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Hello everyone, I'm hoping someone can help me with this
I'm female, in my early 20s. Since maybe September of 2018, I've been having a sharp pain and itchiness in my anal area post-bowel movement. It wasn't that painful at the time, I would just poop as normal and then clean the area with witch hazel and call it a day. Then in February, after a bout of constipation the pain got worse, it felt like I was passing razor blades, with little streaks of blood on the toilet paper and I feared having to use the bathroom! I thought it was hemorrhoids so I just used more witch hazel and soaked the area with a warm towel and eventually, the pain and bleeding subsided, and I got back into my university work. Coming down to the end of March, I went through an emotionally stressful time, as I had lost a dear pet and still had to commit to my assignments. The Sunday afterwards, I went to the bathroom, expecting a normal, peaceful poop, and to my shock not only was it the most sharp, painful bowel movement I've had in my life, there was a LOT of fresh bright red blood coming out on the toilet paper, which scared the heck out of me. It's been like this since then, with the exception of last weekend when I had mild food poisoning and had very soft stools courtesy of diarrhea. Right now, I'm waiting on my period to end so I can see my doctor, but I was wondering if there was anything I could do in the meantime aside from changing diets and sitz baths( which I'm already doing) to try to lower the post- BM bleeding at least, because that's what's freaking me out the most. Is it possible for fissures to cause a lot of bleeding? Can stress make it worse?
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