energy of spleen meridian is always in the meridian... The energy of the organ stays or it's removed when the organ is removed. The balancing of one organ can be achieved by the fine tuning of other supporting organs and meridians ... A tru skill for an acupuncturist.

Hello,<br />
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Here's what I have finally learned after 33 years of no spleen.<br />
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Make sure you're taking an iron supplement. Slow FE is the time-released stuff that works the best. If not, you will feel so draggy, you'll want to lie down all the time. It's iron anemia. You need it after you lose your spleen, and for some reason, all the doctors that I visited didn't know that; or care to go look it up. <br />
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Also get your testosterone and estrogen and progesterone levels checked. For men, I think maybe the spleen has some effect on testosterone, or maybe just when you're getting older. For women, you will feel very depressed if your progesterone is low. Use a natural progesterone cream, as much as you want, from your local whole foods/health store. Testoserone is also needed by women to function with good energy.<br />
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God Bless You,<br />
- Lee Harper

I was in an automobile accident in 1967 and my spleen was crushed, so it was removed. The doctor told me that other organs would take up the slack of not having a spleen. I have suffered no consequences of being spleenless. Any illnesses I have had are not out of the ordinary - colds, sinus infections, bladder infections - all very rare. I have birthed one child (at 40) and lived an otherwise normal life.

I had my spleen removed at 8 months old at great ormond street. My history is my family has spyrocitosis and my grandad mother son cousin and his children all suffer and had spleen removed. My daughter is due this summer to have hers removed too. I'm always sick and feeling worn out. I do push myself doing decorating etc because sadly I am now a single mum . I don't go out that much because of money and have told I prob won't work because I can't hold a house down and work . I find it soul destroying as I wanted to be a interior designer and will never happen . I also would love a partner but find it hard to meet someone who will tolerate my existence........... I feel like I just exist rather than live sadly............. On a anti depressants which can help until I become I'll then I'm a tearful mess of loneliness..............I wish there was a answer.............xxxx

We also have sphericytosis and feeling so tired off al the time. I'm also spleenless but my iron is never low

I had my spleen removed at 8 months old at great ormond street. My history is my family has spyrocitosis and my grandad mother son cousin and his children all suffer and had spleen removed. My daughter is due this summer to have hers removed too. I'm always sick and feeling worn out. I do push myself doing decorating etc because sadly I am now a single mum . I don't go out that much because of money and have told I prob won't work because I can't hold a house down and work . I find it soul destroying as I wanted to be a interior designer and will never happen . I also would love a partner but find it hard to meet someone who will tolerate my existence........... I feel like I just exist rather than live sadly............. On a anti depressants which can help until I become I'll then I'm a tearful mess of loneliness..............I wish there was a answer.............xxxx

I had my spleen removed at 8 months old at great ormond street. My history is my family has spyrocitosis and my grandad mother son cousin and his children all suffer and had spleen removed. My daughter is due this summer to have hers removed too. I'm always sick and feeling worn out. I do push myself doing decorating etc because sadly I am now a single mum . I don't go out that much because of money and have told I prob won't work because I can't hold a house down and work . I find it soul destroying as I wanted to be a interior designer and will never happen . I also would love a partner but find it hard to meet someone who will tolerate my existence........... I feel like I just exist rather than live sadly............. On a anti depressants which can help until I become I'll then I'm a tearful mess of loneliness..............I wish there was a answer.............xxxx

I had my spleen removed when i was 5yrs old and I am now 37 yrs old. I do get tired very easily and have had a hard time with work due to the fact that I keep getting sick. If my kids get sick usually i get it, if a coworker gets sick I usually get it and heck, the fact that I took an allergy test and found out that am really allegic to dust mites means that I can get sick more often than not. Life is good and precious, i'm just so tired o being sick all the time and feel realy bad for my wife. It must bw so hard for her not knowing how long it will be before i get sick or even loose my job because of the fact that i cant stay without getting sick. My Dr,. jut told me that i might have to leave my job becuase I keep getting sick due to the dust in the work place. I guess i can uderstand why some people get depressed with this. I will keep on fighting for my wife and childrens sake!

Did you suffer brain injury in the accident?<br />
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I ask because the symptoms you describe may be due to a head injury.

One issue to consider is that anesthesia can also leave you feeling pretty down for awhile...don't know why, but I've noticed it in myself and in several friends.<br />
Also, my 81-year-old mother had her spleen removed at the age of 7, and she has lived a long and relatively healthy, VERY productive life (seven children). Best wishes to everyone.

One issue to consider is that anesthesia can also leave you feeling pretty down for awhile...don't know why, but I've noticed it in myself and in several friends.<br />
Also, my 81-year-old mother had her spleen removed at the age of 7, and she has lived a long and relatively healthy, VERY productive life (seven children). Best wishes to everyone.

Hi all 3 weeks ago I had my spleen and two thirds of my pancreas removed due to a tumour.<br />
I am home from hospital and feel god awful. Any advice as I cant get out of sleep and am very emotional.<br />
I was in theatre for 12 hours as there were complications and have yet to see my consultant for follow up care.<br />
I'm on asprin and penicillin am I also on borrowed time ???

HI. I had my spleen removed 6 years ago due to ITP. When I had my splenectomy, the recovery was painful &amp; took about 2 months to start feeling well again. Everyone's body is different but I'm sure you'll start feeling well very soon! I get sick a lot, tire easily, have joint pain, am very emotional, &amp; deal with fibromyalgia. I deal with it every day and make sure I see my hemotologist twice a year for check ups. Just make sure you follow up with your doctor for follow up care &amp; I'm sure you'll be feeling better soon! Personally I think everyone is on borrowed time. The only difference is that we're reminded of it when we get sick often, get emotional, have joint pain, infections, etc......... but we deal with it day by day. Again, everyone's body is different so, you might not even get any of those complications. Hope your recovery is speedy &amp; good!

I also had my spleen removed because of ITP.........Now have m.e & fibo, everyday is hard work...I push myself to work :-((

I was in a car accident 48yrs ago, I am now 52. I had one of my kidney removed, my spleen removed and my skull had to be wired back togather. When I was younger I got alot of colds and, kidney infections but I always was able to fight throgh it all and managed to work most of my life. I was told 3yrs ago I have ra. I am just so tired all the time and hurt everywhere. Maybe I can get some help with medical bills if I sign up for ssi. My luck I'll get denied. but it's worth a shot.

I lost my spleen as a passenger in an accident a year ago and it has definitely changed my life. I was a bit of a mad one before, living a 'rock'n'roll lifestyle'. Booze, sex, drugs etc and very care-free. The effect that the accident has had on me is a very sobering thing. I now have a scar 1.5 ft down the middle of my stomach and get cold sores and shingles every time i even slightly over do it. They are now reminders to stay on the straight and narrow. I am not as 'invincible' as i thought i was. As someone else said - we are all on borrowed time.<br />
If there has been any depression, it has only been to understand that maybe i am mortal. Sometimes it is good to have one's arrogance tempered.<br />
Now i can look at my scar and know that it gave me many good things: I don't smoke, drink beer (weird since i still drink alcohol) and it keeps me focussed on my career.<br />
Hope this helps. it has been good to read other's experiences since it was and always will be a shock.

Time for tough love my friend. Every good day without a spleen is a gift. You never know when you're going to meet an encapsulated organism that will overwhelm your immune system and kill you. Losing my spleen made me a much more grateful person who tries not to worry about the small stuff. Like someone said, the spleenless are all on borrowed time - make it count.

Time for tough love my friend. Every good day without a spleen is a gift. You never know when you're going to meet an encapsulated organism that will overwhelm your immune system and kill you. Losing my spleen made me a much more grateful person who tries not to worry about the small stuff. Like someone said, the spleenless are all on borrowed time - make it count.

28 yrs ago I had my spleen removed at 16 also from ITP (no platelets)- cause unknown! I had been on lots of steriods , relapsed and then this was suggested so i jumped at the chance. 13 yrs later i had a shiatsu treatment and she diagnosed through that the lack of spleen energy. I started then on my real healing journey as after that treatment i felt grounded for the first time in years. I decided to certainly have more energy work, but study and try and understand a, why i got the auto immune thing in the first place and b, how to best take care now. So spleen energy in chinese medicine ( the meridians) is Earth element and is about how we nurture ourselves and others. I had always been drawn to suffering! and never ever felt hungry. or that i could fulfill my potential because i always felt under par. It rules thought and over worrying...us spleenless ones crave touch and should stretch often. Here is an interesting link about further info on spleen energy and ways to improve it, we may not have the organ but we still have the channel.<br />
http://www.meridianpress.net/spleen.html<br />
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Through my self healing i realised my ITP was caused by over use of antibiotics as a child and when in puberty a crisis in my immune system because the antibodies really were confused. So no way am i taking them now, i avoid at all costs but realise sometimes it may be the only way.<br />
I think i have been challenged and compromised energetically from not having the spleen which helps nourish the blood, and i trained in body work so that i could get the hands on healing i so needed initially. I was told at 16 'oh you dont really need your spleen'...but in terms of the whole energy system its function is as paramount as the heart , lungs, ...etc. It makes sense to see what we can do to suport the whole of us from the loss of an organ.

i was in a car accident at age 14 and i broke 22 bones and was in a coma for 9 days and lost my spleen, appendix, and gallbladder. I hit my head pretty bad also and have a horrible horrible memory problem. My docs told me that due to my spleen being gone, i would get sick much more easily. Which i dont find to be the case too much. But I am always tired. If i dont take a nap every day, I will get sick enough to throw up, due to fatigue. I didnt know that maybe my tiredness is due to no spleen. I am now 26 and still need my naps.

I had my spleen removed 1 year ago due to sickle cell anemia. I have noticed lately that I am having pain in my joints, fatigue and moody. I just found out that my platelet level is high, but my Hematology/Oncologist says it is okay, due to the spleen being removed. He did tell me to call my primary care doctor if I get a cold, sore throat, stiff neck or fever, not to try and nurse it myself, or I can get very sick and die, but he did not want to scare me. How can I not be afraid after that statement.

hi..I had my spleen out after being hit by a car on my motorbike..I don't remember the accident suffering a mild head injury and developed post op phuemonia just to make my recovery that much more of a struggle..I was told i would not miss my spleen !!! That may be true for some people but not for me or many others too.Prior to the accident i was super fit in all ways.I have been researcing my problems of cronic fatigue, endless sore throats,aches and pains,hot flushes,swollen feet and hands,insomnia...the list goes on... We all miss the spleen for sure but have differing levels of awareness and side effects...Once the spleen is gone the body has a lot of adjusting and balancing to do but it's such a magical organ it's impossible ...the spleen is grossly underestimated and misunderstood organ and is not given the respect and importance it should be ...Many side effcts are complained about but they are generally not linked to the missing spleen and may take years post splenectomy to develop or increase as to become noticeable...For the people out there who are suffering post splenectomy you are not alone...Be positive and calm knowing you are right as you only know your body and strive to live a healthy and complete life ....

I had my spleen removed 29 years ago when I was 18....I was not in a car accident but rather a problem with blood cells and platlet counts which caused bruising ,prolonged bleeding etc. that started to develop when i was 16...long story short took them 2 years to figure out what was going on and the prob was solved with the removal .....It was rare at that time but more common now...I have not had any changes other then i do get sick easier ....no depression or moodiness (everyone has their days ) all in all it never had any bad effects on me (maybe i was just lucky)...I was told at the time that I had it removed that if i was to get a bad cold i would need antibiotics to fight it ..not as easy to fight it off ...I also recieve the pneumo vacs but was told every 10 years ...and I recieve the flu shot every year a must ....i am not sure but i was told i was not to take asprin as it thins the blood too much ....i have had some dr tell me i can take it others say i can;t ...where any of you told anything about asprin?<br />
I hope things get better for you i am not sure it is due to your spleenectomy .....but in any case I hope you are able to start to feel better about life and everything involved in it ....

I had my spleen removed 29 years ago when I was 18....I was not in a car accident but rather a problem with blood cells and platlet counts which caused bruising ,prolonged bleeding etc. that started to develop when i was 16...long story short took them 2 years to figure out what was going on and the prob was solved with the removal .....It was rare at that time but more common now...I have not had any changes other then i do get sick easier ....no depression or moodiness (everyone has their days ) all in all it never had any bad effects on me (maybe i was just lucky)...I was told at the time that I had it removed that if i was to get a bad cold i would need antibiotics to fight it ..not as easy to fight it off ...I also recieve the pneumo vacs but was told every 10 years ...and I recieve the flu shot every year a must ....i am not sure but i was told i was not to take asprin as it thins the blood too much ....i have had some dr tell me i can take it others say i can;t ...where any of you told anything about asprin?<br />
I hope things get better for you i am not sure it is due to your spleenectomy .....but in any case I hope you are able to start to feel better about life and everything involved in it ....

I lost my spleen 30 years ago in a sledding accident, I was 14. I never get sick or have any symptoms of depression. I get the phenomia vaccine every 5 years and for the first time this year I had gotten the flu vaccine. It sounds like I got lucky. Well said imboxster.

Hey! Im 14 and Im fixing to have my spleen taken out on the 24th, I have a mass on it that keeps growing back, so they want to take it out,.. Do you have any advice?