Posted 1/29/2018 4:22 AM (GMT -7)
Well if you are in NYC as your name suggests, then you should consider seeing a GI and CRS at Mt. Sinai--they are the best.
It does sound likely that you have a fistula.
I am sorry to tell you that fistulas do not heal well and some never heal--I tell you this because I personally thought it would be a quick fix. But no. This is often a chronic condition.
I have a perianal fistula that was very small to begin with (didn't appear on MRI). I kept it from abscessing again by taking a daily sitz bath in epsom salts and a few drops of tea tree oil--some people take sitz baths multiple times per day but once worked for me. I would suggest taking sitz baths as they really help.
And then yes, see someone ASAP because you don't want to end up in the ER again--the ER is not specialized in abscesses and fistulas. You need a colorectal surgeon (CRS) to look at you.
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