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Could I Be Healing?

Postby Chloe6 » 18 Aug 2016, 23:15

Hope I'm not being premature in my upbeat mood but I haven't been upbeat in quite some time. I've had a fissure now for over a year. A month ago I dragged myself to my 3rd gastro doc as the first two were not getting me anywhere and I was very down. This third guy not only recommended a paste that has been the only thing that has taken pain away for me, Calmoseptine, (over the counter by the diaper section and I've tried around 10 different oinments, oils, salves, honey, lidocaine, blah, blah) but wanted me to see a surgeon which I didn't think I was ready for. He says this guy will not be quick to want you to have surgery, he's good, see what he has to say. So the surgeon says he used to do many surgeries for fissures but now only about one a month cause chemically he's having success. Gives me script for special compound of Lidocaine and Nitroglycerin. No Qtips says must use your finger. So for two weeks now doing it and lo and behold no tearing or bleeding. I switched also from taking high dose of magnesium (can lose control of bowels) to Colace and am lowering dose from three to one. Also I've had skinny bms since a teenager (he says skinny bms/tight muscle can contribute to fissure) and they are starting to widen, they almost look normal. This was an added positive feature that I wasn't expecting. Reading this board I've seen discussions about dilation and so I gently dilate for a few seconds when I insert the compound. So I'm not sure which is the winning variable but I am feeling hopeful. Don't know much about nitroglycerin and don't know if it is coating the tissues better than vaseline so that it doesn't tear but the surgeon did use the word 'healing' a few times whereas the first two gastro guys said you don't heal from this, they mainly saw a lifetime of stool softeners... It pays to shop around! I have my next appointment with him in 3 weeks. I now have questions about possibility of life without surgery, without eternal stool softeners, without worrying about bms. I didn't think it would be a surgeon that would give me hope, but guess you never know! Hope my upbeat mood isn't premature. Any comments on any part of this welcome...
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Re: Could I Be Healing?

Postby Lostandconfused » 19 Aug 2016, 10:10

First off hi!! Glad you are feeling better! I've had an anal fissure for almost a year and it took forever to be able to see a specialist here in Canada. I have been very mindful of my water intake and take Restoralax every morning. Pre bm I use a gloved finger and apply some to my inner anus then wipe with baby wipes followed by applying the nitro after I shower, knock on wood I haven't had bleeding or discomfort in a couple of weeks!! I also dream of the day with out constant worry. I go see the dr again in sept and I hope he tells me all is well :) good luck :)
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Re: Could I Be Healing?

Postby Chloe6 » 19 Aug 2016, 10:40

Hi Lostconfused
Thx. So do you feel the nitroglycerin is what is healing the fissure? I haven't had time to really look up what nitro is and does. As far as the water I had given up my beloved coffee as I feel it dehydrates me but since taking this nitro i am sneeking a little back into my diet. I do have to watch that cause almost immediately I'm more thirsty than usual. So I better not get too cocky.
Anyway we both have doc appointments next month so good luck to both of us!
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Re: Could I Be Healing?

Postby Lostandconfused » 19 Aug 2016, 13:17

I feel the nitro helped but the more I've learned about fissures the better I've been able to take care of it (watching what I eat, water intake since I'm still nursing a little one, Restoralax to keep my stools watery, Vaseline prior and a Sitz bath if it's bothered me) yes I hope we both have amazing luck next month
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