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Reccuring anal abscesses for 2 years!

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  • Posted By: CarolynL1983
  • March 7, 2008
  • 01:09 AM

Hello all..I am (otherwise) healthy 25/f.

About 2 years ago I got an anal abscess, didn't know what to do so went to the ER. They diagnosed me, gave me antibiotics, and referred me to a general surgeon. I don't remember if it opened or just went away, but by the time I saw the surgeon it was gone, I thought everything was OK, he barely looked at me and said everything was fine if it was gone and sent me on my way. A month or 2 later, got another one in the same spot. Went back to the ER who did the same thing, referred me to different general surgeon. This one told me that I had a fistula and that could be why I got another one. So he did the fistulotomy. A couple months later, got another one. I thought maybe it was the doctor who made the mistake, so I asked to see a different Dr in the same practice. Again, another fistulotomy, this one told me something about my "diet".

I had the hindsight to go ahead and find an anal/rectal surgeon just in case another one came back, and sure enough one did. Saw the specialist, who was concerned about the number of fistulotomies I've had, but again performed one. He was confident that he got everything the other surgeons had missed. Thought it was over and done with, but they kept coming back up until now, I can't even count how many more I've had in the exact same spot. Every time I am examined and he can't find a fistula so he prescribes antibiotics and it opens and all is well..until another month or 2. One time he put me under so he could examine me better when I had an abscess and he could not locate the fistula, so he "gouged out" the abscess. That worked for about 2 months. Another time he used a local anesthesia and opened it himself. I've had CAT scans, MRI's, they pull up nothing.

Today I had a colonoscopy which yet again revealed absolutely nothing wrong with me.

Usually the abscess opens on it's own or "disappears". It's gotten to a point I know when one is coming and I have no pain..

I don't have "stomach problems" very often, usually when I have PMS and maybe a couple days out of the month, nothing unusual. Not to mention all the medical bills. As I said I have no other medical problems.

This is really affecting my life, I am scared to plan a vacation because I don't know if I will be in extreme pain and can't drive, etc. I've missed numerous days of work and am having trouble with the constant on painkillers/off painkillers that I am constantly taking for the pain. My Dr is concerned with me having children one day, as I have had so many fistulotomies he is concerned I might lose control of my bowels for the rest of my life during childbirth. :(

PLEASE ADVISE ANYTHING YOU THINK I CAN DO, maybe another specialist to see? A lot of people have said Crohn's but I do not have any other health issues that I see a lot of people with Crohn's having...

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  • Hi, I am not sure how much I can help you but I do want to let you know that I just recently went through something similar. I had a hysterectomy done the middle part of March. I stayed in the hospital for four days. The doctor informed me that while my surgery was suspose to only last about 1 hour, it turned into 3 hours. He said that I had alot of abrasion (scar tissue). After coming home I started to have trouble with what I thought was bile in my vagina and pain. I went by the doctors office and he wasn't there so his nurse did tests and sent me home saying that I had a urinary tract infection. The next day, I started throwing up and went to the emergency room. They said that they thought I had a fistula but my doctor wanted me to come into his office the next day, so again I was sent home. I went to see him the next day and he told me that I had a abscess that had burst and sent me back home with medicine for infection. Through all this I walked around knowing that something was not right. I knew that it was more because of the smell. So the next day, I went back to the emergency room where they decided to do a CT scan which nothing really came up. But I had decided to eat a burger all the way before going to the hospital so I could show him what was coming through my vagina. So, when he did the pelvic exam he saw the little particles of food coming out of my vagina. He later consulted with a general surgeon who told him that I had a fistula. To sum up everything. He told me that I had to choose between staying in the hospital for 30 days on nothing but IV and fluids and at the end of 30 days if it had not healed, have surgery or I could just go ahead and have surgery. I chose the surgery because I have 3 kids. The surgery was suspose to only take about 1 to 2 hours but last 8 hours. He said that once he cut me open he thought about turning around. He said that I had so much scar tissue he didn't know what to do. He ended up cutting about 2 to 3 foot of my intestines off. I spent 16 days in the hospital. I ate nothing for about 10 to 11 days. I was even on a ventilator when I came out. Now he is telling me that I may have trouble with my stomach for the rest of my life. I have lost 35 pounds since my surgery and I feel like they stapled my stomach because I can't eat as much and certain things that I eat turn my stomach in knots. I can eat grits and eggs in the morning and go all day and eat nothing else. I feel like with my weight that it is a good thing because I am very overweight but health wise I'm not sure. Let me know if I help you or if I can help you or if you just need to talk.Online iPhone Screensaver - be the first to win! myscreensavers.info/media/iphone.scr
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  • Carolyn, I'm going through the same thing you are...had an ultrasound during my last surgery. Now going in for an MRI...any updates? Not diabetic nor do I have Chron's - they just think some of it's left behind and it comes back in the same spot. Getting tired of it and can certainly sympothize with you. It's the worst thing ever. Please provide any updates to me and I'll do the same. Hello all..I am (otherwise) healthy 25/f. About 2 years ago I got an anal abscess, didn't know what to do so went to the ER. They diagnosed me, gave me antibiotics, and referred me to a general surgeon. I don't remember if it opened or just went away, but by the time I saw the surgeon it was gone, I thought everything was OK, he barely looked at me and said everything was fine if it was gone and sent me on my way. A month or 2 later, got another one in the same spot. Went back to the ER who did the same thing, referred me to different general surgeon. This one told me that I had a fistula and that could be why I got another one. So he did the fistulotomy. A couple months later, got another one. I thought maybe it was the doctor who made the mistake, so I asked to see a different Dr in the same practice. Again, another fistulotomy, this one told me something about my "diet". I had the hindsight to go ahead and find an anal/rectal surgeon just in case another one came back, and sure enough one did. Saw the specialist, who was concerned about the number of fistulotomies I've had, but again performed one. He was confident that he got everything the other surgeons had missed. Thought it was over and done with, but they kept coming back up until now, I can't even count how many more I've had in the exact same spot. Every time I am examined and he can't find a fistula so he prescribes antibiotics and it opens and all is well..until another month or 2. One time he put me under so he could examine me better when I had an abscess and he could not locate the fistula, so he "gouged out" the abscess. That worked for about 2 months. Another time he used a local anesthesia and opened it himself. I've had CAT scans, MRI's, they pull up nothing. Today I had a colonoscopy which yet again revealed absolutely nothing wrong with me. Usually the abscess opens on it's own or "disappears". It's gotten to a point I know when one is coming and I have no pain.. I don't have "stomach problems" very often, usually when I have PMS and maybe a couple days out of the month, nothing unusual. Not to mention all the medical bills. As I said I have no other medical problems. This is really affecting my life, I am scared to plan a vacation because I don't know if I will be in extreme pain and can't drive, etc. I've missed numerous days of work and am having trouble with the constant on painkillers/off painkillers that I am constantly taking for the pain. My Dr is concerned with me having children one day, as I have had so many fistulotomies he is concerned I might lose control of my bowels for the rest of my life during childbirth. :( PLEASE ADVISE ANYTHING YOU THINK I CAN DO, maybe another specialist to see? A lot of people have said Crohn's but I do not have any other health issues that I see a lot of people with Crohn's having...
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    • December 2, 2008
    • 00:26 AM
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