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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 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.

i am unsure if i have the prolaspe but i have the same problem going to the toilet i have to push it out with my fingers its so uncomfy,and i also suffer with tares from it too i have alot of scar tissue round my anus and i can bleed quite abit, i did go see a doctor but he just gave me this stuff to put in water and told me to eat better, i stopped taking it because i threw up everytime because of the taste of it, i thought it may have had something to do with an ijury i had when i fell down the stairs and has a suspected small fracture of the coxis, i dont know what to do :(





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I am 54 andhave just had a posterior wall vaginal repair as my bowel protruded into my vagina. It was done under spinal anaesthetic. I was given something to help me relax too so did not fel anything and was not aware of what surgeon was doing. I had a catheter in for 12 hours after the op but was able to pass urin normally after the op. My main problem after the op was opening my bowel. I was afraid of straining. Constipation has been a problem for me all my life with occasional bouts of diarrhoea. Howeve i was given glycering suppositries which worked before i was allowed to go home. I was given 2 lots of antibiotics for 7 days plus voltoral and paracetamol for pain. Its 2 week since the op. I live alone but my daughter looked after me for 2 days. When the pain killers ran out recently I tought I'd be ok with just paracetamol, but have had som discomfort down there which is worrying me so i have made an appt to see my gp as my out patioents appt is not for 3 months , when aparently the mesh used in teh repair wil have disolved. Glad i had the op done but had n o idea how diabled I would be for next few weeks. Its surprising how many things you do everyday that you dont think you use your abdominal muscles for eg lifting a 4 pint bolte of milk out of the fridge. Have resolved to relax totally over next 4 weeks I have taken off work, as my job involves lifting I may have to take off longer. Its not worth the risk, I dot want to be one of the many whosay Oh Ive had 2 or 3 repairs. This one will work the 1st time.





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I'm a 21 year old male, I suffered from varying degrees of rectal prolapse for probably around 18 months before seeing a doc. I'm surprised at the number of people my age who have posted about this, as all the information on the internet says it only happens to children and the elderly. I'm currently waiting to hear from the surgeon.





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I have just had surgery for a rectal prolapse (posterior repair). I am 38 years old and have sufferred in silence for years until I saw a woman on your show who had the courage to get help. My symptoms involved having to manipulate stools out of my back passage, heavy feeling like I was about to give birth. I had a very large loose vagina too it certainly feels a bit tighter but has alot of stitches in it at the moment so not prepared to mess about to see. I got out of hospital 2 days after surgery and am reasonably comfortable although bloated and laxatives playing havock. I would urge anyone who has these symptoms to seek help now!!





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im a 21 year old female and im suffering with a very embarassing illness and havnt spoke to anybody about it and need some advice. Everytime i want to go and pass my bowels i can not relive myself normaly i have to insert my finger to relive myself everytime and its getting realy bad this has been going on since i was 16 years old now latly for about 1 year or so im passing blood with clots a few times a week and ive had two pregnancys since this has started and have both ended up in silent misscarages and ended up having a dnc. i realy need some infomation its making me realy ill everyday worrying about everythink i just need infomation because im planning to get pregnant again and i realy dont want to loss another its heart breaking im just so embarassed to see my doctor i just need some help what to say and whats going to happen to me because i dont want my partner or anyone to find out thanks.





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I'm feeling sorry for myself at the moment as i am suffering with a prolapsed bowel now... The pain is terrible and at some points if i don't sit down i feel i will fall down as the pain get so bad i feel i could faint. I am now on medication and am awaiting an internal examination with my GP. It does scare me to think what is the end result for me with this condition and yes i have suffered in silence for many years with piles but feel better now i have discussed this with my GP...I have never had this as bad as i do now and am in so much pain..I would advise anyone suffering with any kind of problem to get it seen to, don't leave it till it gets worse and end up needing to have an op... I wish myself luck and anyone else with these problems that all will be fine.. as for the person leaving the comment before me...go to your GP i know it's a real personal thing but i felt much better once i spoke to mine and as i said i left it for ages and yes mine started like yours.. good luck.





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This website has been such a comfort! After reading everyone's comments I realise that so many people go thought the same things! I am 20 and have had problems with consitpation since I was a child. I normally have to push againt the anal wall to help poo out, but im not in any pain. Can I ignore it till I want kids or till im in pain? Im worried it could get worse if I don't get it sorted now, but I dont really want to go to my GP about it. Thank you





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i dont know if may help and i also need a question answering. Back in may i was rushed into lincoln hospital with heavy bleeding from my back passage due to a prolapsed bowel and hemroids . I was in agony and i had to be sedated with morphine and gass and air . An operation was followed the next morning and i gradually became well enough to leave hospital . I had had by bowel restrectched back into place and had some of my external hemroids removed and my internal hemroids shrunk . I have been fine since and was discharged from hospital in july . But recently i have been experiancing problems with my IBS and have now been told i may have Inflamable bowel disorder to add to my problems , and have had pain in the exit of my anus , which feels like a burning and throbing sensation . I try to go to the loo and somtimes it helps but usually i have to strain which dose not help as it makes me bleed . I have began to feel strange movement in the top of my abdoman under my ribs and it can be quite painfull but lasts a few miniutes , and somtimes when i empty my bowels in the morning , if its a heavy load , I also ejaculate a bit of seaman as i think this inflames my prostate . this all sounds alot of symptons but i have spoken to my gp and he just puts it down to my IBS , but i am worried it could be the start of somthing alot more seriouse . I am attending my local hospital for an bowel X-ray next week , but i am worried it my cause my symptoms to worsen . I just would like to be normal again as this affects my daily life so badly.





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Hi im only 18 an i found lumps on my back passage so i went to my gp an they told me i had hemroids but if it wasnt really effecting me nothing had to be done an they just left it. This worries me a bit cus iv seen pictures of them an they look really sore. Is there anything i can do so they dont get worse because right now its just a lump no blood or anything but i dont want them to get to the point where i have to have an op.





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