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Unread 09-03-2021, 05:08 PM
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I had a total vaginal hysterectomy (kept ovaries and Fallopian tubes) on August 16th of this year with a pelvic floor and rectocele repair. The only pain I have is in my bottom, mostly on the side where the stitches are. I have had four instances of rectal incontinence without being on any stool softener or laxative. The first three instances were probably from eating spicy food the day before. This last time was about a week later (it happened today), but I don't think I ate too much spicy food yesterday (a little bit of chopped jalapeños on a hot dog). I'd love to know if this is normal, abnormal or somewhere in between. Thank you!
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Unread 09-04-2021, 03:45 AM
Rectocele repair question


This reminds me of the classic doctor-patient conversation: "whenever I eat spicy foods, I have fecal incontinence the next day;" "then don't eat spicy foods." Spicy foods are one well-known culprit in causing fecal incontinence, which can often turn up the next day, because it normally takes around 12-24 hours for what you eat to reach your colon. Other foods or supplements can cause similar issues, so I suggest keeping a food/symptom diary to uncover other potential culprits; my bowels are normally like clockwork, but I recently had several bouts of fecal incontinence, which I was able to trace to a new magnesium supplement, and which went away after I cut back on that. Best wishes for figuring this out soon, and for your continued health!
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Unread 09-04-2021, 01:40 PM
Rectocele repair question

Thank you, Tiger Eye! I also had tried a new magnesium supplement. Will keep a food diary. I appreciate your help!
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Unread 09-15-2021, 05:33 PM
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I had a total vaginal hysterectomy (kept ovaries and Fallopian tubes) on August 16th of this year with a pelvic floor and rectocele repair. The only pain I have is in my bottom, mostly on the side where the stitches are. I have had four instances of rectal incontinence without being on any stool softener or laxative. The first three instances were probably from eating spicy food the day before. This last time was about a week later (it happened today), but I don't think I ate too much spicy food yesterday (a little bit of chopped jalapeños on a hot dog). I'd love to know if this is normal, abnormal or somewhere in between. Thank you!
I had the same repair done and my Dr has me doing the cough exercises. Do the deep belly breathing and cough. It tightens up those muscles and helps with getting everything back in shape. So far, so good. Also - a pelvic floor physiotherapist might be super helpful.
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Unread 09-16-2021, 01:35 PM
Re: Rectocele repair question

Thank you, Solsen-yql. I will check out those breathing techniques.
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Unread 09-16-2021, 03:32 PM
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Thank you, Tiger Eye! I also had tried a new magnesium supplement. Will keep a food diary. I appreciate your help!
magnesium is a laxative so that might be what caused it.
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Unread 09-18-2021, 05:27 AM
Re: Rectocele repair question

I had a rectocele & sacrospinous ligament suspension (vaginal cuff stitched up to ligament) on August 25, 2021. My hysterectomy was Jan 22 of this year. I haven’t had the incontinence but have rectal pressure and pain and have little BMs multiple times a day. It’s like my bowels are frigged and not working right. Dr squeezed me in took a peek and says everything looks good and I’m still in the realm of healing and recovery. For peace of mind, perhaps chat or see your dr?
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