well it isnt hemmies or anal skin tags...

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dragonfly137927
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   Posted 4/9/2008 4:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Okay doing this by my cell so please forgive typos it has already deleted this post on me 4 times when I clicked space... I saw my colorectal surgeon today as a f/u. He was the 1 who Dx the thrombosed hemmies before and I thought that was the issue. I them noticed the area that was swollen was skin colored...I have a fissure. I have had superficial fissures before when i put betaval ointment on the superficial ones they were gone by the next day. Mine is an anterior fissure which he feels is not crohn's related since the anterior and posterior positions are the "normal" areas for regular people to get them. I told him that last week during my period the area was more swollen and more uncomfortable. the area for those wondering what an anterior fissure is it isas if I draw a strait line from my vagina back to my anus. (a posterior fissure would be located directly across from the anterior.) It does have the swelling around it which some websites do refer to them as skin tags there was another way the swollen area was called but i forget.I have to go to a special compounding pharmacy for the Rx ointment. It is called Diltiazem ointment 2%. It says it can take up to 3 weeks to work, I will get it tomorrow and I have to use it 3 times a day. For those who have had fissures does the swelling all go away once the fissure heals? thanks stef
Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temp iliostomy February 2007, reversed June 2007, Ovarian cysts, migraines, allergies (incl food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (diff than true food allergies), Asthma, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia 1987
 
 
 


canoehead
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   Posted 4/9/2008 4:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I had one of those nasties last summer; I ended up with a golf ball sized bulge that the doc had to cut out....lotsa laughs! Once the area healed I had no issues with swelling, itching or any other "pain in the ass". No further episodes as yet, I think the Remicade has slain that beast.
I'm interested about the Diltiazem though. Is it a prescription med? What is it's purpose? Anti-inflammatory? Even though I'm not showing signs of a fistula yet, I like to keep everything I can close by......you never know.
Rob
Resection in August '06
Prednisone banished to the hot place shortly thereafter


dragonfly137927
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   Posted 4/9/2008 5:15 PM (GMT -7)   
It is a script med that you have to get at a special compounding pharmacy. In the office they had instructions printed out on how to apply it to make sure u get as much of the fissure as you can. you use a pea sized amount each application and you place your finger as close to the anus as possible where you feel if you move your finger anymore it will slip inside (you dont want it inside) then you apply. I was given the name of the onlt pharmacy in RI that makes it and got the name of another place in southeastern MA. I noticed when I just went to urinate that with my doc's exam it opened to the vaginal area talk about burn. I do get superficial fissures in the vulva area at times and those superficial ones the beta val usuallhealed it by the next day. I hope the newly opened area does heal with the betaval. I just get tiny pinhead sized blood from the superficial fissures in the past. My nana was given nitroglycerine when she was in a nursing home for fissures. I read about that as a Tx since it helps bloodflow which aids healing. I will let you all know of my results with the new med I get tomorrow and how well it works
Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temp iliostomy February 2007, reversed June 2007, Ovarian cysts, migraines, allergies (incl food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (diff than true food allergies), Asthma, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia 1987
 
 
 


FitzyK23
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   Posted 4/9/2008 5:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Yikes, hope it heals in time for your date with your husband!
26 Year old married female law student.  Diagnosed w/ CD 3 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD.  I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid.  For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn.  I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13.  I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium.  Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night.  I alos take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.
 
 


FallColors
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   Posted 4/9/2008 6:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Dragonfly,

I am not sure what you are describing because I haven't had a fissure. Is yours an actual rip in the skin?? From your description, it sounds like the area is just swollen. Could you please describe it more for me?

I am wondering of you are on anibiotics. When I first got my peri-rectal fistula, the perineum (the area between the vagina and rectum) swelled so much it was stiff -- like a hard ridge. Very ouchy to the touch! The fistula emptied out in the perineum and it was infected, so the skin became infected too -- massive cellulitiis tissue infection. It took about 3 months on Flagyl and Levaquin to calm it down, but it didn't stop getting infected until I got the seton placed (so the pus could drain out). I share this because is am concerned you may have infected tissue!

Take care!

Crohn'snme
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   Posted 4/9/2008 7:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Dragonfly, I was in Urgent Care for this 3 weeks ago. I too got the compounded medicine. Really hasn't done much and I too am getting the bulge that was described above. I can only hope it will get better. I am in the middle of my worste crohn's flare ever and just started Humira. So I'm sure the 30 movements a day haven't helped. I am close to going back in again. Hope you have better luck than I do. I was on Flagyl too, didn't help. Just had a colonscopy too. I'm sure that didn't help. Also, taking enemas which are truly painful.

FallColors
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   Posted 4/9/2008 7:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Crohn'snme. I really haven't heard of this before and am trying to learn more. Is the "bulge" an abscess??
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