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Unread 06-07-2007, 01:52 PM
Rectal Splinting

I was wondering, if anybody else has had to rectally (not vaginally) splint to have a bm, and if you do, do you ever feel your cervix, or what you believe may be your cervix, blocking you down there, like you have to push your rectum over so the bm can make it past the blocked area (bonus-strange shapes). I mean actually feels like your cervix pushes into your rectum. Not some much a rectocele (bulge into vagina), but this causes my perineum to bulge downward.

Thanks, just trying to understand what is happening. idyllic

P.S. pre-op was a breeze, even by myself, thanks for all the kind words and support.
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Unread 06-07-2007, 02:19 PM
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I had the same situation. Not alot of fun but you gotta do what you gotta do. I wish yu luck with your surgery and speedy recovery...
Unread 06-07-2007, 02:45 PM
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Hi pendress58 Thank you for your kind words. Now, let me assault you with questions.... Do you know what vault suspension prodecure they did for you, i.e. high mccalls culdoplast, card/utero lig suspension, sacrocolpopexy, etc... did you keep your cervix. What did they call your form of prolapse, did they acknowledge that your cervix was back there, did they call it anteversion? They told me that they had never seen this before, that the cervix "basically" has no impact on the rectum or bm's. I told them they were crazy, I know what I feel, it is my cervix back there. He called it an entrocele possibly filled by cervix/uterus. Do you remember having digging pains, like your uterus/cervix were trying to dig their way out through the back door.

Thank you so much for you response, I was beginning to think maybe there was something wrong with me,

's, idyllic
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Unread 06-07-2007, 04:05 PM
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I do not have the same issue; however, I do know what you are talking about to an extent. I have cystocele (sp?), rectocele (sp?) and uterine prolapse... when I had my first DS, he decided to put his arm over his head before coming out... so he totally tore me up! I had the normal episiotomy but then he tore me all the through my rectum and halfway up my vaginal cavity. I have had constipation issues ever since then (not realizing the cause until recently). My doc asked me about having to move my uterus out of the way to have a BM... even though he says I have a rectocele...

I quite often have excrutiating, stabbing pains while having a bm and I can understand how you feel... cause it truly *****! I am actually going to see a specialist tomorrow to see if he can fix it while I am having my hyster... because of the extensive damage it's a little out of my doc's league.

I'm sorry that I don't have all the answers to your questions, but I just thought you'd like to know that you are not alone and I totally understand how you feel.

I hope you feel better real soon, best wishes... you'll be on your way to recovery before me... good luck
Unread 06-08-2007, 12:03 AM
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(((idyllic))) I'm trying to imagine what you're describing. Are you saying you have to insert fingers in your rectum and push the wall forward to have a BM? I had my surgery for severe uterine prolapse, cystocele and rectocele. I had to splint to have a BM, meaning I had to insert a couple of fingers vaginally and push back and upwards, because "stuff" wanted to try to stop and accumulate against the wall between the rectum and vagina. Even then it was sometimes very difficult; I did not, however, try inserting anything rectally.

I had a TVH with BSO and A&P repairs, plus my DR shortened the ligaments holding up my bladder. Just removing the uterus, the weight of which had been pushing down to the point that the cervix was outside my body, and then shoring up the walls of the vagina, was a huge improvement. I have not had to have anything further done as far as prolapses go.

I haven't had pains I would describe as "digging", but I used to have, and still occasionally have, severe pains called levator ani spasms, or levator muscle spasms, and more specifically proctalgia fugax. They were much more frequent before the hyst/repairs. They usually occur when I'm trying to go to sleep, and can even wake me up out of a sound sleep. The only thing that relieves them, besides time (they typically last about half an hour) is sitting on the toilet and pushing hard, which is really not a good thing for someone who's had A&P repairs to do. Here's a link to info about these spasms:

I hope this helps you in some way. Good luck with your surgery!

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