Anoratab to heal fistula - also question on antibiotic ointment to heal fistula

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UMDTerp2001
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   Posted 1/12/2009 2:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I have a small ano-rectal fistula that is more annoying than anything else.  My colo-rectal surgeon that I consulted with will not operate because it's too close to the rectum and he doesn't want to take the risk so he wants me on Remicade.  I'm in the process of finding out what it will cost and if I can afford it before I give it a shot.  For the past two nights I have been putting some strong antibiotic ointment and it seems to be helping heal it somewhat and cut down on the leakage to almost nothing.  I was googling antibiotic ointment and fistula and I came across a multi-herbal supplement called Anoratab http://anoratab.com/2/about.html  Does anyone have any experience with this in helping to heal a fistula.  My fistula is not that big and i'm willing to give it a shot as an alternative treatment.  Any thoughts on this?  Also, any experience with using the antibiotic ointment.  Thanks
 
 
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- 30 y/o male residing in Northern Virginia living a fairly "normal" life at the moment
- Currently in remission
- Pancolitis since April, 2006
- Small fistula and anemic at times 
- 4 Colazal/day, multivitamin, Fish oil and Primal Defense Probiotics 2x/day
 
 


patientspiders
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   Posted 1/12/2009 9:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I was strongly cautioned AGAINST using any type of antibiotic ointment or cream. The reasoning is that the cream penetrates and heals from the OUTSIDE IN... this increases the risk that the deeper sections of the fistula will remain active and abscess until they can break through the skin and the whole stupid process starts all over.

It's my experience and understanding that fistulas need to be healed from the INSIDE OUT. Indeed, that's the only method that finally got rid of mine. I had a combination of Remicade treatments and setons/drains... it took many months, but (knock on wood) it's been 3 years and I haven't seen a glimpse of anything amiss down yonder.

That's just me though. With the placement of your fistula, maybe it would be safe because it is very close to the surface or something? I don't know, but I would definitely run the cream by your doc/surgeon before you go too far healing it up.

Good luck to ya!
27f, dx'd CD July '05 after 6 fistula/abscess surgeries
(miscarried at 13 weeks, now waiting to heal before trying again)
Stopped Humira August 22nd, 2008.
Went Gluten-Free, noticing some definite improvement.
Started LDN October 27th, and already LOVING IT.

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FallColors
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   Posted 1/12/2009 10:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello UMDTerp2001,

I definitely agree with the comments above. You really don't want to risk it abscessing again!

Hey I see you are a Terp fan! Yeah UMD!
Diagnosed early 2007 with rectal Crohn's.  Several peri-rectal abscesses and two fistulas with setons.  Allergic to Remicade and Humira.  Currently on 6MP.


UMDTerp2001
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   Posted 1/14/2009 12:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone! Definitely a terp fan here ! I'm stubborn because I put a bit on it over the past few nights and it has shrunk up really good and does not leak during the day but I understand the risk. I actually have been analyzing it with a mirror and it's only about a half inch from the sphincter so I have this theory that if by chance it connects not too far up the rectum then maybe if I get enough antibiotic ointment up there it will heal the inside portion. I think if I can get this too work at all I will also need to be on an antiobiotic as suggested to kill the remaining infection in the tract. If it works which i'm skeptical because I never heard of someone doing it, but one good thing is i'm fairly in remission and a colonoscopy showed my rectum has no signs of inflammation. I have tried the flagyl treatment twice without success. My CR surgeon wants me on Remicade to close it but I dont want to use it if I dont have too and do something less invasive. I also just posted another post asking about the fistula plug procedure. I'm considering that if my topical antibiotic assault doesn't prove successful. 


 
 
__________________________________________________________________________________
- 30 y/o male residing in Northern Virginia living a fairly "normal" life at the moment
- Currently in remission
- Pancolitis since April, 2006
- Small fistula and anemic at times 
- 4 Colazal/day, multivitamin, Fish oil and Primal Defense Probiotics 2x/day
 
 

Post Edited (UMDTerp2001) : 1/14/2009 12:12:20 AM (GMT-7)


FallColors
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   Posted 1/14/2009 4:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Terp fan,

The question is whether the origin of the fistula, probably in the rectum, is still open. If it is then that hole needs to close or else stuff will continue to get in. Not saying its impossible to get it to close, but just keep an eye on it. Flagyl is really good against anaerobic bacteric, even if it is nasty.
Diagnosed early 2007 with rectal Crohn's.  Several peri-rectal abscesses and two fistulas with setons.  Allergic to Remicade and Humira.  Currently on 6MP.


danceract
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   Posted 1/12/2010 4:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,

Thank you for sharing these great solutions. I am suffering from an anal fistula and my doctor recommended surgery as the only option. I'd like to look into alternative ways and found ANORATAB advertised online as a homeopathic remedy. Has anybody heard of it, or tried it?

Any feedback is highly appreciated.
Thanks

gypsyfp
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   Posted 1/12/2010 5:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I've got a fistula extending the rectum, and I'm waiting to go on remicade.
I went to a surgeon just to consult about the whole thing. I spent two hours waiting for my appointment, finally got into the room, but then I had to leave before I even saw the surgeon because I had to make another appointment! Piss me off.
No one even hinted to me about ointments. I think that these alternative methods are more likely going to treat a symptom and not the cause of your perianal disease.
Good luck with it anyway.
Diagnosed with typical Crohn's at 16.
Got lucky with Asacol for a year, then even luckier with ten years of relative remission.
Now abscesses and fistulas are having an "atypical" Crohn's party around my junk.
Remicade is coming to get me soon!

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