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What are your current symptoms?
Is there bleeding and pain associated with bowel movements?
I am not able to get the bowel movement to pass. No blood. Quite a bit of discomfort becasue it would seem to have no way to exit.
I guess you can give try to local anesthetics (Benzocaine 5% to 20% or Lidocaine 2% to 5%).This can help relieve discomfort caused by hemorrhoids and let you pass the stools. In addition use of oral laxatives/suppository ,enemas and stool softeners can be tried.
Will laxatives soften the stool, or should I purchase a stool softener?
Laxatives act more by helping pass the stools but to make stools soft one will need stool softener.
Please ask if there are doubts.
So I should take both? How quickly can I expect them to work?
Have you used any of them in past?
Had a colonoscopy two months ago. The laxatives took several hours. So, I can expect probably the same, it would appear.
I guess then you can try suppository now along with stool softeners.
OK. Any product suggestions?
And for the benzocaine/lidocaine medication?
Anything that will shrink the tissue quickly?
You can directly ask of benzocaine/lidocaine creams
Vasoconstrictors (Ephedrine sulfate 0.1% to 1.25%), when applied to the anus, make the blood vessels become smaller, which may reduce swelling.
Is that over-the counter?
You can check it at pharmacy near you.
OK. It sounds like this might not be a serious as I feared. Thanks for your time.