Re: Pain.... is this serious?
Sorry to hear about your discomfort, are you still experiencing painful bowel movements? If so, do you mind my asking you to describe the pain? I'm asking becasue you mention that you became constipated. Sounds like you could have what is called an anal fissure. Is the pain a sharp one when having a bowel movement, kind of feels like you are being cut by glass or a razor? If you were constipated and passed large or hard and dry stool then you could have a fissure. A fissure is a tear in the lining of the anus and is generally caused as a result of passing large, hard stool. It overstretches the anus and causes the skin to tear. I'm not saying that is what you have, there are other causes of such pain. I am speaking from my experience with painful bowel movements and mine was a fissure but that was diagnosed by a colon/rectal doctor. Increase your fluids and fiber. You want to avoid constipation at all costs! Do not think that constipation only means "you can't go" or "haven't gone in days". A person can have a bowel movement everyday and STILL be constipated, I was. One can also be considered constipated if their stools are hard, you have to strain to have a bm, you have pellet or pebble like shaped stool. The fiber makes your stool soft and bulky so that it passes without straining and makes your stool soft so it passes more easily. Make sure you are drinking plenty of fluids per day. Beverages with caffeine do not count as caffeine dehydrates. You also need to take in enough fluids with the fiber as the fiber will absorb the fluids. So drink plenty, daily. Personally, I take Citrucel twice a day. 2 in the morning with breakfast and 2 in the evening with dinner. I eat lots of food with natural fiber in it, as well. Don't get discouraged if you don't see immediate results, it takes time for the fiber to work. I drink around 115 ounces of water per day. If your still experiencing this pain, you should see your physician. You want to make sure you get the proper diagnosis and treatment. All we can do hear is offer you our opinions and experiences. We're not a substitute for a physician. Sitz baths can also help. This is a small basin that sits on top of your toilet seat and you fill it with warm water and soak your bottom in it. The warm water helps to relax the anal muscle and helps to keep the area clean. I hope you are feeling better as I see you posted this several days ago.