I have 2 fistulas right now so don't be afraid. As far as I can tell the main difference between the two is a fistula sometimes won't heal. Its a tract between your guts and your skin whereas an abscess is a pocket of infection that can be drained and has a better chance of healing completely. Either one, as you know, is no fun but both are treatable and can heal. Stay positive and best wishes, Tony
Crohns 30 years. Ileostomy for 15 years. Symptom free for 14 years until 10 months ago. Was on Remicade but just recently switched to Humira because remicade stopped working, B-12 injections and iron.
God Bless. Tony