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So here's my story about what I've been dealing with for about 2+ years. I've had hemorrhoids for many, many years but they never caused me much pain until a few weeks before I developed an anal fissure. I was at my friend's house and couldn't pass a stool. I kept pushing and pushing until I felt an excruciating burning sensation. I freaked out for a bit but felt better within 10 minutes. I woke up the next morning for work and the pain was unbearable. I had to call out of work and head to urgent care. There, they diagnosed me with an anal fissure on my right side. Now I've been dealing with this unbearable pain for years. I've tried different creams and used many enemas. The fissure would just not go away. I blame the fissure on my poor diet. It came to a point where I was just tired of feeling this pain every time I had a bowel movement. I would not poop for three plus days out of fear of using the bathroom. That would cause my stool to become more hard and more painful to push out when I had the uncontrollable urge to poo. I went to a rectal surgeon and he gave me a prescription for a compound cream (which was so hard to find). I tried this and it did nothing for me. I would still lay on my bed in pain after each bowel movement. Fast forward to a month later, that's when I had a checkup. I was doing a great job of keeping my stools soft and applying the cream twice, daily until I had one slip up and I was back to square one. The doctor recommended I have a Lateral Internal Sphincterotomy. I was almost in tears. I was so glad to finally overcome this issue that has taken a toll on my life and I'm only 20 years old. So, my surgery was scheduled for May 28 at 8:45 AM , which is today. NOW, what are the chances that I would start my period the morning of the surgery, I was mortified.. And during my menstrual cycle, that area is usually more sensitive, so the pain is worse during bowel movements. I researched what would happen during operation and some people said they had to have a catheter put in. Other people said they were told to reschedule their surgery. That scared me to wits end. Luckily, the pre-op was so simple and the nurses were so nice. They were very understanding and made me feel a lot better. I had to take a pregnancy test. Then they laid me on the bed, took my vitals, stuck an IV in me, which was surprisingly painless. Before I went into the operating room, they put a pad under me and sent me into the operating room. Everyone was so nice and made me feel comfortable. They put a gas mask over my face and next thing, I was out. I woke up after the surgery, crying. My throat felt like someone stabbed it with a baseball bat multiple times. Just an uncomfortable and painful feeling when swallowing, I was probably intubated. I had an oxygen tube in my nostrils and the pain was horrible in the fissure area. They kept upping my morphine but it just wasn't helping one bit. It felt like forever. I also had to use the bathroom (thankfully not a number 2). They gave me some graham crackers but I could only eat a few as well as some ginger-ale. Then they put me in a wheelchair and my parents drove me home. The pain was horrible when I was laying in my bed. Just constant burning pain in the fissure area, mixed with period cramps.. not fun at all. But the medicine they gave me kicked in after a while and I was knocked out. I feel fine now, I just have been sleeping on and off which feels nice. I have yet to have a bowel movement, which I'm terrified of. I sat on the toilet earlier and passed gas for nearly 10 seconds and it didn't hurt. Now I'm just laying in bed and the pain is starting to come back but I'm due for more meds and some Miralax. I can't say whether this surgery is worth it for me yet because it's too soon to tell and everyone reacts different. But I have been seeing a lot of positive recovery stories and I'm so excited to feel better about myself as well as start a healthier diet. I will keep you guys updated! Sorry for the novel
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