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Date Joined Aug 2010
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   Posted 8/1/2010 10:11 AM (GMT -6)   
43 yr old male diag with Crohn's at age 13
2 resects
if i didnt have fisutlas and an abcess id barely know i had Crohns now. its so bad i got a colostomy in Nov of 09 to let the abcess heal and fisutlas dry up. its gottne better now that its been 8 months past but its still not gone completely. i am to have a scope in august to see if getting "reconnected" is a possibiluty.
Q: anyone have a bag and get reconnected after 8 months? im worried about the muscles down there still being useful. been trying to keep flexing them but who knows.
Q: anyone recommend some meds or treatments to help the fistulas and abcess go away WITH crohns?
been reading the the bad stories of plugs and setons. just dont understand why both abcess and fistula cant be REMOVED by surgery.
thanks for any and all advice
pentasa, flagyl b12 multi and many antibiotics   plus a humira shot every other week

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Date Joined Apr 2005
Total Posts : 14995
   Posted 8/1/2010 10:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi adidas and welcome to the Healingwell Crohns forum. I do not have experience with fistulas, but many of our great members have. So I am sure someone will be along soon. Just wanted to welcome you to our forum. Hugs!
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease 
Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 1202
   Posted 8/1/2010 3:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you tried taking Remicade or any other biologics? They are supposed to help fistulas. I think Imuran (Azathioprene) also helps. Flagyl and Cipro together are sometimes used in hopes of closing them also.

I have one fistula that tracts to two different opening. I can't answer about reversing the ostomy. Maybe asking on the Ostomy forum would get answers to that also. (Just starting to think I need one myself ... )

Sorry I'm not more help. Just wanted to chime in with what little I know to help with your questions. Hang in there!
1 fistula with two tracts, crohn's colitis, limited to large intestine
Compounded budesonide 3mg/daily, Cimzia. Dx Osteoporosis 10/08 started Forteo 1/27/09
Failed every other drug and about to prepare for ostomy surgery... In the process of gathering info and meeting with ET nurses.

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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 1342
   Posted 8/1/2010 3:29 PM (GMT -6)   
The only meds that helped my fistulas were 6MP and Imuran. Humira didn't do anything for them, but I hear remicade works well.

My fistulas finally healed after I changed my diet. I follow SCD, and have been fistula free for over a year now.
35 years old, Crohn's disease for 15 of them
Resection of ileocecal valve on 09/22/09
Current Meds: LDN, Pentasa, Effexor XR
Supplements: 3 kinds of Fish Oil, Multi-Vitamin, Vitamin D, Calcium, CoQ10, Enzymes
SCD since 12/01/08 - eating Stage 3 foods
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