One of the main reasons I wrote this book is so that you do not have to resort to surgery. However, I believe it is important to see a doctor for the simple reason that you want to get a proper diagnosis for your condition, so you know how to treat it. I made a poor decision to treat my anal fissure skin tag as thrombosed external hemorrhoids for several weeks, and it made things worse.
When you do go see a doctor, the urge to “just get it fixed” will be very strong. Desperation can cause us to rush into many decisions that we may come to regret. I admit that I battled with the decision to get surgery for quite a while, and had many fights with my wife about it. It is difficult for everyone when your significant other sees you in such dire pain and you refuse to do what the doctor suggests.
The decision to get surgery is yours alone. All I suggest is to try the methods I detail in the book first.
I will tell you now that it will not be easy. It will take time – the longer you have the condition, the longer it will take to fix it. But when you are healed, you will feel healthy and proud of your determination and ultimate accomplishment.
The reason why I did not get surgery pretty much stems from the fact that it is something that you cannot take back. You never know what will happen and what side effects may arise from the surgery. It is something you will have to live with for the rest of your life.
Surgery only addresses the symptoms. If you start removing tissue from your body through surgery, you may affect other bodily functions. I have heard many stories of people getting their hemorrhoids surgically removed only to find out later that they had incontinence issues. I was determined to not put myself in a situation where I had to wear a diaper for the rest of my life.
In many cases where patients had their hemorrhoids removed, the hemorrhoids simply came back again after a couple weeks. Like weeds. Removing the hemorrhoids does nothing to fix the root problem.
Another reason why I chose not to undergo surgery was the fact that there is a reason why your body is in so much pain. Pain is a natural mechanism meant to alert the body of underlying problems. If you break your leg, the pain that comes from the trauma will force you to stay off that leg until you have sufficiently treated and healed the injury. Of course, the pain will be excruciating and you will opt to take pain relievers during the process to abate the suffering, but you would not simply cut off the limb or sever the nerve endings unless it was absolutely necessary. I believe the same is true in the case of anal fissures and hemorrhoids. It is foolish to think that the solution to this problem is to just remove the hemorrhoids or sever the nerves.
The pain is a wake-up call. Your body is telling you that something is gravely wrong and you must take action to reverse its course.
I believe that in order for the body to reach this level of pain, it means that the damage is very severe and will take a long time to reverse. Ideally, we should take action to be healthy before any of these symptoms appear. The problem is that without any signs of pain there would be little reason to take any preventative actions.