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   Posted 2/23/2008 3:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't mean to sound ignorant but what is a fissure?  The GI has mentioned this twice and that it is common in cd.  I don't understand what this is.  Right now my daughter is on Flagyl for an anal abscess but he also mentioned a fissure?  Are these together or two seperate issues?  I figured I would ask my smart new friends as I seen someone mentioned a fissure in another post.  Thanks!
Mother to 15 yr old daughter diagnosed w/CD 9/07.  Had col & endo in 9/07, small bowel follow through 11/07, surgery for abcesses 11/07.  Curently taking multi-vit, iron for anemia, bentyl prn, prilosec 20mg-x2, pentasa  500mg-x5, entocort-x3, 6 mp 50mg-x3.....still not doing well.

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   Posted 2/23/2008 6:41 PM (GMT -7)   

You don't sound this link, it explains everything about fissures...




My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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   Posted 2/23/2008 6:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi lil-momma...I had hundreds of anal fissures & several abcesses for over 25yrs. w/ Crohn's. Abcesses are much more serious. Here's something that I learned to do, on my own, to lessen the amount & severity of fissures: In place of toilet paper, which can cause tears (fissures) in the anal area due to the roughness of wiping constantly, I used baby wipes for years...big difference!...just make sure that the wipes don't contain alcohol & that she gently pats the area dry in order to avoid a fungal infection. Also, soaking in a sudsy tub can help ease the pain (I prefer to use liquid baby soap). Both of these treatments also help to relieve external abcesses. Hope this heps! tongue

25+ Crohn's Disease Sufferer; 2yr. Ostomate (ileostomy)
2yr. Remission for Conjunctival Malignant Melanoma
Ciprofloxacin as needed; Children's Vitamin/B-12 Supplement
Xanax as needed; Clonazepam 3x daily; Levothyroxin for Hypothyroidism
Several Eye medications used to help prevent further damage resulting from treatment for eye cancer
(former 6-MP/Remicade user - ceased due to cancer diagnosis)

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Date Joined Oct 2004
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   Posted 2/23/2008 9:43 PM (GMT -7)   
A fissure is a small rip or tear in your rectal or anal tissue. They vary from smaller than a paper cut to 2 or more inches.
They bleed & are incredibly painful. And infect easily. IME.


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   Posted 2/24/2008 12:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with fuzzy, the wet wipes are wonderful. I get little packets of either wet toilet paper wipes or they have vagisil wipes that come in little packets that can be carried in a purse. Very convenient when your daughter is at school. Industrial TP is the worst. Its just one of those things that is soooo worth the extra expense.

CD 19 years offically, 29 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Symptoms constantly but all tests show only minor ulcerations. Currently having multiple episodes of gastritis with no known cause.

Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....

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