Sorry if this is TMI and long!! Does anyone else get severe pain when going for a BM, like a sharp stinging/burning pain in the anus/rectum which then lasts a few hours? And also some itching. Sometimes i also get a sharp pain in my abdomen right before I go (this last happened on my period). I also get a couple of cramps a day. I also suffer with constipation if I so much as deviate slightly from my high fibre, fruit and veg diet by having a bag of crisps and a couple of biscuits. I have to take stool softeners daily too.
I’ve been dealing with what I thought were fissures for 8 years now, constantly, since I was 16. I’ve been seeing a colorectal surgeon for the past year and 4 of the times I’ve seen him he hasn’t been able to see any fissures and doesn’t know what’s causing my pain. The other times he has seen a very small fissure and I’ve had Botox for it twice but this didn’t get rid of my pain, although he said the Botox ‘healed me’. He discharged me and I asked to be referred back. When I saw him next it had opened back up (pain felt no different to when he said I had healed??) and I was scheduled to have surgery, but when I woke from the general anaesthetic i was told I didn’t have the operation as I was healed. I didn’t feel healed (again!) and still a month later I’m having pain. I saw him last week in agony and he said he can’t see anything wrong with me and that my fissure was still healed. Cue lots of tears of frustration from me!
Basically what I’m wondering is could this be endometriosis? Ive recently seen my GP for gynae symptoms that she thinks could be endo (severe pain during sex, and pain during urination). These symptoms started in the same year as my anal symptoms. She’s referred me to hospital but my apt isn’t for another 7 weeks. I’m wondering whether my anal symptoms started as endo and the pain of that has caused me to tense up and/or be constipated and that has caused fissures over time and for the past 8 years I’ve been living in a combined world of endo and fissure pain that has become indistinguishable. I just don’t understand how I can be in so much pain yet my surgeon can’t see anything. I also have a skin tag where fissures have tried and failed to heal over the years so I’m wondering whether this is contributing to my discomfort.
Again sorry this is TMI but I need to explain my symptoms to try and get some help haha!
Hoping there’s someone out there with similar symptoms cos this is rough 🤞🏻
Thanks in advance xx