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In my early days of j pouch I had the same feeling of pooping razor blades and glass. It was excruciating and I dreaded having to use the toilet, which was often. It turned out to be anal fissures inside the anal canal and around the outside. I still had a community nurse in those early days and she gave me the best piece of free advice. Get a “sitz” basin and use it as often as possible. As other members have noted, it’s a small plastic basin, much like the kind you use for washing dishes.  But a sitz basin has small holes at the back to allow water to safely overflow into your toilet. Place the sitz basin on your toilet rim (the lid must be up!) and lower yourself, slowly, into the basin allowing the displaced water to overflow until you are comfortable settled, and just sit in it until the water cools. I used to sit 10 minutes, two or three times every day. Try to use it after a bowel movement to soothe the area.

The idea is when you sit in very, very warm water, blood circulation is increased to the anal region and this helps heal your tissues on the inside. It won’t make you bleed or anything, it’s just a nice, soothing soak for your bum if you don’t want to fill a big bathtub. Besides, sitting in a hard tub might hurt your sore bum even more. Sitz basins can be found in major drugstores, and always in medical equipment stores. Even on Amazon straight to your door. I got mine for around $12 a few years ago. I kept it, just in case, but I’ve never needed it again, thank heaven.

It healed my fiery fissures within a week. It was the best advice I ever got during my recovery days. Try it. It’s an inexpensive, safe, non invasive way to try and heal your fissures. Just make sure the water is as warm (NOT hot) as you can tolerate, to encourage blood circulation. Some sitz basins even come with a plastic bag and hose for refilling the basin without getting up! Who thought of this? Thank goodness they did. Good luck to you.

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