In His Grip
AlwaysRosie "We can't control the waves, but we can learn how to surf!!"
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UCTD, Inflammatory Arthritis, Diverticulosis, (recent dx - Sjogrens, Crohn’s 4/08)
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Thanks for the advice. I am seeing more and more that I need to take charge of my treatment. Honestly, I have just floated along with this disease as if it would just go away on its own.
Your situation with abcsess and fistula sound very complicated. I hope they don't trouble you too much.
It seems that everyone around here agrees that finding docs with the right experience is most important. I think I have seen adequate doctors, but I haven't asked the right questions and they haven't offered me enough information. I actually found out about fistula on this site when I searched for info on abcsess'. When the GI mentioned them at the last check up , he never explained what they were and if I hadn't read about them here I don't know what I would now be thinking. He never said a word about seton either, just talked a bit about seeing a surgeon to have it removed.
Oh well, jumping the gun here anyway, I may just have a slow healing abscess.
Did anyone have a raw looking flap of skin form next to their healing abscess
Thanks to everyone who helped me out with my question.
My doc took a look at my little hole during my scope and said it is fistula to nowhere and may heal in time. I guess since I have uc I am not likely to have such severe complications from the abscess as someone with crohn's. I think I was just being overly sensitive because I felt like perhaps my hygiene was coming into question since people with UC don't get abscess' or fistula.
lol chroniemom, I am totally "anal" about keeping clean down there too! It is just that when I was in the hospital for the abscess I must have been told about twenty times that when I went home I must keep that area clean. Made me insecure I guess.
Whether or not I have Crohn's....my gi just did a c-scope on Monday to check exactly that and he says, nope, I still have mod - severe left sided colitis and biopsy just came back UC as well. I think he was rather pleased with himself not to have to change his diagnosis.
=Jen77 - Thanks for the welcome. I am sorry it took so long for your fistula to heal that you ended having surgery on it. I am resigned to remain in "wait and see" mode regarding mine. You were very brave to let your abscess drain. Mine made me so sick, I think it would have nearly killed me to have let it go on its own.