straining AKA tenesmus

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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 9/11/2008 6:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone else suffer from involuntary straining?  I have been a flare for the past two weeks and the straining is driving me crazy and making me bleed a lot.  The pain makes me want to tear my hair out  shocked .  I am currently doing a colonoscopy prep and it is even happening with that...which as everyone knows there is no need to strain since there is nothing solid in there during the prep.  I used to think that I was doing this to myself but when I was on the prednisone it all stopped...even when I had breakthrough D during my taper I did not have this awful straining.  Is there anything I can do to stop it or ease it? 

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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 9/11/2008 7:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Hopefully your colonoscopy will reveal something that can help treat this OR you can use your visit to the doctor soon as an excuse to ask for some anti-spasmodic medication?
20 years old, Diagnosed with severe Crohn's and colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone, pentasa, alinia, bentyl, prilosec, tandem plus, and the occasional ultracet
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy(very possibly due to Crohn's inflammation) in July of 2008.
Due to start Imuran September 17 depending on blood results.

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Date Joined Feb 2004
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   Posted 9/11/2008 9:10 PM (GMT -7)   
You like have proctitis (inflammation of the rectom) and will need rectal meds to clear that up...cortifoam works great for me (I've tried everything eles under the sun in my 17 yrs with no help).

If proctitis doesn't show up on your colonoscopy then I'd chalk it up to you having IBS as well, as that is one of the symptoms for IBS as well.


My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)

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