Extremely painful fissure, IBS and hemorrhoid.

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I have suffered from chronic anal fissures since Feb 2008! The pain was been so bad that it wasn't hard to remember the date!

Since then up until now I've had on and off fissures and every time I make a bowel movement, i've always been very nervous. Sometimes I'd go months with no problem, but when I did get a problem, it was always very painful and caused problems with my daily life until it decided to heal.

I have seen GPs about this more times than I can count, along with rectal examinations. It often didn't lead anywhere, and SOMETIMES i'd be given a cream to help, which never did. I was taking movicol for months to the point where the taste of the stuff made me feel like I was fighting to urge to vomit, and it wasn't strong enough.

To add to my bad fissure problem, I have IBS. I go through phases of very soft and easy to pass stools to rock hard constipation, the latter of which always causes painful tears. It seems to be triggered by stress instead of my diet, since I have a fairly healthy diet which hasn't changed. My stress levels also can't be helped since I suffer from severe anxiety and depression.

I feel like i'm trapped in a very painful vicious circle!

I have seen a surgeon before, who did a very painful examination of my bowels, which came out with no problems, though he mentioned he noticed the fissures. Nothing has ever been mentioned to me about sugery, and since I've suffered with this for so long, i'd jump at the chance of it!

I now have a few fissures at once which are the most painful i've ever had since it started. On top of that, I have a hemorrhoid which after treating will not settle. I'm fighting the urge to scream and vomit from the pain when I am making a bowel movement, and last time I felt dizzy for two days after!

I went to see my GP the other day, who is very hard to get an appointment with, but we only had time to talk about my depression, since that has also gone down hill! I'm going to try to get a new appointment tomorrow, though in the meantime i've sent my mum to the pharmacy with my debit card and asked her to get me whatever she can! I was advised on this forum under the IBS section to try Laxido for the constipation, though right now I think my body won't let me go because of the extreme pain.

Having this problem along with my severe anxiety does not work out too well.

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    I saw 3 different consultants with my fissure & was expecting to get booked into surgery, but the 3rd one said that he used to do a lot of surgeries and now advises 1 x fybogel & 0.5 laxido night & morning.  That in conjunction with diltiazem, has sorted out my fissure.  It was healed last year from April til Oct, tore again in Oct as I was away with work & it didn't like the change of routine, then finally healed again last week.

    I have problems with my bowel as the nerve was severed by accident during surgery for something else - thus it is now inclined to be lazy.  I think that the fissure 'area' was weakened as before the surgery I had a furiously iritable bowel & used to get fissures from that - altho at the time I thought I was just sore from too much going to the toilet/wiping.

    I am very, very careful with my bowel routine & I really do appreciate every minute of not being in pain, having just come out of 3 months of hell.

    The absolute best thing I've found for fissures is vit E & coconut oil suppositories - you can get them on Amazon, but I think they come from the USA so take ages to arrive.  They are non laxative & if you use one last thing at night, the next morning it feels as if you're 2 or 3 weeks further on in the healing process.  Using them isn't dignified & I cried the first time I did it as I felt humiliated that my life had reached that point...but on the next morning I was completely sold on the idea.

    Good luck!

    T x

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      Hi Catembi! Did you not find the suppositories incredibly painful to insert? I was told to take Anusol suppositories but they were just too painful, especially if I'd recently had BM. Thanks!
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    Oh DaisyRyan I completely feel your pain (quite literally!). Your symptom's are near identical to mine. I suffer from IBS due to anxiety, after a colonoscopy to diagnose that, I was told I had hemorrhoids. No creams worked the pain got worse only to be told I them had fissures. It's been nearly a year and a half of hell. I can't use many creams as I suffer from migrains. I recently went for botox treatment to no avail. I now take Dulcoease on.a daily basis and eat as.much fruit as I can, however if the IBS flares up I go straight back to being constipated, hard and bulky stools not to mention the immense cramping.of the IBS. I'm due to.go back to my surgeon next month to.see what options there are. I would suggest being referred to a specialist to find out your options. Good luck!!
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    It actually wasn't as bad as I thought.  I was driven by total desperation, as I think everyone on here will understand!  I used a mirror to make sure I was trying to do it right.  You would think that I'd know where my own a**e was by now, as over the past 2 years I seem to have done nothing but fret over it & put cream on it, but the mirror did help. As they're made of oil, they are kind of self lubricating & they are a streamlined shape, so it wasn't as bad as it sounds.  They don't sting & they do work. 
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