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My first fissure occurred in 2010 after a horrific bowel movement. After struggling with my GP for a year, she finally sent me to a specialist. He said it was a fissure and gave me nifedipine. At the time I was going through a hugely stressful time in my life. My 85-year-old father was dying of colon cancer (which of course made me freak out more).
The nifedipine worked and for a long time I was fissure-free. I started having short recurrence in 2015 and one bad one at the end of 2016, It's been on and off since then. I have times where a month or two go by with no problems and then it's back for 3-6 months.
I have a new GP and she's given me nitroglycerin ointment. I've been on it now for just shy of three weeks but not much has changed. I had a bloody bowel movement three days ago and it's been bleeding since (although today was just a small bit of blood)
I do the following:
I take magnesium about 400mg a day
A digestive enzyme (it has helped keep my stool soft)
Sitz baths (although I admit I'm not in a routine yet)
Trying to eat nothing bad (I've cut out red meat to next to nothing and no dairy)
Nitro ointment twice a day
I've now added Vitamin C
Drinking at least 2-3 litres of water per day
I will be adding zinc ointment around the opening for healing
I use a squatty potty
Itchiness has been a huge problem, but I now keep a tissue between my butt cheeks to ward off moisture.
The worst thing for me is the blood. I can handle the pain, even when it lasts the whole day, but my fissure generally bleeds when it erupts. Even a moderately hard stool will cause pain and bleeding so unless my stool is soft, it's going to bleed and hurt.
Right now I'm going through a very stressful time. I sold my house and moved in with my partner. We have done a lot of renovations and the whole ordeal has left me anxious and likely depressed. Our family business is also failing and it's putting strain on the lives of all of us. If I could, I'd stay in bed.
Here are some questions I'd love answers to if anyone can share your experiences.
Did the nirto ointment work and how long did you use it? Did you have setbacks along the way? My GP gave me no indication so I found online a course of six weeks twice a day and six wees once a day.
I get so nervous before my bowel movements. Any advice to offer?
The bleeding is part of having a fissure, but any advice on how to deal with it emotionally?
Does anyone else want to cry and stay in bed when they see blood/have pain?
I really have no joy in my life right now. I struggle along to make it seem like I'm okay, but this fissure is controlling my life. What happens in the morning dictates what happens throughout the day.
Any advice or support would be greatly welcome!
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