Posted 4/10/2021 8:37 AM (GMT -6)
Sorry to hear your fistula may be flaring, Minnie. Like your Remicade, Stelara has done wonders for mine. Most days, I have little-to-no pain or drainage; I'm OK living with that vs. surgery. On the days when my pain does creep up, I *LIVE* on my heating pad. I sit on it nearly 24/7 when I'm at home, even sleep with it. And I tuck mine between my cheeks to really get the heat up there, too. I find that it soothes things (especially after I poop) and even helps my fistula to drain. I've heard ppl recommend sitz baths, but for some reason they always make me feel worse.
If I don't have pain meds (my GI gave me tramadol), sometimes 2 tylenol will take the edge off. Drinking warm water + a spoonful of manuku honey for several days is also good to do, esp. if you think there may be infection.
Hope it's just a blip and you get good news from the MRI!