On a pain scale of 1 being no pain, 7 being birth to an 11 lb 10z boy and 10 being passing out from pain: it was a 9. The abscess did not look like the picutres in medscape or the mayo clinic. It looked like a long piece of tissue about 4" x 2" trying to force itself out of my skin. My pcp called colorectal surgeons for an hour to find someone he trusted . Don't let an er surgeon do abcess or fistula surgery. The surgery was great and I felt better almost immediately. I am sure the morphine had something to do with that! Recovery has been very up and down. The opening isn't healing well and the drainage continues. I am extremely tired by about 3 pm but I try and exercise every morning. I tried going back to work but it caused a uc flare so I've been home for 3 weeks.
Diagnosed 1987 with lower left colitis. Hospitalized many times. Worst case mega toxic pan colitis Dec. 1999. Current meds: prednisone, citalopram, ciprofloaxin hcl, metronidazole, alprazolam, zopedem tartrate. Recovering from colorectal abscess surgery 9/8/09.