Are we prone to abscesses - not just peri-anal ones?

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

SydneyJo
Veteran Member


Date Joined Mar 2006
Total Posts : 1354
   Posted 10/24/2008 5:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I've just come home from seeing my GP about what I thought was an infected pimple or boil on my bottom cheek near my anus. smhair
She said it was an abscess and didnt offer anything other than to keep doing what I was doing for the last 4 days that I have had it, which is salt bathing and zinc cream, that it will eventually pop and go away.
Im happy to keep doing that, so long as it does eventually pop (each day it seems to be a little better, but still not popping).
I have been reading Randy and Phoebes posts on their abscesses and I know I could be a hell of a lot worse off.
So, I guess I was asking if we are prone to getting these anywhere on our bodies or just peri anal.
Also in my GP's defence she was more worried about the cough I have at the moment and is making me take antibiotics for that, so really the abscess was secondary to that in her mind. (I feel like Im hocking up a lung lol)
Thanks for any replies
Jo

gachrons
Veteran Member


Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 4527
   Posted 10/24/2008 6:02 PM (GMT -7)   
HI Yes we certainly can get them inside where fistula's form as well. Hope you get to feeling better soon. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,and still alive.lol gail


CrazyHarry
Veteran Member


Date Joined Mar 2006
Total Posts : 1034
   Posted 10/24/2008 9:27 PM (GMT -7)   
if it gets really bad see your GI or colorectal surgeon to have it lanced. it hurts but it soooooo worth it as you have immediate relief.

i have a nasty one that flares up bad about once a year or so. heat/humidity exacerbate it. anyhoo, it was flaring again super bad last week so i wanted to see my colorectal surgeon to have it drained. turns out he no longer takes my ins. ugh. it was open slightly, but not really draining on its own, so no real relief. it hurt to walk, stand, get up/down, sit, etc etc but i've had worse unfortunately. at this time i had begun seeing a naturopathic doctor. he gave me a solution with silica dissolved in it. i was to take 1/2 a dropper full morning and night. after two doses it was draining pretty good. the pain and inflammation subsided pretty quickly. a week later it is gone. just wanted to share my latest abscess experience as this was totally new to me.
Crazy Harry

---------------------------------------------
Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07


randynoguts
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jan 2003
Total Posts : 6050
   Posted 10/25/2008 1:16 AM (GMT -7)   
well at least the antibiotics will help with it as well. at one time i had like 6 or 7 on my abdomen. i had to use ostomy bags to try to contain the drainage. it seems some of us have a form of CD that is fistula prone. and others can go the entire time never having one let alone several at once. it seems that the "abcess" / fistula is only a slight thickness of the skin from being called one or the other. technically . even inside, if it goes somewhere else, another loop of bowel or bladder, etc..
randynoguts 



     http://www.geocities.com/randynogutsweb/


SydneyJo
Veteran Member


Date Joined Mar 2006
Total Posts : 1354
   Posted 10/26/2008 4:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Gail, Harry and Randy for your replies.
My abscess has gone down now without really 'popping' maybe it was the antibiotics Im taking for my cough or the baths and ointment - who knows. I really was'nt aware that you could get these other than peri anal so you guys have taught me another thing this DD can do to you - such wonderful things eh.
Thanks again
Jo

ivy6
Elite Member


Date Joined Sep 2005
Total Posts : 10404
   Posted 10/26/2008 4:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh, Jo, I'm sorry.

A district nurse told me that anybody can get these when a bottom-hair grows inwards. Is this what you have, rather than a Crohn's abscess?

If there's any doubt about it being Crohn's, maybe you could put in a courtesy call to your gastro's receptionist and just let her know you're having this problem.

*hug*

I.
Co-Moderator Crohn's Forum.


SydneyJo
Veteran Member


Date Joined Mar 2006
Total Posts : 1354
   Posted 10/26/2008 5:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Ivy,
I too thought it was an ingrown hair but GP said abscess. My poor husband has been monitoring its progress for me and he gets a lot of the ingrown hair things and kept telling me it didnt look like them. Seeing as though it is getting better I wont bother ringing gastro (you can imagine why - ugh) and will let my poor long suffering husband keep an eye on it for me (oh the shame lol)
Jo

*Phoebe*
Veteran Member


Date Joined Sep 2005
Total Posts : 769
   Posted 10/26/2008 6:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Glad to hear it's clearing away by its self - I'd say it is probably the antibiotics since the ones I was prescribed for my abscess started working within the first couple of days. Mine didn't really 'pop' either, it just drained slowly by its self, I didn’t even notice it! just keep an eye on it, I've leant the HARD way, that leaving these things on their own will only end in pain – I thought I could just leave it be and it would clear up – the GP said if it ever happens again and starts hurting to come and see him ASAP and get more antibiotics. It doesn’t take long for the little buggers to give you extreme pain. I don’t like the idea of being on antibiotics (the 1st time I was ever on them I got crohn’s so I’ve never really trusted them!!) but they were such a relief during that depressing, painful time!

Are you making sure to take a probiotic with your medication? Don’t forget!! Good bacteria to replace those that the pills kill off!!

P



Btw my GP said that abscesses/fistulas are extremely common with CD…. So I guess you’re right there!!

SydneyJo
Veteran Member


Date Joined Mar 2006
Total Posts : 1354
   Posted 10/26/2008 6:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Phoebe :)
Im glad yours is on the mend!
I've still been taking my probiotics so hopefully they will counteract the antibiotics, Im scared of getting thrush now - oh well not as bad as the abscess. Thanks for the reply.
Jo

*Phoebe*
Veteran Member


Date Joined Sep 2005
Total Posts : 769
   Posted 10/26/2008 6:30 PM (GMT -7)   
ha ha I'm totally freaked about getting thrush too!!

I've only had antibiotics once before, I didn't take a probiotic and lo and behold along came the itchy demon!

Oh well, all we can do is take the probiotic and hope they go in to battle for us!

I've been told to take the probiotic at least 2 hours after taking your last antibiotic tablet - otherwise the antibiotics kill off all the good bacteria. You're probably doing this anyway, just thought I'd mention it because i hadn't thought of it!!

:)

randynoguts
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jan 2003
Total Posts : 6050
   Posted 10/27/2008 2:51 AM (GMT -7)   
hey jo! you know that brings up a intersting thought i have had... iknow you all could smell the smoke, haha,, anyhoo, maybe we could have a way to post pics of our things and spot we wonder about and have the peeps take a look? just to get second opinions of course!

also yes we can get fistulas in many places. i think the most common are bowel to bowel, followed by perianal, etc.. my fistula on my abdomen was draining for 4 years before it was fixed surgically. see photos at my website. it was so powerful that it would squirt many feet across the room if not covered 24/7. stuff came out of there as the thing grew and ate up the surrounding tissue, staples form previous surgeries, popcorn hulls if i ate it, corn, watermelon seeds etc.. even sutures! it was really amazing to see what the body can endure.
randynoguts 



     http://www.geocities.com/randynogutsweb/


SydneyJo
Veteran Member


Date Joined Mar 2006
Total Posts : 1354
   Posted 10/27/2008 5:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Good grief Randy, that sounds like an alien lifeform attached itself to you lol.
My GP was telling me one of her patients had an apple seed come out of hers, thought that was bad enough.
I found your spot photo comparisions funny, it was bad enough having my husband look at it and he thought it would be funny to bring his night light hard hat home and put that on to get a better look - funny man. Good idea though, trying to describe what they look like and how painful they are is quite hard.
Thanks for the laugh
Jo - getting relief now from said abscess :)
New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Saturday, December 10, 2016 7:51 AM (GMT -7)
There are a total of 2,735,832 posts in 301,337 threads.
View Active Threads


Who's Online
This forum has 151437 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, stevclemon.
263 Guest(s), 12 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
TOOTY, Michael_T, tickcheckguy, Bucko, getting by, magoo2, NiceCupOfTea, pmm73, fibrocushie, houseboy, Not-there-yet, LanieG


Follow HealingWell.com on Facebook  Follow HealingWell.com on Twitter  Follow HealingWell.com on Pinterest
Advertisement
Advertisement

©1996-2016 HealingWell.com LLC  All rights reserved.

Advertise | Privacy Policy & Disclaimer