Ok, bit of a gross question coming up, so be warned J
I’ve got Crohn’s colitis and a history of lots of peri-anal disease (fistula, abscess etc).
I have had a fistula laid open and it has healed nicely with remicade.
However, the skin tags that I have had for years now, shrunk following the beginning of my remicade treatment.
Now, two of the shrunken skin tags seem to have (somehow) ‘fused’ together, and at the end where they seem to be joined, it has gone almost black.
They did bleed a few weeks ago too, but I think this was following a BM.
What I am wondering is, has anyone had anything similar happen? When I look ‘back there’ I get a bit shaky, and it hurts, but not terribly like an abscess, its just super-sensitive and a bit raw where it’s black/was bleeding. Also it brings back some horrible memories of having peri-anal disease and pain. I am thinking maybe the tissue is ‘dying’ sort of like a scab, and perhaps will fall off?
I have a colonoscopy a week today so I guess if anything needs doing they will do it at the time?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
I think we do have something similar in QLD, but I remember (years ago) calling the nurse hotline (when I should really have just gone to ER but I didn’t know at the time) and I was on hold for 45 min L
I could call my specialist’s nurse, but I think she may just say he will check it out when I have my scope…. Perhaps I should put a call through to her and just let her know this has happened and ask if she could put a note on my file for it to be checked out when he does my scope? I don’t know what he could really do about it though, since (as I understand it) interfering with skin-tags is a big no-no…
Hmmm…. Its owchy! I don’t know why it makes me feel shaky, I think its just because it is like nails-on-a-chalkboard kind of feeling
On a positive note – guess what Ivy? I got a new job on Tuesday, working in the media department at the Qld Gallery of Modern Art! I’m over the moon! Dream job!
Ahh thanks Ivy! I'm absolutely over the moon about it, it really is a dream come true…. Its full-time, a new position… I start on the 13th September. I have deferred my honours until I am settled in my new job so maybe semester 1 2011. I was really unhappy in my current position and wasn’t where I wanted to be, so I went out and grabbed this with both hands and I’m just overjoyed that I have this great opportunity to jump headfirst into, I’m going to give it my all – can’t wait to be passionate about work again!
Timing is good too because I have my balloon dilation / colonoscopy…. I just don’t know what to do about these owchy skin tags…
how are you doing?
Post Edited (*Phoebe*) : 8/19/2010 6:30:26 PM (GMT-6)
Thank you so much for your replies everyone. It has really set my mind at ease. I have not yet heard from the nurse, but they are not hurting as much today, and I am hoping it is a natural process, this dying off of old dead skin cells.
Looking on the bright side, it would be great if they fell off!
I have a remicade infusion at 7am tomorrow morning and the nurse mentioned perhaps sending a resident Doctor down to check them out... so we shall see... either way I also have this colonoscopy on friday so he will be looking around that area then....
again, thank you for the support everyone :) I shall see how it all turns out...
A little update (for anyone who might be interested!)
The black bits, they came off! Literally fell off when I wasn't looking!
Great news for me! Yay! Here I was already freaking out that I would start a new job and have health issues. What a relief!
It was good, leaves me feeling pretty sleepy, but the nurses now know I prefer a bed to a chair, so I am lucky, I get in early, start my IV by 8am and doze for most of the infusion. Always bring my novel but rarely read it J
For some reason I do find infusion days quite lonely though! And I don’t like paying $20 for hospital parking! But other than those whingey issues, it went well… oh and my neighbours were so noisy I couldn’t sleep when I got home! Wah wah wah … really I am very lucky to have access to this fantastic treatment.
Now I just have to knock over the colonoscopy / balloon dilation on Friday!
Hi Claudine! My remicade is covered under PBS, because I go through a major teaching/research hospital, I am extremely lucky in that way… Argh just another reason to hate the liberals! I hated them already, I’ll despise them if they do that!
$20 for parking is the worst! And I have to pay it again this Friday because I have a colonoscopy! Ridiculous, isn’t it!? At least the scope is bulk-billed, and my remi costs $33.30, so $50 every 8 weeks for health is a pretty good deal J