A bunch of cunts, mostly in the Australian sense. Except that one guy.

Well I've just come from a colorectal surgery specialist

Who has confirmed what I pretty much already knew: that my constantly draining fistula is essentially inoperable (it'll never heal because of my Crohn's) since the usual treatments will pretty much just make it bigger and bloodier and as a bonus, maybe even make me incontinent for the rest of my life.

So the advice from the man who knows is to just live with it.

So I have from now until whenever I live until to enjoy leaking pus and blood out of a hole near my anus all day, every day.
Permalink Send private email muppet 
April 11th, 2007 5:39pm
Maybe it is time for you to become a chronic weed smoker.  Medicinal marijuana.  What are the drugs laws in CT like?
Permalink Bot Berlin 
April 11th, 2007 5:44pm
I'm not really so bothered by this that I need narcotics.  It's just a major pain in the ass...
Permalink Send private email muppet 
April 11th, 2007 5:48pm
It sounds like they have more of an appetite for the crusty flakes of psoriasis sufferers, but maybe you could dry your ass out with rubbing alcohol for awhile and give this a whirl.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/medicine/story/0,,2053417,00.html
Permalink JoC 
April 11th, 2007 5:50pm
The problem isn't dead tissue, but rather a constantly healing/re-opening tunnel from my rectum to the surface of my skin.  The sides of the tunnel ARE 'healed', that is, the tissue has healed incorrectly and formed a new channel.  No sort of treatment designed to eat away dead tissue would have any effect at all except to skeeve me out.
Permalink Send private email muppet 
April 11th, 2007 5:52pm
For those who want further details:

http://www.gicare.com/pated/ecdgs38.htm
Permalink Send private email Stephen Jones 
April 11th, 2007 6:11pm
If the fistula has sort-of healed over and is pretty much permanent, can't you just regularly clean it out to keep it from getting infected?  Mini fistula enemas or something?
Permalink Send private email Ward 
April 11th, 2007 7:35pm
have you tried just packing it with concrete or somesuch?  maybe a no-gaps filler?  ...anything airtight...
Permalink Send private email zestyZucchini 
April 11th, 2007 8:03pm
There's no way to prevent it from becoming infected periodically.  Even if it never got infected, it'd still drain fluid.

So yeah.

There WAS a study in the Czech republic where they glued fistulas shut with some sort of protein compound laced with antibiotics, but it was only on a sample size of 70 and for some reason didn't include Crohn's patients.
Permalink Send private email muppet 
April 11th, 2007 8:35pm
Maybe you need a poop transplant?

http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A22098-2004Mar24
Permalink DF 
April 12th, 2007 9:14am
Well.. that's one way.. I suppose.. but you could just take probiotics.  I guess you may not get the right "mix" that way though.
Permalink Send private email muppet 
April 12th, 2007 9:19am
I haven't read the whole article, but a friend did something similar to that poop transplant.  After she had her first kid, they gave her some antibiotics that really messed up her system and she got a C-Dif infection. She struggled with that for a while, but basically there was no treatment except increasingly strong antibiotics to try to keep the C-Dif in check.  She did some research, found some Doctor in Europe who would sell instructions and a kit to help w/ "harvesting" good poop and processing it...  It worked for her.
Permalink Send private email Ward 
April 12th, 2007 10:23am
Weren't there some kind of worms you can get through your feet if you go walking barefoot in the shit fields of south africa or something?
Permalink JoC 
April 12th, 2007 11:55am
Yep, which reputedly cures Crohn's and all sorts of things so long as you manage the infestation properly, but it wouldn't heal my fistula.
Permalink Send private email muppet 
April 12th, 2007 11:56am
You mean you actually tried it?  Wow!
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
April 12th, 2007 11:57am
I don't need to try it to know that it has a terrible chance of not healing my fistula.  The fistula is more or less a permanent fixture.

If I could:

get a proper hookworm infestation

manage the infestation properly so that the population was correct

and:

the infestation actually healed the damage Crohn's had done by suppressing the disease

the disease went into a stable, long term remission, and continued remission for a long period could be predicted beforehand

AND

if I could both convince a competent surgeon that I had cured myself with African parasites

and that

the stability of my condition would last long enough for his handiwork to heal

and

the surgeon actually performed the conventional treatment for an anal fistulae, which is to slice it wide open and let it drain/heal for several months

AND

the procedure actually worked, and didn't result in an incompetent anal sphincter, making me incontinent for the rest of my life, where before I simply had a slow leak.

THEN

Yes, that'd be great.
Permalink Send private email muppet 
April 12th, 2007 12:04pm
Do you have to get rid of the worms afterwards, or do they need to stay there in a steady-state symbiosis forever?
Permalink Send private email Ward 
April 12th, 2007 1:04pm
Nope the worms die of old age in a year or two, after having released lots and lots of larvae.  If you're always walking in mud that has the parasite, you keep re-infesting yourself.
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
April 12th, 2007 2:17pm
If the worms die off, you have to re-infest yourself.  They don't CURE the disease, they suppress it as long as they're present.  Allegedly.
Permalink Send private email Nigger Brown 
April 12th, 2007 2:49pm

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