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wierd severe malaise following anal fissure

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 22, 2007
  • 10:06 PM

I had a new, painful anal fissure for a couple of weeks when I suddenly had a bout of feeling so extraordinarily strange that I would have called 911 had my husgand not been home. It took me over a month and a loss of 8 pounds (no apetite) before I began to feel better.
What I felt I cannot get in to words easily - just astonshingly ill without fever. It was like nothing I'd felt before. I went to the ER the evening of that first day and all tests were normal. I have been to 5 docs (if you include the ER doc) and had a colonoscopy. All seems to be in order.

A few weeks ago, the fissure got worse and I got that wierd feeling of incredible illness (I don't mean nausea) again. Over the past 6 months, this whole thing has wrecked my life. I am at home most of the time. No, it's not anxiety or depression. It doesn't include aches and pains.
I have had chronic fatigue syndrome since 1979 and the only time I felt anything so strange and severe was when I had brain stem inflammation in th mid 80s. - MAggie

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  • Levator ani syndrome and proctalgia fulgax are weird problems with the rectum and produce incredible pain for short periods of time. And pain can produce some strange responses. The adrenalin surge, elevated b/p, stress hormones might account for your indescribable feelings. It might not be the fissure, but either of the two above. Do you think you were having an anxiety attack? There are some astonishingly physical symptoms, that can even mimic heart attacks.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • October 24, 2007
    • 09:22 AM
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  • Thank you for this excellent response! I'm quite sure it wasn't an axiety attack - I had a bout of those decades ago and know how they feel. I looked them up on the web to see if there were types I wasn't aware of, but no - the web describes anxiety attacks exactly as I remember them.But this levator ani - I had never heard of it! - looks like it's a lead. I don't have severe pain. I had a little rip in my rectum that started after a bowel movement and digital exam by doctor and symptoms lead him to diagnose an anal fissure. My colonscopy showed a hemmorhoid. I had the feeling of my rectum being sunburned inside with a the feeling of a little canker sore in the spot with the fissure/hemmorhoid. No pain on elimination. All that seemed okay and would heal with time. What clobbered me was, 2 weeks after the rip, a feeling waving up through me exactly from the area described by the levator ani location. It wasn't a severe cramp, more like a mild muscle movement. The bizarre and disabling part is a feeing of being very ill, and also very stupid - it really wiped out my brain power. I wonder if this falls into the field of neurology, as CFS is an illness with lots of neurological problems. After a month or so, both sore rectum and this wierd feeling improved and I went back to my life. However, after a large bowel movement, the rectal pain returned and the wierd feeling too. I have been so out of it that I haven't been able to do very much at all. Any further thoughts?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 24, 2007
    • 06:10 PM
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  • Chron's disease? Sometimes it is not diagnosed on colonoscopy, because it can involve the entire digestive tract (from oral cavity to anus), and a colonoscopy only examines the colon; you may just have disease of the small intestine so far, and if they didn't go that far on colonoscopy, it might go undiagnosed.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 25, 2007
    • 00:04 AM
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  • Get to the doctor right away and get checked for MRSA:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methicillin-resistant_Staphylococcus_aureus Maybe...but sounds like you have some ripped equipment and need some surgery or something.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • October 25, 2007
    • 00:30 AM
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