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I am new here so please be gentle with me 😊
I had been suffering with lower back ache for around a year or so and occasional tailbone pain. I had injured my coccyx around 6 years ago in a fall and put it down to this.
Two weeks ago a back ache flair up lead to severe tailbone / coccyx pain to the extent that I could barely sit down. On Sunday, the pain was horrendous, I felt genuinely unwell and I noticed a swelling at the base of my spine at the top of my bottom crack which seemed to go inot both buttocks. I went to A & E after much nagging by my husband and after seeing a surgical doctor was booked in as an emergency case on Monday morning for an operation to cut and drain a pilonidal abscess.
The operation went well and I was advised I would need to go to my local surgery every day this week to have the wound re-dressed which I have done. Things have been going well and the nurse said my wound was healing well. Then today I starting to feel rubbish again. Have aching in my left buttock, feel generally unwell like I am getting a bug or something. Thr nurse said that there was a bit of weeping still from the wound and it was a little bit inflamed but said she wasn't concerned about it. I saw my GP and she also said it looked fine and she didn't believe I needed antibiotics. My temperature and blood pressure were both fine.
Basically I just wondered if anyone else went from great relief after the drainage operation, to feeling unwell again in a few days. This whole diagnosis was a shock to me as a 45 year old pretty much hairless female so would never have thought I was a candidate for this from the stereotypical description online.
My main worry is that I going on holiday in just over a week and really want to be feeling better and not to have to worry about infection or the wound getting worse.
Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated.
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