An anal fissure is a tear in the lining of your anus or anal canal, the lowest part of your intestinal tract. It can make bowel movements very painful, and can even cause pain that lasts for hours after you've gone to the bathroom. You may even try to avoid the bathroom to prevent the pain.
An anal fissure is usually a short-term (or acute) problem, with symptoms that last 6 weeks or less. It's considered chronic when symptoms last for more than 6 weeks. Chronic anal fissures may be harder to treat and may be a symptom of another condition, such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis.
This condition causes problems in how your body digests food. Your pancreas doesn't make enough of the enzymes that your body needs to break down nutrients.
Enzymes speed up chemical reactions in your body. The enzymes your pancreas makes move into your small intestine, where they help break down the food you eat.
When you have EPI, you don't get the nutrition you need because your body can't digest and then absorb fats, starches, proteins, and some vitamins and minerals from foods. You might lose...