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Prolapsed Rectum

This is just as painful as it sounds unfortunately, and can result in you not being sure if you need to go the toilet or not. A prolapsed rectum is when the rectum is pushed out through the anal opening when gearing up for a number 2. If the condition worsens, the rectum may protrude substantially at all times, which can be incredibly uncomfortable. It is often caused by straining too much when you go the toilet, it can be a side effect of giving birth, or can be a condition you are born with. Whilst doctors are not quite sure what causes it, it usually affects the young and the elderly, but fortunately there are surgical procedures to correct this condition.

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I am 67 years old and notice that if I cough I have a small bowel movement. This has been happenning for a little while now. Is it something I have to put up with or is it an age thing and should I be worried??





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No, that is not normal or an age related thing. A little urine leakage is common but not stool. You should get it checked out as I can't imagine it will improve on its own

Thank you I intend to try and get a Doctors appointment as soon as they can fit me in for an appointment. So thank you once again I am only hopping it is nothing serious or terminal meaning they can't help me

hi my name is khensani .ive been sufering from constipation since iwas 11 years an im having a piles iv cut it 2times bt it comes bk .since frm february im hvng abig prblm whn igo 2 the toilet something is cuming out an red in colour an its painful thy say is arectum an nw my womb is painful idnt no y.im always drinking laxatives an .anus,preparation h.and painblock im rely in pain sme1hlp me out there.





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Hi, I'm 32 yr female. After having my two children I sometime found my rectum would prolapse a small bit. I would push it in and it was fine. But today my bottom was hurting and I noticed a little protrude skin . Again try to push it in but it want and now it's irritating/ uncomfortable. My last child is now 5yrs. What should I do.





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I had a virginal prolapse and bowel prolapse the virginal repair was done 2012 and has been a susses my bowel repair was done in may this year it has now prolapsed again so need surgery again how can I be sure this will work a second time I always suffered with going to the toilet a lot and worry this will not help my problem. Has any one suffered the same any advice would be grateful





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I have had terrible constipation on and off for over three years now - often I have to strain so hard I genuinely feel like I might pass out, which has resulted in the odd hemorrhoid and a nasty anal fissure that likes to bleed quite a lot. I recently discovered when inserting my finger in my anus to apply some Anusol that I could feel a large fleshy lump in my way which was akin to bumping in to one's cervix in the vagina. After a lot of research i think i may have an internal rectal prolapse. There is barely any information on this on half the websites available which isn't impressive but it is very much a medical condition and would explain my chronic constipation despite laxatives and healthy diet, my anal fissure, and the incomplete evacuation of most bowel movements. I have been to see the doctor about four times about my bowel and each time they send me away with a new laxative and cream for the fissure and tell me to 'eat healthily' however this time i am going to be a lot more forceful and ask to be referred to a specialist. For anyone with this condition it would be worth asking to be referred to a colorectal surgeon for a proctogram which will help see if you have this problem. I just hope that I can be diagnosed swiftly as it is taking over my life at the minute.





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I recently had an operation (13th November), for a rectocele prolapse. I have been told not to get constipated while I am healing up, the hospital advised me to take Movicol. I have been taking this regularly for the last week but I find it is very slow to have any effect and I am now also taking just one Senna tablet, instead of the normal two tablets, which has helped a bit. I am now very sore. Is it safe to use a Proctosedyl Suppository at night as well as this other medication to ease the soreness or are the ingredients not safe to use with the other medication? I was taking these suppositories prior to the operation as I had so many problems and found them soothing. Any advice please?





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Hi Vivienne, Keep taking movicol but stop taking those senna tablets. That is probably why you are feeling sore and been feeling constipated. There is a tablet called coloxyl which you can get from the pharmacy but get it WITHOUT senna (It has a maroon label). These tablets help soften the bowels. Sometimes it can take a little longer than a week for the bowels to 'wake up' so never strain or sit on the toilet for too long. After the first time you go, you may not feel as though you are finished. Don't sit there and wait, just clean up and go again later when needed because this could increase the swelling. In regards to using a proctosedyl suppository as well as other medication, it should be okay. Just take it easy. All the best. :)

Hello, I'm 16 and have been with my boyfriend for over 2 years on and off, in that time we've slept with other people... I don't think I have an sti or anything but I've noticed I have a loop of skin between my labia and I'm getting kid of worried... What is it?





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sir i m 25 year young male suffering a serious problem in which a red colour of big bowl comes out during the stool process from childhood.please give me the advice on my Email id.plz doctor .





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Hello, I have a small lump on my anus, i feel it when i wipe and shower,when I touch it hurts a bit, it feels like a bb ball or like a pea it's hard when I touch it,I went to my GP and he said that is part of my body, I'm really worried not to the a sort of cancer or anything.I was thinking to go and see another doctor,please I need some help.Thank you.





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I think I have a prolapsed bowel and it's now getting worse as it has become painful. I have booked in for a doctor's appointment but was wondering what they can do at the moment as I'm 34 weeks pregnant and have MS. Will they be able to do anything for me and will this mean that I will struggle to have a natural birth?





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