Definitely sounds like a fistula...I feel for you ... I have a friend who has fistulising CD.
What antibiotic did the doc put you on for the fistula?
You really need to get back to the GI for proper assessment and treatment of the fistula...both the abcess and the tract. Fistulas would be an extraintestinal manifistation if it's related...especially to CD. Hopefully it's just a once happening event. Do you have hemorrhoids? or fissures? Few of us with UC can get fistulas from an infected fissure or hemorroid..can depend on what else is happening aside from UC. Even people who don't have UC or CD get fistulas...but it depends on where it starts. Some can be inside the body from organ to organ and not emerge to the skin. The primary infection/reason has to be dealt with.
I would suggest you have either an MRI or at least abdominal ultrasound to make sure it's only one.
The nodules ( Erythema nodosum) are related to IBD in general..more in CD than UC...but not necessarily a determining factor of either.
Please keep us posted as to the outcome and how you're doing. Now you have more questions than answers.
I have strong advice regarding getting pregnant.... DON'T until this is resolved.
*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~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 ....zymactive 3 - 5x 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 !!!
Post Edited (quincy) : 3/31/2008 11:18:38 PM (GMT-6)