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   Posted 7/22/2009 1:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, just wondering if anyone knows if you can have an abcess and the only symptom being pain to the touch (even a light touch).

My belly on the right side is very tender, it also was hurting while out for a short walk the other day. I don't have a fever or nausea though the pain seems similar to when I had an abcess before.

Not sure if I should have it checked out or to just let it ride as is my usual way of dealing with things.

Any ideas?

Dx with Crohn's in 1997 after 5 years of worsening symptoms.
Resection a few months after dx after 1 month on TPN and IV steroids.
Resection October 2008.
Also have severe asthma.
Fibromyalgia (allergic to Lyrica)

Tried: Pentasa, Cholestyramine, Asacol

Presently taking: now on Remicade, Imuran, probiotics, calcium, B12, nortryptiline.
For asthma I take Advair 250, singulair

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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 38
   Posted 7/22/2009 1:56 PM (GMT -6)   
HI,   Have had numerous absesses.   They can be very painful to the touch.  Keep and eye on any changes, heat, redness, swelling........they can just come up like that.  Hopefully that is not the case but be vigilant.   Easier to drain a small one then have to deal with a larger  one.            Be well.           Cathy

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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 7/22/2009 2:00 PM (GMT -6)   
When it hurts just to touch it, I think you might be better safe than sorry and get it check out soon. And if you have had a abscess before and this is feeling the same, seems even more like you should have the doc check it out. Now don't be stubborn and just let it ride. LOL

Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease and Anxiety/Panic Forum
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium  w/Vit D, and Xanax as needed for my anxiety.  Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

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Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 1220
   Posted 7/22/2009 3:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with Nanners. Why take the risk? A fever -- even low grade -- could also mean an abscess.
Diagnosed with 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.

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