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I wanted to know if anyone has any advice on rectal fissures and how long they take to heal. I have had several posts saying how hard it was for me to sit and lay down because of the pressure and now I know why, I have a lovely anal fissure and it hurts! I can really feel it on the right side, that internal sphincter muscle is so tense. I went to a colo-rectal surgeon and he gave me some cream to use 3 times a day and metamucil daily and lots and lots of water. I went to him a few days ago and the pain and pressure seem to be getting worse so now he has called in valium for me and I go back to see him next week. I didn't realize a little tear in the rectum could cause such pressure and pain while trying to sit and lay down. I actually feel the best while standing but then my belly doesn't like that for to long. I have already had 2 major surgeries this year (in less than 6 months) and I really dont want any more surgeries this year. Anyone have any advice on how to take care of the pain and how long before I cant sit and lay down like a normal person? Thanks for being here for me sisters!
By the way my other suregery I had in Jan 04 was a total thyroidectomy. GRRR.
I can't help you but to offer sympathy. I think you are in the right hands if you are at a specialist.
You have been through the mill with all your surgeries. They did a rectal repair also when I had my hyst and the doc recommended sitz baths. They have one that sits on top of your toilet seat that I saw at Wal-mart. I did those after the birth of my kids when I tore. I am not doing that right now, I am using Tucks wipes, anasol ointment and anasol suppositories which the docs nurse said would shrink the swelling and make it easier. Maybe check with the docs nurses. Just call right away, they or someone will call you back.
I have called a few times since surgery and they are always thanking me for callling them, they want to know soon if something is hurting.
You are in a bad place, can't sit down, can't lay down and can't stand too long. Have you tried sitting on a gel ice pack for 15 or 20 minutes? They aren't too hard. I have a donut cushion too in my recliner so I can watch tv with DH.
this will just be my experience with a fissure. i have been lucky in that my fissure has never been that painful, just very chronic. i had a fibroid pressing against the rectum, which was causing chronic constipation. i had a sub-total hyster. about a year ago.
**first-the metamucil. that has always caused more troubles than helping me. it would add bulk. things weren't moving and then when i went it would stretch the fissure open. i have tried many times-so just an fyi.
*there is a prescription laxative. it is called miralax. you just mix a capful with water and drink. there is not taste and it really does mix up. it wasn't harsh. it just helped me go twice a day and soft. it is suggested to take only for 2 weeks, but maybe that could just give you the start healing you need. be careful taking it longer-it is not supposed to be addictive, but i seem to have to wean off.
the sitz baths are soothing. but a cool swim at the pool daily keeps the swelling down (whoops-i don't know if you can swim yet, so just remember for future reference)
it may be you have trouble with the constipation for a bit longer but hopefully that will ease up and hopefully you can get the fissure to heal then. hope this helps a bit-it is just how my body reacted but be careful with the metamucil.
I know I'm no doctor, but metamucil did NOT help my anal fissure at all. It made my stools bigger which hurt like heck! Mine lasted for over 3 weeks. I dreaded going to the bathroom each and everyday while it lasted. I feel for you!! I actually resorted to putting my medicated cream in "there" right before I had a BM and that helped. I did prune juice with stool softeners, lots of water and sitz baths. If you can't get into the bath yet, you can fill up your bathroom sink with warm water and stick your bum in it for relief. I did this a few times too, as I got sick of getting into the tub 3 times a day. Whatever you can do to prevent pushing while having a BM is the best medicine for the future. My dr told me I could get one again if I didn't change my bathroom habits. I have never had one since.
s to you and I'm sorry you're going through this. I know how awful and painful they can be!
I also have anal fissures. Mine bleed from time to time. I take
1 tablespoon of mineral oil with oragne juice first thing in the morning and 2 stool softners ( 1 in the morning and one at night)
and also 2 fiber choice tablets a day. My surgeon says this will
help things so that the rectum had a chance to heal. It really does work. After I get mine cleared they want me to have a
colonoscopy done. I just had my hysto. on April 20. They don't
give you time to rest. I hope this info helped a little. I will be
thinking about you.