Is the problem of anal fissures subject to the water quality?

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I lived in Ely area Cambs for 25 years where I had on and off fissures and IBS..when I moved to Essex for 3 years I didnt have these specific problems at all.  I moved back to ELy this year and yes-you guessed I have anal fissures and also got a granuloma annulare on my upper arm.  I am in process of my GP treating the arm and the fissures but I wondered are they maybe linked and also why did the problem return when I came back to ELy...is it the drinking water? I am not stressed and in fact never been happier and if anything in the country here I am much more active.

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    Honestly not sure because at first my doctor advised I must drink at least 2litres of water a day to keep my BM soft but since taking magnisim tablets my BM is soft always.
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      Yes I have recently read about this and I am growing and eating my own Kale as a raw juice as it has high Magnesium.  My fissures are moderate just now and keeping them at bay but still have that added unwellness that fissures bring..sort of hot and bubbling in the rectum, fullness, anxiety and gas.  I think the water issue may be significant as it contains magnesium and calcium in variable amounts depending where u live.
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    I also wonder if I am doing myself any good by using a Brita water filter as I might be filtering out magnesium as well as other things we dont want????
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    Hi Yvonney,   Sorry for your suffering.   After having had surgery just over a month ago to remove my fissures which by the way have gone and I'm feeling well, but still a little sore and after reading what seems almost hundreds postings from people with this problem on other sites including this one, I've come to the conclusion one has to go back to when the pain first started and what lifestyle one was living.  In my case; I was a stay at home mum for many years then went back to work sitting in an office at a computer all day this is when the pain started with me.   It would appear that once you get the fissures they are a devil to cure and need a lifetime of  care so they can be managed and as in my case I hope they will not come back but the sensitivity will always be there.   I also use a Brita water filter as I can't stand the taste of our water here.  I wish you all the best.
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      Karen, what surgery did you have? I think I am nearing that stage although Botox injections have also been sggested. I am not sure which way to go.
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      Hi Susansan,  I had a Fissurectomy/Spincterotomy done on May 6th this year.  I'm so glad I did,  although I was scared at the thought of being operated on.  The first two days I felt no pain at all just fragile and tender down there.  I also bled for two days then it stopped.  The first BM  was surprisingly easy and again no pain.  My doctor  prescribed  Mineral Oil which worked very well for me.   I'm now pain free.  There is another topic on this site for Botox users you may have seen it I also joined in on that forum but decided not to go with Botox.   I wish you well.

       

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      Thanks Karen - the idea scares me too as I developed the annal fissure after a modified hemorroidectomy. It is good to hear that you are healing well and feeling no pain. (I wish!) Your post gives me some comfort. 
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      Susansan,  should you decide to have the operation the most importand is finding the right doctor.  My doctore is an Englishman (I'm in the US an expat) my doctor has been doing this surgery for 25 years. He told me:  after this surgery you will be pain free and I am.  I wish you well.
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    Thanks for the replies.  I was mentioning the Brita not as an advantage but a possible disadvantage but it needs a scientist to analyse what I have said and answer my question about the water and the Brita.  I have beaten this problem simply by moving away from an area isnt that worth researching?
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    Interesting you bring up quality of water seeing it is a major healing property to assist with healing fissures and promote  healthy bowell movement. And it is recommended to drink 2-3 lires per day.I recently had a low sodium level reading after drinking too much water. My Dr advised me to cut down and not to drink bottled water out of plastic. Im finding it incrediblt hard to get the right balance. I think extercise also helps that is if you are not in great psin.
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    I am very active dogwalker in rural area and I do my own gardening, mowing, yoga etc.  I have been health conscious all my life and despite being 58 my weight is not classed as worrying.  I have been trying to get definitive statements from water companies about the level of calcium and magnesium because I want to compare the two areas where i have lived for levls of these minerals.  As you say our water intake is crucial but then so are the contents of it.  Lots of people ahve said that magnesium is important as it relaxes muscles and thus makes the stool feel softer whereas calcium gnerally does the opposite as does iron.  I am looking for a reason why my fissures and IBS went almost completely when I moved back to my hometown in Essex after 25 years with the problem in ELy.  I moved back yet again after 3 years for family reasons and fissures etc have all returned.  I am more active here as I said and no stress. As a mostly stay at home mum I have been far more active than I would have been in a job like my husband who is desk bound and yet never has fissures? My husband has professional career , we have good income, excellent diet and no other major health issues.  Has anyone found a really cheap supply of magnesium outside of food sources?
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      Hello again,  The question regarding drinking water especially Brita filtered and could  it effect fissures  had never occurred to me.  It is an  interesting point.  Most of the liquid I drink is in the form of tea or coffee not a lot of just water maybe three glasses or so a day.   Yonney should you decide to have the operation the most importand is finding the right doctor.  My doctore is an Englishman (I'm in the US an expat) my doctor has been doing this surgery for 25 years. He told me:  after this surgery you will be pain free and I am.  I wish you well.
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    Sorry yvonney, I repeated myself in my previous mail and was referring to  susansans should she decide on having possible surgery.  
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    I have had 2 cesareans and both times had infectionsso not keen to go under the knife for any reason .  It is also not a good thing for people my age (58) to have anesthetics..every anaesthetic you have affects lungs and sometimes other  parts of the body.  I live 3 bus rides away from nearest hospital and ahve a dog and the leadup process seeing a consultant  (when they turn up) over months before they grant an op would be near impossible for me especially if I am in a phase of IBS and fissures..cant leave the loo for long
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    It is thus very important for me to do as much for myself without doctors, surgery etc.  I was hoping that an NHS run forum might attract some professional feedback about the water quality issue?
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