Ok, so I've recently had my ileostomy reversed and, as expected, I was on the toilet hundreds of times a day. The problem was nothing was mentioned to me about anal fissures, and after over a week of constantly wiping my rear with standard issue hospital sandpaper toilet paper, my anus got very dried out. I'm guessing that is what contributed to me getting a fissure. I managed to get some Rectogesic ointment from the hospital before I was discharged to help it heal, but over the last few days, it has just gotten much more sore and inflamed. Last night, the pain scale went off the chart. I have experienced many different kinds of pain from my different visits in the hospital, etc., but I can say that last night on the toilet really took the biscuit. Who would think that what is effectively just a paper cut on your asshole would be sooooo excruciatingly painful? It doesn't happen very often, but I was reduced to tears because it was that bad. The Rectogesic ointment can only be applied every 12 hours, and to be honest, I find it doesn't have an overly amazing effect. Today, I went to see my GP to get something else to help, but I was only given some piles steroid cream to use as well for the time in between my 12-hour Rectogesic applications.
I was wondering what experiences people have had with fissures before and any good handy tips on how to help it heal as quickly and painlessly as possible. I've read that salt baths help, so I shall be having a damn good soak later, but any other tips would be very, very greatly appreciated. Thanks =)