For UCers dealing with "hemmies"

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   Posted 1/15/2008 11:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Here is a link....
This link shows pictures, the first set of pics are actual hemmies, the set of pics under that are actually perianal crohns skin tags (aka: elephant ears)
The reason I'm posting this for you all is, way back just as I was getting sick with crohns, I started out with the perianal crohns skin tags and I was told they were hemmies, they ended up giving me such grief I went in for an emergency hemheroidectomy...BIG NO NO, turned out they were NOT hemmies but the CD anal skin tags...well the surgery I had was getting them banded, and they were in a bad flare at the time, because of this surgery they have to date (going on 17 yrs) stayed in a constant flare and causing continuous internal flaring to some degree for me (for most of my yrs, severe flares)....although I've gotten my internal flare better under control with the natural products I use I was warned that complete remission for me was slim to unlikely because of the complications with my anal tags.
Because UC and CD often get misDX for one another, it always makes me cringe when a UCer states they have I know that UCers can get hemmies, my concern is with the two conditions often being misDX for one another that there could be "UCers" out there with "hemmies", when infact they could infact be CDers with perianal crohns skin tags.  And I don't want anyone to go through the horrid experiance I went through with getting surgery done on them when that should never happen.
If only I knew then what I found out shortly after getting the surgery.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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Date Joined May 2003
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   Posted 1/15/2008 12:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Can always rely on you to give great info!

I remember when I sent to see my doc regarding the external hemorrhoid (not thrombosed) and the small fissure and sentinal pile, plus the "changes" happening to my butt...and he chuckled politely and said, "it's definitely mild and not anything to be concerned about at this, consider how many years of use it's had".

Yeah, a good point.

*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... increased enemas to nightly
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....bromelain 1 - 2x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

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Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 121
   Posted 1/15/2008 12:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks alot!!!! I will add that to the list of things not to let the Doctor due.
I often thought about getting them cut out but now it is no way.
Unfortunatly 17 years of being sick does not give me enough trust in a Doc to make the proper
DX. or cut anything off or out.
You probably saved me years of pain.
Diagnosed panColitis 1990.
Current Meds Asacol x4 twice a day.
Pred for flares. I still have my colon THANK YOU GOD!!!
vitamins-veggie juice-wheat grass juice--fish oil
Started 1/01/08
Freindly bacteria:raw milk-kefir made with raw milk--natto--probiotic
Antifungus:Caprylicacid, Pau D Arco, Black walnut hull, Oregano oil
Anti inflammatory:fish oil  1/15/08 started Turmeric
1/10/08 Started healthy diet again.

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