Fistula Question

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   Posted 10/2/2008 12:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi guys,

Quick question in relation to fistulas. Basically i have never had one but i am curious as to the symptoms in the early stages of a fistula. Is it very gradual or a sudden thing. And how are they diagnosed if they are festering away inside you and you have no major symptoms? Would an SBFT or colonoscopy show any signs? Just a little worried as i am having some funny sharp pains and weird feelings!

Thanks in advance,

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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 10/2/2008 2:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Lila I was having pain at the time I had mine so not sure if they hurt or not. Mine was shown up on CT and then I had a barrium ennema (sp) .One was to skin after a large abcess formed and I had abd surgery. They got ways of finding them and I was glad when they did not the resection they took out the pieces that had them . My pains were mostly from obstructions. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,and still gail

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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 10/2/2008 4:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I had pain (anal/rectal fistula) but not much over my typical pain levels. I did have a sustained low-grade fever before I was able to note the abscess from the outside. Once the fistula was drained the fever went away. They found mine because I found the abscess...
--40 year old female, dx as UC in '04 (1st symptoms in '03), switched to Crohn's in '05, 1 fistula, crohn's colitis, limited to large intestine
--rejected (reaction/didn't work): Asacol, AZA, 6-MP, MTX, Remicade, Humira, prednisone
--methylpred - finally off 6/15/08, tried Prochymal in Phase III study (can't wait til it's approved!)
--started Tysabri 3/21/08
--single mom to 10-yr-old girl

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