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Unread 03-23-2006, 01:48 PM
Rectocele question

I'd like to let you all know how much I appreciate your posts and (mostly) good nature! I'm currently playing a waiting game while waiting for my appt with a uro/gyn (sched for Apr 6). As I wait I evaluate my symptoms and hope I can properly explain myself.

A question for those of you with rectocele... Did any of you feel that your urge was actually in your tailbone? I know it sounds strange (and it's one of the things I'm trying to figure out how to explain to the Dr) but when I need to have a BM, I get pressure on my tailbone, and if I wait longer, I also get pressure my vaginal area (like the stool is sideways). Am I explaining myself correctly, or is the dr going to look at me like I'm crazy?

Thanks for your answers!
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Unread 03-24-2006, 10:24 AM
Rectocele question

If you have ever seen a picture of a defogram, the stool does fit in a pouch sideways sort of if you have a large rectocele - so that should explain it well. I get tailbone pressure once and a while too (but not all the time) Sounds like you have you symptoms covered. Do you also have trouble emptying? Make sure you mention that too. Let us know how you appointment goes.
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Unread 03-24-2006, 02:10 PM
Rectocele question

Ary, I don't get pressure per se in the tailbone area with BM, but do have pulling in the tailbone area all the time...so much so that I have now developed what feels like stretched and very sore tendons and ligaments surrounding that area....I am really anxious to see what your doctor says about this.....because many of the dr's that I have seen, cannot figure out why I would feel anything in my tailbone.....I am still very confused why doctors would not understand the relationship all this could have to one another....the tailbone is right there where everything is happening, yet, no relation??? I don't get it....
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Unread 03-24-2006, 10:44 PM
Rectocele question

Ary, I have the exact same feeling and the longer I wait for my surgery the more I am feeling the pressure in my tailbone. I'm sure you'll be able to explain it to your Dr just fine. Sometimes I wish there was some way to telepathically transfer the feelings or the pain to the Dr just long enough so they would know exactly what we're talking about. Who knows maybe someday in the future there'll be a better way.
Michelle
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Unread 03-26-2006, 05:21 PM
Rectocele question

Sometimes I think Dr.s rely on tests so much they don't
know anything about anatomy, it is a wonder they can
find their way to our parts, have to say " Hey, doc,
yea, down there". Really, half the time they act like
they don't know which end is up, you wonder how
they got their license.
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Unread 03-27-2006, 01:39 PM
Rectocele question

Thank you all for your responses. I go to the Dr. next week and really want to be prepared. Bowlinggrl, I do have trouble emptying and have to splint. I also have to hang around the bathroom for a repeat performance or two. I mentioned it to my gyn before my hyst surgery, who said it was GI related and referred me to a gastroenterologist. She didn't seem to think I needed a pelvic floor analysis. We'll see what this uro/gyn has to say.

Michelle do let us know how your surgery goes! I hope you have an uneventful surgery and speedy recovery.
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Unread 03-27-2006, 02:06 PM
Rectocele question

Ary, one other thing that I want to mention....I can't prove this, but I strongly suspect that when my problems started, I too was sent to a GI doctor, had a colonoscopy and within months, things only worsened....as I recall, the doctor wanted to go all the way to the upper bowel with the wand in the colonoscopy....I am thinking that the colonoscopy did not help my situation and may have made it worse....so be very careful when going to a GI doctor....I am very suspicious that he was way too careless with that wand.....maybe an already "at risk" area was made worse...that is just what I have suspected since even learning about this rectocele....

on the other hand, we all know we need the value a colonoscopy can give to a diagnosis, it's just really strange that I should start having so many probs after that test.....which by the way, was normal.....I am not sure how to approach this test in the future...I know at 50, it is recommended every 5 yrs...I am hoping that if I tell them I have had a rectocele, maybe it will and can be done differently or more carefully.....so as not to cause any further damage......
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Unread 03-28-2006, 06:38 AM
Rectocele question

Ary,
I have trouble going too, I used to have to splint and I would have at least 5 or 6 repeat performances throughout the morning. I started taking Colace twice a day and I eat a cereal every morning with bran in it. That has gotten me down to going every morning without splinting, but I still don't empty so sometime during the morning I have to go again, my hemmoriods are soo flared up.
I wanted you to know those are the same symptoms as me and I have been diagnoised with a large rectocele. Twice (before surgery) I went to 2 different doctors who examined me and said I didn't have a rectocele, so I went in the next time constipated and the one doctor had to admit that yes I do. Now I realize that if I bear down (coughing doesn't seem to work for me) it gets much larger, so when the doc asks me to cough, I bear down and pretend to cough. lol.
Let us know how your appointment goes. Hugs.
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Unread 03-28-2006, 08:13 AM
Rectocele question

Oo... Betty, you make me want to steer clear of the GI office! Luckily, my uro/gyn works with a GI dr, and does GI workups on his rectocele patients as standard practice. Hopefully he has sensitivity in using a scope.

Bowlinggrl...Sadly, Colace gives me diarrhea and horrible cramps, so I can't take it I do eat bran cereal and drink lots of water to make sure I don't get constipated. I just never get the normal "urge" to go. But I've adapted to know when my body is telling me it's time.

I'll let you know how my appt goes. I hope everyone feels better!
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Unread 03-29-2006, 01:11 AM
Rectocele question

I am now 5 weeks after repair of a rectocele which never showed up on physical examination, even when upright. It took an examination under anaesthetic to finally show mine. I agree, that is soooo...frustrating.
Another symptom I had was a bulging anus, not dramatically, but bulging all the same and very hard to keep clean. Also a permanent low back ache. And when I did the kegel exercises, I would draw up the back, but it felt as if I was leaving something behind.

Don't know if this helps any...good luck, by the way.
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