Patient 28

Patient 28

Date: Wed, 7 Feb 2001 15:10:34 EST
Subject: letter re: fissure

Hello! My name is Jen and I wanted you to know exactly what my husband has been going through ever since he learned about his anal fissure. First of all, Stanley (husband) was diagnosed with a spastic colon 5 years ago. For those of you who don't know what that is I'll tell you real quick. The colon overreacts to various stimuli, such as emotions or certain foods. Symptoms may include cramping pain in the lower abdomen, bloating, passing of gas, distention, or a abdominal ache. Basically it prevents him from moving his bowels on a regular basis.

Well, he didn't start bleeding anally until one year later. That is when we found out about the fissure. Stanley suffered so much that he couldn't work, eat, or sleep. We finally went back to his gastroenterologist and he prescribed Nitroglycerin Ointment. The ointment worked right away. It relieved the pain and the fissure started to heal. I noticed after a couple of months Stan was back to feeling normal. He thought he was healed so he went back to his old eating habits. Sure enough the fissure came back.

Then in November Stan was rushed to the hospital for an entirely different problem. Kidney Stones. Now this was the ultimate nightmare. Stan not only was in pain from his fissure, he was in agony trying to pass 2 stones. When I brought Stan back home from the hospital I went to the health food store to see if I could find a remedy to dissolve the stones which I did. The remedy was to give Stan 2 tablespoons of olive oil every 4 hours and drink a glass of pure cranberry juice after. Also drink 8 to 10 glasses of water throughout the day. I also gave Stan a prescription drug called Belladonna. That helped relax the urether. I would recommend the Belladonna over Morphine. Stan never did feel the stones after that day so we assumed they had either passed or dissolved. The odd thing about this remedy is that it helped his fissure.

After taking the remedy, Stan could feel no discomfort. His BM was more regular. He used the Nitroglycerin Ointment along with the remedy. One thing I notice, is if Stan goes off his diet or gets really stressed the fissure will start to act up again. But the olive oil definitely works. I wouldn't recommend cranberry juice for treatment of a fissure but I do recommend trying the olive oil.

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