How to make hard stools soft to pass

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I've been completely backed up for 2 days now due to a painful anal fissure that I've had for the last 2 months. I've been to the doctor and he prescribed me actilax and rectogesic and after a week I thought I was healing and pain-free however I've been lazy and have been eating solids again, not drinking enough water and skipped 2 days of actilax and now my stool is hard. I've tried to go to the toilet twice now but the hard stools are to painful to pass. I'm desperately needing advice on how to make them soft please. I've taken my actilax for 3 days now and it's still hard

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    Green veggies


    No fried or spicy foods

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    hi jade39892,

    i know your pain, i am currently healing from fissures after botox injection.. im into D8 today..

    my surgeon prescribes fiber drink for me to drink.. but careful though, drinking one sachet everyday makes me go to the toilet 2-4 times per day which is bad.. hence i am reducing it to half a sachet every other day..

    plus drink at least 3 litres of water..

    no processed food, friend food watever...

    more vegetables and fruits..


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    Maybe try to BM in really hot water in a tub?? Some patients from anal surgeries do that! Hope you find relief. 
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    It’s really important you don’t go without food and laxatives

    I’m in the uk and I take 2 x Senna

    And 2 x Movicol 

    Movicol u can take up to 8

    Do not push let it come itself lots of water as much as you can take 

    I’m on a solid diet but no bread no rice - I eat broccoli everyday - porridge and a subway tuna sandwich is ok too 

    Don’t stop eating please I did that and ended up on hospital in agony - which country you in? 


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    Have you ever tried yoga? I had a horrible fissure and the anxiety and trepidation I felt every day before going to the bathroom obviously exacerbated the condition. Yoga helps stimulate your digestive system, AND relax your body. 

    Also what I did was I made sure to eat a lot of fiber and take a fiber supplement. Stool softeners made my issue worse, as when it came out too soft, it would burn and just be terrible. My doctor told me she wanted my BM to be "like a cigar" which I must admit was a little nauseating to think about, but I get the idea. That shape and consistency are easiest to pass.

    I'd make sure to eat a lot of brown rice, quinoa, apples, anything fruit, and vegetables. and whatever you do stay away from dairy, refined carbs, and sugar (including alcohol). All of these are notorious for backing up our systems. 

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    Here are some suggestions I have for you to help you through:

    1. Try squatting when going on the toilet instead of sitting. This is a much  helathier position and the poop sometimes will just slide out,  no pushing or straining involved.

    2. I would definately take a fiber supplement, specifically metamucil  is what I take evveryday,  in ordr to allow your stools to be soft and to allow them to pass thorugh easily. THis being said, with any fiber supplement, you must drink lots of water when using them, or they will not work veffectively. Also, do not take too much as too much fiber can irritate your bowels on the way  out and diarreah actually does worse down there.

    Hope this helps!!!




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