First off, *thank you* for such as informative and useful page. Really changed my life to know that the problem I had COULD be cured as opposed to just managed.
Second: I'm pretty young (early 30's) and all my life I've suffered on and off from IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). Unknown as to what causes it, probably stress, but the cycle of diarhhrea to constipation and back would cause anal fissures to come and go. I actually thought it was the normal way of things!
Until last year. Two particularly bad cycles of IBS brought me a total of 7 fissures - and no, I am not kidding...when looking down below with a mirror one could see small, weeping gashes at the one, two, four, six, seven o' clock areas and others, three with skin tags. Nasty. It didn't quite hurt to simply sit but going to the bathroom was not pleasant.
Until this point I'd controlled outbreaks of fissures with Laxatives and Immodium AD (stop yourself up for 2 days and the fissure would usually heal up enough). Didn't work this time.
I tried a special wheatgrass juice cream offered by drwheatgrass.com, but it didn't seem to do anything for me over 2 months constant application.
Here's what finally DID work:
One last note: This whole process took a long time - almost 6 months. But then, my fissures were many, though not as deep as some of the ones on this site. YMMV. And those of you in your 20's and 30's, you're not alone in this - anal fissures are not a problem for babies and geriatrics!
Anther patient read the text above and wrote back with this:
I was researching information on my upcomming AF surgery and found your webpage by luck. I am so happy to have found it because the testimonials really helped me. I feel much better prepared to face the surgery and have a better idea of what to expect. Thank you so much!
I was reading Patient 67's testimonial and this person mentions having IBS (Iritable Bowl Syndrome). I had the same symptoms this person says he/she has for quite a number of years (from age 23 to 27) and was finally diagnosed with Celiac desease. Now this didn't cure the anal fisure that keeps on coming back - hense why I'm finally giving up and getting the surgery - but the diagnosis cured many problems that initially were said to be IBS.
Thank you again for helping people better manage their AF pain!
ps: excuse my English as it is not my first language...