I have had lots of abscesses and Drs,. suspected a fistula for years-they could never find it though. Last July, it finally broke out to the skin. I had a seton in it and then a fistula plug. That closed it for about 8 months but once I started remicade, I got the fistula back. In the meantime, I had to have another drain put in because once the plug closed the fistula, 2 more abscesses busted out right next to the plugged area. IMO, don't mess with it. I went through 10 months of pain including missing 4 months of work because of all the surgeries. I wish I just took the remicade in the 1st place. So no,they have not closed on their own. I have one now that is not even closing with remicade-remicade actually caused it.
I want a baby too and my husband and I decided to just try, even if i am on remicade. No time is ever perfect for anyone-there will always be something to wait for. Is it ideal to be sporting a seton while carrying a baby? No but remicade is a class b drug and lots of women havew remicade babies. I have my OB/GYNs support and she is a high risk Dr.
If I knew then what I know now......
Best of luck!
rkilcher- Does it feel like a bruise? Night sweats could mean a fever breaking at night. Also, I have had abscesses with no fever-I don't know how but I have had my surgeon not believe me because there was no fever and 2-5 days later, I have been in his office setting up a time for surgery. Keep a close watch, soak your bum as much as you can and call the Dr. if it gets worse.
36 year old female. Dx'd and undx'd a few times. Was just redx'd again 04/2007.
History of rectal abscesses and fistulas (28 surgeries including abscess I & D, exploratory surgeries, 2 C-ton drains and 1 fistula plug) Count does not include self bursting abscesses.
1st Remicade infusion 6/5/07. Lots of joint pain, and a new fistula since the 2nd infusion 6/19.
Praying I'll get better soon so we can have a baby.