can someone help diagnose my symptoms?
I'm trying to figure out if I have an anal fissure or hemorrhoids, or both.
i've looked in the mirror, but didn't see any blue-ish or red bulbs like I've seen in hemorrhoid photos on the net. I didn't see any cut either, but it's difficult if not impossible to do a good self exam in that area. are hemorrhoids definitly going to ba a different color than the surrounding skin color in that area?
When I wake up I don't have any pain or discomfort. I can sit, walk, whatever, no problem. but, if I go for a drive just after waking I have some discomfort, but not really bad pain.
When I go #2 I have a sharp pain in one spot. The pain subsides quickly even while I'm still deficating, but then within ten minutes my whole anus hurts. The pain lasts sometimes for a few hours, and other times the whole day through.
When I drive after my first #2 of the day, I'm in bad pain, can't sit still, it's miserable, I can hardly concentrate on traffic.
I thought I had a small cut and thought it would heal within a day or two, but it's been over three weeks now and the pain is not as bad as it was at first, it's still bad enough to keep me from fully functioning.
I've applied prep-h, but that seemed to make it hurt more and it felt swollen until the prep-h wore off. Is that common with hemorrhoids? does prep-h and hydrocortisone creams make it hurt more? and possibly swell?
I've read about the common treatments for both hemorrhoids and fissures and the treatments are almost the same. But I think I would handle one a little different than the other, so I'm trying to figure out which one is the cause of my pain.
it all started one morning when I had trouble passing stool. I'd had to go #2 the night before but fell asleep before I went. The next morning I passed a hard dried stool. I had to strain pretty good to get it out. It felt like it cut it's way through, which is why I thought i just had a cut, but since i strained so much I'm wondering if I caused a hemorrhoid also.