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cann
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   Posted 3/28/2008 5:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm not sure where to put this question??? I don't have IBS, and others who describe the knife-like pain I have say that theirs lasts only a few seconds. Mine last hours and will only go away if I take two ibuprophens, lay down and (hopefully) fall asleep. When I wake up, the pain is gone. If I stand for any period of time, usually 30 minutes or more, the pain is certain to come. Laying down makes it worse, but standing or sitting makes it last longer. Needless to say, my life is changing because of my limitations. I don't have "C" or "D", but a normal BM ensures that I will have pain when I go to bed. Doctors have done everything from digital exams to colonoscopies, and have ruled out any "organic" cause for the pain. I just wondered if anyone else had anything similar, and what do you do about it??? I can't just stop moving around...lying in bed all day is not an option.

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 3/28/2008 7:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Are you sure these are not back related in some way? Have you tried heat on your back when these happen. The fact that it happens after you stand awhile makes me wonder about your lower back.

cann
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   Posted 3/29/2008 5:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much for your reply! No, I had not seriously considered lower back problems because the pain is so sharply and directly related to that sphincter muscle. However, I have had 2 MRI's of the lower half of my body, and they showed nothing abnormal. My posture is good...but I will mention the back thing to my doc at my next visit. Oh, and I have used a heating pad for the last few days, and it does seem to help. Thank you again!

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   Posted 3/29/2008 2:55 PM (GMT -7)   
It is just a somewhat educated guess based on friends and their back problems. I don't think you would have to have an anomaly in the back that would show on a MRI as it could just be some nerves that are compressed while standing. If all else fails I believe there is a test that a neurologist can do to isolate nerve problems. I am always amazed at our bodies and what weird things that can happen that seem unrelated to the cause. I could write a book.

cann
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   Posted 3/30/2008 4:58 AM (GMT -7)   
I have noticed that on days that I walk for any distance--on the treadmill or otherwise--I don't have the pain during the day or at bedtime. At any rate, you have given me another avenue to pursue when all others have led to a dead end. Thank you very much!

Sarita
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   Posted 3/30/2008 9:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Cann,
I wanted to welcome you to the board...I'm sorry you're having rectal spasms that last for hours! That sounds awful. I have felt those on occasion, but like other people, only for a few seconds. You might ask your doctor about pelvic floor dysfunction. The pelvic floor muscles surround the rectum and sometimes various times of nerve dysfunction in the area can cause problems such as rectal spasms, pelvic pressure, and problems with urination or having bowel movements (not necessarily all of these).

If medications have failed and you have other abnormalities ruled out, you might have some luck going to an osteopathic physician (DO) who can do manual medicine (I'm an osteopathic medical student, which is why I bring this up). We have been taught about sacral dysfunctions that lead to symptoms such as these, and there are manual techniques (in which the doctor would work on your pelvis and sacrum - not your rectum, don't worry!) that can help if there is a sacral torsion. Since they are medical doctors, they can also prescribe medication if necessary. They'd probably give you some suggestions about exercises you can do to relieve some of the tension in your pelvic floor or refer you to a neurologist if it is, in fact, directly related to a nerve injury. It's just another option to think about, since it appears you haven't had much luck with the meds you've tried.

Hang in there and let us know if you have more questions.
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cann
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   Posted 3/31/2008 4:06 AM (GMT -7)   
What you are saying actually fits!!! Can't wait for my next doc visit in April!
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