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Re: Living with fissures

Postby Bum_UK » 06 Sep 2017, 11:01

I can as MPB recommend Botox. I am 12 weeks out from Botox, sentinel pile removal and fissurectomy. It is minor surgery and I think with Botox alone you won't have any discomfort from the procedure after around seven to ten days. I was back to be comfortable sitting down for extended periods after around a week. I travelled from the UK to Portugal on holiday 2.5 weeks after the surgery and it was perfectly fine. It took a while for the Botox to kick in and I was actually in more pain from spasms after the procedure than before. However, I had had no pain at all for four weeks prior to the procedure but went ahead anyway as I wanted the sentinel pile removed.

I had my follow-up appointment last Friday and the fissure has almost healed. The surgeon hopes I won't have any pain after BMs once the Botox wears off despite the fissure not being completely healed. I'm going for another round of Botox in the unlikely event that I get spasms again once the Botox has worn off.

I can recommend trying Botox if your fissure hasn't healed on its own for this long.
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Re: Living with fissures

Postby dmcff » 07 Sep 2017, 10:59

A consultation with my G.P. today produced at least some sort of strategy for dealing with my condition. My G.P. agrees that my symptoms don't really fit a diagnosis of AF - she thinks that the fissures have healed, and that what seems to be the trouble is that several years of examinations, ointments, creams, laxatives and both top-down and bottom-up treatments have led to the whole of my rectal and groin area [sorry, tmi] becoming chronically inflamed. The first step recommended by my G.P. is to cut the dosage of lactulose I'm currently taking from 15 ml at night to 7.5 ml. I can continue with 1 sachet of Movicol, and increase the dose of that if necessary.

So, no Botox or LIS, or at least not yet - the first priority is to reduce the inflammation, while preserving soft stools.

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2017 Moderate pain
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