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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 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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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





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