I've been experiencing extreme anal pain which lasts all day and gets worse with bowel movements.

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So i had what i believed to be an anal fissure for many months (i'm currently being checked for Crohn's disease) and about 1 week ago i decided to feel around my anus area in the bath to check what was going on. I felt two things. One was some sort of painful lump on the left side of my anus opening which stings to touch. The other is something dangling like a ball or flap of skin which seems to be right on the anus. After touching this dangling thing i began to experience excruciating pain which wakes me up every night and lasts all day every day. The pain feels like its between my anus and tailbone and the area is very tender to touch ( feels like nerve damage). I went to my doctor who gave me some cream after examining me but he wasnt sure what was there. The cream hasnt helped and the next day i went to A and E and they shoved a finger up my anus and said they couldnt see a anything at all and they said it might just be to do with Crohns. Im confused about this as i can feel and see something dangling from my anus and they haven't seemed tk notice it. One of the biggest annoyances with this also is the constant leaking of mucus from my anus. It literally makes my pants wet and it limits me going outside. Ive notoced that trying to use the anal musclws causes the most pain such as squeezing the anus shut or opening it to have a BM. so sorry for the rished details there's just so much going on Im tryig my best to explain this in words.

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    Also when my anus had a finger put up it it hurt really bad but it actually felt better afterwards like the anus needed stretching or something. The nezt day the pain was back. The only way i can relieve the pain is by sitting in a bath. Usually after a BM im jumping around trying to bear the pain. Feels like nerve pain, hard to explain.
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    Heat in general helps. Ive been sitting on a warm blanket which i keep heating up with the radiator which makes sitting down bearable.
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    Yet does sound very much like a skin tag and a fissure. Skin tags seem to be when piles heal and the redundant skin is still there. Yes the pain from a fissure usually starts during a bowel movement, and then can last all day, and is extremely painful.

    my colorectal surgeom said I hadn't got a fissure when he examined me. Then changed his mind when he did a colonoscopy and it was seen.

    Do you have either constipation or opposite, have multiple bm's a day?

    The first would keep splitting the skin, and the second would stop it healing.

    If you have crohns it could be the latter.

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      Hi, thanks so much for the reply. I believe when I first started getting my Crohn's symptoms I had a lot of loose stools which is what caused the fissure from what I can tell. 

      At the moment, soft stools hurt more as they burn afterwards, harder ones are sometimes better but still causes pain, just less. 

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      Can you take Magnesium Citrate tablets? I just took Laxido, which made everything soft, but I never felt as though my rectum was empty, and I think any remaining stool there annoyed the fissure. Magnesium rushes it through the system, though not like a laxative where you get the runs., and I feel a lot cleaner and more empty. That’s what has healed mine. Just thought it might irritate crohns.
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      Thanks for the suggestion, I've been called back to the doctors tomorrow so they can check up on my progress. I guess I need to hope they understand this time as they gave me no help last time. 

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    It sounds like a sentinel pile (skin tag) which occurs after a chronic fissure has made repeated failed attempts to heal.

    I have one too and it is just ask you describe. Seems strange that the doctor couldn’t identify it as that though! 

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    Sounds like you need a better doctor, at least your doc should have been able to tell if it were a skin tag or fissure. When I saw my GP, immediately he told me it was a chronic fissure and he was right. If your doc doesn't know, ask him to recommend you see a proctologist asap to put your mind at ease.

    Sounds to me like it is hemorrhoids, which would hang. The way they get rid of them is they tie a rubber band around them and they will drop off. They have a device that takes seconds to put on and you don't feel anything, quick and painless and eventually will drop off.

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