Posted 4/29/2008 5:44 AM (GMT -6)
My body's in such a mess!
The good news is that after flaring for months on end last year, I went on the pred for a second time and it managed to get me into remission. To sustain this my Gastro prescribed me 75mg a day of Imuran. Everything was OK for 3 months until I noticed a painful tender lump develop on my bum near my anus.
I went to see my GP and she said I had 2 hemmies and prescribed me some ointment. Things got so painful and I was lacking so much energy that I coyldn't get out of bed and I didn't have enough energy to stand up at the basin to brush my teeth. I went back a week later and told my GP that there was no improvement... in fact I was worse. I could barely stand up. She said to carry on using the ointment. Enough was enough of feeling terrible and the next day I took myself down casualty. They did a digital investigation and said yes, I had 2 hemmies and a poss abscess but sent me on my way with no treatment.
I had a routine appointmest with my Gastro a couple of days later who took one look at me and said that I hadn't got piles but an abscess and taht was making me feel so bad (GP put it down to work stress -I'm not). He prescribed me a 10 day course of antibiotics -Flagyl and an MRI scan.
This seemed to help reduce the anal swelling somewhat but abcess didn't disappear. In the meantime I developed a lot of very thin clear watery discharge through my vagina. This has been going on 2 weeks now. I went back to casualty as can't get an appointment with my gastro any sooner.
Casualty doctors poked, swabbed and probed me and dismissed my abscess as small -it was massive the week before and said that discharde was prob down to a urinary tract infection. A course of 7 day Augmentin antibiotics prescribed. I'm 5 days into antibiotics and so far still got both problems.
My questions are:
1. I've seen so many Doctors and nobody has mention drainage of the abscess -only antibiotics. Why would this be? I was under impression most abscesses cleared by drainage?
2. Has anybody else had this type of discharge? It doesn't seem to fit with other symptoms of UTI as I don't have other symptoms like fever, burning sensation, passing more etc.
3. If it's a UTI -why drain through vagina?
4. Why would my Gastro make me wait 4 weeks to see him when he knows I'm in so much pain and MRI scan results come back quite quickly?
I'm going back to GP on THurs for vaginal swab results so hopefully should get more snswers then but Gastro appointment not for 2 weeks and I can't get one sooner (I'm based in London, UK and see my consultant on NHS not privately). I'm off on holiday on Fri for a week so it's not poss to have anything done sooner like a drainage.
Any answers or suggestions for me? Thanks in advance.