I have a pretty wild abscess story. I was in remission last December when I had pain that I thought was a hemmerhoid but continued to get worse. I went to my GI (who I like and has kept me in remission for the last 2+ years) and he said because of the swelling that he thought it was a fissure and gave me pain medication and cortisone suppositories to shrink it and said to bathe in epsom salts.
Fast forward two days later, I'm in so much pain that I can't even get out of the tub on my own. But what finally sent me to the hospital was the 103 fever I spiked. I must have looked pretty bad in the ER because they sent me in ahead of about
20 other people in the triage. After a rectal exam by the resident (I could have $#@^ing killed him) they sent me for bloodwork. Negative. An xray I almost passed out during. Negative. An MRI. Bingo. With a voice much like ObiWan Kenobi telling Han Solo "that's no moon" the doctor said "that's no fissure" and sent for an immediate surgical consult.
The surgeon took a look at the MRI and said he understood the fissure diagnosis...the abscess was higher up than any he'd ever seen and impossible to detect without the MRI. He removed it that day and the recovery was about
three weeks. Both he and my GI have said that while it could be UC related, it doesn't have to be and there's really no way to definitively say, especially since I was in remission when it happened.
As far as post-operative effects, because the surgery required him to cut a drainage canal for the abscess, some minor nerve damage took place (I was warned in advance about
this). The "gotta go" sensation has been dulled a little bit, which isn't so great for me because even in remission I gotta go 3-4 times daily. My system just takes longer to figure this out now so my brain finds out kinda last minute if you know what I mean. I also had a brief flare during the recovery but was back in remission as soon as my convalescing butt was able to receive suppository visitors again.
Sorry this is so long, but if I can get this message out: IF YOU HAVE A HEMMERHOID THAT IS NOT HEALING, OR DEBILITATINGLY PAINFUL, OR YOU HAVE A TEMPERATURE WHILE A HEMMERHOID IS FLARING, GET TO YOUR GI IMMEDIATELY! Abscesses can grow and grow until they burst and do serious, irreversible damage.
dx UC Dec. 2001
currently in remission
Meds: asacol 6(400mg)/day
looking into probiotics