is having an abscess draines painful?

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yellowfin43
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   Posted 5/4/2009 12:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I posted a couple of days ago that after I worked out for a couple of days I had alot of pain near my ostomy. I thought it was just a pulled muscle but had a CT scan yesterday and was told it was a hernia and a pocket of fluid. No fever or nausea but it hurts sooo much. Anyway I have an appt Wednesday to have it drained with a needle. I'm sure some of you have had this done and I was wondering about the procedure. Does it hurt? Will I feel relief right away? How long does it take? I was told it is probably a sterile abscess because I dont feel sick, just sore. Thanks for your responses. Tony
Crohns 30 years. Ileostomy for 15 years. Symptom free for 14 years until 8 months ago. Now on Remicade, B-12 injections and iron. Feeling much better!
God Bless. Tony


badbaggirl
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   Posted 5/4/2009 1:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Been there, done that. I went to see my surgeon and it was diagnosed right then and there so she did it in her office. She gave me several shots of novocane and cut a small hole to drain it. It was uncomfortable but not extremely painful (NOT like how it felt to have the abscess - THAT was painful!) I felt relief right away and since I wasn't put under, drove myself home right afterwards...

Once the numbness started wearing off, there was a little pain but she prescribed Vicodin which I took for a couple of days. The hole was kept open in case it needed more draining and it had to be packed but that healed in a month. It really wasn't that bad.
BadBagGirl
Crohn's Disease, Colostomy due to cancer and I make darned good dill pickles.


badbaggirl
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   Posted 5/4/2009 1:17 PM (GMT -6)   
And another thing .. I can't believe you have to wait until Wednesday! This was not my first abscess, and they have always drained them right away! You poor thing!!!
BadBagGirl
Crohn's Disease, Colostomy due to cancer and I make darned good dill pickles.


XtremeMisery
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   Posted 5/4/2009 3:11 PM (GMT -6)   

I also have been there unfortunately....I had four abscess with two drains after my TC and had the needle aspiration after my abscess with ileostomy. Each time I was sicker than a dog with infection, admittance to hospital, and lots of abx. The drains were a pain in the butt just to have, but were just uncomfortable....the needle aspiration hurt a little, but both times I was given fentanyl for pain and versed (conscious sedation) and lidocaine at insertion sites. I was back in ER a week after aspiration on Friday and still have 5mm collection, but they are letting it go for now. I hope you will get some relief soon.

Lizzie


Chronic Lifetime Constipation
Diagnosed IBS-C 2000
Diagnosed Colonic Inertia-Oct 2007
Total Colectomy with ileorectal anastamosis- Jan 28, 2008
Ileus with suspected leak- Feb 1, 2008
Four abdominal abscesses- Feb 2008
2 JP drains- Feb 2008
Diagnosed with small bowel Fistula- March 6 2008
Drains removed- End of March 2008
Continued Constipation- biofeedback for 3 mo Aug 2008
Botox injections Dec. 17 2008
Dx Anismus- Second opinion U oF M
Recommended at home biofeedback for 2 months, BUT before I could
Admitted with Small Bowel Obsruction April 4, 2009.
Suggested ileostomy April 12 with no resolution.
Loop ileostomy April 13, 2009 and still recovering.
Right abdominal abscess and hospitlilization April 20-24
Cleveland Clininc Surgery consult for kock pouch May 27 with Dr. Remzi (understudy of Dr. Fazio)
 
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yellowfin43
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   Posted 5/4/2009 3:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your feedback. I guess alittle pain to relieve alot of pain is acceptable. I'll be glad to get this over with. I wish I was braver.
Crohns 30 years. Ileostomy for 15 years. Symptom free for 14 years until 8 months ago. Now on Remicade, B-12 injections and iron. Feeling much better!
God Bless. Tony

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