A feeling of pressure in the rectum

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   Posted 2/10/2006 12:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Just wondering if anyone experienced a feeling of pressure in the rectum as if there is a stool there but when you go to the loo, there is nothing there???  I sometimes get pressure and when I go to the loo its just mucus.  Anyone else suffer with this???
Tori x

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   Posted 2/10/2006 12:57 PM (GMT -7)   
This is called tenesmus. I do have this also. Fiber though helps me a lot and helps me have the feeling of complete evacuation. Have you discussed this with your doctor? My doc says that tenesmus can happen with IBS but is more common with UC (which I have also). You may want to discuss it with him, he also may have a different view from my doctor.
I do remember you talking about rectal ulcers and that may be causing the feeling also.

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   Posted 2/10/2006 1:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Here is a symptom list for diagnosing IBS (you will see incomplete evactuation is definitely a symptom):

The Rome II Diagnostic Criteria (a system for diagnosing functional gastrointestinal disorders based on symptoms) for IBS is as follows:

At least 12 weeks or more, which need not be consecutive, in the preceding 12 months of abdominal discomfort or pain that is accompanied by at least two of the following features:
1) It is relieved with defecation, and/or
2) Onset is associated with a change in frequency of stool, and/or
3) Onset is associated with a change in form (appearance) of stool.

Other symptoms that are not essential but support the diagnosis of IBS:

  • Abnormal stool frequency (greater than 3 bowel movements/day or less than 3 bowel movements/week);
  • Abnormal stool form (lumpy/hard or loose/watery stool);
  • Abnormal stool passage (straining, urgency, or feeling of incomplete evacuation);
  • Passage of mucus;
  • Bloating or feeling of abdominal distension.


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