I'm new here. I found out I had crohn's last summer when I thought I had appendicitis. I went into the ER to have an appendectomy and woke up without 8 inches of my small and large intestines. Up until the point I had no clue I had anything wrong with me. I had a few weeks of pain that I thought was a stomach bug and ovulation pain.
I know I've had this disease for quite some time though because 2 years prior to that I was having what I know now to be fistulas in my vaginal area. I've been passing gas through my vaginal canal for at least 2 years. I couldn't get any of the three ob/gyns I had seen to give me a reason as to why it was happening.
After I healed from surgery, the GI put me on 6MP drugs to keep the disease at bay. I started having a flare at the end of the summer about 2 months after surgery. I was put on prednisone and that helped immediately. Around Halloween I started having a different kind of pain. Went back to my surgeon and GI and they did a string of tests (colonoscopy which showed an obstruction, followed by a SBFT and a barium enema, neither of which showed any obstruction). The day after Thanksgiving I went into the ER with the worst pain I have had in my life. They put a tube up my nose and kept me for 4 days before they decided to do surgery again. I had more intestines removed along with an abcess and a fistula. My small intestine had folded over on itself and the anastomosis site had closed up, hence the pain. I spent a total of 12 days in the hospital due to not healing well from being on the prednisone for 3 months and because I had a repeat incision. The surgeon wanted to keep an eye on me to make sure the incision didn't open up.
I'm finally off the prednisone. I'm back on the 6MP (had to stop while I was in the hospital and healing from the surgery), so I had to start over with it. I started Remicade at the end of February. I've had two infusions so far, but I have seen no improvement in my vaginal fistula. Prior to the barium enema, it was only gas passing through the fistula. Since then I have had stool passing through which is very distressing. :(
For those of you with vaginal fistulas and taking Remicade, how long did it take for your fistula to close. If it didn't, did you have surgery? What did that entail? Was there a long recovery process? I've scoured the web for these answers and can't find anything. I've done some forum searching and I can't find exactly what I'm looking for.
Thanks for listening.