Hello all - this is my first post and I am really amped up right now since I just got back from a doctor's appointment and I am hoping and praying that someone here can give me answers.......
Approximately 10 years ago, I experienced a couple months straight of having bowel movements and experiencing a tearing sensation each time. There would always be a lot of bright red blood in the stool afterwards. I never saw a doctor about it because whatever it was went away.
Fast forward 5 years from that to the birth of my son and an episiotomy which ripped ALL THE WAY DOWN...yea, fun times! It took me 3 weeks after he was born to have a "normal" bowel movement and when I did, my anus felt like it was ripping open again, bright red blood, etc. Once again, it healed and the OB/GYN told me it was normal for this to happen.
2 years after that, I suffered a complete uterine prolapse (at the age of 32!) and had to have a total, vaginal hysterectomy which has now left me with a cystocele and rectocele - this hysterectomy took place right around the time my father ended up on life support for the final time and so I didn't take care of myself very well emotionally or physically.....he died a couple of months later :(
So now here we are present day, and I swear to God folks, my junk back there is falling apart! Over the last year, I have developed what my family doctor called a "chronic anal fissure" and I have a few smaller ones that come and go. If you were looking at a clock, the chronic one is located at 12 and the one that keeps coming and going is somewhere around 5 or 6. My family doctor thinks it's because I was dealing with constipation alot and having to bear down so hard (sometimes, I have to push on this "bulge" down there to get it out) so he had me lay off the caffeine, start taking fiber, drink ALOT of water and also put me on Nifedipine/Lidocaine cream for the area.
I was doing well with the regimen until a couple of weeks ago when work got stressful, and now I am back to square one. In the meantime, he has run bloodwork on me to check for inflammation, which came back negative, but then again so did my Mom's and she was just told she is going to be losing a lot of intestine because no suspected the Crohn's disease that she was just diagnosed with! He is thinking Irritable Bowel Syndrome, since I mostly deal with constipation and a few days of diarrhea now and then. He just sent me for a cat scan today of my abdomen and pelvis and if anything comes back, I have to go see a colorectal surgeon.
Here's my thing folks and if I put this in the wrong forum, I am sorry..........if this isn't Crohn's and just simple IBS, is having these anal fissures normal? Especially since I have 2? Everything I have read on the internet says that it is not normal and there is always an underlying cause for multiple fissures.
I have voiced my concerns to the doctor that something else HAS to be happening to me since I have multiple fissures. I even gave him a good laugh one day when I told him I thought I had caugh Hep B or HIV from a tattoo I rewarded myself with last summer, after FINALLY graduating college - after he was done laughing he asked me if I wanted some meds for anxiety - I told him yes.
I guess I just need reassurance that I am okay.....I mean, watching my father die at 52 has really messed me (and my whole family) up so anything like this sets me off......I just want to know that this will work out and....what you have all done to deal with the pain that these fissures cause.
Sorry for the rambling and giving to much info to complete strangers, but I am at a loss right now.....thank you