Has anyone had a Anal Rectal Memometer pressure Test

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honestwoman50
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   Posted 12/7/2009 2:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Everyone,
 
 
     I just got the results of my Sitz Marker Test and they were all bunched up at the Anal Rectal site, so I have to have this other test called if I spelled it right..Anal Rectal Memometer pressure Test.  I just wanted to know if anyone has had this test?  They think that my muscles are not working right so to figure out what exactly is going on I have to have this test.   So any and all info on this would be appreciated, plus I am having a hard time finding anything on this proceedure, so if you know where I could find more info will be greatly appreciated.  Thanks for listening, and happy digestion to all of you..  Leslie
Leslie King


jt80
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   Posted 12/7/2009 5:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh my goodness!!! I did I think I posted about this months ago I had to go real far to this hospital I've never been too.It was my worst nightmare come to life not meaning to scare you or anything.I already had issues of stuff going on back there but make sure you use the bathroom if you have too.Your on your side and there's this person sticking a ballon type instrument in your rectum.They fill it with air a few times to test your spinchter strength at times you feel the pressure to move your bowels strongly.They ask you when you feel that pressure each time I said I felt it real quick so it could end lol.It was messy there is lube and everything lol um not an experience I want to go through again.After all that everything seemed normal but things are better now.I wish you all the luck in the world with this good thoughts will be with you.Please let me know how it went I hope this does not scare you in anyway in the end they make you comfortable and it's over before you know it,good luck. :-)

honestwoman50
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   Posted 12/7/2009 5:46 PM (GMT -7)   
JT80,   Do they give you something to relax you?  Is there a site that you know of that I can get more info on this...  OOOH, its sounds icky, but thanks so much for the info...how are you doing these days?  I had my EEG and the doc said he did not like what he saw so have to go through another one this Thurs...gosh, its one thing after another...hey if you do insntant messenger I would love to add you on mine so we could chat.  I seem to get the most info from you and I thank you for taking the time to reply...love it...Leslie
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Marsky
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   Posted 12/8/2009 5:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey all I know is I endured an uncomfortable rectal ultrasound for an hour and 15 minutes, without sedation. Lots of pressure, gas and even water pumped into me. This was performed 2 days before my colon resection, the surgeon wanted to see how deep my malignant tumor had penetrated into the 5 bowel wall layers. After oh 45 minutes, I was getting quite nervous and uncomfortable. The technician said he wished he had sedated me. I had a driver in the waiting too - my husband and I thought I'd be sedated for it! I wished he hadn't told me that because I wouldn't have had to endure the already 45 minutes into the procedure. The tech kept apologizing but also repeated how important it was for him to go slowly and be thorough (in taking the pictures).

Once I learned I could have been sedated for a rectal ultrasound, I made a mental note, if I ever need another, I am asking for sedation - oh yes I am!

Ask for it.
- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening


honestwoman50
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   Posted 12/8/2009 10:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Marsky, oh ya they should have sedated you, soo sorry about that.  Thank god I dont have to have that one as of yet...take care.  Leslienono
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Marsky
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   Posted 12/8/2009 2:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I imagine the sedation would be similar to what they give you for a colonoscopy. You do have to cooperate. For the ultrasound I had to keep changing my positions, bringing my knees to my chest, lying on left or right side, etc. It was pretty intense!

But not painful.

Just uncomfortable.

Of course I should add that my emotions were ALL over the place that day. I knew I had cancer, I knew I was scheduled for surgery in 2 days. I had been told it would be a simple 1 hour procedure, they'd dilate me and "scoop" out the tumor, my surgeon's exact words. I'd be in the hospital for 1 day, back to normal in 7 but need 6 weeks of chemo.

Then the ultrasound possibly showed my tumor penetrating the third bowel wall tissue.

The GI doc and technician/assistant kept whispering. I knew they were going to suggest major surgery.

Sure enough, they did.

So part of my anxiety that day was my life changed. Drastically!

And in the end? The tumor was NOT penetrating the third bowel wall tissue. It was only sitting on it, about to penetrate.

So I could have had the simple surgery and not feel like I do right now - existing without a sigmoid.

But my surgeon kept saying - it's always best to get clean margins. And they did, my cancer has never returned. The fear with the simple surgery was that it could have.

So that's my surgery experience.

What I am saying is yes I was extremely stressed out for that ultrasound but given what I was also going thru - cancer - my experience might not be accurate for others.

A 5 or 10 minute rectal ultrasound wouldn't be terrible to endure w/o sedation. Mine just droned on and on!
- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening


jt80
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   Posted 12/8/2009 6:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi honestwoman no sedation at all your awake for the whole thing lol the whole time I kept looking over my shoulder asking is it over lol.I dont know of any site in particular but you can probably google it and see if something like a site comes up.I would have no problem iming you not sure how to get in contact with you.I know there is something you can click next to my name to get in contact with me just let me know if that does not work.Hope something comes up for you let me know what happens looking forward to hearing back from you take care. :-)

honestwoman50
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   Posted 12/8/2009 8:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Marsky, I am not having a ultra sound...
Leslie King


Marsky
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   Posted 12/8/2009 10:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Leslie - I know, sorry to steal your topic. Oops!

Just wanted to say that any invasive procedure/scope they do in this area if it goes on too long and you want sedation I was told you can ask for it.
- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening


honestwoman50
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   Posted 12/9/2009 6:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much for the info I will keep it in mind....
Leslie King


esoR
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   Posted 12/16/2009 11:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Leslie,

I had the anorectal manometry test AFTER 2 surgeons had totally screwed up my rectum and my colon. I ended up pooping out of my small intestine into a bag PERMANENTLY, but am lucky to be doing so!

However, I had the anorectal manometry tests done at Mass General in Boston and Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota. I hardly felt either of them. SOOO much depends on the Doctor doing the test. It was a breeze.

So if you get the right place You're fine. Do have all these tests PRIOR to having any surgery. I was not advised prior to having my pelvic floor "reconstructed" including removal of sigmoid colon for what was diagnosed as a sigmoidocele on a defecogram. (ON retrospective analysis of the defeocgram I did not have a loopy sigmoid in the FIRST place. But I did not know that at the time.) Where they removed my sigmoid scarred in and I lost the use of my colon and rectum. So have ALL these tests if you are planning a surgery for a defecation issue. Many issues in this area are muscular or nerve related (especially if you have had a prior hysterectomy) and are non surgical. Smart too late. Good Luck. ROsemary

honestwoman50
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   Posted 12/16/2009 11:44 AM (GMT -7)   
esoR,  Thanks for the info.  Yes this is just the test and I have had a prior hysterectomy and a resection of my colon.  So its good to hear that I dont have to worry about the test, cuz someone said I might ask for sedation.  Sorry for all you health problems, and Happy Holidays to you...Leslie
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LALady
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   Posted 12/20/2009 11:39 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey! I had an anorectal manectomy last July. It wasn't that bad. The worst part for me was the enema I had to administer in the morning really set of a terrible IBS attack, so I was literally running to each bathroom in the hospital with terrible diarrhea up until the procedure. Yuck.

As for the procedure itself, other than the initial discomfort of having something inserted into your rectum, you really don't feel much. They ask you to do all these things to get reads on your muscle function - you cough, you squeeze, you bear down, etc. In my case, the nurse then asked me to "poop" the catheter. That was mildly embarassing, but it's all got it's purpose ;) The most uncomfortable thing for me was the last portion of the test. The nurse blew up the balloon in my rectum to the point where I got diarrhea cramping. That was to test some sort of sensory perception.

I am very glad I had to test. From it I learned I had pelvic floor disfunction and delayed sensorial perception. I probably did this to myself after years of clenching my pelvic floor muscles because of IBS pain and fear of pooping myself because of my IBS. I went to six months of pelvic floor physical therapy which greatly improved my muscle coordination, pelvic floor strength, and reduced my abdominal pain and sense of urgency.

There is no sedation and it's definitely not the most dignifying experience, but it's not bad at all. If you've lived through the hell of IBS, you can definitely do this test! Best of luck to you!


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honestwoman50
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   Posted 12/20/2009 12:25 PM (GMT -7)   
 
  Thank you it does not sound bad at all...Did they tell you right then and there what was wrong with you or did you have to wait?  Leslie
 
 
Leslie King

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