IF I had an active fistula I would NOT consider my Crohn's disease to be in remission!
And if I kept getting repeating fistulas I WOULD be looking for more effective medications for my Crohn's disease.
My understanding was that Remicade and these newer biologics were more effective at treating fistulas but I'm not all that familiar w/the biologics.
Maybe you are ending treatment too soon when treating a fistula and need to continue successful treatment for an extended period AFTER the fistula appears to have been "cured" and gone??
As a "for instance": Several years ago I had a rip roaring sinus infection that took a steroid injection directly into the sinus and 10 days of antibiotics to clear up. W/in a month or two it returned. Another steroid injection into the sinus and another 10 days of antibiotic cleared it up. Only to have it return again w/in another month or two. My family doctor's NP told me she had run into similar and that she finally had to resort to 30 full days of antibiotics before it cleared up and stayed gone. We went the 30 days of antibiotics route and my sinuses not only cleared up, the problem hasn't (knock, Knock, KNOCK) returned.
Good luck and God bless!
Crohn's symptoms began mid-1975; Dx'd at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, early 1976; resection of 18" mid-ileum early 1978; 20 year total remission; symptomatic remission 1998 to current.
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Post Edited (CrohnieToo) : 8/17/2013 9:48:19 PM (GMT-6)