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Old 02-24-2003, 08:14 AM   #1
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Question problem during BM

Hi, for the past year or so I have been expericing problem during bowel movements. I find that my stool is awfully hard. It has a tendency to hurt a little as it is passed through the rectum and I sometimes experience bleeding that shows up on the toilet paper. I told my doctor about this and she said that I am constipated and need to drink more water. Even on days that I do drink a lot of water I may still experience some bleeding. I think I have a fissure. Does anyone know how to remedy this? Should I use polysporin or something? Thanks!

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Old 02-24-2003, 09:50 AM   #2
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Hi and welcome to the boards! When my husband had an anal fissure, it bled profusely during BMs. The toilet bowl was full of bright red blood, even if his movements were soft. It required surgery to correct the problem. Drink more water, and start taking fiber to help pass the stools more easily. Go see your doctor soon for further medical advice.

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Old 02-24-2003, 11:10 AM   #3
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Have you tried Docusate Sodium? It is a stool softener my doc told me to take it twice a day as I get awful constipation due to the narcotic painkillers I am on for another condition. Maybe softer stools will give the fissure time to heal. Good luck.

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I think you need to start taking a water soluble fiber like Metamucil. Water by itself does not solve constipation ----you have to intake Fiber for your intestines to function properly.

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Old 02-24-2003, 03:27 PM   #5
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post>>>Have you tried Docusate Sodium?<<<<

Stool softeners are sometimes necessary for other medical problems or to initally get your bowel out of crisis.
However, you really want to try to be prudent with their use because they cause their own problems.
if you really need them, use them.
It's better than having a stuck bowel crisis.
If the problem gets past the crisis stage try some plain glycerine suppositories.
The glycerine suppositories are suggested by Gastroenterologists for people with evacuation problems because they do not over stimulate the already troubled bowels.

Old 02-24-2003, 10:54 PM   #6
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You need to start on the Fiber therapy and increase your fluid intake. Until the fiber really kicks in colace aka docusate sodium is fine for keeping the stool soft in consistency. You also need to be sure to sit on the toilet every day after breakfast to try to get your bowels trained into a regular habit. If you haven't had a decent BM by the third day then use a glycerin suppository. You should also consider adding prunes or prune juice to your daily diet. The bleeding is no doubt caused by your hard constipated stool and possibly from hemorrhoids. Be sure to have this checked out by the doc too.

Old 02-27-2003, 10:10 AM   #7
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Thanks very much! I will heed your advice.

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