I've had either a hemorrhoid or fissure for over a month now and it's getting on my last nerve. I told my doctor about it last time I was there, she didn't examine me, (I pretty much know that's what it is b/c I remember when the one time I had to strain and saw that bit of bright red blood for the first time) but she did give me a prescription for cortisone suppositories for 2 weeks. She also suggested a stool softner. I didn't take the softener at first, but my stools weren't particularly hard. But after a week I started taking one a day. It still hurt after I was out of the suppositories, so I called the doctor and asked for a refill..which they gave me. Now I'm going to up the stool softener to 2 a day to see if that helps. I don't strain, and I'm not constipated, it's just when I first go...it feels like a pinch or breaking of a scab which results in a little bit of blood on the toilet paper (and occasionally on the stool). I just want it to heal and get back to normal...but it's not like I can stop using the bathroom. I'm quite regular, so I feel like every day I go I'm just aggrevating the problem. Is this something that is just going to perpetually be a problem and hurt, or will it go away (or at least stop hurting) eventually??