It started when I had a pain at the base of my coccyx. I went to my doctor to see what it was and he said I had a bruised coccyx, he didn’t examine me or nothing and sent me away with anti-inflammatories and that was that.
Throughout the week I couldn’t lay flat or on my side and I couldn’t walk around either. I had problems in the past with my pelvis and I had numerous MRI’s and CT scans but nothing showed, the only thing that did was a lymph node from an ultra sound but nothing was done about this.
After that week I went out shopping for Xmas and tried to get my mind off it. I became dizzy, sick and had painful headaches. I couldn’t stop shaking and it felt like I couldn’t breathe, so I called NHS direct and they told me it was the flu.
After this in the night I vomited 17 times, my pulse was 200bpm and my breathing was 25 so I called an ambulance. They rushed me into resus and they examined my bottom. I had a cellutic appearance on the cheek of my bottom and they did a barium MRI and found I had an abscess on the surface. I was taken into theatre to have it drained and when I woke from the anaesthetic I was still being sick. My temperature was 38 and it wasn’t long before I was rushed in again, and they found a massive ischorectal/ischoanal abscess, it was round my pelvis as well. They said it was so big that you could fit both hands in the crevice and clap.
I was discharged on New Year’s day after 2 weeks of hospital – they said I could have died. After that I graduated Uni and I became a nurse. I started my new job but I struggled because I still had pain. In November 2013, I discovered I had a fistula and had to have surgery. Because of pain and complications since then, I have been unable to work, and I am currently unemployed.
I referred myself to St Mark’s hospital in Northwick Park and they have said I have so many deformities relating to scarring, and I also have faecal incontinence now. My confidence became so low I wouldn’t go out in public, but I am trying to rebuild my life. At the moment my mum feels guilty as she feels she should have recognised the signs. But all I can say is keep up to date with what sepsis is and let’s get it before it gets us.