Dealing with an abscess or fistula: a guide for novices

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ivy6
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   Posted 8/8/2009 12:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,

We've had a lot of questions about abscesses and fistulas lately, so I thought it would be helpful if I started putting together a list of some of our best threads on diagnosing and treating them, and living with the little darlings rolleyes .

I also thought it might help FallColors and our very patient Patientspiders and keep them from having to type their wise and compassionate advice so often. They have been doing this for years now, and I think we have all appreciated and benefited from their advice and experience.

As always, this is a work in progress. I'm just posting a few basic links now, and will try to add to this thread over the next few weeks and / or months.

And, as always, would it be possible to please put comments / advice / suggestions in another thread, please? I'd really like to keep this thread for information only, to make it easier for people to read.

Hope you all find this helpful,

Ivy.
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Medications for Crohn's ~~ Diet and Nutritional Therapy for Crohn's ~~ You and Your Fistula

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ivy6
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ivy6
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   Posted 8/8/2009 2:21 AM (GMT -7)   
SURGERY - PREPARATION


So, you've decided to take the surgical option, and you've been told you'll need to have a fleet enema beforehand. Want to know what that entails? Here are some links to get you started:

http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=17&m=1072550

http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=17&m=1556940


Some important questions to ask your surgeon:

http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=17&m=1228758 - please see the second post in this thread.
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Medications for Crohn's ~~ Diet and Nutritional Therapy for Crohn's ~~ Dealing with Abscesses and Fistulae ~~

Post Edited (ivy6) : 8/8/2009 8:45:01 PM (GMT-6)


ivy6
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   Posted 8/8/2009 4:12 PM (GMT -7)   
SELF-CARE - SITZ BATHS

Been reading about sitz baths but don't know what they entail? Here are some links to get you started:


http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=17&m=739793

http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=17&m=1059246
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Medications for Crohn's ~~ Diet and Nutritional Therapy for Crohn's ~~ Dealing with Abscesses and Fistulae ~~

Post Edited (ivy6) : 8/8/2009 10:42:04 PM (GMT-6)


ivy6
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   Posted 8/8/2009 4:25 PM (GMT -7)   
OTHER SELF-MANAGEMENT TIPS


Pain

http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=17&m=920292


Coping with Drainage

http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=17&m=853782


Keeping Clean

http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=17&m=1049393 - please read the whole thread, as the best tips are about half-way down.

http://www.stmarkshospital.org.uk/uploads/docs/patientinformationleaflets/SM07-39%20Skin%20Advice.pdf


Dealing with uncontrollable passing of gas

http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=17&m=1226854


Sick of your toilet paper leaving lint around your fistula? This thread might help:

http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=17&m=891416


Coping with bowel prep

http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=17&m=839071 - scroll down; the useful posts are towards the end.
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Medications for Crohn's ~~ Diet and Nutritional Therapy for Crohn's ~~ Dealing with Abscesses and Fistulae ~~

Post Edited (ivy6) : 11/11/2010 12:21:07 AM (GMT-7)


Sadin
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   Posted 5/31/2013 4:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi guys,I am new in this site.i was just checking about fistula disease and I could find lots of informations here.I couldn't stop myself from writing after reading the painful stories of people.I am also a victim of this disease.I had my first surgery done on may 2012.Now it's already been a year and I am still struggling with it.I am an overseas student in Australia and its really hard for a student to manage everything by yourself.I live with my friend.My parents are not here.After having perianal abscess surgery on may I went for holiday on July.Though I wasn't healed but I could travel so I went back to my country to visit my family.after the surgery it healed in my right side but there's always draining in my left side.I went to see the doctor in my country as well.The doctor put some stitches in the left one which was the biggest mistake of all.The wound could only heal outside but not inside.then I came back with the same draining butt.😢😢I had ho through another surgery.then they did colonoscopy and everything.I have a seton put in before 5 weeks.But it's still draining.I always have to wipe it out to make it dry.As I have to manage everything by myself,I have to work for rent,expenses,school fees etc.This disease has really destroyed my daily life as well as love life.Every night I cry just because of this disease.I don't know when I am gonna recover.The doctor said he still needs to do more surgery.I am really sick of it.Not being able to b positive.What Sud I do??😢😢

kazbern
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   Posted 5/31/2013 11:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Sadin, please repost in a new thread. This is a really old thread. Introduce yourself! Welcome to the forum.
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