i can see similar cases here ... did you guys got cured at the end ? or you just lived with this pain ?
I had the stapled hemorrhoidectomy done in october and didn't enjoy that at all. The discomfort was pretty bad. I had to up the pain killers, then got constipation. the second week was worse than the first. But suppositories sorted that and I was back at work om week 3.
Noticed the tightening inside and the surgeon diagnosed a stricture at the 6 week point.
He advised dilation under general but I was manually dilating as soon as I was aware of the stricutre.
That has really helped. The doctor gave me a dilator but it's too small now.
Its now December and things are a bit better. No pain, just the tightness of the stricture.
But the piles are coming back a bit. No where near as bad as before but makes me feel like I shouldn't have bothered.
(though it was the right decision at the time because they were bleeding and this can hide other conditions).
I had the same op about 5 weeks ago too (now replying to this post a year after it was originally posted); I was instructed to take co-codamol after the op despite my protestations that it made me constipated. Low and behold, I suffered afterwards and had to be re-admitted with faecal impaction.
In the time since then, I've been suffering with spasms in the sphincter and as a result my anal canal has gradually reduced. With 3 open wounds from the op and the spasms, I'm in a lot of pain but returned to my work 2 weeks post op' (office work). I feel vulnerable and humiliated but by the same token I can use a computer and pick up a phone so the right thing to do was return to work.
I've been back to see the surgeon (last week). He seems convinced that my pain should subside soon but since then my spasms have increased and the anal canal has narrowed further. He's given me another 7 weeks of this by which time he says that if I haven't improved then he'll do a sphincterectomy to release the sphincter muscle. From what I've read this procedure offers almost immediate improvement.
The alternatives are living the rest of your life with this debilitating pain or plastic surgery. The latter has a long recovery period and (I'm told) is much worse in terms of pain than the hemorroidectomy.
I've went from being an ultra runner, someone who trains every day (sometimes twice or thrice) to being unable to even play with my kids now. AND this is my third operation. I had another hemorroidectomy 16 yrs ago and a banding 5 yrs ago. I never experienced anything like the complication I now have back then. If I were a religious man I'd be praying right now for some relief.
I am sorry we all are in so much troubles.
How do you feel now?
Are your wounds better now?
yes i had the hemorrid banding surgery and my doctor could not band the ones that were really bad so he referred me to a surgeon and the surgeon said i had anal stenosis along with the hemorrids so i has surgery to stetch my recum and remove the hemorrids and this has been thee most painful surgery it has been one week and iam miserable it suppose to take up to 4 weeks to heal then i go and see the surgeon for a month check up and i pray the surgery has been a sucess cause i will not do it again but it was urgent for me to have the surgery because of so much blood that i was losing iam a severe anemic, i say i wouldnt have again but if my life was in danger i know i will . i wish you the best.
Oh pain... The great equalizer!
Hello everyone. This is P69. I will try to be brief.
I was diagnosed with Anal Cancer (SCCA) in 2011. Fortunately I found it early. It was stage T1N0. The key to my early diagnosis was that when I noticed an insignificant and barely palpable flat raised area under the skin (the size of a small uncooked lentil) about 4cm (1.5in) from the anal opening, I insisted on seeing a proctologist. In order to get a referral to procto, I had to tell my primary doctor that I had painful hemorrhoids, which was not true, yet necessary.
I went through the prescribed treatment that included both chemo and radiation therapy which burned off the skin in and around my anus and groin. Fortunately, that seems to have resolved the cancer so I thank my lucky stars and I would do it again in a heart beat. Alleluia!
The bad news is that the side-effects from treatment were harsh. First, my follicles died and hair fell off (not a big deal), but then the skin pretty much flaked and completely fell off. Obviously there is a lot of pain associated with that but I got past it. After a few weeks, the skin slowly grew back although it was tight and obviously scarred. The external skin has gotten better overtime but my anus keeps getting tighter and tighter. There is no elasticity to it and it is painful to have a bm.
I have 5 doctors and relatively good medical care. However, none of them warned me about this or told me how to prevent it. Had I started dilating early on, I could have prevented some of the scarring to set. Now the scars are thick and completely set. I can relate to the comment above about my bm's looking like wire. Mine does too.
I am a pragmatist so I have been attempting to dilate digitally. First, I could only get my pinky in. That's it. However, since I have started dilating, it has gotten better. I have some hope that perseverance will make this better. Although it hurts, I can insert the tip of my index finger now. I have also noticed an improvement in the thickness in my bm's. There is still lots of pain but it is somewhat duller. I do this while taking a warm shower and that helps relax my muscles a bit. I can only try every three to five days because it takes that long to stop bleeding after each dilation. In between these treatments, I apply Beta Glucan cream or sometimes petrolatum is the most soothing. I also developed small internal hemorrhoids and curcumin pills work wonders for these.
*I am looking for medical grade dilators that are thin and gradual enough for me to use. I want to start off at 2cm (3/4in) and gradually increase. Most everything I see online are for sexual pleasure with bulbous tips or textures that I could never use. What I need is really something I can use to get better, something cylindrical without the bulbous tip, more like a bullet-shaped tip for easier insertion.
If you have some specific suggestions on dilators and/or creams that can add flexibility to the skin around the anus, please let me know. I feel like I am at a crucial point where it will either get better or get worse. I will let you know of my progress.
I am grateful that I am here writing this words to you but I would like to have more comfort in this area. It's a pain in the ass! ;)
Thank you for your assistance.
I am a man but I will swallow my pride and tell you that I ended up getting the Dr Berman vaginal dilator and it is helping a lot. It is not the best quality but it works. There are three things that I think makes them viable and that in my opinion you should look for in any product you get:
1) The handle. You need something you can grab easily (especially if you have neuropathy like I do),
2) The smooth surface makes it slippery (unlike rubber, which is creates traction), and
3) I didn't realize it but the vibration helps A LOT with the insertion. I think it prevents the lubricant from getting squeezed out so it is much more comfortable.
I have made it to the second size. One important thing to note is that it needs to be done very consistently a couple of times a week. I stopped for two weeks and I had to go back to the first tube for a while. My BM's have gotten more comfortable, although I still have a long way to go.
I appreciate all the information I found here and I hope that my experience helps someone else.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. Also, I welcome any questions you may have for me.