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Old 08-20-2012, 01:48 PM   #31
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Re: Sphincterotomy - Help please

Thank you Tweetums! It's nice to hear a good experience after reading so many horror stories. I think I will try and talk with my surgeon one more time about my concerns. I'll keep you posted. Thanks again.

 
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Old 09-17-2012, 01:08 PM   #32
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I had LIS and Fissurectomy 2 years ago and still suffer with occasional pain and discomfort, according to my CRS this is to be expected in some patients while the majority completely recover and heal there is a minority that can suffer for life with bouts of pain from the fissure site and/or where the sphincter was cut, I shouldn't really complain since I'm about 95% pain free most of the time, before the op I was in constant pain so LIS has actually helped me a lot though I'm still disappointed that I wasn't one of the "majority" ..

Anyone that has had fissure or hemmorhoid surgery should expect a long slow recovery with multiple set backs along the way, this is because of the sheer amount of nerve endings in the anus making it such a delicate area to perform surgery on, for those of you that are only in the first 6 months post-op, you may still have a long road in front of you, don't expect too much too soon, one day at a time...

 
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Old 11-02-2012, 03:10 PM   #33
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Went to see Colorectal consultant about 2 weeks go - he can see no sign of the fissure now so all healed and I am now discharged.

Great but to be honest if there is any reduction in pain it's no more than 10% but really it's probably exactly the same - it could be that the effects of the fissure may take a lot longer to go heal but the consultant again said that the pain I have is not related to the fissure.

As my lumbar spine scan came back indicating that it is perfect I am struggling to know where to turn next - do not want to keep taking tramadol and codeine forever especially as they have minimal impact on the actual pain but at the moment they are all I have to keep me sane!

Requested an Occupational Health consultation to see if they can help as they will hopefully look at getting me cured rather than treat the symptoms - however I am not pinning all my hopes on this and expect that seeing a pain management specialist may come next - I could go to see a chiropractor now but that could be a bad thing to do!

 
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Old 11-04-2012, 10:19 PM   #34
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Went to see Colorectal consultant about 2 weeks go - he can see no sign of the fissure now so all healed and I am now discharged.

Great but to be honest if there is any reduction in pain it's no more than 10% but really it's probably exactly the same - it could be that the effects of the fissure may take a lot longer to go heal but the consultant again said that the pain I have is not related to the fissure.

As my lumbar spine scan came back indicating that it is perfect I am struggling to know where to turn next - do not want to keep taking tramadol and codeine forever especially as they have minimal impact on the actual pain but at the moment they are all I have to keep me sane!

Requested an Occupational Health consultation to see if they can help as they will hopefully look at getting me cured rather than treat the symptoms - however I am not pinning all my hopes on this and expect that seeing a pain management specialist may come next - I could go to see a chiropractor now but that could be a bad thing to do!
When did you have your bottom surgery, andmaz? I had mine at the first of February (this year), and it's taken me a long time to feel significantly better down below. I'm finally at the point where it doesn't bother me much at all, anymore - but boy, I had months of post-surgery discomfort!

Maybe you need more time to heal . . .

 
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Old 11-05-2012, 06:01 AM   #35
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When did you have your bottom surgery, andmaz? I had mine at the first of February (this year), and it's taken me a long time to feel significantly better down below. I'm finally at the point where it doesn't bother me much at all, anymore - but boy, I had months of post-surgery discomfort!

Maybe you need more time to heal . . .

Had mine done on 1 March this year but overall pain about the same.

Just to the right of the anus feels very itchy and possibily describe it as sore - not sure if pain is coming from here or not it is so difficult to tell for sure.

 
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Had mine done on 1 March this year but overall pain about the same.

Just to the right of the anus feels very itchy and possibily describe it as sore - not sure if pain is coming from here or not it is so difficult to tell for sure.
And have you gotten any CRS opinions about what this lingering discomfort could possibly be?

I tell ya, these CRS guys are all different! My first two weren't any good at all, with regard to my fissure. The third CRS did the surgery - but I needed a fourth CRS to treat me while #3 was overseas - and as a result, I discovered that #4 was probably better (certainly more understanding and sympathetic) than #3!

I'm seeing CRS #4 now, for any problems I might have. But it's been a very long journey to get to this point, and I've had to go through alot of doctors, too, to get to this point.

Don't give up! Get as many opinions as you possibly can, because maybe one of those doctors can help you out, more than the others have. That's what happened in my case. The first CRS didn't even see the fissure - and the second CRS told me to live with it!

 
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:10 PM   #37
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And have you gotten any CRS opinions about what this lingering discomfort could possibly be?

I tell ya, these CRS guys are all different! My first two weren't any good at all, with regard to my fissure. The third CRS did the surgery - but I needed a fourth CRS to treat me while #3 was overseas - and as a result, I discovered that #4 was probably better (certainly more understanding and sympathetic) than #3!

I'm seeing CRS #4 now, for any problems I might have. But it's been a very long journey to get to this point, and I've had to go through alot of doctors, too, to get to this point.

Don't give up! Get as many opinions as you possibly can, because maybe one of those doctors can help you out, more than the others have. That's what happened in my case. The first CRS didn't even see the fissure - and the second CRS told me to live with it!

Well Occupational Health consultation is next on my list - if that is mostly unhelpful then pain management then will regather my thoughts and try second opinions. Everything the Urologist suggested I had already tried so definitely want a second opinion in that area but this time will not go in doped up on 100mg of Tramadol - thought he was going to order a battery of tests but nothing in the end as I got the impression he thought I was making everything up - why would I do that when I am not claiming any benefits and working best I can?

It could be by the time pain management has been given sufficient time my pain may reduce but unlikely. If the anal fissure is not the cause of my pain as the consultant says then there will be not improvement as that is the only thing that has been treated.

I keep thinking that I may feel better mentally if I stop slowly the prescription painkillers but every time I try there are really bad days when the dose has to increase and its all back to square one!

One things for sure working full time means zero life during the week - at the weekend it's ok as we do things then in the afternoon have a lazy few hours - not going to do anything drastic yet but eventually may need to change priorities albeit it is good mentally getting into work.

I worked 7 days a week for years on not great money so it is difficult now to think I may have to only work a few days - I may have some tough decisions to make eventually.

 
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Old 05-13-2013, 12:57 AM   #38
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Well I have been goin gback and forth with what exactly my issues are.

The Consultant back in October 2012 confirmed that the anal fissure was fully healed but I was still experiencing anal itching - that symptom is just been treated using ointment and it does work but hardly the permenant solution.

I have seen a Chiropractor as alot of my pain which is 24/7 is in my lower back/upper buttock on the right hand side - he advised that my right leg was 15mm shorter than my left mainly due to right pelvis being out - after adjustments that discepancy is down to 5mm but it does keep coming back out - regardless there is little differerence in percieved pain albeit whilst adjustment are being made there is improvement.

I came to the conclusion that I will continue with the Chiropractor once I had seen an Orphopedic Spinal consultant - problem with Chriropractor is that I would need this everyday to get the relief I want and at £34 a time its expensive long term!

So Orphopedic Consultant is being seen in 10 days time - hoping he will be able to explain my back pain and right testicular pain and possibly anal pain - now and again I do have external anal pain as well as itching which is worrying as after 3 years they are still none the wiser.

Bad news is that my GP has warned I may come out of the Orphopedic consultation with merely a "label"!!! worrying stuff - it amazes me that experts do not understand pain and how to control it.

 
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Well I have been goin gback and forth with what exactly my issues are.

The Consultant back in October 2012 confirmed that the anal fissure was fully healed but I was still experiencing anal itching - that symptom is just been treated using ointment and it does work but hardly the permenant solution.

I have seen a Chiropractor as alot of my pain which is 24/7 is in my lower back/upper buttock on the right hand side - he advised that my right leg was 15mm shorter than my left mainly due to right pelvis being out - after adjustments that discepancy is down to 5mm but it does keep coming back out - regardless there is little differerence in percieved pain albeit whilst adjustment are being made there is improvement.

I came to the conclusion that I will continue with the Chiropractor once I had seen an Orphopedic Spinal consultant - problem with Chriropractor is that I would need this everyday to get the relief I want and at £34 a time its expensive long term!

So Orphopedic Consultant is being seen in 10 days time - hoping he will be able to explain my back pain and right testicular pain and possibly anal pain - now and again I do have external anal pain as well as itching which is worrying as after 3 years they are still none the wiser.

Bad news is that my GP has warned I may come out of the Orphopedic consultation with merely a "label"!!! worrying stuff - it amazes me that experts do not understand pain and how to control it.
I hope you get some answers - and solutions! - andmaz. It seems that these "doctors" don't always have answers or solutions, and half the time they don't know what's going on, to begin with.

Bodily pains and itching, etc., can be maddening - and seemingly, without obvious cause. I have an itchy spot to the side of my right foot - and there's nothing there. Nothing. Sometimes I'll go months and that spot won't itch - then, other times it drives me crazy with the itching. Nothing has been found there.

Let us know about your progress. For me, the fissure/surgery seemed to open a floodgate of various symptoms, problems, etc. Maybe it's just that time is catching up to me.

Good luck and take care! Keep us posted.

 
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Old 05-14-2013, 01:24 PM   #40
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I live in England and have relied on the NHS upto having the LIS.

The NHS is frantastic but the great British tradition of queing is not good when you are poorly.

Luckily for me my employer changed private health provider giving me the chance to join covering existing conditions - this I have to pay for but its cheaper than paying privately on my own and worth dramatically speeding up the whole process.

Today I have my bowel movements under control and all I did was increase my bran intake. Also most of my pain today is in my upper buttock and hip both on the right hand side.

I have just spoken to my boss and he was very understanding so that has put my mind at ease for now concerning work.

I will report back on Tuesday when the consultant has seen me.

Heres hoping we all are pain free very soon!
What was the operation for? Isn't your sphincter numb do you have an urge to go? I have a non relaxing anal shincter been through bio feedback and things got worse now my rectum is numb, I go by using miralax but I still leave a lot in the rectum and I'm backed up to the assending colon.and I also have problems urinating. I too have butt pain that runs down my leg when sitting on stool. It seems to tense me up. Did this procedure give your urge back? Wonder if this could help me? Please explain what lead to this. Thank Terlin

 
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