Hi, first off I'm sorry that you are having to go through all of this, at 18 these aren't the kind of things you should have to be worrying about
I had a seton fistulotomy in June, so my experience is probably slightly different to yours, but I was bathing twice a day and showering my bottom every time I had a poo rather than scrubbing it with tissue.
I went to the toilet the next morning (4 times), I'm not going to fib, it didn't tickle! The pain killers made it more bearable and soaking in the bath does calm the discomfort down considerably.
There are some good links on here in the resources section that cover pretty much everything you need to know, the link is at the top.
I know it's really daunting and I'm fairly new to all of this too, I promise it does get easier, take it slowly, the folks on here are fab and have been a great help to me.
Oh and yes I'm sorry but it is meant to look like that, my backside looked like a horror film, it's healed now, I'm not saying it now looks like a piece of art, but it's definately not quite so scary.
30 year old, female.
Diagnosed with severe ulcerative proctitis, Mar 2009. (awating further tests to rule out Crohn's).
?2 fistulas, seton fistulotomy july 2009, 2nd fistula ?currently dormant.
Currently taking, 1200mg asacol TDS, 1g Pentasa supp, Probiotics, zinc supplement.
Prenisolone restarted 8th sept, for urgency, tapering dose.
Low residue diet, under the supervision of a dietician.
Past meds: prednisolone, colifoam ememas.
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