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I have just come back from a hospital appointment with a colorectal surgeon. My main issue is needing to strain to pass stools and a fair degree of associated pain. There is often some blood as well. I do have external haemorrhoids and have certainly had fissures in the past although I am not sure I have one at the moment. I saw a specialist many years ago but that didn’t go very far. Apparently there was a lot of tension in my sphincter muscles and he did say I may need surgery. I have only talked with the new surgeon but she feels I definitely have anal stenosis and will probably require surgery. She also kept on talking about Chron’s disease and I get the impression she feels this is a very likely cause.
I have a lot of wind, and alternate between constipation and soft stools, sometime diarrhoea. It is not helped by the fact I am quite a lot of medication for both epilepsy and mental health illness. All of these medications can cause constipation.
I don’t feel like I have a lot of bloating and don’t get blood in my stools (as far as I can tell). Does anybody else recognise these symptoms? Do you think it is possible I have Chron’s disease?
The surgeon came across as very competent so I guess I need to trust her. I am booked in for sidmoidoscopy on the 5th of July so that should tell me much more. I am just about to go on holiday for a week and the whole thing has got me rather worked up. I suffer from Generalised Anxiety Disorder so I am thinking of all the worst case scenarios that will surely ruin the family holiday
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