Posted 10/30/2013 5:56 PM (GMT -6)
Hoping someone's had this issue & can tell me what it turned out to be. I'm getting a different diagnosis from every provider I see. Then, once I finally picked one to settle on, she's gone through 3 different diagnoses and still isn't sure. Before I have more surgery, I'd like to feel confident this is probably what it is.
I had a prob with the scar where they put my extension cord in (I'm tall). It was open for 20 months before my crappy HMO finally, begrudgingly agreed to allow my PM to sew it up. But honestly, he's a PM and even he said that he really wished they could've run some tests or sent me to a specialist to try to better figure out what was going on.
In June, he removed some of the excess scar tissue, plus a hard, white glob that contained some of the sutures from 7 years ago that apparently never fully dissolved (they were in the center of the glob). Then, in September, when I was supposed to get the 2nd set of leads for my low-back, plus the upgraded SCS that does 2 different zones, my PM saw that the cord there was badly frayed and needed to be replaced due to safety concerns. So he cut into that scar again.
Since then, the place has been warm, red, swollen, itchy & crazy painful. On top of that, I have been getting really bad sweats & occasional chills -- very little time in between. The scar was deemed to be hypertrophic. I've had hypertrophic scars before, so that made some sense. They gave me kenalog shots & I felt better for a couple weeks until it started getting red & super swollen -- kinda like a blood blister. Then, a scar-shaped membrane peeled off. I'm not sure if it was skin glue or actual skin. 2 hours later, the scar burst open & was bleeding like crazy.
So I went to dermatologist & at first she thought it was one thing & did electrocautery, but then when she got deeper, she changed her mind. Thinks it might be a pyogenic granuloma. I wanted a second opinion, so I went to my GP, but he's thinking it looks more like a suture granuloma. But they both want to cut first & test later. Makes me so nervous, but I have to do something. It hurts like crazy. Feels like someone is burning it with a curling iron. Ouchie!!! Plus it's now draining this running yellow and brown liquid in addition to still bleeding some.
Any ideas? Does this sound at all familiar to anyone?