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   Posted 10/1/2007 10:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Do any of you other ladies pass gas through your vagina? Is there any way to make this stop? Also at times I pass stool through the same area. All help is appreciated.

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   Posted 10/1/2007 10:47 AM (GMT -7)   
If you're passing gas and stool from your vagina you mostly like have a recto-vaginal fistula. Have you told your gastro about this problem? If not, you really should so you can get started on treatment to try to heal it.

-Formal diagnosis of Crohn's Disease in ileum in July 2005.
-Experienced what were most likely flares for 12-15 yrs.
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   Posted 10/1/2007 1:14 PM (GMT -7)   
My thinking exactly. Get it checked out.
Vicky / 47 years old
DX'd with Crohn's during a resection August 2006
DX'd with Steriod induced Diabetes November 2006
Considered in Clinical remission but have minor signs of disease activity
Daughter (26) also has Crohn's since she was 12.
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   Posted 10/1/2007 1:22 PM (GMT -7)   
You have a your gastro!

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   Posted 10/1/2007 2:07 PM (GMT -7)   
What kind of tests do they do to determine if it is a fistula? What treatments are used to treat this? What causes this?
 Thanks for your help.

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   Posted 10/1/2007 2:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Are you having any pain? When I started having the same symptoms as you, I had pain. I told my doctor but he couldn't find a fistula. After about 6 months or so, the pain subsided. But, I still pass gas, stool sometimes too. But more concerning is that because of this now permanent passage, I am more prone to infections. I take an antifungal med on a regular basis.

This all happened to me before I became super patient. Now I would never stand for the same treatment. Learn from me. Make your doctors find out what is wrong and make it better.

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.

Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....

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   Posted 10/1/2007 2:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a recto-vaginal fistula, had it since January.
And passing gas from the vagina was the very first symptom I had.
The fistula itself doesn't hurt but it keeps causing my
Bartholin's glands to abscess, and they hurt.
My fistula came out at the entrance to my vagina,
so it was easy for my Gyn to see right away.
They keep giving me antibiotics for the abscesses,
but they keep coming back.
I started remicade last week to see if it will close the fistula.

58 yr old female
Dx with Crohn's-Colitis January 2007
Meds: Remicade, Aciphex

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   Posted 10/1/2007 3:31 PM (GMT -7)   

First a doctor would perform a vaginal exam to see if a fistula can be located. If one cannot be seen or felt, then the doctor might order a test like a Transvaginal Ultrasound.

Treatment of a rectovaginal fistula consists of either a medical or surgical approach depending on the problem that the RVF is causing. First, antibiotic regimes might be tried. Most commomly, Flagyl and Cipro are ordered to see if they promote healing. Remicade, an medication given intravenously, also is used for treating fistulae. Finally, surgery might be ordered if the medical treatments don't work or if the problems associated with the RVF warrant it.

You asked what causes fistulae. Unfortunately, fistulae are something that people with CD can have happen. A fistula in CD is a tract or tube that forms from the small bowel or colon to the outside of the body or to another organ. It is generally thought that the inflammation of CD weakens the intestinal mucosa causing it to bulge out. Pressure from the contents of the intestines pushes on the weakened area causing it to bulge out further and further until it attaches to the outside.

I agree with all those that have encouraged you to see your doctor about this problem. Infection is a concern when a fistula outlets in the vagina.

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   Posted 10/1/2007 3:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Ides about summed it up for you, but I would like to add, that if the opening is near the entrance to the vagina, like mine was in the bartholin gland, then I would not recommend a vaginal will be very painful! Remicade closed mine, and I was alo on a high dose of flagyl and cipro (until I had a reaciton), and also levaquin. Let us know how it goes....

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   Posted 10/1/2007 6:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I have have a RVF for 10 years.....remicade did nothing. I have been on massive does of Flagyl and Cipro and nothing

I am hoping Humira does the trick. I am very very tired of them
Female Dx'ed with Crohns Disease in 1992
Been on every med for crohns that exists
Several Fistula surgeries
Dx'ed with Colon Rectal Cancer March 2007
Dx'ed with Stage 2 Vulvar VIN
On Chemo and Radiation for 6 weeks

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