I am recovering from an anal fissure I got several weeks after having a baby. Your site was extremely helpful both psychologically and with pain treatment tips that helped and I didn't hear anywhere else including using Orajel. Recently, I found out that I got extreme hypothyroidism as a result of the pregnancy. This seems to have been the root cause of my constipation and resulting fissure, so I would like to advise people to have themselves checked for this condition - it is just a blood test - to see if it might be the root of their problem. This is apparently quite common after pregnancy and not uncommon in the general population.