awful rectum pain

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mommyphotographer
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   Posted 7/21/2008 4:27 AM (GMT -6)   
anyone hear rectum pain.  my sugery was june 20. and had a subtotal colectomy. should i call the dr. is there anything he can do to help me...... or will this get better on its own............. ? any of you guys have this.. i have been up since 4 AM with this pain today. took a hot bath and took some motirn and still is there.  what more can i do to stop this..

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 7/21/2008 5:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Did you have this pain before your surgery?  Did they send you home with pain meds?  I'd call my doc...Sorry cannot be more help...

worsenow!!!
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   Posted 7/21/2008 3:23 PM (GMT -6)   
hi, yeh I had that for quite some time. I went to casualty with it, ended up with huge hemorhoids. All because of the amount i was on the toilet. They suggested ice on the bum, lying down, no rubber rings or sitting, best to be lying flat and comfy. i was in tears the pain was that bad, but thankfully I ampleased to say that is one pain that passed quite quickly!!! hope you are better soon. But you should get a doc to check the area out, although it sounds like hell to have anything touch it he can give you some cream that workds like an anasthetic. Or you could always try good old vaseline, doc told me to use baby's nappy cream after every BM i said hell no that stuff stings, I already felt red raw as it was, vaseline soothes and lubricates and helps to moisturise the overused area lol.
amanda xx

Tom1
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   Posted 7/21/2008 3:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Try a sitz bath.  I used to travel with one.  That was the only way I could cope with rectal pain.  Good luck.

rocky road
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   Posted 7/21/2008 4:54 PM (GMT -6)   
also try zincofax, or any brand for baby rashes.

mommyphotographer
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   Posted 7/21/2008 5:34 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks for your responce. but i must explain it more. it is not on the outside like hemorids but it is deep in my rectum. like it is having contractions or spasims or something like that. and the pain come and go. but when it does stop  i am good tell the next flair up. i have had this before surgery only maybe 8 times in my life. but now in the past 2 weeks maybe 6 times already. and a hot bath dont help really but makes you think your at least trying something. i got up and toon motrin and that did help but not sure if it really helped or it was just done doing it litttle fit for a while. i have up for over 3 hours in the night. and it hurt alot. but the majoy pain was only about an hour. or so
no one had this type of pain. the dr told me my rectum also has problems so maybe it is just going to really act up now that i had surgery........:VIEW IMAGE If anyone had this type of pain
 

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   Posted 7/21/2008 6:07 PM (GMT -6)   
I had pain for 4 straight weeks after my colon resection in 1999. I went to sleep with it and woke up with it. I had to gingerly sit down and also get up slowly. I always felt like I had left half my bottom on the chair. I also felt better if I put pressure on my rear (I would just hold my hand over my bottom, on top of my clothes). If that makes any sense. I also had relief when I slept on my back, as opposed to my side or stomach.

Sitz baths greatly helped. I would add either Aveeno or Baking soda to the water. Just a tablespoon each time.

In time, the pain does ease and then go away.

My doctors told it was healing that was causing the pain. From all they had done to me (removed most of my sigmoid, 15 inches of my colon, taken out my gall bladder and given me a temporary colostomy).

One trick I tried that worked was I would project forward. I would tell myself, in one week or one month, I just have to feel better. Did it take the pain away, right then? No, but it did give me something to hope for. I recall going to sleep each night, with the pain, praying it would subside by morning and then waking up to have it again. It did seem to go on forever. I specifically remember 4 weeks of pain. But it did start to lessen and over time, go away completely.

Walking helped speed the healing process. I had to walk slowly in the beginning, I was in a lot of pain but putting one foot in front of the other, did give me energy and I think it helped get me on the road to recovery faster. I could walk through 4 rooms on the first floor of my house - living, dining, family and then kitchen. I would walk this circle, 10 lap, several times a day (very similar to the walking nurses had me do in the hospital). If the weather was good, I would walk around our house 3 or 4 times too. Just to get everything moving again (blood flowing, healing, etc.).

There are many nerve endings in the rectal area I was told. And they take time to heal. Lots of time.

Mary/Marsky

Post Edited (Marsky) : 7/21/2008 6:32:50 PM (GMT-6)


mommyphotographer
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   Posted 7/21/2008 6:42 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks so much . sounds like you went thru what i am going thru. And i am glad to hear their might be hope. it does hurt more at night when i am in bed. i notice when i roll over on my side it starts in. i get up take a hot bath , i dont have the sitz bath but i do have a bath tub.LOL so from what happened to you . i should have another 2 weeks of pain. i hope that is all i have and no more................!!!

did you have your temporary colostomy reversed.. how you doing now if you did. just curisou.. how much colon did your dr leave for you to function on.and is there NO side effect from it

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   Posted 7/21/2008 7:24 PM (GMT -6)   
A sitz bath is very easy to find. Any local pharmacy would carry them. Even Kroger's, Target, K-Mart. I had kept mine after delivering both my daughters years before. Why I kept it I don't know but they sent me home with one each time (I probably had pitched one). Anyway, they're inexpensive, made out of plastic. I would highly recommend you buy one. When you fill it and sit down, the position you are sitting in opens up the bottom area, more so than just lying prone in a bath tub. It just soothes this entire area. This is why they give new mothers sitz baths (for the stitches).

The reversal went fine, less pain and recovery time was more minimal than my first surgery (5 hours, reversal was only an hour). However, my life has been forever changed. I have multiple bm's now, I have for 9 years. I have tried so many approaches but basically I was told since my sigmoid is gone, there's nowhere internally for my stool to back up and collect. It has to come out. On a good day, I go 12 times or more. On a bad day, 20. My entire goal has been to keep my stool formed, easily passed, anywhere (public restrooms, etc.). My daughters are now 18 and 21 but the summer I was recovering from cancer/surgery was awful. I follow a low residue diet now and still walk a very fine line with all of this. For many colon resection patients, they eventually get back to their former bowel habits and regular diet. I have not been in this category though. I am cancer free though. I am grateful they got all my cancer and it was caught very early (Staget 1, no treatment necessary). I also eat very small meals now, 4 to 6 a day, not 3 large ones. I try not to eat after dinner. I try to give my system a 12 hour period without intake (other than fluids). I feel like a jigsaw puzzle at times, so many pieces have to work together for things to go well for me. I do have bad days though, when the bm's come, one after another and go on for hours. I joke they're like labor pains. But when it is all over, I do feel much better. As if this is my body's way of cleaning itself out, on a regular basis. If it was D all the time, it would be faster. But it can be very messy, which is so frustrating.

But again, I had to have surgery, I had a malignant tumor that had to come out.

I'll be celebrating my 10th Cancer Free anniversary April of 2009. I will be looking forward to that.

One of my main problems is other people, who just do not get what I go thru. I used to try and educate them, but no more. Now I just say I'm not feeling well and leave it at that. They usually think it's my stomach. It's so much easier to let them think it's my stomach. The alternative (explanations, etc.) isn't pleasant and 9 out of 10 times, people are shocked I'm in the bathroom as often as I am.

It's simply, the new normal for me now!

I try to keep a positive outlook on all of this. What else can I do?

You will eventually heal and feel so much better. Call your local pharmacy tomorrow. See if they carry plastic sitz baths. I am sure they do. You will notice an improvement if you soak in one several times a day.

Wishing you my best for a good recovery.

Mary/Marsky

flchurchlady
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   Posted 7/22/2008 4:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Mommyphotog,

I'm so sorry you're in pain. sad My heart goes out to you. I had Crohn's in my rectum, and it hurt all the time before I finally had it removed.

Have you called your surgeon about this? There might be something you can take to relax the rectum, so it won't spasm so much. Please keep us posted on how you're doing.

Take care,
Cecilia
Dx'd Crohn's in '99 at 28. Proctocolectomy and ileostomy in '06.
Disease-free, medicine-free, and very thankful to be healthy again :)


2much2bear
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   Posted 7/22/2008 8:54 AM (GMT -6)   

Hey mommy

so sorry to hear of the rectal pain and spasms.  horrible.  i also had experience of that - before sigmoid colectomy, but recently they have started again together with mucus. its like a stabbing sensation and searing sensation right up inside the rectum.

it could be you are inflamed in the rectal passage - thats what my problem is.  unfrotunately it cld be due to very loose stools??.  i also have uncontrollable urges to strain (only because my bowel is inert).

i hope you get some relief mommy.

karen x


1997: Diagnosed IBS
2003: Rectocele/cystocele - Pelvic floor repair surgery;
2006: Mucosal prolapse/Obstructive Defaecation Syndrome/Slow Transit Constipation - STARR surgery;
2007: Partial volvulus (cause of ODS?) - Sigmoid resection. Result: immediate colonic inertia;
2008: Now contemplating colectomy as I need to take up to 30 senna tablets daily for some kind of bowel movement (albeit not 'normal' or all at once).  Always in discomfort/pain. 
 
Scared to have TC as told I could become incontinent - can't get my head around the fact I might require a 'bag' :(


mommyphotographer
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   Posted 7/22/2008 12:59 PM (GMT -6)   
last night i didnt have the rectum pain. thank goodness. but i never know when it will flair up. but i took some advice i heard on here. to lay on my back. and maybe that is what helped for last night. but other nights it did happen even if i didnt lay on my back. no real set reason why it happens or how to keep it from happening again. but we will see how it goes. I still have that pressure in there. but not pain today. 24 hours with no pain...
thanks for caring. and i will keep you posted. I will for sure tell my doctor when i go in on aug 6th but it is does it one more time i am going to call him. Maybe i should call him today and just tell him what is going on. hummm i might just have to do that.

SubColectomyHereICome
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   Posted 7/23/2008 8:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm glad you're feeling better. Praying for you...
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