A few months ago, I shared how I healed a painful hemorrhoid with two natural remedies and it has quickly become one of my top preforming posts. I was so incredibly happy to finally have relief that worked. I spent hours on Google searching for cures that worked and reading different forums for people’s experiences. Once it healed, I had hoped to never experience a pain like that again.
Unfortunately, two months ago I had a different pain in the butt: a fissure.
Those who have had fissures know what I mean when I say it can seriously ruin the quality of your life. As I was laying on my stomach in agony, I scoured Google again to see if I could find any success stories using natural remedies instead of opting for surgery. And I looked for DAYS.
Quite honestly, they were few and far between. Most of the information I read talked about surgery, and cancer, and having the same fissure for 10 months to over 2 years!
There was absolutely NO way I would go on for 2 years being terrified of going poop and being in agony as my children run circles around me. And I was never having surgery, not at the ripe ol’ age of 25 years old.
Of the 523 articles I read over a span of two weeks, I came across two gems: one that said coconut oil helped and the other that talked about an oil called H-fissures which is the same brand of oil I used to heal my hemorrhoid. Since I had such good results with the H-hemmorhoids oil, I decided to two-day ship the fissure oil and get to healing.
Through my healing process, I came to understand fissures very well. Below you’ll find natural remedies for fissures that actually worked (I’m healed!); as well as important information regarding how gut health can affect your ability to heal a fissure plus natural supplements to aid in softer stool.
Warning: This is a LONG post but absolutely worth the read if you’re ready to get to the bottom of your fissure (no pun intended).
What is a Fissure and Why Does it Hurt? Plus How to Get Immediate Relief
If you’re not familiar with what a fissure is, it is literally a small tear in the soft tissue wall of the anus. During a bowel movement you may feel a sharp sting and when you wipe there will be blood on the toilet paper and on your stool; followed by severe throbbing pain. SEVERE. Next, you’ll feel like an invisible person is lighting an ever-lasting match under your ass and they never go away. Combine those two things and you’ve got yourself one of the worst pains ever.
The throbbing (or spasming) basically means that there is not enough blood flow to the fissure. One way to promote blood flow is to IMMEDIATELY hop into a really hot bath and sit in there until the water turns cool. If you can manage to get the bath running before you actually go to the bathroom, do it. That way there is no lag time. I add about 1 cup of epsom salt to the bath, along with 1 tablespoon high quality virgin coconut oil.
When my fissure was in the worst phase, a hot bath with epsom salt and coconut oil really, really helped. It didn’t take away ALL the pain, but it did provide relief. Also, while I was in the bath I took more coconut oil and rubbed it in the area.
Natural Remedies for Fissures: Ingredients + Steps
Here is what I used to heal my fissure and the steps I took to do so.
- Moist wipes (Although conventional and loaded with chemicals, I use these hemorrhoid wipes for women)
- H-fissures (here’s where to get a bottle)
- High quality virgin coconut oil (this is the coconut oil I use but any virgin coconut oil will do)
- Separate glass jar designated for coconut oil in your bathroom
- Epsom salt or unrefined extra course salt (a big bag like this is worth it)
- Squatty Potty (You can buy one through Amazon or Squatty Potty’s website)
- When I feel a bowel movement coming on, I pull out my Squatty Potty, and cover my finger with coconut oil. Then I apply the coconut oil to my anus and insert it gently to moisten the canal.
- When your bowel is starting, remember to RELAX. I know how hard it can be to relax when you’re anticipating the feeling of jagged glass coming out of your butt, however it’s super important. Tensing up puts a lot of pressure on your body and can make the pain worse.
- Sometimes in between bowels, I’ll stand up so I’m not putting extra pressure on the area. Typically I’ve done this when the fissure is really, really bad.
- Once I’m done, I gently dab with a moist wipe until the area is completely clean. Proper hygiene is really important because you don’t want that area to get an infection. Once it’s clean, I gently dab it with a dry piece of toilet paper. Since bacteria grows in moist environments, I made sure the area was completely dry before continuing to the last step.
- At this point, I wash and dry my hands thoroughly. The last thing I do is put two drops of H-fissures on my finger and apply it around my anus and inside.
Note: When I was still experiencing extreme pain from spasms, I sat in a tub with hot water (as hot as I could handle, up to 3 times a day), 1 cup epsom salt, and 1 TBL coconut oil until the water turned cool. Once I got out of the tub, then I dried the area and applied H-fissures.
Ultimately Fissures Need Soft Stool to Heal: Gut Health and Natural Supplements
Fissures don’t just happen randomly. Usually they are a result of being constipated, straining too much, passing a hard stool, or all three.
The problem that I personally had was the poop was not soft enough. If you take a look at this Bristol stool chart, you’ll see that the ideal poop is somewhere within the 3-4 range. I was having more of the 2 range in the very beginning of my bowel which caused the tear to open each time.
So, I began my mission of figuring out how to achieve the perfect poop.
Gut Health and Inflammation
Fissures can also happen as a result of gut inflammation, not enough good bacteria in the gut/colon, and/or food sensitivities. For me personally, I think it was a combination of all three.
My daughter was born in November of 2015. From the time she was born to the end of the year, I was on antibiotics twice; once for mastitis and the other for strep. We need good bacteria (probiotics) and food for the bacteria (prebiotics) to have a healthy digestion system, which ultimately leads to optimal bowels. Since antibiotics do a really good job of wiping out the beneficial flora in your digestion system, I had some healing to do in that area.
Luckily, around that time I also discovered I couldn’t consume dairy anymore because it was causing my newborn really painful gas pains. A food sensitivity can cause irritation in the gut and bowels and I suspect this is what may have contributed to the emergence of the fissure in the first place.
About three weeks after I cut dairy out completely (around the time they say a food is 100% out of your system), I started to see positive results with my bowel movements.
Important note: I also made sure to eat only whole food ingredients so it was easy for my gut to digest through this healing process.
Natural Supplements to Help With Softer Stool
Aside from my regimented bathroom routine, eliminating my food sensitivities, and drinking enough liquids, I also took supplements each day to aid in softer stools.
In the morning, I take a high quality probiotic and make my coffee alternative that is loaded with healthy fats and Vital Proteins collagen peptides. The unique amino acid glycine found in Vital Protein’s collagen peptides stimulates stomach acid production, which improves digestion. I also try and get more gelatin in my diet — either from Vital Protein’s grass-fed gelatin or bone broth — as gelatin is incredibly healing to the gut.
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At night I take 1/2 Tbl magnesium powder. This typically helps keep my stools soft. However when I was really in the need for softer stools, I took an another probiotic as well as a high-quality non-GMO vitamin C powder (about 1 tsp) in addition to the magnesium.
Note: If you’re just starting out on adding magnesium powder to your diet, you’ll want to start at a smaller dosage and work your way up; too much can cause diarrhea. Since diarrhea can irritate your bowels, it can cause a hemorrhoid or fissure flare up. Vitamin C can also liquify your stools so it’s important to start at a lower dosage and work your way up.
Psyllium Husk… Friend or Foe?
Conventional wisdom says to eat more fiber and drink more water, which I tried because I was desperate. I even bought Metamucil psyllium husk capsules to see if that would help. I think I had one or two days where I thought my stool was getting softer but then it plateaued and I was right back in the same position I was before: frustrated and in pain.
While psyllium husk may be helpful to some people, it’s important to determine your gut’s health before continuing on psyllium husk. Personally, it was only until after I stopped taking the psyllium husk (and continuing with everything I mentioned above) that my stool got softer.
Healing Through Natural Remedies Takes Time
Just like most natural healing journeys, it takes time and persistence to start seeing a difference. The H-Fissures oil is not an overnight miracle cure. The natural supplements were not an overnight miracle cure. It was a slow, drawn out process. It took about 2-3 days before I started to feel a change. It began with the pain reducing but still bleeding. The next phase was hardly any pain and bleeding followed by no pain but bleeding; until finally there was no pain or bleeding.
In combination with the application of H-fissures oil, hot epsom salt baths, and natural supplements like Vital Proteins collage peptides, magnesium powder, vitamin C powder, and plenty of liquids, I have officially cured my fissure.
It has been four weeks since I’ve had any bleeding and six weeks since I’ve had any pain. I continued using the H-fissures for about two weeks after I felt completely healed up and continue to include collagen peptides every day in my coffee alternative.
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