Nervous about pain. Fistula maybe!?!?

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What A Life
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   Posted 5/18/2010 6:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey all. Hope you are well!

Just got back from a trip and started having some uncomfortable feeling in my right "buttcheek" today. Kinda like there is "something there." It isn't painful, just uncomfortable. I have had 2 fistulotomies with setons years ago (2001-2002) but haven't had anything since. Since it's been so long, i can't remember how the pain/feeling began. I do remember it got to a point where I couldn't sit down anymore and had to get surgery the next day.

So, my questions are: 1) How can you tell if it is a fistula or abscess? (I'm really hoping its just a spasm in a muscle due to working out, but I doubt it) 2) How can I keep this at bay? I know a lot of people go for years living with them, but the only two I ever had were so painful that I needed surgery. 3) I am going on vacation in 2 weeks and want to make sure I'm okay for the duration. Any way to stop it in its tracks? Any advice would be helpful!

I had my surgeries years ago and figured that they would help keep other fistulas from forming. Guess they can form pretty much anywhere in the behind :-(
28 Y/O Male DXed Crohns in 2000.
Fistulotomy/Fistulectomy 2001
Been on many meds including Remicade.
Asacol and Pentasa on a when-needed basis as of recent
Current regimen: Diet and Exercise.


ivy6
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   Posted 5/19/2010 12:56 AM (GMT -7)   
:-( So sorry you may be dealing with these again.

I hate to say it, but I really do think your best option would be to book in to see your gastro doctor asap. Maybe a proper examination can put your mind at ease, and, if you are developing an abscess, your doc may be able to give you some relief with a course of antibiotics or similar.

All the best.

Ivy.
Co-Moderator Crohn's Forum.

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What A Life
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Date Joined Mar 2010
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   Posted 5/19/2010 6:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks ivy. I'm not even in pain, just feels like something is there. Hopefully I can hold on for a week as I start a new job Tuesday and don't have health benefits until then!!! Crohns always seems to interrupt life at the most inconvenient of times!

Just hoping there is a way to avoid surgery with the antibiotics.
28 Y/O Male DXed Crohns in 2000.
Fistulotomy/Fistulectomy 2001
Been on many meds including Remicade.
Asacol and Pentasa on a when-needed basis as of recent
Current regimen: Diet and Exercise.

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