So it was last Friday when I began to feel a peculiar soreness around my tailbone. I didn't think much of it at first--I do get odd pains and sores from time to time--but by the end of Monday night, I knew something was wrong.
Wrong in the sense I couldn't sit, stand, or even lie down without being in excruciating pain, and there was an odd mass growing by my tailbone. And by excruciating pain, I mean screaming and crying uncontrollably--that sort of pain.
By Wednesday night, the mass has grown to the size of a golf ball and I was sent in for an emergency surgery the next morning. The physician diagnosed it right away as a pilonidal abscess, where pockets of pus collect under the area below your tailbone, causing immense pain.
The cause? Usually heavy falls or long periods of sitting are to blame; I do the latter a lot, since I do freelance writing for a living.
The SurgeryTo remove a pilonidal abscess, you get what I call old-timey surgery, because it seems like something a doctor would do during the 19th century. First, they tried to "numb" the area with a lidocaine injection, except that it felt like death and I started crying frantically--but it didn't have any effect. Ignoring that, they cut into my abscess right away, which caused a pain I have never felt before in my entire life, and I swear for a moment I was going into shock from it all. They kept on cutting and "digging" to get rid of the inflamed areas and I felt like I was going to die, but I eventually made it through it.
Once they finished the process, they packed the area with gauze (which also feels like the 8th circle of Hell). I was then prescribed an antibiotic and Vicodin before being set off on my merry way.
Also, I Can't Walk
Post surgery, I attempted to pick up my medications at the local Target, but didn't last long because while in Target I nearly fainted. I was suddenly feeling very nauseous, had a horrible headache, and could hardly breathe--felt like I was having a heart attack. I could barely walk either because the surgery pain was intense; I had basically been stabbed open multiple times, so obviously picking up my medications myself probably wasn't a good idea. At home, the pain and headache just got even worse and I couldn't keep anything down--I was puking up any food or water I consumed, plus the consumption of the Vicodin made my nausea extremely bad. As a fun side effect, Vicodin made me feel extremely drunk too, so I was back to crying and screaming in bed.
The next morning I felt well though, after switching out Vicodin for ibuprofen. Today I'm feeling a bit better too, though the pain is still there and I'm basically immobilized from the surgery. I've been lying around all day resting and sporadically playing Grand Theft Auto 5 (by the way, super challenging when you're lying down) to take my mind off the pain.
On a scary note, they said I need more serious surgery for this in the future, because the cause of this abscess wasn't removed--so it could inevitably return.
Obviously, dealing with this is making it hard for me to be a super active beauty blogger, but I'll try my best to recover quickly. Being this weak and unable to do anything is really putting me in the dumps :(