I too have had fistulas for a long while due to Crohn's. They were a huge painful problem until I got setons threaded through. It allowed them to drain without abscessing. At first I hated the setons, but after a while I became used to them. Of course there will be times when you are having diarrhea and fluid will drain out, but if you are getting that problem under control, I hear there is not much drainage at all. I also had my fistulas plugged with special material meant to create scar tissue and close the fistulas up. The surgery failed and the plugs fell out. There is a more invasive surgery i may eventually have called a flap procedure where they cut out the inner layer of the rectum/anus where the fistulas start and patch it with a flap of healthier skin. This is successful most often with UC, not Crohn's.
Now, a year ago I had a sub-total colectamy and ileostomy so now there is no fecal stream which causes the fistulas to stay open and irritated. Mine are still not healed after year, but they don't cause any problems or hurt.
Hope that helps. I know it doesn't sound great, but people can have them cleared up with certain anti-TNFs that they find effective as well as if their disease goes into remission. Not everyone goes through what I've experienced.
WHITE OAK BARK
Very important information for fistulas:
from : http://www.buildingbetterhealthnaturally.com/cdbook/MainPub/HE_069.html
"For swollen glands such as prostate or relaxed anus, the herbalist, Alma Hutchens, reports Oak Bark Tea often dissolves and remedies dangerous fistulas, such as anal fistulas (wild, alternate channel from the rectum to the outside of the body). For this, the method to use is a Sitzbad (German word for sit-bath). Prepare the bath by diluting 40 drops of the extract per cup of fluid for the sitz bath. Stay in this warm water for 15 to 45 minutes daily as needed. Add additional hot water with White Oak Bark Extract as needed to keep the bath warm."
i have sometime some blood when i go to bath not always, i go 2 times in morning to bath i have no diaheh no belly pain i have uc 2 years ago i am afraid my case to be more dangeres than now i take pentasa 4 pills but doesn't work after 3 months the blood back please need help if you know something useful for my case
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