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   Posted 12/23/2007 9:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Anyone have this problem?? I have what appears to be swelling on one butt cheek right near the top. It is tender and sore. Sitting is literally a "pain in the butt."

I have taken sitz baths which help temporarily. Any suggestions??

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Date Joined Dec 2007
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   Posted 12/23/2007 12:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I had this for a long time and convinced myself that it was nothing, First, I was ok if I sat on it the right way, then I could only be comfortable on my side, then on my stomach, then it became so painful I couldn't really do anything anymore, So my wife finally convinced me it was time to go to the emergency room. My discomfort, the surgeon found was due to a huge peri-rectal abscess. It was drained, there were complications and I ended up staying in the hospital for 10 days...and oh yes, that's when I was diagnosed with Crohn', my suggestion would be to see a doc as soon as you can and have it checked out. If it's an abscess, the sooner you get on it it, the better IMHO.

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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 12/23/2007 1:37 PM (GMT -7)   

My story is pretty much exactly the same as upt0106's --the pain began with a bit of swelling on one bum cheek, the swelling and PAIN got much worse over 2-3 weeks, until I literally could not sit down at all (and the side of my bum was swollen Very much).

I went to a colorectal surgeon (since I could not sit from the pain, I had to ride there in the back seat of my car kneeling down on all fours--not a high point in my life with Crohn's). The surgeon knew I had an abscess (an infection in a fistula--common with Crohn's) that needed to be drained. So, he made a small incision (didn't hurt a bit, they numb you) and drained the pus--disgusting, I know--and I felt MUCH better. He had cut a chunk of skin out about the size of a dime, so I had kind of a "hole" where it was drained, but it healed up in a few weeks, and now I just have a small scar.

If the pain and swelling continues, please take yourself to a colorectal surgeon, or the emergency room. Don't wait and let it get really bad, like I did--it just makes you more miserable!

Good luck!

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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 12/23/2007 6:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Don't let this go unattended. Fistulas, abcesseses, pylonydal cysts, can become quite painful,excrutiatingly so, and have the potential of leading to more serious complications such as septicimia....poisening of the blood. Besides you shouldn't put ut with this pain , when the remedy is fairly simple. A bit of freezing, a bit of drainning, maybe some packing, antibiotic and you're better in no time. The sooner you go see to it the better
50 yr.old retired RN,Crohn's D for last35 yrs..severe esophagitis, migraines,strictures,urethral stricture,depression,probable MS.

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