I am 19 and have just had a seton surgery for an anal fistula.
I do not have chrones, but suffer from IBS (combination of constipation and diarrhea)
I started having stomach problems when I had salmonella (according to a stool sample but I am not sure) after i had diarrhea for a couple of weeks.
I then had several faecal samples to test for inflammation but nothing was sure
The fistula, I was told, was a sebaceous cyst and i was pescribed antibiotics, but didn't take them because had a bad reaction to the first antibiotics i was given last december (diarreah - or however u spell it).
In early July, a plastic surgeon attempted to remove the 'cyst' under local anaesthetic but then discovered it went further, and I was sent to a surgeon.
After two MRIs and a two month wait (because the plastic surgeon removed some of the fistula so I couldn't start the treatment) I was put under general anaesthetic for examination and a seton placement.
Its been seven days since, and i went away a few days later, so I probably haven't been resting enough
Day 1: Was good, I was given a lot of painkillers, so I was feeling okay.
Day 2: I was in a pain but manageable, kept taking pain killers.
Day 3: Took less painkillers, only hurt when sat on area.
Day 4: The same as above, i rested a lot
Day 5: The same as above, I was having quite a bit of discharge for these five days. I was showering two to three times a day and drying the area.
Day 6: Quite a lot of pain, as well as discharge. I emailed my doctor who told me this was normal and pain would continue for several weeks. I had not been taking pain killers (e.g. paracetamol)
Day 7: A lot a lot of pain. I cried. I couldnt walk, but area was still clean and it fel more like the muscle around was hurting then the actual fistula! Felt heavy and muscle was tight. I took two painkillers that night which helped.
Day 8: Today. I had bad stomach cramps and gas all day, and tonight I had diarreah - which i think is from the laxative (lactulose) that i was prescribed and i have taken once or twice every day since the operation. I also developed rashing and the fistula become slightly more enflamed.
I would love to know if you all experienced similar things.