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hematoma or pocket of infection? hematoma or pocket of infection?

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Unread 12-25-2003, 08:49 PM
hematoma or pocket of infection?

Okay, gals, I've searched this site high and low and can't find anything on what I'm going through. Surgery was 6/30 due to a raging infection from burst cysts that caused me to have a complete hysterectomy and to have my omentum removed. After months and months of post-of hurting and being pooh-poohed, an abdominal sonogram showed a walnut-sized "something" just left and down from my navel. CT scan didn't pick it up. By the end of the day, this sucker hurts likes a red hot charcoal briquet and makes me limp by around 8 p.m. And if a doctor feels around for it, I'm in double pain that night. One surgeon says it's a hematoma in the abdominal rectus sheath and will go away on its own. Another says he doesn't know what it is, so can't advise anything but doing a 4-5" incision and exploring. My gyn surgeon says he might be able to go in with an IV-like tube and extract the possible hematoma, but the other surgeon says it doesn't look fluid, more like a solid. My family doctor says it feels smaller to her, so to limp for the next 2-3 months to see if it goes away. I sleep every night with a heating pad and ambien. I was on Augmentin two weeks ago for a sinus infection and the pain actually went away for one day before the prescription ran out. I'd forgotten what it felt to be painfree. My doctor won't prescribe any more because, get this, "the CT scan didn't show any infection." I found some Cipro left over from surgery and started taking it to see if I'm right. Has ANYbody had anything similar? Any advice?
Laurie Lee
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Unread 12-26-2003, 08:10 AM
hematoma or pocket of infection?

Oh ((((Laurie))))) I'm so sorry you've been having such a hard time since your hyst and that your doctors are giving you such a run around

Sweetie, please be careful with taking prescription meds: not only do meds have an expiration date, but if taken for something other than what they are meant to be taken for, could end up causing even more problems That said, I agree that if the pain went away while you were taking the antibiotics, it is a good sign that you might be dealing with an infection.

Since the CT scan and US were not very conclusive, I really think that you need to get closure on this. If you're dealing with an infection, you could be risking major complications later on.

I know that you've already had several opinions, but is there any chance that you could seek yet another opinion, just on the off chance that you might actually find two doctors who agree

Sending lots of s your way and hoping that you feel better real soon. Please let us know how things go.

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