Posted 7/9/2007 11:14 PM (GMT -7)
Okay so my surgeon finally called back and she believes I am allergic to the tape used to reinforce the stitches- it is the same paper tape they sell in the first aid section. So I get to do 7 days of antibiotics and a run of steroids. I also get to take the generic ben. (can't recall spelling of name brand but you all know the one I mean). I had to remove the tape too. Imagine removing tape from delicate tissues that are still only held together by stitches, I mean this really was an unnerving thing to do but the infection was only going to get worse if the allergic reaction was allowed to continue causing irritation to the incision sites. We have to put triple antibiotic ointment on the stitched areas and as a protectant on the whole nipple area simply because they are in the most danger of damage from irritation. I am to use extremely soft paper towels (I got ones that feel like soft cloth and are really expensive) with a wrap instead of any tape or bandages. Then I am to wear the surgical bra over top of this make shift arrangement. It is the best that can be done given how irritated my skin is- apparently it is the irritation and allergic issues that caused the infection to develop. So now hopefully it will all clear up soon as we have a better idea what caused it, how to deal with it, and the proper medications. I am just really shocked at being allergic to the tape. This has never happened before- I mean I know my skin is really sensative and reacts to a lot of stuff but this tape is supposedly hypoallergenic. It would figure I would be allergic to stuff that is supposedly allergy proof. Yet despite this complication I still say the reduction was more than worth it- the back pain is definately decreased and my shirts actually fit darn it all.
My nerve block went well and we will see how things are in 2 weeks because for now that is how long I have to wait for follow up on that. If they can fix the nerve issues in my hip maybe I will let them try and fix my tailbone and eventually the rest of the darned back pain. Dx:fibromyalgia 2002, systematic lupus 2005, psoriasis 2006, rheumetoid arthritis 2006, early sjogrens 2006, low positive anti-phospholipid antibodies/lupus anti-coglutant 2001-2004 and 2007, osteoarthritis 2005, Migraine 1994, Compression fracture 2001, Disk problems 2006, Multiple allergies 2006, Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) 2007, Bipolar type II 2007, possible siezures 2005, probable lupus CNS involvement 2007
Tx: plaquenil, Imuran, Enbrel, Celebrex, Tramadol, Norco , Singulair, Skelaxin, Evoxac, Clonazepam, Zonisamide, Baby Asprin, Relpax, Copper IUD