Your gyn was puzzled because it's not exactly something they often see...heck my own GP 16 yrs ago and GP's even before that saw mine and all chalked it up to being hemmies, which they were not and I did have mine banded when they were having the worst flare ever, bad move but obviously even the colon and rectom surgeon who did the banding on mine wasn't smart enough to tell the difference as had she known they were "elephant ears" she wouldn't have touched them in any way shape or form.
Apparently using cortifoam can help bring them out of a flare (shrink them back down)
When I was a teen the skin tags were my first signs of CD for my future, but they came and went quickly on their own and whenever a doc did see them, they would all tell me it was hemmies (they were all wrong) wasn't until my early 20's (a yr and a half after giving birth to my first baby) that the tags flared up and went crazy on me...which I guess with everyone believing they were hemmies is why they rushed me in for an emergency hemheroidectomy on them. During that time, just before the surgery my CD was starting internally for the first time ever, colon, rectom, ileum and obviously the anus.
Live and learn the hard way was my experiance with them...I still have mine of course because they tied them off (banded them) while they were flaring so mine have remained flaring ever since (entire 16 yrs now).
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)