I was online doing some research as I like to study about my illnesses when I found out an anal fistula is the no.1 killer of anal-rectal diseases. This didn’t shock me really because as a sufferer the pain I go through and the stress it has had on myself daily for nine years is truly traumatizing. I am here to tell you a little bit about abscesses and anal fistulas….
An anal fistula is infectious and very harmful, abscesses are the root cause of an anal fistula. Abscesses will form first and then an anal fistula is formed due to diabrosis of perianal abscesses, residual toxin, inhibited flow of blood and long-term non-healing wounds. I myself have suffered with abscesses and constant ongoing fistulas for nine years I haven’t healed once and have had multiple surgeries! I currently have three setons in place which is helping drain the infection out of my body as it has killed me before when it ruptured inside me so my setons ensure constant drainage but with this also comes other problems. My abscesses that progressed into anal fistulas brought me to persistent pain. It is not possible to make the pain less severe, it then gave me repeated infections and painful unbearable swelling occurred.
Without proper treatment of abscesses due to a wide-range of infections, people like myself will develop systemic poisoning symptoms; absorbed into the blood, the abscess toxins will induce sepsis and even toxic shock and it can and WILL cause death. The long-term painful non-healing anal fistula can also cause anorectal stenosis, dyschezia, anemia, weight loss, listlessness, neurasthenia and other symptoms. The long-time pus stimulation will also lead to perianal dermatitis or eczema, it can cause anal itching and bring extreme inconvenience to the life of people just like me. The pus stimulation led me to have blistered skin it is eroding away causing so much pain and soreness I constantly leak now and cant prevent it so i end up suffering every day. Because of this it has caused me many problems i cant sit down properly i cant walk much as it hurts too much even slight movement sometimes can cause me agonising pain.
If the course of disease lasts more than 10 years, the people who suffer with this must be attentive in case of danger or difficulties that can occur, because such an anal fistula is very likely to become cancerous. Right now I feel constantly poisoned i’m drained cant keep my eyes open, so weak I can barely move so I must stay alert of how much my body can handle. Surgery is the only therapeutic method. I am awaiting to see a surgeon at the end of the month hoping I can start to get some more treatment and better care. I am petrified that i will die as i have been neglected for so long and each week seems like a bigger fight. Only time can tell and hopefully heal I shall.
Now you know an anal fistula can be very harmful please seek medical help if you think you may have one or if you do have one and your infections are not clearing.
The following may be symptoms or signs of an anal fistula:
- Recurrent anal abscesses
- Pain and swelling around the anus
- Pain with bowel movements
- Bloody or foul-smelling drainage (pus) from an opening around the anus. The pain may decrease after the fistula drains.
- Irritation of the skin around the anus due to persistent drainage
- Fever, chills, and a general feeling of fatigue. (However, these may be symptoms of many conditions.)
You should see your physician if you notice any of these symptoms.