ANAL FISSURE PROBLEM

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   Posted 7/14/2008 7:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone here had the experience of an anal fissure? I have just gotten through IMRT radiation beam therapy for prostate cancer, so I thought my painful butt was due to radiation proctitis, but it isn't -- an anal fissure is the problem. It burns all day and keeps me awake at night and has done for about 6 weeks, it is like sitting on a frying pan! If this sounds familiar to you and you are either in process or have beat it -- please reply to this.
 
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   Posted 7/14/2008 10:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Are you doing anything to treat your anal fissures? Have you tried sitting in sitz baths at least a couple times a day for 20 min? You may also try eating lots of fiber, drinking lots of fluids, and maybe even taking a stool softener. You need to find a way to get the tears to start healing. Best way is to try not to strain while having BMs (hence the stool softener).
For the burning, have you tried hemmie ointments like Preperation-H?
Healing should take about 4-6 weeks, however, if you do not see any improvement within a week of starting "treatment" then you should see a doc.

Good luck!


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   Posted 7/15/2008 6:01 AM (GMT -7)   
My sister-in-law had one and needed out pt surgery to take care of it. She wouldn't even talk about it. She was very embarrassed to even remotely discuss any of what she was going thru. Even with me (who isn't embarrassed by anything bowel related now). She had trouble with C and lots of pain.

But since I haven't heard she's needed any more surgery, I'm guessing the procedure took care of it.

I have learned to respect it when others won't discuss their personal medical matters, as openly as I do, for example. But in this case, I did want to ask her, if surgery has helped her.

But she clammed up, immediately. She's just very private this way. Only reason I knew she had surgery planned was b/c she needed to be off work and my husband, her brother works with her. If not for that, I don't think anyone in the family would have even known about her surgery. Another SIL has joked they should put the two of us in hotel rooms (on annual women's trips we make in the fall). The one has C and the other (me) had D, and I guess in theory the other 3 SIL's think we'd be ideal to share a bathroom together. I always hesitate though because she is so private about using a bathroom!

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   Posted 7/15/2008 3:59 PM (GMT -7)   
<<The one has C and the other (me) had D, and I guess in theory the other 3 SIL's think we'd be ideal to share a bathroom together. I always hesitate though because she is so private about using a bathroom!>>

Umm, do they not realize that someone with C spends a lot of time on the toliet TRYING to go? I mean, once you feel you've got something started, you want to try and follow through, because starting and stopping a lot can actually make your stools harder. Very bad to mix with someone with D who is on the toliet all the time actually going! And as a private pooping person, I agree that someone with C doesn't need more reason to hold it in!

There have been other people on here with anal fissures and they seem to heal on their own. The baths and soft stools that Lil recommended are par for the course. But haven't others mentioned getting a presciption ointment from their doctor to help heal it faster?

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   Posted 7/15/2008 5:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Keriamon said...
<<The one has C and the other (me) had D, and I guess in theory the other 3 SIL's think we'd be ideal to share a bathroom together. I always hesitate though because she is so private about using a bathroom!>>

Umm, do they not realize that someone with C spends a lot of time on the toliet TRYING to go? I mean, once you feel you've got something started, you want to try and follow through, because starting and stopping a lot can actually make your stools harder. Very bad to mix with someone with D who is on the toliet all the time actually going! And as a private pooping person, I agree that someone with C doesn't need more reason to hold it in!

There have been other people on here with anal fissures and they seem to heal on their own. The baths and soft stools that Lil recommended are par for the course. But haven't others mentioned getting a presciption ointment from their doctor to help heal it faster?


Kerimon - I have 4 SIL's, all sisters of my husband's. They do not get any of what I struggle with! Let alone how their sister who has trouble with C goes thru either. In fact the one swears if you smoke a cigarette, you have a bm. So she's always pushing cigs on the one with C, when she doesn't smoke at all! They don't even try that stuff with me! I am quite good at finding bathrooms all over our hotels - near reception halls, restaurants, etc. If I find one off the beaten path with several stalls, that becomes MY bathroom for the trip. They don't even realize the time I spend in there......but you are correct, the one with C has told me she sometimes doesn't go for 4 days. She eats whole wheat products, fresh fruit, bran cereal, takes a fiber supplement. She also has told it's hard for her to travel. Similar to me - I go too much. And she can't go as little as she does at home. Sometimes I have to wonder why I even attend these trips. But it's my chance to do something for me, where my husband and kids do not depend on me for anything. It is a nice 3 day trip in many ways. I always wonder if they were my immediate family, would they understand? Probably not.....you don't really get any of this unless you've lived closely with someone going thru it or have it yourself (abnormal colon probs).

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   Posted 7/19/2008 4:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Talk to your doctor. There are prescriptions for fissures. One is a nitroglycerine ointment, you have to apply it right before each BM. It gives most people a whopping headache. The other is actually an ointment made from a blood pressure medicine, can't remember which one, but I think it's an alpha blocker. The doctor may have you use it regularly throughout the day, or just before a BM. Some studies show it works better and it doesn't come with a headache. Around here, you have to get them from a compounding pharmacy and they can be pricey (around $70.00). These meds relax your sphincter muscles and increase the bloodflow in the area to help heal.

If the fissure doesn't heal quickly, you can get a whole new set of problems. Six weeks is a long time to suffer, you really need to get it checked out. If it hasn't gone away by now, you probably need help, plus you need to make sure it's not a fistula.

My husband went through hell with this last summer. It still gives him problems.

Good Luck!
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