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Bowel Disorders board

medications = topical nifidipine 0.2 ointment

It all started in June 2005, I got this nasty bug that caused me to have severe diarrhea (like 20 or more times per day) for 9 days. I got better with metronidazole and cipro. They never told me what I had (I had stool samples etc Then I had about 2 weeks of constipation after I finished the medication.

anyway, that illness caused a painful anal fissure that I have had for the past 3 years. It has improved but it has not ever been 100% healed. If I have diarrhea or a bit of constipation then it goes back to square 2 (not square one because it has never been as a bad as when I first got it) I am taking nifedipine 0.2 ointment which has helped but has never totally healed it. I have been to the doctor and they said keep using the nifidipine and then we can take further action if needed... while 3 years later I still have the fissure and I want it 100% healed !!! next step botox ? or surgery ?

I have noticed that my bowel movements have never been the same since that illness in 2005. Before I wouuld go once a day, but after the illness I am going on average about 2 - 3 times daily. I also have diarrhea every couple weeks (diarrhea meaning one bout every few weeks) always after dinner or lunch (mostly dinner) could this be post - infectious IBS ?

Well for the past 3 years I have been paranoid of diarrhea, meaning that I am so worried that if I get diarrhea like I had in 2005 I will be in so much pain because of the anal fissure. The one bout of diarrhea I have every few weeks is just a teaser compared to what would happen if I had chronic diarrhea for an extended period of time. I have been so concious of my bowels that it makes me crazy sometimes, I always think that I will someday get chronic diarrhea and I will not be able to get rid of it !!! and my anal fissure will be out of control and cause me severe pain (or even worse I will get another fissure!) I can't imagine having mutiple anal fissures !!!

I am now freaked out because this past week I have had diarrhea almost every day. I would only have diarrhea after eating, and only one bout... after the post dinner diarrhea I would be ok. This has happened 4 out of 6 days, the only reason it hasn't happened these past 2 days is because I am pratically starving myself (eating arrowroot cookies and drinking fluids) My anal fissure is irritated and I am scared !!! I have no abdominal cramps or pain, just an urgency to use washroom after eating... then comes the one bout of diarrhea. (sometimes I have cramping during the diarrhea) I am starting to have like panic attacks and feel hot when I am having the diarrhea as well :(

What could be going on ?

Crohn's ? Colitis ? Viral ? Bacterial ? Parasite ? Habba Syndrome ? Malabsorption issue ? Celiac Disease ? IBS ? Food Allergy ? Gallbladder issues ?

please help me, I went to the doctor 2 days ago and he did some blood work... I will get the results next week ? should I insist on stool samples ? what other testing ? upper GI ? Colonoscopy ? X-Rays ? Ultrasound ?

and is there anything I can put on before I have diarrhea to protect my fissure ? like a skin barrier ? or vaseline ?

Should I be paranoid about diarrhea ? or can they usually find a cause and treatment ?

sorry for the novel, this has been bugging me for too long !!!

thanks and god bless