So in this post I will be writing about my experiences with my first fistula ever. And how I’m healing it in a more natural way. I’ll also be pulling religious based quotations on honey and it’s healing truths depicted more than 1400 years ago and other articles on honey. In writing this in hope it helps others but I also hope it prompts others to do more research on natural healing remedies.
What is a fistula?
fistula is an abnormal connection between organs that are naturally meant to be separate. While there are many different kinds of fistulae (pleural of fistula) that involve various organ systems, we deal with fistulae that involve the urinary tract. For example, vesicovaginal fistula is an abnormal connection between the bladder and vagina in a female. Most fistulae involving the urinary tract result in profound symptoms and physical impairment due to incontinence, recurring infections, chemical irritation from contact with urine and passage of intestinal contents (gas or stool) through the urinary system. For instance, colovesical fistula (abnormal connection between colon and bladder) may develop in men or women with inflammatory bowel disease or diverticulitis and can result in passage of gas or stool in the urine, frequent UTI’s and even sepsis (severe infection that enters the bloodstream).
So first I developed a fistula about 3 days ago. It’s not painful in my case however it is highly annoying and makes urination highly annoying as it can come out of two holes and not just one. Making me have to sometimes sit or stand with my penis directly over the bowl. I rarely use urinals unless I really can’t hold it. Just always find it weird to stand next to other dudes with my dick out lol but that’s just me. So for the most part is not that major but I would none the less like for it to heal. Fistulas are tricky to heal at times some close on their own that’s why many surgeons will not see it as a complication unless there is need for surgical intervention. This is why I do not see my fistula as a complication but as a rather common result to a large urological surgery. It is less then a centimeter width and height so very small but I am conscious of it. I take serious precautions and my entire penis is wrapped in protective dressing as any opening no matter how small is enough for infection to sneak in. Keeping the area dry is also something I have been doing and making sure to cleanse with the appropriate wound care sprays. I was curious as I have known about Medihoney for some months now but I only knew about the wounds it treated so in an attempt to naturally heal myself I came across fun facts of Manuka Honey and it’s many many uses of treatment which in fact include fistula! I was sooooo happy when I read the article I just had to know more and more.
Here is a excerpt from the article:
“Manuka honey is made in New Zealand from the nectar of Manuka flowers (Leptospermum scoparium). It’s the basis of Medihoney, which the FDA approved in 2007 for use in treating wounds and skin ulcers. This kind of honey is famous because it stimulates tissue healing and is sometimes used to treat chronic leg ulcers and pressure sores.
Its healing action is largely attributed to what is called “Unique Manuka Factor,” or UMF. Official Manuka honey displays the trademark UMF on the label. Ultraviolet light, rather than heat, is used for purification, so all healing properties are preserved.
A UMF rating of 0 to 4 means undetectable. Look for a rating of greater than 5, and over 10 is acceptable for clinical use. Those with ratings of 15 and higher are considered superior grade. Medical grade honey, like Medihoney, is Manuka honey processed into a gel for easy application.
Manuka honey can be use to treat nearly all ulcers, fistulas, post-surgical wounds, and abscesses. It is also used to treat non-healing wounds in cancer patients, including those induced by radiation therapy. You can also apply honey to herpes blisters.”
Me being the religious conscious person that I am, I recall reading several times in the Quran the indications of honey and it’s healing properties. This is what really prompted my first look ingot honey based products for after surgery. I though I would have to use it on my legs but in stead it’s going to serve a greater cause.
Here are just a few things in Islam we learned about honey:
In the Quran we read, ” And thy Lord taught the bee to build it smells in hulls on trees and in people’s habitations… There issues from within their bodies a drink of varying colors, wherein is healing for humankind. Verily in this is a sign for those who give thought”
Additionally, in Sahih Bukari we read that the Prophet may the mercy and blessing of Allah be upon him, said: “Honey is a remedy for every illness and the Quran I’d a remedy for all illness of the mind, therefore I recommend to you both remedies, the Quran and honey.”
So from the stand point of religious beliefs I’m overly covered in my thoughts of using honey to help naturally heal this fistula and also from many medical stand points Manuka honey is “Liquid Gold”.
So for those of you out there with a fistula that just won’t heal you may want to talk to your primary or surgeon about the use of medihoney and how it may or may not help your situation. It’s just by a fluke I got curious and lucked up on some pretty great information! So as of today Tuesday Oct 28th 2014 I have started a medical honey regimen and hopefully within the month I will see massive improvement. I also plan to start drinking tea with honey each money to promote internal healing as well. I will keep everyone posted and by all means if you have questions feel free to comment.
I’ll be updating from time to time on the healing. This is plan A plan B is surgical intervention which I’m trying to avoid. More inflammation may cause other issues that I don’t want. So the more natural rooted the healing the better I feel over all about the process.
I sincerely hope this helps others out there that are struggling with one or more urology related fistula.
Until next time….