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Mrs_Mitchell
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   Posted 11/3/2009 1:09 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello, I have had a anorectal abscess for a couple of months.  I was told that there is also a fistula/fistulas. I am not really sure if the Surgeon I saw just assumed that because of the crohns or actually knows that there is a fistula. When I first saw him he pushed on the abscess and it would drain a little which seemed to coming from the rectum. He sent me home and told me to soak 3 times a day for 15 minutes and push on the abscess so it will drain. After a couple of days the abscess got big and I was in A LOT of pain. I went back to his office and he made a incision and he said a lot of stuff was draining out (he actually seemed very shocked about how much was draining out).

Well it's been over a month and I still feel the hardness of a abscess and the incision is still open and draining. I don't know if this is normal or if it is safe. It usually drains and is yellow in color but the other night I woke up and it was bloody/rusty in color and a lot on the pad (which I have to wear all the time). I felt warm as if I had a fever and took my temp. and all day it stayed at about 99.3. The abscess feels like it is almost in a U shape. My concern is that the incision is still open and I still have drainage after a month. Is this ok? I was on flagyl for over a month and then taken off that and was just put on Augmentin (I am allergic to Cipro). I am worried that this infection can get into my blood stream and i will get very sick or can even die. Has anyone had a Seton drain put in? If so was it very painful? After the drain was put in how long did it take before you felt pretty normal again? Anything someone can tell me about their experience i would really appreciate. Also, which drain is the least painfull? I know thw surgeon mentioned a seton drain but from some of the stuff i have read there are different ones.
 
I am having a lot of diareah from taking the augmentin since I started 4 days ago. My old GI doctor told me he wouldn't see me anymore because I am to scared to start Remicaid so I am looking for a new Doctor. I had a appointment in Mt. Sinia hospital (clinic) in manhattan last friday and the doctor seemed very good but because I suffer from anxiety and panic attacks being in the city was so overwhelming for me and I had panic attacks all night. I am so nervous about everything that is going on that my anxiety and panic is taking control of my life. I started suffering from anxiety and panic attacks over 10 years ago when my father passed away but for the last 5 years got much better, now because of this abscess and worring about getting surgery to put a drain in I am suffering so bad again from anxiety that I can harley leave my house without having panic attacks. I haven't been able to sleep in over a month because about every 50 minutes I wake up with my heart pounding.
 
I am really scared and It the anxiety/panic is taking over me. I have 5 beautiful kids that I need to care for but because of the anxiety about what will happen with this abscess/fistula I can't do my job as a mother. My husband is wonderful but because he just started a new job he is not going to be able to take off from work if/when I get the surgery (he already spoke with his boss). We don't have any family to help us and this is becoming so hard.
 
Is it safe for it to just drain from this incision? The new GI doctor that i saw last friday is the one who put me on augmentin and told me if it didn't agree with my stomach I could stop taking it. I can't stop going to the bathroom since I started and I don't have a appetite. I'm scared to stop it though because i don't want to get a infection. I am also taking Entocort (since January), 3 pills every morning and he said I should come off of that. He said i can just stop taking it or if i felt better to wheen off. he said it was ok to just stop taking it but I am to scared to do that. Has anyone ever just stopped? I am also on asacol, 3 pills 3 times a day. In a little over a year I have lost 50 pounds and can't afford to lose one more pound. It's hard though because with the anxiety being so bad from being scared I feel sick because I am forcing myself to eat. I believe if I can get through this whole thing with the fistula/abscess the anxiety will calm down (as long as I am not in a lot of pain). I am so scared of so many things: I am scared to be put to sleep for suregery, I am scared of the pain after, i am scared of pain meds (the only thing I take is extra strentgh tylenol). I don't want to be on anything addicting or anything that will make the anxiety worse. I already take Xanax (which is addicting) everyday (for years) for the anxiety and it has got so bad that the xanax isn't helping anymore.  
 
I am so sorry that this is so long. I also know I didn't put everything in here. I am really just freaking out and if anyone can help me I would really appreciate it. I am so sorry if I am all over the place in this post, I just have so much on my mind.

medchrt1
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   Posted 11/3/2009 5:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Your doctor is correct about the medication (but incorrect about preventing you from seeing him). The remicade is a good med for your symptoms, and worth a try. The augmentin, I thought, was more for upper respiratory infection and its first Ive seen for bowel, but perhaps it might help dry things out. Abscesses do not usually heal very quickly, if at all, and the remicade might help with that. Ask your doctor of his plans for any seton and whether that will help to heal the area, as you need to have a clear path to the doctors, so get that, so you have a doctor who knows your situation again. the city is where the experts are so have someone bring you if you dont want to travel by yourself. did you ask the doctor why your heart is racing? please ask. and try to stay hydrated. also ask for prednisone to keep your weight up.

NostraHistoria
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   Posted 11/3/2009 5:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry to hear about your problems.

A head GI said that the abscess is from Crohn's. The fistula probably is too. They may not start you on any biological drugs because the abscess can get worse.

I have an abscess in my sigmoid colon and then about 2 weeks ago I had a perianal abscess cut open. It hurt worse after it was cut open for maybe a week. I used a heating pad and baths to make it drain afterward.

I had my first Humira shoots today, and it seems like the area that had the abscess is sore and bulging again. I am not sure if it was from Humira or because I sort of stretched my leg out yesterday and then the area of the abscess hurt really bad, as if I had opened up the wound more. I will probably go to the ER if it does not go away in the next few days.

It sounds like you have perianal Crohn's. The head GI was saying that Remicaide and Humira will work for it. Looks like that is your next step.
27m - Dx January 2005: UC/Crohn's
Entocort 9 mg, Asacol 4 x 3, Flagyl 500mg x 3


Mrs_Mitchell
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   Posted 11/3/2009 6:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi medchrt1, Well my heart races because I suffer from anxiety and panic attacks. As far as the GI doctor that won't see me anymore, its basically because he is telling me that I do it his way or find another doctor, so thats why I found another doctor. I heard Mt. Sinai (in NYC) was a very good hospital, especially for crohns but the crowd of the city puts my anxity into full gear. My husband was with me friday but that didn't stop me from having 2 panic attacks and severe anxiety. The new GI doctor at Mt. Sinai seems very good and is not rushing me to start anything new right now. He said he has to gather all the information first and remicaid will be the last resort. He did mention 6MP, something else I am scared of (basically I am scared of all the medications except the ones I am on).

Hi NostraHistoria, Yes the abscess and fistula is defiantly most likely from the crohn's. I don't know any other reason for it. My last GI doctor wanted to start me on remicaid right away. He even went to the length of telling me my blood work was so dangerously low that I had to be admitted into the hospital and freaked me out so bad (thats when I started having this horrible anxiety again after years of having it under control). I went to my primary care doctor and they had it faxed to them and it wasn't bad at all. He mentioned getting me into the hospital so I could start the remicaid and get better. I started doing research on remicaid and really didn't like what I was reading. A commerical came on TV and I called it and it happen to be the remicaid people. I spoke to a man and he told me that the GI doctor shouldn't start me on remicaid without doing a TB test, while I have the infection (the abscess), and the open wound (the inscion to drain the abscess). He also told me that the remicaid might help and it might not and everyone responds differntly.

I don't know what to do about going back to MT. Sinai or if I should find a new GI doctor because if I have any GI problems I can't go all the way to the city to the emergency room at that hospital. For instance right now I am running a low grade fever, I don't know if it's from a flare up or the abscess that started draining a lot the other night when the low grade fever started.

Oh and I guess he started me on the Augmentin because I was on Flagyl for over a month and I am allergic to Cipro. I think he said the augmentin was for my stomach because i mentioned it was starting to bother me after I eat and maybe he knew that could mean a flare up was coming. I am not sure at all, maybe thats why he said if it upset my stomach that I could stop it. I am more worried about this abscess and the infection getting into my bloodstream. If the augmentin is only for upper respiratory infections then there is no need for me to continue it especially because it's giving me diareah (I was up 5 times during the night running to the bathroom and I didn't really eat anything).

Thank you both for responding, I really appreciate it. If anyone else out there can give me any info I would really appreciate it.

NostraHistoria, How is the humira? Did you feel any side effects after the injection? Is there a reason you or your doctor chose that over remicaid? Do they have the same side effects?

medchrt1
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   Posted 11/3/2009 6:45 PM (GMT -7)   
dont guess, have some understanding of the meds you take and for what it is for. I responded to your post and suggested you ask the doc about why your heart races and apparently you feel it is because of anxiety. I dont like the idea of not having any back up from the doctor about it, so again you should find out why from your doctor. As far as getting off augmentin, unless there is some allergic reaction, I did not suggest to get of the antibiotic. Actually I suggested it might help. However it is similar to penicillin, but if you did not have a severe allergic reaction, then you are supposed to take it for the prescribed time period. I think you need to decide with the doctor for the medical regimen as I can only offer advice. Not taking your medications with an abscess, however, is not a wise idea.

Former58D
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   Posted 11/3/2009 7:09 PM (GMT -7)   
I too used to be scared and hesitant to try the higher level Crohn's drugs like 6MP and Remicade. I use the analogy of a junkie going through an intervention: Once you've hit rock bottom, you'll try anything. I sense that you haven't reached that point yet, which is fine. As for me, tomorrow I have my first Remicade infusion and I couldn't be happier for trying something to get me into remission. Good Luck!
"What can't be changed must be endured" - unknown

DX with distal Crohn's colitis Oct 2007, predominantly in rectum
Colozal (750mg): 3 pills 3xdaily
Cortifoam - 1 nightly
6MP - currently at 100mg and waiting for response......


Chloe12
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   Posted 11/4/2009 5:01 AM (GMT -7)   

I am a new member and can completely understand where you are coming from. I have had Crohn's since I was 17 years old and am now 33. I had a terminal ileum resection in '94 and other than that have not had to undergo any further operations...until now. Last year I began having a perianal abcess come and go and had to have many incision and drainages at the surgeon's office. I had this done the first year I was diagnosed with Crohns but it had been "dormant" until last year... Finally, on October 12th ( a few weeks ago) and after much hesitation and fear, I had a partial fistulotomy with a Seton drain placed. And, after years of trying to avoid Remicade, I was forced to come to terms that it is my only option now to hopefully close the fistula. I have had two treatments and have done very well so far with the Remicade. They hope to see closure of the fistula after my third infusion and hope to pull the seton at that time. If it returns, then I will have to go through this again and might have to have a cutting seton. I will be honest and tell you that the surgery hurt...I would rather have had an abdominal surgery or a million c-sections over this...and I am still in pain and having to take more pain medication than I did before the surgery.  I only tell you that because I wish someone had told me so that I wasn't so hard on myself. I had read so many posts that peolpe were not in pain and it made me feel awful like I had a low tolerance for pain after all these years. But, after speaking with the surgeon, he said it was a very large fistula that he had to remove and could only remove part of it to preserve my sphincter and avoid fecal incontinence. It still hurts and although the Seton is not as "noticable"  I still feel it and am uncomfortable. The pain has been very bad recovering, a deeper pain like before I had the surgery and I am still not back at work. The surgeon told me this pain was to be expected because the area is so tender and as he said " I would not want to have done to me what I had to do to you". However, even after all this, I do recommend having the Seton if the abcess continues to reoccur. I have cried and wished it was out of me but I see the drainage and know that this is my only option right now. I have a 2 yr old little boy and I did have my family help me with him the first week after the surgery. Please let me know if you have any other questions and I can try to just be there to listen to you if you need that. Good Luck with your new doctor. I trust mine with all of my heart and it is the one thing that reassures me when things get bad...

 


FallColors
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   Posted 11/4/2009 5:35 AM (GMT -7)   

Hello,

I want to welcome you to the Forum!  I am so sorry you have to deal with this!  I am sure having a high level of anxiety makes it more difficult.  I know from personal experience how scary and disturbing it is to have a large incision down there and the drainage.  It can take a long time - months to heal is if ti large.  Everyone's situation and healing time is different, and please keep this in mind when you read the posts on this Forum.

Drainage is quite normal and goes on for a long time.  It is your body's way of flusing our the bad stuff from your tissues.  Remember the abscess was a big infection and your body needs time to flush it out, replace all the damaged tissue, and heal the incision.  Staying on anitbiotics is necessary for some people but not all.  It just depends on how much infection your doctor sees.  FLuxuations in temperature are also a normal part of the healing process.  But call your doctor if you spike a fever for more than a day.  Sitz baths really promote healing (and calm the nerves).  Sit down in a tub full of hot water 3 - 4 times a day for at least 10 - 15 minutes.  The hot water gets your blood flowing to the damaged tissue which helps heal.  I use a hand held shower sprayer to keep the area clean.  I strongly recommend using one!

I understand the reluctants to use drugs. Unfortunately, if you have Crohn's Disease (CD) your incision and abscess area will heal more slowly without drugs.  Fistulas make things worse too. CD causes inflammation in the body and healing is hard when tissue is inflammed.  You have to way the risks of taking the drugs with the benefits of taking them.  It is a personal choice.  Many peopledo very well on Remicade, Humira, or 6 MP.

I also suggest you check out the other HealingWell Forum on Anxiety.   Having an rectal abscess means you are in the healing process for the long haul and honestly we all need to learn patience and how to keep our anxiety under control.  It is very difficult!  I am pray for your swift healing, and peace for your mind and body!



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.


Sweetcorn
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   Posted 11/5/2009 8:28 PM (GMT -7)   
My heart is going out to you after reading your post, I'm so sorry things are so difficult at the moment - and a doctor who isn't very understanding or sympathetic is just hellish.  I'm glad you've found a better doctor to help you, but this has clearly led to another problem because you need to travel into the city.  That said, if the doctor does seem like a good one, and could be good for treating your Crohn's, I'd stick with them - a good doctor really makes all the difference.
 
Is there somewhere local you could go for support for your anxiety and panic attacks?  If you could get some help for that (and I'm sure it'll help in dealing with your Crohn's too) it'll mean you don't have to forsake a good doctor.  My brother has terrible anxiety, and like you hates going into busy and noisy places or even travelling too far from home.  One of the techniques he uses is wearing headphones with some soothing music when he's in busy cities etc.  It just helps that little bit with drowning out some of the noise.  Another thing he does is relaxation techniques at home but uses a scented oil while he's doing it.  His brain begins to make the connection between this smell and a feeling of calm.  He says it's very difficult to focus on his relaxation when out and about, so he pops a little of the oil under his nose - and it just gets him quicker and easier into a better head space.  Also, something that he says is, journeys and visits to places come a little easier over time.  Once he's done it a few times, he finds the general familiarity of it offers some comfort too.  But I know it isn't easy it's a real issue, but giving up on a good doctor may be as bad in the longer term.
 
As for the abscess, now that's something I unfortunately have had too much experience with.  I've suffered with perianal crohn's and abscesses continually for 9 years, and if you've not had one before and not sure of the treatment procedures or options - it's extremely daunting.  You need a meeting with your doctor to discuss you concerns and questions (prepare a written list and take it with you - and don't be afraid to write what they tell you down).  Talk about your worries about it healing, how it's draining etc. and what treatment options are open to you.  I can only tell you what I found to be the best for me, but it may help you to form some questions for discussion and what would be good for your situation.
 
If it's an abscess that has formed with NO fistula (that's no tunnel through into your bowel or rectum), then in my experience an 'incision only' doesn't heal very well, and the skin around where it was ends up hard and sore and intermittently refills and drains agains.  My surgeon takes the whole abscess away - I've had holes as large as small grapefruits (and I'm not exaggerating!) but they don't have to be that big so don't panic!.  Any bit of the flesh that was affected by the abscess is excised.  It then gets packed and covered everyday.  It heals from the bottom of the hole upwards - and it's surprising that it doesn't actually leave as big a scar as when they just put a little incision in them and infact, it heals quicker.  Admittedly, it is sore for the first week - nothing that can't be handled with painkillers though and not as bad as the original abscess - and then after that it gets a lot more comfortable.  When only a slit is put in them, they never heal as well, they're always sorer, the scarring is worse and the problem recurs every so often.  A full removal sounds so more drastic I know, but when my Surgeon recommended it, I went with it, and he was so right.
 
However, if there is a fistula, and the doctor recommends a seton, that sounds like good advice to me.  I had two abscesses that fistulated into my rectum and setons were put in.  They're a little uncomfortable at first (but again, nowhere near like having an abscess).  This means that the fistula can keep on draining, so that the skin wont heal up and an abscess reform.  The idea is to keep it open until the medicines can work and get your crohn's under control and start healing the fistula.  If that can be healed up, the seton can be removed.  It also may enable you to go onto Remicade treatment if appropriate.
 
Which leads onto the next point, the Remicade.  I was to have it a while ago, but because of my abscesses, I couldn't take it.  But I'm being effectively treated for them now, I don't want to tempt fate, but the situation seems to getting undercontrol.  I've been told that I should be able to go on it soon, and, like you, I've got my concerns and reservations.  That said however, I'm willing to give it a try.  I've been ill for too long, and for me, this is my last treatment option.  Discuss everything with your doctor, it may be that other treatments could be given first before even thinking about Remicade.  It really should be one of the latter options, rather that one of the first.
 
I took Cipro and Augmentin together for 8 months (and yes, Augmentin does make you feel very sick at first, but it does get better).  I'm now on Azathioprine immunosuppressants and Clindamycin and Rifampicin antibiotics.  My Crohn's is being beaten down with the Aza and the abscesses are clearing with the antibiotics, as soon as I'm clearing up they'll get the Remicade in and, fingers crossed, knock the darn thing down to a liveable level.  Everyone is different, it's just trying to find the right line of attack that works for you - and a good doctor will know this and not assume that one treatment approach fits all.
 
Sorry for waffling on, but I wish you all the very best of luck and hope things work out well for you.
 
Lots of Love
Sweets
xxxx

NostraHistoria
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   Posted 11/5/2009 9:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I had the Humira shots on Tuesday, and now today, Thursday, I feel better. My rectum seems to be normal. It felt sort of sore before. I am happy about that.
27m - Dx January 2005: UC/Crohn's
Humira, Entocort 9 mg, Asacol 4 x 3, Flagyl 250 mg x 3


Julia Hill
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   Posted 11/6/2009 8:35 AM (GMT -7)   
There is no pain like that of an abscess. (((hugs))) I to was scared of remicade, but it was the only mediciation to help my periannal crohn's, and I've tried them all. Don't be to quick to rule it out, as it may be your answer.

Julia

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   Posted 11/6/2009 9:06 AM (GMT -7)   
I had good luck with Augmentin for perianal disease and a suspected fistula. The doctor probably suggested it because there can be a problem with side effects with Flagyl if you're on it for a long time.

The anxiety sounds terrible, and as if it might be your biggest problem that the moment. Any chance of getting some counseling for that? In the meantime, maybe there are some self-help measures that could be useful. You might look for hypnosis tapes that target anxiety, as well as self-help books that help you identify and reduce unrealistic worries.

Mrs_Mitchell
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   Posted 11/6/2009 11:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Everyone, I would like to thank all of you for responding to my post. I do believe this anxiety is my biggest problem right now. I am seeing someone for it and have been for years. I was doing so good for years but because of all the worry about crohn's disease and now this abscess and fistula I am having such bad anxiety that I wake up all through the night having anxiety attacks. I have been on xanax for it for years and have only needed to take 1 mg. in the morning and 1 mg. at night before going to sleep even though I was told I can take it up to 4 times a day if needed. I never wanted to take that much of it because I wanted to eventually be able to stop taking it. Now that I am going through the worry of possibly having surgery to put a drain in and how much pain I might be in I am freaked out and I have had to take the xanax 3-4 times a day (something I said i would never do). The anxiety gets so bad sometimes that the xanax doesn't even work. I have tried to go on youTube and do relaxation exercises. My worry is that i am letting the anxiety compromise my health because i am so scared about everything. I'm scared to be put to sleep and have surgery, Im scared of what pain medication they will give me because i don't want to feel drugged up, I'm scared of all the stronger medications for crohns disease, I'm scared of dieing from crohn's disease or any infection that i might get from the medications. I have so many thoughts racing through my head and they never stop. One thing i can say though is i am so glad i found this forum. I think it might help me to know that I am not alone with my fears and be able to hear other people who have tried different medications and are feeling better and enjoying their life again. I have been on other sites and it made me so depressed because everyone seemed to be not doing well and only mentioned the bad things.

I want to be able to enjoy my life again with my kids and my husband. I need to know that this is something that can and will happen. I have found myself crying while i am in my room with the door closed and I can hear my husband and kids laughing and playing. I feel bad that my 3 and 4 year old are so young but know mommy doesn't feel well. They come in my room and ask me "mommy, do you feel better". My older children are very worried about me. I have lost so much weight that their friends are asking them if i am sick. I don't have any family except for my kids and my husband and i want to be here for them.

I remember asking the doctor if i could die from crohn's and he paused and said well it's defiantly something you don't want because there is no cure. This is the new doctor I just saw at Mt. Sinai. I think that only made the anxiety and panic worse because he didn't say i wouldn't die from this disease. I wasn't having diareah before that (just soft bowel as usual) and now I am running to the bathroom with diareah (sorry for to much information). I would really love to find a good GI doctor in Long Island because I would feel more comfortable then going to the city. If anyone knows a good one that will take healthfirst and they are in Nassau county i would really appreciate it if you could let me know. I also need to find a colo-rectal surgeon because I don't feel comfortable to go back to the one who put the incision in to drain the abscess. I need to do something really soon because this abscess/fistula or fitula's are just draining and draining and the incision site is starting to get sore. I'm so sorry this is so long and i am rambling on. Thank everyone again for your responses and if there are more people out there that can tell me about what to expect with the surgery and seton drain I would really appreciate it so much. I think I need to work on that first and then figure out what to do as far as medication. I need to take one thing at a time because right now I am so overwhelmed. Sorry if there are any typo's.

Mrs_Mitchell
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   Posted 11/6/2009 11:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Ok, I am so sorry to keep bothering everyone but I was just reading a post regarding tapering off Entocort and something happening that I don't understand. I was on Entocort EC (3 pills every morning) since January and the new GI doctor I saw at Mt. Sinai told me to stop taking it because it only supose to be temproary. He told me I can just stop taking it and didn't need to taper off. Now I am having anxiety because of what I read and especially because I don't understand what happen to the lady's daughter. Has anyone been on Entocort EC and just stoped taking it? Is it safe to just stop? I was suprised when the doctor told me to just stop and I didn't need to taper off.

Mrs_Mitchell
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   Posted 11/8/2009 6:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, I put a post up regarding the Entocort EC and was scared out of my head when someone told me I could go into a adrenal crisis. I don't understand because when I called the pharmisit like someone suggested he told me if it wasn't working for the crohn's then it is ok to just stop taking it. He said they tell you to taper off when it is working because Entocort EC is really not something that was made to use for more then 3 months and is suppose to be temproary. Anyway, I started taking it again this morning because of the fear of adreal crisis. I will taper it down each week.

I am very worried about the abscess. It doesn't hurt if I am sitting down or laying down but when I stand I feel pressure. I can feel it on the right side where the incision was made and then I feel another hard lump under my tail bone and then on my left side I feel another hard lump. I am not sure if it's all one big abscess or different one's. Has anyone ever experienced this? I really don't think I can go into the city again even though I heard Mt. Sinai is a very good hospital. I really need to find a good GI doctor and Colo-rectal surgeon in Long Island (nassau county) or Queens. If anyone knows of a doctor PLEASE let me know. The insurance I have is healthfirst which does make it hard to find a really good doctor who cares.

I remember reading a post about someone's abscess got so big that they could have become paralyzed if they didn't make it to the doctor in time. I am so scared because I can feel the one I have is under my tail bone and I don't know how big it is inside my body. I hope someone can help me with some advice or put my mind at ease so I can stop freaking out about everything.

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   Posted 11/8/2009 1:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I am sorry you are experiencing such anxiety. Have you spoken to your doctor about this CD-related anxiety? Please talk to him/her about how you can get it down to a more manageble level. Please don't think I am down-playing how difficult anxiety can be. I know it is very hard to get control of! I am just concerned that it is ruling you right now. I am concerned that the anxiety is preventing you from seeing good doctors who can help you with the treatment of the incision and possible abscess. Anxiety spins you around so that you become paralized -- when the best thing for your treatment, healing, and mental health is to go see the colo-rectal surgeon to have yourself checked out. Seizing control of the situation and seeing the doctor will help you feel in control and you will know if it really is another abscess or if it is just the normal process of healing tissue. Another person on this Froum recently thought she had another abscess, but she went to the doctor and found out she did not. What a relief for her! So my best advice is to take command of yourself and go see the doctor.

Praying for your strength and peace of mind!
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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