Tips To Prevent Fissure Pain While Sitting

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Having an anal fissure can be a pain where you sit — literally. And, while visiting your doctor for an assessment and consuming a high-fiber diet can be helpful, the reality is that many people who are experiencing this common health condition will experience considerable pain while sitting and after long periods of sitting. While limiting the amount that you sit should be a priority, you want to ensure that you're as comfortable as possible when you are forced to sit for long periods of time. Here are some tips to keep in mind for the times that you do need to sit with an anal fissure.

Use Supportive Devices

If you visit a medical supply store, you can typically buy an inflatable doughnut-shaped device that is ideal for sitting on when you have a fissure. The circular shape of this device means that your glutes will press against the device, while the area that is sore will be positioned in the center. This means that there won't be anything pressing on the sore area and worsening the pain. If you don't have access to this type of supportive device, try to rig up something similar with small pillows or even with rolled towels or blankets. The goal, however you approach it, is to be able to sit so that there's no pressure on the area that is sore.

Lean Back

Sitting upright is the best posture for your back, but not for your fissure. In an upright posture, there's too much weight on the fissure, which will cause pain. As such, it's ideal to move into a position that alleviates your pain by ensuring that there's no pressure directly against the sore area. In many cases, leaning back will alleviate this pressure; when you lean back, your weight will be on the back half of your glutes and even your tailbone, which is OK as long as whatever you're sitting on is soft.

Change Your Seated Position

Do whatever it takes to sit comfortably. If you tuck one bent leg up under you, for example, it will naturally shift your weight to one side. This will reduce the pressure on your fissure and should help you sit with a low amount of pain. If your bent leg gets cramped, simply lower it and switch to the other leg. Depending on where you're sitting, you might also be able to bend both legs, pull them under you and support your glutes with your heels — in a position where there's no pressure on the sore area. Contact a business, such as Pilipshen Colon and Rectal Surgical Services for more information.   


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