Re: Does it hurt when you tear your sphincter muscle?
A first tear is not usually a serious issue and you could feel very little discomfort. It's when the muscle contracts into a spasm that it tends to be painful because you are trying to pass stools through what feels like an inflamed opening and it can cause you to tear the muscle again, but not necessarily. If you can avoid tearing it again it will heal naturally. However, every time you tear the muscle it gets worse so the priority for you is to get your stools soft to avoid that from happening. Read these boards for tips on how to do that.
If, as another poster has suggested that you did the damage other than through having a hard stool or constipation, then I doubt it very much. Not a fissure anyway, an intussusception maybe and that could be ten times worse in the long run (it would lead to surgery and probably a life of misery if you are unfortunate as it is not easy to correct once the damage has been done) so refrain.
Last edited by kennyboy; 10-22-2009 at 11:41 AM.