meds for abcesses

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

crohn's pt mom
Regular Member


Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 86
   Posted 2/6/2009 6:57 AM (GMT -7)   
my daughter has had an abcess at least since July, 2008, that was when they put the first seton drain in.  then they took it out too early and had to put it back in October.  She's on Lialda, Cipro, B12, Aline(sp).  When we asked about Humira her GI said he didn't want to start that since she is in her "child bearing" years.  Is there any other meds out there that may help?  She can be okay for weeks and then the horrible pain starts again.  Today we are going to the dr. because she has a "bump" near her female parts and fears it's another abcess.
 
Any ideas for pain relief she says sitz bathes don't work.

FallColors
Veteran Member


Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 1220
   Posted 2/6/2009 11:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Crohn's pt mom,

Poor thing! I am sorry she is going through this! Did the doctor open and drain the abscess? This is often the best way to deal with abscesses because they can heal completely. Drugs don't get rid of abessess. An abscess is a trapped pocket of infection (pus), and antibiotics can't get in to kill the infection. They give antibiotics to cool down infected tissue that surrounds the abscess. The seton is installed to keep the fistula open so it doesn't close irregularly and trapped infection. But the presence of a seton usually doesn't cure the abscess. A drug like Remicade and Humira can shink and even completely heal fistulas, but I don't think they can't heal an abscess that still has pus in it. The fact that she still has problems more than likely means that a poket is still there and trapping stuff.

Have you seen another colo-rectal surgeon about it? One that has experience is Crohn's? I wouldn't delay in seeing a colo-rectal surgeon and getting that abscess taken care of.

Take care!
Diagnosed with rectal Crohn's in early 2007.  Several peri-rectal abscesses and two fistulae with setons.  Allergic to Remicade and Humira.  Currently on 6MP, and vitamins D and B-12.


bektold
Regular Member


Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 456
   Posted 2/6/2009 12:23 PM (GMT -7)   
It's a little strange that her doctor won't give her Humira because of her age.  Lots of women on Remicade have perfectly healthy pregnancies.  There are some Crohn's drugs that are bad news if you are hoping to get pregnant, but Remicade, and as far as I know Humira, aren't among them.

crohn's pt mom
Regular Member


Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 86
   Posted 2/6/2009 1:10 PM (GMT -7)   

Thanks for the info.  She had the abcess drained in July, it did a great deal to relieve the horrible pain she was in.  We just got back from the CR doc and she's going in for surgery for another drain , I think he wants to get a better look. He said he's limited in the office because of the amount of pain she's in. 

This CR doc was recommended by her GI who has treated my husband and I and he seems to be very knowledgeable about Crohns.

It was the GI that didn't want to put her on Humira because of her age.  Maybe it's because other than this darn abcess she's been feelin' pretty good.  He referred to Humira as the heavy artillery.  I'm trying to talk her into joining this forum I find it very supportive.


FallColors
Veteran Member


Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 1220
   Posted 2/6/2009 1:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I am glad the surgeon came recommended. I hope he scrapes all the infected stuff out so she can really heal and get active again! I am also very happy to hear he is going to do this procedure in the operating room. I would hate to have this done to me in the office!!! Much better to be asleep!
Diagnosed with rectal Crohn's in early 2007.  Several peri-rectal abscesses and two fistulae with setons.  Allergic to Remicade and Humira.  Currently on 6MP, and vitamins D and B-12.


straydog
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Feb 2003
Total Posts : 13473
   Posted 2/7/2009 5:20 AM (GMT -7)   
You didn't state how old your daughter is, but having the problems she is having, she needs the heavy artillery to get well and stay well. Her dr sounds like he is a little behind in times and not as versed as he could be about Remicade and Humira. These can be wonder drugs. We have had ladies on here give birth to perfectly healthy babies while on Remicade. I hate seeing or hearing of anyone suffering because of a dr that will not step up to the plate when it comes to medication with this DD. ..

I do hope all turns out well for her...>Susie

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Friday, December 09, 2016 2:56 AM (GMT -7)
There are a total of 2,735,216 posts in 301,284 threads.
View Active Threads


Who's Online
This forum has 151388 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, ebinease.
174 Guest(s), 2 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
clo2014, NiceCupOfTea


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