Anorectal Abscess

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Date Joined Mar 2010
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   Posted 3/12/2010 1:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I dont have Chrons disease but every time I do a google search it brings me here about this abscess, so I figured I would make a post here about it and get some information.

Since I was about 16 or 17 (now 22) I would get this abscess about 2 or 3 times a year. It seems now almost every 3 to 4 months I get it now. I go to the doctor and get it drained and then pray I dont get it again.

I went to get a colonoscopy they said I dont have anything wrong and don't have chrons disease.

My rectal surgeon recommended me to get a Fistualotomy which would basically fix the problem, but wouldn't guarantee that It wouldn't happen in a different spot. So far its only been happening on the left side in the same general area.

My concern is, is IT possible to be getting this even with out a disease, COULD I have an underlying disease that a doctor missed? I got a complete blood work done everything was normal the doctor said but my WBC was a little on the lower normal side it was 4.0-10.5 for normal I was 4.9, doctor didn't seem concerned about it as he didn't mention it.

Has anyone had success with hospital surgery?

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   Posted 3/12/2010 1:29 PM (GMT -7)   
A friend of mine used to have trouble with abscesses and a fistula when he was about your age. (That was about 20 years ago.) He did the surgery and has had no trouble since. He definitely doesn't have Crohn's. So, if the colonoscopy was clear, I wouldn't over-worry about it.

Good luck!
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Date Joined Jan 2010
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   Posted 3/12/2010 3:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Are you sure it isn't a problem with the Bartholin gland?
I had that as a kid. When that cyst finally ruptured...phew! The only thing worse is having an abscess rupture!
It's near the vagina and it can become a cyst or an abscess.
When I first got my perianal abscess, I went to two diffrent doctors and they both told me it was a Bartholin abscess even though they both knew I had Crohn's.
When I finally saw a GI specialist, she told me it was a perianal abscess and directly caused by Crohn's disease, and definitely not a Bartholin.
So who knows??
If you're a woman, you should definitely consider that as a possibility!
Diagnosed with typical Crohn's at 16.
Got lucky with Asacol for a year, then even luckier with ten years of relative remission.
Now abscesses and fistulas are having an "atypical" Crohn's party around my junk.
My HMO refused the Remicade and now I could be going on Lialda or sulfa? blah

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