Heating pad for fistula/fissures?

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descrapster
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   Posted 9/21/2007 8:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone tried this before?  The only relief I am getting from my fissures right now is in a hot tub of water.  I figured the heating pad might do something for me while I am at work, especially since the pain after a BM is lasting 2-4 hours!
Descrapster
Diagnosed with CD June 15, 2007
Currently 2 Fissures and 1 Fistula...YAY!
3 Lialda/day
Had to stop Flagyl because of numbness in my toes!
Seton Drain currently in...


dragonfly137927
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   Posted 9/21/2007 8:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I have not used a heating pad for a fissure but I do use one on my belly for a bit before I fall asleep. It goes right over my fistula. If an abscess of anykind is evident heal also helps to expell pus from the body (hence putting a hot washcloth on a pimple to make it form a head). I think it just helps calm my intestines after a BM and eating enough to relax me to fall asleep
Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temp iliostomy February 2007, reversed June 2007, Ovarian cysts, migraines, allergies (incl food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (diff than true food allergies), Asthma, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia 1987
 
 
 


descrapster
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   Posted 9/21/2007 8:48 AM (GMT -7)   
OMG... this is soooo much better! I made my wonderful Hubby go and get one for me at Walgreens and I feel soo much better. The pain is not completely gone but it feels much better! I need one now that can plug into my car! LOL
Descrapster
Diagnosed with CD June 15, 2007
Currently 2 Fissures and 1 Fistula...YAY!
3 Lialda/day
Had to stop Flagyl because of numbness in my toes!
Seton Drain currently in...


bektold
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   Posted 9/21/2007 9:01 AM (GMT -7)   
What about those chemical handwarmer things?  You can get them in camping supply stores.  The one I have (which I actually got at a sex toy party lol) has a little disc that you "snap" to activate.  It forms crystals and heats up.  When you're done with it you boil it and let it cool, and then it's ready to use again.  Something like that would be portable- just keep one in your bag, and you could use it in the car, at work, or where ever.

Nanners
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   Posted 9/21/2007 9:11 AM (GMT -7)   
How about "Cornbags". I use these everynight on my stomach. You just pop them in the microwave and heat them up to the temp you like. Just sit on it the car. I buy mine from Iowa Corn Baby online.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.


mojowo4
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   Posted 9/21/2007 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   
When I was too weak to sit in the tub for fear of not being able to get back out I would take a femanine pad(my fistula was recto/vag) and wet it down with a little water so that it was wet but not dripping and then sit on a covered heating pad. I got the moist heat of a sitz bath and could lay down in bed or chair and it worked great!!
Dx CD 2003 but probably had it 10 years prior
Dx Primary Sclerossing Cholangitis 2006
GB out '95, Appendix out '96, Kidney stent '02/stone removal '02, Resection '04, fistulectomy '06 2x, tubal '05
Currently on 100mg 6mp and Remicade every 8 weeks, Ambien as needed, predsnisone


JudyK89
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   Posted 9/21/2007 10:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Don't they have something like Oragel for the behind? Something that will numb it? If not, I should invent it. A nice soft wipe with a numbing solution on it.
Judy
25+years diagnosed with CD. 
Numerous surgeries, permanent ostomy, adverse reactions to Remicade finally off of Prednisone, hoping for a long remission from this last surgery. 
 
 


Jen77
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   Posted 9/21/2007 11:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Heating pads are wonderful! I usually use one of my tummy, especially after an attack of D. I never thought to use it on my fissue/fistula when I had them, but I can imagine it would help!
~Jennifer
 
Diagnosed with mild Crohn's Disease 2/06 after sever GI bleed. Has been suffering since 1998. History of rectal fistula and gallbladder removal. Currently taking Asacol and Questran.


chroniemomx2
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   Posted 9/21/2007 2:55 PM (GMT -7)   
In the car.....I use my heated car seats when I need some relief down there! :)

Also, you can put rice in a sock, tie it off, and throw in the microwave for a minute....

caras
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   Posted 9/23/2007 7:39 PM (GMT -7)   
when im having a flare up ( i have parianal crohns with multiple fistulas and history of abcsesses) i LIVE in the bath. its where i make all my calls for the day and pretty much do everything. i position my tv so that i can watch from in there.
everyone always knows that im in the bath if they're getting a phone call from me.
i have a corn pad that i heat up in the micro which helps with stomach cramps.
having a flare up right now, spent a night in the hospital, my GI wants to drain the tiny abcsess but the surgeon doesnt want to. im just waiting for a decision because i want to get back onto remicade which saved me last time.
such a pain in the ass.
good luck!
xoxo
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