This abscess is ruining my life.

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  1. AnthonyB123

    AnthonyB123 New Member

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    Apologies for the dramatic title, but its pretty much true. I'll give you guys a little back story I am prone to ingrowing hairs the moment I hit puberty my problems started and nothing I have tried helps. I had my first abscess in my right thigh and my useless GP wouldn't/couldn't diagnose it correctly it got so large I admitted myself into the hospital and refused to leave until it was cut out. Eventually it was taken care of and the abscess was huge, the surgeon likened it to a rugby ball. Anyways, these have been a repeated issue for me ever since I was 13 years old I'm now 32 and still having problems with ingrowing hairs.

    I have been trying to deal with an abscess (on my tail bone) for the past seven years, it is terrible and getting very very bad right now. I am at the lower end of the hospital waiting list for surgery, they tell me it will be at least a year. Even though it is getting serious, I have had a failed operation on it four years ago and been given every antibiotic under the sun (none of which worked even slightly) and now the doctors refuse to offer anything other than painkillers.

    After the failed operation the abscess has split into two abscesses, above and below the scar. Recently however it has grown into a single large one right now and is painful, itchy and burns. To cap it off it is bursting every week or two now and when it goes it is energetic. It popped a few days ago and when it went I had sat on the toilet and it literally exploded up the toilet lid and seat, up the wall, all over the bath and floor too. I was bleeding heavily too and the blood was running down to my feet. I telephoned the emergency doctors who said they couldn't help me. I don't drive and couldn't even if I had a car due to the nature of what is going on so A&E was out and it was past three in the morning so couldn't raise help from friends.

    I ended up taking a few photographs to prove how bad it is to my GP, who up until now has basically not taken this seriously his tone changed the moment he saw the pictures. For the past year every single time it pops it is this bad and the bursts are frequent. My GP is trying to help speed up my surgical date but is getting no where. I am in constant pain and am forced to rely on strong pain killers to function in my day to day life, which again is not a good way to live. I can't go out of the house for fear of it bursting in public the smell and mess would be humiliating and force me to stop what I'm doing and go home. Playing with my daughters is a no go most of the time as it hurts to sit on the floor/move around. I can't even sit down to watch TV anymore.

    I have pretty much exhausted every option for dealing with this, my GP is finally trying, I have been turned away from A&E several times, I have written to my NHS trust a few times and I also wrote to my MP to beg for help. I don't know what to do anymore I'm at the point where I think I will have to risk allowing it to get worse by not cleaning it and hoping the worsening infection will force the doctors to sort me out. Which would be a dangerous thing to do really...... Like I said I simply don't know what else to do now and any suggestions for things to try would be appreciated.

    Again sorry for ranting on like this but I have had enough now and I have to vent my frustrations, my poor wife is sick of hearing it and I can't keep unloading on her everyday.
     
  2. Farid

    Farid Helpful

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    I m sorry you have been in a long tough time , do you have any kind of insurance by the way are you in the USA ? if so you have to look for Medicare or at least find a job then you will be eligible for one , do you have any family member to help you ?
    you wont let it get infected , you need to keep it clean until you see your surgeon ,I wish you a fast recovery
     
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    What condition did you turn up at A&E in? If you're in excruciating pain and it's enlarged affected your ability to walk... they would have to admit you???

    My GP in Australia also tried to expedite the low priority Op on public waiting list. But she forced me to go to emergency in incredible pain and wouldn't lance it herself. I think she knew that got me into the system as an emergency admission, the referral eventually came through but I cancelled it during recovery.

    Just wonder if you can push that A&E avenue... I don't think they can expect you to handle that pain without medication... everyone I dealt with was in absolute disbelief that I had been 'exploding' it myself for years.
     
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    I'm in the UK with our "fantastic free" health care....... In real terms that means that it will be at least another year before I get my surgery and even if I pay for private treatment it would be just as long performed by the same surgeons. I need a way to force our NHS to perform the operation sooner.
     
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    I went to A&E when it was the size of an orange and ready to burst, they told me it wasn't an abscess and refused treatment they said " its just an inflamation" a few hours later it exploded everywhere and they still wouldn't help me.
     

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