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How do you know...pelvic infection/abscess/etc.? How do you know...pelvic infection/abscess/etc.?

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Unread 11-26-2007, 02:28 PM
How do you know...pelvic infection/abscess/etc.?

Okay, I feel like a big dummy. I see posts where ladies talk about being diagnosed with pelvic infections, pelvic abscesses, etc. How do you know? What does it feel like or what did you notice? Basically, the only things I know to call the doctor for are a fever over 101 and excess bleeding. When exactly is it safe to assume you are past the point of developing an internal infection or internal complication? Thanks.
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Unread 11-26-2007, 05:41 PM
How do you know...pelvic infection/abscess/etc.?

Hi Mich,

Well I'm not sure if I have one but I'm having a CT this week to check. The symptoms that makes my Dr want to look are - fever - usually 99.5 during day up to 101-102 in evening - lethargy, like my arms aren't even strong enough to hold up my blow dryer, tenderness in my abdomen and an overall feeeling of being unwell. Specifically as the days went on, I feel worse instead of better. Now I've been on 1350mgs of clindamycin a day. I'm feeling better(except for the antibiotics messing up my belly!) but he said if I have an abcess then as soon as the antibiotics stop I'll start to feel bad again so we have to check. the other thing he said is that it could be cuff cellulitis which is an infection at the cuff.

Today I'm ticked that they didn't call me to schedule the CT. I know it was the Thanksgiving weekend but that is over and I want to get the show on the road and just get better! Ok - that's the end of my vent - LOL!!!

I'm sure others with more expereince will be along soon!

I hope you are well!

Unread 11-27-2007, 09:35 AM
How do you know...pelvic infection/abscess/etc.?

I had an abscess that ruptured, and it's the worst possible pain I've ever experienced in my life. Mine happened three weeks post-op and I woke in then night, unable to breathe, move, etc. without unbelievable pain (which kept making me pass out). My tummy was bloated and distended, and hard to the touch, and I was running a 99.5 fever. It eventually got up to 103 when the thing ruptured, but from the beginning of it, I knew this was NEW pain, and that something had gone wrong (despite being in complete denial until I was back in emergency surgery!).

As for when you are in the clear, I would say there's a possibility of infection/abscess until you are completely healed. Some would say 8 weeks, some would say a year. Your doctor is your best resource there.

Best of luck to you,
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Unread 11-27-2007, 12:48 PM
How do you know...pelvic infection/abscess/etc.?

Thanks so much for sharing your personal experiences. I'm sorry that you both had to go through that.

I was curious because I was at another site asking about the nausea, vomiting, and increased pain I had been having the last week, and a doctor there suggested that those might be symptoms of a cuff abscess. In my mind, if that were the case, I would be running a significant fever. My temperature has not gotten above 99.1 in the last 5 days. You both indicated that your temps did go over 101, so I'm inclined to believe nothing is going on in my case.

Starbgirl: I hope everything turns out alright for you. You have had more than your share of postop complications. Continue your strong, positivie attitude and I'll keep sending good wishes your way.

Toastntea: Thanks for your help. Hope you're doing well now.
Unread 11-27-2007, 01:05 PM
How do you know...pelvic infection/abscess/etc.?

Just remember...everyone's different. Some people have different symptoms with infection. I've had infections and my temp never goes above 100, other times it spikes up to 103...

Bottom line is -- if you're not feeling well, you need to be seen.

I had a large hematoma/seroma which caused unbelievable pain, but it wasn't infected so there was no fever at all. But it sure was uncomfortable!

As for when you're "out of the woods" for developing an internal complication -- it really does take the body up to a full year to get back to it's pre-surgery state and for all the tissues to heal fully. So for the next several weeks and months, you need to be extra cautious and extra vigilant about taking care of yourself.

I hope you're feeling better soon --
Unread 11-28-2007, 11:56 AM
How do you know...pelvic infection/abscess/etc.?

Thanks for response, mjd. It was very kind of you to share your experience.

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