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    Old 07-01-2015, 10:10 AM   #1
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    Anal Fissure Recovery

    This is a malady that can drive you crazy! Anal fissures! I never paid much attention to the disorder (I'm a nurse) until one day while taking a dump, I felt like I was passing shards of glass. Agony. The pain almost made me pass out. I said to myself, "Hey! Something's wrong here...NO JOKE!" Talked to a couple of people I knew who had issues "back there" and come to find out, two of my friends have also experienced anal fissures! No one talks about it. I see why... I got myself to a PROCTOLOGIST who I had heard was good. The exam was painful. To get through it, I blew forcefully through my mouth. This is similar to the breathing to get through pain of labor. It is quite quick, and the doctor told me "this is not going to resolve overnight." If you have this kind of pain: as though you are passing shards of glass through your butt, then the first thing you want to hear, is how to relieve it.
    Here is what helped me: Hot Baths. Soak at least 15 minutes at a time. After each BM, use a shower massage. Yes, strip naked and get in the shower. FOrget the toilet paper. Stick a baby wet wipe on your butt after you poop and get in the shower to wash off. Hot shower massage, right on the butt. Clean the tub, and get in and soak. COCONUT OIL. It sounds wack, but dump about a half cup in the tub each time you soak. I also plastered a bunch on my butt when I soak. It gives relief. EPSOM SALTS. I also would add about a cup (plain epsom salts) to the tub. After soaking, gently dry the area (some folks use a hair drier. Apply RECTICARE ( This is at most drugstores, it is a mild lidocaine cream, which helps relieve the pain.) Stick a 2 x 2 gauze right at the area that hurts. Now, if you have been smart, and been to the doctor, he may have prescribed CARDIZEM (dilitiazem) ointment to be applied. This cream relaxes the area by decreasing the pressure at the anus. Get some finger cots from the drugstore or wallyworld or somewhere. Apply your med as prescribed. It is very expensive, so don't go crazy. But if you have no med to apply, use the recticare, it is over the counter. Take whatever over the counter pain meds you can tolerate. Modify your diet. What goes in has got to come out. BENEFIBER now comes in little packs, it dissolves in your hot coffee or tea and is tasteless. I just had some in my breakfast coffee. You need to also keep your poop soft. I was taking docusate sodium 3 times a day, and miralax twice a day. It would be helpful to keep these on hand. If you have an anal fissure, you will be dealing with this problem for a while. I am now two weeks post op. The surgery: I was kept very comfy in the OR, was put to sleep, and woke up pain free. The anesthetic wore off in about a day. Take your hot soaks. Take your post op instructions seriously. Take pain meds as prescribed ( I take one pill at a time and I take anti nausea med (1/2) tab with it at night). You need the pain meds. I go back tomorrow for my first post op visit, and I would not wish this whole ailment on my worst enemy. I am ready for my life to be returned to me.
    Before this happened, I thought I was doing great....however I was quite stressed out about a situation, and I had recently been on a very low carb diet, which caused me to become quite constipated. Take your stool softener, take your benefiber, take your miralax. I would be glad to help anyone who has this unfortunate ailment.

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    Old 07-01-2015, 03:40 PM   #2
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    Sorry for your pain- I know exactly how much it hurts! I found that a bidet that was portable was the most helpful- you fill it with warm water and use instead of toilet paper. I used a hair dryer afterward. then my C & R specialist prescibed Nifediphine cream that I used faithfully for a month. I did not need the surgery. Yes to dietary fiber and tons of water to keep from getting constipated and most important, do not strain on the toilet!

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