I have read these boards quite a bit but only posted once before.
I keep hearing that there are not many posts about LIS success stories because when people
are healed they forget about it..
It's been about 5 months after having my surgery and I believe that I am still in a healing process.
My Colorectal surgeon did say that it could take 6-months to a 1 year to fully heal if you had
a deep fissure with scar tissue. I supposedly had a deep one..
I was the kind of kid and later an adult who did not eat my vegetables.
I thought I could just live on meat alone.. Just give me some jerky and I was set..
Of course I always remember being constipated as a kid and later as a adult..(duh!)
It finally caught up with me at around 37, 38 years old..
It probably didn't help that I have a job where I sat behind a computer all day..
And also the fact that I really liked dehydrating myself with lots Alcohol at night..
At first of course I noticed the bleeding..
then the constant wiping.
then the burning..
and that goes on for months..
(Gross) A bad day was going to the bathroom...Straining to get a small piece out, not tapered off, tearing..
burning, itching, gas, repeat three or more times in the day...
Finally I went to see a doctor.. in my case it was a colorectal surgeon first..(Doctor 1)
I was at least smart enough not to go to my family doctor first..(at least I thought)
He slapped me on the back, mis diagnosed me, and said your hems are not that
bad... more fibre is all you need..
So I suffered for more months and months..
Went back again.. and he said okay lets do a colonoscopy...(Doctor 1)
Once again... he said... your fine young man...more fibre is all you need
This went on for almost two years...with (Doctor 1)
Not getting anywhere with (Doctor 1) I decided maybe I needed a second opinion
and still believing it was hems..
So all the time I thought it was my hemmeroids..I thought maybe I needed surgery..
The doctor 1 said when I asked him about it... He said jokingly that He only opertates
on hems if they are dragging on the floor..
So I was thinking I needed hem surgery anyway..So after researching the internet to death I found
someone (doctor 2) that performed a new non-evasive THD hem surgery..
I scheduled a appointment to the nearest doctor that performed this proceedure..
He was about 200 miles away..
This (doctor 2) said I didn't have Hems bad enough to operate on.. I was confused and
wondered is this something I just have to live with in agony..
He prescribed some kind of calcium blocker cream..
Of course that did not work...
Frustration, Depression and actual maritial issues start to happen due to my constant
At this point After making a point to exercise everyday (usually walking, hiking a couple miles)
this becomes irritatingly painful after the first couple minutes.
Finally one night after years of internet research I stumble upon anal fissures and how they can
be misdiagnosed as a hem.. (BINGO)
I make a appointment for (DOCTOR 3) and he is good.. so it takes months to get in to see him
Thank God he was accepting new patients..
I go to see doctor 3 and after telling him what was going on He immediatel said I have a chronic fissure
and schedule LIS surgery.. I was scared and relieved at the same time..
He said that under sedation he would determine how deep the fissure was.. If it was small he would use
the botox injection.. If it was deep he perform the Sphintertomy..
So back in June I had the LIS because my fissure was deep..
My complications were few..
I believe the pain meds (Vicodine) made me constipated... so the first BM was from hell..
within the 2 weeks after I had a external Purple hem that was very painful but went away in a few weeks..
I was taking a stool softner and metamucil..
Finally after a few months I weaned off the Stool softners..
Now Today 5 months later
I think I have found the right balance of fibre for me...
I have a high fibre cereal for breakfast like shredded wheat..
and I have 3 glasses of metamucil a day (RELIGOUSLY never not) and at least one peice of fruit during
the day and at least one vegetable side at dinner.
I go once or twice a day now and they taper off good and everthing is more clean..
I try to keep the area dry (to promote healing)
Usually use a hair dryer on the area after a shower..
Also use a little Witch Hazel too.
It seems the fissure is healed now..(Knock on wood)
I occasionally have some anal cramps..
I believe that is because the area is not use to being empty..
I'm hoping those go away too..
I would estimate that the fissure probably really is healing now and
not just a superficial healing..
So that's my somewhat success story.. Hope it helps someone...
Unfortunatley I think its going to just be a lifestyle change forever...
The moral is don't let it go on for years...
Don't be afraid to get a second opinion or in my case a Third..
If you are going to have the LIS find a doctor that has performed hundreds of them.
and lastly don't be afraid and keep having hope and faith that it can get better.
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It's been a week since I had the surgery, and any pain from the surgery was gone in less than 24 hours, but in such a short time, the fissure has not yet healed, but I've made some progress. I saw 5 C-R surgeons in all. Finally went to one of best, who doesn't take insurance, but after 6 months of agony I didn't care. I also went to a nutritionist, who was a big help, so I take my fiber via a product called Fibrewise. In any case, my BMs are now perfect but I still have pain afterwards. Hopefully I just need a bit more time, and not 5 months.