Posted 11/16/2021 6:24 AM (GMT -7)
Hi, all, looking for some wisdom from those who have dealt with these!
Recently while going to the bathroom, I was straining a bit and felt what I can only describe as a sensation of splitting right at the anal sphincter. That sensation has happened a few times since, and I have also felt a bit of lingering pain or tenderness there after going to the bathroom for awhile. I'm now seeing bright red blood on the toilet paper and the surface of the stool.
I don't know if it could be anal fissures/hemmies or I'm flaring again. Or both. Can anal fissures and hemmies occur without actually being in a flare, or do they indicate that you're flaring?
Any tips or suggestions for helping heal a fissure or hemmie? Medication, things to watch, etc.? Does using Preparation H help? I've read increasing fiber helps, but I'm scared to add too much for fear it'll exacerbate a flare if I'm not already flaring.
I've been dealing with a significant amount of work stress and anxiety, along with general fears about catching Covid or my elderly, high-risk mom catching it, even though we're both vaxxed and boosted. I know that doesn't help matters, but I can't seem to get a handle on it despite doing all things you're "supposed" to do to help with stress and anxiety.
Many thanks for your help and wisdom!