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Posted by falserelic (5326 posts) 11 months, 25 days ago

Poll: You ever had a deep abcess or cyst infection? (161 votes)

Yup and it got real nasty. 29%
Never had one and hope I never get one. 49%
I had infections, but nothing to bad. 13%
I find it interesting and fun to watch drainage vids, but I never had one. 9%

For people that don't know. An abcess is a collection of puss deep in your body, and a cyst is a collection of puss that's in a sack.

Anyway I know its strange, but I wonder if any of you GB users experienced it. A friend of mine developed one and it looks awful. It's a giant white bump on his leg, and everytime he touches it he almost gets on the verge of crying. I've never seen him in this much pain before, and he's usually a tough guy.

So now he's going to visit the doctor and get it drained. His brother is going to record his reaction to the drainage for shits and giggles.

#1 Posted by mercutio123 (468 posts) -

I love your threads.

#2 Edited by SpaceRunaway (844 posts) -

Nope, but I've seen a couple videos. Yikes.

#3 Posted by falserelic (5326 posts) -

Nope, but I've seen a couple videos. Yikes.

I've seen abunch of those vids too, and some were very disturbing.

#4 Posted by TruthTellah (8534 posts) -

@falserelic Yes, I have had a deep abscess. Multiple at once actually. I'm sure your friend will be fine, but make sure he takes it seriously and follows all doctors orders.

I can go into more detail about that time in my life if you'd like, but I'm not sure whether you want that.

#5 Posted by falserelic (5326 posts) -

@falserelic Yes, I have had a deep abscess. Multiple at once actually. I'm sure your friend will be fine, but make sure he takes it seriously and follows all doctors orders.

I can go into more detail about that time in my life if you'd like, but I'm not sure whether you want that.

I'll like to hear it. I have a very STRONG stomach, and I've seen a lot of drainage vids. For some reason I find them fun to watch.

#6 Posted by TruthTellah (8534 posts) -

@truthtellah said:

@falserelic Yes, I have had a deep abscess. Multiple at once actually. I'm sure your friend will be fine, but make sure he takes it seriously and follows all doctors orders.

I can go into more detail about that time in my life if you'd like, but I'm not sure whether you want that.

I'll like to hear it. I have a very STRONG stomach, and I've seen a lot of drainage vids. For some reason I find them fun to watch.

ha. Alright. Sure. I wasn't going to necessarily go into sick details; I just wasn't sure how worried you were about your friend. It could be a number of things and he'll likely be fine, but I nearly died. That initial abscess was MRSA, and it spread to other spots on my body. It took multiple surgeries and a few years for me to recover from my time with it.

I'll write something up.

#7 Edited by Rhombus_Of_Terror (2089 posts) -

I had a cyst on my shoulder, had it's own blood supply too, something involving the lymph system. I have a nice 2 inch long scar. Luckily it's benign, but they did say that it could appear again anywhere, anytime. It's been 15 years now D:

#8 Edited by falserelic (5326 posts) -

@truthtellah said:

@falserelic said:

@truthtellah said:

@falserelic Yes, I have had a deep abscess. Multiple at once actually. I'm sure your friend will be fine, but make sure he takes it seriously and follows all doctors orders.

I can go into more detail about that time in my life if you'd like, but I'm not sure whether you want that.

I'll like to hear it. I have a very STRONG stomach, and I've seen a lot of drainage vids. For some reason I find them fun to watch.

ha. Alright. Sure. I wasn't going to necessarily go into sick details; I just wasn't sure how worried you were about your friend. It could be a number of things and he'll likely be fine, but I nearly died. That initial abscess was MRSA, and it spread to other spots on my body. It took multiple surgeries and a few years for me to recover from my time with it.

I'll write something up.

Wow, I didn't know it was that bad. My friend's abscess is big, but its not life threatening.

#9 Posted by crusader8463 (14413 posts) -

I have had really big pimples, but nothing I have had to go to the doctor for. There are tons of videos on youtube and all I can think of is how nice it must feel to have that release when they pop it. As someone who has a skin problem and has had to deal with some bad acne in my days, I know how much of a relief it is to finally have one of those painful fucks pop. So I can only imagine what that must be like.

#10 Edited by Humanity (8809 posts) -

Thats my opener for all my dates.

#11 Edited by WickedFather (1730 posts) -

I had two, right in my groin. They were in this baggy growth thing. I'm not one for doctors with their tinctures, potions and training so I just got in a hot bath with a craft knife and set about fixing the problem myself. I thought there's no need to be half hearted and made the first deep, deep cut while biting down hard on a rolled up flannel that tasted slightly of mother. The rest of the procedure I did mainly by feel as the water was rather clouded by my own juices.

In the morning I was right as rain.

#12 Posted by hakunin (384 posts) -

Two times in the place where the sun don't shine, if you get my drift.

#13 Posted by Nightriff (4915 posts) -

I said yes but it was my wife you had one, had to get it removed before she could give birth

#14 Edited by Ben_H (3310 posts) -

My cousin had an abcess on, I'm not kidding you, his butt (like on one of his butt cheeks). He was in extreme pain the whole time he had it and could not sit down the entire time.

#15 Posted by fleabeard (168 posts) -

I just had a cyst removed from my lower back about 2 weeks ago. There's currently a hole there that's about an inch deep that i need to keep bandaged. It can get extremely painful to a weird pain that feels like my teeth are mashing together. It's pretty crappy.

#16 Edited by CaLe (3910 posts) -

I didn't even know what that was until I googled it. I hope I never get one.

#17 Posted by FourWude (2261 posts) -

Yes... that is all.

#18 Edited by bybeach (4725 posts) -

I developed a deep infection on the ball (muscular area below the big toe) on my left foot. It was amazing when I finally drained it. The emission, almost under pressure was actually not gross. It was just so much brown thick liquid.

What was bad was trying to get it back to normal. A pit had developed there, and painful calluses that needed to be sliced off appeared about 6 times. Finally the pit muscled out, healthy and skinned over, and the problem stopped.

I have a small cyst on my neck. You can only feel it, not truly visible even. In fact I cannot feel it now, haven't checked for a while...

#19 Posted by Osaladin (2514 posts) -

I had one from an ingrown hair on my scrotum. No, I'm not joking. Yes, it hurt exactly as much as you think.

#20 Edited by Tru3_Blu3 (3184 posts) -

Yes, a cyst infection. Four times.

One on my butt crack.

One one my right testicle.

Another one on my right testicle.

One on my right thigh.

Then it was over. Worst month of my entire life, near the one involving food poisoning. At least they weren't tumors. Word of advice to you all: Shower right after going to a gym.

#21 Edited by Darji (5294 posts) -

@mercutio123: we should all post pictures of our infections now XD

#22 Edited by Samael2138 (231 posts) -

I haven't had any dermal abcess or cyst, but I've had a few teeth abcess. It is literally the worst pain I've ever felt. I'm covered in tattoos, and no stranger to pain(the half sleeve on my right bicep goes into my armpit, and a 13 needle shader being ground into your armpit is far from pleasant), but an abcessed tooth is a thousand times worse. It's literally feels like someone is slowly pulling a red hot nail in and out of your tooth. My sister has 2 kids, and she has also had a tooth abcess. She said she would go into labor again, rather than get another abcessed tooth.

#23 Posted by falserelic (5326 posts) -

@osaladin said:

I had one from an ingrown hair on my scrotum. No, I'm not joking. Yes, it hurt exactly as much as you think.

Sounds very painful, It reminds me of a vid I've seen awhile back. One of the worst one's I've seen was when a guy had an abcess on his testicles, It was painful to watch and I felt sorry for the guy.

Though I've pissed some people off. When I posted a comment saying '' The Doctor busted all kinds of nuts in the surgical room, all kinds''

#24 Posted by Subjugation (4718 posts) -

I had bowel resection surgery about a week ago and my incision has been oozing salmon and beige colored fluids ever since. Does that count?

#25 Edited by falserelic (5326 posts) -

I had bowel resection surgery about a week ago and my incision has been oozing salmon and beige colored fluids ever since. Does that count?

Close enough.

#26 Edited by Aegon (5401 posts) -

What causes this?

#27 Edited by Turtlebird95 (2307 posts) -

Wow first a poll about whale semen and now this. GiantBomb forums are extra weird today.

And no, I haven't.

#28 Posted by Tru3_Blu3 (3184 posts) -

@aegon said:

What causes this?

Really dirty areas like gyms and public bathrooms + sweat.

#29 Posted by falserelic (5326 posts) -

@aegon said:

What causes this?

Basically bacteria that gets into the body, and your body tries to fight it off, which leads into an abcess.

#30 Posted by Aegon (5401 posts) -

@aegon said:

What causes this?

Really dirty areas like gyms and public bathrooms + sweat.

@aegon said:

What causes this?

Basically bacteria that gets into the body, and your body tries to fight it off, which leads into an abcess.

But doesn't that usually just cause regular acne? Or is it a specific type of bacteria?

#31 Posted by Dudacles (1442 posts) -

I had one right above my ass (the lower extremity of which kind of ended between the tip of the crack) as a result of an ingrown back hair. I went to a doctor's when it had just started to develop, and he told me it would be over quickly before prescribing some antibiotics that were supposed to mend the issue. A week later, I found that the pain and swelling had not abated (the cyst was entirely internal, but had become so bloated it was pushing out the skin of my lower back somewhat.) I was sent on to a surgeon who operated on me and established the cyst had taken on huge proportions, about 1 inch deep, 3 inches long and 2 inches wide. I was left with a rather large gaping hole in my back that took some 6 - 7 months to heal (5 of which I spent pretty much laying on my sides on the couch.) I doubt the scar will ever fade entirely, and it was an altogether unpleasant experience (the pain of having the bandages inside the wound refreshed thrice daily was supremely high for the first three or so months.)

The worst part, though, is that I'm apparently susceptible to repetition of such an infection. If you're like me, it's supposedly wise to have your hairs in such areas removed by way of laser treatment, though I've yet to do that. I'd absolutely hate for it to come back though. It can be very painful and cumbersome if it happens to develop into something as huge as mine was. Here's hoping it never happens again.

#32 Edited by falserelic (5326 posts) -

@aegon said:

@tru3_blu3 said:

@aegon said:

What causes this?

Really dirty areas like gyms and public bathrooms + sweat.

@falserelic said:

@aegon said:

What causes this?

Basically bacteria that gets into the body, and your body tries to fight it off, which leads into an abcess.

But doesn't that usually just cause regular acne? Or is it a specific type of bacteria?

It depends I'm not an expert on it.

All I know is when your white blood cells tries to fight off the infection, It'll start forming a collection of puss.

#33 Posted by falserelic (5326 posts) -

@dudacles said:

I had one right above my ass (the lower extremity of which kind of ended between the tip of the crack) as a result of an ingrown back hair. I went to a doctor's when it had just started to develop, and he told me it would be over quickly before prescribing some antibiotics that were supposed to mend the issue. A week later, I found that the pain and swelling had not abated (the cyst was entirely internal, but had become so bloated it was pushing out the skin of my lower back somewhat.) I was sent on to a surgeon who operated on me and established the cyst had taken on huge proportions, about 1 inch deep, 3 inches long and 2 inches wide. I was left with a rather large gaping hole in my back that took some 6 - 7 months to heal (5 of which I spent pretty much laying on my sides on the couch.) I doubt the scar will ever fade entirely, and it was an altogether unpleasant experience (the pain of having the bandages inside the wound refreshed thrice daily was supremely high for the first three or so months.)

The worst part, though, is that I'm apparently susceptible to repetition of such an infection. If you're like me, it's supposedly wise to have your hairs in such areas removed by way of laser treatment, though I've yet to do that. I'd absolutely hate for it to come back though. It can be very painful and cumbersome if it happens to develop into something as huge as mine was. Here's hoping it never happens again.

That must have been rough, hopefully it never forms back up again.

#34 Posted by Tireyo (6409 posts) -

I went with option B.

#35 Posted by mrfluke (5090 posts) -

@humanity said:

Thats my opener for all my dates.

#36 Edited by SSully (4125 posts) -

My friend had something like that on his foot. The aftermath was really fucking gross. He basically had a huge hole in his foot and was barely able to walk on it for a few weeks.

#37 Posted by audioBusting (1477 posts) -

I had some on the soles of my feet. It was terrible because it itched when I walked and I couldn't wear shoes in the winter.

#38 Posted by Zomgfruitbunnies (748 posts) -

Had a bunch on my butt and upper thighs when I was eight or nine. Didn't fully heal until the doctor drained all of them. With a knife. To the butt. No anesthetics. The doctor basically lied about what he was about to do since I tried to run away when he told me he was going to cut my ass. I was pretty confused when the nurses began holding down my limbs. Then suddenly, knife to the butt. Hurt like hell. Still have the scars.

#39 Posted by falserelic (5326 posts) -

Had a bunch on my butt and upper thighs when I was eight or nine. Didn't fully heal until the doctor drained all of them. With a knife. To the butt. No anesthetics. The doctor basically lied about what he was about to do since I tried to run away when he told me he was going to cut my ass. I was pretty confused when the nurses began holding down my limbs. Then suddenly, knife to the butt. Hurt like hell. Still have the scars.

There's this one vid I've seen, where a young guy was screaming on the top of his lungs. The doctor didn't give him no numbing medicine to ease the pain, as much as I want to show the vid. I know the mods would have a problem if I post it, sense its pretty graphic.

#40 Posted by Zomgfruitbunnies (748 posts) -

@zomgfruitbunnies said:

Had a bunch on my butt and upper thighs when I was eight or nine. Didn't fully heal until the doctor drained all of them. With a knife. To the butt. No anesthetics. The doctor basically lied about what he was about to do since I tried to run away when he told me he was going to cut my ass. I was pretty confused when the nurses began holding down my limbs. Then suddenly, knife to the butt. Hurt like hell. Still have the scars.

There's this one vid I've seen, where a young guy was screaming on the top of his lungs. The doctor didn't give him no numbing medicine to ease the pain, as much as I want to show the vid. I know the mods would have a problem if I post it, sense its pretty graphic.

Well, yeah.

It's essentially cutting the flesh open then forcing out the pus, which forces the flesh, already sensitive from the inflammation, apart further. Now imagining feeling that multiple times.

It's terrible.

#41 Edited by TruthTellah (8534 posts) -

@truthtellah said:

@falserelic said:

@truthtellah said:

@falserelic Yes, I have had a deep abscess. Multiple at once actually. I'm sure your friend will be fine, but make sure he takes it seriously and follows all doctors orders.

I can go into more detail about that time in my life if you'd like, but I'm not sure whether you want that.

I'll like to hear it. I have a very STRONG stomach, and I've seen a lot of drainage vids. For some reason I find them fun to watch.

ha. Alright. Sure. I wasn't going to necessarily go into sick details; I just wasn't sure how worried you were about your friend. It could be a number of things and he'll likely be fine, but I nearly died. That initial abscess was MRSA, and it spread to other spots on my body. It took multiple surgeries and a few years for me to recover from my time with it.

I'll write something up.

Wow, I didn't know it was that bad. My friend's abscess is big, but its not life threatening.

The infection took everything from me.

At least, that's how it felt at the time. It started small and rather innocuously. I had an odd black boil on my posterior, or so I thought, and at the time, I just cut it and let it bleed. It felt better and seemed fine for a while. Then it came back a few weeks later, and I did the same thing, not wanting to spend the money on going to the doctor for something I thought was rather mundane.

A month later, I was at a convention, and I suddenly started feeling very crappy. So I went to the restroom and felt oddly light-headed. I looked and saw that I had simply let out a pool of blood. It was then that I realized something was seriously wrong. I went to the doctor, and he gave me some regular antibiotics. I felt a bit better and went on with things. Four days later, I had a mass on the inside of my left leg. On the outside, it just looked like a slightly-swollen black spot about the size of a quarter. As it started hurting quite a bit, I went back to the doctor, and upon examination, he found that it was actually a mass of dead tissue about the size of a tennis ball under my skin. Fortunately, it hadn't made it to the bone yet. So, he drained it and sent for it to be tested. It tested positive for MRSA, which stands for Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus. There are different strengths of MRSA; so, testing positive for it doesn't immediately indicate something truly terrible or life-threatening. MRSA strains are all around us and rather common in hospitals. The news often refers to it as a "super bug", as they're a kind of bacteria which has evolved to be resistant to various antibiotics, and some strains are more resistant than others. I unfortunately had one of the nastier strains.

After the one on my leg was drained, I took a slightly harder antibiotic for two weeks, plus hydrocodone for the pain. That abscess improved, but I still had blood coming out of me at random times. Three weeks later, I had three black marks on my posterior, with one very near to my tailbone. At this point, I saw the doctor again and he sent me to a specialist in infectious disease and surgery of the lower body and intestine. He determined that in less than a week, I had developed a bleeding mass near my tailbone that could not just be drained. It needed to be cut out in a surgery. So, I went in for surgery the next day.

I had the surgery, and I woke up to extreme pain in my head. I had a bad reaction to the anesthesia, and my head felt like it was being crushed. Fortunately, I felt better after a few hours and got to go home. I had a nurse come for two weeks to help change the large bandaging around the sight, including an antibiotic ribbon that felt like a thin razer blade that had to be placed in the wound for healing. After a few weeks, that improved more and more and while the even harder antibiotics had me sick most of the time, I seemed to be improving.

Unfortunately, the original posterior abscess came back and I still had excessive bleeding; so, they did a scan of my lower body. They finally found that there was actually an abscess inside my intestine that had eaten a hole out of the muscle. It went from inside my intestine all the way to the spot on my posterior. So, I needed another surgery to cut out the decayed tissue and then put a band into what's called a fistula tract. The next day, I had the surgery, and fortunately, after noting my issues the first time, the anesthesia went a lot smoother. I again had the nurse come back to change my bandages, and since it was a hole from the intestine to the outside, it had to be cleaned often.

After that, I was on the second strongest antibiotic out there, and I went through healing for half a year. I was on the antibiotic for almost a year and hydrocodone for about a year and a half. All of the pain caused me to develop regular migraines, and it took a long time to get them to be manageable. Half a year later, I had to have another surgery to remove the band they had placed inside, and I fortunately was done with antibiotics. I just wasn't done with the pain yet, and I still had issues with my intestine. A year later, I met with an intestine specialist who did an ultrasound and found that a hole in the muscle had still not healed, thus leading to buildup that would cause my pain. I had another surgery where he would cut the intestine and then tie it back together with the muscle joined over the hole. The recovery for that was another half a year, with regular visits to him to use silver nitrate to chemically burn the scar tissue that continued to develop. It felt a bit like I was on fire, perhaps because that's technically what it was in a localized area.

Eventually, that improved significantly, and I was finally able to escape hydrocodone. It's easy to consider the toll of illness, but the toll of medicine is more difficult to always peg down. The heavy antibiotics I was on for almost a year destroyed my digestive system, and I had to work for a long time to bring back good bacteria that would allow me to eat different things without getting sick. Feeling nauseous all the time but still knowing you needed food. Spending half your day in the restroom just hoping you'll feel good long enough to go eat some food. And hydrocodone. I never want to feel as I did back then. Without it, I was just in endless pain. Waking up and just writhing, hitting a wall in disbelief. Curling on the cold floor of the restroom, just shaking with a hopeless despair at having any moments of life. And to fight that, I had hydrocodone. Which doesn't really get rid of all the pain or discomfort. It just makes it so you don't care as much. So that the constant pain is in some compartment of your mind. Unfortunately, everything not as loud as that pain is also placed in their own compartments. You lose days and weeks, and even when you're aware of what's going on and remember what happened, it doesn't feel like it was you. Like being a passenger in your life. You feel like you're losing your mind, but in some corner, you realize that your mind is already as good as lost. I'd be having dinner but be a million miles away. Not in a place of joy or peace. Just in a distant place where I can't reach anyone I care about. I couldn't even reach myself.

Nearly three years of my life are gone. Not because I don't remember; I remember most of it. But I was gone. I missed who I was and longed to see him again, but when I finally came out of the haze two years in, that person wasn't there anymore. I held in my hands the remnants of what survived, and I tried to reconstruct that person. Yet it never kept together. Because all of it had changed me. Many times during it all, I truly felt like I had lost everything, and in a way, I had lost quite a bit. In my junior year of college, I had gone away for three years, and coming back to my degree, I was no longer that student. Of the friends I still had, I felt like they had moved on with their lives while I was still stuck in suspended animation. People graduated; people married. Some even had kids. And me, I was left with medical debt, a fight to even maintain insurance, and a hazy idea of what I even wanted to do anymore. All I knew is that I wanted to keep going, and that's what I did. I just had to accept that who I was died back then and I had to live as who I was now.

I tear up a bit thinking about back then, because that pain is still very real for me. You never forget a haze like that or the moments when you thought it was all over. A rather innocuous concern ultimately cratered my life. I'm a better man for it, and I started visiting Giant Bomb during the recovery. As awful as it was, I still feel that I am better for it. Not in the traditional sense of doing "better" in life, but doing better as an individual. When it all crumbles, as can happen to any of us no matter what age we are or where we are in the world, we can see better what matters in our lives. It's less definite than that kind of youthful vision you can have, but there's less of the nonsense. So even with more uncertainty, there's a more understanding view of your life and what's in it. I had to accept how to be happy with the life I had led and the man I had become even if today was the end, and after accepting that, I had to find the motivation to still want to pursue more, even while accepting there's a chance you'll never achieve it. That's a struggle, but it's a struggle I'm glad to face in my life.

So that's most of the story. Seven known abscesses in all; five operations. Three years lost. And lasting wounds on my mind and flesh. I hate it more than any other time in my life, but I'm glad I went through it all and am here to share it.

#42 Edited by falserelic (5326 posts) -

@truthtellah:

That had to be an awful experience. Sorry to hear that happen to you. I know it must have been like hell going through it, but on the positive side you was able to recover, and it seems like your life is getting back on track. I'm glad to see you was able to keep a positive mindset through it all. Hopefully things will get better from here on out for you.

#43 Posted by supamon (1333 posts) -

@truthtellah: Whoa dude, never could have guessed you went through shit like that. I had a lung related operation that took me almost half a year to get out of the bed and another year after to feel like a proper active person again so I can kinda relate to what you've been through. What's important is that you made it through and that you're a stronger person coming out of it. Learning not to be bitter about it and to be better despite it instead of wallowing in self-pity. Hope you're still able to pursue your goals(which I have a feeling you are) and come shoot the proverbial shit with me if you ever feel like it.

#44 Posted by Rick_Fingers (524 posts) -

@truthtellah: Jesus Christ, I am truly so sorry you experienced that. I'm sitting here just horrified.

I greatly admire your attitude about it all

#45 Posted by TruthTellah (8534 posts) -

@falserelic: Thanks. Yeah, I imagine that's a glimpse of hell. Less fire and brimstone, more loss of self and pain. But, fortunately, I ain't there now. ha. Definitely take even minor abscess issues seriously, because you never know.

@supamon That's rough, man. Lung-related problems are no joke. I'm glad you're doing better after that. You know, I was really set back in my goals, but I'm happy with who I am. And that's not too bad.

@rick_fingers heh. Didn't mean it to be horrifying, but it certainly reminds you of how quickly things can go different in your life. You think you've got all the time, but it's just not true. You have to find a way to have mercy for yourself and just take it a day at a time. :)

#46 Posted by Korolev (1700 posts) -

Never had one, but as Medical Student, I've seen my fair share. They're pretty disgusting. Draining is the way to go, with antibiotics.

#47 Posted by Korwin (2828 posts) -

I had one a number of years ago, in a place you really don't want one. Pain like you've never known.

#48 Posted by TruthTellah (8534 posts) -

@korwin said:

I had one a number of years ago, in a place you really don't want one. Pain like you've never known.

heh. They are often in a place you really don't want one; that's for sure!

#49 Edited by Atlas (2430 posts) -

I have a small cyst on my ball-sack. I've never had it checked by a doctor, but it's probably a sebaceous cyst. It's been there for like 4 years, and despite it being something of a blemish, it's totally harmless. It's never grown in size, it's never caused pain, and it's never gotten infected. I treat it like I treat the mole on the inside of my upper right thigh; it's just a feature of my groin region, like a water fountain in a hotel reception area.

Judging by this thread, I'm one of the lucky ones.

#50 Posted by supamon (1333 posts) -

@truthtellah: Yeah doktor said "no extraneous activities for a few years!". After a year of following that I had enough and started running to train myself up, culminating in me participating in a 42km run a couple years later. As long as you're happy and you understand what's important to you, it's fine. Being in an operation can really put things into perspective for you.Those goals and dreams you have are still achievable(unless it's being a Olympic sprinter and you got your legs chopped off...), you just have a better story to tell when you reach it now.