Ouch! I have had abcesses and they hurt! I developed 2 abdominal abcesses after resection surgery and had to wear a drain for 4 months, and then recently had a peri-anal abcess that was very very painful!
I felt that the pain from these was worse then any pain I had for my Crohn's and recovery was harder then it was for any other surgery. I am not sure why they are so painful but it was awful!
Good luck and take it easy!
October 2003 - Dx/ed with Crohn's disease
April 2004 - 2ft of small bowel removed plus complications due to abdominal abcesses - 6 weeks in hopsital
October 2006 - perianal abcess, surgery to have drain inserted
February 2007 - abcess wont heal surgery for temporary ileostomy, started Remicade
Oct 16th, 2008 - Surgery to reverse Ileostomy - in Remission first time ever!!