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Unread 01-01-2009, 05:04 PM
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Does anyone know: Is it possible for a violent fall to cause a rectocele?

I fell back in February of 08 on a wet floor at work. I have not lost any time but have been passed from the general workmans comp doctor who prescribed therapy (which provided some temporary pain relief but resulted in severe sciatic pain) to a pain management doctor who tried several different meds targeting nerves who then passed on to a chronic pain specialist. This last move is practically worthless as most pain meds nauseate or otherwise cause intolerable side-effects.

I have noticed within the past 5-6 months there is a protrusion from my vagina during most bowel movements. Sometimes I must put supporting pressure on my perenium to evacuate my bowels. Lately simply standing, I can feel pressure bulging at my vagina.

It occurred to me today that this may be the root of my back pain. It would certainly explain why these doctors can't figure out why I am not responding to treatment and pass me off from one to another.

I need to know because I don't want to be laughed off the phone when I ask the gynocologist if they accept workmans comp.


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Unread 01-01-2009, 05:43 PM
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You never know........
The answer is "no" if you don't go ahead....ASK! Just my 2 cents worth.....
Unread 01-01-2009, 05:56 PM
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Before my repairs the back pain was pretty darn bad. I'm not sure if the fall would cause it but I would think it certainly didn't help it. Hopefully your doc can help with it.
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Unread 01-07-2009, 06:06 PM
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I'm not a doctor, but a protrusion from your vagina sure sounds like a rectocele. The "supporting pressure on my perenium to evacuate my bowels" & "Lately simply standing, I can feel pressure bulging at my vagina." sounds like classic rectocele symptoms. That process is called "splinting" by the medical community.

The fall may not have caused the rectocele on it's own. Your posterior vaginal might already been weaken & the additional pressure from the fall was the "straw that broke the camel's back." I think this would still be workman's comp since the fall triggered the prolapse.

Even if the protrusion isn't the cause of the back problems, you need to have it checked into. It will only get worse. I highly recommend seeing a Urogynecologist if at all possible. These surgeon have the same training as a Urologist & Gynecologist, plus additional training specific to pelvic floor issues.

I had a lot of back pain with my rectocele too. I read uterine prolapse can cause back pain too. Since I had both maybe it was a combination.

Let us know what you find out after you see a doctor.
Unread 01-07-2009, 06:18 PM
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Thank you for your very comprehensive reply: )

I did have a retroverted uterus before my hysterectomy and my doctor did a bladder tuck at the same time when I told her how frequently I had to urinate so I believe you are right about the problem already being in place. I am seeing a gastroenterologist next week for a possible stomach ulcer. I will ask him who he would recommend (I've googled urogynecoligist for this area-there are none). That way when I see the chronic pain doc (WC doc) I'll hopefully have a name to suggest he refer me too.

Thanks again. I'll report back when I know more.


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