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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 dont really know how to describe it but maybe once every three montha and it lasts for at least two weeks i get a constant felling of pressure in my anal canal that dosent go away, i dont suffer from constipation or any problems passing a bowel movemet. I usually have a lot of runny white vaginal discharge and lower abdominal tenderness with the anal pain. please does anybody have similar problems the doctors can't seem to diagnoise any condition.





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I had an abdominal surgery to correct a rectal prolapse when I was 26. I am now 30 and I'm wondering if there is something wrong again. I have a constant dull pain on my right side, and feel lately like something isn't right. I had a bad prolapse, and I guess it was from child birth. I have had NO complications since, until recently. I have had ovarian cysts also, but I'm not sure what this constant pain is. I am 30, and want to enjoy my life..Any feedback?





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Two years ago I had a posterior operation for a prolasps, as every time I opened my bowels I had what I would discribe as a tissue u-bend emerging from my vagina, which I had to support, while my bowls emptied. I had a small problem with bladder weakness, mainly stress incontenence, before the op. which meant I could no longer play games such as badminton or do any exercise incorporating running or jumping. Both my pregnacies ended with retained placentas, epesiotomies and tearing, and my surgeon put my bowl and bladder problems down to the damage sustained. I understand my surgeon opted just to help correct the bowel problem and not the bladder problem, as he hoped what he did would be suffient to solve both problems. Since the op. my problem with opening my bowels is much improved and it is only occasionally that I still need to support the wall between the vagina and the annus when I open my bowels or get rubbing when I walk, when I know things are 'hanging out'. My biggest problem is that I now have both stress and urge incontentence, so I have to always wear a pad. I reported this to my surgeon, and was told to wait 'till things are unbarable, 'as bladders are tricky'. Before the operation I was warned that with aging the repair I had done probably will need doing again, and the surgeon hoped that it will last ten years. I am in my fifties and it has taken me well over a year to recover. I do my pelvic floor exercises regularly, some times I can reduce the flow of urine, some time even stop it, other days I can't control the flow at all. I have discribed it as a dripping tap, some times when you open it it is fine and doesn't drip when you close it, other times it won't stop dripping. Has what has been done the best I could expect and should I resign myself to what I have become and know and accept that in time it will be worse, and make the best of it?





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Hi I am having similiar problems supporting the wall between my vagina and anus its a real pain and i am worried that i will do more damage I think its as a result of my pregnancy I had a traumatic laour with forceps and episiotomy I am thinking I should go to the drs

when im on the loo, doing a number 2 ive noticed that sometimes i dispose of some blood and it levels in thickness. it also feels like my inter layer of my anus is protruding out of my rectum. but it happens in different shapes and forms. some weeks nothing at all. then some weeks its full blown. i think its due to my diet, when i eat loads of fruit etc and when i dont. im just wondering should i get it checked out. it is really embarrassing when im 21 and showing a doctor my rectum. i think i suffer from prolapsed rectum. but i dont understand the bloody part in it.





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Hi, you should get this checked out. I am male and 30 years old. I did have a rectal prolapse and before it was diagnosed was diagnosed with IBS, and in time it turned out to be strange symptoms similar to IBS but was the build up to the prolapse condition. I can relate to the embarrasing side...its not pleasant showing a doctor, and I had uncontrollable wind at times, often really bad too. Abdominal aches and strain where going to the loo so much throughout the day. I was 20 when I had my first operation and had four in all as its more tricky to treat being male. I had three procedures that involved removing a section/cutting some bowel away, and the fourth was last resort. This last resort involved a procedure through the abdominen and tying the bowel back. It has been a success so far being four years on, but risks interfering with nerves that can cause impotence hence last resort. One thing I remember is any sign of blood should be checked out. Bright is recent, dark is older. And there are all sorts of explanations. Some serious others not. The sooner tests are carried out the better for a number of reasons. If it is serious it needs to be diagnosed and treated sooner the better. All the time you are unsure what is going on, you are likely to worry and stress or get depressed like I did, so get peace of mind and act. Another thing I remember being told is that when I asked if I wasn't eating enough fibre I was told too much fibre can be a problem with the condition. Good luck

I am so glad I have had the nerve to read this website and others are experiencing the same as I.I have suffered with I.B.S for 15 years and diagnosed with diverticoulitis 3 years ago.Over the years I have been a silent sufferer and have become a recluse of all the symptons I have to live with,I have had many investigations but it seems your left to suffer in silence.I am now 54yrs old and now developing more discomfort of terrible flactulance,I have no social life,no lovelife and cant live with anyone because of this terrible illness.Nothing seems to cure the gas,I get terribly deppressed living with this.It starts from the time I eat breakfast until I go to sleep,forever discomfort under my ribs on left hand side.Now after reading others suffering I am now having the heaviness of wanting to open my bowels with a prolapse bowel which may explain why I have to daily pull my stools out.My life is controlled by my bowel and have no positive outlook I will live a normal life.





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Dear Elizabeth, I am 30 and male and have had three operations to try and correct a rectal prolapse and a fourth four years ago that has so far worked. I RELATE TO YOU! My bowel ruled my life and was immensely difficult to live with. I suffered mucous with mine best described as saliva as exactly the same appearance, due to being inflamed. Just like saliva is produced to help digest food along. I spent so much time in the loo, frequently and up to 30/45 mins when really bad as inflammation gave the sensation that yu haven't finished. Often needing to ly down after and was very tiring. It also affected my appetite at times, more in the beginning stages, where I could not eat and other times have second helpings and still feel hungry...Very weird at the time. I also had wind with it at times, uncontrollable and really bad. Try and find a lighthearted side, by rating the wind. Its awful as it depressed me and it's very taboo. This programme and site is worth it's weight in gold. This condition is difficult to understand when you have it, and certainly not easy to explain to someone. I just said that I had a rare bowel condition. Its difficult for people to sympathise as many haven't even heard of IBS, and the problem isn't visible. Do have it checked out and regain control of your life as I did. If surgery is suggested do consider it! You'll wonder why you haven't acted sooner. Its immensely frustrating having something control your life but be optimisitic and seek help. And do not be fobbed off either. You have a life to live. Good luck and best wishes

iam 42 i have suffered for years with aviginal prolapse and reciently iv been in alot of discomfort with my bowel move ments i have to manually remove my wastage and im bleeding alot when i have im affraid that i have now got a rectrum prolaps i havnt had sex with my partner for 2years i nolonger feel like a women i feel like a freak i was booked in to have a repair and they found an irregular heart beat so theyv prelonged my opperation i was all for the opp but theres no guarantees which is so frightening to go threw all that discomfort of a opp to end up worse than before but if i do nothing then i lose my partner and i cauld end up later on with more serious health problems i carnt win i need some advise and some guarrentees that the opp is going to be a success thankyou





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I have a womb prolapse and am awaiting a vaginal hysterectomy and anterior/posterior. I am having trouble with my bowels. I seem to have lost the sensation that tells you that you still have a residual of faeces therefore I have to manually check and remove any remaining stool. If I fail to do this I develop the most excrutiating itch. During one of these internal searches I discovered a very hard pea sized lump about an inch inside the anus. It is not painful. Can you advise.





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I'm 21 and I was diagnosed with IBS a few years ago. I've been very badly constipated for a long time. There have been some times where I've had no bowel-movement for as long as 2 weeks. I've been put on all different types of laxatives (Movicol, Laxoberal, etc.) but none of them worked much, unless I took more than the suggested dose. Lately though, I've been trying 20ml of Lactulose a day. For the first time in ages, I've been doing a lot better, which has surprised me because I'm pretty sure I tried the same stuff about 5 years ago. But I've definitely seen better results. I'm not as normal as I'd like to be, but it's a good start. I just hope my body doesn't become immune to the medication, like it does with other medication I've been given.





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I have had constipation all my life. When I was 40 i had an operation for piles and two very large hemeroids were removed. A third hemoroide was not removed as the surgeon said he couldn't remove it as he felt if he did too much of the area around the anus would have had to be removed. although the piles were for the time sorted the constipation still continued. i now have a prolapsed bowel and womb which need operating on but this can not be done until a cause is found for my now passing regularly air/wind through my front passage. I have had two investigations under anestheic but no fissure has been found. i am awaiting a further appointment with the surgeon but they sai they were mistified. Has any one else had this trouble?





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Im 42 and have sufferd in silence from my teens. After the birth of my third baby things got worse (age 22) as since then I have often had to move my bowles with some help from my hands. It makes me feel disgusting. Sometimes I can go ok. But a lot of the time I need to stimulate my back passage.I also get bouts of IBS. Iv had 5 children but seem to have very good pelvic floor muscles. Ive always done the exercises and my husband says hes surprised at how tight I can squees him when we make love. Also I can stop the flow of urin when I go to the loo. I thought I was the only preson who sufferd this untill i looked at this site. Ive never even told my husband about it and we share everything.





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when i need to move my bowles i get a bulge between the vagina and the anus i have to push the bulge up and the poo comes out. i also get a recuring water infection could this be related. how can i get help.





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