I know about
uterine prolapse. My uterus is dropped. Haven't had a pap in a long time and I need one. I know my GYN will tell me it's lower than it was the last time he examined me. I do give that entire area of my body a daily workout. My GYN is the doc who said I must be on a stool softener. He doesn't want me straining to go. Although I've never really struggled with C, since I experience multiple bm's each day (12, 15 sometimes 20 but each one, a very small amount, picture rabbit stool!). He said I just want the stool to easily exit my body but not be D either. I have tried many approaches to what he suggests and the only one that does make my stool consistent, easily passed is Colace (50 mg, a pediatric dose amount).
But if I were to do a personal digital exam (and I have, believe you me I have), I do feel my cervix. It is low sometimes. Lower than it should be.
I noticed my cervix being lower after I delivered my second baby, 18 years ago. I couldn't wear tampons anymore either (they would slide down).
So when I had my sigmoid removed and began this daily bm "fun", I knew I was tweaking with this uterine prolapse. The two (colon, sigmoid, vagina) are really side by side for women (duh!) and separated by only a thin wall of membrane (so I'm told by my GYN).
Now if my GYN had his way and we had great insurance again (that's history), he would want me to have a hysterectomy. He claims my bm woes would be better. Not go away or return to a lower count but I wouldn't have that pressure of my cervix being lower now too.
All I know is I am avoiding ANY surgery! First off, we can't afford it and second, I've had two very, very painful surgeries, no thanks I say.
Now there is something you can do with exercise - I'm sure you're aware of Kegels. Do those but also do those for the rectal area. I was suggested to contract and retract my rectal area right after my colostomy takedown. That anal muscle reflex is less than it should be for me. But the exercises do help.
And finally, this may sound odd but if I rest with my feet higher than my head, for example on the couch, the pressure is off this entire area of my body.
I was told men don't have all these struggles like women do. Sure wish the two areas were not so close together!
Can you ask that your colonoscopy be moved up? I think I'd want an exam to make sure things are as they should be down there.
I hope you find some relief soon.
- Diagnosed with rectal cancer, April 1999 - Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, given temporary colostomy)
- Colostomy reversal, June 1999
- Left with IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's every day
- On a low residue diet at least 75% of the time
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening
All in all I do okay, I just use the bathroom A LOT! But I survived and beat cancer!
Post Edited (Marsky) : 12/21/2008 6:27:01 AM (GMT-7)