Contributed by Dr Wong Nan-Yaw, Colorectal Surgeon. Most people feel a sense of relief after emptying their bowels, especially after a period of constipation. But sometimes, when you are passing a hard or large stool, you might feel a sudden and sharp pain. What has happened is that the stool has torn the lining of your anus. This tear is known as the anal fissure. Anal fissures are extremely painful, which means that you’ll be dreading the toilet. You might even, consciously or subconsciously, avoid the toilet—which makes the situation worse because that leads to more constipation and more hard stools. The vicious cycle then repeats itself. It doesn’t have to be that way. Acute anal fissures can be treated with painkillers, stool softeners and salt bath. Even if your case is chronic, there are medication and surgery options, some with almost instantaneous pain relief! The toilet may be a private place, but never be afraid or embarrassed to seek help whenever you experience any toilet troubles. Doctors are there to help alleviate your pain and discomfort, so you can live a fuller life.
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