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    I really feel for you as anal fissures are terribly painful. I had one earlier this year and the pain and bleeding was horrific. I ended up seeing a specialist for mine. It eventually healed on its own by using Rectogesic (this might be the cream you were recommended..I don't think it's safe to use when bf), wet toilet wipes, salt baths, metamucil capsules (2 in the morning and 2 at night) and drinking lots of water.

    It was taking a long time to heal though and the next step the specialist recommended was botox injections. He said they have good success with botox for anal fissures now.

    If using less invasive methods isn't helping, ask for a referral to a specialist. I saw a gastroenterologist and he was lovely about it all. I'm sure they will be able to help you, you shouldn't have to go through that kind of pain.

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    Thanks ladies for all of your replies. I went and got the cream that Preshy2008 said and I am feeling a little better but it still isn't going to help it heal. I am booked in to go back to the specialist on the 31st Jan but it is a long time to wait when you are in constant pain and can barely move for a few hours after a BM. I don't think it will heal on its own as it has been 9 months. I would like to start thinking about having another baby but with this pain I doubt it will happen anytime soon. Hopefully the specialist will give me another option rather than having to stop feeding my baby. Thanks again

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    Quote Originally Posted by Preshy2008 View Post
    I have been through this after I had DS. The fissure came after birth from dehydration during breast feeding which caused awful hard stools.

    It was a miserable time and ruined what was supposed to be a very special time for us..

    I found myself having showers afterwards to ease the pain and lying down just like you. I was crying all day every day.. That coupled with sleep deprivation and being a nervous new Mum, my mental health was rapidly declining.

    The sphincter muscle clenches involuntarily and the pain coming at random times all throughout the day was insane.

    My GP also gave me the anesthetic gel, it's available over the counter but you will have to ask for it. It's called Xylocaine Gel. It did help. I also tried everything else but had the surgery in the end. A Sphincterotomy.

    It was a ten minute op under light anesthetic and the results were immediate. It took a while to comfortably go to the loo, but after a month or so the pain was gone.

    I'm on my phone so can't go into too much detail, but I hope it gets sorted for you soon and don't be scared if the surgery, it sounds worse than it actually was. I'd do it again in a flash if I had to.

    Good luck
    Hi Preshy and other Ladies,

    Just wondering about the surgery. Was the recovery pain worse than the pain after a BM? Were you bedridden? For me it is at the stage that when I poo I am unable to do anything except lie down for hours after. Today I went early morning and couldnt move until late afternoon. It was excruciating. I have also read that after the surgery you may need a ceasar instead of a natural birth??? Did you hear about this? I am desperate for an answer. I got the cream and it hasn't helped at all.
    Hope I am not bothering you. Thanks

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    Ibadan an anal fissure earlier this year after the birth of DD2. After weeks of pain and taking lactolase I went to my GP and she prescribed rectogesic. The tube did say it wasn't suitable for breastfeeding but my GP reassured me that it was topical so fine to use. Maybe different GP's have different opinions. Anyway after a week or so my fissure was pretty much healed.

    I'm sorry you are going through this, the pain is horrible I remember standing up and not wanting to sit down, I would walk around breastfeeding and going to the toilet was the worst. Big big hugs.

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    Hemorrhoids are horrible, poor thing! I can't even begin to imagine what a fissure would be like as well I had a haemorrhoid a month or so ago, that had a clot in it, so it wouldn't go back by itself. My GP lanced it (ouch! He used a local spray before he injected it, which made it more bearable I suppose. He couldn't touch it when he examined it, because it was just that damn sore!). He then prescribed Elma cream to put on before I went to the toilet, and a cream (zinc and local) for after. It seemed to help quite a bit. I hope you get some relief soon!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rachel27 View Post
    Hi Preshy and other Ladies,

    Just wondering about the surgery. Was the recovery pain worse than the pain after a BM? Were you bedridden? For me it is at the stage that when I poo I am unable to do anything except lie down for hours after. Today I went early morning and couldnt move until late afternoon. It was excruciating. I have also read that after the surgery you may need a ceasar instead of a natural birth??? Did you hear about this? I am desperate for an answer. I got the cream and it hasn't helped at all.
    Hope I am not bothering you. Thanks
    Hi Rachel27,

    No bother but I'm on my phone so will keep my response as short as I can.

    I sympathize with you, it really is horrendous and a lonely experience.

    The recovery pain (for me) was less than the fissure pain.. It felt more bruised than 'cut'.. It was painful to walk that day and the next..however the fissure was still there for a while but that stinging, pulsing, butt aching pain was gone almost immediately.

    Ive never been told that about a cesarian. I can't imagine why that would be. I plan on VBing this next baby 

    I advise you to speak to a good, thorough GP or specialist. your problem may be different to mine/ours on here.. Though your pain us familiar to me. My fissure was quite deep hence the surgery as first option, not Botox.

    My GP is very good and rushed me as an 'emergency'. I went to a private day surgery centre and was in and out within an hour and a half. It cost $195 from memory.

    Oh and I was breastfeeding.. I was told the local was so weak I could continue BFing straight away because the general was so light, but I pumped just to be sure.

    Good luck hunni.. I know it sux. Get it seen to one way or another, you won't regret it.

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    Thanks to everyone who offered advice! I went to a different specialist today and he will be doing surgery on my fissure next week. YAY!! Hopefully I can begin enjoying parenthood more

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    Quote Originally Posted by rachel27 View Post
    Thanks to everyone who offered advice! I went to a different specialist today and he will be doing surgery on my fissure next week. YAY!! Hopefully I can begin enjoying parenthood more
    So pleased you are getting the help you need. Let us know how you go.

    Just out of interest, did the new specialist say anything about not being able birth vaginally after the surgery?

    Preshy


 

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