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Old 01-05-2003, 10:20 PM   #1
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Unhappy pain and bleeding

For the past couple of years I have had some discomfort and light bleeding when I have a bm so I asked my doctor and he said that it was a tear and told me to take colace and didn't bother examining me.It's been a year now and i still have problems.I was wondering if there was a name for what he called a tear and also if there could be any long term effects since it never seems to go away. Thanks for any advice!

 
Old 01-09-2003, 06:08 AM   #2
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Cassiemae..
Yes, there is a name for the tear...it's called an anal fissure. I have had them for almost 2 years now. At the time, the colorectal doctor gave me some creams and told me to take Metamucil and drink water.
Then he recommended surgery...I was reluctant, and so I never did it.

I still suffer with pain (almost daily) and bleeding (only occassionally). I still take Metamucil, exercise, drink lots of fluids (mostly water) and do yoga for stress management. However, I have good days and bad days. I think that despite my best efforts, my stressful job gets the best of me.

(For example, over the holidays when I was away from work for a few days, my BM's were great! Almost no pain! Two days back at work and I'm bleeding again....it's like torture.)

Aside from surgery, I don't think I have other options. I am not going to become dependent on laxatives or stool softeners..frankly my stool is fairly soft most of the time, I think that the tears were so bad that I still get injured even with the passage of a normal BM.

I don't think there are long term effects (ie, you can't get cancer from it or anything)...for me the only effects are on my psyche.
I just try to do my best to stay healthy...
Best of luck to you...let me know how you're doing!
Hope this helps...
-MLWC

 
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