Yes it is painful, I apply cold packs and seems to stop it for a few hours. I also use Prax which is an anesthetic lotion. The rings have inside raw skin that does not heal. When I apply cortiosteroids ointments after 3-4 days it goes raw and bleeds so I limit the use of cortionsteriods.
I have had fistulas, fissures and blockages, they all led to surgery. But what is happening to me know is a 24x7 ordeal that does not go away.
There are times when I am sitting, particularly in the car where I don't itch or have pain. I treasure those moments.
This week I am back to the dermatologist and try to understand where he believes is Lichen Planus, it may be because of the rings with a clearly defined border. I will then ask him what will lead to thinking it is Crohns. In both cases the skin treatment are corticosteroid oinments but if it is Crohns once Entyvio takes effect it may reduce the symptoms. After doing research Lichen Planus may be a result problems with the immune system of taking Humira which I took for 4 years at weekly doses.
I am also seeing a proctologist that has done hundreds of surgeries and he is used to seeing Crohns tissue all down the line, to me this will be the defining moment or him ruling it is Crohns, I hope he does not get into the same bandwagon as the GI and dermatologist thinking it could be either Lichen or Crohns. Then I am back to the beginning. There is a skin biopsy that can be cut, but it may require stitches. Ouch !
Post Edited (Fernando) : 3/17/2015 12:12:40 PM (GMT-6)