I’m still alive…

Just thought I’d mention that I’m still alive and I’m still enjoying the benefits of having a healed anus!

Also probably worth mentioning that a visitor to this blog going by the name MV posted his own fistula experience in the comments section of one of my posts, which some of you may like to read.

Update: Another visitor has posted his story aswell


21 Responses to “I’m still alive…”

  1. 1 mv May 20, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Yep. I’m doing great as well. For those who know my story, I passed the 90-day abscess/fistula-free mark March 20th, and am about to pass the 6-month mark June 20. I finally started working out again, but no running lol. I’m not sure, but I have a feeling that working out 5-6 days a week last year contributed to this. Now I just stick to those J. Michaels cardio blasts on OnDemand.

  2. 2 painintheanus May 20, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Good to hear MV ! 🙂

  3. 3 mv June 21, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Just wanted to comment that I’ve passed the 6 month mark being fistula free!

  4. 4 Naz August 17, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    I just got my abscess drained twice within the past 2 weeks. I am in denial about having a fistula even though I have gas going through my abscess. This abscess has ruined my whole summer and now I have to face the possibility of having a fistula and getting surgery again.

    This is messing up my life and I am depressed. I might even have to take the semester of college if I have to go through fistula surgery.

    I am so fucked… any words of advice?


  5. 5 painintheanus August 19, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    Naz: Whether it is a fistula or not is irrelevant at this stage, because the surgical procedure for both will likely be the same. The fact that air goes into it (I know exactly how that feels and it is horrible) means it is probably well on its way to becoming a fistula already. Don’t be surprised if a pimple-like thing appears on your bum somewhere and starts oozing pus.

    Your summer may be ruined, but the sooner you get this sorted out the sooner you will start to feel better. The surgery itself will only take a day and you will only need to stay in hospital one night, then you only need about 2 weeks before you can start being semi-active again. You will not need to take a semester off college for this, you will just need to slow down for a little while.

    Find a specialist and get this thing fixed asap man. The weight lifted off your shoulders will be enough to make you feel happy again, trust me.

    Good luck.

  6. 6 mv August 20, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    He’s right Naz; recovery won’t very long at all. Two weeks at the most. You may even be slightly amazed at how little blood or pain there is after the surgery. The most important thing is keeping the wound clean with baby wipes and sitz baths after going #2, which can be difficult in between classes. My suggestion is to maybe speak with your teachers first; it’s your money and college instructors are usually pretty understanding.

    However, only you know your own body, so do what you feel is right. I got lucky, so to speak, because my surgery happened to fall on Christmas week, so my manager suggested I use up my vacation time. My surgery was on Saturday Dec. 20, 2008, and I went back to work that Monday, then just took the rest of the week off. Taking one semester off college is not so bad nowadays; the trick is staying motivated enough to go back.

    If it helps any, I had outpatient surgery and did not require an overnight stay. You just need a ride home. Not to put any extra pressure on you, but I would suggest getting an appointment pronto, because it took my surgeon 2 abscess drainages before he would officially call it a possible fistula, and even then, my surgery was only supposed to be an exploratory one, and wasn’t until one week later. In fact, the work order itself was named “Rectal Exam under Anesthesia with Possible Fistulotomy.

  7. 8 Naz December 6, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    Thanks for follow guys… really appreciate it. To give you an update I now have been diagnosed with crohn’s disease (which explains everything), and am on medication for both the crohn’s and the fistula. I almost feel normal now… i’d say my quality of life is a 9/10 only becuz the fisula still bothers me occasionally. I’m hoping once i am done with my round of meds the fistula can heal (but that is very unlikely). My doctor is leaving it up to me in regards to eventually having the surgery. As u guys might know having a fstula with a crohn’s person is a lot different than having a fistula in a normal person because the fistula is harder to heal in a crohns patient.

    Anyways life is good right now and I can only thank God for being in this position right now. I remember in what kind of pain i was earlier in the year and i had no idea what was going on with me. But now I know I can hopefully overcome this. I am about to go on Christmas break for college and hopefully after the break I will decide if I will go through the surgery or not. I feel great right now… but I hope to feel even better in the future.

  8. 9 Foq January 1, 2010 at 3:10 am

    OP, you’re a fucking hero!

    I read the first post you made, and boy is it close to what i am having. I did googling, and doctor avoiding and all the good stuff… Just didn’t miss work so far.

    Though, i’m not in as much pain as you guys are saying, and gas aint getting in (i don’t think), but the doc is convinced that thats what I got a damn fistula.

    I said fvck it and didn’t wait long.. just 3 weeks (3 weeks of discomfort, bah!), and went to see a family doc.. Well, my doc wasn’t it and the replacement was a douchebag Goldman. He completely ignored the fact that I had a pinhole next to my asshole (even though thats why I came to him. Since fistula burst, it stopped hurting for the most part), and gave me suppositories and a stool softener.

    Guess what. I had a negative reaction on the suppositories… and would be literally spraying blood almost as bad as the day when the damn thing burst.

    The more I read, the more I learn that the shit he gave me was no good.. If I meet him again, i’ll feed him that crap. Anywho.

    Went to a real doc.. Kokocharov. Best. Fvcking. Experience. Ever.
    I wish I did it right away – my insurance doesn’t require referral. He was extremely nice, down to earth and easy to talk to. Just like OP said, I had a bit o trouble talking about me butthole.. I’m a guy after all, that thing is an exit only sort of thing.

    He was very careful, very knowledgeable and to a point. (I am a business oriented kind of person, so I hate all this blowing smoke up me ass..figuratively speaking). He drew me a picture of whats up with me ass, and explained what he would suggest to do.
    I can’t pronounce the name of procedure.. i’m not even talking ’bout typing it. but what he says is they will make a small incision, then run a needle in down the fistula and clean it. Also, he says, it is done under a general anesthesia.. Which I am happy about. Don’t do well with people sticking me with needles and cuttin’ me.

    Did I mention Dr. Kokocharov is a fvcking man? I hope i won’t have to see him again after all the stuff is done, but if I do, I know he will be good.

    So, now, I am waiting till two weeks from now when I have another appointment w/ him to check how much worse me arse gets. Once that is done, i’m set on scheduling a surgery as soon as possible. My lady/driver to the surgery friend has been amazingly kind to me with this situation.. I am damn lucky.

    I’ll try to remember to post here once I am done with the appointment.

    Thats me story.
    OP, thank you. A Lot. You took a whole asteroid off me shoulders.

  9. 10 painintheanus January 3, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Thanks for posting Foq, I’m glad to hear you’re getting your shit sorted (no pun) 🙂

    No offence to doctors, but they should really pay more attention to problems in the anal region, that shit isnt pleasant to live with, nor is it a good idea to take your time fixing it!

    Those suppositories are also a big bitch to insert.. I remember that being particularly bloody painful 😛

    Please do post about your recovery after the surgery!


  10. 11 IOW March 1, 2010 at 2:19 am

    Man, i really wish I found this website a year ago. I went through the same problem as a lot of people here.
    Using ‘google diagnosis’, i thought I had a fissure, to every type of haemmoroids, to an absess.

    The abscess got so painful i was hobbling around for a couple of days trying to mask the pain from my family. It later burst with some serious pain relief. I thought it would be over from then but i was just left with a fistula that would get worse occasionally and an abscess would pop up. I did nothing about it for a whole year!

    Once I finally got the courage to go (through my parents) to the doctor he diagnosed it as a skin tag (which i knew was bs but i was embarassed that i had researched it so much) with an absess next to it which he gave me meds for.
    I finally got an op appointment to remove the ‘skin tag’ which they quickly realised it was ‘a legion’ they never mentioned it was a fistula but everything they have told me describes the same thing.

    Had my op about three days ago and went really well. I had never been under general anaesthetic before but was definitely a cool experience.

    There was obviously some soreness and the docs had strapped me up so much it felt like i was wearing a nappy. This was the worst part when the district nurse came around for the first dressing change. Now i know how it feels when girls get a bikini wax.

    The packing falls out occasionally and i still have to wear absorbent pads but luckily I am on a gap year so I can chill at home for a while.

    Thanks for making this site, all the others seem to be dominated my ex-preggers girls who visit the doctor every 5 mins for a mild cold anyways so not an issue.

    If anyone is suffering from any kind of problem in ‘that’ region, go see a doctor. Don’t read other forum posts, it’s probably not cancer. But a fistula NEVER goes away, so the sooner you see a doctor the sooner it goes away. It’s not embarrassing, awkward or painful.

  11. 12 Foq March 1, 2010 at 4:13 am

    Well, I did have a surgery on Friday.
    So far, no pain.. well, no severe pain, but quite a discomfort.

    I must admit, though, this time was the least uncomfortable experience I’ve ever had with anastesia.

    I saw the packing strip they are putting up there.. its almost 1.5 feet long.. WTF?!
    I thought, i’d faint when I had my first repacking yesterday. But I barely felt anything. Either Vicodin is a really great thing, or i have a high pain threshhold.

    the damn thing is bleeding, though. Bleeding pretty bad. though, sitting up and doing some work doesn’t help, probably.

    OP, how did you take showers? Its a royal pain in the arse. No pun intended.. or is it..

  12. 13 IOW March 1, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    these puns really are bad….

    haha, it’s weird how little pain there is tbh after you have seen the the wound in the mirror. I mean I am pretty sure i could fit coins in there easily yet there is not too much bleeding
    Taking showers is easy, I was terrified when i was suggested to take the head off the shower and aim it towards my ass. I was expecting some serious serious pain. There was none.

    My question to everyone is regarding ‘sitz baths’ I have never been advised to take one by any professional and how can you take a bath more than once a day with the packing in?

  13. 14 Foq March 1, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    Sitz bath is something that homeopaths are using for “curing” fistulas with no surgical involvement.

    Does it work.. sort of. It just closes thing up, and makes it a wee bit better, but doesn’t solve the issue.

    I’ve been looking into all this stuff before going under surgery, but everyone says same thing (even homeopaths) – surgery is the best and fastest way to solve the problem.

  14. 15 IOW March 5, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Yeah I spoke to my nurses about it and taking a shower is the much preferred option since its way more hygienic.

    Mine has healed an inch since surgery a week ago and will probably be healed to the top next week perhaps. No more puss, so hopefully it will be a smooth recovery and i can stop getting naked in front of so many old nurses.

    I still can’t believe it took me so long to get fixed, i think the most important fact to take from this is that a fistula will NOT heal on its own. It can get less painful or ‘dormant’ but it will just sit there.

    I hope this site can serve useful to people that are in the same situation as i was six months ago and it isn’t only old people that get them. I am still in my late teens.

  15. 16 Help July 29, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Ummm I’m 15 and just the other day my Ass( by the Crack) was itching bad. And I went into my restroom and Saw that I have A Hole.What should I do?! And It occasionally itches like 1 time a week now.

  16. 17 Justin Cooper April 6, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    Well it’s the eve of my second operation. Pretty much it’s just getting the last of the fistula out and the drain. So I’m hoping that the doc will be a bit kinder this time round. I’m getting a Lil tired of having a sanity pad in my jocks everyday.

    I pulled part of the drain out after a bout of gastro. Which is fun with all the happenings down behind!! So the doc is keen to get in and get it all outa and be done with it. Since the op it hasn’t caused any real great concerns or bother. Once or twice but not much. Feels so good to have had the fistula out I tell you. So can’t wait till this op is done and its finished with.

    So it’s again four weeks laying on my back waiting for the wound to heal, and taking it easy.

  17. 18 AM April 14, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Hi Guyz!!!
    Need some view from your experiences.

    Earlier i had constipation problem whic lead to hemorrohids and then fissure….i got some medication and sitz baths for 3 months and it helped me a lot.
    But now its fistula :there are 2 openings and may increase.
    But what docs are saying is that surgery may not be its final solution and it may re-occur…dont know exactly what to do?

    How long it will take me to get back to work…my work is almost a 8-5 software job.So long sitting hours.

    Help me plz

  18. 19 AM April 14, 2013 at 9:12 am

    Also i want to tell you that i am taking some homeopathic medicins which has kind of suppressed the issue but not definitely healing it…..

  19. 20 Foq April 14, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    I had a glorious 3 months medical leave..
    though, to be honest, I probably needed only 2.

    Homeopathic stuff makes it better only temporarily.

  20. 21 eddy December 26, 2014 at 7:03 am

    Am diagnose of anal fistula but am scared of surgery cause heard there re so many complication after surgery. What do I do. Plz I need ur advice

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