Hi guys!! You have no idea how special I feel – checking and seeing you’re checking up on me!
I posted a reply to the abscess thread, but you’ve probably already read that!
I’m at work at the moment, so I will be quick, but I am doing OK – I would say it’s very up and down…
After my abscess initially seemed to drain/lessen (as a result of the antibiotics) – it drained the once with septic bloody sort of stuff (gross), it hasn’t drained significantly since then, but has been less painful, some days are better than others…. It still drains pus daily but not large amounts at a time.
I was so relived that i didn’t end up back in hospital and have been able to get through my first week at this new job. It has been hard, and by last Friday I was in bed by 6:30pm I was so tired. The first few days I took a prednisone tablet and pain killers. Since then I’ve just been on the antis.
Last night I had another appointment with the dr who gave me the antibiotics; he said it should be operated on and offered to change the dressings once the op had been done. I guess my gastro is hesitant to operate on it as it runs the risk of making a ‘bigger problem’ in his words. But I don’t feel like I can continue to live my life like this. Everyone tells me a different thing; to operate or not to operate. Its so hard to know who to believe. The flagyl is making me queasy all the time, and depressed, which it never did before. I honestly feel so down when I take it, I feel like I am not myself, like I am a different person, it makes me feel so down I’ve never experienced anything like this before. So today I am cutting down to 2 flagyl a day and taking my 1st tab at lunch. I feel it in my system, it makes me sick and tired and miserable. So lunch and dinner will be when I take them today….. and the penicillin-based ones I take at breakfast and dinner time…
I have an appointment this coming Tuesday the 31st with my gastro. I plan on demanding a referral to a colo rectal surgeon. I wonder if GP’s can also give referrals for surgeons?
Also, I am looking into finding a new gastro in Brisbane city since my old one is hopeless and I am now working in the city so I could access the GI a lot more easily from here. We have flex time at my new work which is great, I can take afternoons off quite easily for dr appointments. I am thinking of putting a thread up asking if anyone knows a good GI in Brisbane city….
So that’s where I’m at at the moment – how are you doing?? This has been getting to me a lot emotionally at the moment, and I find that extremely hard, as well as the physical impact on my life and not having the energy to do what I want and perform how I would like to etc.
But I am relieved that the abscess didn’t land me back in the ER.
Hopefully a surgeon can give me a better answer!
after my daughter's surgery 3/13 for the perianal abscess (scraping it out) we went to her gastro guy for a followup and he said there were notes in her records that the colo-rectal guys felt she should have been having multiple sitz bathes per day. First, she didn't have the time for multiple per day - then she had such pain she couldn't sit in the bath. This time when she came home it's 2 x a day, but more would be better.
Maybe more sitz bathes per day will help. She couldn't take flagyl - it came right back up within a few minutes.
That sounds awful FC. Blackening skin means serious infection, that’s so scary….. What is happening with it now? Did the surgery completely fix it in the end? Did they open it up or put a drain in?
This link is to the site for the surgeon I am going to see Friday week. He seems to have a lot of experience in the area and even has fact sheets on his page about fistulas fissures and abscesses. I hope he can help me get a more permanent fix to this problem. The abscess is ok one moment, painful as hell the next. This morning some more blood came out after my sitz bath before work, but not much…. Still any blood is better than none I guess if it means the infection is flowing.
Dr David Clark:
Thanks so much for the seton information. It’s really interesting for me as I’m thinking the surgeon might suggest a seton for me – either that or he’ll suggest cutting the whole thing out, and a seton seems a much less invasive procedure.
Since I am already using gauze for the leakage I don’t think I would mind having it with the setons, as long as I don’t have abscesses constantly reappearing and ruining my life!
When you had the setons put in, were you put under general anaesthetic? Did it take a long time? Was it painful afterward? Expensive?
I am just very curious….. My appointment is on Friday!
As for the drains themselves – how do they attach them? Do they stitch them into the skin inside the tunnel? How thick is the string that comes out? Is it very noticeable?
Sorry for all the questions FC, I’m just very interested J