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   Posted 12/27/2008 12:38 AM (GMT -7)   
 Hello, I had surgery on the 19th of november, to remove part of my intestine. I then developed 4 abcesses and 1 fistula. I was told i have a small tear in my intestine also. They are hoping it will heal but i never heard of such a thing healing on its own. My biggest concern is that i keep starting my period. It isn't normal. The color is dark brown, real spotty every since surgery. I told the dr but he doesn't seem to concerned. I am worried that it might be something else going on down there. Don't you think with all the ct scans i have every week basically that they would see something? I go see the surgeon and radiologist the 5th. I have 1 drain left and the cavities are healing well and the fistula they tell me. I first thought it was stress with the period but it has never been red blood just light occassionally. Should i be worried?

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   Posted 12/27/2008 8:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Maybe the funky periods are caused by the trauma your body went thru with the surgery. Maybe within time things will get back to normal. Sorry I couldn't be of more help.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis. Currently my Crohns is in remission.

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   Posted 12/27/2008 11:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I think your body is in some kinda shock.. This would effect your periods. Hopefully, when you start on the road to full recovery,
your body will return to normal.... Good luck!!

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   Posted 12/27/2008 2:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jersey nice to see you post as I have been wandering how you are. I really don't know about your peroids hope they get better in time could be the meds but I'd be making a guess. lol gail
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   Posted 12/27/2008 5:21 PM (GMT -7)   
jersey--it never fails to happen to me, too!  I have had my period right before surgery and it starts AGAIN the day or two after...from what I have been told, it is normal, but it may take some time for you to get back on a normal "schedule".  Your body did just go through a double shock with the surgery and then the abcesses/fistula...maybe call your gyn just to give you some piece of mind.

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   Posted 12/27/2008 6:48 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Jersey,

I hope you don't mind if I ask a question about your abscess/fistula. My daughter just went through having an abscess drained and a drain in for about a week. The abscess was attatched by a fistula as well. We are hoping that this the fistula will close and heal up. I was just wondering if all went well with yours and over what time frame. I'd appreciate anything you can share about it.

Thanks, Tom.

My daughter was diagnosed Feb. 19/07, (13 yrs. old at time of diagnosis), with Crohn's of the Terminal Illium. Initially, 9 weeks of Prednisone, currently taking 2000mgs of Pentasa.

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