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KElizabeth
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Bum infection?

Postby KElizabeth » Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:06 pm

I had a very rough few weeks, starting with horrendous diarrhea and landing in the hospital with intense pain in the rectum and a fever. I landed in the hospital and had to endure four rectal examinations by doctors with different findings by each. Only my GP was willing to suggest I might be suffering an abscess. The hospitalist and infectious disease doctors were not willing to definitely call my situation an infection in the rectum. They treated me with three different antibiotics for 3 days then released me to my oncologists to get chemo. I was sent home with flagtyl and ceftin antibiotics.
I'm worried that antibiotics won't resolve my issue if it is a rectal abscess and the infection will just come back.
Has anyone out there had a similar situation? How did you get an accurate diagnosis?
Female age 38- ,two kids, age eleven and fifteen.
Colon Cancer - DX March 2013
Age 34 at DX - Stage III B
Resection surgery -May 2013
FOLFOX - June, 2013 to Sept, 2013
5FU plus leukavorin Sept, 2013 to Dec, 2013
METs liver and lungs discovered Sept, 2015
KRAS - MSS
FOLFURI plus Avastin - Sept, 2015 - current
Art therapy January 2015 to current
CEA at recurrence:10.1/august, 2015
CEA: 1.9 February, 2016
CEA:: 10.2 December, 2016
CEA: 40.3 January, 2017
CEA: 16.4 March 2017
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Re: Bum infection?

Postby DarknessEmbraced » Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:16 pm

That sounds awful!*hugs* I hope you feel better soon!*hugs*
Diagnosed 10/28/14, age 36
Colon Resection 11/20/14, LAR (no illeo)
Stage 2a colon cancer, T3NOMO
Lymph-vascular invasion undetermined
0/22 lymph nodes
No chemo, no radiation
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Lee
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Re: Bum infection?

Postby Lee » Sun Apr 23, 2017 4:53 pm

I really don't have any suggestions, except I hope you are doing better soon. Does your Onc have any ideas.

(((KElizabeth))) All the best,

Lee
rectal cancer - April 2004
46 yrs old at diagnoses
stage III C - 6/13 lymph positive
radiation - 6 weeks
surgery - August 2004/hernia repair 2014
permanent colostomy
chemo - FOLFOX
NED - 10 years and counting!

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Re: Bum infection?

Postby SugarBubbie » Sun Apr 23, 2017 5:37 pm

Maybe ask your onc to refer you to a wound specialist? Most hospitals have one or a nurse that specializes in it. Just a suggestion, my only experience was with anal fissure caused by the radiation treatment and I was treated by the best doctor in Houston for it. Different doctor from my Oncologists at md Anderson
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KElizabeth
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Re: Bum infection?

Postby KElizabeth » Mon Apr 24, 2017 4:12 pm

Lee wrote:I really don't have any suggestions, except I hope you are doing better soon. Does your Onc have any ideas.

(((KElizabeth))) All the best,

Lee

I talked with the GP today and I guess the verdict is colitis. She said if it happens again she will prescribe the same oral meds again and try to avoid the hospital stay.
Fingers crossed.
Female age 38- ,two kids, age eleven and fifteen.
Colon Cancer - DX March 2013
Age 34 at DX - Stage III B
Resection surgery -May 2013
FOLFOX - June, 2013 to Sept, 2013
5FU plus leukavorin Sept, 2013 to Dec, 2013
METs liver and lungs discovered Sept, 2015
KRAS - MSS
FOLFURI plus Avastin - Sept, 2015 - current
Art therapy January 2015 to current
CEA at recurrence:10.1/august, 2015
CEA: 1.9 February, 2016
CEA:: 10.2 December, 2016
CEA: 40.3 January, 2017
CEA: 16.4 March 2017
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Re: Bum infection?

Postby DarknessEmbraced » Tue Apr 25, 2017 12:56 pm

I hope you won't have to have a hospital stay!*hugs*
Diagnosed 10/28/14, age 36
Colon Resection 11/20/14, LAR (no illeo)
Stage 2a colon cancer, T3NOMO
Lymph-vascular invasion undetermined
0/22 lymph nodes
No chemo, no radiation
Clear Colonoscopy 04/29/15
NED 10/20/15
Ischemic Colitis 01/21/2016
NED 11/10/16

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Re: Bum infection?

Postby BIG ROB 69 » Tue Apr 25, 2017 8:25 pm

Sorry, but be prepared for torture. I had one. There is a cavity by the cheeks right before the hole. It got infected. Dr shot a sedative in the site, which hurt like hell, the site was already hurting like hell, and then he dug in to take out the pus. 10+ pain level. Treatment was an anal ring and subsequent cleanings. Everything in this process hurt. And then the final procedure to cut the sphincter so the abscess could heal, with the possibility of not having full anal control, or live with the anal ring. I gambled on the sphincter cut, and I think it's at 90%. Hopefully you catch it before going through all the shit I went through. GL!
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KElizabeth
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Re: Bum infection?

Postby KElizabeth » Wed Apr 26, 2017 4:51 pm

BIG ROB 69 wrote:Sorry, but be prepared for torture. I had one. There is a cavity by the cheeks right before the hole. It got infected. Dr shot a sedative in the site, which hurt like hell, the site was already hurting like hell, and then he dug in to take out the pus. 10+ pain level. Treatment was an anal ring and subsequent cleanings. Everything in this process hurt. And then the final procedure to cut the sphincter so the abscess could heal, with the possibility of not having full anal control, or live with the anal ring. I gambled on the sphincter cut, and I think it's at 90%. Hopefully you catch it before going through all the shit I went through. GL!


Ugh! That sounds terrible. I'm sorry you had to endure that.
I'm guessing mine is something similar. I finished antibiotics not 48 hours ago and now I have pain and a fever again. Thank goodness I messaged my GP this morning when I just felt the slightest pressure in the area because now I'm really hurting. I'm back on the antibiotics and I'll schedule tomorrow for another exam :evil:
I'm so flipping tired of Iriotecan and the bathroom issues!!!
Female age 38- ,two kids, age eleven and fifteen.
Colon Cancer - DX March 2013
Age 34 at DX - Stage III B
Resection surgery -May 2013
FOLFOX - June, 2013 to Sept, 2013
5FU plus leukavorin Sept, 2013 to Dec, 2013
METs liver and lungs discovered Sept, 2015
KRAS - MSS
FOLFURI plus Avastin - Sept, 2015 - current
Art therapy January 2015 to current
CEA at recurrence:10.1/august, 2015
CEA: 1.9 February, 2016
CEA:: 10.2 December, 2016
CEA: 40.3 January, 2017
CEA: 16.4 March 2017
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Re: Bum infection?

Postby Lee » Thu Apr 27, 2017 10:25 am

Hope the antibiotics are doing there job. What Big Rob went thru sounds very painful. So sorry you are having these problems.

Thinking of you,

Lee
rectal cancer - April 2004
46 yrs old at diagnoses
stage III C - 6/13 lymph positive
radiation - 6 weeks
surgery - August 2004/hernia repair 2014
permanent colostomy
chemo - FOLFOX
NED - 10 years and counting!

KElizabeth
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Re: Bum infection?

Postby KElizabeth » Fri Apr 28, 2017 7:37 pm

The exciting conclusion:
Today I saw a general surgeon because he was the only surgeon who could see me away. He checked out my bum and saw imeadieatly that I have an anal fissure, and tiny fistula and an abscess. He pulled some strings and got me into the colorectal surgeon who I had wanted to see. She fit me in and under local anesthesia drained my abscess, placed a drain and addressed the fistula. I feel better already!

I am just amazed that last week I was subjected to 4 rectal exams and not one of the doctors had any idea what they were looking for. The general surgeon was not surprised. He said the ER is definitely not the place to go to get help with an abscess.

I hope that sharing my experience helps someone else avoid misdiagnosis in the future.
Female age 38- ,two kids, age eleven and fifteen.
Colon Cancer - DX March 2013
Age 34 at DX - Stage III B
Resection surgery -May 2013
FOLFOX - June, 2013 to Sept, 2013
5FU plus leukavorin Sept, 2013 to Dec, 2013
METs liver and lungs discovered Sept, 2015
KRAS - MSS
FOLFURI plus Avastin - Sept, 2015 - current
Art therapy January 2015 to current
CEA at recurrence:10.1/august, 2015
CEA: 1.9 February, 2016
CEA:: 10.2 December, 2016
CEA: 40.3 January, 2017
CEA: 16.4 March 2017
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Re: Bum infection?

Postby chrissyrice » Fri Apr 28, 2017 8:24 pm

KElizabeth,

Wow I am so happy for you that the surgeon pulled the strings to put an end to your pain.
The complications make for a really "bad ass" :mrgreen: :twisted: :roll:

I was wondering if they even tested for the type of infection you had/have?

Hopefully you will heal soon.

Chrissy
Dx 10-31-09 Surgery 12-1-09 Sigmoid Colon Stage IIIb; Chemo Feb 2010-Aug 2010; 4 rounds Folfox; 8 rounds 5FU & Leucovorin;12-16-2010 PET/CT Scan Cancer Free;7-05-2012 CT Scan NED 2 years;10-13-2013 NED 3 yrs; 08-01-2014 NED 4 yrs; 06-30-2015 Stage 4 iliac lymph node(s) 08-11-2015 Surgery 3 cm tumor and iliac artery graft done. Positive margins in the abdominal aorta, No chemo. 03-16-2016 CT Scan Stable,06-16-2016 CT Scan Stable,09-21-2016 CT Scan Stable,12-2016 Stable,03-31-17 Stable,
Recurrence 6-30-17

Steph20021
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Re: Bum infection?

Postby Steph20021 » Fri Apr 28, 2017 9:10 pm

Glad you are already starting to feel better and got a proper diagnosis. Sounds like you've been through the ringer. Thinking of yiu lady.
DX 1/31/14 @ 33- SPS-T4a(invades visceral peri), N2a(6/106 LN), M1a(ovary) (Stage 4a) MSS
2/1/14-subtotal col, lost R ovary, temp ileo
3/14-9/14- folfox; sepsis
10/14- rev ileo
11/14-CT/PET: L ovary met, pelvic met, (?)ghost liver met(?)
12/14-folfiri -13 rds kept me stable from 3/15-6/15
7/15- clear flex sig
8/15-HIPEC, hysterectomy et al, 2nd temp ileo, NED?
09/15- cea 0.9
Current: abdo wall mets and lymph nodes
Jan/17- pulmonary embolism
Feb/17- 1 wk radiation to abdo wall
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