Fistula ---Penrose Drain

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U B Tough
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   Posted 8/31/2017 7:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Anyone had experience with a penrose drain?

It's been in since Sun and I'm finding it very painful. Apparently it's supposed to fall out in 1-2 weeks but I can't sit and getting out of bed is a nightmare. I received no other care instructions.....I'm just having sitz baths. The drainage is heavy and smells terrible.


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   Posted 9/1/2017 8:38 AM (GMT -7)   

No experience with those drains. Does ice or heat help?
Is the abscess in the same spot and it keeps reforming or is it a new abscess in a different place? Was this doctor able to find out why you keep getting them?

My wound care nurse said that if it isn't absolutely clear when it heals shut you will have another abscess form within 3-6 months. Well...thats me though...unsure of if that applies to everyone. And they told me that when I clean them or touch around them it is essential that I wash and sanitize my hands and everywhere I touched including my body. Those germs seem to cause other abscesses in new places if I don't do that. Between these two instructions. ...they cut my absesses in half.

My absesses usually break wide open with a split right down the middle and drain profusely by themselves. There are sometimes when he will go in to lance and clean them. Then we usually leave them alone. But I am OCD and in there cleaning them with salt water, honey water and tea tree oil several times a day thereafter. (I probably dry it out so much it has a hard time healing cause it takes months for even a small one to close.) The draining is good.....and the smell....well I have never been able to get the smell to not smell... For me, I know I am in trouble when it changes from just that foul smell to the smell of rotten meat. Sorry folks...TMI.... But UB...if that discharge smell changes please make sure to have it checked ASAP.

I hope they gave you some pain meds so that you can get thru these two weeks. I would check back and see if there is anything else you need to do.....some clean out instructions or something. And is always painful for me to have something inserted and then projecting out above the skin. I almost can't stand I take pain pills and half pieces of sleeping pills to help me get thru it.

I am so sorry you are going thru this. I had hoped the Stelera would help calm this down.

Hang in there.

You are in my thoughts and prayers.

06/12-07/14 symptoms start, no diagnosis.12/14 diagnosed UC & diverticulitis. 01/15 hosp- fistulas, DX changed to Crohns, 02/15 developed new skin rashes, eye problems and painful joints 06/15 Hosp.2x again.. new specialist.Said was worse case he's seen. 7/16 hosp 5mm Stricture stricturplasty to 15 mm.09/16 colostomy. Meds: Remicade, methtrexate, prednison,folic acid, vit D, calcium, pro biotic,
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