Anyone else get anal leakage?

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   Posted 2/21/2010 2:42 PM (GMT -7)   
 Hey guys. I've been having anal leakage for about 6 months now. My BM's are pretty solid (1-2 a day) but after a BM I get this leakage every time. I have to go back to the bathroom and wipe 2-3 times after a BM until it subsides. Some days its not bad at all, some days its worse.
   The only time I get relief is after a shower or if I take a nice sitz bath. Then I'm good till the next BM.
   I do have inflammation in my rectum and mild erythema(inflammation) in my anal canal, plus some roids here and there, but this leakage is annoying and it makes my anal area burn after a while.
   My doctor really had nothing to say about it. Anyone else have this issue or any ideas about it? Its really annoying.
PS - He checked around my opening but found nothing. Says my sphincter muscle is good. What is it? Could it be a fistula inside my anal opening?

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   Posted 2/21/2010 3:37 PM (GMT -7)   
i used to complain about the same thing. It always depends on the consistency of my BM's and if im flaring. If i walk a lot.. Ill feel VERY "slimy" down there and have to wipe.

Its nasty and annoying

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   Posted 2/21/2010 3:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Yup since ive been diagnosed sometimes its better than others but i have never been completely free of it...16 years now.
Slimy is the word...i call is swamp behind!

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   Posted 2/22/2010 6:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I had mentioned this problem once on here.  I think it is just yet another yucky uncomfortable side affect of this dreded disease.  I don't know why we get it or how to stop it.  I have just learned to live with it. mad
36 yr old Male with Crohn's Disease since '88 - No Surgery yet
Been on almost every type of drug with bad results
Remicade since Nov 2009
Prilosec 20.6mg - 2x a day
Multivitamin daily

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   Posted 2/22/2010 6:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow. Seems like a few of you have had this issue for a long time with no relief. Thats what I was afraid of. It is the most annoying symptom for me. Don't think I could ever get used to something like this.

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   Posted 2/22/2010 7:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I have that too, I'm glad I'm not the only one! I'm not sure why it's happening but I just tuck a wad of toilet paper between the cheeks & that seems to do the trick.

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   Posted 2/22/2010 10:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I have that happen on an off. I found that keeping some moist wipes in my purse helps keep the irritation down. I also put some hydrocortizone cream on at night. It is normal for me to always wipe my bum when I go the bathroom.
Diagnosed with Crohns in 1998. Been on and off pred, entocort, immuran, asacol. Currently on Remicade every 8 weeks and gotten off all other medications!! *currently in remission*

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   Posted 2/22/2010 11:40 AM (GMT -7)   
20 years and that icky feeling is still one of my worst symptoms to live with...I can stand pain, but feeling dirty bugs me. I use the very thin pads every day. I also use gauze tucked in every day. The gauze tends to eliminate a lot of the irritation. Finally...I always wait a few mintues after I wipe (with only kids wipes) to see if I need a second wiping. I found that my area would be irritated so wiping misses some areas until the little inflammation there simmered down.
Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, B12 weekly, Pentasa [until I surrender to the bigger meds]
I'm riding on the escalator of life....

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   Posted 2/26/2010 9:37 AM (GMT -7)   
yes I have that problem too. It is so annoying and the big thing that bothers me is I am never clean and fresh down there or that there is this lingering smell. I am so paranoid that others smell it too but I think its just me that can sense it. I always wear a thin pad and always have a piece of tissue or guaze tucked up in there. It does not help things in the intimacy department, thats for sure...It makes me so paranoid and self-conscience.
27 yo Female, Crohn's, stricturing type- terminal illeum.
symptoms at age 2....Diagnosed at 6
Bal-resection 1998
Have tried it ALL Currently on Humira, Fish Oil, D3, Entocort, B-12 shots, Align, Multi

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   Posted 3/8/2010 7:12 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had the same experience as most of you, but only with active disease. I used to have an anal-rectal fistual and I feel like I have one all over again because of it. I guess there is no solution. The doctors seem to not be able to do anything about it.
33-year-old female diagnosed when I was 19. Had a recto-anal fistual and rectal flap advancement surgery to correct in. In remission for 10 years until August 2009.

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   Posted 3/8/2010 7:44 AM (GMT -7)   
This unfortunately is my biggest problem with my CD. I had a fistulotomy years ago and I'm pretty sure that's where/when the problem began. I've attempted pretty much everything. Through my research though, I found you can try to strengthen the muscles doing Kegel exercises. Heck, they say the exercises help out your sex life as well; so it's a win-win situation I guess!

I never had any success. I'm a 28 y/o male that dropped out of college because I was so self-conscious about my odor (eventually got my degree though). Although through diet and exercise I think the smell isn't AS strong as it used to be, I'm definitely still not "cured." Preparation-H Medicated wipes have been my friend for the past year! lol. I take a lot of baths and for peace of mind I use spray-deodorant on the area after I go to the bathroom. Even though it doesn't work, helps my confidence a bit..

I've been to 3 doctors in regards to this problem and all one suggested was the "Carbon Filtered Underwear" which I personally do not feel like doing. Apparently the carbon insert in these underwear helps to filter flatulence.... I want the problem fixed, not covered up.

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   Posted 8/28/2012 3:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I got mine from this fistula.
Type 2 since 2007, possible Crohns, Dr's trying to figure it out. Puzzled.

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   Posted 8/29/2012 3:19 PM (GMT -7)   

It can be one of the symptoms of this disease

Yes, I have this leakage also. My leak started after fistulatomy 2 years ego, but my son who never had any surgeries down there, also has a leak and irritation.

I have to go back and wipe again after about 5 min. Non scented baby wipes are always with me. I found using Calmoseptine cream helps a lot with burning and itch, I keep a tube in every bathroom of the house and in my pocket.

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