I have had Crohn's for over 17 years and had two resections (all right side-terminal il. area) and am now dealing with something totally new! I had an abcess totally out of nowhere--had it drained @2 weeks ago and it is still infected. I am on a second round of antibiotics and had it opened and drained again in the colon-rectal surgeon's office today. He brought up the "f" word-fistula! I go back again in 2 weeks to see if it is improved or to talk about further treatment (O. R.).
I am a former Remicade and Humira user (last dose was March 07) because I had a resection in June '07 and was declared Crohn's free at the time. I am still on 75 mg. of Imuran a day to keep me in remission status. Hmmm . . . do you think this out of remission or just rotten luck???
Ugh!!!! I have been reading the previous posts and learned a lot about the abcess end of it, but a fistula in the near rectal area is totally new to me. My disease has involved fistulas in the small intestine. I never thought I would be dealing with this area (rectal).
For those of you have had surgery for the abcess- turned- fistula, what is the true recovery time? Did you heal completely eventually? Was the surgery enough?
I would appreciate any input! This has really just thrown me for a loop!