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A few weeks ago I was prescribed some pain medication. I recently stopped taking it because I've only been able to poop about once a week since I started the medication. Bowel movements have been painful and caused alot of strain. A few days ago after a slightly painful bowel movement, I noticed something really small that appears to be a piece of skin coming out of my anus. What could this be? Is it something I can cure OTC? I don't have any health insurance.

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replied August 9th, 2010
Digestive and Bowel Disorders Answer A15032
Hi and welcome to the forum! I am glad that I can help you.

You want to know the cause of the symptoms that you experience.

Constipation is a medical condition when individuals defecate less than once a week and when the stool is too hard to pass. When defecating or pushing, individuals may experience pain in the anal area due to distension of the anal lining. During this, the lining may burst (individuals experience sudden pain and burning sensation) and an anal fissure may appear (blood may appear on the toilet paper). Constipation may also cause hemorrhoids, a swelling of the anal veins which also causes bleeding from the anus.

Given the data that you described, you may or may not experience any medical condition. If you experience additional symptoms such as bleeding from the anus, apply ointment that contains polycresulen and dobucaine in treatment of possible fissures or hemorrhoids.

Please keep in mind that I provide medical information only. I am not able to diagnose medical conditions online. Please contact your doctor for further advice and information about diagnosis and treatment options.

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