Patient Comments: Anal Fissure - Diagnosis

How was your anal fissure diagnosed?

Comment from: ingridrdh, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 26

I had ovarian cancer and after the chemotherapy and radiation was having very painful bowel movements. I thought I might have hemorrhoids. Thought I had hemorrhoids, and was fired from my job because I missed work due this problem. I'm so glad to have a diagnosis of anal fissure--at least I am not crazy and it really does hurt. I just found out today, and am looking forward to relief and a new job.

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Comment from: Catherine, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 19

I have been diagnosed with an anal fissure after three months of suffering. The doctor gave me Diltiazem 2 percent ointment. After using it for almost four weeks, it had not helped me at all and burned when I used it. Finally, in desperation I decided to try using Triple antibiotic salve. In just a couple days I started to feel less pain. For the first time in about five or six months I am able to sit without pain. It was worth the try.

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Comment from: t, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: March 10

I am 32 years old and have been suffering on and off with anal fissures since I was a kid. I have tried several different creams sometimes they would work for a while sometimes not. I make sure to get at least 25 grams of fiber a day either with supplements or with my food intake. In addition I started using a stool softener. I had the botox surgery yesterday and they found a second fissure. One of the things to keep in mind is that more then one fissure or a fissure that won't go away may be caused by a type of Crohn's so make sure your doctors or surgeons check for it. Blood tests are not enough they need to actually go in a bit with a camera. At any rate I am scared to go to the bathroom because of all the years of pain I only go when I have no choice.

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Comment from: sandee, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 04

I have been in horrific pain since December. The pain has disrupted every aspect of my life. Assuming it was hemmorrhoids I went to the doctor finally for help. After the initial examine, he gave me a prescription for steroids. The pain worsened and when I went back he said I have fissures and suggested surgery. I declined. I went to my local health hut and tried some natural remedies. Still no relief and still enormous pain. I now have an appointment with a different doctor next week and hoping he will test me for anal cancer or another underlying problem. The first doctor did not do this. Cancer runs in my family.

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Comment from: ntw0321, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 04

I was told I had an anal fissure early January, I have been on suppository, nitroglycerin and many creams, it would get better then worse, mostly severe burning after bowel movements that last several hours. I went to a surgeon last week and am trying nifedipine ointment, but was not told how long before I would feel some relief, have lost 15 pounds since end of December, afraid to eat not sure what to eat. I drink plenty of water, take Fiber One and have no problem going to bathroon but the pain is severe...

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Comment from: hurtsalot, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 07

By colonoscopy and this is my second time around.

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