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Bartholin cyst and similar symptoms

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  • Posted By: belljazzsunshine
  • December 15, 2008
  • 02:08 PM

I am 30 yrs old. 10 yrs ago, I was diagnosed with a Bartholin cyst. It took 24 hrs for it to grow to the size of a super bouncy ball. I received a word cath, and sitzbath treatment along with antibiotics. Had a negative std test. 2 yrs later, on the opposite side, I had a cyst lanced. 4 yrs later 1 wk after child birth, I had another one lanced on the original side. I is now five years later, and I went to the emergency room with a cyst too small and deep for a cath, but large enough to be extremely painful. Not one drainage method has ever worked. I have been unemployed, and have lost all medical benefits including medicaid. My symptons have gotten progressively worse. I am now left with an oozing, fowl smelling, itchy, painful vagina. I feel like I am literally rotting. I fear the infection may have spread, because large amounts of discharge ooze at any moment. I now have to shower 3 times a day. I took std tests with every occurence and always negative. In the past 5 yrs I have had sex a total of 4 times, with the last occurence being over 1 yr ago. If anyone can actually help me, this would truly change my life.

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  • Has a culture and sensitivity been done on the drainage?If so,what did it show?
    richard wayne2b 1232 Replies
    • December 15, 2008
    • 02:56 PM
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  • I believe there was a culture done and to be sent from the emergecy room to my obgyn, but I did not have one. They gave me a list of doctors none of wich accepted medicaid. I have not been seen by a family care obgyn in 4 yrs.
    belljazzsunshine 1 Replies
    • December 15, 2008
    • 03:08 PM
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  • You definitely need a culture and sensitivity done on the drainage to see what antibiotic would help.
    richard wayne2b 1232 Replies
    • December 15, 2008
    • 03:34 PM
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  • If payment is an issue, contact the financial office of your local hospital and ask what you need to do to get assistance. Really, your health has to come first. I know this may sound trite, but it is really important, and so are you!
    aquila 1263 Replies
    • December 15, 2008
    • 05:18 PM
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  • Trust me -- if they did a lance or any kind or drainage and pack - they would have done a culture (or at least tried if they did not screw up the paperwork) -- and they would have sent that off to pathology/lab and grown a culture (to cover themselves). The trouble is that rarely does the communication get back to a patient that the antibiotic may not be effective against a particular infectious agent. You OWN THOSE LAB RESULTS and records and they will not charge you for them. Collect them up from the various hospitals and dr offices. Read them even if confusing. Look for the cultures. Look for anything that was noted by a pathologist or even an ultrasound tech entry and reading radiologist that was never communicated to you. The more lab results and records you see, the more you may find. You will have to communicate the dates of need to the hospitals or dr offices and perhaps go in person.Make an appt with a physician or the ER -- if oozing - that is enough to see the ER -- if you have to once you had made a list of your questions. Most of the research you can do on the internet to form your questions and opinions. Also note any symptoms of ongoing low grade fever or pallor or sweating or lymphadenitis of the legs (looks like leg swelling and puffiness). Discuss any pain in the area to urinate or defecate.Ask the physician -- and if you think you need something else - get it. Also - ask if you have had a TB Test if you do not know. Ask also about infection with Secernentea Infection (related to Trichimonis --- very unlikely unless you see lymph nodes infected too). Also if your lymph nodes around the Cyst are not infected -- and you have never had infection of the cyst go to the rest of the pelvic area or even the ano-rectal area (sometimes abcesses can go through channels and join that area and become life threatening) you are very lucky.Even though you have no insurance -- find an ER -- go! They have to take you -- and you may end up with a bill you cannot pay, but better than being dead. Take care of your self.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 15, 2008
    • 07:23 PM
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  • I agree with aquilla!
    richard wayne2b 1232 Replies
    • December 15, 2008
    • 10:43 PM
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