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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, really embarrising for me but i carn't control when i need to go to the toilet. (number 2), my body tells me that i need to go to the toilet around about 2-5 minutes before i need to but on most occasions this is not long enough to get to a toilet (ie.either if im driving or out sum where), and then obvisly the worst happens. I'm now a 30yr old male (exacly) and it has always been like that for as long as i can remember.what is wrong???? someone please help as there is only so many clothes i can keep chucking away.





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i have chrons and i have the symptoms you have described. the best thing is go to your gp they will refer you to a specialist who will find out what is wrong and help. i suffered with symtoms for over 10yrs and i feel much better now go on Monday

Hi. I am 40 yrs old after having my second child a year ago i have been suffering with what feels like a rectal prolapse. My 6wk check up after giving birth showed that my rectum was pushing down on the wall of my vagina. I am constantly aware of the problem and feel that it worsens when i am constipated ,the physical demands of my little boy seems to also effect this and also my diet which incidenlty is healthy but can cause an increase in wind this then adds to the discomfort.. My Gp basically said that this was the outcome of childbirth and it would be something i would have to put up with... I suppose what i would like to know is how bad does it have to be before i think about surgery? Are there other options?





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I had an operation on a bowel prolapse aged 17 (no childbirth involved) but i had had symptoms since aged 15- i was told if i had ignored it for much longer, it could have been so bad i would have ended up with a colostomy bag. GO TO YOUR DOCTOR. Get it fixed before it's too late. Also check for being lactose intolerant, wheat etc, red meats.

Hi my daughter is 2 and she had a rectal prolapse 2 days ago,, we went to a&e who then transferred us to another hospital to see a specialist,, once we arrived there a nurse came to check her, they had put a dressing over it in previous hospital and s nappy on also, so at the hospital once the nappy had been taken off the prolapse had gone back inside! Yesterday my daughter didn't go to the toilet at all, even though she is regular, but she did go today and I watched her like a hawk! It started to come out again,, I pleaded with her to stop pushing and just had to take her off the toilet,, I squashed her bum checks together to help push it back it, this did work, bur I can't be doing this every time she has a poo! Please can anyone give me any advice?





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I dont know why you didnt also go to her GP,please take her asap please do not ignore this advice,tell them what happened at the hospitals,if you dont have a doctor go back to the hospital.

What conclusion did the specialist at A and E come to? I would see your GP and ask to see a specialist for continued care, if a follow up has not already been arranged. Hope it gets sorted!

I have suffered the misery of a rectocele in my anus for nearly two years causing embarrassing incontinence at times. Seven weeks ago, my surgeon operated and stitched my uterus to my sacrum, I understand and also encased my bowel in mesh and stitched that up higher. My anus is now tight again, Im pleased to say but my bowel movements are changed from before. I first took Fybogel on leaving hospital for two weeks and now take it once a day which appears to keep my bowels moving. I also took Lactulose initially when I had problems. That certainly works but would only take that now if I had real problems. GP said it will take 6 months to get back to normal and any heavy lifting is out of the question. It is an utter relief not to have the rectocele problem any more, probably caused by weak muscles. I have had three children and am now 80.





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Ive had diarrhoea for approx 2 and a half years. Have to take several Loperamide daily. I also have to 'help' it out as it is getting stuck in the small rectocele found by Gp. He also diagnosed IBS several years ago. Also have nausea and vomiting problems though these two seem to be easing, lots of mucus, stools usually orange in colour, leaks esp if I forget the Loperamide. Had a fissure op in 95. Was referred recently, consultant couldnt see the rectocele despite my symptoms, (I also often get a dull pain) had a colonoscopy on Wed the 12th, was told it was normal, just waiting for the 6 biopsies to come back but not holding out much hope for an answer to my problems. Now Im worried that all Ill get is a letter of results, discharged and thats that, back to square one. I am kind of hoping I WILL get a follow-up appointment to get some answers and what, if anything, to do next.





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Hi im 28 and ive had the same symptoms as you and also a colonoscopy which i was told was normal, i was also diognosed with IBS several years ago . The past few weeks i have been struggling to pass anything and anything i do pass is mucusy and orange, even if i need to take a wee it seems my bowels want to open but they cant! if i strain to much i then end up dizzy and nauseous sometimes sick, its also quite painful and after i find it difficult to even sit down !

I have had surgery for prolapsed bladder and bowl this is the second operation the first one was just for bladder, which was about 18 months ago. Now i am recovering again from having both done and it has come back again, i go to see consultant in 2 weeks time i am so gutted and my bowl is very painful, what are my options as i work and am finding it hard to do much without being in pain please help.





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THe surgery fixed your prolapse but the cause of it is a weak pelvic floor. Ask your GP to refer you to a womens physio, you need to strengthen up your pelvic floor and lower abdominal or it will happen again. try to avoid constipation, watch your weight. You could try a pelvic exercise machine if you find the manual squeezing exercises impossible to do (this is quite possible because your muscles are weak - you wont be able to feel them to squeeze and 'pull up') look at Kegel8 or Athena Pelvic Toner, they will help. Please do not put up with pain, ask your GP for help, but also you have to watch your weight, not smoke etc, and be proactive in your own health. So many other women suffer, we should be thankful to Embarassing bodies for highlighting this issue and helping us to help each other.

hi ,im finding it really hard to go to the toilet,haveing to rock back and forth to relieve myself.my anal is often very itchy.and after i have went to the toilet i wipe myself and more comes out.i have 2 children and have sufferd this for 8 years but it is just gettin worst.





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I have been suffering from the same problem for more than 7 years.I had a proctogram test and was diagonised with a rectocele that is a hernia in my bowel.Stool gets trapped in the hernia thats why you find it difficult to pass stool and when u stand up the stool trapped in the hernia moves down causing you to have difficulty with bottom hygiene.The bowel specialist refered me for bowel feedback theraphy.its helpful as the bowel training equips you with skills of emptying your bowel wthout straining.Request to be referred to a bowel specialist.

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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!! :(

ive the same also..im now being refered to some surgen .wich will hopefully help im in pain as im typing..so hopefully help..i also feel the pain as being in labour and pushing and gooey mucus coming out.....any feed back please reply.x

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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