Ya, I had a colon and rectom surgeon also tell me that I had hemmies and she did a hemheroidectomy on then (by banding them) only for it to turn out that they were infact perianal crohns skin tags, on which you should NOT have surgery on while they are in a flare (large and painful) only when they've shrunk back down can you get them snipped off....so here's a link, the first one shows pics of hemmies, the second shows pics of anal skin tags (aka: elephant ears)....
I had a hemorrhoidectomy and a couple of skin tags removed- and then I found out I have Crohn's. That was six months ago, and the incisions still haven't healed completely.
I was miserable after the surgery. It was very painful, and the pain meds didn't help much. It was 4-6 weeks before I could sit normally. (I went into the hospital at the four week mark, and when I came out two weeks later I was able to sit again, so I'm not sure exactly when it happened.)
Post Edited (starbucks1617) : 10/28/2007 10:34:03 AM (GMT-6)
I have internal hemorrhoids and I am miserable when I have D I have lots of bleeding and pain. I also have a skin tag or something similar, yuck!
I find for the hemmies a hot shower or bath seems to soothe after BM's. Also I use lots of hemmie cream. At least a few times a week even if they are not bothering me. When they are really hurting I get the hemmie wipes that have witch hazel in them and wipe with those then add creamm. I do this each time I have D or when I have bleeding.
Seems like this helps but sometimes I really suffer with them. I thought I had a fissure but I am not so sure now. I know I have internal hemmies though. They really do suck but I am learning to live with them. i wish there was a cure but the cream seems to help some. My Doc gave me a RX cream once and wow it worked well. I would ask him for it when it gets really bad.
I hope you get some relief soon!
Diagnosed w/ Crohn’s Disease March 2007 On Azathioprine (generic Imuran), Pentasa, & ENTOCORT
Diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia May 2007 also on Soma
Also have Arthritis, and feel like I am falling apart sometimes...
Thats good that the remicade makes such a difference. Im not sick enough to be on remicade, but Im considering before I even consider surgery that I should have a second opinion. It seems as if alot of GI's are labeling them as hemmies, when in reality they're not.
Hemmies are varicose veins. Skin tags are growths. It surprises me how many people say that their doctors misdiagnosed their skin tags as hemmies. I would think they would look very different.
Post Edited (bektold) : 10/29/2007 9:10:47 PM (GMT-6)
wow, this thread has been very helpful to me. I think for sure I have a skin tag. I also have internal hemorrhoids. I think my skin tag gets bigger sometimes and when I had my scope i don't remember having it. Right now it is very swollen. Yuck! I thought it could be a fistula trying to break through until I looked at it... yucky
Crohns is so fun huh?