In this post I will show you the basic techniques you must follow to cure your condition and stop the pain for good.
It has been very vogue to speak of the 80/20 principle these days. Below you will find the three major strategies that represent the 20% of input that will get you the 80% of positive results. Practicing these tactics consistently will save you from the agony and aggravation of anal fissure and painful internal hemorrhoids.
I suffered from anal fissure and prolapsed internal hemorrhoids for over two years. As you know, it is a pain I would not wish on my worst enemy. But I am pain free for over two years and my condition gets better every day.
Anal fissure is the most painful and most embarrassing condition, and when I did cure myself I did not want to even think about it again or look back. Good riddance, was my thought.
But honestly, it is such a large part of who I am now and how I live my life. I even remember talking to my skin tag, and carrying around my internal hemorrhoids like a companion that you despise, but have grown so close to and is part of your identity.
As much as I wanted to leave it behind me, I do not want the knowledge I learned to go to waste. So I wrote this page to try and share that knowledge.
It took me a lot of trial and error to cure myself. When I was going through the pain, I would stay up all night sorting through the noise on the web to find a cure, because God knows I could not fall asleep due to the pain. I knew I did not want to go through surgery after hearing stories of recurring pain and piles, and I definitely did not want to have to wear a diaper for the rest of my life. That being said, I pass no judgement on anyone that has elected to go through surgery, and I hope it works out for you.
For me, the cure was not a quick fix, but incremental improvement over time. Once I knew the techniques that were working, it was just about practicing them every day. But it took me a long time to figure out what works. I have had major setbacks along the way (note: do not try treating your fissure or hemorrhoids with tea tree oil).
In short, there are three things you must focus on to heal your fissure:
- Bathroom technique
The main goal here is to have one (fast, but not strained) bowel movement per day, preferably in the morning.
When you are in the bathroom, make sure you:
- Go only when you absolutely feel the urge so that you spend minimal time on the toilet.
- Squat instead of sitting on the seat.
- Apply pressure as the stool comes out so that it seals the fissure shut as much as possible.
- Wipe only after your rectal tissue pulls back in.
- Wipe from front to back (if you really need to, since you will do the the next step).
- Wash your bottom under warm running water.
- Dry your bottom (lightly dab it with toilet paper, being careful not to let it stick).
As for diet:
- Strictly avoid alcohol, coffee or caffeine, chocolate, spicy foods, and processed foods in general.
- Drink a heaping tablespoon of Konsyl after your last meal at night. This is to aid in having that one bowel movement the next morning.
- Take magnesium citrate with meals or once in the morning and at night. Magnesium is a natural mineral that will soften your stool and make it easier to pass. It is something your body needs and you cannot overdose on it.
- Eat water-rich foods like fruits and vegetables. Everyone says you need to drink more water, but there is more to it. Drinking water will just make you urinate more – you need the water to actually get to your bowels, so the water must be embedded in the fiber of the actual food itself.
Lastly, exercise. Do Kegels.
I didn’t discover this until after the acute pain was gone, but once I did realize its benefit and starting doing them, I really noticed a major shift in my condition. You can be relatively pain-free but still not feel great, and Kegel exercises are what really healed me.
It took me a long time to figure this out because, damnit, Kegels hurt a lot when you are in the midst of acute anal anguish. But, in fact, Kegels are your friend and not the enemy.
The idea is that you are strengthening the muscles in your pelvic floor and pushing back up the hemorrhoids and sagging tissue that is weighing down and putting pressure on the anal sphincter, which is causing the fissure to tear open every time you pass a bowel movement.
The Other 20%
There is so much more you can do to heal your body, but the principles above will get you most of the way there.