1st time poster here, but have a great educational experience lurking on Crohn's and UC boards. I know many with CD have had the unfortunate experience to of dealing with fistulas.
I was DX w/ UC three years ago via a biopsy taken during a colonscopy which found active, mod-severe colitis. GI saw little to no inflamation as I had been on meds for about 7 weeks before the scope and they were working great.
I have been flaring on and off for about 5 months now. I developed a rectal abcsess about 8 weeks ago. It was surgically removed/drained and I spent three days into the hospital because the infection was "systemic?". Afterward the wound was kept open with gauze packing for another fifteen days.
What I have left now is a small hole next to my anus that drains stringy green glop and a pink or brown colored clear fluid. GI looked at it about 2 weeks ago but couldn't be certain if it was an unhealed wound or a fistula..A fistula, to me, seems like a crazy unreal thing and brings to mind tiny aliens with tiny rayguns blasting their way through my flesh (most likely to escape the vile, malordorous events transpiring in that region lately) :)
Finally my question(s), Is it possible to develop a fistula such a short time after having an abcsess. I thought that generally, a fistula comes before an egg, I mean, an abcsess? Does what i have sound like an abcsess to those who know about them? Also next to the hole is a small red flap of skin that looks likes a tiny part of my insides trapped on the outside (probably the work of the fistulizing aliens).
Thanks in advance!