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   Posted 12/3/2007 9:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Hope everyone is doin well, Im hoping any of u can answer my question.I saw my gastro last week and was told i have a fissure apparently my stools are so hard that i ripped my anus yeah.So he told me i needd more fibre in my diet, i have also been complaining of these horrible pains i have been gettin for awhile i get before i go #2 its on the left side lower abdomen today the pain was soo bad i was screamin its soo bad that i pass some stool but then cant push anymore out cause the pain is soo bad. And the pain was very dull all day.My doc again has said its because i need more fibre.
Does anyone have any thoughts.

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   Posted 12/3/2007 9:54 PM (GMT -7)   
My GI told me to take fibre supplements daily for the rest of my glad I listend to him, it was the best advice I've ever gotten from a GI.

Fibre aids with D and C which is why it's so important to incorporate daily, unless of course there are strictures/obstuctions involved then tread with caution on the fibre (I believe low fibre is recommended in those cases).

Fibre helps sweep the bowels clean of bacteria, another reason why probiotics (daily, remission or not) are so important, to help maintain healthy gut flora (good bacteria) in the GI tract.

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

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   Posted 12/3/2007 10:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I had an obstruction and couldn't have fiber which caused alot of pain and problems. After a resection and a couple of months of recovery I have been very heavy on the fiber and things are going great. It's probably worth a try, and its not hard to get alot of fiber, just make sure to keep your fluid intake up as well. Good luck, hope you feel better soon.
diagnosed 11/06, solving the mystery of years of on/off abdominal pain. No more "it's just a virus". 33f with 2 boys, a lovable dog, and a wonderful husband. 150 mg Imuran, bowel resection 9/07, healing well and feeling well.

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   Posted 12/3/2007 10:00 PM (GMT -7)   
If you have a fissure, and all your doctor did was tell you to eat more fiber, shame on him! There are medications that he could have prescribed to help try and heal the fissure and lessen the pain when having a BM. When I had my fissures, my doctor gave me Proctosol which is a strong steroid cream. This was to help reduce the inflammation so the thing would heal. He also prescribed Lidocaine gel to insert into my anal opening 15 minutes prior to having a BM. This numbed the area so the stretching of the fissure during the movement did not hurt.

Because the pain can be so intense when having a BM when one has a fissure, a person can be reluctant to go. This makes the stools harder and larger thereby causing more pain the next go-round. Increasing your fiber will help but there are other things that can help also. Make sure you drink enough water so the stool doesn't get so hard. Also, if you have constipation problems, perhaps a stool softener might help with that until you can adjust your diet.

Call your doctor and ask for something to help with the pain and to help heal the fissure.
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   Posted 12/4/2007 8:31 AM (GMT -7)   

first: I know nothing about fissures. I hope I never get fistula or fissures, it seems terrible to have them. I hope you'll get an advices that could help you.

But in general I have learned something about having obstructions:
I have a narrowed area and obstructional pain going on there every time I am careless with what kind of fibre I eat.

I have learned that the fibers are really important to us, so therefore I try not to avoid them, but I try to learn what kind of fibres I can tolerate, and it's quite a lot.

Since I have been learning the hard way, I feel sure what I can't have, I either avoid it or prepare and cook them so I am able to tolerate them. For instance: I love shallots (onion).
If I cut them in the food processor I cut them in nano pieces. The pieces are so small they are almost invisible. Because the bigger the pieces are, the more pain.
Other vegetables I of course cook to death. Mash them in the blender and get my fibres.

I can't tolerate bananas: I put riped banana slices in the freezer (I always buy riped because it's better for me), and use them by mixing them with yoghurt and berries later. Fantastic taste. The fibres from the bananas are not at all hard to the stomac or intestines after they have been frozen. The fibers seems to have changed character.

I use to experience like this with every fruit and vegetable. I know we need those, and it's better with cooked and soft than no vegetables, fruits and berries at all.We get the antioxydants from those, we lose those while not eating vegetables, fruits and berries.


Diagnosed CD June 2007. Have only used prednisone. Did make a difference while max dosed. Got my problems back when tapering.
Using Low Dose Naltrexone from sept. 2007. See
LDN helps me. I am now in remission.

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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 12/4/2007 2:47 PM (GMT -7)   

I must say, that fiber works differently on each individual person.  I was eating extra fiber, cause i was following the Weight watchers diet with my husband, and holy crap, after about a month, I was in so much pain...i was in tears!

I was getting way too much fiber and my body was not liking it at all.  After about of week of being in pain, my stomach finally settled down. But you better believe i won't be doing that again any time soon! 

I try to eat fruits and veggies, but sometimes it doesn't always work with my tummy.  It is a day to day thing for me.

So, i say just remember that what works for you, may not work for someone else.  listen to your body!  It's the best advice!


30 yr female
1995-Crohns disease (removal of the terminal illeum and Cecum-followed by resection)
on and off flare ups/inflammation
1998-Duodenal ulcers(bleed out 1998/2005-blood transfusion)
2006-Anemia ( 2 Iron IV treatments) 
meds-30mg prevacid, vitamin b12 and vitamin e

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