Good lord Patty...your story sounds all too familiar and if I was you (which I might just be) I'd be getting in to see a colon and rectom surgeon and I mean an excellent one, one who's been around the block a few times, no fresh meat!!!
Same story for me as what you've described only after having an emergency hemherroidectomy (they were "tied" off not cut off), I soon found out afterwards that they were never hemherroids but instead perianal crohns skin tags that were in a severe flare and should not have had surgery done on them...you may not know this but with crohns disease it commonly starts in the ileum this is the junction of where the small and large intestines join and the usual symptoms are the diarrhea, cramping, weight loss, often blood and often fatigue...my crohns did not start there, but instead in the anus with these external skin tags that were mistook for hemmies by every family doc and the stupid inexperianced colon and rectom surgeon who performed the surgery without scoping me.
My pain before and after the surgery was so bad that my pubic bone even ached and I would have to fill the tub with water to relieve myself in the form of bowel movements, before the surgery my bowel movements were still formed and normal looking (size and all) but the frequency that came out of the blue for me was totally disregarded by the surgeon when I told her before the surgery. After the surgery, because I wasn't treated properly for the actual condition I had (since you should NEVER HAVE SURGERY ON FLARING PERIANAL CROHNS SKIN TAGS) then the D and everything eles followed because my crohns made its way up inside of me.
I am trying to scare you to go and see an excellent doctor/specialist ASAP because I don't want you to end up in my shoes that I've been walking in for the last 14 1/2 yrs.
After it was discovered that I infact had crohns disease, the GI that scoped me questioned me about
having hemmie surgery on my skin tags and sent me to see an experianced colon and rectom surgeon who happend to know the surgeon that "tied" off my tags, this new colon and rectom surgeon felt bad, he said she should have known better because she was his understudy and he stressed cases like mine and made clear the differences between actual hemherroides which are swelled up veins and perianal crohns skin tags which is swelled up skin that has diseased tissue inside, which is why they should never have surgery done on them while flaring, especially cutting them off, because the diseased tissue cannot heal properly and easily can remain as
open wounds...not to mention the area we're talking about
keeping them totally clean to heal is next to impossible.
He informed that had I been taken care of properly, I should have gotten a script
of cortifoam enema which would have shrunk the tags back down to tiny and then they could have been snipped on in the doctors office with no problems, but instead I got screwed over by this inexperianced moron...and the fact that I'm either allergic or non-responsive to the oral meds for crohns, I've had to rely on natural products for a little relief but have lost my quality of life thanks to one big mistake...the colon and rectom surgeon warned me that if I had any troubles with the meds not working I'd be hard pressed to ever gain full remission and he was right, 14 1/2 yrs later and I've never been in full remission, barely even a partial one.
I am now suspected of also having IBS because my bowels have never been in remission (a break) which they figure has led to IBS, irritable I guess after that many yrs with constant inflammation and polyps from having crohns disease, my GI told me that it's not uncommon for someone who's had CD for so long to develop IBS as well...I'm lactose intolerant as well, as of the last 3ish yrs, so for me it's the same crap just different piles of it...everywhere.
Now I'm not saying for sure that you have what I have but like I said, your story is way too close to mine.
Go see someone good, take care!
Post Edited (pb4) : 11/16/2005 7:32:36 PM (GMT-7)