scary stuff, huh? I talked with my GI- he was glad to hear that the abscess had burst- basically, he said if you come into the office with an abscess, they lance it, drain it, then put you on antibiotics for about 10 days. So, he called in a couple scrips for Flagyl & cipro, told me that if I wanted a Bloody Mary on Sunday to wait 'til monday to start the meds, to take sitz baths 2x day, & that's about it. He also thinks my upcoming surgery (proctocolectomy) will cure the fistula. If i was opting for a jpouch, it could mean trouble since I'd still have a rectum. But I"m not going that route, so hopefully things will be fine. I of course plan to tell my srugeon, since I did not have this the last time we spoke. Jeez....what a day though. Now that the fistula is visible, it drains a lot... Good luck, Ohio- it sound absolutely awful, your experience! My fistula is where my episiotomy was too.
A note of clarification, if one opts for a j-pouch the rectum is removed. The j-pouch basically replaces the rectum. Anyone opting for surgery to UC should have both the colon and rectum removed. If that is not the advice given by the surgeon I would highly recommend a second opinion. UC affects both organs and to be cured of the disease they both have to go.
Stacie, that's awful- do you still have your rectum? I knew I had an abscess because it was a very sore, raised bump where I thought the fistula was. I didn't know when it burst, per se, but I went to the bathroom & a LOT of gross, pus-sy, stuff was on the tp.... & I kept wiping & wiping & more stuff kept coming & coming...so I figured it out pretty quick! Plus, instead of being sore, now that area was itchy & not very painful. Totally gross.... Not to be too nosy, but how are you intimate? I fear that if I am, stuff will get into the fistula & cause it to become infected. Jeez, if surgery does not make this thing go away.... I can't even think that!