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Unread 12-18-2004, 09:41 AM
rectocele spasms

I had a sacrocolpopexy with rectocele repair on Nov. 23. Did well for three weeks. I now have severe spasms of the rectum. As If a knife has been inserted and twisted. Hope someone can tell me if this will go away? If so, about how long.
I see the doctor on Wed. When I called, she said to take a fleets enema. It did help, but only for a short time. Feel as if I have had a terrible setback. Please write if you have had the same problem.
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Unread 12-18-2004, 09:05 PM
rectocele pain- 3 weeks out

I had my repair in January '04. On my post I think I finally told what happened when all was said and done. I started taking a muscle relaxer along with pain killers (and stool softeners to counteract them.) The pain was completely relieved while I took them. I did make the mistake of thinking I was fine after a few days and stopped and all the pain returned. I then took the muscle relaxer for several weeks and then tapered off; then I was fine and have been so ever since. I think it's just too much trauma for some people's systems.

My doctor said I was not off the charts with the pain I experienced but that I was definitely on the far end of the pain curve. So people like us are rare but we do fall in the spectrum of normal
Unread 12-20-2004, 08:17 AM
rectocele pain- 3 weeks out


I just wanted to reasurre you that you will be fine, and that these sensations we have are all part of the healing process. Its always good to check with your dr. I have found that alot of times they do not always have all of the answers, our bodies are all different, and take time to heal. I had a hysterectomy one year ago in Oct. and it took a full year to be pain free and all of those sensations to go away. There is light at the end of the tunnel, I can tell you this, I really thought I would NEVER feel myself again, and I do!! Hang in there!! You will be back to normal! It just takes time, my dr never told me it would take a year to feel totally better, but it did!
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Unread 12-21-2004, 07:02 AM
Re: rectocele pain- 3 weeks out

Originally posted by user55
I am going to be very graphic, so don't read if that bothers you. Three days ago I started having some dull to sharp pains in my rectum. I had a hard time doing anything but sittling or lying down. Since then, I have had the same pain almost all the time, at times it is so bad I have to gasp and just stand there like a bent old woman until the pain passes or lessens.

I called the doctor yesterday and he was off but will see me Monday and the doctor on call wrote a prescription for pain meds to see me over the weekend.

I am eating granola, prunes, fresh fruit, salads and meat and cooked veggies at night. I have very little gas, but what there is can be brutal. I am taking stool softeners (docusate) and gas-ex (which seems to be pretty useless) but nothing in my diet or meds has really changed from the first few post-surgery days. I drink a ton of water and lemon zinger tea and I dissolve cranberry concentrate in crystal lite lemonade for my bladder.

My bowel movements are fine...ONCE THEY COME OUT. But I have an urge to go or to pass gas and then nothing happens for an hour or more. This pain can radiate into my butt cheek when it is really bad. It seems to be ameliorated by heat, and hot baths are great but it starts up again right away when I get out of the tub. As long as I support my bottom by sitting or lying I am fine. But even sitting on the toilet and not straining, just sitting, is almost more pain than I can stand. This morning I was nearly crying when I pushed a little with my finger on the side of my rectum and that helped my innards to relax enough to allow me to have a bowel movement.

From what I have been able to glean from this site, the most likely problem is a spasm in the rectum...and I gather that that will be alleviated with time. But if anyone has had a similar problem, I would love to hear from you...if for nothing more than moral support. It's distressing that before this happened I was doing pretty well in my recovery and now I feel much more like an invalid than I have since the surgery.

Thanks for any replys
Unread 12-21-2004, 07:17 AM
rectocele pain - 4 weeks out.

Jet &Ondkohio & 55 + other great ladies.

Thank you for taking the time to write. It gives me great comfort to know that some one else had the same problem and survived. The pain has brought me to my knees. Will see Doc. tomorrow. Any words of wisdom would help me greatly.
If it were not for the rectal spasms, I would feel okay. I had trouble with my server so I was unable to get back to you. How long did it take before the spasms stopped?
sacrocolpopexy with Retocele repair Nov 23, 2004
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Unread 12-26-2004, 03:47 AM
rectocele pain- 3 weeks out

To both of you who are still suffering: I FEEL YOU. I was there, I had all the sharp pain, I lived in hot baths, I had the urgency to go and then was crying on the toilet from the pain. The pain was alleviated fairly fast, within a day after I started the muscle relaxers with the pain meds. I was not able to drive for two months. I finally tapered off after the fifth week, but I tapered off very slowly. I had made the mistake of going off the meds too soon, after about a week (because they worked so well I thought I was cured) and boy, did I ever get right back on them.

I thought, too, that I would never feel right again; I was walking all bent over and stopping after almost every step.

The particular muscle relaxer that I was prescribed was a generic of the brand Robaxin. The pain med was percocet, or some generic of that. As I said, doctors are not used to this symptom, it's rare, but not unheard of. My doctor was totally willing to accept the research I had done and prescribe accordingly.

Good luck, and my heart is with you.

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