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I've been struggling with a fissure since July, and I've developed hemorrhoids along with it...oddly one in the anal area beneath my tail bone, and one in the opening. I went to the doctor and came away from the exam with even more pain. I was prescribed nifedipine (sp?). The nifedipine started to heal the fissure, but then it began to cause swelling in the tissue down there. It swelled up so badly that it hurt to walk or sit, and it literally felt like my insides were protruding outward. It also caused a dull, chronic ache inside my lower intestines that went away both times I stopped using it. Unfortunately the swelling made the fissure worse.
I began using zinc oxide instead, and even a little manuka honey in an effort to keep the area clean. I take two warm baths a day, and reapply medication twice a day. But the fissure, or what I suspect is more than one now, given the pain, will not heal. I'm taking miralax in the morning, but my stool is never the same. I can't seem to regulate it, which I'm sure is exacerbating the problem. I've just transitioned to a gluten free diet after we realized gluten was making me sick, so I'm trying to fumble my way through that as well.
I know increasing blood flow to the area aids healing, and without the nifedipine to help with that, I tried taking slow walks around the apartment complex, but again, it causes incredibly uncomfortable swelling. I've done So much research, but I just don't know what to do. So, at the moment I am sitting on a heating pad at work, and hoping no one asks me why! I would love some advice...I'm at the point where going to the bathroom makes me anxious, because I know how much it will hurt.
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