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Unread 02-07-2006, 02:40 PM
Bowel paralysis

Has anyone else had this problem? 4 YEARS after my hystie I still have problems eliminating. I can remember what (pardon the terminology) pooping used to feel like, and it usually felt, well, good! The muscles in the lowest part of the tract took over as I pushed and voila! Now, after having a hip-to-hip incision to have uterus and ovaries removed due to a huge, non-malignant cervical polyp, I find my lower bowel tract acting as if it has been shocked into inactivity. I feel an urge about every other day (I AM regular) and sit on the potty. I push and push and work and virtually labor to get the darn stool out. It usually comes out in one enormous piece. I took stool softeners the first year but got tired of taking so many pills, and those look like horse pills, anyway. I guess I will have to continue taking them the rest of my life, because this condition is NOT improving. After 4 years, you would think nerve endings and cut muscles would heal. But, no.
Sorry to be so graphic on this post, but I know no one else to talk to - I am so mad at the doctor for leaving me like this I don't want to go back to her. She would only recommend stool softeners. I just want to know, has anyone else had this exact problem, and how long (if ever) did it take you to get back to normal? I really hate going to the bathroom, it hurts and I sometimes sit for nearly an hour just to have a BM!!! (By the way, nothing is wrong in the urine dept., thank heaven!!)
I also have this big fat stomach that I can't seem to get rid of.
I wish I had never had the darn surgery.
Thanks for listening.
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Unread 02-19-2006, 12:19 AM
Bowel paralysis

My situation is not as bad as yours but I am in the same boat. I am only going on 8 months since my hyst. For the first several months, no movement without help. I got tired of sitting and forcing and waiting and donned some gloves and helped it along. Gross for sure but better than wasting my time with it. It has gotten better but there is no sensation at the bottom of my intestinal tract either. I try to drink plenty of water and eat a lot of fruits and veggies and it is better. My doctor said that nerves do not heal though. Unfortunately I have problems with my bladder too. Still have my supra pubic catheter and have to use a back and abdominal muscles to urinate. I am finally figuring it out enough to empty my bladder enough to get the cath out soon though. But I have no feeling. I have to remind myself to urinate.
Don't know if it gets better. Good luck to you finding a solution you can live with.
Unread 02-19-2006, 09:38 AM
Bowel paralysis

I take stool softeners twice a day and mine aren't big, I take a generic brand of colace - it seems to keep me going somewhat. I wouldn't recommend using your finger to 'help' yourself go - it can make your sphincter muscle weak and you don't want that - my colorectal doctor told me to use a warm water enema instead and that has worked for me for the last 4 years - If I need to go out - I do it otherwise I let nature take it's course. Oh and eat lots of fiber - I eat Shredded Wheat and Bran every morning 8g of fiber, that and the stool softeners are keeping me going. Good Luck it feels awful to walk around feeling like you have to go all the time - my main problem was that when the urge finally did hit me, I had less than 2 minutes to make it to the bathroom - that is not enough time if you are in the car. And I can't finish so I end up leaking a little bit without knowing it and that aggravates the hemi's.
I hope you can find a solution that works for you.
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Unread 02-27-2006, 02:37 PM
Bowel paralysis

I see that your symptoms all seem a lot like mine...i had a hyst 6 years ago, and thanks to this site, felt that my problems 8 months later, was a rectocele, but was told it wasn' here I am 6 years later, rectocele diganosed, and on milk of magnesia almost daily....perhaps you all need to see someone who might be able to really confirm or deny a rectocele, because if you end up like me, it gets worse.....and apparently, it reaches a point at which you feel ok one day and in dire need of surgery the next....for those who are taking stool softeners, have you ever tried milk of magnesia? it seems to be really gentle and effective....I didn't have good results with stool softeners.....also there is something called "Miralax"....that is prescription, and if you have to have it all the time can get expensive....M of M works just as well as Miralax did.....hope you can all find some answers to what is happening.....I know it is horribly frustrating...bettyj
Unread 02-28-2006, 02:43 PM
Bowel paralysis

I don't like taking pills either, but my doctor says I'll probably be taking stool softeners the rest of my life. I had a rectocele repaired a year and a half ago, and believe me, taking pills is better than risking that again! The doctor also told me that the worst thing I can do is strain to have a bowel movement.

By all means get it checked out to make sure there isn't some other solution. If you didn't like that doctor, try another one. Good luck!
Unread 02-28-2006, 09:29 PM
Bowel paralysis

Hey There,
I had some major bowel problems before my hyst, basically they just shut down all together b/c of endo wrapping (complete bowel obstruction) around them and the next thing I know I'm in surgery for my 2nd attempt at a full hyst. This was several years ago. I am still taking a fiber supplement on a daily basis. My problem is not exactly the same as yours but I know how hard this is to deal with. Is there a way you could get a referral to someone else who is a specialist in the area???? I still have ongoing problems in this area too, but not nearly the extent you are having. I just know that you really should seek out some answers to this as it really is a terrible thing to deal with. My stomach swelled out too, know what you mean. I realize that a bowel blockage like I had and bowel paralysis are different things, but, still can sympathize with you. Keep on looking into this, if you aren't happy, try your best to find a doctor referral that will LISTEN to you and help you get back on track. As the other wise sisters have replied, there are other options. I had to try four options until I landed on this one that works for me. Sending hugs of support to you......know this is a terrible thing to be dealing with. I'm sure there are lots of women on this site that have gone through situations like this and deal with these problems. Hugs to you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Unread 03-07-2006, 05:10 AM
Bowel paralysis

I'm so sorry to hear about your problems but glad from my perspective to read other experiences similar to mine. I have problems emptying my bowel(I take stool softeners 3 times a day and have had numerous enemas) even if I am not actually constipated it still feels as though I'm giving birth. It's ok to say don't strain but what else are you suppose to do. I have found since having my TAH&BSO that I have to lean back to have a bowel movement and lean forward to empty my bladder. I am also having trouble with my bladder. I have extreme urgency and have on a number of occasions had to wee at the side of the road - how gross is that -and I'm a really modest person. the choice was that or to wet the car seat. I can't fully empty my bladder and that leads to infections. I'm also having almost constant thrush - is that common ? Well, I don't think any of us reckoned on these problems and wonder how many of us would have had the hysterectomy if we knew this would be the result, however I know that most of us didn't feel we had much choice. I wish God's blessings on all of you.With love, Jean

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