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Anal Abscess + Headache/Speech Issues = What?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 14, 2009
  • 05:26 PM


I'm 41yo female vegetarian in previously good health. About 4 months ago I started getting daily severe headaches with light sensitivity and nausea. 3 months ago it escalated into having weird muscle spasms in my right arm/shoulder/hand and the right side of my face along with difficulty speaking certain letters.

After two head MRI's, dozens of blood and urine tests, and three different neurologists they all pretty much say "I've got no idea, probably migraines". I take Aleve, Xanax, Imitrex, and Percocet pretty much daily to cope.

Then two weeks ago I felt this pain in my rectum. It kind of came and went and I thought it must be a hemorroid. On the 7th day the pain escalated and by that next morning I was in so much pain I could hardly think. I got into my doctor, who sent me immediately to a surgeon, who then admitted me to the hospital for surgery that same day.

Diagnosis ... anal abscess. Pulled 40cc of gunk out. I could simply not believe how much it hurt (and I've had two children!). They released me from the hospital the next day with pain killers and stool softener.

Here it gets weirder ... my speech and muscle spasms issues have disappeared since the surgery (which only took 15 minutes). I'm still getting headaches though (along with nausea and some light sensitivity), although it has only been a few days and I do seem to be improving there some.

I simply cannot believe there isn't some kind of connection here. The surgeon seemed skeptical (although he said "hey if your other symptoms go away I'll be happy to take the credit").

Can an anal abscess cause all those other problems? I've heard the bowel and the brain are more connected than people realize.

Anyone have any ideas? Tests I should be insisting on? I see the surgeon on Monday for a follow up.

Thank you.

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