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Staying Mentally Strong

The healing process for Crohn’s perianal fistulas can be frustrating for some, as it can take time to heal. The first treatment also may not work, and you may need to try another one.


During this process, it is important to stay mentally and physically strong. You can do so by staying active, eating well, and getting enough sleep—"a healthy body is a healthy mind.” It is also important to form a strong support system with family and members of your healthcare team. You may also want to join patient support groups and/or seek help from mental health professionals if needed.  

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Find a support group and be your own personal advocate when it comes to your health.

Online Patient Support Forums

If you are dealing with a Crohn’s perianal fistula, it’s important to know that you are not alone. Many people with Crohn’s disease will develop a fistula. Below are some online support forums where people who know what it’s like to have a fistula are supporting and sharing information with each other.  

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