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- Sat Nov 07, 2009 3:57 pm
For the past 3-4 days the right side (just inside/below the skin) of my anal entrance is sore to the point that sitting down is becoming more and more uncomfortable and is very sore to touch.
I am also suffering from constipation for the past week. I have taken laxatives to try and relieve this but they gave me diarrhea and the constipation returned.
Blood/Bleeding has not been present.
| Debbie Miller, RN
- Tue Nov 10, 2009 8:34 pm
I wonder if you are suffering from some hemorrhoids. Constipation can certainly trigger this common condition. You might benefit from adding daily fiber to your diet in the form of whole grains, beans, fruits and veggies, especially with skins, and perhaps prune juice. It can take a while for this to make a difference and you might also add a daily dose of Metamucil, Citrucel, or Konsyl, drink plenty of water and make sure you get daily exercise. Add to that a bowel routine that would include time on the toilet every day, ideally following a meal, relaxed with reading material or other diversion and perhaps a stool for your feet. Your body will start to get the message and you will likely get into a better bowel movement routine. The laxative should be used when needed but it's best if you use these more natural techniques first.
Being dehydrated and/or inactive contributes to constipation. Along with the typical modern diet, our bodies just aren't getting all they need to function well. If you have developed hemorrhoids, try taking warm baths (shallow is fine) and use an ointment or cream containing either hydrocortisone or pain reliever. Tucks type medicated pads with witch hazel also help with the pain while you heal.
I hope this helps. Give it a little time and then talk to your doctor if it's not getting better.