Posted 6/20/2011 10:49 AM (GMT -6)
I recently had this done, except my mushroom cath was put in rectally instead of from the outside (so I had a tail). It was supposed to be in 10 days, but i only made it to day 4, as when i went to the bathroom, it felt like I was being ripped apart!!! So, of course, the opening they made healed up and made it all pointless. Thanks to the location of my abscess and the way the fistula tract runs, a week later, I have another abscess in the same place, the only difference this time is that I get a little bit of drainage in the other direction (my fistula is a rectovaginal one with an annoying L shaped branch), but it can't drain all the way, so we are trying another antibiotic as of today.
New surgery is scheduled for the 15, the get rid of the fistula, and hopefully stop all this mess.....LIFT procedure, here we come!
As to advice, I found quickly that pain meds were my friend in this situation. Normally, I hate the things, but that and being careful about sitting and moving were the only things that helped. If it bothers you when using the bathroom, I would advise steeping into the shower and letting the warm water run over the surrounding muscle tissue for a few minutes (not the cath area per se, but the buttock muscles), and try to lie on your side as much as you can to relieve the tension.
Will your doc let you dilute the peroxide a little to help the stinging?