Split in pereneum - difficulty passing stools

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Hi, I know this query is not very pleasant, but has anyone had difficulty with scar tissue around their anus causing difficulty in passing stools and what can be done (self help or from a professional) to ease this?  My stools are now mostly pencil thin and each time I go the split(s) and bleeding get worse.

 

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    Yes I hadn’t similar and really the only thing that fixed it was an op. Lots of water and I still have Metamucil every day. That was about 4 years ago and I’ve not had any problems since. The specialist told me a tear will never fix itself there.

    good luck!

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    Thank you.  I've just been diagnosed with LS, and the doctor said that it would be difficult to heal the splits and that there was nothing they could do about LS.  I'm glad i found this forum and will go back to him.

     

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    I had a long history of anal tears which were treated by botox injections - anyway long story short.  Once I was diagnosed with LS and treated the anus with clob plus also using glycerin tablets to ease passage of stools, these have finally healed, although I do have to be very careful with self management.  I'm in a much better place with all of this than I was several years ago, so please have hope that things could improve.  Every best wish.

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    I struggle with the same problem! I now see a gastroenterologist, which I suggest you do as well.

    My doctor had me increase the fiber in my diet, either with fiber pills or naturally through food. I also realized that my daily water intake was terrible, which is not good when you’re on a high fiber diet. So now I track my water and per my doctor’s instructions, I aim for 80oz a day. During the time that I know it gets worse for me (during my period) I also use Miralax if necessary. I also find that putting Vaseline around the area before going to the bathroom always helps!

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    Hello Ann, I suffer with a very painful perineum but at the vaginal opening end.  Have you discussed your problem with your GP or Consultant?  I only ask as I have recently had bleeding when passing stools and found out I have yet another autoimmune disorder Ulcerative Colitis.
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      Hi Susan, I'm sorry that you're having such a painful time, but thank you for posting.  It's early days in the diagnosis for me, but I have a referral to a bowel surgeon coming up so hopefully will know more in the next month or so.  I'll keep UC in mind, but i'm really awful at going online, looking up symptoms and thinking, yes, it's that, or that, or that.....

      Wishing you well.  Ann

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    Good luck Ann with the bowel specialist, you are doing the right thing.  I know what you mean about self diagnosing online, its not a good thing.  The information on the internet can be a great resource but can also be very conflicting and scary.

    Sending you lots of love!

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    I recently started having this same problem.

    I had to ask for lidocaine ointment to numb my rectum when i passed stools .

    I also started seeing a new gyn. Who specializes gyn oncolgy, because my derm found some squamous cells on my labia.

    If these issues are not painful and embarrassing enough , now my poop chute seems like it narrowed.

    My new GYN told me .. Crisco

    I slather it all over the nether region and it has healed up a lot of the red inflamed areas .

    And my squatty potty helps me too

    The crisco helps with that itching too .

    I try to stay out of underware . Wear only night gowns ,dressed,skirts. No panties .

    Beach towels on my seats . Holy smokes.

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      Thank you Kym, it sounds like you're really on the ball with managing your condition x.  My back passage has narrowed too, so I'm drinking lots of water eating lots of fibre and using lactulose to keep things as easy as possible.  Yesterday I was told that I may need to have part of my perineum removed as the changes to the skin appear to be precancerous.  So that's another referral - I'm feeling very lucky with the NHS, everything is moving very quickly indeed.  It should be quite straight forward and the reconstruction won't include that flamin' tear!  I'm looking for any silver linings (pun not intended).

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