So, alongside the Still’s flare and all that comes with it, I have also had a (rather embarrassing) problem with chronic abscesses for the past year – one in my left groin (hidradenitis) and the other, descibed as a pilonidal sinus in what I shall call the ‘natal cleft’ – a polite way of saying butt crack. This would usually suggest that I was a very sweaty and hairy person but, in my case, it seems to be down to the longterm steroid treatment, since I am neither sweaty nor hairy!
Anyway, I digress. After almost a year of putting up with these unpleasant and uncomfortable things and many, many courses of antibiotics, trips to A&E etc… my new GP said straight away that they wouldn’t disappear unless they were ‘laid open’ and he referred me to the surgeons, who I saw today.
He focussed on the hidradenitis, which gives me the most trouble, and said that I will need the whole section of infected/scarred skin cut out and healthy skin sewn back together. I am not sure whether this will be under local or general anaesthetic. Usually, the wimp in me would beg for a general as I quite like to be completely unaware; this time, however, I quite like the idea of getting it over and done with without having to stay on a ward. Chances are, I won’t be given a choice. Either way, I have to take a course of antibiotics for two weeks beforehand to reduce the risk of further infection.
Something else to look forward to hey?