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Prolapsed Rectum

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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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Hi when ever i need to pass a stoll it feels reli unconfortable and when i wipe i see blood could any1 help me ???





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When I was 7 years old (roughly) (i'm now late 20's) I remember being constipated and deciding to massage my anal opening with a piece of tissue to encourage bowl movement,I felt relieved from discomfort and saw this as a solution. however, I started to do this on a regular basis even when I wasn't constipated. Eventually, it became physically harder and I then had to strain a lot more and insert my fingers into my anal passage remove my stools. Overtime this became normal. I have tried unsuccessfully on many occasions to pass stools in the normal human manner, i am totally incapable of doing so. I seemed to have lost use of rectal muscles or something like that and have very little sensation when passing motion with the aid of my fingers. Passing motions is now a 30 minute event for me (how embarrassing). Overtime this seems to have led to many related problems such as lower abdominal pain, particularly to my right side. I seem to always have trapped wind as I can't disperse of it without great strain and effort, When I do pass wind there's often a thick, clear- slightly yellow, jelly like mucus. This mucus also covers my stools and occasionally leaks from my anus without warning. I also have a pressured feeling in my rectal canal. I also suffer from a throbbing type ache/pain in my rectum. I also have lower, inner back pain. My vagina produces a white, runny, odorless discharge, it produces significant amounts when I strain to pass motion. I don't enjoy vaginal intercourse, as there is very little sensation, in fact I have experienced pain on the odd occasion, due to this I have never had an orgasm whilst having full sexual intercourse. I have made appointments to see my G.P but have never been able to clearly/properly explain my issues. One doctor shrugged me off, not quite believing me. A few doctors have palmed me off with I.B.S tablets, I know this is not I.B.S!. I even once wrote a letter to hand over to my d.r, but failed to hand it in, as I'm so scared. I wrote into another forum along time ago and the only feed back I got was people with similar problems, but not much advice, one person even mocked me saying that they bet I've got a terrible diet and it's because of that!, my diet is very healthy.I haven't ever told anyone in person about this before, I'm far to ashamed, I feel disgusted by myself. All of this is a major hindrance,I'm in total desperation, please help.





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Hi, I have exactly the same as you and have been to see a specialist where I was diagnosed as having a rectal ulcer. I would ask your doctor to have you referred to see a specialist.

I really feel for you .. I had my first child 4 yrs ago(by section) & ever since have not been able to pass stools - have been to doc so many times which has resulted in me having to take laxative ever since...Im now at the stage were i have to take to much to give me diorrhea every day - otherwise nothing will happen - I too get the mucus type stuff passing as well & have achy type pain in my rectum & lots of lower back pain - also pass discharge from vagina - have a doc app for next week but like you i know I probably wont get all syptoms explained properly - to make it worse I was quite uncomfortable the other day so decided to have a look(down there) & when I put pressure on as if I'm going to pass a stool a bit of what I can i can only describe as my insides come out ...........help!! :(

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I have a prolapsed rectum. I can never waer any light coloured trousers as often after going to the toilet and wiping myself I am still wet. Often feel if I need to go to toilet but it is only wind and sometimes go to toilet up to three times aday then I may not go at all for a couple of days. I also suffer with IBS. Is there a diet I should be on for the prolasped rectum and the IBS please help I am feeling really depressed about all of this





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hi would anyone know why my two-year old son has had a rectum prolapse he was not constipasted or in pain we took him to A&E straight away but when we got there it seemed to have renewed its self. Doctors said that if it happened again to wait to see if it goes back again after abit of time or if not to bring him back or if it did happen and it wen t backin again to phone our GP for a refferal, but today he has been on the toilet as normall but when he pooed me and my daughter saw that it happened again each time he strained.





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Hi, this happened to my daughter when she was 2 and first used the potty. She was referred to a consultant who said the low potties can be to blame if the muscles are weak, and after she started using a chair type potty it never happened again. Basically the consultant said to make sure she wasn't in a squatting position to do a poo and she preferred patients to use the seats you put over the toilet, with a footrest. My daughter is now 12 and has never had any similar problems since. Hope this helps.

I have a five year old son and this has happened to him on several occasions, he has seen a specialist about this but they gave us three options two of which were surgical and the other to see if he grows out of it. They could not explain why this happened and why it continues to happen but we have succumed to leave him be for a while as the surgical options could go wrong and leave him with a bag for the rest of his life. We were told though if and when it does happen that we were to take him straight to a&e where he would be given morphene on arrival. It is very sad that children of such a young age should be left to suffer like this. But unfortunetley they just could not explain why it happens.

I am a 42 year old woman who has never had children and is suffering from a rectal prolapse and rectocele. I am scared to death of surgery as I am aware of all the complications that can happen and that I may end up worse off post-surgery. I am still very sexually active and want to stay that way, but these problems are affecting that as well. Most blogs on surgery that I have read never seem very promising, but that could be due to the fact that most people writing have had complications and that those who have had success don't bother writing. does anyone out there have anything positive to say about their prolapse surgery? Is it worth it?





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Dear Victoria I had the same problem, you can do things to avoid surgery if you want. You will not 'cure' the rectocele, but you will stop it getting worse and help to minimise any pain. Read all you can about it, there are some good US sites, Saving the whole woman is good. You need to strengthen your pelvic floor and lower abdominals. Get a pelvic exercise machine, I use a Kegal 8 it was recommended by my physio. I stopped jogging - too much pressure on the pelvic floor. I eat more fibre, because I used to get constipated and it puts pressure on the pelvic floor, and it you then take laxatives it makes the muscles weak. I read a good article on stressnomore about the correct way to poo! Footprint loos are the best, apparently our sit-up and beg toilets are not good for our bodies! If you do need or opt for surgery be aware that surgery treats the symptoms (ie your rectum is out of position) not the cause (a weak pelvic floor) so you will still need to strengthen your pelvic floor. I was told by my physio that quite often a rectocele goes hand-in-hand with a cystocele (bladder prolapse) so more than anything I need to stop anything else going South! Watch your weight, and strengthen your lower abdominal muscles. So many women have this problem and it is thanks to embarassing bodies that we now have this platform to help one another. PS I am 43, and I know I need to get even stronger because my menospause will weaken the muscles even further!

Hi, I am 37 and suffered for a year with chronic anal fissures. I know this is not the same, but like you, I had heard that the operation I faced was likely to leave me faecally incontinent and scared to death. Well, I couldn't go on with the pain and not being able to leave the house because of my problem so I had to have the operation and I am pleased to report that I am now completely 'normal'. I have my life back and no horrible after affects! I wish I had had this operation done months ago but, like your finding, I had only read negative articles about ops gone wrong and don't think the success stories ever make it on the internet. Hope this in some way helps you with your problem. I definately don't regret going for the op. Good luck X

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Hi since having my baby nearly 3 years ago I have been having trouble passing stools. Sometimes the wall of my rectum bulges into my vagina and I have to place my fingers into my vagina and push down hence pushing my rectum tight and forcing the stool down, sounds gross I know





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Hi. I have had the same problem for 3 years. After numerous painful and embarrasing visits to my very sympathetic GP, she referred me to a consultant. He sent me for numerous tests and the result being a prolaspsed bowel (rectocele). I am now waiting fot a procedure called a STARR. My advice would be to see your GP and ask to be referred. I am still suffering but I have a diagnosis and I knowing that something is going to be done soon to help me makes it easier to cope day to day. One tip that was given to me and that has helped is to have my feet raised whilst trying to pass a motion (low stool or box). The "crouching" posstion easied things considerably. Good luck xx

o my god i have to do this too im too embarrased to tel my doctor, its been like this since i had my 3rd baby 2 yr ago i allso get pain doun below and in my stomach after sex it feels to me that r rectom has slipped into r vagina walls. so glad i saw your comment im not allone x

Hey guys. Know I'm not as bad as some people here but need to ask some advice. I'm 24 and was diagnosed with IBS at the age of 21. This suprised me, as I used to have a reliable stomach. Having tried a lot of different treatments, I'm now on amitriptyline which is helping no end but I've come to the conclusion that I may have a prolapse, as I feel a protrusion whenever I go to wipe. I'm now of the opinion that I don't have IBS, but a prolapse caused by years of straining on the toilet. The doctors have had a look but they didn't see anything. I have read that it is possible to have a normal exam whilst having a prolapse but my gp has told me to wait for 6 months and see how I do. Not sure what to do now, truely believe I have a prolapse or something similar but not sure where to go next. Any advice would be appreciated. Many thanks





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hi ,the same thing was happening me for a few months i wasnt sure what it was ,so i decided to take a digital camera with me when i went to the bathroom,and when i felt the protrusion i took a few pictures because my doctor also could not see anything,i brought the camera to the doctors and it was a prolapse ,just an idea, hope this helps

I just recommend you go to a colo-rectal surgeon who perfoms prolapse surgery and ask him to determine if you have it.

i have been diagnosed with ibs i have worked out what i can eat and what i cant. i never have a aproblem with diareia i just cant go its now been six weeks im very uncomftable fed up of going to the doctor and being given more laxitives that dont work for me. i have tried movicol luctulose doculax seenacot sodium picsulphate and every thing else! they work for a short while then stop i have now tried every thing! my stomach is very bloated and i cant wear lots of my clothes im eating very healthy so i cant b puttting wieght on! i get shooting pains through my back passage and feel like i have sttich all the time in the lower part of my stomach i constantly feel sick and losing appetite completly. please please help!





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Wow my wife has had prolapsed colon surgery 15 months ago. and now is costipated. after 7 days I took her to the emergency room they were no help said to eat high fiber etc. I have had to give her an enima about every 7 days. Anything over that and you become toxic. Please dont let it go get to a gastro doctor as soon as possible you may have something more serious going on.

I HAVE HAD AN ANTERIOR AND POSTERIOR REPAIR USING MESH ABOUT A MONTH AGO BUT FOR THE LAST 3 WKS I CANT PASS WIND ITS VERY UNCOMFORTABLE WHAT CAN I DO.





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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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