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Please Help - My son has very sore pain inside anus and suffered bad 'cellulitus' inf

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  • Posted By: jfowler
  • August 2, 2010
  • 09:10 PM

Around 18 months ago, my 9 year old son informed me that he had a sore **m. I had a look and he had a red patch on his buttock, which gradually spread around from his buttock, to his scrotum and up to his stomach. This was a very bad swelling and he spent 6 days in hospital on IV antibiotics which eventually cleared up the infection. Many surgeons came to look at my son but no cause was indentified and Cellulitis was diagnosed.
Prior to this episode my son would suffer from a very painful anus occasionally, maybe 3 times a year he would be crying and in a lot of pain.
Around 7 weeks ago, the exact same infection occured and followed the same pattern as the previous. Swelling in the exact same areas and after hospitalisation and antibioctics the swelling cleared up.
Yet again many surgeons came to look at my son however, no cause was indentified.
Some surgeons have said that the symptoms are very similar to that of an abcess however, they do not think it is an abcess as when they touch the area they would expet my son to be in severe pain. They also performed an ultrasound on the scrotum however the uerologist does not think the scrotum is the source.
They have referred my son to go to Yorkill Childrens hospital for further investigation and to get a scope to see inside the anus. I have not yet received a date from Yorkhill of when he can attend.
Since this last episode the painful anus episodes are becomming more frequent. It started twice a week, however it is now increased to almost every night. This is not mild discomfort, this is a child who normally does not cry much, really crying hard and I know that he must be in a lot of pain by his reaction.
Apart from this my son is in good health, very active and a keen footballer.
My son's mother suffers from Chroins disease so bowel problems are in the family.
I am really worried about this due to the pain he is in. This pain seems to come and go but it is at it's worse late in the evening. I would be very grateful if anyone could provide any guidance or info on this.

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  • Not sure if this i relevant but just a thought. I for many years have been woken up out of a deep sleep with a really bad pain in my Anus. It would be random..maybe 2-3 times a year. Always at night.Ive never had it during the day. I never went to the Docs..just kinda embarrased i guess.The only way i could stop the pai was to get up and try and have a bowel movement.Well after years of this i actally told my mother about it and she said "oh i get that" Its muscle contractions inside the bowels..and yes..thats just how it feels.Like a contraction.Very painful. Not sure this is the same type of pain your son feels? I never did get swelling or anything like that though so cant help you with that i,m sorry.I hope sombody else will have more insight..No child should suffer this way.
    snow1958 9 Replies Flag this Response
  • I imagine you have ruled out molestation by anyone who comes in contact with the child? Was he ever screened for tapeworms?
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies Flag this Response
  • I imagine you have ruled out molestation by anyone who comes in contact with the child? Was he ever screened for tapeworms? Defo not molestation 100% sure. Never been screened for tapeworm, how can you pick up a tapeworm? Snow1985, thanks for your reply but symptoms are different from yours/
    jfowler 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi There - I'm really sorry to hear about your son. Your post is several months old now, and I sincerely hope that you have since found a definitive diagnosis and treatment. I'm a nurse, and I just wanted to take the time to mention to you how important it is for your son to be taking probiotics for colon health, especially after multiple treatments with IV-administered antibiotics. Antibiotics destroy good bacteria as well as bad, and it's of utmost importance to replace his healthy bacteria. I'm not saying that this will cure your son, but it certainly can help - especially since it seems that his painful episodes have increased since he received the IV treatments. There are many probiotic supplements available that are appropriate for your son's age. I wish you the best of luck.
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