Abcess may be returning -- I'd appreciate your prayers!

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   Posted 1/20/2008 9:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone,
The peri-rectal abcess that nearly killed me this time last year is trying to make a come-back.  I certainly would appreciate your prayers!  A year ago Christmas, a big nasty abcess drained through my brand new perineal fistula.  The abcess was close to septic and I got a horrendous case of cellulitus (I had a very bad Dr).  Good Drs put in a  seton, and I spent 3 months on Flagyl and Levaquin -- they saved me.  I started remicade this summer and have been feeling great since.
But 2 days ago I started to get a little bloody drainage out of the fistula and yesterday noticed a small swollen spot in the area of the old abcess. It is a just a little tender and I can feel something hard if I push (yes, I guess if I stopped pushing on it, it wouldn't be tender  tongue ).
Last night when I felt the hard area I said "oh no you don't!" and pulled out my supply of flagyl. I want to nip it in the bud!!  I'm going to put in a call to my Dr tomorrow.  I really really don't want that abcess again.  I am guessing that the old abcess didn't completely shut -- it was large and I am sure the area was damaged.  Anyone else have this happen??  I am praying it goes away and that it isn't a new abcess.  I really don't want to start collecting abcesses and fistulas like some others on this forum!  Not my idea of a hobby!  nono
I had mild peripheral neuropathy in my toes after taking flagyl for 3 months so my Dr may switch to something else.  The nerve damage is almost completely gone.  Question -- can you keep taking flagyl if you had nerve damage in the past??
Sorry for the long post.  I appreciate your prayers and advice!

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   Posted 1/20/2008 9:38 PM (GMT -6)   
My guess is that you have a new fistula and thus the abscess. Once a seton is in place that keeps the fistula track open and draining so it won't abscess. I had recurring abscesses until my seton was placed, and since then I haven't had another abscess. Your surgeon needs to surgically drain the abscess. Or another possiblity is that when you have an abscess drained it can fistulize....

I don't think it is recommended to take flagyl again once you have the neuropathy.

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   Posted 1/20/2008 9:56 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey there, I am sorry and I would be grasping at anything to prevent another event too but perhaps waiting until tomorrow to call your Dr is best before starting the Flagyl.

You have my prayers and I will keep praying for you.  Your job is to stay well and keep posting. (((((((((((((((HUGS)))))))))))))))


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   Posted 1/21/2008 7:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Love and prayers
50 yr.old retired RN,Crohn's D for last35 yrs..severe esophagitis, migraines,strictures,urethral stricture,depression,probable MS.

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