Remicade & seton drainage

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farfrmnormal
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Date Joined Oct 2009
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   Posted 1/27/2010 5:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all!

Ok so here is a little background for those of you who aren't familiar with my case.
In September I developed an abscess and ultimately had to have surgery to have a seton put in and a second surgery to have the abscess drained again.
Long story short - I was on flagyl for pretty much the entire time that caused a horrible yeast infection that would not go away (even while taking fluxonazole daily). Two weeks ago I started remicade and had my second loading dose today. A week after my first remicade infusion I stopped the flagyl (even though my prescription was for 3 additional months). After stopping the flagyl I noticed my drainage had increased again.

Anyhow, my question is for those of you on remicade who have setons - do you still have drainage even though you are on the remicade? Also, if you do, what colour is it?

Thanks!
- Diagnosed Nov 08' but undiagnosed for 13 years prior with no major problems
- First major flare Aug-Sep 09 - I attribute it to intolerance to meds and crappy GI
- Perianal abscess - EUA with drainage and Seton put in
- Meds: Remicade for life


chroniemomx2
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Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 2346
   Posted 1/27/2010 7:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes I have continous drainage from it...and I have been on remicade for over 5 years.  It's a yellowish-greenish...the flagyl does help immensely.

FallColors
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   Posted 1/27/2010 7:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Flagyl has been known to help shrink fistulae. So I am wondering if it was doing that for you. The remo is better at it than flagyl, but it will take time to start working.

Drainage through setons is quite normal. Setons are designed to allow drainage -- better than the stuff getting trapped and causing an abscess (OUCH!!). So the fact that it is draining is very good! I suggest you see your doctor is the drainage changes for the worse in some way -- bloody, really smelly, or heavy.
Diagnosed with Crohn's in early 2007.  Several peri-rectal abscesses and two fistulae with setons.  Allergic to Remicade and Humira.  Currently on 6MP, and vitamins D and B-12.


farfrmnormal
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Date Joined Oct 2009
Total Posts : 117
   Posted 1/27/2010 8:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Well it's good to know that drainage is normal even though I'm on the remicade.
I have noticed that the drainage has increased but no more than before the remicade infusions started. I find that the drainage color can vary between a light brown color to a yellowish/green color.

I really hope I don't have to go back on the flagyl again. I can't stand dealing with a yeast infection all the time (going on 4 months without relief). I have just recently gotten relief from the fluxonazole since being off the flagyl this past week.

I think I am going to call the doctor tomorrow and ask for a complete blood work up to check my white blood cell count.
- Diagnosed Nov 08' but undiagnosed for 13 years prior with no major problems
- First major flare Aug-Sep 09 - I attribute it to intolerance to meds and crappy GI
- Perianal abscess - EUA with drainage and Seton put in
- Meds: Remicade for life

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