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   Posted 1/5/2009 12:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone, i've had crohns for about 10 years although its been quiet mild for a few years now, however today i have the most awful what i can only think is rectal pain. The only way i can think to explain it is it feels like it kind of behind the bikini line area and also deep in my bottom so it hurts when i sit or move too sharply and i feel quite nauseaus. When i have needed to go to the toilet today the pain has been excrutiating to the point where i can barely stand and i feel faint. Has anyone else experienced this and is it a common crohns symptom? Thanks for taking the time to read, Kelly x

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   Posted 1/5/2009 1:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Could it be muscle spasms or tension in your rectum? If so, try a hot relaxing bath, and hold a warm cloth to your anus while pooping; it will help relax the muscles.

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   Posted 1/5/2009 1:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Roni, thanks for the reply, i don't think it's spasms but i did try the hot bath thing earlier today to see if it helped. Without sounding too graphic when i do a BM i feel raw inside which then causes me to tense up so i suppose there could be some tension pain now i think about it but i don't think that is the cause.

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   Posted 1/5/2009 1:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I hate to be the pessimistic one, but if this pain continues you should consider getting a scan of some kind (CT or MRI or whatever) because it sounds like it might be an abscess. I truly hope it isn't, but that's the only thing that I can think of that ever hurt so bad in such a consolidated space...
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   Posted 1/5/2009 2:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I think you should see a Dr. about it as it could be a number of things going on hemmies .abscess, fissures,inflamation hope you can get some help with this soon and keep in touch . lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still gail

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   Posted 1/5/2009 2:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I typically have pain or achy feeling in that same area. For a long time I thought it was my bladder. I finally realized that it was my rectal region. But, it's still worth it, if it continues for you or gets worse, to get a CT like patientspiders suggests. I also have a fistula (abscess at first). But, the pain was there for me before that too, so it's not necessarily related. For me it's the inflammation - that area for me is one big ulcer.
--40 year old female, dx as UC in '04 (1st symptoms in '03), switched to Crohn's in '05, 1 fistula, crohn's colitis, limited to large intestine  --rejected (reaction/didn't work): Asacol, AZA, 6-MP, MTX, Remicade, Humira, prednisone
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   Posted 1/5/2009 2:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with Gachrons I think maybe you should go in and see the doc. It could be a number of things and better safe than sorry right now to get treatment for it asap. Good luck!
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   Posted 1/6/2009 12:02 AM (GMT -7)   
hi kelly. I hope for your sake it's not an abscess, but definitely get it checked out, i ignored the pain until it was too late and ended up with an abscess in hospital, one that just wouldnt burst, and then in the end, a fistula.

I have been prescribed a steroid enema for the inflammation down there so maybe if you get in early enough you can prevent anything worse happening.

keep us posted.

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   Posted 1/6/2009 5:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the replies, the pain has eased a little today but i feel really nauseaus and tired. I should go to the dr's but i have very little faith in them as i have been treated quite badly by them, even when i had a resection and strictureplasty but thats another story! I'll see how it goes and then decide. Kelly x
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