Vaginal Fistula?

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MAG102886
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   Posted 12/25/2008 8:26 PM (GMT -7)   
UGH...I was taking a shower the other morning before work and I found a very large bump right on the inside of my vagina on the side of the opening. I dont know how to explain how big it is, but it is much bigger then a quater.  It doesnt hurt, but it is hard and if I press on it I can feel something in my rectum. I have no idea what the heck this is.  I have no medical insurance.  I have an appointment with my surgeon on Monday (he waves all charges for me, thank god) Im wondering if he might be able to take a look at it, or if its something a gyno would need to see. How do fisulas start and what do they look like? Im so sick of this, I literally broke down in tears in the shower, Im scared to death.  My mom told me to just relax and that it might just be a cyst.  It virtually happened over night.  Any ideas?
Dianogsed with Crohns: At 16 years old. 22 years old now.
Surgeries:2 Bowel Resections, Gallbladder Removed.
Current Meds: Humira (bi-weekly)
 

Curly9878
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   Posted 12/25/2008 8:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Hmm, no pain huh?   Any discharge from it?
 
I had A LOT of issues down there...   Still do...  But whenever it is anything major it HURTS like a mutha....
 
So, I will pray it is just a little cyst or something!!!
 
28 Yrs
Michigan
Newly diagnosed with Crohns


mkl11
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   Posted 12/25/2008 8:54 PM (GMT -7)   
don't assume worst case scenario! i usually get freaked out by issues down there too, but more often than not, they are not a big deal. it's a good sign it doesn't hurt. i've gotten similar bumps (though no feeling in rectum associated with it) in that area and they are usually little pimples/cysts that go down on their own. glad you're getting it checked out--let us know how it goes! good luck!
20 y/o, diagnosed 6/2007. On Humira, no wheat or corn syrup, low sugar, low dairy.


survivor49
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   Posted 12/25/2008 10:07 PM (GMT -7)   
is it tender or warm or red or draining? we ladies have bartholins glands which can become cystic and fill with fluid and/or pus. It may be that, and need to be drained. I think that your surgeon should be able to at least diagnose the problem, if not fix it. it could be a fistula but sounds more like a cyst

MAG102886
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   Posted 12/25/2008 11:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Its not draining no discharge or anything like that.  And I cant tell if its warm because everything tends to be warm down there, haha.
Dianogsed with Crohns: At 16 years old. 22 years old now.
Surgeries:2 Bowel Resections, Gallbladder Removed.
Current Meds: Humira (bi-weekly)
 

Nanners
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   Posted 12/26/2008 8:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I think survivor is right, sounds like more like a bartholin gland cyst. Good Luck!
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis. Currently my Crohns is in remission.


Curly9878
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   Posted 12/26/2008 11:42 AM (GMT -7)   

I am not sure about the bartholin gland...   I had problems with mine (actually ended up having one removed) and if you are having a problem with it, you would know...   It was the most painful thing I have been through....     

Who knows, I could be wrong...   I am just saying with mine...   it HUUUURT


28 Yrs
Michigan
Newly diagnosed with Crohns


bachi
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   Posted 1/3/2009 9:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I have vaginal fistulas and it sounds exactly like what you described.
I went to my gyno thinking it was something else, and he told me it was related to my Crohn's.

My doctor told me that if you remove it, it will just grow back. He put me on Remicade to clear up my vaginal fistulas and it worked like a charm.
Also, I took flagyl while I was pregnant for a cervical infection, and the flagyl cleared up my fistulas completely.
Good luck.

chroniemomx2
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   Posted 1/4/2009 8:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had a fistula that tunneled into the bartholyn gland. My gyn. mistook it for a bartholyn cyst and first. But it was definitely a fistula. I just had another fistula break through there in Oct...but my fistulas are always painful, so I'm thinking you might just have a cyst....lets hope so!!!
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