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Are there any doctors in the house?(5 posts)

Are there any doctors in the house?tronracer
May 10, 2003 9:41 AM
I have what some might call a saddle sore. More like an abscess. I haven't ridden my bike in 3 to 4 months and its killing me. The weather (well not today) is beautiful and I want to ride soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo bad.

I had it lanced by a surgeon, but now it's healed so much that the packing no longer fits inside the wound and the abscess is still there. I've been taking leviquin...an antibiotic. I keep it clean, and I take sitz baths 3 times a day, more when I can.

I have a friend who is a nurse and she gave me this "accuzyme" stuff to put on it. Should I use neosporin too? WHAT THE HELL ELSE CAN I DO. AND WHY WON'T IT GO THE HELL AWAY?????? I've been suffering since i did the ms150 in September.

The doctors tell me to wait and see, but I have a hard time dealing with that. There has to be more I can do. I've tried to google the subject and I've read what I can but I need more advice.

Please help,

this abscess is a pain in the ass.
Abscess or Boil ??coonass
May 10, 2003 10:58 AM
You may find some useful info here:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/abscesses.html
How can you tell?tronracer
May 10, 2003 11:41 AM
The doc said it was a gluteal abscess. I should have stopped riding at the first sight of this stupid thing.
I'd recommend a second opinion..coonass
May 10, 2003 12:24 PM
I've only been to 3 docs in 62y, and I have very little confidence in them...call your local AMA and ask for a recommended specialist....you could have an ear falling off, and they'd just tell you to "watch it, and if it changes, come back." (That should be the Physicians Creed)
A surgeon hererrodrigz
May 10, 2003 5:29 PM
First of all, if you're still riding, stop. Many people focus on "what to put on the wound" rather than eliminating what caused it. Of course, you can resume riding once its completely (not almost) healed. As far as the packing, i like 1/4 inch iodoform strrips to get into small spaces. The wound should be packed until its so shallow the packing just lays on it. If the opening is too small but the abcess cavity is still present you may need to have an MD enlarge the opening so you can continue packing. Again, do not ride until its healed. Get a second opinion by a General Surgeon (General Surgery is a specialty).