What's wrong with my father? (long question)

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   Posted 7/23/2008 10:23 AM (GMT -6)   
My father went to the doctor almost four months ago because of some intense pain in his "butt" area (he wasn't too specific as to where the pain was coming from). He was told that he had some abscesses and fistula and needed immediate surgery. He recovered from the surgery well and was perscribed an antibiotic and pain pills. But, about two months later he was back in the doctor's office with another abscess. They were able to just lance this one in the clinic. He was perscribed 2 more antibiotics and more pain pills.
about a month ago he was back in the doctor's office, and was diagnosed with shingles. He was perscribed yet another antibiotic and pain pills. The antibiotic did nothing to improve the "shingles," so he was the perscribed anti-viral and anti-fungal medications. There has still been no improvement. My mother saw my dad's "shingles" (located on his butt), and says they really don't look like the pictures of shingles she's seen on-line.
My dad went into the doctor again last night, who did admit he's not sure if my dad actually has shingles (he provided no other explination, though). My dad's fistulas remain, but apparently there are no new abscesses-just ones that will not heal. The doctor was concerned that my dad was no healing properly, so he did a biopsy (sp?) of the abscess and the skin around it. He also referred him to a colorectal specialist, who will be contacting him today to set up an appointment.
I need your help! Does this sound like Crohn's?? My father is 58 years old. Every time I Google him symptoms, Crohn's always comes up.
Also relevant-He has lost almost 70 lbs. in the last 2 years, with no real explaination.

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   Posted 7/23/2008 10:52 AM (GMT -6)   

Sure sounds like Crohns to me.  Especially with the fistula's and abcesses and weightloss.  I am glad he is getting in to see a Colorectal doc.  Has he had a colonoscopy yet?  That probably is one of the first tests they will do to confirm if he has Crohns.  If that doesn't provide answers for you, make sure they do a pill camera, as they is one of the best tests to see Crohns in the small intestine.

So sorry you Dad has been so sick.  Hopefully he will get some answers soon.  Keep us posted on how he is doing. 

Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

Julia Hill
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   Posted 7/23/2008 11:10 AM (GMT -6)   

I'm sorry your dad is going through so much pain. I to think it sounds like crohn's. A colorectal surgeon and a GI are the two Dr.'s that can help your dad right now. I hope he gets some answers and help fast as abscesses and fistulas are very painful as he well knows.

Take care and please keep us posted.


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   Posted 7/23/2008 11:54 AM (GMT -6)   
yes he needs to have a colonoscopy ASAP
also a CAT scan to check for cancer/tumors

Sending you blessings
Confucius say : He who goes to bed with itchy butt wakes up with stinky finger.

Words of wisdom: Never trust a fart

:) Sugarmarie A.K.A. Poopy Pants :)

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