I've had 3 and I can tell you that surgery is really the only thing that will help. If you don't escalate the situation, you could end up even sicker and in the hospital. I'm 33 and like I said, had 2 minor surgeries, and one major. I haven't felt relief like this in a long time. I was terrified, but they can be deadly. Not something you want to mess around with.
Crohns with Fistula: Please help me with regard to how to get rid of an anal fistula assoc. w/ Crohns. I take high concentrations of an intracellular aloe vera product which seems to help but I don't want to live with this "pain in the butt" fistula forever! Only once a month does it flare up and abcess. Have had it asperated once, take sitz baths occassionally but.....Argh!! Thank you! Mrs. CR
I'm 29 years old and was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 2015. I had my first anal fistula in 2018 and now I've recently occurred my 2nd anal fistula within the past month. Super painful, right near my vagina and rectum, sitting on my panty line. I get Remicade infusions every 8 weeks. I was told when I started Remicade that it would prevent anal fistulas. I was seen in the ER where they did a CT scan to make sure it was a fistula and not abscess. It was so swollen and painful so they ended up lancing it and draining until I can be seen by a colorectal surgeon. If there is anyone or anything that could help me from having surgery I would be forever grateful. The first fistula surgery I had was the worse time of my life and I don't want to go through it again if I don't have to.